Intrepid Greenwich Volunteer Publishes Book: Agapanthus Rising


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Roxana Bowgen is the Founder of Volunteers on Call, Inc., an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) humanitarian agency based in Greenwich. She has led service teams to Rwanda, Kenya, Peru, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean as well as in the United States. She is donating part of the proceeds from sales of her book, Agapanthus Rising, available in November, to the ongoing work of VOC, Inc.

Like the Agapanthus flower, which starts as just a seed, we all have something to share with the world.  Sadly, Bowgen points out that we don’t always nurture our talent and beauty enough for it to bloom and make the world a more beautiful place.

In Agapanthus Rising, Bowgen tells her inspiring story.  From a childhood of modest means in Peru, to becoming a successful entrepreneur who believes in giving back, she has found meaning in every experience. By traveling the world and helping others, she has also learned how to give to others the love, support and inspiration they crave so they can better themselves and their circumstances.

Join Roxana now as she offers up her incredible story as a launching pad for her readers to explore the meaning and purpose of their lives.


A former metals trader with Phibro-Salomon, Inc., Roxana is a business development professional, entrepreneur, global service leader, and a broker with Sotheby’s International Realty. Roxana has led workshops on real estate and created the Entrepreneurs Club, which focuses on Business Development, Field Training, and Branding. She is an organizer, facilitator, and results-oriented leader who serves on the Professional Standards and Scholarship Committees of the Greenwich Board of Realtors. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Connecticut Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award.

Roxana has served on the Board of Directors of Community Centers, Inc. in Greenwich, which addresses the needs of under served populations. Roxana was also the Chairperson of the Missions Committee of the United Methodist Church of Greenwich as well as a lay speaker for the Southwestern Conference from 2000-2004. She created and facilitated classes on personal and spiritual development.

Roxana is a gifted public speaker, motivator, and inspirational force. She has traveled extensively and is drawn to Eastern philosophies. She plans to return to India and Nepal to continue her studies in yoga, meditation, and spirituality.

Roxana was born in Peru and grew up in Beverly Hills, California. She is a long time Greenwich resident.

There will be a meet-the-author event and book signing on Tuesday, November 18 at the Greenwich Water Club, Coxswain Room – 3rd floor, from 6:00 – 9:00pm.  Non-alcoholics refreshments and a complimentary raw bar will be available.

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