Current & Recent Events

Our Calendar is filled with exceptional programs for our members to enjoy: engaging luncheon programs, seminars, lectures, private tours, social and cultural gatherings. The Foundation has established a track record of providing a robust curriculum on a range of issues important to our lives. Our community continues to grow and thrive!

In addition to Financial Education, our regular programs include  The Happiness Club: “Making Happiness A Choice” and “Without Health You Don’t Have Wealth”. The Happiness Club is an educational, non-profit social group with the mission to promote the benefits of being happy, the powerful connection between emotional and physical well-being, and the restorative power of the joy of living. Our motto is “Making Happiness a Choice” and each month we feature inspirational speakers. Our meeting is an uplifting opportunity to make new friends, connect with old friends, chat and share experiences.  www.happinessclubpalmbeach.com

Foundation events are primarily for our Women Members. However, we welcome Gentleman and Guests. Never hesitate to encourage a partner, friend, or family member to attend. Both Men and Women are welcome to join us. The choices you make today can determine how the rest of your life unfolds. Contact us at Info@FWCEL.org.

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Calendar – March & Early April 2019

Palm Beach
“Making Happiness a Choice”
SPEAKERS: Dr. Adam Friedman & Adriane Schmitt
DATE: Monday, March 4, 2019
TIME: Reception 5pm, Presentation 5:30 to 6:30pm
LOCATION: BICE Restaurant, 313 Peruvian Avenue, Palm Beach
COST: $20. Cash Only at Door. Credit Card payments accepted online

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan. DBT provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas: Mindfulness, Regulating Emotions, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

“As its name suggests, DBT is influenced by the philosophical perspective of dialectics: balancing opposites. The therapist consistently works with the individual to find ways to hold two seemingly opposite perspectives at once, promoting balance and avoiding black and white—the all-or-nothing styles of thinking. In service of this balance, DBT promotes a both-and rather than an either-or outlook. The dialectic at the heart of DBT is acceptance and change.” Psychology Today

Dr. Adam Friedman currently co-directs Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs for addiction throughout the state of Florida. Dr. Friedman has had the privilege of being trained by DBT’s founder, Dr. Marsha Linehan, in the state of Washington. He attended Nova Southeastern University, where he received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology. Dr. Friedman’s work has been published in psychoanalytic journals and he has written a chapter on the analysis of dreams that has been published as part of a book. He has a strong psychoanalytic background, and has trained with the Southeast Florida Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. Friedman is also featured in HBO’s award-winning documentary on eating disorder treatment, entitled, “Thin.” Dr. Friedman has a private practice in Boca Raton, Florida, but spends most of his time teaching, developing and supervising DBT programming both in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Adriane Schmitt is an experienced psychotherapist with specific expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Ms. Schmitt currently develops and facilitates DBT Programs in various substance abuse rehabilitation centers in south Florida. Ms. Schmitt’s extensive DBT training has been through Behavioral Tech, a training company founded by DBT’s creator, Dr. Marsha Linehan. and was privileged to receive training by Dr. Marsha Linehan herself during an Intensive DBT workshop in Seattle, WA. Ms. Schmitt is also responsible for teaching, developing, and supervising DBT programs affiliated with The Amy Winehouse Foundation both in the United States and the United Kingdom. During her tenure as a mental health professional, Ms. Schmitt has been an effective advocate and therapist to individuals suffering from a wide range of mental health disorders. Ms. Schmitt received a Master’s of Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Mental Health Counseling.

The Happiness Club is an educational, non-profit social group with the mission to promote the benefits of being happy and the powerful connection between emotional and physical wellbeing and the restorative power of the joy of living. Our motto is Making Happiness a Choice, and each month we feature an inspirational speaker. Our meeting is an uplifting opportunity to make new friends, connect with old friends, chat and share experiences. Cost for our Happy Hour includes hors d’oeuvres, one beverage, raffle, surprises and good vibes!   www.happinessclubpalmbeach.com  

Palm Beach
“Why Women Are a Game Changer for Economic Growth”
SPEAKER: Richard Ribek
DATE: Monday, March 11, 2019
TIME: Reception 5pm, Presentation 5:30 to 6:30pm
LOCATION: BICE Restaurant, 313 Peruvian Avenue, Palm Beach
COST: $20. Cash Only at Door. Credit Card payments accepted online.

Few would argue that women, who now make up 47% of the U.S. labor pool, are drastically changing the face of the American workforce. What’s often overlooked, however, is their collective role as an economic powerhouse. Women contribute nearly $1 trillion to the U.S. economy, according to 2015 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Today more than ever, a growing number of women are involved in making significant financial decisions for their families. Join us for this lively presentation and conversation where we will learn about the positive impact women are having on the economy, and strategies to help us take control of our finances.

Richard P. Ribek is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner with more than fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry. In 2015 Richard formed Lipari, Ribek, Chamness Investment Management, an independent office of Raymond James Financial Services. Prior to joining Raymond James, Richard served as a second vice president at Morgan Stanley. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Binghamton University. As a CFP® professional, he has committed to meeting the board’s continuing education requirements and practicing with higher ethical standards. Richard works diligently helping his clients envision the retirement they want and then working toward achieving that goal. Objective and reliable, his focus is on investment management with an emphasis on fixed income and individualized financial planning. Richard calls Jupiter, FL his home, which he shares with his wife Jennifer and son Brody. In his free time he enjoys golfing and participating in CrossFit.

Presentation includes happy hour drink and appetizers.

West Palm Beach
“The Strengths of Women”
SPEAKER: Dr. Dara Bushman
DATE: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
TIME: Lunch & Presentation 12 noon
LOCATION: Palm Beach Yacht Club, West Palm Beach
COST: $45. Limited Seating. RSVP asap!

In celebration of March being Women’s History Month, we are inviting Dr. Dara Bushman for lunch at the Palm Beach Yacht Club to reaffirm and celebrate the capacities and capabilities of women.

Dr. Dara’s presentation will touch upon:
-Tools to be your healthiest best self
-Creating an emotional bubble
-Increasing your spiritual edge and exacerbating gratitude

Dr. Dara grew up as a collegiate competitive tennis player. She chose the field of psychology because she is passionate about the specific areas of peak performance, peace of mind and accelerated healing coaching.

Dr. Dara is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Rapid Resolution Therapist, and Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She utilizes Rapid Resolution Therapy to gently and effectively clear blocks and achieve dramatic transformation to decrease levels of anxiety immediately and increase clarity to reach full physical and emotional balance. Additionally she has a diverse clinical background specializing with athletic performance, trauma and eating disorders. Her work incorporates individual, couples and family therapy. Her sports clients include Olympic and world class professional athletes. She was a lead therapist at Milestones in Recovery, a comprehensive Eating Disorder Treatment Center for 10 years with a strength to integrate and promote mind/body healing. She has extensive experience facilitating groups and is invited to lecture locally and nationally.

Dr. Dara lives in South Florida with her husband, two young children, two Italian Greyhounds and one gentle-giant Greyhound. Dr. Dara continues to be a competitive athlete at heart and lives an energetic, zestful lifestyle. Dr. Dara walks the walk, and lives the principles she believes and teaches.

Palm Beach
“Nutrition and Ambition”
SPEAKER: Nada Cory, Founder and President, Joseph P Cory Foundation
DATE: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
TIME: Reception 5pm, Presentation 5:30 to 6:30pm
LOCATION: Hai House, The Esplanade, 150 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach
COST: $25. Presentation includes refreshments.

From as early on as she could remember, Nada’s life involved planting, tending, and harvesting herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees. She was raised by her maternal parents in beautiful Croatia on a farmstead, and there she became an integral part of the land and everything her family practiced; all in the name of wellbeing. Those lessons learned have remained, and have given her the gift to create scrumptious meals from the garden’s bounty, and to comfort and heal using natural remedies.

As a young mother Nada took an interest in learning more about herbology and its capacity, particularly in response to a pivotal and memorable moment when her son became ill while on vacation. A simple tea infused by their hostess was prepared for him, and immediately and profoundly, he became well! Going forward, Nada followed suit and was convinced of the function herbal elixirs, teas and potions provided, looking for and collecting them, wherever an opportunity presented itself.

“It was always my desire to become a doctor, but life took me into a different direction for a while, working as a liaison in import/export, managing a group home for the elderly and handicapped, all, while raising two children”.  Her passion and calling to teach prevention and the understanding that “food is our medicine” rings clear in her work and all she stands for. Nada’s work celebrates the relationship we have with nature, which is crucial for our bodies to remain vital, vibrant and youthful! Mind-Body-Spirit.

Nada Cory is a licensed medial assistant, certified in Haling Dhan Haga Yoga, Reiki, Essential Oils/Raindrop Therapy, and a Dream Builder and Life Mastery Coach. After the passing of her husband Joe in 2015, she founded the Joseph P Cory Foundation in his memory. Its mission is to empower people and communities to achieve wellness and wellbeing through expertise, education and guidance.

Our meeting is at the hot new Chinese restaurant in the Esplanade, 150 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach. Free garage parking. Presentation includes happy hour drink and hors d’oeuvres.

Palm Beach
Spring Dinner with Chef Alex Cheblal and Melanie Cabot at Chez L’Epicere Restaurant
DATE: Wednesday, March 20th – the First Day of Spring!
TIME: 6pm to 8:30pm
LOCATION: Chez L’Epicere Restaurant, 288 S. County Road, Palm Beach COST: $149.
RSVP: www.VeganWagon.com

Wednesday, March 20th is the First Day of Spring and you are invited to a festive Dinner with Chef Alex Cheblal founder of Vegan Wagon and Melanie Cabot founder of Happiness Club Palm Beach. Chez L’Épicier will prepare a gourmet plant-based multi-course menu with scrumptious local and farm fresh ingredients. During our dinner Chef Alex will lead a friendly conversation about how a healthy outside starts from the inside and every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your body and soul. Together with Melanie, we will chat about how making more intelligent food choices can lead to a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Palm Beach
“Joie De Vivre Circle”
SPEAKER: Edwige Gilbert
DATE: Monday, March 25, 2019
TIME: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
LOCATION: Hai House, The Esplanade, 150 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach
COST: $25. Cash Only at Door. Presentation includes refreshments.

Join Edwige Gilbert, the French Wellness Coach and Author of the “Fresh Start Promise” and discover breakthrough strategies and techniques that are fun, easy to learn and will transform your stress into success and bring you Joie de Vivre!

Do you wish you could handle your stress better?
Do you wish you had more self-control and a healthier weight?
Do you wish you had more peace and joy in your life?
Do you wish you had more loving relationships in your life?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then Joie de Vivre Circle is for you!

Our meeting is at the hot new Chinese restaurant in the Esplanade, 150 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach. Free garage parking. Presentation includes refreshments.

Palm Beach
“Making Happiness a Choice”
SPEAKERS: Stella Frances
DATE: Monday, April 1, 2019
TIME: Reception 5pm, Presentation 5:30 to 6:30pm
LOCATION: BICE Restaurant, 313 Peruvian Avenue, Palm Beach
COST: $20. Cash Only at Door. Credit Card payments accepted online

“Secrets To Happiness and Winning Ways To Being Happier”

Have you ever noticed that there are certain people who seem to be happy all the time? It seems like stressful situations just bounce off them and they always seem to see the positive even in negative situations. Do you want to learn how to be one of those people?

Stella Frances will present how to know the secrets to finding happiness or peace no matter what is going on around you. We’ll be delving into the #1 most important secret to happiness… which is recognizing that your belief system is directly responsible for how you view the world and therefore how you feel. With newfound awareness, you can free yourself of negative patterns.

Stella’s gift is helping her clients identify the beliefs and patterns that cause unhappiness. Stop living everyone else’s dreams and feeling unfulfilled, and instead quiet that inner critic and empower your self-talk to embrace your own true path to happiness. Stella presents solutions to help control your emotions and develop better coping skills for day-to-day stressors and to make decisions that bring you happiness in any moment and success in life. It’s time to make Happiness a Habit!

Stella Frances is founder of Elevated Awareness, a coaching practice which delivers innovative and high-quality personal development training to design and help manifest for her clients a life that’s in harmony with their soul’s purpose. She inspires and empowers all those who are drawn to her to live their highest vision in the context of love and joy. After 15 successful years in the I.T. industry, Stella Frances found her true passion came from coaching her clients around systems for life, than in I.T. systems.

Stella trained with Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach and Co-Author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, and her mission is teaching clients to discover and unlock their true potential to live a life they LOVE living! She is an inspiring speaker, passionate educator, and a highly sought-after authentic happiness coach.

What is the biggest challenge you’re facing right now? And what would you love to create? Let Stella help you break through the obstacles that are holding you back. www.StellaFrances.com 

The Happiness Club is an educational, non-profit social group with the mission to promote the benefits of being happy and the powerful connection between emotional and physical wellbeing and the restorative power of the joy of living. Our motto is Making Happiness a Choice, and each month we feature an inspirational speaker. Our meeting is an uplifting opportunity to make new friends, connect with old friends, chat and share experiences. Cost for our Happy Hour includes hors d’oeuvres, one beverage, raffle, surprises and good vibes! www.happinessclubpalmbeach.com 

Palm Beach
Upcoming 2019 Events Include:

Estate Planning for Women: Learning From the Mistakes of Celebrities
This engaging session is designed to expand your estate planning knowledge, and maybe provide a little entertainment also.  Many celebrities don’t take time to plan accordingly.  All too often after the death of an iconic figure, we learn of estate planning missteps could have been easily avoided years of court battles or cost their heirs millions of dollars.

Women in Transition: Why Women Need Their Own Power Team
Are you in transition in your life, a widow or just want to take control and be more involved in decisions? Join us to discuss who you need in life and on your “team” to support you, guide you, advise you, and cheer you on!

Preparing Your “Family Love Letter”
Many estate planners are encouraging their clients to prepare “Family Love Letters” to help guide their loved ones through one of life’s most difficult and confusing times. This document provides a single place to record all of the legal, financial and personal information needed when a loved one’s life ends. By putting all these essentials in one place, you’ll be getting your house in order for those you love.

Introduction to “FACTS: Court Watch”
FACTS stands for Families Against Court Travesties, Inc.  This organization monitors family courts and legal personnel for the community. Trained Court Watchers attend hearings, primarily high-conflict family court cases. Their most important task is to show families they are cared about, and their presence in the courtroom during hearings encourages professional, family-friendly actions from lawyers, judges, and other court personnel involved in the family court system.

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Some of our Past Events

Monthly Evening Reception
“Making Happiness a Choice”. Monthly Inspirational Speakers. The Happiness Club is an educational non-profit social group within the Foundation with the mission to promote the benefits of being happy. Positive emotions have been linked in scientific studies with better health, longer life, and overall well-being. Without health, you don’t have wealth. More at www.HappinessClubPalmBeach.com   

Luncheon & Presentation
“Many Paths to Happiness”

Wellness Program & Luncheon
“HeartMath with Sarah Palmer and Vegan Wagon Lunch at Dovecot Farm”

Reception & Presentations
“Travel is the Secret to Happiness” & “Being Organized for Travel”

Reception & Presentation
“How Behavioral Finance Influences Our Money Choices”

Reception & Presentation
“Social Security is Here for the Long Haul”

Reception & Presentation
“Hot Topics for Unmarried Couples and Cohabitating Partners”

Reception & Presentation
“Encore: Work, Volunteer and Educational Opportunities for People over 50”

Reception & Presentation
“Ask Robert Seibel, Esq.: The Women’s Profit”

Breakfast & Presentation
“What the 2018 Tax Law Means to You & Becoming a Florida Tax Resident”

Wine Tasting & Conversation
“Merlot & Money Management for Millennials”

Luncheon & Workshop in New York City
“The 5 Money Types”

Luncheon & Seminar
“Financial EmPOWERment Strategies for Women”

Reception & Presentation
“BANKRATE: Managing Your Credit Identity”

Luncheon & Conversation
“Perception vs. Reality: Investing for today and beyond”

Special Presentation
“The Equifax Security Breach: Safeguarding You Financial Information”

  Luncheon & Seminar
“Credit and Women: Managing Your Financial Identity”

Luncheon & Seminar
“Women & Retirement: Are You Ready to Retire?”

Luncheon & Conversation
“What Women want from Wall Street”

Luncheon & Seminar
“Understanding Estate Planning”

Series of 3 Morning Workshops
“Financial Managers: Who is Actually Investing Your Money Day-to-Day;
Investing Basics; Diversification Basics”

Luncheon & Seminar
“Making the Complex Simple: How the Financial Industry Works and
What They Don’t Tell You About Fees.”

Art Gallery Talk & Reception
“Taglialatella Galleries Introduction to Enjoying and Collecting Fine Art”

Luncheon & Seminar
“Thinking Strategically About Divorce: What Women Need to Know About Protecting Themselves”

Luncheon & Seminar
“How to Choose a Wealth Advisor: Key Questions to Ask”

Luncheon & Seminar
“Women and Philanthropy: Planning your Legacy”

Cocktail Reception & Seminar
“Cyber Security and On-Line Banking”

Luncheon & Seminar
“Women Rock Their Finances: Five Steps to Financial Security”

Cocktail Reception & Seminar
“10 Key Habits of Financially Successful Women”

Luncheon & Seminar
“Girls Rock their Finances: A presentation tailored for Young Ladies and their Mothers or Grandmothers about Financial Security.”

Luncheon & Seminar
“Lives in Transition: Financial Stability for Widowed or Divorced Women”

Technology Workshop
“Technology Literacy: Sharpen your “i” Device skills to be more technologically agile”

Luncheon & Seminar
“Preparing a Family Love Letter: Vital Information for your Family in a Time of Confusion”

Private Tour & Lunch
Behind the scenes tour of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami Branch

Luncheon & Seminar
“Holiday Stress: Without Health there is no Wealth. Tips to help you “Keep Calm and Carry On

Holiday Party
Holiday Champagne Reception

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles by it.”

-Margaret Fuller