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Dinner Confidential is a 2-year project that aims to explore how women feel and how they approach life’s challenges and joys through intimate monthly dinners.

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ABOUT

One dinner, one night a month , one topic, discussed around a dinner table.

Dinner Confidential is a safe container for women to come together and talk with vulnerability and honesty about our most personal topics and emotions (e.g. self-confidence, fear, control).

After each dinner, we identify the key learnings and insights from the night and share them with our community so they too can benefit from the experience.

Currently we are holding dinners in New York & Miami, with more cities to come.

Why we exist

FOR MOST OF OUR LIVES, WE HAVE BEEN TOLD TO AVOID OR SUPPRESS OUR INTENSE AND POWERFUL EMOTIONS. SOCIETY HAS HAD AWAY OF TELLING US THAT OUR FEELINGS ARE TOO COMPLEX, TOO UNPREDICTABLE—AND THAT ARE BEST LEFT IGNORED. OUR INTERNAL RESPONSE TO THE MESSAGES WE HAVE RECEIVED HAVE RANGED FROM A LACK OF INQUIRY TO A TOTAL SHUTDOWN AND SENSE OF DEEP SHAME.

Going through life & experiencing these emotions in silence, we have been left wondering, “Am I the only one who feels this way? Is it just me?”

NOW IS THE TIME TO REMOVE THE LAYERS OF SHAME AND SUPPRESSION AND STEP INTO OUR ALIVENESS.

How does it work?

Confidential conversations around a theme, at dinner table, on a Thursday night.

Each Dinner is focused on one speci c topic and lasts about 3 hours. We keep the groups small (8- 10) so ensure we have time to dive deep into the conversation and everyone has time to share.

All conversations are CONFIDENTIAL.

• Dinner’s are held at hosts’ home
• We provide healthy and delicious food
• You BYOB (wine, flavored water, etc.)
• Not for profit, $15 to cover costs
• Come ready to share

Our Values

CONFIDENTIALITY

Everything we discuss
is confidential and we all make a promise not to share what is spoken outside of the room

VULNERABILITY

Being able to share our darkest feelings and feel uncomfortable for the sake of becoming more resilient

HONESTY

Only sharing personal stories, things that we know are true to us

KINDNESS

Treating ourselves and others with care

RESPECT

Being aware of the other people in the room and not monopolizing the conversation

INCLUSIVITY

Welcoming the full spectrum of ideas and perspectives

CONFIDENTIALITY

Everything we discussed is confidential and we all make a promise not to share what is spoken outside of the room

KINDNESS

Treating ourselves and others with care

VULNERABILITY

Being able to share our darkest feelings and feel uncomfortable for the sake of becoming more resilient

RESPECT

Being aware of the other people in the room and not monopolize the conversation

HONESTY

Only sharing personal stories, things that we know are true to us

INCLUSIVITY

Welcoming the full spectrum of ideas and perspectives

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Dinners are held once a month at 7:30pm.
Upcoming dinner topics include...

*MARCH*

Loss and Grievance

Loosing someone we love is one of the most painful and devastating experiences. Sometimes even just the idea of losing someone can keep us awake at night. Yet, loss it's unavoidable. Let's have an honest discussion: How do we cope with loss / idea of loss, how do we experience grief, how do we talk about death.


*APRIL*

FEMALE 
FRIENDSHIP

Friendship amongst women can be a tricky thing. In female friendships, many of us have experienced competition, envy, shame and even perhaps outright antagonism. Yet with all of its complications and traumas, "good" female friendships are often one of the most vital and important sources of connection, love and support in our lives. Let's have an honest discussion: What is at the root of conflict in female friendship, what does female friendship look like in our lives, and how do we cultivate nurturing, lasting bonds with other women?

*MAY*

Ambition

Sometimes ambitious women get a bad rep. They can be seen as too strong, too greedy, or too aggressive. Yet, we all have dreams and desires o f wanting to achieve something (maybe even very big things). Let's have a conversation about how ambition shows up in our lives, what drives us to be determined and pursue what we want and what holds us back.

Join us by RSVP’ing in your city below...

MEXICO

coming soon

What people are saying...

“This was one of the most empowering and vulnerable experiences I’ve ever had. Sharing your innermost feelings to strangers you weirdly trust more than your closest friends.” NY attendee

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“The discussion on fear has really been on my mind in the weeks and months (now) since it passed. It was an incredibly memorable experience to tackle such a raw and personal topic head on with others... and left me with a feeling of comfort in some way knowing that I wasn’t alone in how I feel / how I struggle.” NY attendee

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“The opportunity of sharing my experiences and allowing myself to be vulnerable in a con dential setting, while hearing the experiences from others has been liberating. A lot of the times you think you are the only one that feels or thinks in a particular way, and then you see that we all struggle with the same things, perhaps in different ways since we all have personal journeys. Every time I leave one of these women circles I feel empowered.” NY attendee

TEAM

Who created this thing?

Three friends from the big apple

VERONICA MARQUEZ

MIAMI

I support founders, entrepreneurs, artists and female leaders to get comfortable doing the uncomfortable—weather that is having a difficult conversation with a colleague, quitting their jobs and reinventing their careers or saying NO to others, despite their desire to please. I am also a researcher for The Wellbeing Project and a mom of two young kids.

I originally created Dinner Confidential out of a desire to connect with other women and discuss deep personal topics in a safe and unfiltered way. When I invited 8 ladies into my home to talk about Self-Confidence, I never imagined that 10 months later Dinner Confidential would be born and that my informal dinners would turn into a big and exciting project. To make real change we need each other, and it all starts with having a real and honest conversation.

SYBIL OTTENSTEIN

BROOKLYN

I am an intuitive brand strategist and coach, helping mission-driven business owners connect to their core WHY – their authentic soul purpose – and build powerful brands that reflect their values from the inside, out. In parallel to my work in brand strategy, I am an avid yogi, a Holistic Health Coach, a Reiki practitioner, and I’m pretty obsessed with the healing power of plants.

For me, Dinner Confidential is truly a revolution. As a platform, we are returning the feminine paradigm back to the place of support, connection, and collaboration. Our stories aim to inspire and uplift, reminding women all over the world that they are not alone. Our ideas provide strength and courage, creating an empathetic movement of confident, empowered women. Viva la revolution!

ALEXANDRIA JARVIS

NYC

Hi, my name is Alexandria.

I am a designer who lives in Alphabet City. My passion is studying symbols.

During the day I work with Fortune 50 companies designing for a diverse tabernacle of top-of mind brands. In the past, I've held respectable daytime jobs within a few of NYC's finest innovation labs. This allowed me to meet curious people & pay the bills.

Recently, I left my 9-5 to do more of the things I love. Including launching my own creative practice under the childhood pseudonym, zanda. This allows me to work on projects like Dinner Confidential- and other dream projects that bang on all cylinders.

How do you host dinners around the world?

Our curated community of Global Hosts are the Dinner Confidential superpower.

They are experienced professionals in the art of moderation, experts in facilitating enriching dialogue amongst dynamic groups of people.

They are researchers, facilitators, academics, and anthropologists, all united in their dedication to to feminine connection, cooperation and equality. But beyond their professional credentials, our Hosts are natural community builders. They are emboldened storytellers. They are women who listen and share with deep vulnerability, women who are open to learn, and women who have a passion for creating a safe container for other women.

Our Hosts

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Esther Mateo

CARACAS

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Esther Mateo

CARACAS

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CLAUDIA BELMONT

BOGOTA

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Nitzan Cohen Arazi

TEL AVIV

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Ros Jekowsky

SAN FRANCISCO

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Rebecca Roebber

SEATTLE

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Elle POUND

PORTLAND

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DEE DE LARA

TORONTO

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FRANCESCA VARDA

LIMA

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Giovanna  Brillembourg

MADRID

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Alexandra Suarez

PUERTO RICO

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Becky Williams

MANCHESTER

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Naoko Okada

TOKYO

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Cecilia Sibony

LOS ANGELES

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Maria Sylvia

BOGOTA

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Vania Lourenco

SAO PAULO

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Neeti Savla

MUMBAI

STORIES

After each dinner, we share key learnings and insights from the night with our community so they too can benefit from the experience.

Explore our full archive of past dinners here.

NOVEMBER 2018

FALLING IN & 
OUT OF LOVE

OCTOBER 2018

BIG LIFE
TRANSITIONS

SEPTEMBER 2018

SELF CONFIDENCE

SEE MORE STORIES

FAQ'S

Why is this a 2-year project?

We decided to put a deadline because we like the idea of having a beginning, middle and end. This easily could go on forever but a two year deadline creates a vibrant container for creation. We want to spend this time gathering the richest, most honest stories from around the world in order to truly understand how women deal with certain emotions and situations. We aim to share our learnings as they come and maybe create something more robust at the end.

What do you mean when you say “women”?

Anyone that is female identifying. Inclusivity is one of our core values! If you are male identifying and would love to attend a dinner, let’s talk!

Do attendees know each other?

Sometimes. But usually they don’t and that’s part of the magic. Coming into a place full of strangers to open up and share some of your most personal experiences is very powerful. No one there knows your history, you are a blank canvas. People won’t judge you or give you advice (unless you specifically ask for it). We are there to listen, share and connect.

How do you maintain confidentiality?

We include a vow of confidentiality in our invitation, and reiterate the importance of confidentiality at the start of each dinner. We create a strong container of trust and integrity, and expect the same of all of our participants.

How can I attend a dinner?

We are glad you are interested in attending a dinner. See our Join Us section to view dates, times and locations and to purchase your ticket.

How much are the dinners and what’s included?

Dinners are $15 and they include a healthy and yummy meal + drinks (wine and sparkling water). Note that we are NOT making any profit from these evening and the fee only covers the cost.

Is this nonprofit or for profit?

Our hosts will charge attendees a small venmo fee ($15 to cover dinner costs). So let’s call it net-zero profit.

How can I host a dinner?

We welcome hosts all over the world who has experience moderating or mediating group conversations. If you want to learn more about our host program, contact us at connect@dinnerconfidential.org.

Do the meals follow certain dietary guidelines?

Our hosts will always ensure there are vegetarian options available. If you have specific dietary restrictions, be sure to communicate with your host at least 1.5 weeks in advance.

What makes DC different from a women’s circles?

Our secret is our hosts and the stories we tell! Our dinners are led by professional moderators, researchers and facilitators all around the world. Brilliant women with years of experience conducting challenging conversations amongst diverse groups of people. We’re less about the woo-woo, and more about the the raw, real and impactful conversations with tangible insights for our attendees to take home with them and implement within their daily lives.

What’s your cancelation policy?

We put a lot of love and effort into these dinners so please do your best to avoid a last minute cancellation. If you need to cancel, try to find a replacement. All cancellations made less than one week in advance can’t be refunded.

CONTACT

For general info shoot us an email at
connect@dinnerconfidential.org

We have “ambassador” hosts that moderate dinners all over the world. If you are interested in becoming a host, contact us at connect@dinnerconfidential.org

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