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  • The Power of Storytelling to Your Organizations Culture, Growth and Innovation

    Jennifer Fortney, President, Cascade Communications

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    The way you tell the story of your business or organization is all that matters to your customer. Today, customers want to be more engaged with the companies in which they do business and organizations' they support. The story is the reason they buy or donate. It is what they will share with friends and family when asked about where they purchased or what causes to do they support. MORE >

    The trick is that not everyone knows how to tell their story well across all platforms. This is where Jennifer comes in to walk you through finding your story and telling it appropriately and consistently for brand building.
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  • Does Everyone Need to Detox?

    Iuliana Lixandru, L.Ac., MSOM, Vitality Natural Wellness

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Health & Fitness

    A talk about how our bodies detox, the pathways, the processes, the genes, when we need to help the process, environmental toxins and how to stay away from them. Which toxins are the most harmful and what we should choose to use instead of those. Summary of important nutrients for detoxification and gut health importance. MORE >

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  • The Art of Not Being Defeated

    Troy Sandidge, Keynote Speaker • Emcee • Fractional CMO • Podcaster • Author, Strategy Hackers

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Motivational

    Life is difficult. Our lives are constantly "under construction" and so are our goals and dreams both personally and professionally. What happens when life throws you a curveball you didn't expect? What do you do when it feels like all is lost and you want to give up? This session tackles the reality and fear of defeat. MORE >

    Focuses:
    • How to Deal with Life-Altering Situations
    • Strategies on How to Dig-Deep & Move Forward Despite Obstacles
    • Q & A on Personal Techniques That Helped Me Personally & Professionally

    Breakdown:
    • How to Release What’s Holding Us Back to Pursue the Goals We Want
    • Learn & Apply the C.L.O.V.E.R. Business Framework™ to Achieve Your Goals
    • Build T.R.U.S.T. within Our Internal Teams & Departments, & Discover as a Whole
    • Renewing Our Commitments Professionally & Personally
    • Tips to Improve Productivity, Teamwork, & Culture within Micro-Teams & Organization

    Intentional Themes & Emotion Expected to Be Experienced:
    • Self-Reflection
    • Inspiration
    • Transition
    • Affirmations
    • Objectively Thinking
    • Revitalization
    • Embracing Change
    • Taking Action Toward Goals

    Actionable Takeaways:
    • Get System To Level-Up Your Mindset to Maintain Momentum to Achieve
    • Apply Strategies to Obtain Clarity & Directions to Stay in Alignment with Your Goals
    • Refocus. Realignment. Revitalization. Moving From Passion to Action

    ** Session can be customized to be more Faith-based or Motivational-Based

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  • Wills, Trusts and What Every Family Needs To Know About Estate Planning

    Robert J. Varak, Law Offices of Robert J. Varak

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Financial

    *COVID-19 Update* I have conducted several online webinars and Zoom-based conferences for small groups and would be happy to do so for your organization as well. Most people know that they should have a will, but why? When should you have your first will drafted? What is the difference between a will and a trust? How do I make sure that my children will be taken care of in the event of a family tragedy? What is probate and how does it work? I will give direct, understandable answers to these questions and any others you might have about the world of estate planning. MORE >

    Attendees will leave this talk knowing all the basics of the estate planning process, how to go about finding a qualified attorney, what is involved on their part and how much the process should cost them. It's the perfect one-stop primer to learn about wills, trusts, guardianship, powers of attorney and other sometimes intimidating but universally important topics.
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  • Back to Basics – 4 Areas to Secure Your Financial Well-Being

    Robb Hill, Founder/President, R Hill Enterprises Inc

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Financial

    According to the Social Security Administration: 94% of the Baby-boomers are not prepared for retirement. The sad reality is that retirement is a financial position not an age. Far too many people think of retirement in terms of time however; that is only half of the equation. MORE >

    Retirement is time+money and so many people miss the second part “money”. There are many reasons for this bleak statistic however, there is only one solution: EDUCATION! We need your help in sharing with as many people as possible the information that can change this statistic.

    We offer a series of 4 lectures designed to equip the attendees with enough information to make informed decisions in the areas of Wills & Trusts, Long-Term Care, Safe Alternatives to the Stock Market and Final Expense.

    For the highest quality educational lectures in personal finance; the most trusted name in Illinois is R Hill Enterprises, Inc. Prominent organizations such as AARP, Manor Care Corporation, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees have featured these very lectures and workshops and they have also been presented at many National Credit Unions and Fortune 500 companies.

    There are many proven strategies that will aid in keeping more of our assets in our families and away from the government. These lectures are limited to a maximum of 30 participants in order to facilitate interaction between the audience and the speaker(s).

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  • Increase Your Cash Flow Fast

    Jean Kuhn, Business Strategist/Consultant, Bounce Solutions Jean Kuhn

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Business owners, retail or service-based, all say the exact same thing. ‘We need more customers so we can earn more money.’ It’s tough out there for business owners in 2021. Jean Kuhn “has the backs” of business owners and delivers the hard facts, the truth and some laughs, on what it takes to become the leader in their industry and a “celebrity” in their business. MORE >

    Jean shares her story of buying 2 bankrupt businesses and turning them around in 12 short months and adding $100,000 to their bottom lines. And she did it with NO customer list and NO marketing budget.

    Jean is the perfect speaker if attendees: Want more customers, Want to make more money, Want to more free time, Want to reduce employee turnover

    Takeaways: You don't need a list or a big budget, Low cost/no cost marketing strategies, Tools to turn employees into lead

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  • Innovating Earned PR in an Evolving Media Environment

    Jennifer Fortney, President, Cascade Communications

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    While the media world continues to shift and change, companies of all sizes are still hungry for the valuable earned media mentions and features that bring an unparalleled credibility. So, what are they to do? Jennifer shares that today, PR is much more than just earned media. It's more than the newspaper story on a plaque on the wall. MORE >

    It's search, reviews, how you use a story to gain even more traction and create content campaigns around it and best utilize the psychology of marketing and story telling to boost sales and donations.
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  • 10 Soft Skills Every Leader Needs

    Bette Lawrence-Water, Founder and Principal Consultant, Spectrum Strategic Solutions

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Having the technical skills and knowledge to successfully execute your job duties is only one part of being the best you can be in the workplace. In addition to these “hard” skills, we also need “soft” skills. Soft skills are those skills which allow us to effectively work with others. No matter what your position, organization, or industry, you work with people! Taking the time to build effective soft skills can contribute to a more efficient, more harmonious, and more productive workplace, as well as to your own overall job happiness and satisfaction. MORE >

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  • Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment

    Jeff Davis, Sales and Marketing Alignment Expert, The Sales and Marketing Alignment Summit

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Aberdeen Group estimates that companies with poor sales and marketing alignment experience an annual 4% revenue decline. In today's B2B business environment sales and marketing can no longer operate in silos. We must find a way to create "Togetherness" and use the collective knowledge of each team to win. MORE >

    The goal of this presentation is to achieve making CEOs and other customer-facing executives think differently about how sales and marketing should interact. With increased scrutiny for marketing to prove ROI on their activities and it becoming increasingly hard for B2B salespeople to even get in front of customers, the old way of doing business is no longer an option. This presentation focuses on using evidence-based research and empirical knowledge to propose real-world strategies that work.

    The key objectives of the presentation are to:

    * Establish an understanding of the detrimental effects that occur by not aligning sales and marketing
    * Explore the key reasons why this relationship continues to be a challenge for most organizations
    * Examine strategies and tactics to promote cohesiveness between these two functions that will lead to improvements in achieving revenue targets.

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  • Developmental Childhood Disorders

    Iuliana Lixandru, L.Ac., MSOM, Vitality Natural Wellness

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Health & Fitness

    A talk about different development childhood disorders, which one is on the rise, common and non common symptoms, motor system and primitive reflexes, metabolic contributions to ASD, mitochondrial dysfunction, autoimmunity and the brain, gut brain axis and optimization of gut health, supplementation options.

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