Your TTN Chicago Chapter IS here for you!
Let’s stay connected during the coronavirus self-isolation period!
March 31, 6:00 pm: Special Zoom event for all TTN members and their guests where we’ll check in with one another, explore the impacts of coronavirus on our lives, share ideas on how to get through these challenging times, and how to plan for what may be a very different future. Register here
The Transition Network keeps women in our stage of life connected and present in the world. During this critical period of time fighting the coronavirus in our communities, we may become particularly isolated and miss our daily activities.
Please know that we are here for you and there are still ways we can keep ourselves from feeling alone and confined. Here’s how our TTN Chicago Chapter members can thrive until we are out and about again:
April and May: All Peer Group and most SIGs will be held via ZOOM. Your facilitator will be in touch with you on specifics.April 7: Table Talk will be held via ZOOM. Members who have registered for this “sold-out” event will receive participation details.
April 28: North Star: Continuing the Conversation planning meeting with Deborah Holton will be held via ZOOM. Register here.
May 2: Mother as a Verb will be held via ZOOM. Find out more and Register here.
May 19: Table Talk will be held via ZOOM. Register here.
And there are more events coming, stay tuned:
- April and May (date TBD): ZOOM Happy Hours
- May (date TBD): Self-Actualization SIG via ZOOM
Please join us as we continue to connect in new and unique ways. We’ll use technology the best we can to bring us together, share information and ideas, and have a few laughs along the way.
“We’ve been through a lot of stuff in our lives; we will get through this.”
Precariously poised at some in-between age
I now hold my youth tenderly,
gazing at a fond but vague remembrance
of a former fleeting self
with a poignant mélange of melancholy,
straddling the threshold of an imposing portal
I am potentially destined to cross.
Struggling to whisper a fond adieu
to this fading less-familiar me
yet equally strenuous is donning, then shirking
the garment that does not yet fit
of another older self who is caught
somewhere in a liminal gap.
No longer squarely middle-aged
And not yet an elder.
Mind the gap becomes my mantra
my cue to become better acquainted
with some solid ground of being, ageless and enduring.
How will I recognize it?
~ Kimberly Wolfe has held a lifelong curiosity for exploring the transcendent nature of life. She engages this relationship through her work as a humanistic psychologist, blogger, and her emerging passion for writing poetry.
Join the TTN CHICAGO AMBASSADOR TEAM!
Ambassadors orient and connect new members to TTN and the Chicago chapter activities and ensure that those joining the chapter maximize their membership and its benefits. Once assigned to a new member, the Ambassador will serve for a period of three months.
Serving as an Ambassador is a rewarding experience with a minimal time commitment. If you’re interested in joining the Ambassador Team or have any questions, please email Membership Committee member, Roni Buckley: email@example.com
Explore Chicago Holiday High Tea! What a lovely day at the Atwood! Thanks Sujatha and Emma for organizing!
Cultivate Peace and Joy Holiday Party!
Mahjong Special Interest Group
Habitat for Humanity Women Build - October 12
July MeetUp Happy Hour at Gigi's Kitchen
Explore Chicago! - China Town & Water Taxi Outing
Community Service @ Inspiration Cafe!
Women's Circle with Helene T. Stelian
TTN Chicago members joined Life Coach Helene T. Stelian in a circle of women seeking to share wisdom and community. Helene began the circle with a short, thought-provoking reading to launch the discussion, then the members and their needs will direct the flow of the conversation. We are rooted in the belief that each and every one of us is innately worthy and deserves to be seen, to be heard, to be known. Members came with an open heart and an open mind. There was no room for shame, criticism, or judgment. This was an intimate and confidential conversation. In our Women’s Circle, you’ll find a safe space to offer and receive empathy, inspiration, and encouragement. Join us again in September!
Book Drive Donation!
Thanks to all our TTN Chicago Chapter members for buying and donating books for our 2nd annual "Read-Succeed-Indeed" Book Drive! The books were donated to two kindergarten classes at Manierre Elementary School in Chicago, a public school in Old Town of 345 students, many of whom are economically disadvantaged. The teachers and students were thrilled to received more than 150 books and book sets! The teachers provided a list of desired paperback books that could be read independently by the kindergartners.
This is just one of the many ways our Community Service Interest Group and TTN members Impact and Connect our community. Learn more about TTN Chicago Chapter at www.thetransitionnetwork.org/chapters-chicago/ Join us!
Member Social Table Talk
Travel Panel! Special Interst Group forming!
Recent Events: Ageism and Feeling Invisible
This animated conversation facilitated by TTN Chicago members Roni Buckley and Joy Loverde and attended by over 30 women was centered around four simple yet powerful questions: Have you experienced ageism in your life? What beliefs about ageism do you carry with you? What would an age-blind society look like? How will you respond to ageism? It touched on issues of discrimination, anger and resentment, negative labels, age segregation, internalizing feelings and invisibility. It also raised awareness of the need for activism and cultural change and the value of experience, resilience, gratitude and wisdom. The program concluded with chapter members invited to continue this very meaningful conversation.
Two Chicago Chapter Members Recognized as Women of Substance by DePaul University Women's Network.
Congratulations to Joy Loverde and Lori Neblung
Check out our newest Member Spotlight!
Women in Transition Workshop
20 women from Chicago participated in a highly experiential Women in Transition Workshop to explore what’s next by:
· Enhancing skills for successfully navigating change
· Expanding possibilities and options
· Knowing how to create a meaningful life
· Creating a “next steps” action plan
Career Reboot Members Event
There are more women over 50 in the US today than at any other point in history, They are working longer, exploring opportunities for career transitions and their next act. Career Coach Megan Walls, who has coached numerous women in career transitions, offered ideas and answered members' questions about navigating and anticipating a career move. Participants also shared experiences of their own career challenges and discoveries.
Your Financial Future Members Event
Women may live longer than men; however, many women are less likely to have planned or saved enough for retirement or their later years. That's what made this conversation with Certified Financial Planner and Chicago TTN Chapter member Ann Greenberg so valuable! She shared information on navigating finances and offered suggestions for creating a more secure financial future.
Meet and Eat Group
Our new Meet and Eat Special Interest group enjoys lunch at extra-ordinary restaurants in Chicago. In addition to the culinary experiences, this provides members relaxed time to connect and engage in lively conversation!
Book Tour Event "How to Live Forever"
Several of our TTN Chicago Chapter members attended the 3rd in the Village’s Longevity Symposium Series, which examined longevity from a unique perspective. In his book, How to Live Forever – the Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations, Marc Freedman, renowned social entrepreneur, thought leader, and founder of Encore.org, explores purpose and generativity in later life and how mentoring the next generation can forge a legacy that lives beyond us.
Transition Peer Group
Our fall and winter sessions of our Transition Peer Group, a TTN Signature Program, offers unique opportunities for members to rethink their life or work, and engage in deeper personal reflection and learning. Peer Groups meet in members' homes and are led by a trained facilitator who is also a TTN Member.
Community Service Group is volunteering!
TTN Chicago Chapter members from the city and the North Shore packed over 3000 books at Bernie’s Book Bank in less than 2 hours! Bernie’s donates more than 3 million books to children through out Chicagoland who do not have access to books at home. The group enjoyed lunch in Lake Forest before they started sorting!
LOL! 30 Members and guests shared tons of laughs at our
December 4 Laughter Yoga and Holiday Potluck!
TTN Members gathers on Monday, November 5 at the American Writers Museum to hear from Glory Edim, author of Well-Read Black Girl and Instagram sensation with more than 150,000 followers of her book club!
See details on our Special Interest Group Page-between our Book Group Announcements. Click here for details!
TTN Spooktacular Children's Halloween Party at Chicago Lights, October 31
Thanks to all members for making our first Community Service Event a real success! It was fun seeing the children enjoying themselves and loving the goodie bags that Mary and Roni so generously provided for all of the children. Kudos to all volunteers who helped with this event: Dorothy for her perseverance in finding a place for our members to volunteer on Halloween night, Ann-Marie for her amazing creativity, for preparing activities for the children and for delivering them to them in an engaging way. And to all the members who came to Chicago Lights to create a safe and very special Halloween for children facing poverty and violence in Chicago.
Fine Art of Fiber Show at Chicago Botanical Gardens
We had a fabulous day at the Chicago Botanical Gardens at the Fine Art of Fiber Show. Members and prospective members from the City and North Shore enjoyed the beautiful locally crafted textile and fiber clothing and accessories and spectacular quilts in the gorgeous natural setting. Lunch afterwards at Prairie Grass restaurant in Northbrook was such a nice way to end the day together! Thanks to Rachel and Emma for organizing this event and to all who drove/carpooled and shared their Garden and Museum membership privileges.
Theater Group at the Greenhouse Theater to see "Warrior Class"
Several members enjoyed a delightful dinner at 7 Plates Cafe before seeing the Midwest premier of Warrior Class at the Greenhouse Theater in Lincoln Park. Our Special Interest Theater Group seeks out performances by exceptional small theater companies performing in venues all around Chicago. The New York Times has highlighted the vibrant theater scene in Chicago. New Members are always welcome to join!
City Book Group enjoys discussing their latest book "Gang Leader for a Day" by Sudhir Venkatesh.
Sudhir Venkatesh's account of the six years he spent doing research in Chicago's housing projects as a Sociology graduate student. We rotate facilitators to lead the discussion, pose thought provoking questions and explore issues of interest that surface in every book we read. The City Book Group selects a new title each month, from biography, historical fiction and everything in between! New Members are always welcome to join! Thanks to our member Miriam for hosting our group event each month!
Explore Chicago Group at Chicago Magic Lounge
TTN Chicago's "Explore Chicago" Special Interest Group had a mysterious night at the Chicago Magic Lounge with DavidParr and his Cabinet of Curiosities! Thanks Sujatha and Ann for planning the evening out!
We did it! 53 by October 3!! for Read! Succeed! Indeed!
TTN Chicago collected 53 gently used and new children’s books from members that we will donate to children in underprivileged areas in Chicago where resources are limited. In doing so, we exceeded our own goal of collecting 50 books by the end of October! Thank you to all TTN members who made this wonderful achievement happen. Let's keep gathering more books so that we can share with other schools throughout the area! If you know of a school that is in need of books, let us know!
May 9, 2018
Purpose Discussion Event
TTN member and Life Coach led a purpose discussion with a capacity group of 30 engaged and inspirational women at our May 9 event.
March 27, 2018
Active Aging: Discover What's Next for You on March 22, 2018
Our first 2018 downtown event was a big success! TTN member and speaker Joy Loverde shared her knowledge as a leading aging expert on the steps one can take to plan to safeguard your health and happiness in old age. Everyone received a copy of Joy's book, Who Will Take Care of Me When I'm Old? and had the opportunity to mingle over a glass of wine and snacks. Read more...
September 26, 2017
September 12 TTN Event on Navigating Change
Thank you to our speaker, executive coach Jody Michael for her talk on Navigating Change. She encouraged attendees to learn how to use six muscles to gain mental fitness and resilience in navigating change and handling transition. Read more...
June 22, 2017
Shifting Gears Event Invigorates Chicago Women!
Three amazing panelists came together in downtown Chicago to share their experience as they shifted gears in their own careers. Read more...