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December 13, 2017

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Sara Armstrong

Themes

Everybody Has An Accent – Basic Rules of Cross-Cultural Communication
After Me You Come First – The 21st Century Woman’s Guide to Fulfillment
Hillary, Mitt and Obama – Old Labels for New Packages !
Transitions -Self-Care for the Sandwich Generation
Deal Maker or Deal Breaker- Which Are You?

About

Sara is the Founder and Executive Director of Women of Authority, a division of Sara L. Armstrong Enterprises, L.L.C. which provides speaking, training and consulting services. Sara’s passion is to help everyone, especially women, embrace each other without reservation, enable each other by sharing skills and experiences, and empower each other to set positive goals and take action. Learn more about Sara and her availability for speaking and training at www.sarmstrong.biz or www.womenofauthority.com – Sara has a Bachelors Degree in Microbiology and a Masters Degree in Religious Education.

Sara Armstrong was born in Chicago, Illinois and joined the Peace Corps in 1966 for two years of adventure and self-discovery. But after marrying a Ugandan in 1968, and deciding to live in East Africa, she was launched on a journey through the terror of Idi Amin Dada. She had a unique insight into the destruction of a prosperous and thriving nation. Sara’s first book entitled The Shattered Pearl, which is an account of her ten years in Africa, entertains as well as educates readers.

After returning from Uganda, she was widowed and threw her energies into raising her two children, taking care of her aging parents and participating in local politics. She helped to incorporate and served as the first Mayor of the Town of Shorter, Alabama when developers threatened her community. As the mayor of a new municipality that became the center of a public controversy, Sara gave numerous TV and newspaper interviews as well as chairing the city council and committee meetings and led her community to victory.

Assets

Why Book Sara for your next event?

Sara’s presentations are highly motivational, information-rich and very entertaining.

Her wealth of business/ life knowledge is teamed up with her down-to-earth communication style. Her diverse audiences instantly connect with her message and love her contagious enthusiasm, high-energy and fun sense of humor. Sara’s audiences come alive with her motivational and educational presentations. Attendees of Sara’s presentations take away insightful information that they can quickly and easily implement into their businesses and personal lives.

Sara’s training style is by using the hands-on approach. Kick off your next event with Sara’s enthusiasm and dynamic stage presence. All keynotes/workshops are customized for your needs and audience. Large and small groups, alike will benefit from specific tips and strategies to maximize their time, energy and focus.

Rave Reviews

.” You are an exceptional presenter with a story that grips the listener and adds strength and purpose to the listener’s life.

– Catharine Phillips – PAUMCS
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” In your diversity seminar, you provided us with realistic tools to use when dealing with cross-cultural issues, I found it to be very helpful in my daily job. Thanks for your support.”

Sally Regions –
Florida 2007 – Diversity Today Workshop

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” Exceptional Speaker! You really inspired my staff with your amazing personal story, we look forward to having you back next year !”

James Mitchell- Employee Development Specialist
Richmond County Senior Support Center

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“It was an honor to work with you and your team, my client was very impressed by the content in your workshops and I look forward to booking you at future events”

Barbara Simmons – Meeting Planner
Spectacular Events

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Dear Sara ,You were the best at the conference. I enjoyed all of the speakers, but you were the one that not only kept my attention, but touched my heart. ”

– Delores Millis -PAUMCS

CONTACT SARA ARMSTRONG

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Sharan Tash

Themes

Connections – Your Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
The ROI of Networking – Are You in the Red or the Black?
“Resin”ating With Your Patients

About

Sharan’s entrepreneurial background ranges from fitness, to education, to the dental field. Her altruistic enthusiasm to give back and to give first without asking for anything in return, has dubbed her the Pay It Forward Relationship Networker.

Returning to college as a single mom at the age of 37, her motivation was to be a role model for her children. Sharan returned to college in 1999 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northeastern Illinois University. She continued her education at Illinois Benedictine University pursuing a Masters in Exercise Physiology – Cardiac Rehab. She put her education to work by starting, “The Fitness Tutors”, an in home personal training business that catered to the Orthodox Jewish community in Chicago.

Sharan started networking throughout Chicagoland and developed her own unique style of networking which is currently in the trademark process as “Boomerang Networking”. It was through her passion of giving that her current businesses, The Professional Networker, Inc. and Sharan Tash were developed.

Sharan serves on the Board of Directors for NAWBO-Chicago and is Chair for the Corporate Retention Committee. She has received the NAWBO National Rookie of the Year Award and NAWBO-Chicago honored her with the MVP award for the Chapter – The President’s Award. She served on the Board of Directors for the Buffalo Grove Chamber of Commerce and earned the Member of the Year Award. Currently she is an Ambassador for the Chicagoland Chamber and is a speaker for the WBDC in Chicago. In 2007 she earned her membership to NSA (National Speakers Association) and will be serving as Membership Chair for the NSA-IL Chapter. Her love and respect for children is evident as a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister program of Lake County, Buddy Baseball volunteer through Keshet, and Saferides Adult chaperone through New Trier High School.

Assets

Passion! (Up to 300 words explaining why you’d be a dynamic speaker for the group or organization. This is where you’re able to tout how well you connect with an audience or what attendees can expect to take away. You should show some personality in this section. If your seminars are fun, let that humor and attitude show.)

Rave Reviews

“Sharan’s enthusiasm for the topic and common sense approach was invaluable in helping these managers gain the skills they need and experience some real-life examples of how networking can benefit our company and their pizzerias. She brought a passion to the training that was contagious, and now a number of our managers have jumped on the networking band wagon!”
– Mindy Kaplan, Director of Marketing, Malnati Organization, Inc.

“Sharan Tash combines energy with a strong knowledge base in networking. She recently brought new life to our learning audience with down-to-earth advice and tools to facilitate presenting, listening and sharing. Her passion for her work is contagious and she inspired my colleagues to network more effectively.”
– Sharon and Steve Weinstein, Royal Diamond Wellness Consultants

“Participants did not want her program to end as Sharan held their attention from start to finish. In just two hours, people acquired the tools to take their networking to a whole new level and to have a positive impact on their business success. It was great the way Sharan interwove real life anecdotes throughout her presentation. We cannot wait to have Sharan back again for those clients who could not make it that evening.”
– Sara Shifrin, Director of Entrepreneurial Training for the Women’s Business Development Center

“Sharan proved that networking activity leads to sales. We are a growing Divisional Office …. Sales are up 14% since Sharan brought her inspiration and implementation that equals results!”
– Rebecca Bloomfield, Affordable Health Insurance

“Sharan’s passion for connecting is not only evidenced in her speaking, but she Pays It Forward daily. She walks into an event and opens her database of referrals – helping everyone without thought of her receiving anything in return. She truly walks her talk.”
– Mikki Williams, CSP, Mikki Williams Unltd., Keynote Speaker/Coach

CONTACT SHARAN TASH

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Sheryl Brown

Themes

“How to Obtain a Goal Medal Mind”
“The Love Room” How to Live From the Inside Out”
“Do not Surrender Your Dream in the Battle”
“Five Things That Can Paralyze You From Succeeding in Life”
“Possessing Peace in the Midst of Adversity”

About

Sheryl L. Brown currently resides in Atlanta Georgia with her husband Shawn. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology, Master’s in Public Administration and a Master’s of Science in Psychology/Marriage Family Therapy. Sheryl is the founder of Opulence Inc. which serves the world at large through inspirational/motivational books, recorded messages and speaking engagements. Her mission is to deposit “seeds of life” into the hearts of men and women that are in pursuit of fulfilling their purpose in life. Sheryl L. Brown is the author of “Push: How to Birth Your Dreams into Reality” & “Millennium Girl: How to Live a Principle Driven Life.”
Sheryl appeared on Trinity Broadcasting Network and Atlanta Alive where she shared with viewers her personal testimony on how her faith in God miraculously healed her from a severe disease that left her weighing 68lbs. and three days to live. She shared the biblical principles she used to receive and maintain her healing.
www.pushdreams.org

Assets

Sheryl possesses a unique ability to connect with her audience by imparting words of wisdom that penetrate deep into their hearts. She compels them to rise above life challenges,past failures and/or disappointments which often detour people from fulfilling their purpose in life. Her optimistic disposition challenges the audience to look beyond the “what is” and focus on the “what is to come” which is their rightful possession.

Rave Reviews

“A couple of years ago we at CSU Bakersfield had the pleasure of having one of our Alumni Sheryl Brown, come back to campus and speak at our Black History kick-off event “Food For The Soul.” Sheryl was indeed a compliment to our program. She is a confident, energetic speaker with a passion for the topics she presents. Her presentation on “The Seven Responsibilities of the Descendants of the Dream” was outstanding and really spoke to the hearts of the audience. Our group which consisted of students, faculty and staff, including the University’s President and wife enjoyed her sincere, honorable presence and very well prepared presentation. Sheryl has an amazing talent with a beautiful speaking voice that exudes a warm caring and energetic personality. The audience really connected with her and left with the inner knowing that we were not only the descendants of the dream, but we were also destined to accomplish the legacy that Dr. King had set forth. Sheryl is not only a dynamic speaker but a person who truly believes that everyone can make a difference, just like she did by coming back to the university and giving something back.

Keith F. Powell
California State University Bakersfield
Director ESS/EOP/AAC
661-654-3216

CONTACT SHERYL BROWN

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Sue Morem

Themes

The Professional Edge
Winner vs. Whiner
Take this Job — and Love It!
Image: Yours, Mine and Ours
Social Graces, Business Places

About

Sue Morem is a nationally renowned author, columnist, media personality, and dynamic speaker specializing in professional development and career success. A prolific communicator, she has written five books, writes a weekly workplace advice column, and has created and been featured in ten training videos, including the revolutionary video podcast series, The Job Seeker.

Her first book, How to Gain the Professional Edge, the only real-life book known to be the inspiration for a sitcom, was spotlighted and seen throughout an entire episode of The Drew Carey Show. Her most recent books, 101 Tips for Graduates and How to Get a Job and Keep It, Second Edition, are written for young adults to help them make a successful transition from school into the professional workplace.

Sue’s unique ability to motivate and empower her audiences both young and old has made her a sought-after speaker and landed her recognition in scores of national media. Named a “Woman to Watch” by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Morem is the president of Minneapolis-based Premier Presentation, Inc., a training and consulting firm helping people succeed by finding the professional within.

Year after year, organizations call on Sue to rejuvenate their team and encourage professional growth. Whether she is talking about personal or professional development, her enthusiasm is infectious and her knowledge is expansive. Emphasizing personal responsibility, Sue motivates people to look within, shows them how to present themselves in the best possible manner and points them in the direction of their dreams.

Assets

I love what I do and I am passionate about getting my message out. When I started my business over 17 years ago, I knew I wanted to help people become more professional and successful, but I didn’t know how challenging it could be. Professionalism and image are sensitive subjects; no one wants to be told to change his or her image—yet many people miss out on opportunities because of the image they project. I help people see their potential and get out of their own way in order to reach their full potential.

From the evaluations I’ve received, I can tell you three reasons you can rest assured you are hiring the right speaker for your event. I listen to my audiences and those who hire me. Here’s what they are telling me and saying about me:
1. She’s engaging: Sue walks her talk. She’s passionate, enthusiastic, and she connects with her audience.
2. She’s energizing: Sue delivers the message people need to hear. Sue tackles sensitive subjects with aplomb and gets people thinking and talking.
3. She’s empowering. She simplifies the complicated. Audiences are motivated to take action.

Rave Reviews

“Far and away the most believable and most impactful presenter we’ve had.”
-Donald Erwin, General Manager, Aetna

“This truly is one keynote delivery you can count on.”
-Farren M. Ross, Education Manager, National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU)

“Great conferences happen because we have great speakers like you. Your presentations were truly inspiring.”
-Sue Iverson and Tom Kelly, Co-Chairs, 2005 MnGFOA Conference Committee

“WOW! Your presentation was superb.”
-Sandy Lien, Director of Education, Upper Midwest Hospitality, Inc.

“A dynamic and enthusiastic presenter who makes learning a positive and enjoyable experience.”
-Susan Mortenson, Training Coordinator, Honeywell

“…energetic and riveting program. Thank you for your dynamic delivery!”
-Barbara A. Lee, Vice President and Program Committee Co-chair, International Association of Administrative Professionals

“Rated our ‘TOP’ speaker. Sue has the ability to model and teach ‘real world’ skills in a positive and enthusiastic manner. Sue and her books are a perfect resource for any career or business class.”
-Sandy Appelt, Career Academy Internship Coordinator, Armstrong High School

“Effective, enthusiastic speaker who brings to life the importance of etiquette and appearance in today’s job market.”
-Carol Edds, Conference Coordinator and Outreach Specialist, Center on Education and Work, University of Wisconsin – Madison

“…the material presented dovetailed perfectly to the theme of our convention, Learning to Lead. It was a perfect presentation to kick off our state convention.”
-Joe Matson, President, MASMS (Minnesota Association of School Maintenance Supervisors)

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Everyone loved you and the feedback has been tremendous.”
-Cathy Beers, Sr. Vice President, Customer Development Corporation

CONTACT SUE MOREM

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Sue Van Der Hout

Themes

Women Rock – Wake up Call for the Workplace, the Economy, the Marketplace
Networking to Measureable Success
Why now is the time for Women Entrepreneurs to Think Big
Shake it UP
Building Your Best Life – Women’s Life Passages

About

Those that can do.

Choose a speaker who’s not a talking head – a seasoned lawyer who’s: successfully argued in the Supreme Court about the meaning of equality; who’s made money investment banking; who’s started a women’s webzine about how women are defining their own success, regularly speaks with women leaders worldwide and whose webzine Girlphyte.com has over a million hits.

Sue has seen the future of women in the marketplace and it is exhilerating.

Get fresh facts and insights about how women are changing the culture of the marketplace and how other women are attaining success as they define it by pursing their authentic lives with passion.

Success is not about ladder climbing. It is personal, circumstantial, nuanced. It is about growth – being in the right environment, developing deep roots, many branches, achieving personal goals and continuous growth.

Assets

Why attend a day of talks and walk away with the flush of inspiration that doesn’t translate into action?

Changing behaviour is a process. It begins with meaningful interaction, clear direction, a success toolkit and established benchmarks.

The marketplace is flooded with words. It’s time for action. And fun and humour.

Girlphyte fairy tales – Dorothy’s Top Ten*

10. That to really live you have to get out of Kansas.

9. Landing on a witch is not a great way to start your day.

8. Never negotiate with a wizard while wearing gingham.

7. Large hand bags are very useful, but there’s nothing like a wicked pair of shoes.

6. Dogs are great, but they’re only a transitional relationship.

5. Black and white is uber cool, but life in Technicolor has the AHA factor.

4. There’s no place like home, but for a sense of accomplishment, get yourself out there.

3. Making connections gets you over the rainbow.

2. You have to do it for yourself – even scarecrows, tin men and lions have their own agendas. ©

1. Make your own choices – it’s your (yellow brick) road. ©

Girlphyte.com

Rave Reviews

Last event: Review from Swankymoms.com:
“I was at a conference yesterday with a group of very intelligent and accomplished women…Just before the day ended, a woman who started an online magazine called girlphyte.com came up to speak. She’s over 50 and looked about 38 dressed in a hip summer outfit, blond hair and had a rockin’ body. The “It Factor” oozed out of her and if anyone in the room had “It” she did. I immediately perked up and focused all my attention on her. The energy in the room shfited instantly almost as if a new weather system had entered. She had half the time she was supposed to have, announced she was throwing her notes out and off she went like a cannon ball out of a cannon. And man, did she impact me. And it’s because she had “It”. And of course she’s going to be insanely successful in her business venture.” http://swankymoms.blogspot.com/2007_06_01_archive.html
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Sue has also been applauded by women leaders who attended the Women’s Executive Network’s Wisdom Training as “transformative”.

University students who’ve attended her courses say that they’ve never had the opportunity to learn about how to be successful in university. That stuff just isn’t shared by profs.

Don’t leave just feeling good – leave going for your personal gusto with the insights, mechanics and support to get energized, focused, and hungry for more.

Sue is for corporations and organizations who not only expect bang for their buck but for measurable response. She’s for women who are hungry to leverage their skills and experience and SHAKE IT UP!

CONTACT SUE VAN DER HOUT

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Sylvia Lafair

Themes

Four Fast Track Programs:
Don’t Bring It to Work: Decoding Office Politics
Ouch! Resolving Conflict at Work
Get the “But” Out of Your “Yes”: Communicating with Clarity and Purpose
The Creative Edge: Unleashing Innovation
Executive Series:
Total Leadership Connections (TLC): Four Session Offsite

About

Sylvia Lafair, PhD, is an international leadership and communications expert and President of CEO – Creative Energy Options, Inc., a global consulting company focused on optimizing workplace relationships. Dr. Lafair’s talents to make the complex simple, has revolutionized the way employees cooperate and teams collaborate.

Her award winning book “Don’t Bring It to Work” (Jossey Bass) has been ranked in the top of Amazon’s Best Selling Workplace books. She is often quoted as a workplace relationship expert in newspapers and magazines across the country, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, CIO Magazine, New York Times, as well as being on radio, webinars, television, and presenting at national conferences.

Sylvia Lafair has two business blogs: “Elegant Leadership”, and “On the Cutting Edge of Change”, and is a contributing writer in WomenOnBusiness.com, Examiner.com, and EvanCarmichael.com, as well as other trade publications.

CEO’s flagship program, Total Leadership Connections™ utilizes the tools of PatternAware™ Leadership to help individuals understand how behavior patterns can derail success and how to transform them into productivity, purpose, and profit.

As an executive coach and leadership educator, she has 30+ years of experience with all levels of management from corporate officers of global companies to executives of non-profits, owners of leading family-owned businesses, and entrepreneurs. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has taught at Hahnemann University.

As a workshop leader or keynote speaker, Sylvia engages audiences with her natural storytelling ability. Her quick-witted humor, charisma, and energy are infectious and her knowledge gives substance and depth to all presentations. Her thought-provoking messages leave audiences with information to take back to the office and immediately put into practice.

Assets

As a workshop leader or keynote speaker, Dr. Lafair engages audiences with her natural storytelling ability. She weaves her knowledge of what makes a successful workplace, where people are happy to go to work every day, into real stories about workplace cultures. Dr. Lafair’s thought-provoking messages leave audiences with information to take back to the office and immediately put into practice.

Rave Reviews

“Sylvia Lafair is an amazingly acute analyzer of human behavior. She’s pinpointed the patterns that can make you sink, soar or simply muddle through your career. If you want to take your work life, your team or your company to the next level or, better yet, the level beyond that, do this important work. The payoff is the elusive breakthrough you’ve sought for years.”
Tyler Mathisen, CNBC Managing Editor and Host of “High Net Worth”

“Sylvia Lafair teaches us how to recognize and change our own ineffective workplace behavior and how to help others get past the family baggage and office politics that prevent all of us from doing our best work.”
Daniel Pink, Author A WHOLE NEW MIND

“Sylvia Lafair’s rare view of “systems” and “systems thinking,” is helpful to individuals and families, as well as business people working to build appreciation, cohesion and success.”
Frances Hesselbein, Chairman and Founding President, Leader to Leader Institute

“Wonderful tools for anyone wishing to make their work environment more successful. It addresses the baggage that we all bring to the workplace and gives wonderful revelations as to how to move forward from this and build on our strengths. It is about leadership of the highest level.”
Carole Haas Gravagno, Board Member, Philadelphia Orchestra

CONTACT SYLVIA LAFAIR

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