Speaker Date Topic
Peter A. Thomas Feb 21, 2019
WPI (click to read more)
WPI   (click to read more)

Peter A. Thomas, WPI's Executive Director of Lifetime Engagement, will speak about WPI's deep history, it's outlook and how the school's Worcester IQP Project Center is positively impacting the City of Worcester

Tom Ingrassia & Jared Chrudimsky Feb 28, 2019
Local authors of "One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity by Following Your Dreams"
Local authors of "One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity by Following Your Dreams"

Tom Ingrassia is a motivational speaker, life coach, writer and musicologist. In 2001, after a successful 25-year career in higher education administration, Tom re-invented himself as an artists manager, fulfilling a life-long dream of working in the entertainment business. Today Ingrassia Artist Management represents a roster of more than a dozen eclectic musicians, actors and composers.

With the MotivAct Group (formerly Ingrassia Productions), he and partner Jared Chrudimsky, an award-winning licensed massage therapist, combine motivational coaching with massage – an innovative and  remarkably effective tandem.

Tom travels the country delivering his motivational program, “Making A Difference Begins with YOU…So Live Into Your Dreams!” and pop culture lectures, “Motown and the Civil Rights Movement” and “Girl Power: The Supremes as Cultural Icons.” Both of these offerings are in great demand.  Tom lives by his motto: “Learn from the turtle. It only makes progress when it sticks its neck out.”

Jared Chrudimsky received his massage training from Northern Lights School of Massage in Minneapolis. He specializes in various deep-tissue massage techniques, including Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release.

Jared is a five-time winner of Worcester Magazine’s Best Massage Therapist Award (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012), and was named Best Massage Therapist in the 2011 and 2012 Landmark Readers’ Choice Awards.

He has worked as a massage therapist with several college and semi-professional sports teams, including Florida State University, MacCalester College, Worcester State University, Assumption College, and the Worcester Sharks. He also provides massage at chiropractic offices, hospitals and alternative health centers, and for charity events including the March of Dimes, Walk to Cure Cancer, and Katie’s 5K.

From 2004-10, Jared was an instructor and director of the massage therapy program at Salter College, West Boylston, MA. As a member of the ACICS (Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools), Jared is part of a team that evaluates massage programs nationwide for accreditation.  In August 2010, Jared stepped down from his position at Salter to pursue his private practice – Revitalize Massage Therapy – and Mental Massage™ full time.

Tom and Jared share a passion for helping their clients achieve a more balanced, healthy and harmonious life. They are currently working on a book and CD based on Mental Massage.

Christopher Gates Mar 07, 2019
Experiences post Hurrican Katrina

Our immediate Past President Chris Gates will be conveying his experiences in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Tom Kelleher Mar 14, 2019
“Taverns and Tavern Life in New England”
“Taverns and Tavern Life in New England”

Tom Kelleher, Historian and Curator of Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village