Financial Power Lunch

Three female bank executives will discuss strategies for attaining financial independence at a lunch sponsored by the Retreat, the East Hampton shelter and support center for victims of domestic violence, on Friday at noon at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor.

"Financial Empowerment: Women in Transition" will be addressed by Edwina Early Annicelli, a second vice president of Morgan Stanley, as well as Maureen O'Toole and Susan Kingsolver, managing directors at the firm.

According to Kimberly Nichols, the Retreat's development director, financial readiness and planning are key in helping victims of domestic violence leave abusive relationships. "One of the biggest reasons women stay with abusive partners is financial dependency," she said.

The strategies the panel will discuss are intended for women of all ages and backgrounds who face such life transitions as divorce, joblessness, retirement, and ill health.

Ms. Annicelli, whose daughter participated in the Retreat's teen leadership program last year, came up with the idea for the lunchtime event and has underwritten the cost. Registration is required and tickets are $75 per person. All proceeds will go to the Retreat.