LIVINGSTON, NJ — The first of a series of sessions hosted by “Livingston Meets,” a newly formed community initiative aimed at professional and personal development for Livingston community members, will be held on Wednesday evening with a focus on the basics of estate and retirement planning.

Livingston Meets was born out of a discussion between Livingston residents Sudeep Amin, Gennady Borukhovich, Brian Bradley, Sasha Pailet Koff, Brian Piccione and Mike Ramer, who were looking for a way to provide an opportunity for community members to “continue to learn in a world of overwhelming amounts of information, a fast pace of change, a limited amount of available time and multiple distractions all around.”

The group felt that connecting local experts with the community would help kick-start that learning by providing a foundation for community members that they could later augment via other channels.

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“There are a lot of topics that are of general interest to the broader community,” said Amin, adding that when he first took to Facebook with the idea of having informational sessions, some popular examples of topics included the speed of technological enhancements, financial planning and online security for kids and teens. “Based on some of the feedback that I received on these threads, I tried to find out if there were people that could talk about these.”

In addition to presenting topics that have a general interest to the broad community, these monthly sessions will also provide an opportunity for local businesses and community subject matter experts to showcase themselves.

With an objective of promoting learning and networking while also providing exposure to community entrepreneurs and businesses, the Livingston Meets sessions are intended to be beneficial to the local businesses as well as the community at large.  

“We’re open to topics—the only criteria is that it needs to be of interest to the broad community,” said Amin. “The idea here is for professional development and personal development because it also gives people who are living locally in Livingston who might be entrepreneurs or specialists in their field access to people within the town. So there is benefit on both sides of the podium.”

Livingston Meets sessions will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month in collaboration with the Livingston Vision 20/20 education sub-committee, headed by Ramer.

The first in the series will be held on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Livingston Senior and Community Center, where Livingston resident Barry Levine along with Eric Passin will present a session entitled “Basics of Estate and Retirement Planning,” sponsored by Prudential Advisors. Click HERE to register for this first event.

There will be no session held in December due to the holidays. A tentative schedule for 2019 is as follows:

Jan. 23, 2019 - Cybersecurity by Pankaj Verma

Feb. 27, 2019 - Getting Ready to File Your Taxes (presenters needed)

March 27, 2019 - Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning by Ashish Nachane

April 24, 2019 - Privacy and Your Rights Online by Carrie Parikh

May 22, 2019 - College Counseling and Test Prep Seminar by Melanie Talesnick

Anyone wishing to present at a future Livingston Meets event should contact livingstonmeets@gmail.com.​​​​​​​