Free Educational Topics in Chicago

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  • Scuba Therapy: The next big thing

    Tinamarie Hernandez, Executive Director, Diveheart

    What is Scuba Therapy? What research has been done around scuba diving and spinal cord injury? autism? PTSD? Chronic pain? How is Diveheart helping to inspire and partner with the medical community to delve more deeply into what scuba diving can do to for people of all abilities.

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  • Leadership: How To Bring Results By Leading Your Team

    Robb Thompson, President & Founder, Progressive Life

    There are many people and organizations that crave leadership with their teams inside their organization, but they don't want to utilize the people that know how to take them from nothing to a point of success. MORE >

    We show you how to lead a healthy environment, how to have right relationships inside your company, how to build a team, how to stay positive, and how to get results.

    All companies want results. We will show you how to unlock ideas and open new doors of productivity.

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  • Bringing Green Energy to Your Home

    Sarah Moskowitz, Managing Director of Outreach, Citizens Utility Board (CUB)

    Wouldn’t it be great to do your part to save the environment, and save money at the same time? Here in Illinois, it’s possible--thanks to a number of statewide policies that CUB fought long and hard for. In this talk, I’ll give you the lowdown on how you can use renewable energy and become more efficient at home every day. MORE >

    CUB is a non-profit, statewide utility watchdog organization created in 1983 to work for lower gas, electric and telephone rates. CUB has been on your side for 30 years—blocking utility rate hikes, winning consumer refunds and helping to pass important consumer protection laws. Our outreach team has spoken at hundreds of community meetings across Illinois and would love to come to yours!

    Please note that depending on my availability, another one of our trained outreach staff may take my place as speaker at your meeting, but I can let you know for sure when you contact me.

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  • GMOs: Deciphering Fact from Fiction

    Paul and Donna Jeschke, Farmers, Illinois Farm Families

    Ask most consumers their opinion about GMOs and their answers will likely range from concern to avoiding them at all costs. In this session, a local Illinois farmer will answer some of the questions being asked about GMOs today including: Are they safe for human consumption? Do they cause cancer and allergies? What crops and foods are currently being modified? Are farmers forced to grow GMOs by large companies? MORE >

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  • Positive Psychology: A Fascinating Perspective on Achieving our Best

    Michael Bromberg, M.A., Speaker, Actor, Psychology Enthusiast

    Much of psychology looks at what is wrong with the world: research for disorders will examine those that have the disorder. What if we looked at those that don't have the disorder and ask, "What are they doing right?" This fascinating field looks at how we can improve ourselves by examining those of us who are above average, so that we can help those that are going through the rough patches of life. MORE >

    The field gives compelling, scientific proof on how we should change our mindset to promote self-improvement, overcoming disorder, and achieving our goals. Every time I have given this presentation I have people coming up to me requesting more info as it makes us expand our way of thinking psychologically! This is appropriate for all ages.
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  • Organizing Your Home or Office

    Vicki Burger, Professional Organizer, Productivity Coach and Entrepreneur, SPIFF

    Organization is essential for building and sustaining a great life. Clutter is chaos and if you have physical clutter, your likely have mental clutter as well. In this workshop we will have fun designing YOUR "organizing makeover". We will review a simple process for classifying, sorting and reducing your "stuff". MORE >

    Next we will consider how to determine the ideal organizing system to support the way your work. Finally, we will help you determine the best ways to motivate you to make time to maintain your system and continually evaluate and improve it.

    Organizing is not a "one size fits all" process. Each of us work, at home and in our professions, in different ways and our systems for organizing need to reflect these differences to be effective and sustainable. Throughout this workshop many of my useful "tips of the organizing trade" will be shared.

    I love to integrate stories and humor into my presentations to engage audiences. I look forward to talking with you to discuss how this workshop can be customized for your group.

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  • De-cluttering, Downsizing and Organizing Your Stuff

    Vicki Burger, Professional Organizer, Productivity Coach and Entrepreneur, SPIFF

    Downsizing can be difficult and is often emotional for the entire family. Our presentation will help you prepare to tackle this seemingly impossible task. With our tips and resources we can shrink that overwhelming job down to size. MORE >

    What are the reasons to downsize?
    • Sell you house more quickly
    • Minimize the cost of your move
    • Prepare for a move to a smaller home
    • Begin to distribute items “your way”
    • Maintain a safer, more efficient and easier to maintain home

    What are the steps to effectively downsizing your household items?
    • Create a plan w/ your time frame, specific goals, and who can help
    • Sorting your clutter
    • Prioritizing what to keep
    • Identifying non-profits, services, and others to help move your items OUT!
    • Staying organized and in control along your downsizing (or, "rightsizing") journey.

    What to do with unwanted possessions?
    • Compare resources and technologies to "liquidate" items including, Facebook groups, websites, on-line/live estate sales, specialty sale sites, and more.

    “SPIFF’s Downsizing System” and specific checklists
    • We will share our tools for assisting our clients’ downsizing and residential moves and help you create a plan that works for you and your goals.

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  • On the Trail of the Ancient Ones

    Terry Poppleton

    Join Terry as he takes you on a journey to another place and another time. The place is the Four Corners region of the U.S. and the time is a thousand years ago. On this journey we will visit such storied places as Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Hovenweep. Discover how this remarkable culture flourished, changed, and survived in the challenging environment of the American Southwest. MORE >

    During the presentation, he will answer the following questions:

    Who were the Anasazi “Ancient Ones”?
    Why was their culture remarkable?
    How did this culture change?
    Why did they leave the Four Corners area?

    The presentation takes approximately 30-45 minutes. I will need a computer projector and screen.

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  • Animal Welfare on Illinois Farms

    Paul and Donna Jeschke, Farmers, Illinois Farm Families

    We know the ethical treatment of animals is important to you, and we want you to know that it is important to us, too. Animal well-being is a top concern for Illinois farmers, and we want to have a conversation with you about it. Learn the ins-and-outs of how animals are raised on local farms. MORE >

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  • Building High Performance Teams

    Bob Miller, Founder and CEO, PFCC Group

    High performance teams don't just happen. They require good leadership and a good operational game plan that includes shared vision, the right people, personal commitment and accountability.

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