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A Women’s Conference

April 21 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm


Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life

Marta McDowell, literary scholar, award-winning author, gardener

In addition to writing poetry, The Belle of Amherst was an avid gardener. Join Marta for a lovely and enlightening dig into Dickinson’s gardens through excerpts of her letters and poems, and historic and modern images of her garden.

“A visual treat as well as a literary one…for gardeners and garden lovers, connoisseurs of botanical illustration, and those who seek a deeper understanding of the life and work of Emily Dickinson.” – The Wall Street Journal

Marta McDowell lives, writes, and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. She shares her garden with her husband, Kirke Bent, their crested cockatiel, Sydney, and assorted wildlife. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening, The New York Times. She is a regular contributor to the British journal Hortus. Her published works include, Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, All the Presidents’ Gardens, and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Get Happy! Give Your Happiness a B.O.O.S.T.!

Marlena Frank, MS, Motivational Speaker, Psychology Professor, Executive Coach & Happiness Expert

What better way to end the day? Marlena’s combination of mental health expertise, educational experience, powerful presentation skills and graceful humor will provide participants with a dynamic BOOST of happiness!

“We often chase happiness until we are miserable. What are we getting wrong? More importantly, how can we get it right? The path to flourishing is closer than you may think. Join Marlena in her dynamic B.O.O.S.T. experience. In this interactive session, learn empirically proven techniques to improve your optimism, joy, gratitude, and resilience. There is an equation to a more meaningful life- it’s B.O.O.S.T.!

“Marlena kept us engaged and entertained while teaching us how to become our best selves… you couldn’t ask for more!” – Rebecca F.

Marlena has been working in the field of psychology and personal well-being for over 20 years. She holds an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and has worked and studied with the late Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of the Mind-Body Medical Institute at Harvard University. Marlena recently trained at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine with Dr. James Gordon in Washington D.C. She is currently completing her ICF-accredited coaching program in executive coaching with Teleos Institute in Philadelphia.

Morning Coffee

Keynote Speaker – Marta McDowell

Choice of Morning Workshop


Keynote Speaker – Marlena Frank

Choice of Afternoon Workshop

Enjoy a unique opportunity to hear memorable speakers and sample subjects of interest all in one day.

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April 21
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Lincroft Campus
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738 United States
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