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May 24, 2022

Chris Schembra returned home to New York City in 2015 after producing a successful Broadway show in Italy, only to find himself feeling insecure, lonely, disconnected and unfulfilled. His antidote for that crucible?  Food and friendship. What began as a simple gathering of a few friends to eat and share stories once a week became the 7:47 Gratitude Experience – named after the start time of each dinner -- which has sparked 500,000 relationships and helped some of the nation’s top companies create cultures of gratitude among their teams. At the height of that impact, though, Schembra -- by then known as USA Today's Gratitude Guru -- hit another crucible: one whose complex emotions he’s had to battle through to embark on a third act of significance. To learn more about Chris Schembra, visit

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