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  • Tapping into your Superpowers Mindfulness and Meditation.

    jacqueline McCarty, Owner Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, Om At Work

    Mindfulness can be practiced in any aspect and any task in your life! By remembering this tool of focus and awareness you can transform it into pure presence. Your awareness is currency, where your attention goes energy flows. Meditation is a training for your awareness and can have lasting effects on your brain and nervous system when practiced regularly. Learn these practices and transform your work and life. MORE >

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  • Eliminate the Fear of Leaving Your Comfort Zone Post Pandemic

    Susan Neustrom, Ed.D., Life, Leadership Coach, Author, Speaker, Educator, Leading to Action

    Change happened suddenly. You didn’t plan for major disruption. The pandemic turned your world upside down and thrust you right out of your comfort zone, big time. Nevertheless, over the past year you adapted to a different way of working, communicating, and interacting. Of course, now that a vaccine is here restrictions are being lifted, capacity is increasing, and in-person events are occurring. You are ready to get back to normal, whatever normal looks like now and in the future. Relief no doubt, but are you prepared to leave your comfort zone one more time? MORE >

    In this session, Dr. Susan Neustrom unravels the mystery of your personal space called the comfort zone, breaks down the fears that hold you captive even when you don’t know you’re being held captive, and offers strategies to eliminate fear enabling you to move out of your comfort zone and ready to soar to new heights post pandemic.
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  • Career and Job Search Strategies

    Sander Marcus, Ph.D., Practice Leader, IIT Center for Research & Service

    "What am I going to do when I grow up?" is a question we hear from people of all ages. The strategy for getting a job (interviewing, resumes, etc.) is always an important topic. Sander will provide an overview or address specific topics.

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  • Building From the Inside Out.

    James H. Carpenter Barnes, Ph.D., Life-Imagined, LLC - Author - Personal Development Speaker & Coach - Radio Talk Show Host

    The key to successfully creating anything in life begins with working on the inner-man first. This approach establishes a solid foundation on which to accomplish our goals and build our vision. Here we present three simple but powerful steps to laying this foundation for success. MORE >

    1. “Taking Control of Your Mindset” - It is vital that we get this first step right. This can be viewed as a method for house keeping of the mind. Henry Ford said “thinking is the hardest work we can do”. To think creatively and effectively we must take control of your thought patterns and the images that flood the mind daily. Filter out every thing that runs counter to your vision/dream/plan, replace it with positive thoughts, images and energy. See it as daily mental health cleaning or maintenance.

    Eliminate all language of complaining and thinking either in yourself or others around you. Sometimes to build we must separate from people, places and things which have a nature which opposes your vision. Success results more from who you are, ones state of being - than what you do (the actions we take). Be unique and single minded. Be willing to swim against the tide of traditions, willing endure being ridiculed and judged for your idea(s). Remove competitive envy from your mentality, setting the ego aside; this includes Fear, Resentment, Excuses, Envy

    2. “Creating Winning-Problem Solving Ideas” by spending time connecting to the source of all wisdom through prayer, reflection, and meditation. Schedule some quiet time; especially in the early morning hours. It slows our brain down to be able to hear our own creativity. It is here we receive Direction, Inspiration, Revelation.

    3. “Surrendering to the Creator's for the Execution of the Plan”. It is written, “I always do the things I see the creator do”. During the quiet time always be prepared to take notes when God begins to respond to your communication, this where the partnership begins to become a tangible reality. Then taking the revealed idea, writing out a plan and executing that plan, taking action, step by step (no matter how small) as it develops into a reality. Taking time to create an actionable but practical plan goes a long way to making it happen. Making it a part of your life experience.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said, A mind once stretched to a new idea can never return to its former dimensions.

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  • The New American Dream

    Marcus Carter, Marcus Carter, Carter Property Solutions LLC

    This presentation spans the fabric of our most polarizing attitudes on health, family, wealth, career and romance. Learn to identify, compartmentalize and execute personal goals through a hands-on examination of the process of self-fulfillment.

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  • Discover What’s Really Wrong In Your Life And How To Fix It!

    Diane Moca, Television Reporter / Motivational Speaker / Entrepreneur / Working Mother, Working Mom Warrior

    For years, my vision for my life was to HAVE IT ALL -- manage kids, spouse and work successfully. But the harder I tried to accomplish that, the less fulfilled, happy and healthy I felt. I was unaware that I was neglecting a critical component in life that didn't seem important but was eating away at my sanity. By sharing my story and what I did to turn my life around, your group will learn the four main categories and six key areas in life that we must all nurture, and audience members will engage in an interactive session to help each person discover which component they need to fix and the steps to bring their life into balance. MORE >

    My presentation begins with the emotional journey that allowed me to develop my Goal Awareness and Achievement Formula. I explain how drastically life changed when there were so many demands on my time that I felt out of control and in a constant state of frenzy. After having two kids, working as a journalist and developing my own real estate business, I began to feel frustrated and overwhelmed every day. I was having chest pains and yelling at my kids and husband all the time. I realized I had to change my way of thinking or risk continued erosion of my physical and mental health. I began listening to dozens of audiobooks on productivity, passion and joy. I followed the guidance and insights of these authors. Through overcoming denial, becoming aware of what was really wrong, ending the cycle of blaming others, taking on personal accountability for my situation, putting in the hard work of changing my attitudes and habits, and maintaining patience throughout the process, I drastically improved my life.

    I'm now accomplishing more than ever in pursuits that are meaningful, and I have control over my schedule to be able to spend quality time with my family. I am on a mission to help others do the same.

    Many professionals feel we are pulled in too many directions and don't know how to meet the high standards of our bosses, our family, our friends and ourselves. I have discovered some of the secrets for making it all work through books, courses, coaches and interviews with successful professionals. I’ve spent more than a decade of my life studying how to do it all – taking in hundreds of articles about raising happy and healthy kids, about striving for career aspirations and running a successful business, about keeping a marriage fresh and lively yet deeply meaningful and long-lasting. At this point in life I have turned my study to the real-life heroes living their dreams and discovered what they went through to manage everything -- career, kids, spouse, home, health, fitness, style, finances, spirituality, growth, and purpose.

    As a result of interviewing working moms for my Working Mom Warrior YouTube channel, I now have a greater understanding of the motivation that can enrich women’s lives every day. I am creating a community of working moms who share and prop each other up, instead of competing. I am offering their insights and the lessons of my own transformation to groups who would benefit by hearing specific details showcasing how anyone can mold their life to feel invigorated and successful on a daily basis.

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  • The Act of Forgiveness: Learning How to Forgive

    Eileen Timmins, Ph.D, Founder, Aingilin

    The ability to forgive allows one to live in harmony. There are 3 types of forgiveness: for yourself, for those you’ve harmed and for those that have harmed you. By releasing the initial harm and the energy you’ve used to hold on to it, you clear your present and future, and move forward.

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