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A new group, Women's Prosperity Network (WPN), is organizing in River Falls to give support to women in all areas of their lives.

Peggy Lee Hanson, founder of Personal Transition Guidance, LLC., will lead the River Falls group.

According to Hanson, WPN is a "community for women to share their experiences and to grow professionally and personally."

The WPN website,, says, "WPN provides a community filled with business development tools, self-mastery resources, and is designed to develop trusted connections."

Hanson said she became associated with WPN, which started in 2008, about a year ago. In recent months the organization began looking to expand, and Hanson decided to facilitate a group in River Falls.

What interested Hanson about the WPN group was the similarity of the WPN objectives and her own professional aims -- "to help women who have a goal."

Hanson, who has made an online presence in personal coaching and mentoring, thought it was time to bring something to the community.

"I like to help people feel and know they are not alone," she said.

Hanson feels that there are women, like herself, who would like to find a community to be part of and not have to drive miles for it.

She said the goals of the WPN group are: 1) To meet educational need for business and personal growth; 2) To meet other women who have dreams for success; and 3) To work together to find the relationships to succeed.

Hanson said the group will appeal to business women, entrepreneurs and anyone looking for their next steps -- those with or without a business of their own.

"Women who are looking for more...they can fill in their own blank," said Hanson, an Ellsworth native.

After working at Northwest Airlines for 21 years and becoming a "casualty" of the Delta merger, Hanson decided that she wanted to be in control of her own destiny.

Hanson, married to her husband Mark for 33 years, says that people need to "find out what your passion is and go for it."

She added, "You can make money with what you want to do."

Hanson, whose personal mission is: "To inspire, encourage, support and empower women to realize their dreams," is an author of 14 books, some available at

She is also the mother of three, grandmother to one and part of the local Toastmasters group -- "a world leader in communication and leadership development."

The WPN group is open to 25 founding members at a cost of $150 each. Hanson said that one does not need to be a member to attend events.

Hanson will hold live events the second Saturday of the month.

The first one will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at West Wind, 709 N. Main Street. Tickets are $35. RSVPs need to be in by Friday, May 9.

The workshop titled, "Brilliance, Brainstorming & Breakthroughs," will "take a look at The Four Agreements that, when applied to our daily lives, can set us free from misunderstanding and suffering and transform our lives to experience total joy, happiness and prosperity."

Weekly online classes are held every Wednesday from 8-8:30 a.m. More information on these at

For more information about the WPN River Falls group or to RSVP for the May 11, seminar, call Hanson at 651-398-6003 or visit her online at:

Jillian Dexheimer

Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.