Two local community groups, Women in Unity of Rockaway and Better Together of Denville, have joined forces to create a seminar to help women overcome personal obstacles in such areas as health, self-defense, and finances, and reach their personal goals. “Stepping onto the Stage: A Women Empowering Women Seminar” will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the United Methodist Church of the Rockaways, 1 Hoagland Ave., Rockaway, New Jersey.
The program will focus on six areas that are of concern to many women. Dr. Suzanne Tepper, a family practice physician, and Mary Finckenor, a registered dietician, will discuss issues of women’s health.They will put special emphasis on body image and how women can maintain healthy self-esteem in a society that supports an artificial, air-brushed vision of beauty. Finckenor, a human resources and talent development specialist, will offer suggestions on how women can cope with workplace issues in ways that are effective, positive and productive.
Warrior Workshop leader Christine Hutchinson will demonstrate simple but effective self-defense techniques that are easily mastered and will provide women with a sense of confidence in public places. Karen Noel, a certified Yogini with nearly 20 years of experience in the science of moving energy, will lead the gathering in yoga and guided meditation practices aimed at providing stress relief.
Financial services professional Vanessa Levy Douglas will draw on her career in insurance and IT to discuss the basics of building a strong financial foundation. Her talk will include managing debt, building savings and protecting against risk and unexpected events. Environmental activist Christine Clarke will conclude the program by telling her personal story of political activism, which began 10 years ago when she led an independent effort to update New Jersey’s Title 9 statues to protect more at-risk and abused children from harm.
The “Stepping onto the Stage: Women Empowering Women Seminar” is open to all women, including older teens. It is free, although a donation of $5.00 would be appreciated to help the sponsors continue their community outreach. To learn more about this event and to register, please visit the Women in Unity Facebook page at bit.ly/WomenInUnity.