"Flying Solo" Women's Seminar to be Held at Library

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A panel of experts will address legal, financial, social, and family issues in “Flying Solo,” a free seminar for single, divorced or widowed women.  Co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Brown Bag Network and Ridgefield Library, the seminar will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the library. 

“Being on one’s own can be extremely challenging, to say the least,” said Barbara McMahon, one of the members of Brown Bag Network who coordinated the event.  “We want to help women transform themselves and their situations, and learn how to avoid potential problems.” 

The keynote speaker will be Jessica Bram, author of Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey.  Bram’s award-winning radio commentaries have been heard on the National Public Radio, and her essays have been published in many national and regional newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times. Bram is also founder and director of the Westport Writers’ Workshop. 

Other professionals on hand for advice will be:  Barbara McMahon, a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch; Rebecca L. Ciota, an attorney practicing in family law and divorce proceedings; Birgitta Stone, an insurance and financial products specialist; Kristina Kelly, an attorney practicing in the fields of trust and estate planning, elder law and residential real estate; Olga Adler, award-winning interior designer and lifestyle consultant; Heather Ehinger, LMFT Family Therapist; and Candy Schrull, an accountant and client services specialist.  Additional members of the Brown Bag Network include Kerry Anne Ducey, founder and editor of HamletHub, and Barbara Bangser, a public relations professional. 

 “It’s true that knowledge is power,” said McMahon, “and our hopes are that this seminar will inspire, empower and educate.”

Held in the Dayton Room of the Ridgefield library, the free event is limited to the first 50 people who R.S.V.P.  Refreshments will be provided by Ancona’s Market and Tusk & Cup.  For more information, or to register, visit ridgefieldlibrary.org  or call 203-438-2282.


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