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Posted on: July 13, 2021

[ARCHIVED] The Mayor’s Book Club to Feature Panel Discussion

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Bentonville, Ark. – How do leaders bring their passion to the community and how does it inspire others to create change?  What makes some leaders more inspirational than others?  And finally, what have these inspirational individuals done to align their lives with their purpose? 

In collaboration with Bentonville Public Library (BPL) and sponsored by Bentonville Library Foundation, The Mayor’s Book Club is debuting this summer with a highly anticipated panel discussion centered around a selected book, Find Your Why: a Practical Guide for Discovering Your Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek, Peter Docker and David Mead. 

On July 19th at 12 PM, a special panel discussion will highlight community leaders who share their passion with others.  BPL is excited to announce our participating panelists: Mauricio Guerrero, Demara Titzer and David Tovey.

Mauricio Guerrero is the owner of 211 Café. He brought his family, sold everything and moved from Guatemala to encourage community in every sip of coffee.  He and his wife, Norma, are true coffee connoisseurs and offer a unique roast of coffee from their home country.  Mauricio moved to Bentonville six years ago and says “coffee is more than a drink – it is an icebreaker.” He believes, “nobody is a stranger here.” This summer, he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen.

Demara Titzer has 30 years of business development and public relations experience in Los Angeles, New York and Northwest Arkansas.  As a Global Enterprise technology vendor for Walmart she created partnerships with associates and other vendors to deliver complex technology solutions that reduced costs while improving availability, productivity and efficiencies supported by local, national and international team members.  In 2017 she became Vice President of Business Development for Rockhill Studios. She has developed strategic partnerships within the Northwest Arkansas media, business, nonprofit, education, and city government communities to support the goal of building a feature film industry in Northwest Arkansas.  At Rockhill Studios Demara collaborates with those entities to support the feature film production needs such as, locations, hotels, props, vehicles, catering, student interns, and permitting needs. 

David Tovey is the President and Co-Founder of Pedal It Forward, a non-profit organization in Bentonville that collects used bikes, fixes them, then distributes to those in need through their 60+ Pedal Partners. The organization serves rural and urban low-income kids, adults and families, at-risk youth, minority and immigrant populations in Northwest Arkansas.  David is a retail architect and consultant with several decades of experience and a furniture curator for his wife's 20th century antique business.  He has many personal interests including collecting mid-century modern art, furniture and Americana objects, vintage bike restoration, fly fishing and road and gravel cycling. 

The virtual panel discussion is open to the public via Zoom.  Registration is required on the library’s event calendar at bentonvillelibrary.org (or - https://attend.bentonvillelibrary.org/event/5304245).

Additional book club discussions are also scheduled July 20 @ 12 PM and 6 PM. The conversation will be led by Mayor Stephanie Orman. 

Advance registration is required on the library’s calendar at bentonvillelibrary.org or through the direct links below.

12 PM session - https://attend.bentonvillelibrary.org/event/5304401

6 PM session - https://attend.bentonvillelibrary.org/event/5304402

The Mayor’s Book Club is free and open to the public.  Books are sponsored by the Bentonville Library Foundation and with limited quantities still available at BPL for pickup, while supplies last.  Participants are encouraged to attend the panel session and book discussion, even if they have not read the book. 

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