One of our signature events is our Mothers' Night Out Speaker Series. These seven meetings are usually held the first Monday of the month, October - May, from 7-9 pm. NMF provides a buffet dinner and wine, followed by presentations from a community spotlight speaker and a keynote speaker at no cost to members. Non-members are welcome to attend one Mothers' Night Out at a cost of $30. Guests who join within 30 days after attending can apply the $30 fee to their membership dues. If you would like to attend as a guest, please RSVP by the Thursday preceding the Mothers' Night Out by emailing us at

2017-2018 Speaker Schedule

  October 2

Juliette Kayyem
Juliette Kayyem of Harvard's Kennedy School is a national leader in America's homeland security efforts. As President Obama's Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, she played a pivotal role in the handling of the H1N1 pandemic and the BP Oil Spill response. A regular on-air national security analyst and contributor for CNN and Boston Public Radio, Julliette is also a mother of three children. In her memoir, Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Your Home and Our Homeland, she weaves her personal story of marriage and motherhood into a fast-paced account of managing the nation's most perilous disasters.
November 6
Roslyn Weiner
Roslyn Weiner is a psychologist practicing in Newton, specializing in late childhood/early adolescent eating disorders and mindfulness. As families get ready to gather together for Thanksgiving dinner, Roslyn will discuss how to talk to children and teens about food and body image.
December 4
Richard Ginsburg
Richard Ginsburg is a clinical psychologist and sport psychology consultant. He directs the MGH Youth Concussion Clinic as well as the Behavioral Health Program for the Boston Red Sox. He is a co-author of Whose Game Is It, Anyway, A guide to helping your child get the most from sports, organized by age and stage. The talk will focus on navigating the unpredictable and demanding sports environment while helping children achieve to their best ability and develop strong and lasting character. As a three time runner of the Boston Marathon, Richard will also share his training tips and race day strategies for breaking through the mental wall that builds during those long runs.
February 5
Rebecca Givens Rolland

Creative Coaching: helping people write memoirs.

Rebecca Givens Rolland is an award-winning writer, clinician, and education lecturer. Her talk will focus on the writing process, effective storytelling, and transforming lived experiences into words. Rebecca is the author of numerous short stories and three poetry collections. Her nonfiction writing has appearedon USA Today, Salon, The Huffington Post, Edutopia, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti. As a creative coach, Rebecca has worked with multiple writers on developing groups of poems and short fiction, as well as revising entire manuscripts. In addition to her creative work, Rebecca teaches at Harvard and works as a speech pathologist at Children’s Hospital Boston. Fluent in French, she is raising her children bilingually alongside her husband Philippe.
March 5
Abby Rodman

Creating the Marriage You Want: communication in relationships

Abby Rodman is a bestselling author, psychotherapist, blogger, and speaker renowned for her focus on parenting, marriage, and divorce. Abby’s early career in TV news proved to be the perfect training ground for her later career as a writer. However, in the 1990s, Abby turned her attention to raising her three sons and becoming a licensed psychotherapist. After her own midlife divorce in 2011, Abby shifted her focus to writing. By 2014, she had published three books on relationships (Without This Ring, From Bitter To Better, and Should You Marry Him?). Remarrying in 2015, Abby expanded her work to include the joys and challenges of second marriages. Her no-nonsense style and ability to connect with audiences has made her a favorite on the Huffington Post, with her articles being shared by millions, and has landed her on the Today Show more than once.
April 9
Anne Fischel

Home for Dinner: mixing food, fun and conversation for a happier family

Research shows that family dinners offer more than just nutrition. Mealtime is a place to unwind and reconnect, far from the pressures of school and work. Anne Fishel, a Harvard Professor of Clinical Psychology and the author of Home for Dinner, notes that family therapy can be helpful, but regular dinner is transformative. Anne will talk about her involvement with family dinners as a family therapist, writer, and mother by way of writing a book, creating a non-profit, and feeding her sons and husband.
May 7
Holly Grieb

Current Fashion Design Trends and Bargain Shopping Tips

Imagine having the power to call the next new fashion trend and influence sales and success of a fashion retail outlet. Holly is a Product Specialist for TJ Maxx and Marshall's. She has been in the fashion industry for 20 years on the both the buying and designing side of the business. She has worked in apparel, home furnishings and currently the handbag and accessory world. Holly will be speaking to us about the upcoming summer and fall handbag and accessory trends.


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