In an age where divisiveness and intolerance seem the norm, our Salon Series aspires to bridge the growing divides through open and honest conversations and inspirational examples.

 
 
John C. Whitehead was a businessman, civil servant, and friend.  In his 37 years at Goldman Sachs, he spearheaded growth and laid out a code of ethics unprecedented at the time. John served as Deputy Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan. 

John C. Whitehead was a businessman, civil servant, and friend.  In his 37 years at Goldman Sachs, he spearheaded growth and laid out a code of ethics unprecedented at the time. John served as Deputy Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan. 

The Whitehead-Huizenga Salon Series on Meaning and Civility stands as a true testament to the life and legacy of PathNorth co-founder and friend, John Whitehead. Four years and 20 Salons later, the conversation continues to expand in cities throughout the country.
 

What is a PathNorth Salon?

Salons were born of the French literary and philosophical traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries.  Like-minded leaders would gather around tables, break bread, enjoy wine and explore issues of consequence in spirited conversation. The table was inviting to thoughtful leaders of goodwill even though their politics and opinions often diverged.  This is the magic that fuels each of our Salon evenings.

 
 

Take for instance a Salon hosted by the Portuguese Ambassador, Nuno Brito, at his lovely residence.  The Portuguese have a rich tradition of exploration, which became our theme for the evening.  Jean Case interviewed the head of National Geographic, Gary Knell and the Director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins, the scientist and believer who mapped the human genome.  In true PathNorth fashion, the conversation was turned over to the group with the question, “What are the frontiers for exploration in your own life?”

 
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A salon is more than just a dinner. It is an opportunity to meet old and new friends alike, enjoy great food and wine, and have conversations centered on the stories that help us make sense of the world around us.

Join us this year as we travel to San Francisco, Palm Beach, Denver, Nashville, and Knoxville. We would love to have you on the journey!