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September 19, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
$35 – $55


Minikahda Club
3205 Excelsior Blvd , Minneapolis, MN 55416
Minneapolis, MN 55416 US
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Rising Strong After 50: Creating Your New Reality | Speaker Panel

September 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT - $35 – $55

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Your “after 50s” years are not the same as your mother! Our 50s+ today is much different than a generation ago for so many reasons. So, is 50 the new 30? Is 60 the new 40? Come weigh in at a lively discussion with expert panelists on how to create your new reality, while exploring authentically the ups and downs of what that reality involves. BRING YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS, BIG IDEAS, AND WOMEN’S WISDOM TO THE TABLE AT THIS EXCITING EVENT!


Ruth Tongen: Ruth is a Senior Vice President at think2perform, a consulting firm committed to helping organizations and individuals achieve sustained optimal performance. Ruth focuses on strategy for moving through transitions in a healthy manner. One area of transition Ruth specializes in is the path to retirement. She is a Certified Professional Retirement Coach and is also credentialed as a Senior Human Resource Practitioner.  In addition, Ruth is a registered nurse and has a master’s degree in Eastern medicine. She operates a health care practice, where she not only helps clients maintain peak health, but also helps them make clear decisions about their next steps when faced with choices about medical procedures and treatment.

Kathryn Hoy: Kathryn’s career in financial services spans almost 40 years. As a Financial Advisor and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor®, she has learned a lot about what is important to people in their lives. Working with business owners, executives, retirees, and divorced and widowed women, to name a few, Kathryn recognizes the importance of understanding your financial picture regardless of where you currently are in your life. We are living longer, and those “after 50” years are taking on a new and varied meaning requiring thoughtful planning that covers liquidity, longevity and legacy. As vital as this is for everyone, she realizes that it is particularly important for women to engage in their financial futures and feel comfortable seeking the resources they need to navigate their finances with confidence.

Barb Fordyce: Barb has had a 30-year career in a variety of leadership positions in hospitals and clinics with the goal of ensuring that patients get the right care at the right time and in the right place. Her passion for helping others has translated to being the Owner and President of Oasis Senior Advisors, where she assists seniors and families in finding the “best fit” Senior Living Community (Independent Living, Assisted Living or Memory Care) and meeting health, social, financial, location, and lifestyle needs and preferences. She believes it is an honor and privilege to be a guide and resource to seniors and their families during this decision-making process and transition.


Teresa Thomas: Teresa, networking expert, is author of Win/Win Networking: Your Guidebook for Confident and Effective Connections. Upon turning 50, Teresa created 50 Fun ThingsTM tools and experiences, catalyzing people from all walks of life to create more fulfilling lives and foster meaningful connections, personally and professionally. In her 25 years as a professional connector, Teresa has facilitated hundreds of networking events, presented for countless groups, and helped thousands to connect and grow. She is the recipient of the 2019 Women in Business Champion through the Small Business Association (SBA) of Minnesota. Most recently she has been named one of Minnesota’s “50 Over 50” in 2019 by AARP and Pollen.

She also has led MN Women in Networking (WIN) for 11+ years, during which time she has uplifted the careers of more than 2,500 women. Teresa has a supportive, inclusive approach to networking. As the visionary behind the Win/Win Connects networking model, she believes networking is really about seeing the interconnectedness between all of us. It is about listening and noticing the ways we can lift each other up.

Refund Policy: Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the event start date, except for our flagship events (Leadership Conference, WaveMaker Awards, and Empower Gala). For the flagship events, please see the event page for refund dates. 

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