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BOSTON CHAPTER

TRANSITION PEER GROUPS

An exclusive TTN member benefit

The heart and soul of TTN is its small groups.  This is where women connect – face to face – to explore what’s next together.


TRANSITION PEER GROUPS

Transition peer groups are informal, shared leadership groups composed of 8-12 TTN members who meet on a monthly basis to engage in informal discussions. These groups provide a safe and supportive environment in which women may have thought-provoking and stimulating conversations relating to career or personal transitions. 

Groups generate topics of mutual interest and relevance to their current lives. Discussion topics range from those that are light-hearted and fun to others that help members to define and think through their futures. Each group works to find a comfortable way to select topics and share the responsibilities that make a shared leadership group run smoothly. Every group has an experienced TTN partner to help them during the initial meetings or at any point where they feel they need re-direction.

Transition peer groups provide opportunities for connection, new friendships and mutually supportive exploration. The intention of these groups is for women to share and learn from each other, and while the groups are meant to create a supportive environment, they are neither support groups nor therapy groups and cannot substitute for professional help when a member may confront a personal life crisis and need special assistance.

Transition Peer Groups are a benefit of TTN membership.

Boston Chapter Peer Groups:

  • Boston
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Lexington
  • Metro North
  • Wednesday Night
  • Solo
  • Women of a Certain Age
  • Approaching 70 (NEW)  

Do you have a BIG birthday approaching? This new group will give members a chance to talk about their dreams, fears, and strategies for staying young—while celebrating the birthdays as they come! To join the group, you need to be within a year or two of turning 70  or have turned 70 within the last year.

If groups are at capacity, we will work with you to create a new one.


Want to join a Transition Peer Group?

If you would like to join a group, please contact the TTN Boston Peer Group at bostonchapter@thetransitionnetwork.org or contact Ginny Kiefer at kieferginny@gmail.com​.

What You Always Wanted to Know about TTN Peer Groups

What is a peer group?
Transition peer groups are informal, shared leadership groups composed of 8-12 TTN members who meet on a monthly basis to engage in informal discussions. These groups provide a safe and supportive environment in which women may have thought-provoking and stimulating conversations relating to career or personal transitions. 


What’s the goal of these groups?
Transition peer groups provide opportunities for connection, new friendships and mutually supportive exploration around topics relevant to the group

What is a meeting like?
Meetings typically begin with “check ins,” time allotted to catch up on the highlights of each other’s lives.  Then the group delves into the topic for the monthly meeting.

What are some sample topics peer groups explore?*
Some interesting topics have included:

The changing nature of friendships: when to sustain a friendship and when to let it go
Taking risks:  Is it now or never?  What are we afraid of?  What can we gain?
My bucket list:  What is on that list? What is realistic?  What’s my timeline?
 

What does it take to make a group succeed?  
The most successful peer groups are ones where members make a solid commitment.  Members attend each monthly meeting unless an emergency arises or they are out of town.  Why is commitment so important?  Members rely on one another for acceptance and support; they feel they are “there for each other.”

What makes for successful group interaction?  
Here are suggestions for members:

Select topics of mutual interest and relevance to members’ lives.
Share air time and balance participation.
Evaluate from time to time to determine if the group is on track and meeting needs and be willing to make any desired changes.

How do I join?
There are currently a number of peer groups in the Boston chapter.  Look for one that meets your criteria of location or composition.
If you would have questions about peer groups or would like to join,  contact Ginny Kiefer at kieferginny@gmail.com.  

*for a great list of topic ideas and other resources for peer groups, check out the Philadelphia Chapter TTN Website.  https://www.thetransitionnetwork.org/chapters/chapters-ttn/chapters-philadelphia/chapters-philadelphia-peer-groups-resource/#