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Anne Weil ’94 Featured in “Yale Alumni Magazine”

January - February 2022

The January/February, 2022 issue of Yale Alumni Magazine featured several alumni who pivoted in their career path, including Colorado’s Anne Weil ’94:

“Crafting a different future”

Anne Weil ’94 was sitting in a windowless conference room in San Antonio, Texas, under flickering lights, doing what she did so well: sealing a real estate deal. She’d been in banking and real estate finance virtually since college, and she was good at it—detail-oriented and hardworking, even though she didn’t have the passion others had for this particular moment. In fact, she was thinking she didn’t want to spend her life this way.

Later, she tried other things—like a career break to study landscape architecture—but she kept returning to real estate asset management and investment analysis. Then, in 2012, 13 years after that Texas day, her husband was hired by the Baltimore Ravens. He said, “I have my dream job. You should pursue yours.”

Two years earlier, as she had always liked making and designing objects, she had begun flaxandtwine.com, a blog devoted to crafts. She loved every aspect of the blog—taking the photographs, writing project instructions, giving people, as she says, “time for their own creative life.” Now the blog was going to become a full-time endeavor, with advertisers, sponsored content, and an online shop with DIY kits for stylish baskets, bracelets, and other objects that are, as she puts it, “elevated to a modern aesthetic” and “not your grandmother’s crafts.”

It still took her nearly a year to close down her real estate career, but on the day she sold her final property, a publisher called to ask her to write a book. She found herself an agent and subsequently published Knitting Without Needles and Weaving Within Reach.

As much as she adores what she is doing, Weil realizes that she had been anxious about her performance before, often asking herself if she had enough information, if she had done enough work, and if people liked what she did. Though she clearly has been successful in both of her careers, she still pesters herself with such questions, but now she does so, she says, with “joy and excitement.”


Events

May the Yaletide Be Happy & Bright! CYA Holiday Party

9 January 2022 | 5: 30 PM - 8:30 PM

Peter Doig, “Milky Way” (1989-90)

The Colorado Yale Association holds its holiday party in January, after the December festivities crunch. Last year, we had a gap in our tradition; but on Sunday, January 9th, we will once again gather at the Country Club neighborhood home of Joe Smith ’88, starting at 5:30 pm. This is an indoor gathering, and you are asked to use sound judgment in opting to attend.

The event is free, but there is a cap. Guests are welcome, but please limit to one. RSVP to Heather Kingsbury Hill, and you will receive the location before the party: heather.k.hill@optum.com


Events

“The Tender Bar” Screening with Film Critic Lisa Kennedy ’84

20 December 2021 | 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm

A neighborhood pub in Manhasset, Long Island, becomes a second home for a fatherless boy, whose father disappeared from his life before he was old enough to speak. Under the unconventional tutelage of his Uncle Charlie and a handful of the bar’s colorful regulars, J.R. grows into a young man who attends Yale determined to fulfill his dream of becoming a writer.

Colorado Yalies and a guest are invited to a free screening of the The Tender Bar, the new film directed by George Clooney and starring Ben Affleck and Tye Sheridan based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and one-time Denver resident J. R. Moehringer ’86.  The film opens in theaters on December 17th and is available on Amazon Prime January 7th.

RSVP for passes to attend the special screening at the Alamo Draft House Sloans Lake, 4255 West Colfax, Denver, on Monday, December 20th, starting at 6:30 pm (doors open at 5:00 pm). At 8:15 pm, there will be a discussion of the film for Yalies with Lisa Kennedy ’84, film critic for Variety, the New York Times, and formerly the Denver Post. Yale Alumni will have a section of saved seats until 6:15. The first 50 RSVPs will receive a complimentary beer to enjoy during the discussion at the Alamo Drafthouse’s BarFly. It’s encouraged to wear your Yale pride.

Attendees must adhere to the local and state public health orders at the time of the event.


Events

Yale-Harvard Game Watch 2021!

20 November 2021 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Charles Hughes, “Yale vs Harvard” (1960)

The Yale-Harvard Game Watch is back! This year Yale and Harvard alumni are reunited. On Saturday, November 20th, come watch the Bulldogs and the Crimson team play at Yale Bowl via streaming. The location is Original Brooklyn’s (not to be confused with the bar near the Pepsi Center, 2644 West Colfax Avenue, Denver, conveniently close to I-25. Kickoff is 10 a.m. (mountain time), which is when doors open. Drinks and food are off the menu, with food service beginning at 11:00.  We will have our own upstairs space, and a side room is allocated for the youngest Bulldog fans to play.

The Game is always well-attended, making it a great opportunity to visit friends and meet new people. It’s easy to stay for part of the game or hang out for all four quarters. No RSVP is necessary for this family-friendly event.

Attendees must adhere to the local and state public health orders at the time of the event. Alumni are asked to use their judgment in being in this bar/restaurant setting.


Events

YaleWomen Book Club: 2022 Selections

17 November 2021 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The YaleWomen Book Club will meet virtually on Wednesday, November 17th, 7:00 pm, to discuss All The Trouble of Our Days by Rebecca Donner. The group meets every other month, and selection of readings for 2022 will take place at this November event.  Even if you haven’t read the book, attendance is welcome, and this would be a great time to check out the group.

RSVP to yalewomenbookclubco@gmail to get the Zoom link. You can also email to get on the mailing list for news of upcoming events and readings.


Events

CYA Western Slope Social Gathering

14 November 2021 | 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join fellow Western Slope Yalies  for a fall gathering in Grand Junction from 4:30 pm to 7:00pm, November 14th. Weather-cooperating, we will meet at the home of Christina Schultz MBA ’04, 319 E Dakota Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81507. Hot cider, appetizers, and yard games provided. Spouses, partners, and significant others welcome. RSVP by Thursday, November 11th by emailing Christina at cschultz@yourcornerconsulting.com.

Christina recently relocated to Grand Junction from Golden, where she hosted Feb Club Emeritus. Now on the Colorado Yale Association board, she hopes to generate more events and initiatives on the Western Slope. Email her if you have suggestions. Although the majority of Colorado Yalies live in the Denver/Boulder area, alumni throughout the state are encouraged to organize events in their neck of the woods. Contact CYA president, Heather Kingsbury Hill ’87, if you would like to organize/host an event where you live: heather.k.hill@optum.com