2017 Widow Empowerment Weekend

Starts: August 4 @ 6:00PM     Ends: August 6 @ 4:00PM

Please join our amazing Modern Widows Club leadership team along with phenomenal widow speakers in Orlando, Florida.

Join us for the 1st MWC Empowerment Weekend!


VIP Empowerment Ticket

Available For 20 More Days!

Empowerment Weekend VIP Breakfast with Carolyn Moor, MWC Founder, on Sunday at 7AM-9AM


Empowerment Ticket

Available For 20 More Days!

1st MWC Empowerment Weekend Regular Price


Late registration (no gift bag) - Empowerment weekend

Available For 39 More Days!

July 12th registration is the last day to receive our bag of goodies


Our founder Carolyn's message

The ticket price is for the Empowerment Event with will include; Appetizers and Friday night program. Saturday all day program including lunch and Sunday breakfast as well as program. The hotel information is below and that cost is in addition to the Empowerment weekend ticketed price. We have some fundraising options for you if you need financial assistance, please email tammy@modernwidowsclub.com for more information. (Hotel and flight are additional costs)


Book your group rate for Modern Widows Club

July 12th is the cutoff date for hotel reservations under the group rate so book soon!

***Room is additional $112/night Single/Double Occupancy (plus applicable state and local taxes, currently 12.5%).
Includes Complimentary Internet in Guestrooms (Savings of $9.95 per day).
Discounted overnight self parking of $7.00 (savings of $7.00)
Valet parking is $16.00 per night
- Complimentary shuttle to and from the Orlando International Airport (hotel is located within 1.5 miles of airport)
- Complimentary use of pool and fitness center
- Complimentary use of business center
- Complimentary internet in the lobby

***As available hotel will accommodate group room rate pre and post meeting dates, but this is not guaranteed and subject to availability.

Questions: info@modernwidowsclub.com tel: 407-894-6767

We are excited to welcome 200 ladies to Orlando, Florida who will lean into life, build resilience and make a positive difference in the world!!



Friday, August 4, 2017

Opening Celebration Ceremony DAY ONE, Welcome and Merge Night


  • Personal Growth & Reimagine Life
  • Curated/ Bonding with Tribe
  • Fun Location/ Adventure/ Leaning Into Life, Uplifting and be Empowered

6-6:30pm - Social Hour for mingling, meeting new people, reading the program material.

(Heavy Appetizers and non-alcohol beverages included. Alcohol Cash bar)

6:30PM - Welcome to the 1st Widow Empowerment Weekend!

Tammy Ebright, Director of fundraising - Board of Directors

6:45PM MWC Founder Carolyn Moor Welcome to WEW DAY ONE Carolyn - Shares her story


MWC Founder Carolyn Moor honorably introduces and acknowledges the national leaders one by one to the stage and the MWC Board Of Directors

Saturday, August 5, 2017



Breakfast: On Your Own - Room opens at 7:30AM - Program starts at 8AM

MWC Founder Carolyn Moor's Welcome to WEW Day 2 and the "Why" for WEW


Leaning Into Life

- Learn Breathing, Meditation and Visualization as a Tool to Lean In, How to respond to the circumstances of your life. Remember you have a peaceful balance within you and are able to respond with peace of mind. Robert Bernstein-Everyday Life Meditation, Rollins College Professor, Meditation Teacher. Rollins Class: Meditation, A Course in Miracles and workshops on how to live a spiritual and yogic life in the real world. Robert has studied meditation and yoga for over 35 years. That gives him a unique talent and insight in teaching how to integrate yogic practices in daily life. He'll lead a visualization, meditation and explain the benefits of such.


Interactive Q&A

Jodie Rodenbaugh, founder of School of Love Genius, is a master love and relationship educator and wealth mindset empowerment coach. Her mission is to empower life-driven women to stand in their true desires as a woman--mom, wife, and entrepreneur by making love, making bank, and making a greater contribution to the planet. She teaches women how to be who they truly are, do what they're here to do, create they're desired life, and make an impact. She partners with both women and couples to bring more life into their soul desired businesses and build super sexy powerful partnerships that move mountains

Topic: "Where We've Been, What I'm Willing To Set Down"


Brett Cobb - Compassionate Tampa Bay


Compassionate Tampa Bay opened in 2017 with a mission to provide compassion-focused skills and training programs for residents, businesses and organizations in the Greater Tampa Bay region. Director Brett Cobb is an advocate for well-being, motivated by the ability in all of us to develop greater mindfulness, resilience, and connection within ourselves and with others. He is a Certified Teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research & Education at Stanford University, and has completed teacher training in Mindful Self-Compassion with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Brett has taught meditation-based programs for twelve years, and has particular interest in offering training for men and women with life/work balance challenges; businesses and organizations seeking to bring greater well-being to their employees; health and wellness practitioners and caregivers; education providers and administrators; men of all backgrounds; and the LGBTQ community. Brett served for seven years, until 2015, on the senior staff of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, the country's most trusted source of wellness and personal growth, located in Rhinebeck, NY. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Yoga Service Council, working to make Mindfulness and yoga accessible to all nationwide; a member of the Writers' Guild of America, East; the author of Toward Spirit and The Christ Within: Meditations on The Rose, The Web & The Tree of Life (2008), and previously served in senior roles with leading nonprofit organizations in New York, where he lived for 25 years, and Florida. Brett relocated to Saint Petersburg in 2016.

How Self- Compassion, Resilience and Altruism Create Healing Together


"Nutrition as a Healing Catalyst"


Author and Speaker Tara Collingwood, Sports Dietician for RunDisney, Orlando Magic, Official MWC Dietician, Consultant, Spokesperson, Remarried Widow, Mother and Marathoner. Tara Collingwood is known as the Diet Diva. Her company, Tara Gidus Nutrition Consulting, offers nutrition consulting services to businesses and individuals. Tara is the team dietitian for the Orlando Magic, University of Central Florida (UCF) Athletic Department, and the nutrition advisor for American Baby Magazine. She appears regularly on The Daily Buzz national morning show and FOX Orlando.



Dr. Marissa Magsino M.D.


Grief, Stress, Hormones: What You Need to Know

She'll discuss the healthcare issues related to adrenal fatigue and the physiological effects on our grieving bodies long term. Understanding the power of balance hormones for optimal living, thinking and processing as well as what medical issues you might not be considering in this stage of life.

MWC's Official Wellness and Health Ambassador.

Functional Medicine has been a new branch of medicine dedicated to promoting wellness and function and to allowing our aging population, to enjoy their active lifestyle well into their 80's and to life life to the fullest. Marissa is a 3 yr. widow who used her own knowledge to face grief.



Tammy Ebright - Leaning into leadership and building resilience - only parenting with the challenges and blessings

Kansas City local, Tammy Ebright lost her husband David to a sudden heart attack in November of 2012. He was her best friend, life partner, father to her children; her world changed forever in an instant. Decisions she once made as a team now rest solely on her shoulders, a single parent of two beautiful, bright children (4 & 10 years-old at the time, now 9 and 14). Like with any challenge, the strong not only survive but they find a way to grow and thrive! Even though there have been many health challenges, career challenges and secondary loses, the Ebright family stand united and optimistic for the future, they are RESILiENT. In early 2015, Tammy was elected co-leader of the Kansas City Modern Widow's Club, an organization she attributes her sense of community and support. Most recently, this mother of two was elected to the National Board of the Modern Widow's Club as their Director of Fundraising, an honor Ebright feels incredibly blessed to take on and be the change she wishes to see. When Tammy isn't mentoring widows, or taking care of her children, she is a full time Mortgage Loan Officer. Tammy has been in the industry for the better part of two decades, working in many different roles up and down the home loan process. She is proud to say she has helped over 3,000 families become homeowners.


Carolyn Moor, Moor Alive Interiors, Interior Designer

"Creating a Peaceful Healing Space in Widowhood"

You can create a new healing space in your own home intentionally designed to assist you to move forward. Learn about how powerful our surroundings affect us and how they can help you create the space your deserve as you move forward.



Linda Neuman


The Nightmare in the Nightmare - Identity Theft and Beyond

Q & A


John Collingwood - Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute

"Dating a Widow….A male's perspective on widowhood".

"John met Tara, Basil and Levi in October 2014 and they have transformed his life in the most miraculous way. 2015 was a banner year involving two huge milestones - their marriage and John adopting Basil and Levi. Their blended family of four boys (8,10,12 and 14) bring an unprecedented level of challenge and joy! Their motto is "It is never too late to live happily ever after." John is keenly aware that, without the Modern Widow's Club and its pivotal role in helping Tara and her boys during the years immediately after Stephen Gidus (Tara's late husband) passed away, the life they now lead would not be possible. John will be eternally grateful to the MWC and for the priceless nature of the healing power this community offers."

Break Out Connection Sessions per Group and Loss Type

(Need leaders for each table)

  • Long Term Illness
  • Sudden Death
  • Suicide
  • Same Sex Partner
  • Murder
  • Cancer
  • Pregnant

5:30p- Goodbye til Tomorrow

Dinner: On Your Own

Sunday, August 6, 2017


7-9 VIP Breakfast with Carolyn

8-9a Breakfast Bar Provided at Conference

Jodie Rodenbaugh

"What Will I Choose for My Life?" "What does thriving look like to you in the future?"

Joy Kirsch


Widows, Love, Grief and Money

Feeling empowered to make financial decisions and finding confidence while working with your advisor. Wealth Advisor & Financial Coach for Clients in Transition · Dallas, Texas


Dr. Kathleen Rehl


Researcher, Speaker, Educator and Author of Moving Forward on Your Own: A Financial Guidebook for Widows"

Widow Research Topic and MWC Ambassador Program


Panel Discussion: Financial Struggles & Solutions (moving, refinancing, establishing credit)

Joy Kirsch to commentate



Dr. Kathleen Rehl


Cindy Price


Laura Amendola



#Thrive #MakeAPositiveDifference

Cindy Toledo, Seattle MWC Chapter Leader


Personal MWC Story and Jiffy Lube Story of Love

Melissa Wandall, Leader, Speaker, President of the National Coalition of Safer Roads and Philanthropist




"How To Create Change with Legislature"

Panel Discussion: Melissa Wandall and Kimberly Wiggins


Kimberly Wiggins Story of her husband's loss of "Red Light Running"

FIRST ANNUAL MWC Awards Include:

  • MWC Chapter of the Year
  • MWC Leader of the Year
  • MWC Ambassador of the Year
  • MWC Legendary Widow- Impact Award


Joanne Fink of Zenspirations


Adult Coloring Meditation Program

Jodie Rodenbaugh

"Love and Repartnering"

Watch TLC episode of "Shalom in the Home" video (44 minutes)

Titled "Choose Life" with MWC Founder Q&A


Natalie Lancaster


How to Launch an MWC Chapter

Janet Danio


Traveling Solo Tips

Carolyn Moor


Solo Parenting

Event Location

Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel
5445 Forbes Place
Orlando, FL 32812

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