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Posted on Tue. Aug. 19, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

Moms Night Out speaker will share advice on goal-setting and other tips for success

The event also will include shopping, musical entertainment, a fashion show and more.

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Evening for moms

WHAT: Fort Wayne Newspapers presents its annual Moms Night Out, with shopping, musical entertainment and fashion show, plus hors d'oeuvres, chocolate fountain and cash bar. Keynote speaker Barb Richards will discuss "How to Eat an Elephant and Other Secrets to Success."

WHEN: 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Ceruti's Summit Park, 6601 Innovation Blvd.

COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To buy in advance, go to

INFORMATION: 461-8600 or


How do you eat an elephant? The same way you eat any meal — one bite at a time.

It works the same way with achieving goals in life, said Barb Richards, who will share that tip and others when she speaks on "How to Eat an Elephant and other Secrets to Success" at the Moms Night Out event 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday at Ceruti's Summit Park.

The evening also will include entertainment by local musicians Bekah Bradley and Kenny Taylor, a fashion show presented by Carson's department store, and hors d'oeuvres, a chocolate fountain and cash bar. Women also can shop at booths set up by about 70 vendors.

The event is presented by Fort Wayne Newspapers, the business agent for The News-Sentinel and Journal Gazette.

Richards, who was born in Massillon, Ohio, has lived in Fort Wayne most of her life. The Homestead High School graduate moved away in 1976 to pursue a career in radio, but returned in 1984 to start work as an air personality on WAJI, 95.1-FM. After entertaining area radio listeners for nearly 30 years, Richards left the station in July 2013 to become marketing director for the Embassy Theatre.

A mother of three and grandmother of two, Richards plans to tailor her talk more toward working mothers, but most of the advice will apply to all women.

She describes herself as a goal-oriented person, and she will share tips about what she has learned works well for her.

"I think people fail a lot because they set these enormous goals," she said.

For example, someone may set a goal of losing 50 pounds, she said. If she or he doesn't lose 5 to 10 pounds quickly, however, the person may get discouraged and give up.

The 50-pound goal becomes much more attainable, Richards said, if you break it into a series of smaller goals, such as losing a couple of pounds within two weeks.

Setting and achieving a series of smaller goals also brings more frequent positive reinforcement along the path toward the bigger goal, she said. She also finds it helpful to keep herself on a goal-oriented daily schedule and to visualize herself reaching a goal.

The strategy works well for her at work as well in other areas of her life, such as running, she said.

An avid runner, she set a personal goal this year of running all 15 Fort Wayne Track Club points races, which would make her a recipient of one of the group's top awards, the Iron Woman Award.

The next race in the series is the Parlor City Trot half marathon Aug. 30, which begins and ends in downtown Bluffton. To make sure her body is ready for the 13.1-mile race, Richards woke up early this past Saturday and ran from her home to the Embassy Theatre, a distance of 9.3 miles.

She said Moms Night Out also will offer a lot of other great resources for moms, whether they are young mothers, mothers of older children or grandmothers. It's also just a fun evening out.

"Nothing has more energy than a room full of women," she said.

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