The Transition Network

Welcome to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter includes the seven county metropolitan area that includes Ramsey, Hennepin, Dakota, Washington, Carver, Scott, Wright and Anoka.

For information on our new and growing chapter, please contact us at

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter is connecting women and helping them make the most out of their "50 years and forward" transition journey. While every woman's situations may be varied, we can all learn and find support from other women who are also experiencing change.

We are constantly reaching out to as many women as possible to make connections and planning as many events as we can.  We already have active Special Interest Groups and are now in the process of creating more Transition Peer Groups. For more information about the Minneapolis/St. Paul Group, please contact Steering Committee Chair Jill Goski at  

          Chair: Jill Goski  

November at a Glance  

All TTN activities must comply with current CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines regarding Covid. We further rely on each member to be responsible for her own health, safety and comfort level. Each TTN SIG and Peer Group should be sensitive to the needs and wishes of all of their members as decisions regarding in-person meetings are made.

Join us for upcoming chapter events ----

Tuesday, November 2 - Virtual Get Connected

Wednesday, November 10 - Health and Wellness: Ergonomics in the Age of Zoom

Tuesday, December 7 - Virtual Get Connected

Tuesday, December 21 - Winter Solstice Party



Submitted by Debra Dorgan

Kathy Marshall Emerson on Finding Our Resiliency and Peace of Mind

After a year of postponing our in-person 2020 Fall Quarterly Program, on the evening of October 14, 2021, 25 women were honored to hear Kathy Marshall Emerson present and lead us in a discussion on resilience via Zoom. The postponement was due to Covid which disrupted many of our lives and provided added examples in the program discussion of the importance of resilience. Kathy is the founder and director of the National Resilience Resource Center (NRRC).

How do our thoughts create stress? We can get overwhelmed by our thoughts in a way that interferes with our peace of mind. Focusing on a couple of important concepts – gratitude, and deep listening – we met as dyads, in small groups, and participated in large group debriefing. It was a thoughtful and lively session. Thanks to Jill Goski for collaborating with Kathy on this opportunity for our members. And thanks to all of the women who attended for their input and insights.


Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter

Fourteen women benefited from the knowledge of Dr. Jessica Corman of Balance Portland. Jessica, a PT and ergonomics specialist, helped us understand how our posture and lack of movement when we spend too much time on zoom or in front of our computer can literally "be a pain". She explained some mechanics about how our bodies work and suggested a few stretching exercises. Thanks to Jessica for spending her time with us and offering such helpful information in an understandable way.Read more...

November 2, 2021
Get Connected November
On November 2nd ten members gathered for the Get Connected.  After checking in with each other there was a fun and lively discussion on the topic of “ Where do you find your home decor?”
There were a variety of ideas from smaller to larger stores to consignment shops. Some of the larger stores are  Home Goods/TJ Maxx,  Costco, Marshall’s, Bachman’s, Pier 1, Macy’s, Target, Becker Furniture, Schneiderman’s, Room and Board, The Woods, Tuesday Mornings, Patina, Gina B Design (for greeting cards) and the Galleria on 50th and France. The consignment shops are Movables, Sagatas, Turnstyle and  Golden Age Design. 
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October 5, 2021
Get Connected October
On October 5th, seven members gathered to discuss the topic “How do you sell unwanted items? Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or others?” As expected, a lively conversation ensued as members shared their experiences selling and purchasing items as well as donating rather than selling unwanted items. See Read More for ideas.
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September 8, 2021
Get Connected September
Eight women gathered on September 8 for the September “Get Connected”. After each of us gave an update on how we were doing we discussed the topic - “Are there any good books that you read?” See Read More for suggestions.Read more...

Thirty women met at a member’s delightful home and garden on Saturday, June 26, for the Women Weaving Words event. We enjoyed visiting in person, playing some games and considering how stories get made. Two local artists - Sue Scott and Lorna Landvik - were also invited to share their personal insights.Read more...

On May 15, nineteen TTN MSP members connected via Zoom for an original two-hour program called “Unmasking Our Truth: Pondering the Pandemic and Forecasting Our Future.” We began with a quiz to determine the level at which we had curtailed participation in everyday activities such as riding an elevator or attending a wedding in person. We reviewed “transitions” as defined by William Bridges in TTN’s signature “Women in Transitions” program. Several articles about the meaning of, and/or emerging from the pandemic were provided to participants to read prior to the workshop. We took a closer look at “15 Lessons the Pandemic Has Taught Us” from the March 2021 AARP bulletin, and “In Their Own Words, Americans Describe the Struggles and Silver Linings of the COVID-19 Pandemic” from the Pew Research Center – March 17, 2021. Each review included lively small group discussions followed by large group sharing. Participants left with a better idea of what they would choose to carry forward from this once in a lifetime event. We ended with a beautiful reading of And the People Stayed Home by Kitty O’Meara.Read more...

February 8, 2020
Home Sweet Home
Twenty-one women attended the winter quarterly program and learned valuable information from Della Johnson, TTN member and realtor, and Laurie Wrobel, Senior Move Manager and owner of Clutter 911.Read more...

Material from, 12:11:20 November 27, 2021.
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