Madison area women will have the opportunity to join with hundreds of women throughout the country to gain valuable personal and professional advice from an unlikely source – themselves.  A first-of-its-kind “Letters to My Younger Self ®” nationwide party will take place in local communities throughout the country on November 11, 2010 and in Madison at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Led by The New York Times best-selling Author Ellyn Spragins, whose popular books include, What I Know Now: Letters To My Younger Self, as well as What I Know Now About Success: Letters from Extraordinary Women to Their Younger Selves, hundreds of women will gather live throughout the day with neighbors, friends, relatives and colleagues in churches, restaurants, libraries, conference rooms and living rooms in their local towns to become empowered and enlightened through self reflection and sharing.  The results will be powerful and bonding and most will discover – perhaps for the first time - how much they have in common with other women throughout the country. 

Ms. Spragins will guide participants, via a live video broadcast, through this introspective and insightful process.   The day will culminate in a personal hand-written letter from each woman that reveals her hard-won, inner wisdom.  After reading back their own letters, the women will have the opportunity to share their newly discovered insights with each other; a process instrumental in moving them closer to personal and professional fulfillment.

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This unique event is hosted by B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow), a women’s support, education and networking organization that embraces women’s desire to connect with each other and strives to facilitate safe and supportive environments to further each other’s business dreams and goals.  More than 25 groups of women are expected to assemble and participate in this inspirational event.

The Madison event will be moderated by B.I.G.’s Chatham and Madison Leader, Donna Leyens, and will take place at 11 a.m. at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the Ferguson Recreation Center in Madison on Thursday, November 11, 2010.   The cost to participate in the event is $10 and is open to the public at large.  Pre-registration is greatly encouraged. 

“I am thrilled to be able to offer this amazing opportunity to the women of my community,” said Donna Leyens. “I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Ms. Spragins this summer and read her recent book and I can personally attest that the experience of writing a letter to myself has been enormously powerful and positively life altering.”

Go to to register and purchase tickets.   Drop in guests will be welcome, space permitted.

This nationwide event coincides with the launch of the Letter to My Younger Self Party Kit®, a new product developed by Ms. Spragins, author and CEO of What I Know Now Enterprises, LLC.  Each kit (retail price: $34.99)  contains the tools for a party host to lead her guests through the step-by-step process of writing a letter to their younger selves—a letter filled with the advice that each woman could have used at a pivotal moment in her life.  Participants at the November 11th event will have the opportunity to purchase the kit for their personal use or it can be ordered online at

 For more information about this event or to find out more about B.I.G. in your community, go to www.justthinkbig.usand click on the banner ad for the event.