Sunday October 7
Opening Welcome Party
Introductions and Welcome: Ann Voorhees Baker
Performance: Alice Barden - Alice and Elizabeth’s One Woman Show
Based on a true story, Alice and Elizabeth’s One Woman Show is a play that started when Alice and Elizabeth were pushing and pulling 40, and didn’t like how our culture was trying to make them feel about themselves. Both still single, childless, career women, it seemed that everyone and their brother was telling them their lives were meaningless and over. So the two long-time best friends decided to write a show about fighting back and living even larger. In the middle of their project, Elizabeth is diagnosed with ovarian cancer and writing the play becomes their lifeline.
Monday October 8
Speaker: Dr. Antonia Martinez - “What is Your Mind-Set?”
Dr. Antonia Martinez, aka “Dr. M,” the creator of the relationship game Healing Man / Healing Woman, will guide us through an eye-opening exercise to really look inside and see our stuck spots, our strengths, our weaknesses, and – most of all – our true desires. This will set our minds to a state of heightened receptivity and self-awareness right before we enter into our first day of workshops.
Workshops Session 1
11:15 am-12:30 pm
Workshops Session 2
Speakers: Molly Davis & Kristine Van Raden – “The Matters That Matter”
Molly & Kristine’s message will take you inside the story of their friendship, and the steps of faith that led to the publication of their book, Letters to Our Daughters. In that process, through meeting amazing women from around the world, Kristine & Molly learned so much about those things that are truly the most important to all of us, regardless of who we are or where we are from. Their message will illuminate the common threads that can connect us as human beings, and underscores the importance of living in a way that is reflective of who we are and what we value.
Workshops Session 3
Workshops Session 4
Author Reading: In the Fullness of Time: 32 Women on Life After 50
5 renowned authors read from their book – followed by a Q & A session
Speaker: Suzanne Braun Levine – “Inventing the Rest of Our Lives: Finding Love After Fifty”
As we enter our fifties, the transition into the rest of our lives is all about unknowingness. We multi-tasking magicians find it maddening to be helpless, falling down an Alice’s Rabbit’s hole of self-doubt and bewilderment. Yes, we are lost in a void, but the important thing is that this void is fertile. At an age when so much attention is being paid to women’s lost biological fertility, this spiritual fertility can give birth to a fresh and fullfilling chapter in our lives.
Tuesday October 9
Speaker: Ivy Slater – “Before You Reach For Your Dream, First Decide the Why and the How”
Sometimes as a dream takes shape, it’s hard to imagine just how you’re going to make it a reality. You must decide on action steps, yes, and create an overall plan – but even before that, some questions need to be answered: Why are you going to pursue this venture – and how are you going to finance, staff, and achieve it? When you find these practical answers, you fuel your dream with power.
Workshops Session 5
11:15 am-12:30 pm
Workshops Session 6
Speaker: Barbara Hannah Grufferman – “How Turning 50 Can Save Your Life”
Turning 50 did more than save my life. It put me on the path to a new one. So many of us fear aging when we could embrace it, and enjoy our lives even more. The greatest lesson I learned after I entered my fifties is we need to feel comfortable in our own skin, whatever age we are. Whether you are 49, or 62, or 75, you need to decide that you are going to be the fittest, healthiest and best-looking 49, 62, or 75-year-old there is. For too long, women have been tricked into seeing 50 as the end of the road when, instead, we should be viewing it as the start of a new life, one in which we are truly comfortable with who we are. Instead of retreating from the world, we can embrace our place within it.
Workshops Session 7
Workshops Session 8
Speaker: Amy Ferris – “The Art of Collaborating: Completing Not Competing”
WRITING our lives is about rising up, speaking up, lifting the veil of shame, using our lives fully, to fulfill our deepest mission. It’s about giving up the “nice good girl” and replacing it with the kind, generous girl, about shedding the yes’s and the need to’s and the have to’s for ourselves, our own lives. It’ about digging in, and digging deep, and finding OUR TRUTH. It’s all about taking charge of our destiny, and never allowing others to diminish who we are again. WORDS ARE POWER.
Wednesday October 10
Speaker: Nancy A. Shenker – “Social Media And Your Life”
Are you guilty of social media old-fogeyism? Facebook, online chatting, Pinterest, Twitter, and good old email are just a few of the ways people are connecting and communicating these days. If you have been finding yourself overwhelmed – or even annoyed – at these “new-fangled” modes of communication, it’s time to catch up – and it’s easier than you may think.
Workshops Session 9
11:15 am-12:30 pm
Workshops Session 10
10:00 am-12:30 pm
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