Welcome to

Happiness Foundation
of Florida!

This is the home of the dual creative forces of Foundation for Women & Economic Literacy (FWEL) and Happiness Club Palm Beach. Here you will find a vibrant and positively inspired community of Women and Men with like minds and hearts.

If you’re looking for a vibrant community and social network for fun, positive energy, personal growth, and new knowledge, this is it!

We invite you to join us and discover who we are, what inspires us, what makes us happy, and is meaningful on this life journey which is full of possibility!


Stronger Together

Change is the essence of life, and that led us to build on our foundation of creating programs on Financial Wellbeing, and Health and Wellness for more than 10 years in Palm Beach.

Our original programs focused primarily on Financial Education so we could achieve mastery over our personal finances.

Today we are taking a more expansive and Holistic approach towards finances because Financial Wellbeing isn’t just about money. It’s multi-dimensional influencing every aspect of life. Having a healthy and balanced relationship with money is key to overall mental and physical health, and reducing money-related stress and anxiety.

We expanded our focus to include health and wellness issues and created Happiness Club Palm Beach, for all of us, women and men. Our motto is “Making Happiness a Choice”.

Amazing things happen when we make happiness a choice. Happiness isn’t something that just happens to us, our circumstances do not make us happy or unhappy, but our thoughts about them do. It’s what we do every day to bring it into our lives. Lifestyle choices can have a profound effect on our satisfaction with life and feeling happy, being healthy, socially connected, and purposeful.

The Happiness Club was inspired by Dr. Bernie Siegel, pediatric surgeon and author of Love, Medicine & Miracles. He believes happiness is a conscious choice, essential to the healing process, and the most powerful skill that can be learned: “Happiness is an inside job.”

Ask this simple yet profound question: “How do I want to live my life?”

Personal growth is a lifelong process. Our programs on Wealth, Health, Happiness, and Spirituality will inspire, motivate, and empower you with attitudes, skills, and resources to thrive. We started this foundation because we care about ourselves and others, and want our lives to be better.

All we have is now, the present moment, so live it the best way you can.


We like this definition of “Wealth”: “An abundance of valuable possessions, or money.” It’s what comes before money that’s important. Our health, relationships, passions, purpose, faith… this is our treasure, these are our valuable possessions. Acquiring an abundance mindset about life keeps money in proper perspective.

Wealth means something different to everyone and influences how we go about building a meaningful life. Creating wealth is a process which incorporates healthy, productive habits to pave a path to freedom to fully experience life on our terms, to do what we enjoy, spend time how we wish, with whomever, wherever.

Our net-worth, regardless of the value, is not our self-worth. It’s just money, its not who we are. The Buddhists have a saying: “Contentment is the greatest wealth”.


Without health we don’t have wealth. That’s true. Personal finance and health are intricately linked because financial stress and feelings about money can affect our physical and emotional health. Stressors come from not knowing or not having information and making emotional decisions around money.

We achieve financial wellbeing and improve our relationship with money when we balance the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects. A successful life is one lived well and making a living should not come at the expense of making a life.

We improve wellbeing with empowering knowledge, essential life skills, and key practices that support our health and vitality. We’re able to cope better and engage our strengths. Our outcome will be feeling good and functioning effectively. Resilience comes from confidence.


Positive emotions and the benefits of being happy are linked in scientific studies with better health, longer life, and overall well-being. Happiness isn’t something that happens to us. It’s what we do every day to bring it into our lives with relationships and activities that spark our joy.

Life is a journey that brings sometimes good, sometimes bad. We introduce ways to handle bad times to create a more positive and happy life. When you’re happy you can increase your endurance for dealing with life’s problems.

Many amazing speakers and members have shared their stories that touched our heart and spirit about making that choice and finding ways to handle the bad times and create a positive happy life.

Speakers are committed to creating a happier and caring world. We “Pay it forward” by helping as many people reach their full potential of Happiness.


Spirituality is a worldview and way of life based on the belief that there is more to the universe than the material side of life. Our journey in this lifetime is to grow and gain deeper awareness of our higher purpose and meaningful connection to something greater than ourselves. Our Spirit is an energy force, a divine spark that unites all living things, humans, and the natural world, with God and the universe. It’s through our spirit that we have meaning and purpose. When we awaken to this deeper dimension, our internal compass guides us to align our passions with our values through our talents to understand our life purpose. There’s an often repeated saying that we are not humans having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience.

Our holistic view of spirituality also takes into consideration money. Money is an energy source which can fuel heart-centered projects and causes. Use this resource towards the fulfilment of your values for the greater good.

Our Community

Discover a vibrant and positively inspired group of like minds and hearts.  We created an amazing community and social network of creators, entrepreneurs, financial experts, wellness and light workers celebrating Wealth, Health & Happiness. We enjoy getting together at our events to make new friends, connect with old friends, chat, learn, share experiences and good vibes!

Our Speakers

We host exceptional speakers who spark engaging conversations with our high-quality programs on financial education, self-development, personal evolution, wellness, and happiness for men and women in our community of all ages and Life Stages. Our amazing speakers share their wisdom and resources with programs that change lives for the better.

Our Sponsors

Do Well by Doing Good! Get in the spotlight and join the conversation when you share your message and expertise with us through select opportunities to collaborate. Our unique and varied high quality programs provide a platform to engage directly with our enthusiastic and loyal community. Reach an exceptional audience of active, philanthropic, cultural and social community and business members.

Happiness Club Events for 2024

We have great programs for the coming year, thanks to our outstanding speakers! Our meetings don’t just inform, they inspire! Happiness Club Palm Beach events are held regularly throughout the season, and open to women and men from the community. Advance registration is required through our PayPal link listed with each event description. Wdd love to have you join us but understand that plans can change. If you need to cancel, payment is refundable for credit towards another event.
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Vibrational Energies for Wellness – Tuesday, July 23rd

Understanding Vibrational Energies for Wellness
with Vibrational/Reiki Energy Healer and Practitioner Jan Courts

Date: Tuesday, July 23rd
Time: 5:30pm to 7pm
Location: Café Sapori, Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach
Cost: $40. Includes Drinks, Hors d’oeuvres, Raffle, Good Vibes!

Reservations Required

What’s blocking you from becoming your best self? The body wants to be healthy and heal itself.

Vibrational healing is a system of healing that uses vibratory tools or energy to change the frequency of the body, mind, and spirit and bring them into harmonic alignment. It can restore the natural life force energy and the ability to heal oneself. This is based on the principle that all matter vibrates and that imbalance or dis-ease can be corrected by matching the healthy frequency. It has ancient origins and may involve different techniques, such as light, color, sound, crystals, aromatherapy, Reiki, acupuncture, and more. It is considered to be very spiritual and may lead to personal growth and transformation

Jan will discuss the body’s natural ability to heal itself, the Chakra system, and natural pathways for wellness. As a natural empath, Jan adopts an integrative approach that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. Emphasizing the importance of energy healing.

Jan is a dedicated and passionate Reiki Energy Healer with 20 years of experience in providing holistic healing and transformative experiences for individuals seeking balance, harmony, and well-being. With a sincere belief in the body’s natural ability to heal itself, a deep understanding of energy work, and a compassionate approach, Jan has empowered countless clients on their journey towards physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Trained in the traditional Usui Reiki system, Jan has obtained relevant certifications in Reiki. This foundation, combined with significant hours of practical experience, has enriched Jan’s proficiency in accessing and channeling universal life energy.


Summer Party – Friday, July 26th
We’re having a Summer Party!

Date: Friday, July 26th
Time: 5:30pm to 7pm
Location: The Ambassador Hotel, Pool Side, 2730 South Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach
Cost: $40. Includes Happy Hour Drink, Hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and good vibes!

Reservations Required

The Paris Olympic Games start today and we’re having a party to kick-off the celebrations!

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Summer Games, the Opening Ceremony will be the largest-ever, and won’t take place in a stadium. Paris 2024 is breaking new ground by hosting the Opening Ceremony along the banks of the Seine River. We’re planning on showing video coverage of this extravaganza!

Join us for our last event of the season which will be a fun and relaxed Summer Party to revel in the good vibes of the summer and time to catch up with old friends and make new friends.

Register at www.HappinessClubPalmBeach.com/#events or PayPal link below

It’s Time to Take Care of Yourself! 10 Facts Women Should Know About Personal Finance - Tuesday, June 11

Speaker: Olivier Etrillard
Date: Tuesday, June 11th, 2024
Time: 12 noon to 1:30pm
Location: Palm Beach Yacht Club, 800 North Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach
Cost: Guests $50. Includes Lunch and non-alcoholic beverages.

Seating Limited. Reservations Required.

Join us for a “Lunch & Learn” and test your knowledge to see how much you know about retirement planning, and other money matters. Prior to arriving in the US six years ago, Olivier had nine years experience in the Insurance industry near Paris, helping families and business owners to achieve their goals.

Now installed near Palm Beach Gardens as an agent with New York Life, Olivier offers a variety of products that can help you meet a number of insurance and financial needs, including, but not limited to college funding, retirement, managing costs for extended periods of care and lifetime income strategies. Olivier can help you fully analyze your needs and recommend appropriate solutions.

Neither New York Life Insurance Company, nor its agents, provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal, or accounting professionals before making any decisions. Olivier Etrillard is not licensed in all jurisdictions.


Solar Eclipse Viewing Party - Monday, April 8

Date: Monday April 8th
Time: 2:45pm to 5pm
Location: Ambassador Hotel Grill Terrace, 2730 S. Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach
Cost: $40. Includes drinks and lite bites, solar glasses, raffles, good vibes!

The sky is full of wonder, and amazing things are happening in the heavens. On April 8th there will be a cosmic alignment of Sun, Moon, and Earth, and its being called The Great American Eclipse of 2024. The eclipse will be visible as it crosses North America, and Florida will have a partial, but nevertheless spectacular, solar eclipse.

We have invited Ambika Devi, an expert Astrologer with more than four decades of professional practice, to share her expertise with us for this powerful celestial event. In astrology, eclipses are major harbingers of change. Bring your thoughtful intentions and empowering visions for the future. Astrologists believe an eclipse is time to seek change and personal evolution, “On a symbolic level, and astrologically speaking, a new moon eclipse marks dramatic new beginnings, often positive and exciting.”

Ambika Devi received her initial training from the renowned astrologer Barbara Shere and later graduated from NorthStar College of Astrological Studies in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over the years, she has assisted law enforcement agencies in solving crimes and guided owners and sales teams of Fortune 500 companies. Ambika has also written monthly reports and horoscopes for various publications, hosted radio shows, and appeared as an astrological relationship expert on TLC.

As your astrologer, Ambika tells you the story of life through your unique cosmic blueprint by interpreting your chart’s glyphic language. She believes that everything in the universe is alive and interconnected—always in dynamic flux.  Ambika Devi’s motto is, “Life is how you planet, keep looking up! The stars are here to guide us, and I am your navigator!” She is the perfect guide to help you sail through the sea of life, providing guidance and clarity.

Schedule for our Viewing Party will be as follows:

2:45pm – We gather on the Grill terrace for an introduction to Eclipses and particulars about this one.

3:00pm – We go to the beach and look at the sun and moon. We will have a short chant in Sanskrit which will serve as a blessing for the eclipse. To safely view the eclipse, we will have solar eclipse glasses for everyone.

3:20 to 5:00pm – We return to the patio and Ambika will talk about the Astrology of the eclipse and answer our questions. Stay for socializing on the terrace with cocktails and lite bites, and time for catching up with friends and meeting new ones!


Happy Hour & Conversation with Diane Bergner, Author of “Royal Coconut Beach Lunch Club” - Tuesday, April 16

Date: Tuesday, April 16th
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Le Bar, 380 S. County Road, Palm Beach
Cost: $40. Includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres
Author’s books will be available for sale our event.

Co-Hosts Happiness Club and Joan Parker are thrilled to invite you to meet Diane Bergner who will discuss her new novel and her own experience in the world of fundraising and what a wealth of inspiration it brought to the world of Royal Coconut Beach.

In her debut novel, Royal Coconut Beach Lunch Club (Meridian Editions), author Diane Bergner gives us an inside look at the world of high society fundraising and shares the trials and tribulations of ladies who lunch. Through the fictional lens of protagonist Julia Wild, Bergner shows us what goes on in this sophisticated, alluring line of business: galas, gossip, cocktails, corruption, and underhanded secrets. Julia and her friends dish about their lives and dissect the wealth-fueled dynamics of the rich and powerful over lunch and cocktails. And then the protagonist finds a dead body…

Diane Bergner recently retired as vice president of Development at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. Before joining the Kravis Center, Bergner was an attorney in her native New York City, and the Director of Public Sector Career Services at Hofstra University School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. As a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, she has served in leadership roles on several not-for-profit boards in Palm Beach County. She is a member of The Writers’ Academy at the Kravis Center and was the runner-up in the Best Writer in Palm Beach County, hosted by the Palm Beach Book Festival. Royal Coconut Beach Lunch Club is her first novel.

Le Bar is excited to introduce their new 3-Michelin-Star best chef in the Amalfi Coast, Chef Antonio Mellino. Chef Mellino is creating a new menu for Le Bar sourcing only the best ingredients that are local and delivered fresh. Le Bar is also known for the best nightlife in Palm Beach. With the top DJ’s in South Florida, and a cocktail list sourced from the finest ingredients to create an extensive menu of carefully crafted cocktails, wine, beer, and lounge menu. An evening at Le Bar à Vin offers something for everyone. Join us in celebrating the best cuisine, wines, craft cocktails and live entertainment on the island!

Stay for Dinner after the presentation to savor Chef Mellino’s creations. Reservations: www.LeBarPalmBeach.com


Happy Hour & Conversation with Valerie Austin on Hypnosis and AI: Two Incredible Tools for Reaching Your Goals - Monday, May 6

Date: Monday, May 6, 2024
Time: 5:30pm to 7pm
Location: Café Sapori, 205 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach
Cost: $40. Includes Drinks, Hors d’oeuvres, Raffle, Good Vibes!

Join us for an inspiring talk with Valerie Austin, a multifaceted individual whose incredible journey through journalism, literature, and filmmaking led to an exciting career in hypnosis. She authored eight books, including “Self Hypnosis Made Easy”, and became one of the top trainers worldwide, recently honored with a “Lifetime Award” for bringing hypnotherapy to Malaysia. Valerie is thrilled to share some of her quick and easy methods to help you hypnotize yourself. Discover the power of hypnosis in overcoming problems that may be holding you back, as well as how hypnosis can transform your perception of age, helping you to feel and look younger. In addition, she will introduce innovative tools created by AI, which when combined with hypnosis, can empower you in achieving your goals. Valerie’s adventures took her from Hollywood to London’s Fleet Street where she transitioned to an internationally renowned lecturer and journalist, and a transformational marriage to the International Editor of the Hollywood Reporter. Valerie has produced award-winning documentaries: “Condo Commando: One Vote from Hell,” recipient of the Short Film Award at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, and the captivating documentary “The Face of Cancer,” an important project highlighting the role of hypnosis in the treatment of cancer, which was featured at the renowned Cannes Film Festival. Currently, she is working on a fascinating book about Palm Beach and the extraordinary women who shaped this magical island. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Valerie Austin share her remarkable knowledge and experience.

“Mothering You With Self-Love” Workshop & Tea Party - Saturday, May 11

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Location: Private Home, Palm Beach island – address sent after RSVP
Cost: $40. Includes Refreshments, Feel Good Express Workbook, Raffle, Friendship!

In celebration of Mother’s Day the Happiness Club will be hosting a special event: “Mothering You With Self-Love”. Let’s join together and celebrate our womanhood and sisterhood and create a supportive feminine community filled with compassion, gratitude and love. We will be honoring, forgiving, and focusing on our relationships with our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters. As daughters we will recognize our female parents and delve into and share how we mother and nurture ourselves and our inner child. As we explore The Divine Feminine: the energy that exists within and without us that is softer, nurturing, intuitive, and empowered, we begin to own our inner goddess power and express it with confidence, authenticity, and grace. Dede Lyons, Empowerment Coach, will share with us her self-love journey and how she learned to love herself in her thirties despite growing up without maternal love. Her self-love lessons subsequently attracted her soulmate husband of 38 years. You will learn by applying her “Five Feel Good Express Self-Love Tips” daily you will fall in love with yourself and become a “Love Magnet”. https://feelgoodexpress.com/

Happy Hour & Conversation with Rob Ruvin & Sascha Rossaint - Monday, June 17

Date: Monday, June 17, 2024
Time: 5:30pm to 7pm
Location: Café Sapori, 205 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach
Cost: $40. Includes Drinks, Hors d’oeuvres, Raffle, Good Vibes!

Rob Ruvin is the founder of Adios. He was a partner in three businesses—a construction company, an architectural firm, and a real estate development company in Milwaukee, WI. He is also the father of four amazing kids, two boys and two girls, and now lives in Sarasota, FL. In 2010, Rob stumbled upon the word “Adios,” which was written on the wall of one of his buildings by an artist forced to move out after a fire. Seeing the word “Adios” on the wall evoked a feeling he had never experienced before. Suddenly, he felt comfortable letting the building go. Between 2010 and 2015, Rob faced some challenging times. He got divorced, filed for bankruptcy due to the Great Recession which caused him to lose the buildings he had accumulated, and went through a difficult IRS audit. In 2015, still haunted by the feeling he had from seeing “Adios” that day, he reflected on life’s struggles and his current situation. Rob realized that “Adios” and letting go was not just about the outward physical world; it was also about the inward mental world. He learned that holding on to the past was causing his depression. He quickly understood that we all hold on to things from our past and worry about things that might happen beyond our control. Inspired by this realization, Rob created the Adios brand to share the message: Letting Go is Powerful. Since 2015, Rob has been on an Adios journey, embracing the idea that less becomes more.

Sascha has been immersed in the world of spirituality and natural healing since childhood. He spent many years traveling the world, working as a freelance designer while dedicating half of his time to volunteering for nonprofits in Asia and South America. He is now the father of two wonderful boys and lives in Sarasota, FL. During his volunteer work, he engaged in projects that supported children suffering from cancer, homeless youth, and disaster relief efforts. A pivotal experience occurred when his father passed away. Little did he know he was going to realize that his true passion, just like his dad’s, lies in helping others on their healing journey.  His work focuses on helping people release the barriers that prevent them from shining their inner light, which is why he connected with Rob on adios and decided to join as co-founder.

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Singing Our Praises

Accolades we’re honored to receive!

“Having been involved with FWEL since its inception, I’ve witnessed Melanie Cabot build an organization that invites women to learn and connect. At all levels of economic knowledge – from novice to expert – members share information, connections, and friendships.”

Melissa Gannon

CDFA, CFP, , Castle Wealth Management

“How fortunate I am to have been introduced to FWEL and it’s wonderful founder, Melanie Cabot. She quietly, elegantly, and intently brings the most amazing group of women and well-researched, diverse speakers together at her events. I applaud her for addressing the often uncomfortable concept and implications of having and not having money and how that affects one’s health, security and success.”
Andrea Claster Greenspan

AICI, CIC, Image and Brand Consultant

“As a professional keynote speaker, I had a terrific experience speaking at Melanie’s educational non-profit in Palm Beach. I engaged with her dynamic community of women, eager to learn and grow. It was such a success that I conducted one of my “Health thru Mental Toughness™” workshops at her Happiness Club event a month later. Melanie’s quality membership of all ages, consisted of both men and women eager to participate in my workshop. I highly recommend joining and speaking at both of Melanie’s organizations; FWCEL for women who want to gain economic literacy and The Happiness Club as a way to grow bolder, healthier, happier. They are quality organizations that provide terrific opportunities for networking, for learning about current events, and for socializing.”
Laura Eiman

Professional Keynote Speaker, Mental Toughness Advocate for Women, Gold Medal Olympic Weightlifter

“I had the pleasure of collaborating with Melanie Cabot to bring awareness to an issue of great importance to Florida families. Melanie, through her foundation, recognized a need to address a critical issue facing families in Family Court. Through her strategic partnerships Melanie was instrumental in collaborating with our group to sponsor the documentary, STAND UP! The documentary was a culmination of years of collaboration with attorneys, legislators, women’s groups and retired judges. Melanie’s vision to bring it to the attention of the public was realized when the film premiered at Florida Atlantic University Theatre. ”
Jan Killilea

Family Law Legal Assistant, Advocate for Family Court Justice

“I Really enjoy going to the Happiness Club meetings because I always learn something new – some new tool or technique to help me live a healthy lifestuyle. Plus I meet mthe most interesting people who share the same goals as I — people who want to progress in their lives and who recognize that happiness is a priority.”

Elaine Pomfrey

Certified TM Teacher, Transcend, Palm Beach

“Melanie is a wonderful connector of people across the globe with a deep interest in helping educate and empower others. I have enjoyed working with her for many years now!”

Bobby Henebry, CFA

President & CIO at Elway Capital LLC

Happiness Club

Meet Our Constellation of Stars – Some of our Past & Present Speakers

Despite substantial personal and professional success, former Investment Banker Max Ansbacher had always been haunted by feelings of failure. Eventually, Ansbacher sought to find his own happiness and after much studying and practice, developed wellness tools to emerge from “a very dark place.” After successfully turning his life around, Max became an entrepreneur of emotional fitness. His new book, A Practical Guide to Happiness, uses science-backed tips and common sense to empower readers to choose happiness, curb self-doubt, live fully and cultivate and maintain a life filled with joy. His mantra is a good foundation for life: “Get real, think positive.” Max is the author of three books on investing, including the first book ever published on exchange traded options. He was featured in Forbes Magazine and is often quoted in the media. Max graduated from the University of Vermont and Yale Law School. When not actively trading on behalf of clients, he pursues his other great passion: learning. Recognizing that learning is a lifelong endeavor, he founded The Great Lectures, a series of talks led by highly regarded professors from top universities. For 24 years, he sang bass with a group that performed in Lincoln Center. Max splits his time between New York and Florida.

Max G. Ansbacher

I moved from Paris, France, to South Florida 15 years ago. While working several years in real estate I used the cultural and personal challenges I went through over time, my own healing experience as well as the tools I have learned and crafted to inspire people, especially women, to let go of doubting or pushing themselves to be or act a certain way in order to connect to their inner beauty, talent and bliss.” Arielle creates wellness workshops and one-on-one in person or video mentoring sessions customized for her client’s needs and dreams, anywhere in the world. www.SurrenderToYourBliss.com

Arielle Biscayart

Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, Chef Alex was raised on a farm with a macrobiotic lifestyle where his passion for eating in harmony with nature developed at an early age. As his passion for food and cooking matured, Chef Alex was mentored by Master Chefs in France, Switzerland, the United States, and Japan. He applied his craft in over 16 countries after successfully reversing his own health challenges. As founder of Vegan Wagon, he designed a simple and powerful macrobiotic protocol to help people maintain a healthy balance in their diet and life. He is happy to share the High Vibe to the ones who truly desire it. www.VeganWagon.com

Alex Cheblal

Diana Davis is a woman who turned her passion for film making into a powerful force for social change. She founded “MoviesMakingADifference.org” with the mission to make socially conscious movies highlighting the injustice of human trafficking, child slavery, child marriage and spiritual abuse. She decided to take action after discovering the appalling situation of corruption and organized pedophilia hidden under the guise of a twisted religion rampant in the USA. As an actress, Diana used her skill and passion for storytelling to produce two award-winning feature films, with a third in pre-production, to inform and inspire others. MoviesMakingADifference.org directly aids the survivors upon whom the films shed light. Diana is an inspiring woman who is making a difference!

Diana Davis

A dynamic father-daughter duo, Carol Dixon, CFP® and Michael Dixon, CPA/PFS, created Your Planning Partners, LLC, a unique, team oriented financial planning and wealth management practice, to implement holistic planning services to all clients. Believing that education is an essential focal point of every plan, Carol and Michael are advocates of empowering and assisting clients in creating their own successful financial future. They presented a series of distinct educational, interactive, and uplifting financial programs for us. Carol is a graduate of the University of Norte Dame with a BA in Entrepreneurship and Management. Michael is a graduate of the Wharton School, is a member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and awarded the credential of Personal Financial Specialist in addition to Certified Public Accountant. Michael’s expertise is providing the highest level of advisory services and planning solutions to meet the financial challenges of affluent individuals. He brings accounting, tax, financial advisory planning, and extensive wealth management experience to every client. Michael is active in community organizations, serves on multiple boards, is a member of several local business and community groups, and is a patron of the arts. He has presented numerous financial literacy and planning programs throughout Palm Beach County.

Carol Dixon & Michael Dixon

“I wasn’t always a winner. Heck, I was a loser for decades. A sugar addict and junk food junkie for 45 years, I shouldn’t be alive today. My epitaph would have read ‘Death by doughnuts and Dove Bars’. Twenty years ago, overweight, newly divorced, without direction and unemployed I began studying the mindset of Olympic athletes, Navy SEALs, and Greek philosophers. I developed a unique mental toughness program to overcome my negative attitude, lack of direction and life-threatening sugar addiction. Wow did I get results! I won a gold medal in Olympic Weightlifting at age 63, I’m sugar free, mentally strong and vibrant. I am winning in many areas of my life because I consistently do hard things. It’s 80% mindset, 20% muscle. ” https://www.lauraeiman.com

Laura Eiman

Edwige holds certifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (N.L.P), Hypnotherapy, Substance abuse counseling, Behavior Change, Yoga and Qigong. As a Wellness/Stress management Coach and Founder of New Life Directions, she created a unique blend of Eastern and Western techniques to integrate the physical, mental and spiritual for her international audience. Her forte is teaching people how to transform “Stress into Success”, clear unwanted habits, discover their unlimited energy, and live healthier and happier lives with “Joie de vivre” (French for joy of life). Edwige is author of “The Fresh Start Promise: 28 Days to Total Mind, Body, and Spirit Transformation” and “Victim to Victorious”. www.newlifedirections.com

Edwige Gilbert

Affectionately known as “The Heart Healer” Ilene combines over 50 years in nursing and 25 years in vibrational healing to create a holistic approach to clear energy blocks and promote healing. She is a certified as a Healing Touch Practitioner, Medical Intuitive and Quantum Practitioner.  In addition Ilene embraces Ho’oponopono, the traditional and ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and reconciliation and uses it as a tool for restoring self-love and balance. By guiding you to a conscious connection to your Heart, your path to healing opens to you on all levels. Whether your issue is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, the path to healing is always the same, Begin at the Heart and go from there. https://www.ilenethehearthealer.com

Ilene Gottlieb, RN

Bobby Henebry, CFA is a global speaker, entrepreneur, leadership facilitator, investor, musician and passionate helper of people the world over!  After spending years as partner in a traditional investment firm, he chose to reinvent himself through his own entrepreneurial pursuits while traveling to over 30 countries in the span of two years. In 2016 Bobby founded HBCC, LLC, an Ethereum mining operation that works with startups and speaks globally to educate business groups on blockchain and digital assets. He runs inspirational workshops and presentations for people that want to live more into their unique purpose in this life. His many memberships include the Society of International Business Fellows, Middle East Leadership Academy, and Central Eurasian Leadership Alliance.  Bobby loves music and founded the YouTube channel Chord Savvy, a music education platform. Bobby is President and CIO at Elway Capital, LLC, an investment firm in Denver, Colorado. https://bobbyhenebry.com

Bobby Henebry, CFA

When we sensed massive change being thrust upon us in February 2020, we created a newsletter to stay connected to our community. Every week from March through July 2020 we sent out positive, caring words of wisdom, encouragement, and useful information. Lou graciously created poems for our newsletter. He sensed the need for calming words as soothing balm for the darkness of those days. Lou found just the right words to shine healing light for the unfolding moment. We are grateful. These poems became the basis for his book “Art & Soul: The Journey Within”. Lou was born in New York City and graduated from the prestigious School of Visual Arts. Spirituality plays an important role in his life and influences his art and poetry and music.   www.imperatoart.com

Louis Imperato

Debby is founder of The Woman Behind the Smile, Inc. She is an author, international speaker, entrepreneur, podcast host, former bank branch manager, former Air Force officer, and now is a woman on a mission. In her book “The Woman Behind the Smile”, she shares her personal experience with an online romance that turned into betrayal and financial disaster. As a young widow, friends pushed her to get into online dating, saying “You need a life”. What followed was a two-year deception. Debby’s mission is to warn singles about con-artists who lurk on dating apps and websites. Millions of unsuspecting people are scammed out of millions of dollars every day around the world. The scammers are well-trained. They have playbooks. It is a billion-dollar business. “Most of the victims don’t speak up. Family and friends give them victim’s shame.” She removes the mask of shame and shows others how to do the same. Debby works with the Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams (SCARS), a worldwide nonprofit cybercrime victims’ assistance, support, and advocacy organization. “Every second, somebody is being scammed by somebody. We must have some support for the victims, so they are willing to speak up otherwise nothing will be done. If governments and social media sites don’t know how many people are being taken, they’re not going to take it seriously.”    Debby@TheWomanBehindTheSmile.com

Debby Montgomery Johnson

Happiness Club Palm Beach is thrilled that our dear friend Anthony Penta Kramer designed a new Logo for us! Tony is well known as the illustrator of more than a dozen books, including “Mizner Mouse: the Pride of Palm Beach”, which takes children on a tour of special sites of historic Palm Beach, Florida, one of America’s most famous resort communities. Tony has worked with several major children’s book publishers, including Simon & Schuster, Delacorte Press, Bantam Books. Lothrop, Lee & Shephard. Tony was assistant art director for Clarion Books in New York. Originally from Connecticut, he is a graduate of The Paier College of Art.

Anthony Penta Kramer

“Happiness Is…An Education!” was presented by Kathie Kreh, a remarkable woman and an inspiration. She founded the African Orphan Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the educational and personal development needs of disadvantaged youth in Africa at the Primary, Secondary and Post-Secondary levels. In a world peppered with abundance while so many struggle for daily survival, education is the great equalizer and opportunity multiplier. Not only does it prepare and equip young minds for higher learning, also opportunity for advancement to develop into future leaders. Kathie is following her heart and her faith by continuing the missionary work of her father. https://africanorphaneducation.org

Kathie Kreh

Michele is a Board Certified Life Purpose Coach and Hypnotherapist. She is a dynamic and gifted lecturer, teacher, author and consultant on the subjects of Personal Empowerment, the Law of Attraction, and Numerology. Recognized and highly regarded as an authority in her field she has helped thousands of clients gain more clarity and direction in their lives, discover their own unique talents and natural abilities, and reach their full potential. “I believe that we all have a special gift to share with the world and all of my services reflect this belief.” Her books, The Tao of Numbers and The Year of Living Miraculously are both informative and entertaining.  www.michelelanders.com

Michele Landers

Paula’s motto is “Love yourself! Tomorrow may never come; yesterday came and went; your future begins today!” Paula shares her common-sense and practical advice for a happy and fulfilled life in her new book “From Half-Full to Overflowing: A Simple Guide to Personal Happiness”. With so much negativity surrounding us, Paula’s attitude for a better life is a joyful message for the time we’re living in. Her book title comes from the expression of looking at life’s glass being half-empty or half-full. Her exuberant response is her glass is overflowing. “Choose to be happy and start by making this day your BEST DAY EVAAH…until tomorrow!”

Paula Leed

Empowerment Coach, author, and motivational speaker, Dede is founder of the Feel Good Express lifestyle program and guides clients with the tools to attract abundance in romance, finance, career, and a joy-filled life. Her life-long passion for feeling good coupled with her success at guiding others to feel energized, inspired her to create the FGE methodology for all of life’s challenges. Whether clients are working toward self-love, attracting a soulmate, opening their spiritual connection, or revamping a business plan, the effortless FGE express practices will catapult you towards achieving your personal and professional goals. In addition, Dede creates workshops on Journaling and working with Angel Guides which are among our most popular. www.FeelGoodExpress.com

Dede Lyons

Mike has been a fixture on the Palm Beach County radio scene for 20 years with various programs of almost every music style. Now this talented radio personality is at Legends Radio. Mike asked us to consider music as our muse. Music is a universal language we can all speak, enjoy, and use to connect with others. Music is energy which influences our moods and touches our soul. What would the soundtrack of our lives be? Our lives are ballads which we create every day with our own unique melody and song. You are the songwriter of your life, what will your signature song be? Somedays you won’t have a song in your heart…make the choice to sing anyway! You’ll be happy you did.

Mike McGann

Kat is an award-winning executive, leadership and life coach helping high performing women achieve the goals that bring them the most purpose, passion and prosperity. She has over 10 years of experience and has worked with startups, SME’s, NGO’s and multinational organizations globally on topics such as Creativity and Innovation, Team building and Leadership development. Kat is also a mind-body skills practitioner, author, and artist, helping others step fully into their power holistically. Kat has always been curious about people and turned an Engineering Master’s degree at MIT into a research dissertation on how humans learn and while she worked on her PhD in Environmental Science, she wrote a book that was a finalist in the international book awards. When she realized that her education didn’t fit with her values, she made the leap from working with underwater robots and writing software to working with people and writing creatively. Watch her TEDx talk on The Power of Distraction to find out how. As a coach, Kat helps people redesign their lives, unlock their creativity, and become the heroes of their own story. She is a mother of three and believes that success in life is having freedom, love and creativity. https://www.audacityactivated.com/


Kat Niewiadomska, PhD, CPCC, ACC

Every January our Happiness Club speaker has been Elaine Pomfrey from the Transcendental Meditation Center in Palm Beach. Meditation is a simple, natural, effortless technique to settle the mind, reduce stress, and bring on a state of peace and calm. It’s an incredibly beneficial practice for mental and physical health to carry into the new year. Elaine Pomfrey, MA, is a Certified TM Teacher and has enjoyed an (almost) lifelong meditation practice having learned TM when she was 15. It has helped her stay healthy and happy even while caring for her elderly father for 7 years, while going through a divorce, and weathering life’s inevitable storms.

Elaine Pomfrey

“Building a Community of Passionate Advocates”. When Travis’s young daughter Piper was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system, he took action. Travis turned his focus to becoming an advocate for the CF community and created a nonprofit. “We are a CF family, fighting for other CF families to provide innovative solutions to empower each individual and family to live their greatest life possible.” The unsung heroes are the hundreds of volunteers that raise awareness and participate in events that bring their mission to life. Their annual event “The Crossing For Cystic Fibrosis” is a long-distance endurance paddle challenge and international championship race that takes paddlers 80 miles across the Gulf Stream from the Bahamas to Palm Beach. www.PipersAngels.org

“We try not to live by a clock, but when you’re living with a child with a terminal illness, there is a sense of urgency and an importance of valuing time as a gift.”

Travis Suit & Pipers Angels

Frannie Sheridan is the co-owner of the Loving Light Regeneration EE System Center. The Energy Enhancement System (EESystem) generates multiple bio-active life enhancing energy fields, including “scalar waves” which supports cell regeneration, improves immune function, relief from pain, detoxify the body, elevate moods, and assist in balancing right and left hemispheres of the brain to increase energy levels. This stunning technology was developed over 20 years ago by Dr. Sandra Rose Michael, using custom-installed computers to generate morphogenic energy fields that can promote healing. The EESystem is ecologically and environmentally safe and has been recognized at dozens of medical and scientific conferences in the USA and around the world to promote wellness, healing, relaxation, purification and rejuvenation. This is used by individuals, doctors, therapists, and meditation and wellness centers to improve human development and psychological well-being. The EESystem combines Body, Mind, Spirit, and Science to help you achieve peak performance and reach higher states of health, consciousness, and self-actualization. The future is here.

Frannie Sheridan

Create Your Very Own Happiness. Forget FINDING happiness, CREATE IT instead. We often hear phrases like “Happiness comes from within” and “Happiness is a choice,” but turning these concepts into reality can be truly challenging. Not anymore. Simon has a program to help CREATE happiness in every facet of your life. Simon Swerdlow’s life has been a remarkable journey, who has traversed from Chernobyl to the pinnacles of success, working his way up from floor employee to becoming CEO of a global license/franchise company represented in 56 countries.

Simon was raised in the Soviet Union, living 20 miles from Chernobyl. When he was just 9 years of age, Chernobyl was the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, and Simon witnessed its tragic aftermath. At age 13, he was separated from his parents and was rescued from a dire Soviet reality to an ultra-orthodox community in Israel on the same day that Iraq invaded Kuwait. Simon’s plane was diverted to London and then landed in Tel-Aviv. Returning a year later to his hometown, now a battleground for gangs wing for the local oil refinery’, marked the tumultuous t—inning of Simon’s extraordinary journey to happiness. This isn’t just a story; it’s an exploration of happiness.

Simon Swerdlow

Arthur is a people-focused and heart-centered entrepreneur, speaker, personal and business mentor who through his decades of experiences finally understood how to have a successful spiritual and financial life. He authored several books to share his valuable knowledge on how to have peace, love, happiness and success in life: “Quantum Shift into Greatness” and “21 Days to Love: The Secret to Longevity, Happiness and Success”. His message is about the importance of relationships, loving who you are and what you do, and how to find happiness, peace and success through integrity and transparency. Arthur is also a passionate advocate for essential oils and their beneficial qualities for good health.  www.arthurtassinello.com

Arthur Tassinello

Heather presented “Mindset is Everything: You Control Your Energy” and how to re-wire the neural network and train the subconscious to be happy. She shared the story of her transformation using Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning program. Originally from Augusta, Georgia and graduating with a B.A. from the University of Virginia, Heather is an award-winning luxury real estate professional in Jupiter, Florida. She enjoys helping business professionals succeed and hosts various business development groups in northern Palm Beach County. She enjoys SCUBA and has a Rescue Diver Certification.

Heather Towe

Krisztina Varga is a Life Coach and Business Development Adviser, who started her career and her company, Workplus in 1989 in Hungary. While working with hundreds of clients, several international methods and assessment systems, she discovered a simple, interactive, Emotional Quotient oriented method to help clients, partners and friends with the ability to understand, use, and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, get over crisis, depression and anxiety. She created the Krisztina4Steps© For a Better Life Coaching Method which has worked successfully with more than 300 clients. The method works for any age groups. Today Workplus operates in 3 offices: Budapest (EU), London, (UK) and South Florida, including Fortune 500 company leaders. www.workplusglobal.com

Krisztina Varga

Hadley Williams, AIF®, founder and CEO of Campbell Williams, Independent Investment Consultants, hosted our popular Financial Education Seminars to provide concepts and working knowledge for the long-term investor to optimize their personal goals and investment outcomes. The objective is to impart sufficient understanding of how investment portfolios should be managed, and the ability to have a knowledgeable dialogue with an advisor/broker. Topics included: arriving at suitable Investment Strategies, participating in on-going decision making, and evaluating overall performance on the investments and the advisor/broker/firm. Managing your wealth should not be a reactive affair based on what’s happening in the markets at any given moment. Rather, it should be a disciplined process based on a strategic analysis of your future needs and tried and proven methods of investing over the long-run. Any investment firm is only as good as the people behind it. Hadley founded Coral Gables-based Campbell Williams in 1995 to provide those services with a focus on client education, transparency, proven management tools, proprietary research, institutional level reporting and analysis and active management of managers. Campbell Williams prides itself on working as an independent firm with no conflicts of interest or dependencies on other firms and focusing on the specific circumstances and needs of each client. Hadley and his team have extensive knowledge of management processes, global economies, markets, and investments. “We are very proud of our advisory capabilities and believe we are unique in the industry. We use our expertise to serve you and only you.”  https://www.campbellwilliams.com/

Hadley Williams

“Three years ago, I was the speaker at a Happiness Club event. I had put out a guidebook called “Solo Palm Beach”, a possible new start up. I had won a writing prize in the Palm Beach book festival for Nonfiction, and there I was standing in front of a room full of intently listening people telling them that “Happiness is a Choice”. What did I not know is that evening would be the catalytic event that would take my life off into a completely new direction and onto an exciting new life adventure, that ultimately (so far) has been the most gratifying chapter in my life.” Marianne was invited again to speak to the Happiness Club on her new novel, Suddenly Single in Palm Beach. “I would like to share my story of how I got “here”… from “there”. And it’s all good. It’s funny, it’s full of heart and a great positive way to end this quirky year and set the tone for what is yet to come.

Marianne Yost