Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard

Berman and Bernard with book cover Treating People Well

***NOTE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Lea Berman will not be able to attend AViD on May 15. The program will go on as scheduled with Jeremy Bernard. We apologize for any inconvenience.***

Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 PM
Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue

Plenty of parking at the lot at 10th and Grand.

Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard both worked in the White House as social secretaries. Berman worked for President George W. Bush, while Bernard worked for President Barack Obama. As the head of the White House Social Office, the Social Secretary is responsible for all planning, coordination, and execution of official White House events, from simple afternoon tea events to state dinners with hundreds of guests. Bernard was the first male and gay Social Secretary in history.

The two came together to write Treating People Well in order to discuss civility in the modern world. Throughout the book, they discuss ways to get along more easily with others and work together better with your boss and coworkers. The New York Times Book Review says “Through tales of political politesse both harrowing and howlingly funny, Berman and Bernard… tell us all we need to know about etiquette — which translates very often into putting others first. Graciousness opens doors both professional and personal. And its converse? Take a peek inside our White House now.”

Related Links

Former White House Social Secretaries on the Value of ‘Treating People Well’ (NPR)
We Live in Uncivil Times. Two Former White House Social Secretaries Offer a Cure (Washington Post)
Podcast: What It’s Like to be the White House Social Secretary, w/ Jeremy Bernard (GatherGeeks Podcast)
Podcast: The Case for Civility, w/ Jeremy Bernard and Lea Berman (New York Public Radio)

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