Shari Finsilver of Orchard Lake learned early on to hide his neurological disorder from others.
She lives with a condition called essential tremor, which means she could never draw a straight line in art class; in school, she learned to put paper on a notepad and to balance the board on the edge of a desk and to write at an angle; she ate sandwiches when she was out so she could balance her elbows on the table and used a straw for drinks.
Like many sufferers, she knew very well how to cover up her symptoms, which got even worse as she got older as the tremor affected her voice and head. In her 40s, she underwent brain surgery (deep brain stimulation, while awake) and became a strong advocate for fellow sufferers, creating Michigan’s first patient support group.
Finsilver, who is now vice president of the International Essential Tremor Foundation, is the keynote speaker and honorary chair of the Trade Secrets event on November 11, which raises funds for JVS Human Services’ Women to Work program.
Women to Work, a program that has changed women’s lives since the 1980s, provides the skills needed for immediate employment.
Trade Secrets this year will be in hybrid form, offering both a limited in-person dinner with just six people per table and at the Detroit Marriott Troy and an online streaming version with in-home attendees receiving a personalized box of snacks, a small bottle of champagne and party favors.
For those present in person, a sticker system will be put in place to ensure that those who wish to maintain social distancing can do so. The event also offers the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets with great prizes including a $ 2,500 Somerset Collection gift certificate, $ 1,500 skinnyte clothing, and a phone consultation worth $ 1,500. $ 800 with acclaimed spiritual medium Rebecca Rosen, as well as a signed copy of her book.
Tickets for Trade Secrets 2021 start at $ 150 for the online event and are available by emailing Reisa Shanaman at [email protected]
Paul Blatt, CEO of JVS Human Services, described Finsilver as a courageous and inspiring woman.
“So many women using Women to Work have faced incredibly difficult circumstances, but their strength and drive has allowed them to move forward and reinvent their lives,” said Blatt. “Helping break down barriers at work and providing access to the necessary training for this community is our commitment and our honor at JVS. Shari has used her own life circumstances to overcome obstacles and be a voice in helping others to do the same. This passion embodies the mission of Women to Work.
The Women to Work program started over 30 years ago as “displaced housewives”. Funded at the time by the US Department of Labor, the goal was to help women whose life circumstances had changed as a result of events such as divorce, bereavement or financial disruption. Since that time, more than 2,000 women have completed the program, finding a new direction for their professional life.
After intensive assessment, testing and job search training, these women come out with renewed self-confidence, market-ready job skills and a plan of action. At the end of the program, 85% find a job or enroll in further training.
Shari Finsilver says she is related to the women who reinvented their lives by participating in Women to Work.
“Although my situation was different, I understand how many women have faced challenges and worked hard to overcome them,” she says. “For me, my life took a dramatic turn after I had brain surgery, and I’ve worked hard to pay it off ever since.”
To date, Trade Secrets 2021 has raised over $ 250,000 through sponsorships and ticket sales. The main sponsors of Trade Secrets are Connie Holzer at Tom Holzer Ford and Shari and Stanley Finsilver; Platinum sponsors are Artichoke Garlic Foundation and DeRoy Testamentary Foundation; The Diamond sponsors are the Moscow Family Fund and the skinnytees; and the Emerald sponsor is Huntington Bank.
Sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets are available, with the in-person dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. and the program starting at 7:30 p.m.