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Introverted? Been there – it’s truly okay.

A flaming extrovert? Yup – some people are like that …. but maybe this was not always the case?

We all know making friends is important. Friends of all types – from new friends at work to that dear old friend from kindergarten – give us confidence and unconditional love and community. Social scientists, neuroscientists and our own physicians tell us that relationships are the essence of not just living well but of well-being as we go through life. But what do friendships look like at various stages of life, and how do we cultivate, fortify, and sustain them – or decide it is time to let go and find new friends – and then… where do we find them? What inhibits our capacity to take a step toward connection?

DC Parlay House Instigator Barbara Garlock – NOT in any way a psychologist or scholar, but someone who has gone from introvert to a real “connector” in the course of her adult life – will humbly start off our conversation and share her musings on her own skills at connecting and what she has learned for herself. How to (as a Girl Scout might hum) “make new friends but keep the old.”

Come share your thoughts and experiences. And as always, we will have time to schmooze, have a light dinner and drinks, and just be ourselves.

  • When: THURSDAY MAY 4th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Dinner first – program will kick off soon after 7:00PM
  • Where: Barbara’s Home


Launched here in DC before the pandemic, Parlay House is a community designed to bring women of diverse backgrounds, life experiences, ages, and interests together. As always, attendance at a Parlay House event includes a light dinner, good conversation, and an opportunity to meet new friends.

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We will share the specific address the week of the event. Please note that this event takes place in a personal home – arrival time and end time are lovingly set to respect our host’s boundaries <3

Warmest Regards,

Parlay House DC Instigators – Barbara Garlock, Wendy Behary, Erica Van Steen & Carol Corneilse


Barbara Garlock is a retired non-profit executive with experience in organizational strategy, marketing, and fundraising. She served as Executive Director at Interfaith Works in Rockville, MD,  and launched FIRM, a project of Nonprofit Roundtable/Nonprofit Montgomery, training nonprofit leaders in financial management. She has served on the Board of DC Volunteer Lawyers Project and currently serves on the Board of Alliance for New Music Theatre and the League of Women Voters of DC, where she leads the Quilts4DC Statehood project. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MBA from the Wharton School.