Divorce can be one of life’s most painful experiences. But sometimes, new career paths are formed from this experience. This has been the story of Joan Rogliano. The founder of “Wildflower Group” says the support organization would not exist if not for her personal journey.
More than 20 years ago, Joan Rogliano was going through a divorce and felt very alone. At that time, there were few resources available to help women make important life decisions. There was no support network or personal community that understood the pain and anxiety she was facing. With resiliency and strength, Joan recovered and moved forward in her life. Through her real estate practice, she met more and more women who shared her experiences. “Repeatedly, I met women facing bullying, intimidation, and pressure to make uninformed decisions about their home and finances.” She knew exactly how they felt; she had empathy for their fear and uncertainty.
As a Realtor, Joan saw the same scenario playing over and over. She would receive a call for a house listing. Showing up with all the necessary paperwork, she would meet the woman in her home who immediately declared “I’m getting divorced. The house has to go.” Joan reflects that there were frequently tears. “Even though the client didn’t want to sell the house, mainly for her children’s stability, she was always ready to just sign the paperwork and face the unknown.” Fear, lack of knowledge, and a lack of understanding around finances were a common problem. Yet when they dug in with the help of a lender or financial advisor, 9 times out of 10, the woman facing divorce was able to keep her home.
After moving through her own process, Joan saw a great need for women’s desire to transform their lives. Through her experience, she knew that divorce often resulted in so many negative emotions and could deeply impact a woman’s sense of self-worth. She saw an opportunity for service in teaching women how to concentrate on themselves and understand that “I am enough. I am worthy. I can take control and find my voice to make the required divorce decisions for my future.” More than anything else, Joan knew that for a woman to make informed decisions, divorce takes a team.
In 2006 Joan had the vision to create an organization which she named Wildflower Group. In her soft, yet confident manner, Joan describes the origin of the name. “Women connect with us as seedlings. With support, education and resources, they sprout, grow and blossom. Women are doing things they never dreamt they were capable of.” Wildflower Group focuses on positivity. The personal transformation she has witnessed in thousands of women is so uplifting. Her message is simple: “Don’t be a victim. You are not alone. Join our empowering community of education and support.”
Wildflower Group began as a referral network, but it has evolved into a national organization that empowers transitioning women through education, trusted divorce resources, and a community of personal support. Women are strengthened by connections to trustworthy professionals, fun events, and emotional support.
The demand for Wildflower Group’s resources continues to be strong. According to a Pew Research Center Report among U.S. adults ages 50 and older, the divorce rate has roughly doubled since the 1990s. The surge in late-in-life — or “gray” — divorce is a trend Joan has often witnessed. “People are living longer, and women want to live more fully. They’ve contributed to raising children, they want an emotional journey, it’s their time now. A woman may have (decades) of life ahead and doesn’t want to be unhappy anymore.” And while in many circumstances the woman is driving the decision, there is still a great need for community and education.
Building Wildflower Group has deeply enriched Joan’s life. While she continues to manage her extremely successful real estate practice, her involvement and dedication to the organization has confirmed her faith in how many good people there are in this world. Her own life experience has expanded and taken her to places she never would have imagined—even a profile on the Today Show. Wildflower Group has grown and continues to evolve based on women’s needs. Joan contributes much of her success to simply responding to what women need and what they are asking for.
Resources available through Wildflower Group can include career counselors, financial advisors, family law experts, therapists, and stylists. Since the beginning, Wildflower Group had helped thousands of women going through divorce. Joan Rogliano has been a trail-blazer, role model, and a compassionate woman who used her own personal struggle with divorce for the good of many. To women who are facing what can be a devastating time in their lives, Joan and Wildflower Group are a shining light of hope and comfort on the road to personal growth and development.
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