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THE WOMEN OF TTN

Our members are the heart and soul of The Transition Network.  Our chapters are born, nurtured and grown through the vision and energy of these exceptional women. And they come to TTN with wonderful life stories of successful careers, diverse families, and plentiful life experiences to share.  

Browse through our Member Profiles to learn more about what brought our members to this point in their lives, what they are hoping to accomplish next and how they view their impact on the world.

Pamela Brown

After a busy whirlwind of sampling TTN activities to see what suited her best,  the breakthrough for new member Pamela Brown came with the recent Third Thursday program called “People and Passions”.   At that meeting, attendees were divided into small discussion groups that explored possible interests to pursue.  It was an inspirational experience for Pam.

This was her chance to fulfill a dream she’d had for a long time:  Join with other opera-lovers who would like to get together and share their enthusiasm.   She asked TTN to publicize her idea on its website, and the first person to respond was Ellen Murphy, who christened it “Arias R Us”.   Altogether, 15 people responded to Pam’s idea, and a snowstorm of emails among them followed.    
Eventually, they decided to meet for dinner to make some plans.  Pam made reservations at a restaurant, and arrived before the scheduled time.  Then it hit her:  I’m sitting here waiting for all these people I’ve never met!

No need to worry, she discovered.  As each one arrived, lively conversations took off and everyone had a great time.

“We just tried to figure it out.  We wanted to do more than attend expensive Metropolitan Opera performances together,” she noted. They learned about inexpensive and free activities available to New Yorkers, such as rehearsals and productions performed in small theaters and area churches.  Some members of the group have already enjoyed a few events, including a performance at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.  After that performance, the group had dinner together and discussed their impressions of the production.   Plans for more events are underway.  

Another interest that arose for Pam at “People and Passions” was a new SIG that patronizes moderately-priced restaurants.   Because she is already chairing Arias R Us, this group is being chaired by Susan Shilling.  Members suggest unique restaurants in their neighborhoods, and a different neighborhood is visited for each meal.

Pam Brown had worked as a law firm administrator for 30+ years, for both large and small firms.  Her husband, a college professor, was still busy with his career; and there was plenty of space in their Park Slope brownstone for pursuing each other’s individual interests.  Her son, proudly, is very busy working on a Ph.D. at Harvard.  She decided it was time to retire. 

“I woke up one day and said, ‘It’s time to do something for myself.”  First thing on the agenda, planned before the decision to retire, was a trip to Tuscany and Paris with girlfriends – a step she recommends for any occasion. 

“I think that’s something everybody should do, don’t you?”
 
At first, through connections at her law firm, she volunteered at Sanctuary for Families, assisting women who are victims of domestic violence.  Her “very rewarding” role involved working with women as they pursue employment, conducting mock job interviews.  “I have my MetroCard , and I go all over the place,” she points out.

Then she got a tip about TTN and promptly made a commitment by joining.  “I thought it would be a fun way to meet interesting women,” she said, and has since concluded that it certainly is.

She went on a gallery tour sponsored by ExploreNYC (“that was great”), and joined the Weekend Explorers for an activity.  (She’s noticed that there is a spillover of membership among the various groups and types of activities, one way TTN helps individuals form relationships over time.) Even though Pam is a rank newcomer to TTN, she has hit the ground running. Complete immersion seems to be the key to TTN happiness. 
 
 ~ Marticia Moore Madory