Square_FARMERRichard Farmer joins Mitchell College for “Charting Your Life’s Course: Where You Start Doesn’t Have to Determine Where You Finish: Lessons Learned as a Sailor and a Lawyer” on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Red Barn at Mitchell College, 629-A Montauk Ave. New London, CT 06320.

Rick Farmer is a recently retired, New York based international energy and infrastructure lawyer. His practice focused on energy infrastructure development, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and privatizations. Mr. Farmer also was an avid sailor, having represented the United States in six international competitions. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Science and Sailing Foundation, is on its Executive Committee, and Chairs its Safety and Security Committee, as well as serving as Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and on the Board of Governors of the Wadawanuck Club in Stonington, CT, where he resides with his wife Vivie von Walstrom. Mr. Farmer holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Lehigh University; an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics; and J.D., cum laude, from The George Washington University Law School.

Mr. Farmer will discuss how, through success in competitive sailing, he overcame childhood challenges, including anger, disciplinary issues in school, an indifference toward learning, and a lack of self-esteem, to become a world class sailor and lawyer. Using specific, and sometimes terrifying, examples from his sailing and legal careers, he will share many of life’s important and practical lessons that he has learned while charting a most unique and challenging course through life. Mr. Farmer has recognized that life is a marathon and not a sprint: Where you start the race need not determine where you end it.

The Leske Family Speakers Series at Mitchell College is made possible through a generous donation by the family of Wyatt Leske, class of 2012 and Lucy Leske, Trustee. For more information, visit Mitchell.edu/speakers-series.