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  • A Virtual Tour For Seniors – How To Start A Free WordPress Website, Blog or Combination

    Michael Yublosky, Vice President, JEM Consulting div., A-BnC Parties and More, Inc.

    Most fellow seniors I talk to air similar complaints about isolation, loneliness, filling their time, lack of social contacts, etc. This is especially true in these difficult times. I have also learned that every senior has their own story to tell, whether in words, pictures, videos or crafts. MORE >

    WordPress is an online publishing tool to help convey or archive that story. I fell in love with it in 2009 and have seen it grow and expand and wish to convey its potential to other seniors as well.

    WordPress has expanded over the years and can now be easily used as a stand-alone web site with an optional blog, or a combination of both. This Internet platform can be used for personal publishing, sharing photos, even for small business purposes, etc. You can present yourself, write, display your artwork or poetry, promote your hobby, have a resume site and more.

    A great way to get familiar and discover its potential is through this free interactive tour on how to set up a free WordPress.com site. I provide online virtual tours for seniors and groups.

    Sometimes it just takes seniors helping seniors explore new activities.

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  • Estate Planning 101: Trusts Aren’t Just for the Pritzkers

    Matthew Margolis, Partner, Margolis Weldon LLC

    Learn the difference between Wills and Trusts and why a will isn't enough protection. Understand the vast importance of powers of attorney and the consequences of not having them in place.

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  • The History Connected to Celebrating Certain Days of the Year

    Marcella Davis, Retired CPS Teacher

    Human beings are social beings. We have certain aspects in our lives that re-enforce our commonality as people. One of those aspects is the celebration of certain times during the year. However, most of us celebrate those days, without really understanding the reason for making those days special, or why we eat certain foods on those days. MORE >

    For instance, Halloween is celebrated by wearing spooky costumes, telling ghost stories, or decorating with pictures of witches and goblins. We carve pumpkins, and go trick or treating. Every one of those aspects in the celebration of Halloween is tied to a belief, or a historical reason.
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  • You Just Don’t Understand

    Trisha Svehla, President, Managing the Mosaic

    Trisha explores the unique differences of communication styles between men and women and how to bridge the gap.

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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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  • Level Up: The Demand for Soft Skills Is the Future of Education

    Troy Sandidge, Social Media Jedi | Global Speaker | Storyteller

    Synopsis: LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Report found that the four most in-demand soft skills are within leadership, communication, collaboration, and time management. MORE >

    3 percent of HR Managers say technical skills are much easier to teach than soft skills—work ethic, communication skills, emotional intelligence, and a whole host of personal attributes that are crucial for career success. What we find a bit frightening is that 44 percent of top executives report this skill set as the largest gap experienced in the workforce. And 14 percent believe this gap is most prominent when it comes to the crucial skill of leadership.

    Yes, technical skills will get you in the door today, but soft skills will open future doors. Team building, motivating, and delegating are all much easier for those with excellent soft skills. Still, however, the importance of these skills continues to be greatly undervalued.

    The biggest mistake companies seem to make is assuming that people know how to behave on the job.
    You wouldn’t hire a new software engineer without testing his or her technical aptitude, correct? So why not give the same consideration to soft skills? You cannot assume that everyone knows and understands the importance of being on time, taking initiative, being friendly, and producing quality work.

    Takeaways:
    - Soft Skill vs Technical Skill
    - Discover how far one can go with soft skill and lacking technical skills versus the opposite
    - Learn why now is the time to focus on soft skills
    - Strategies on how to develop soft skills for the next generation of leaders
    - Answer the question, why C students tend to be leaders of billion-dollar companies

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  • A Crisis of Caring

    Renee N. Duba, Founder, Sonder Private Wealth Management

    "There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers." - Rosalynn Carter. MORE >

    Caring for elderly family members is oftentimes an all-consuming situation, consuming time, emotion, and money. This lively presentation will provide the audience with knowledge and resources that can help you and yours manage a crisis of caring.
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  • History and current importance of drainage for a healthy and sustainable Chicago Region

    Richard Lanyon, Consultant, Retired Executive Director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

    Richard will discuss how the flow in the Calumet and Chicago Rivers was reversed, why this is still important today to protect public health, and how current water infrastructure reduces flood damages, provides recreation, recovers resources and protects Lake Michigan as a clean and safe source of water. Richard’s topics can be tailored to your local interests. MORE >

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  • Planning for Old Age is Fun! Said No One Ever.

    Renee N. Duba, Founder, Sonder Private Wealth Management

    "Live fast and hard, die young and have a good looking carcass!" Noel Duba, my father. MORE >

    It really does seem as though no one plans for what may happen as they age. If you have ever cared for an aging parent, then you know how important having a plan for aging can be. This fun, somewhat irreverent talk will provide audience members with a complete guide to establishing a plan for aging that will support family and caregivers should the time come. We will cover the legal, financial and other issues that make up the components of a good plan.
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  • A Consumer’s Guide to Going Solar

    Christina Uzzo, Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Citizens Utility Board (CUB)

    Are you interested in going solar? Learn if solar is right for your home and how to get the most value out of your solar system from consumer advocate experts. In 2019, CUB staffers gave over 70 solar presentations, and we are excited to answer all your solar questions! MORE >

    CUB is very excited about new solar incentives available to homeowners in Illinois. However, we know that with all the new advertising and high pressure sales pitches it can be confusing to know what is best for you. At this presentation we will go over solar basics, including:
    ---why now is the best time yet to go solar,
    ---how solar panels work with your home and the grid,
    ---an overview of state and federal incentives,
    ---why it is almost always better to purchase, rather than lease solar panels.

    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 will confirm when you contact me.

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