August 29 Paris Secrets: Art, Food, Culture, & What's Hot
Lecture begins at 6:00 pm; reception follows

Doni Belau, founder of Girls' Guide to Paris (.com) will discuss her favorite city in the world, Paris. Belau will offer a guide to Paris from an insider's perspective, as well as an in-depth look at the various arrondissements (districts) of Paris and which artists historically frequented these neighborhoods. The idea is to juxtapose the Paris of Renoir and Chagall with today's Paris knowing that certainly both can be enjoyed as we take a virtual trip to Paris.

Doni will share with us many photos of the City of Light as well as her expertise on how to "do Paris right." An open and free-wheeling discussion will be encouraged. Participants will walk away with a tip sheet on her favorite bistros, lesser known museums, hotels and much, much more.

The program begins at 6pm in Joslyn’s Witherspoon Concert Hall. Following the lecture participants will enjoy exhibition viewing and wine and cheese reception in the beautiful Storz Fountain Court.

Tickets: $25 for members; $35 for the general public (price includes one free wine ticket; cash bar after the first drink). Advance registration is required. We are no longer accepting reservations. For information, please contact Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862 or e-mail


This program is sponsored by Lamson, Dugan and Murray, LLP.

Doni Belau launched Girls’ Guide to Paris in September of 2009 because of her long-time love and passion for Paris and France in general. She and her husband owned an apartment in Paris for six years and now have a house on the Dordogne River in the Bordeaux region. is an all-encompassing online city guide and features over 4,000 pages of fun ideas, services and insider tips for shopping in, dining in and visiting Paris—all tested and personally selected with care by Doni and her team of locally based editors. GG2P has various projects under development, including their recently launched Travel Club, iPhone applications, downloadable walking tours and a weekly radio show.
Before the travel business overtook her life, she was for a fundraiser, an activist, and a political and not-for-profit consultant. In 2006 Doni encouraged her young friend Whitney Johnson to start Ubuntu Africa and together they conceived of an organization that would help, assist and empower children and young adults who have HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Now, five years later, they have helped to save and extend the lives of hundreds of HIV positive children outside of Cape Town in their after-school care center in the township of Khayletisha.

Previous to her not for profit and political work, Belau worked professionally in media and advertising, producing television commercials.

Belau has spoken at the Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference in NYC, taught at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, and currently serves as a Democratic district leader in Bedford, NY. She is a former board member of Riverkeeper, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s not for profit environmental group, and current board member and founding chair of Ubuntu Africa.

Doni Belau grew up in the small town of Fremont, Nebraska. She is married and has two children. She attended UCLA and she divides her time between Bedford Corners, New York, her house near Bordeaux and Paris.