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February 20, 2017

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Current Affairs and Advocacy

Dr. Kathleen Hall

Themes

Own Your Happiness: Four Essential Virtues Happy People Know — Learn how to tackle one of the hardest parts of the working person’s life: finding balance and real happiness. Discover how to find the time you need to run your business and create happiness and balance in your busy family life.
Living a Life in Balance: The Roots of True Happiness — Based on Dr. Hall’s book A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness, winner of The Nautilus Book Award. Discover the building blocks for mental and physical health that will reduce stress and create a life of health, happiness and balance. Learn about serenity, exercise, love and food, or S.E.L.F.™
Live an Intentional Life™: Discovering Authentic Work-Life Balance — Based on Dr. Hall’s book, Alter Your Life: Overbooked? Overworked? Overwhelmed? Learn the foundations for living a mindful and rewarding life by using her ACE technique: Awareness, Choice and Energy. Dr. Hall teaches how to go through your busy day with greater awareness, productivity and energy. As you wake up, shower, commute, work and eat dinner, you discover a new energetic life of happiness and balance.
Diversity in the Global Workplace — Our new religious diversity affects the workplace more every day because of mainstream ignorance of other cultures and religions. Research tells us much of the aggression, anger and bullying in the workplace comes from our misunderstanding and ignorance of other cultures and religions. Education is the key to the accommodation of many religions in the workplace. This course enhances tolerance, respect and knowledge in the workplace.
Living an Intentional Life™: Opportunity Knocks — Learn how to focus on goals and a new lifestyle of intentional living. Energize people and help them feel optimistic about the future.

About

Dr. Kathleen Hall, world-renowned stress and work-life balance expert is the founder and CEO of The Stress Institute and Alter Your Life. During times of stress and crisis: West Virginia coal miner tragedy, Hurricane Katrina aftermath, Canadian Air France crash, London terrorist bombing, and the Runaway Bride, national television, print and radio media consistently seek her authoritative knowledge, information and direction.

Dr. Hall’s advice has been featured by national media, including The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Paula Zahn Now, CNN Headline News, CNN International, ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, ESPN.com, Good Morning America Radio, Martha Stewart Radio, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, Body + Soul, Parents, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Real Simple, Working Woman, Woman’s Day, and Parade.

Dr. Hall regularly contributes to PINK and Balance Magazine; is the Global Ambassador for Unilever’s Knorr Soup Campaign – Eat Soup, Live Healthy; World thought leader to Fortune 500 Corporations; Electronic Arts spokesperson (Pogo.com); Microsoft MSN spokesperson; and, stress and work/life balance expert for iVillage, ClubMom.com and Momcorps.com. Martha Stewart Publications coined her as the “Stress Queen.”

Assets

To keep your business growing, you need to nourish the roots.
What has become of our lives? In America, we have become mere zombies in a factory, punching the clock, mismanaging our time and our employees, losing the vitality and creativity that keeps business evolving and expanding. We have left behind our family obligations, stopped taking care of ourselves, and in many cases, forgotten how to live. People literally work themselves to death to stay ahead of the competition, provide for their families and keep from being laid off.

We are stressed out beyond belief. In order for our business to grow, as well as remain stable, we need to take care of ourselves and our staff at the very core. Dr. Kathleen Hall, national stress expert, inspires you and your employees to do just that – lead a healthier life and manage stress. Your employees are your business after all, and without them your business wouldn’t survive. Give them a day with Dr. Hall and help your business bloom.

Give your employees some sunshine.
Dr. Hall is not just a speaker. She’s been there – stressed out, overbooked, overworked and overwhelmed. And that’s why she is so impassioned to help others. Her life is what makes her such a down-to-earth, authentic person. She energizes her audience and inspires them. Take a look at the included DVD to see for yourself. She breaks everything down to a simple level through her interesting courses. And in the process, she touches her audience’s lives and leaves them with something that no company picnic can do – a sense of peace.

Have we planted a seed yet?
We hope so. You owe it to you and your company to invest in a keynote, seminar or customized event with Dr. Kathleen Hall. For more information, visit www.drkathleenhall.com

Rave Reviews

“I know your work well and so admire you. You have a kind and caring soul and you can see that in your eyes. Thank you for your contribution for making this world a more peaceful place to be.”
–Richard Simmons

“Kathleen Hall is one of the best speakers I have ever witnessed. Her stories come from her head and her heart and the audience responds with love and admiration.”
–Cathy Bonner
Founder, The Women’s Museum, Dallas, TX

“Dr. Hall, it was a true pleasure hearing you speak at the MomCorps event last week. Your speech and flow of thoughts immediately made me take stock of how I approach my life on a daily basis. Your guidelines and research are already helping me make adjustments and tune in to the type of days I want to create for myself and my family every day. I feel invigorated, inspired and excited as a result of seeing you at the MomCorps conference. Thank you so much! Fondly, Jennifer L. Silver – working mother of one, wife, daughter and longtime diaphragmatic breather – thanks for the reminder on that!”
–Jennifer L. Silver – Star 94 Radio, One of Atlanta’s top morning radio shows

“It was a pleasure having Dr. Hall on the show. She was very knowledgeable and gave our listeners and callers such useful insight on stress and how to manage it. Career Coach & Host of Martha Stewart’s Radio, Making a Living with Maggie on Sirius 112.”
–Maggie Mistal

“Amazing…Dr. Hall’s direct, no-nonsense approach for living a less stressful life, including how the mind/body connection affects us, is awesome. Anyone and everyone who’s receptive to strategies for living a fuller, healthier life should hear Dr. Hall speak. Her positive energy is contagious!”
–Carla DeRasmo – IBM

CONTACT DR. KATHLEEN HALL

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Kimberly Elliott

Themes

Staying Safe in a Dangerout World
Anti-Victimization
College-Knowledge: Safety Training
Are Your Habits Killing You? – Tips for Personal Safety
Health Care in the U.S.

About

Kimberly Elliott is a seasoned marketing professional with 18 years experience in pharmaceutical sales and management. As a victim of crime, she is very passionate about her career as founder and managing partner of Executive Defense Technology, LLC, an anti-victimization education firm. As a speaker, author, consultant and certified RAD instructor, she helps clients optimize their personal safety. As a seminar leader, she provides a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands on defense training.

Speaking at an international conference in Glasgow, Scotland, she is an active advocate for Children’s Health Care in the US. She is available for seminars speaking out on Pharmaceutical Reform.

Assets

“High-energy, timeless & timely, educational, powerful & poignant” are the words most often used to describe Kimberly’s tailored presentations.

As a National Sales Leader in the Pharmaceutical Industry with 18 years experience, author, entrepreneur, professional speaker & Nationally Certified R.A.D. (Rape/Aggression/Defense) trainer, Kimberly brings a unique depth of knowledge and sensitivity to her specialties of: Advocacy for Change in the Medical Industry and Personal Self-Defense and Anti-victimization Education.

She gives readers & audiences powerful insights into the Pharmaceutical Industry. She has been featured in the British Medical Journal and has been a guest on numerous National Radio Programs as well as a consultant & expert guest for her local NBC station.

As a victim of crime herself, she is also dedicated to providing workplace, personal, and field staff safety training classes to senior executives, management, and employees of a vast array of private businesses and corporations, professional organizations and associations. As a R.A.D. trainer, she also trains teachers, parents and children in school districts nationwide in personal protection and awareness. This is done by teaching simple mental and physical techniques and strategies individuals can use to avoid victimization in their daily lives. Her safety programs have yielded positive, immediate and long lasting outcomes.

Her behavior based anti-victimization presentations will shape & change the attitudes of your employees. This in turn will help you change portions of your safety culture and liability! Her combination of warmth and sensitivity along with her expertise, substance and inspiration, invigorates and energizes people to take action in their personal lives.

Kimberly focuses on the needs of each client, customizing her message to each group she addresses. She speaks around the country to Corporations, Associations and Consumers about personal safety and the need for health care changes in the U.S.

Kimberly’s diverse clientele include: YMCA, Bryan-Cave Law, Anheuser-Busch, New Frontier Bank, Bonneville Radio Group, Catholic Health Association, SCI Engineering, Jefferson Smurfit, Ronnoco Coffee, Coldwell Banker Realtors, Maritz, MO Nurses Association, US Bank, Prudential and a host of other household names, educational institutions, churches and non-profit groups.

Kimberly lives happily in Missouri with her amazing husband, two spirited children and a “zoo” of animals including a Newfoundland, three cats and a rabbit. She enjoys traveling, swimming and reading.

Rave Reviews

What did previous participants think?

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Thanks Kimberly – I enjoyed the class and am feeling much safer walking around with this in my hands. Peace of mind is priceless. Thanks so much!

Sherri C.
Administrative Assistant
Husch & Eppenberger, LLC

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Thank you so much for all of your helpful information.

Pam M.

Husch & Eppenberger, LLC

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Thank you again for everything – the presentation was very informative but not over-bearing, everyone seems to have taken something out of it which is the purpose. Paul and Larry did a great job

Jessica T.
UHY Advisors MO, Inc. tax and Business Consultants

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I wanted to thank you for your excellent presentation on Saturday, Aug 11th at the Women’s Center off Tesson Ferry Rd. I have forwarded your website to our HR department. Keep up the good work! You are doing the world a great service!

Susan

Susan N.

Process Optimization

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Kim – Hello, I attended the free session you guys held at St. John’s last Saturday. Thanks for what you do, us women need people like you to help. Keep up the great work! You all were a delight to learn from. Thank you.

Angie S.

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“Excellent instruction, relevant, informative and valuable.” – Paula – MONA meeting
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“Excellent, comprehensive, interactive and informative.” – MONA meeting
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“Very good mix of issues. Helpful springboard for future use. Well presented and resourced.” – Robert – Essex Corporation
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“Very informative and enjoyable day. Has brought a number of issues to my attention, not only with regards to my own personal safety in my role but also issues around the ‘office’ set up and management systems currently in place.” – John – Essex Corporation
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“Good instruction. Excellent balance of talking and exercises – useful.” – Vennie – Husch and Eppenberger
* Great course, great trainer. People left saying they felt empowered, valued and a little more street-wise. We hope to make this course part of our core training for all staff.” – Lori – UHY Corporation
* “The facilitator was well-informed and kept everyone interested for the duration of the session. It was a great course, and all employees who attended our pilot session said it should definitely be rolled out to everyone – a great initiative. It really raised our awareness.” – Faye – Wrap-Ups
* “Our eyes (and ears) have definitely been opened to potential everyday risks to our personal safety. Even the men in the group had to admit that the session had been really useful. Despite the serious nature of the subject, our instructor had a great sense of humour, which ensured that we all enjoyed the session too. A must for everyone.” – Joel – Frontier Bank

CONTACT KIMBERLY ELLIOTT

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Kristina Leonardi

Themes

Women & Diversity: Identity, Inclusion and Empowerment
Pink Slips: Learning from Life’s Disappointments
Who Are You & What Are You Supposed to Be Doing With Your Life?
Spring Cleaning for the Soul
Use Your Freedom to Create the Life of Your Dreams!

About

Kristina Leonardi is the Founder and Executive Director of The Women’s Mosaic, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, inspiration and motivation for women to express their full power and potential in the world. As a speaker and seminar leader, she provides a practical framework for each attendee to make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, connect to, and fulfill their role in the world at large. Kristina has a B.A. degree in International Relations from Boston University, and has taught extensively for New York University’s Center for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and the Center for Career, Education and Life Planning and was recently featured as a guest on the all-women owned radio network, Greenstone Media. She was listed as one of Hispanic Magazines Top Latinas of 2004 and is currently the Tango Diva 2007 Diva Visionary Award winner.

Rave Reviews

Kristina is an amazing inspiration to women in NYC and all over the world. She brings together such a diverse group of women for her programs and events and inspires all who meet her to be their best always. – Melanie McEvoy, President of National Association of Women Business Owners NYC

Kristina has worked tirelessly to create a community of women in New York City who support each other, learn from each other, and challenge each other to create better lives for our selves and our world. – Patti Binder, former Director of YWCA Center for Girls

….she is not only a visionary, but also an empathetic and able practitioner of her vision. She believes in the creative and collective power of women, so she devotes her time to facilitating just that. – Rebecca Cathcart, Journalist

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this topic couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in my life. I found Kristina’s points to be very clear and direct. Not “over my head” and filled with textbook phrases. I feel very motivated and excited to take what I learned into my life. – Cindy D., Workshop Attendee

I feel that Kristina’s workshops are incredibly helpful. She teaches people how to view life’s disappointments in a more compassionate light. These challenges can indeed become significant learning experiences. Kristina is an inspirational example of taking a personal setback and using it to empower herself. Most importantly, she cares about the healing process and will share her resources for healing. I totally connect with her because her delivery is so down-to-earth, warm, and intuitive. I’m still reaping the benefits of her wisdom and guidance! Thank you Kristina! – Larie Hwang

After attending Using Your Freedom to Create the Life of Your Dreams] I gained a new realization and appreciation for my pure potential and resources.
– Ruth

CONTACT KRISTINA LEONARDI

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Lauren Bloom

Themes

The Art of the Apology: How to Apologize Effectively to Practically Anyone
How to Apologize to Clients and Customers – And Why Your Lawyer May Tell You Not To!
Elegant Ethical Solutions: How to Resolve Dilemmas While Preserving Your Professional Relationships

About

Lauren Bloom is an attorney who speaks and consults on business ethics and the author of “The Art of the Apology – How to Apologize Effectively to Practically Anyone.”

For many years, Lauren was the General Counsel and Director of Professionalism of the American Academy of Actuaries, where she delivered hundreds of keynotes, panel presentations and seminars on business ethics, helping thousands of financial professionals nationwide to achieve high ethical standards and responsibly manage their litigation risk. Now, Lauren is the President and CEO of Elegant Solutions Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping professionals, businesses and association management executives build trust with their clients, customers and members by “walking the ethics talk” in their daily practices.

Lauren received her undergraduate degree from Yale College and her J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. She also holds an advanced degree in Labor Law with distinction from Georgetown Law Center. A practicing attorney with over twenty years’ experience, Lauren is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional, by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics in Minneapolis, MN. She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Institute of Management Consultants USA and a local community theatre troupe, and appears regularly in films and professional and community theatre productions around the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Assets

Lauren is an audience favorite who delivers direct, compassionate advice about how to handle tough ethical issues. Content-rich and entertaining, Lauren’s most requested keynotes are pure audience pleasers:

1. How to Apologize to Clients and Customers — And Why Your Lawyer Might Tell You Not To!

Everyone makes mistakes, but business mistakes can cost a fortune — and possibly ruin your professional reputation. Many business people don’t apologize because they worry they’ll end up in court. This keynote offers practical guidance on how to apologize so effectively that your relationships with clients and customers end up stronger than ever, and lawsuits are less likely.

2. The Art of the Apology: How to Apologize Effectively to Practically Anyone

Lauren’s signature keynote, based on her new book, “The Art of the Apology,” offers invaluable advice on why, when, and how to apologize. Audience members gain an understanding of how apologies heal damaged relationships and restore trust, and the necessary tools to make effective apologies to co-workers, clients, customers, and loved ones.

3. Elegant Ethical Solutions: How to Resolve Dilemmas While Preserving Your Professional Relationships

What can you do when someone in your workplace asks you to do something underhanded, unethical, or just plain wrong? This keyote provides a practical approach to resolving ethical dilemmas, explaining how to analyze an ethical dilemma, brainstorm solutions, and work creatively with other people to come to an elegant, “win-win” solution. It encourages the audience not to blame others, but to approach ethical dilemmas from a compassionate, non-judgmental perspective.

Rave Reviews

“Lauren is as smart as they come — and always entertaining!” — Tom Terry, CEO, JPMorgan Compensation and Benefit Strategies

“Lauren Bloom is a superb speaker. I highly recommend her!” — Donna Claire, FSA, MAAA, President, Claire Thinking, Inc.

“Lauren is warm, humorous, and communicates with clarity and great expression. You really enjoy her!” — William C. Cutlip, President, William C. Cutlip Consulting

“Lauren’s presentation style completely engages the listener.” — Tom Bakos, President, Tom Bakos Consulting Inc.

“Lauren combines a real talent for public communication with the dedication and ethical backbone rarely seen these days. She’s an inspiration.” — Greg Vass, Senior Policy Analyst, America’s Health Insurance Plans

CONTACT LAUREN BLOOM

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Lisa Ann Schreier

Themes

7 Things Every Consumer Needs To Know About Timeshare
Making The Most Of Your Timeshare
Don’t Fall For These Timeshare Tricks!
Timeshare Business Use…Why Rent When You Can Own?

About

A Chicago area native, Lisa moved to the Central Florida area in September of 1997. With more than 15 years of experience in advertising, marketing, media and PR, she was hired by a local hotel as their Advertising Director. Within a year, she entered the timeshare industry and several months after that, earned her Florida Real Estate License.

She began writing advertising and marketing articles for the industry’s #1 read publication and quickly became a sought after expert for anyone in the media writing about or talking about timeshare.

She published her first book, “Surviving A Timeshare Presentation . . . Confessions From The Sales Table” in October of 2004 and it became an instant hit with the public, who had obviously been longing for no-nonsense information about a product that suffers from a less than stellar reputation. Lisa followed up that success with “Timeshare Vacations For Dummies” in July of 2005 and cemented her reputation as the industry’s expert.

As “The Timeshare Crusader” Lisa continues to expose the industry’s strengths and weaknesses while pushing for more consumer education in this industry that for so long has thrived because of un-educated consumers. She is working on her third book, “An Introduction to Vacation Ownership Management,” a college-level textbook due out in 2008.

Lisa still lives in the Central Florida area with her two cats, enjoys travel, photography, music and driving in her two-seater convertible.

Assets

Not all timeshare salespeople wear lime green leisure suits! Lisa is a fun, dynamic and interesting speaker who brings years of experience to her presentations.

At one point or another, nearly everyone has been on a timeshare sales pitch and most people have walked out more confused and more annoyed than when they walked in.

“The Timeshare Crusader” sheds light on what has been, up until now, a mysterious world. Forthright, honest and informative, Lisa does NOT sell, buy, rent, broker or represent any timeshare or any type of timeshare. She is neither pro- nor anti-timeshare, only decidedly pro-educated consumer.

Your attendees will walk away from Lisa’s programs with a better understanding of timeshare, armed with questions to ask before making any purchase decision and the information that they need in order to control any timeshare sales pitch in the future. Anyone who already owns timeshare will be sure to learn tips to have them make more out of their timeshare.

Relax everyone; “The Timeshare Crusader” is here!

Rave Reviews

“I was a little disappointed when (Lisa) mentioned that she would only be back to lecture once in the semester. Her lecture and introduction to the industry was phenomenal! The subject at hand in class isn’t the most exciting one however she kept me very interested with her vibrant personality and her down to earth attitude. I also love how she simply tells it like it is and doesn’t sugar coat anything. I am looking forward to read her book on timeshare. Hopefully we will get a chance to have her more involved throughout the semester.
-J. Rivera-University of Central Florida

“When we sent out invitations and the agenda for our last meeting with included our guest speakers, Lisa Ann Schreier, we had an overwhelming response from our members wanting to attend. Lisa Ann is a dynamic speaker and extremely knowledgeable about what is going on in the timeshare industry. Nearly everyone who attended bought her book to be more timeshare savvy. We highly recommend reading her book and having her speak at one of your future meetings. As we say you learn something new everyday.”
-E and M Hastry-Baltimore, Maryland

CONTACT LISA ANN SCHREIER

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Millie Hreczany

Themes

Current career issues including diversity and women in leadership roles.
Empowerment.
Overcoming adversity and inner strength.
Social issues in the workplace.
Time management.

About

My name is Millie Hreczany and I live in Chicago. I graduated in 1994 from the North Park University with a Bachelors Degree in English. I minored in Philosophy. In 2000 I became a Paramedic. I worked in the paramedic field for 7 years. I am currently a full time Devry student studying Technical Management.

I am analytical by nature and love to concentrate on details. My true strength is being able to look at a problem and offer suggestions for improvement and offer an alternative way of doing things. I offer a new perspective and outlook. I strive to do an excellent job on whatever I am working on.

During my career as a paramedic I have seen some unusual things. Being able to help someone is a very fulfilling experience. I loved my job and enjoyed working with people.

Being a female paramedic exposed me to judgment from every direction. Not only was I working in a male dominated environment, I was told by a frail old patient that I have no business doing a man’s job.

At a previous job, I was told by a decision maker that there will never be a women working in his department. I realized that change had to come from the top. Employees learn by example. When inappropriate behavior is not condoned, it is accepted and will continue.

Because of my experience, I started to recognize a gap in the people that were at the top. Companies did not have female decision makers. There were no females on boards or in high ranking positions. There were no females in a position that could influence others.

Assets

My goal as a leader is to educate women to look for clues that indicate an uphill battle. I was once asked at an interview if I had any children and how that would affect my ability to perform the job. It’s a struggle from the very beginning. Companies wanted to know everything about me as I was trying to prove myself according to a double standard.

I want the audience to take away with them the idea that it is perfectly normal for women to be aggressive. Start asking more questions. Don’t sit at meetings, but stand up and give your speech. Defend yourself and make sure you get the credit that you are due. Become a mentor or seek out a mentor.

Rave Reviews

My previous speaking arrangements involved teaching CPR to adults and young adults. Having the opportunity to teach CPR not only involved a lecture but also performing demonstrations. It was important for me to make sure I get the most important points across.

I also taught specific sections of a basic emergency medical technician class. This mainly involved taking a rather boring section of the book and attempting to make it interesting so that the material can be understood in easy terms.

People that have heard me speak said that I was able to put into words what they were thinking and feeling. They said that I was able to keep their attention by relating the material to everyday scenarios.

CONTACT MILLIE HRECZANY

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