The Family of Women offers meetings in cities across the United States and Canada. Our meetings are a confidential and supportive place for women to come together, bond, and be themselves as they discover their purpose and power in their community and in the world.
Women meet face-to-face in many cities, and there are also phone/Zoom meetings available for women who don’t live near a meeting location or otherwise cannot meet face-to-face. [NOTE: Currently, all meetings are held on Zoom].
Many meetings are weekly, although other, less-frequent alternatives are available in some locations from time to time. Most of our weekly meetings have specific topic themes that generally run for a 6-month cycle. Examples of our agenda series can be found at the end of this page.
One of the greatest gifts of participating in a weekly meeting is the opportunity to create a personal goal and to have the support of the other women in helping you achieve that goal. In these weekly meetings, there are questions, exercises, and other experiential activities facilitated by the leader that are designed to support you in achieving your cycle goal.
Each woman takes responsibility for her full participation. We lead, inspire, mentor, and hold each other accountable, while empowering each other to achieve our dreams. We take complete ownership of the success of our lives, thereby learning how to create a life we love!
The material covered in each agenda series is created by women in the Family of Women. We are non-denominational, non-biased, and create our own material based on our mission statement, core values, and standards.
Come join us to discover more about yourself!
To connect with a group near you, visit our Find a Meeting page.
Specialized Agenda Series
In addition to our regular agenda series, Chapters may elect to offer specialized agendas for their members. Such series in the past have included:
- Married Women’s Agenda Series
- Getting Ready Agenda Series – for single women who are contemplating a long-term committed relationship/marriage
- Leadership Training
- Community Outreach agendas, which include creating and implementing service projects in our local communities
For many of the specialized agenda series, an application is required to ensure that the content of the series is a good fit for the women who wish to participate, and to ensure that there is sufficient leadership for the number of women who plan to take part. These opportunities are always announced in advance and will be listed in the Calendar of Events, including all relevant application deadlines.
Currently Available Agenda Series
These descriptions below are for agenda series that are available to be used in full or in part. These topics, or ones similar, may be offered at a location near you, either now or in the near future. To connect with a group near you, visit our Find a Meeting page.
A Woman’s Journey
There is power in knowing you always have a choice. This cycle we’ll travel together through our personal journeys, the different paths we’ve taken, and the stops we’ve made along the way. We’ll explore our experiences and successes and rekindle gratitude for those things which have made us who we are today.
We’ll empower each other to use the Family of Women tools to make new choices, leading to new opportunities to achieve our goals, ignite our passions, and make positive contributions in the world!
“A Woman’s Journey” agendas are intended to provide the opportunity to learn from each other and to improve communication and collaboration among women and in our relationships with others.
A Woman’s Journey II
“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’ – Mary Oliver.
This quote is the inspiration for the journey we’ll take this cycle. When you hear one wild precious life, what comes up for you? What does it mean to you? Are you living a wild, precious life now? If not, what stops you?
These are some of the questions we’ll be exploring in A Woman’s Journey 2: Your One Wild and Precious Life. Together we’ll get to the heart of how we each live our life. We have the power to make new choices and make changes. Let’s embrace every day, grow together, widen our horizons and play bigger in the world. So fasten your seat belts – we’re in for quite a ride.
Communication: What’s your message?
Motivational speaker Brian Tracy says, “Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” Are you ready to improve the quality of your life by improving your communication?
In this agenda series, we will explore communication from a number of different perspectives. We’ll share how we already communicate effectively and learn how to enhance our ability to send and receive communications. There are many different ways to communicate in our world today – let’s explore them together!! Whaddya say?
From a very young age the first relationships we create and invest in are with our friends.
A friend is the first person you want to call to share your good news or the shoulder you need to cry on during difficult times. A friend remembers that you don’t like pickles on your sandwich. A friend will accompany you on the most boring of errands and make them seem fun. In other words, friendship is wonderful, and much ink has been spilled in citing the virtues of having friends.
Some friendships work, some don’t, some are friends for life, some are acquaintances we are happy to bump into on occasion. Then there are friendships that remain deeply connected despite gaps of time (even years) being out of communication. Both of you easily pick up from where you left off not even feeling there has been any gap.
The process involved in creating, nurturing, managing the ups and downs and even ending friendships has its own distinctions from other relationships.
The Friendship Series offers members a chance to spend six months to explore the many elements of friendship. We will cover topics like trust, truth, communication and forgiveness. Gain insight and implement some Family of Women tools in your life so that you can reap all the benefits of consciously
nurturing your awesome friendships.
Giving, Receiving, and Self-Acceptance
Imagine looking in the mirror and thinking, “I am fantastic just the way I am.” The passing of time as etched in your face represents your victory and triumph; lessons learned and mastered. Other people’s opinions make you grin. You are simply content being yourself. Imagine the peace and easy way of living that comes from unconditionally accepting yourself and being comfortable in your own skin. Imagine your relationships elevated to new heights because you are open and able to give and receive without resistance. You live life on your terms, without fear or doubt.
Topics we’ll be discussing
- How do I deal with feedback/criticism?
- How can I give feedback/criticism in a way that works?
- How do I handle compliments?
- What stops me from receiving love? How well do I give love?
- How am I as a mentor? Do I know how to be a ‘mentee’?
- How do I know how much I accept myself?
- How can I accept myself more?
- What role do compliments play in my self-acceptance?
- How can knowing myself better help me to have the life I love?
Gratitude engages the heart as well as the mind. Gratitude is a key to living the lives we love, even when those lives are filled with challenges. In this agenda series, you will learn to recognize, acknowledge, and appreciate all the gifts in your life, including the hidden blessings in your challenges. You will experience the three-part harmony of complete gratitude as we journey together and discover the power of gratitude.
Happiness: Enhancing our happiness and the happiness of those around us.
In this agenda series, we will explore the heart and science of happiness, what gets in the way of our happiness and what we can do to increase our happiness and the happiness of those around us.
Chasing happiness is a major motivator in our modern world. People talk a lot about happiness and these are the kinds of things we hear: “I just want to feel happy,” “I’d be happy if I lost 10 lbs/made $5000 more a year,” “I left that job/marriage because it wasn’t making me happy,” “Everyone around me is stressed and unhappy,” “I can’t be happy as long as she/he is in charge,” “I would be happy if I had made a different decision in my past,” “I would be happier if X had not happened to me when I was young.” There are lots of things that seem to get in the way of us being happy, or happier. It doesn’t have to be this way! Come and join us and “get happy”!
It’s Your Life – Choose How You Live It!
What are the traits and behaviors you’d ideally like to have and live by in your day-to-day life? What governs how you behave, the respect you give and receive from yourself and others; how you honor your commitments; and whether or not you carefully think things through before taking an action or opening your mouth? When you set and hold personal standards, you set guidelines to follow and live up to. You are more conscious of what’s really important to you, and how you will plan and act, to really take responsibility for your relationships and your life.
In this series of agendas, we explore our personal standards and our relationship with making and maintaining them. By the end of our six months, we will each know our standards. We will have greater insight into our areas of strength and where we are lax around maintaining them. We will also review and develop tools to help us maintain our standards in our lives and in our relationships.
Making Your Positive Contribution in the World: Personal Mission Makeover
- Are old ideas dragging you down – keeping you from living to your fullest potential?
- Do you struggle to be consistent and move ahead in your life?
- Are you tired of a diet of woulda, coulda and shoulda?
- Do your mental closets need decluttering – clearing out the old to make way for the new?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes!” join us to answer them during this agenda series: Making Your Positive Contribution in the World: A Personal Mission Makeover! We will be answering these questions, as we examine our responsibilities as women: to ourselves, to our families, to other women, to the Family of Women, to our communities and to the world. We will discover how to use our Power Within and Power With to continue to grow as individuals, while remaining connected with and in service to our communities. We will explore where we are successful in making a difference in our worlds, and what gets in the way of making the differences we want to make. We will determine the next steps we need to take to embrace our Mission and to truly make a positive contribution in the world. If not now, when?
Join us; together we will take our places in the world!!
Viva La Difference!! Men and Women in Relationship
Does the behavior of men sometimes surprise you? Do you find yourself shaking your head and wondering what universe they came from? Do you sometimes wonder why they just don’t listen and won’t do what you think is the right thing to do?
In this agenda series, we will focus on men, women and relationships – how men and women differ and the way this affects how they are in relationships. And, we will celebrate how our differences help to complement each other’s strengths. The sessions will focus on understanding and accepting the differences between men and women, and on knowing and managing ourselves in relationship. With this knowledge and awareness we can be more successful friends, co-workers, partners, mothers, sisters, and daughters and, in doing so, live the lives we love and make the world a better place.
Mission of Feminine Power
In this series, we will be looking deeply into ourselves and how we bring the best of us out into the world. We will be spending each meeting breaking down important parts of the Family of Women Purpose/Mission Statement since that is what we all stand for, and because it is a guide to who and how we want to be as members of the FOW. Our Purpose/Mission Statement exists to provide clarity and give a sense of the purpose we are working toward together. It defines who we are and how we will live as women in the Family of Women.
Money and Sex – A Window Into You In Relationship
Everything, everything, everything is a reflection of you in relationship, and this applies to your relationship with money and your relationship with sex. Often the relationship we have with money and/or sex and what we learn about ourselves in exploring these hot button topics can give us insight into our barriers to success in many different areas of our lives – our relationship with ourselves, our relationship with our significant other and our relationship with our friends and families.
This agenda series will give you an opportunity to explore your relationship with money and sex – your preconceptions, your issues, your barriers, your successes, your learnings and your triumphs. And, if you have a successful relationship with sex and/or money, please come and share your wisdom!
Before we did our Women’s Discovery Weekend we were introduced to Promises that the Weekend offered. During the Weekend we discovered more about ourselves as we journeyed through the Promises. We all received results at different degrees for each Promise. The discoveries and the growth never stop. This cycle we will continue to learn, deepen and strengthen each Promise. Together, each week, we will focus on one Promise. Each woman, where ever she may be in living the promises, will look at where she is and where she wants to go. This cycle we will Live the Promises together, accepting, supporting, mentoring, acknowledging, celebrating your power, appreciating the differences between men and woman, being successful, having gratitude, being generous and responsible. What better way to welcome new women to discover and live the Promises and support the success of the Weekends?
The Promises Agenda Series’ intention is to provide the opportunity to learn from each other, improve communication and collaboration between team members and relationships with others. The format offers new possibilities for better understanding of self, others and the issues at hand related to each Promise.
“Resilience is defined as the ability to flexibly adapt to challenging, adverse, or traumatic life events. Resilience is not a trait that you either have or do not have; rather, it is a set of strategies that can be learned and practiced.” (Dr. Arielle Schwartz)
In this meeting series, we will explore what resilience is and is not. We will review strategies that will enhance our resilience to the stresses and strains of life. The premise is based on a fundamental principle of the Family of Women — that we can choose how we are in the world and choose how we interpret and react to things that happen to us. Join us to exercise and build up your resilience muscles!
Risk and Reveal
Are you ready to take the risks necessary to own your greatness and to get the life and relationships you desire, really? Do you celebrate the success of each risk? Do you ask for encouragement and support so that you’re not doing it alone? Do you risk in some areas of your life and not in others? Are you ready to have the life of your dreams?
By courageously taking risks together, we will create intimate relationships and enroll others in our life and purpose. With vulnerability and trust, we will discover and reveal our true selves. We will learn the tools to be successful and become accountable for our actions and decisions.
Want a Breakthrough? Take a Risk and join us!
The Secret to Living the Life You Love
Are you ready to take the Family of Women 160-day challenge? Together we will explore what our dreams are, what gets in the way of having our dreams, and how we can work together to achieve them. Are you ready to cross the bridge between having a purpose and really living it? between knowing your personal standards and living them? between having goals and achieving them? These six months will be jam-packed with tips, tools, and techniques to keep you on track: being the woman you’ve always wanted to be and the woman the world needs you to be. Come live that life!
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!
Team – “two or more people working together.” Everywhere you interact with others, you are actually acting as part of a team! In this agenda series, we will be viewing our lives as parts of a number of teams working in alignment to achieve something together. This can apply to our marriages, our families, our jobs, our volunteering, shopping, problem solving … anywhere we interact with others. If we adopt the mindset of being a good team player, we can assess how we are doing in each area of our life. We’ll discover concrete steps we can take to move ahead as good team members, working towards a common goal and towards living the lives we love while making a difference in the world. TEAM … Together Everyone Achieves More!