Free Educational Topics in Chicago

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  • Email Marketing for Small Business

    Sara Troyer, Branding | Marketing | Web Design, SaraTroyer.com

    2.4 million emails are sent every second worldwide, but most of them are never opened. This email marketing training will teach you the basics of how marketing, segmentation, email design, deliverability, analytics and optimization come together to create an email marketing strategy that grows your business. MORE >

    This seminar will arm you with both an understanding and a practical framework for using design to improve the messaging and performance of your emails. Creating a great email shouldn’t be a fight between content and design. A good email uses design to improve the content. You'll learn how to design better emails to develop an immediate connection with your readers and improve your conversions.

    In this workshop you will learn:

    How you can build your email list
    How to choose an email marketing service(s)
    The basics of a campaign
    Designing your content
    How to work with email automation
    How to monitor your analytics

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  • The 3 Biggest Problems with Utility Bills

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

    Most Illinoisans are overpaying for gas and electricity and don’t even know it! In this engaging lecture, I’ll show you how to decode your bills, spot errors, and take advantage of real programs designed to save you money. I’ve worked as a consumer advocate at CUB for over 17 years and this is my favorite part! 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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  • 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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  • Solving Climate Change with a Solution We Can All Like

    Mike Zanillo, Illinois State Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)

    Climate Change has been called ’NOT the BIGGEST challenge of OUR time, but, the BIGGEST challenge of ALL time’. The topic can be confusing to many. Often, there is uncertainty of what Climate Change is, what are its effects and what can be done about it. MORE >

    In today’s media-rich environment, many policy issues are in the news, but, often not at a significant level of depth. One of the topics of growing interest to many engaged groups is the topic of Climate Change. The discussion related to Climate Change can be confusing to many. Often, there is uncertainty of what Climate Change is, what are its effects and what can be done about it.

    The Citizens Climate Lobby, is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization that provides presentations to groups such as Rotary Clubs, League of Women Voters, college clubs and other local groups

    The presentation will educate, enable, and entertain your group members. The presentation can include short videos, slides, stories and time for audience questions. While the length of the presentation is at your discretion, the following topics will be covered.

    Learn about a simple, comprehensive, Climate Solution that is:
    - Rapidly growing in public, bi-partisan support
    - Endorsed by 27 Nobel economics laureates
    - Many view as the most effective climate policy
    - Will speed a transition to renewable energy
    - Considered as being a fair and just policy
    - Provides for economic growth and jobs

    After participating in our meetings, participants often feel more informed, energized and hopeful for a future stable climate. There will be no solicitation of donations or attempts to sell anything.

    Please contact me if you would like to discuss this opportunity for a presentation of this timely topic.

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  • Social Security: What Women Need to Know

    Tom Kedzie, Financial Planner, Lincoln Financial Advisors

    In this presentation you will learn:

    * Approximate Social Security benefits you could receive.
    * What to do if your husband or ex-husband dies.
    * What to do if your marital status changes.
    * How to take advantage of spousal benefits.
    * How to optimize benefits for an extra-long life.

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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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  • Proactive Planning When Living with a Chronic Medical Condition

    Matthew Margolis, Partner, Margolis Weldon LLC

    Learn about the vast importance of powers of attorney and why they are much more desirable than a guardianship. Understand that powers of attorney from the internet are not the right fit for most people and the advantage of having them drafted by an attorney who understands the needs of disabled individuals. Learn that a will simply isn’t enough. Leave with a better understanding of the differences between revocable and irrevocable trusts and how they differ when it comes to asset protection planning. MORE >

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  • Climate Change: The Earth Calls to Us

    Richard Treptow, PhD, Professor, Chicago State University (retired)

    Earth’s temperature has increased over the past century. Richard will review the causes, consequences and cures for climate change because we need to protect the world our children soon will inherit.

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  • Get It, Check It, Know Who Has Seen It

    Chris Heuman, Practice Leader, RISC Management and Consulting, LLC

    The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 or HIPAA is a federal law that sets rules about who can view and receive your Protected Health Information or PHI. This law gives you rights over your health information and when it can be shared. MORE >

    In addition, HIPAA requires your physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers, and your health plan to explain your rights and how your health information can be used or shared. Most of us believe that our medical and other health information is private and should be protected, and we want to know who has this information.

    You will learn about historical information, important terminology, sharing health information with family members and friends, and understand your health information privacy as a consumer.

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  • How To Think and Act Decisively!

    Will (William) Ramey, President, ABBA Teaching Institute

    A leader that is respected by his peers demonstrates phenomenal qualities. Normally a leader that garners such attention is respected in and outside of the organization in which they lead. My program will show leaders the various leadership styles available then help them craft an effective leadership style. MORE >

    Participants will learn: the four common leadership styles, surefire solutions to end timid behavior, and several reasons leaders fail at decisiveness.
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