May 2018 EPWA Meeting: Take back your space. Take back your life.

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Hilton Garden Inn, 1300 Cinema Way, Benton Harbor, MI 49022


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registration is closed
Meeting Chairwoman: 

Deborah Bennett Berecz, collaborative lawyer, mediator & owner, Berecz & Associates, PLC 

Take back your space. Take back your life.


Melissa Fortino, Professional Organizer &

Owner of Organized by Melissa

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

This is our final meeting of the 2017-2018 season!
We are delayed one week due to a conflict with Economic Club on the 8th.

5:30p.m. Networking
6:00p.m. Presentation

Reservations Due by Thursday, May 10th.
Late registrations incur an additional $10 fee.

Speaker Topic

Professional Organizer Melissa Fortino of Organized by Melissa will teach you how to take back your space & life by covering: Why People Struggle with Clutter, What Strong Leaders Do, her 3-Phase Process, 3-Step Paperwork Process & an overview of How to Use Your Calendar, Alarms & Lists to achieve your goals & manage your time.

Speaker Biography

Melissa Fortino has been organizing her entire life. She launched Organized by Melissa in 2012 after deciding she wanted to do something she loves, run her own business & help empower people to help themselves. Becoming a Professional Organizer fit all 3 boxes on that list. After working with hundreds of families made up of successful, strong professionals, stay-at-home spouses, children, business owners, you name it, she has seen the holistic life changing impact organizing has on people. The responses from her clients have been the best part, seeing their stress lower, lives become easier to manage & feeling empowered drives Melissa to continue her work. Thankful that she gets to do what she does & feels the space her clients let her into is a vulnerable space, she doesn't take it for granted. She hopes you're inspired to take back your space and your life today!


Hilton Garden Inn, 1300 Cinema Way, Benton Harbor, MI 49022. 


From I-94 take exit 28 for M-139/Scottdale Road. From Stevensville and points south, turn right onto M-139 N/Scottdale Rd., (from St. Joe/Benton Harbor, turn left). Turn right onto Nickerson Ave. Turn left onto Nickerson Court. Proceed to address.  

Evening Cost

$25 (Members and Visitors). Late registrations after Thursday, May 10th, will incur an additional $10 fee.


Cash bar available. Iced tea, coffee, hot tea, water included.

Dinner is the Far East Buffet, with green salad/sesame dressing, sesame chicken, vegetable stir fry, beef broccoli stir fry, Jasmine rice, and vegetable spring rolls.  

Questions? Reach Jo Ann Bertrand by email at

If paying by mail, please remember that you still need to make your reservation on the EPWA website.

Send payment to: EPWA c/o Jo Ann Bertrand
902 Eagle Point Drive
St. Joseph, MI 49085
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