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Disrupting Divorce: Conversations for Women

Jun 11, 2021

In this episode, Rhonda welcomes Ilyssa Panitz, a Divorce Journalist and Columnist. According to Ilyssa, too many times women act on emotions, and then when faced with a barrage of questions about money, finances, marital residence, and expenses, they come up short by not having any of the answers. It is crucial, vital, and imperative that women do their homework before serving their husbands with divorce papers.

Ilyssa’s message for you today is: You are going to be OK. You are going to land on your feet. You are going to survive and thrive.

Here are some of her recommendations:

  1. Preparation is everything. Keep your emotions in check. It is a very big transaction and you have to treat it as such. You have to know your facts. Investigate, investigate, investigate.
  2. Set a new email address, your own bank account, get your own credit card, check your vehicle for a tracking device, get off your social media, do not put anything regarding your matter on social media, get Life360 app for your children…
  3. Put a team together. Your lawyer should not be your accountant. Find 2-3 people you like and have them work together. The team you hire works for you.

Contact Information and Other Resources

Our guest today was Ilyssa Panitz. Ilyssa writes a daily column for Medium called: “5 Things You Need To Know to Survive and Thrive During and After a Divorce.”  Ilyssa serves as the Content/Editorial Producer for The National Association of Divorce Professionals. She is the Co-Host of “All Things Divorce” on Clubhouse, and the host of "The Divorce Hour with Ilyssa Panitz" on CRN (Cable Radio Network.)

During her career, Ilyssa has worked at: CNN, MSNBC, 1010 WINS Radio in NY, WCBS-AM, New York-1 News, Westwood One, Star Magazine, Closer Magazine, Meredith Publishing and produced hundreds of Celebrity “At Home” photoshoots and sat-down with some of the biggest names in Hollywood for "exclusive" one-on-one interviews.

Here’s how Ilyssa describes herself:

I love getting the scoop and telling people's stories, which is why I am passionate about my career and can't wait to tackle every new challenge!

I am an accomplished journalist and field reporter/producer with over 24+ years of experience. My profession has allowed me to cover pivotal news and entertainment events including The September 11th attacks, The Tony Awards, The MTV Movie Awards, The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, and even travel with Hillary Clinton as part of her Senate Campaign’s Listening Tour.

During my time on the Hollywood beat, I have had the great honor of sitting down with many A-listers for an in-depth one-on-one discussion about their lives, the challenges they have had to overcome, and what motivates them to keep pushing forward.

Every phone or in-person interview continues to provide me tremendous excitement. These precious moments are always a wonderful honor and a huge privilege.

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Our host of Divorce Conversations for Women Podcast is Rhonda Noordyk, CFEI, CDFA®

Rhonda Noordyk's relentless pursuit of financial justice for women going through divorce drove her to leave the financial industry in 2014 to open The Women's Financial Wellness Center. She was in search of a better way. She used her knowledge, passion, and experience to build a leading-edge business model. The intention was to create a business that provided a safe place for women - especially those in a vulnerable position - to find their paths, find their voices and find the financial confidence they need to lift themselves out of seemingly hopeless situations. Since starting the Women’s Financial Wellness Center, after a 10+ year career in the financial industry, she has helped alleviate financial vulnerability for thousands of women.

In addition to being the CEO of The Women’s Financial Wellness Center, Rhonda is also a professional speaker. While her platform is women’s money wellness, it is not just about money. Her topics include: assertive communication, boundaries, leadership and overcoming financial myths. Her speaking experience includes: GE Healthcare, UWM Women’s Leadership Conference and Marquette Law School. In addition, she has appeared on Fox6 News, Real Milwaukee, and Morning Blend. Her dynamic and inspirational style leaves women with a sense of empowerment.

Rhonda Noordyk, CFEI, CDFA®

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