April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Marlen Suyapa Bodden discusses her latest book Arrows of Fire, an entertaining historical fiction that examines the clash between the Spanish Conquistadors and the Mexican empire of Moctezoma. Ms. Bodden is a lawyer at The Legal Aid Society in New York City – the nation’s oldest law firm for the poor – and an anti-war activist. She drew upon her knowledge of modern and historical human rights abuses to write Arrows of Fire, her second novel, and The Wedding Gift, an international Wall Street Journal bestseller. Marlen is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Tufts University. She enjoys hiking and has climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She was born in Honduras and immigrated with her family to the U.S.A., where she was raised in the Bronx. She currently resides in Connecticut with her husband, Timothy Rogers.
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Marlen will be inconversation with Ashley Gaudiano, Director of External Affairs for the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI),an experienced communications and fundraising professional with over ten years working in nonprofit, government, and political sectors. She has an extensive background in communications and marketing, fundraising, advocacy, and strategic partnerships. Ashley is deeply committed to issues of social justice and human rights and sees nonprofits and government as key drivers of change.
Ashley has worked with CIRI for more than five years and served as the Director of External Affairs since 2019. At CIRI, Ashley’s focus has been on elevating the organization’s brand awareness, increasing private fundraising efforts by strengthening donor relationships, and deepening community and legislative partnerships.