A look into the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Labs: Washington University/St. Louis

Circadian rhythms have a profound effect on metabolism, the immune system – and in the latest reserach from Drs. Herzog and Jungheim, maybe even preterm birth.

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.49.03 AMWe’ve long known that our circadian rhythms have profound effects on how — and especially when — we go about our daily lives. These cycles are influenced by the various intervals of light and darkness we experience over a 24-hour period, but also can be triggered by biological factors, our genetics and even our environment. The range of circadian impacts runs from relatively unnoticed, like our moods and ability to cope with stressors, to the most obvious, like when we are hungry or sleepy.

Circadian rhythms also have a profound effect on the onset of labor, with approximately 80% of women going into spontaneous labor between late night and early morning. And some studies have even shown that altering a pregnant woman’s circadian rhythms can disrupt the fetus’ growth and development. But could these rhythms also be a key factor in preterm birth? That’s exactly what a team of researchers at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis are working on.

“The hypothesis we’re testing is that circadian rhythms in the mother, the fetus, or both, regulate birth timing, and when disrupted, may lead to preterm birth,” Dr. Herzog explained. “This chronodisruption, as it’s called, can be brought on by a number of factors, including shift work, exposure to artificial light, even irregular meals and sleep times. Our goal is to see how these disruptions influence preterm birth.”

The study has two parts. The first is to determine whether genetic or environmental disruptions of circadian rhythms lead to increased preterm birth risk in mice. The second part of the study is a pilot that will monitor and test 100 women pre- and post-conception to determine when disruption of the circadian rhythms of women with certain chronotypes, (e.g., larks vs. owls) increases their risk for preterm birth. The study will then be extended to 1000 women.

Also working on Theme Three at Washington University at St. Louis are Dr. Justin Fay, Ph.D., an associate professor of genetics, and Dr. Sarah K. England, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Jeff Gill, a professor of Political Science.

“By correlating the data we receive with genetic variations, we’ll also be able to trace any outcomes back to a woman’s specific biology,” said Dr. Fay, “to determine what role genetics plays in affecting circadian rhythm.”

Another leader working on this theme is Dr. Emily Jungheim. She sees the potential for the results of this research to positively affect the women in her practice.

“When I talk to young reproductive age women who are trying to have a child, the things that really speak to them are those they can do themselves to improve their outcomes,” she said. “They’re so motivated to do whatever they can to ensure they’re going to have a healthy start for their baby.”

And modifying those outcomes could be as simple as having a regularly scheduled bedtime.

For more information on prematurity research breakthroughs, we invite you to sign up for the Campaign to End Premature Birth newsletter.

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Kathumbi elected first African-American president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.35.14 AMCOLUMBUS, OHIO – Lisa Kathumbi, a partner in Bricker & Eckler’s Employment and Healthcare practice group, has been named president of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association (OWBA). Kathumbi is the first African-American president in the 25-year history of the association.

“We are incredibly proud of the work Lisa is doing with the OWBA,” said Kurt Tunnell, Bricker’s managing partner. “Our firm is known for its long history and commitment to bar service and leadership, and for groundbreaking diversity.  Lisa is continuing the tradition.”

To kick off her year as OWBA president, Kathumbi developed the programming for the 2017 OWBA Annual Meeting and Conference this month, which featured keynote speakers Lucy Helm, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Starbucks, and Carrie Hightman, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer of NiSource Inc. “We were excited to have the opportunity to welcome two Fortune 500 General Counsel who have shattered glass ceilings”, said Kathumbi. The conference theme, Critical Conversations and Courageous Leadership, tackled  some of the most significant issues facing the legal profession, including the persistent gender gap at the highest levels of leadership. In addition to Helm and Hightman, the conference included perspectives from not only local lawyers and judges, but from business and community leaders. “Our goal was to share diverse ideas, develop strategies, and continue to build capacity through collaboration,” noted Kathumbi.

A steadfast advocate for the OWBA since joining the board in 2011, Kathumbi was named the recipient of the association’s President’s Choice Award in 2014 for contributing ongoing support, energy, talent, time and vision, and for promoting diversity and inclusion within the organization and profession.

At Bricker, Kathumbi represents and counsels employers, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies across jurisdictions in a broad range of labor and employment and ERISA litigation matters. Kathumbi also works with clients to navigate the legal risks of day-to-day employment decisions, and conducts litigation avoidance training and seminars. Her strong reputation has earned industry accolades, including 2014 and 2015 recognition as a Rising Star in Ohio Super Lawyers®. In addition to her work with the OWBA, Kathumbi is a 2017 fellow in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and was recently selected as a 2017 Women WELDing the Way honoree by the Ohio Chapter of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD).

“I look forward to continuing to work with an incredibly talented board of highly accomplished attorneys and judges and I am honored and humbled to join a long list of women leaders who I admire and who have served as president of the association,” said Kathumbi.

Kathumbi earned her J.D. and B.A. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and her M.A. from the University of Chicago.

About the Ohio Women’s Bar Association: The mission of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association is to promote the leadership, advancement and interests of women attorneys through professional education, networking and the exchange of ideas between our members, local bar associations, business and the community.

About Bricker & Eckler: With offices throughout the state, Bricker & Eckler is one of Ohio’s leading law firms. Bricker represents a wide variety of clients, with particular strength in representing health care, public sector, financial services and energy clients in Ohio and beyond. The firm has a long history of promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in an ongoing effort to reflect the communities and clients it serves.

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Applications Now Being Accepted for Fall 2017 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic

Hospitals Encouraged to Nominate Patients for Nationally-Renowned Training Program for Women Living with Heart Disease

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease has announced that applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 WomenHeart Science & Leadership SymposiumThe Symposium is taking place October 6-October 9, 2017 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The application deadline is July 31, 2017.

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The four-day Symposium brings together dedicated female heart patients and provides a rigorous training for them to be WomenHeart Champions — patient volunteers who work in their local communities to lead support network meetings with heart disease survivors and/or participate in other WomenHeart education and advocacy activities.

“Education, advocacy and support are at the core of the fight against heart disease in women. WomenHeart Champions trained at this prestigious program are equipped to improve awareness, increase action and lead peer support efforts in their local communities,” said Mary McGowan, CEO of WomenHeart.

McGowan referenced research that underscores the impact of peer support in helping women improve their heart disease outcomes.

“So many women experience feelings of fear, anxiety and isolation following a heart disease diagnosis. However, women who regularly attend a support group led by a trained peer leader are more engaged in their health care and experience lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression,” she said. “This is just one example of the real impact made by participating in the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium, and we’re so proud to see the difference it makes in each WomenHeart Champion‘s local community.”

Members of WomenHeart’s National Hospital Alliance are encouraged to nominate patients that they believe would be would be best suited for this leadership opportunity. The organization is also seeking nominations from hospitals not currently affiliated with the National Hospital Alliance, as well as directly from women living with heart disease. Patients are asked to complete a short survey to begin the application process.

WomenHeart was founded in 1999 and the Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic was founded as an integral part of WomenHeart in 2002. WomenHeart currently boasts more than 800 WomenHeart Champions and 97 WomenHeart Support Networks that reach more than 10,000 women heart patients nationwide every year.

WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance
The WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance is currently comprised of 40 member hospitals. It is a unique partnership between WomenHeart and member hospitals throughout the country who are dedicated to advancing women’s heart health in their community. The National Hospital Alliance was developed by WomenHeart to ensure that women heart disease patients in every community have access to information, education and patient support services.

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the nation’s only patient centered organization serving the almost 48 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease – the leading cause of death for women. WomenHeart is devoted to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education, and the nation’s only patient support network solely for women living with heart disease. WomenHeart is both a coalition and a community of thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, healthcare professionals, and health advocates, all committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. To join or donate, visit www.womenheart.org.

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Rejuvenation Time: An Overlooked Key to Unlimited Energy & Productivity

438 million:  at is the number of vacation days Americans failed to take last year according to Harris Interactive Research Group, which is more than any other industrialized nation. Here’s the result: America ranks #1 in depression, #1 in mental health problems; Americans are experiencing burnout, reduced productivity and diminished creativity, failed relationships, stress or stress related ailments that lead to depression, heart disease or stomach ulcers at record levels. A study of 12,000 men found that infrequent vacationers were 50% more likely to die of a heart attack than frequent vacationers. A study of 1,500 women found that those who took vacations twice a year were half as likely to be depressed as those who took a vacation every 2-5 years. Our entrenched conditioning on being judged on how much we work or the fear of being replaced or left behind, and our addiction to always being busy are not only destroying our mental and physical health, but also destroying our creative productivity.  is is especially true in our new global economy where our advantage and our future is as knowledge workers rather than laborers. Your future lies between your ears—your mind and your ability to think: creatively, innovatively and productively.

Rest and recovery are vital to looking and feeling your best. Sadly, the need for recovery is viewed as a weakness rather than as an integral aspect of growth and sustained performance in our society. The reality is that we become  at liners mentally, emotionally and physically by endlessly spending sufficient energy without recovery. We slowly wear down and become ineffective regardless of seeming massive movements.

During the 1960s, Russian scientists resurrected a concept that was written in training manuals for Greek athletes in 200 AD.  is concept was applied to their Olympic athletes with stunning results. The formulas involve work vs. rest ratios. Theses studies concluded that following a period of activity, the body must replenish fundamental, biomechanical sources of energy. It is called compensation, which states, “The more activity the more rest is needed.” If you don’t get the rest and recovery you need, long-term toxins build up inside of us. With overtraining and overworking, we burn out and eventually collapse or get very sick. Recovery is a vital component to the MaxStrength Fitness program and a primary reason for getting results in a fraction of the time most people spend in the gym.

I know it is ridiculous that I may have to tell you how to actually do it, but for a lot of people they need some help!

1. Reframe it. Instead of calling it time off and thinking we are slackers, reframe it as Rejuvenation Time. This sounds more purposeful and meaningful doesn’t it. I know this is self-mental manipulation, but we’ll take whatever works!

2. Schedule it. What gets schedule gets done! It’s just like any other critical appointment; you have to plant your time off flag on your calendar. Then you have to defend it like you would a meeting with the Queen or the President! It becomes an unmovable appointment. Then also, like a meeting with the Queen or the President, get completely off the grid. Turn off your email; turn off your “crackberry” and your iPhones, iPads, etc…

3. Declare it. Don’t feel guilty or try to keep it a secret. It will be far more productive if you lead by example and show others how to make rejuvenation part of your overall health plan. Then set expectations and communicate your schedule. You’ll be amazed at how the world will reorganize itself around your time off spaces, whether it’s for two hours or for two weeks.

Begin your Rejuventation Time – Call us at 440.835.9090 or go to www.maxstrengthfitness.com to request your free initial consultation and demo workout today!

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Why are you so tired?

You are not alone! Worn out and weary, women across the country named fatigue among their top five health concerns. (webmd.com)

Dr. Sharma shares several possible causes of fatigue and suggestions to put the spring back into your step.

  1. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck and produces the hormones that regulate how your body burns fuel for energy. It can be overactive or under active, but either way you’ll feel sleepy. An under active thyroid can make feel like you can’t get your engine going. With an overactive thyroid your engine’s on overdrive and you start to burn out. A simple test can determine if there is an issue.
  2. When your heart isn’t pumping efficiently, it can’t get enough blood out to your body, and that can make you tired. Fatigue is one of the most common complaints of women with heart disease.If you have heart risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and a family history of heart conditions, have your heart checked out. Measuring your blood pressure and other simple tests such as an electrocardiogram or an echo cardiogram can pinpoint whether your heart is the source of your weariness.
  3. There’s been an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency over the last few decades because we’ve been avoiding the sun. Too little of this essential vitamin can sap your bone strength, and some research links a deficiency of vitamin D to chronic fatigue syndrome.A blood test can determine whether you’re getting enough of your daily D. If not, a supplement can get you to the amount you need each day. The Institute of Medicine, which published new guidelines in 2010, recommends that most adults get 600 international units a day.Dr. Priyanka Sharma specializes in really listening to her patients and she is trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems. Dr. Sharma is trained and equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings, no matter how common or rare or how simple or complex. She is specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.

Dr. Priyanka Sharma is accepting new patients! DR. PRIYANKA SHARMA, MD, FACP, FHM has been at the Cleveland Clinic for almost 10 years. Her interests are in acute and chronic disease management, women’s health, long term care, and functional medicine. Call her office to schedule your appointment.

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Local Florists Across the United States Celebrate Women’s Day March 8th and Raise Awareness for Non-Profit Organizations

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 2.05.56 PMCAPITOLA, Calif., March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the 3rd year in a row, local florists across the United States in conjunction with CalFlowers (California Association of Flower Growers and Shippers) and ASOCOLFLORES (The Association of Colombian Flower Exporters) have joined together in support of a national campaign called Love, Honor, Respect, in celebration of Women’s Day, March 8th. The date March 8th is a time to recognize and celebrate the influence and achievements of women throughout history and today. From business to politics, athletics to philanthropy, to celebrity, and even the mom next door. More than 100 nations recognize Women’s Day and 35 have declared it a national holiday with thousands of events held by civic organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media. “The mission of Women’s Day Holiday campaign is to provide a platform for the community to show respect, appreciation and love for all the amazing women that make a difference in our lives on a daily basis,” said Michael LoBue, CEO of CalFlowers.

The promotion includes the launch of a national website www.womensdayholiday.com as well as a social media campaign on Facebook www.facebook.com/womensdayholiday. The campaign encourages the community to nominate the special women in their life to receive free flowers by sharing stories of love, honor and respect. “Every woman deserves Love, Honor and Respect. Whether mother or daughter, young or old, amazing women deserve to be honored on Women’s Day March 8th. “In addition to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women, our goal is to raise awareness for the non-profit organization Where Hope Lives,” said Cheryl Denham, CEO of Arizona Family Florist, located in Phoenix Arizona. The purpose of Where Hope Lives is to rescue trafficking victims, offering them love, hope and a way off the streets. Established in 2009, the hope livesnon-profit Where Hope Lives formerly The Rescue Project, is a national leader in the rescue, recovery and prevention of human trafficking and relies on donations and support from both the public and private sector. In addition to helping raise awareness, the floral community donates flowers year round that are used in their heroic outreach efforts. To learn more or donate directly to Where Hope Live go to www.wherehopelives.org

About CalFlowers
The California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers (CalFlowers, formerly known as NORCAL) was founded in 1941 by a small group of flower shipping companies to foster the success of the California floral industry within the United States.  Today CalFlowers is the leading floral trade association in California, serving growers and the entire supply chain in 45 states across the nation. For more information about CalFlowers, please visit www.cafgs.org

About ASOCOLFLORES
ASOCOLFLORES was established in 1973 as a non-profit trade organization, to represent and promote the Colombian flower industry in international markets and seek comprehensive development of floriculture, mainly in areas of market access, research, transport, Florverde (socio-environmental label certification) and social responsibility programs to improve the quality of life of workers and their families. ASOCOLFLORES membership represents growers who handle about 80% of total Colombian flower exports. For more information about ASOCOLFLORES, please visit www.asocolflores.org.

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NAWIC Celebrates Women in Construction Week March 5th-11th

Screen Shot 2017-02-12 at 7.45.24 PMFORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 5-11, 2017. WIC Week is the most important date on the NAWIC calendar. This week helps NAWIC advance its mission to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

“NAWIC has enhanced the success of women in the industry for more than 62 years. We are proud to highlight contributions of women to the industry during Women in Construction Week,” said NAWIC President Connie M. Leipard, CIT.

The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

“Women work in every facet of construction in critically important roles,” said Leipard. “NAWIC’s goal during WIC week is to raise awareness and visibility of the women in these roles. This increased visibility will promote the recruitment of more women and encourage others to start careers in construction. This will ultimately ease the workforce shortage in the industry.”

NAWIC chapters across the nation will celebrate WIC Week with a wide variety of activities. Community service projects, jobsite tours, membership drives, children’s activities, hands-on workshops, fundraisers and school programs are some of the ways local chapters will observe WIC Week. Local chapters are also appealing to their local, state and national representatives to issue official WIC Week proclamations. Visit www.nawic.org to locate a NAWIC chapter near you.

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas in 1955, NAWIC is an international association serving 125 chapters in the United States. NAWIC also has affiliates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. To learn more about NAWIC, visit www.nawic.org. For more information, please contact Communications Director Autumn Daughetee at (800) 552-3506.

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Women and Heart Disease

Do you know what causes heart disease in women? What about the survival rate? Or whether women of all ethnicities share the same risk? The fact is: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men.

There are several misconceptions about heart disease in women and they could be putting you at risk. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason. We women sure know a lot of numbers by heart, like phone numbers, birthdays, pin numbers, and passwords. But do you know the most critical numbers for your heart health? That knowledge could just save your life.

That’s why Go Red For Women and The Heart Truth are encouraging all women to schedule a visit with their doctor to learn their personal health numbers including Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, and Body Mass Index (BMI), and assess their risk for heart disease and stroke.

It’s time to learn the most critical numbers in Your life. Your heart depends on it.

Well-known heart attack symptoms can include chest pain and radiating discomfort in the left arm. But there are several other ways your body may tell you when something isn’t quite right, potentially with your heart. There are four silent heart attack symptoms that women should definitely be aware of: Shortness of breath, back pain, jaw pain, and nausea.

 Advice
• A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons in the fight against heart disease.

• Whether you’re facing crisis or simply managing the challenges of fast-paced living, don’t let stress get out of control.

• Losing weight usually takes effort and keeping it off has its own set of challenges. But your small everyday choices matter!

• Walking is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health.

Trust Your Gut
If you aren’t feeling normal or are experiencing any of the symptoms above, head to your local emergency room. It is better to take care of yourself and prevent damage to your heart, in the event you are having a heart attack. A woman’s intuition is a very strong thing; don’t ever discount it.

Source: American Heart Association Go Red For WomenWomen and Heart Disease

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Reproductive Fertility Center Explains Ways Women Over 50 May Become Pregnant

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — For the past several weeks, the Reproductive Fertility Center offices have been bombarded with phone calls inquiring about Janet Jackson and how she was able to get pregnant, even though she is over 50 years old.

While we cannot disclose specific information about any of our patients in particular, due to HIPPA compliance, in general there are several ways a woman 50 years or older can get pregnant,” says Dr. Peyman Saadat, Medical Director of the West Hollywood-area Reproductive Fertility Center.

1) The first way is through natural pregnancy. The chance of this happening in a woman over the age of 50 is extremely rare. Statistics show an actual rate of less than a 1 in 1000.

2) In vitro fertilization (IVF) for a patient over the age of 50, using her own eggs. Again the chance of this happening is very unlikely.

3) An IVF cycle, using an egg donor. An egg donor is usually a healthy woman under the age of 30.  The egg donor will undergo IVF treatment, and her eggs will then be given to the intended mother for the purpose of achieving pregnancy.

a) The egg donor alternative has a very high rate of success, and very low rate of congenital complications, such as Down Syndrome or other anomalies, since the eggs are harvested from a healthy young donor.

b) The women receiving the eggs will undergo a comprehensive evaluation of her heart and lungs, numerous blood tests and other diagnostic testing, to insure it is safe for her to undergo treatment, and to safely carry a baby to term.

c) Although there are complications that are more common in women who become pregnant after 40, these complications are usually managed well by the patient and her physician. These complications include a higher chance of pregnancy induced hypertension and diabetes and increased risks of c-section and operative delivery.

4) Pregnancy can also be achieved at age 50 or older if the woman has frozen her eggs at a younger age, preferably at age 30 or under, as the quality of a woman’s eggs starts to decrease around age 30.

When patients call the Reproductive Fertility Center with questions, the office usually recommends the following: if you are young, and not ready to have children, freeze your eggs. If you are past the age when good quality eggs are produced, consider using eggs from a young egg donor for a higher chance of a healthy and successful pregnancy. Above all, before becoming pregnant, make sure your doctor evaluates your health to insure you are a good candidate to become pregnant using one of the above methods.Visit www.reproductivefertility.com.

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New Site for Women Facing Life After Divorce Is Spreading Positive Message, Building Strong and Encouraging Community

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — “What now?” is a question many women ask during and after a divorce, but there haven’t always been good, practical answers. Chapter2Club (http://www.chapter2club.com/), which bills itself as a “smart woman’s guide to divorce and everything after,” is now ready to provide answers from women who have “been there, done that” and emerged as stronger, wiser versions of themselves. The site’s optimism is embodied in its name; as co-founders Matana LePlae and Mary Beth Leisen, Ph.D., explain, divorce is not only an end; it’s also the beginning of life’s next chapter.

When I went through my divorce five years ago, I was really searching for a site where other women have been through divorce and could guide and encourage me,” says LePlae, “but there was nothing except for blog posts or lawyer sites. I wanted to create something for women that felt like, what if your five best girlfriends have already gone through divorce? They would give you the inside scoop, help you emotionally, share practical advice – all with a kick-ass, you can do it attitude!”

Chapter2Club’s content is organized into topical and thematic areas like “Law and Financial”; The Kids”; “Moving On”; “Soft Skills”; and “Stuff We Love.” The law and financial section covers everything from how to interview and select an attorney to getting back on one’s feet financially after a divorce. In the section on kids, women can get ideas about how to talk about divorce with their children and how to best navigate a co-parenting arrangement, among other things.

A community forum – “The Club” – is where women can ask burning questions, offer practical and proven tips, or simply provide support to those who may be struggling. LePlae and Leisen ask only that members maintain a positive, respectful and helpful mindset.

“Divorce is challenging on so many levels – physical, emotional, spiritual, home, and even identity – and it’s our vision to help women not only move through the process and heal but also to write an amazing next chapter for their own lives.  Women get so much from community and support; it’s one of the main ways we cope with stress.  We want to provide the tools and resources and connect women with each other so that everyone benefits,” co-founder Mary Beth Leisen explains.

As experienced marketing consultants and entrepreneurs LePlae and Leisen have big plans for growing Chapter2Club’s influence. The site will soon be launching podcasts and webinars, along with interviews with professionals, such as therapists, attorneys and financial planners.  Plans are also underway to include live events, classes, meet-ups, workshops, & retreats.

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-9-51-59-amAbout Chapter2Club.com
Matana LePlae and Mary Beth Leisen created Chapter2Club as a place where women could get advice and support, share stories and perspectives, and be part of a great community. If Chapter 1 was your marriage, Chapter 2 is what comes after.  This is your story; we’re here to help you write it.

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