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  • The Power of “Both/And” in an “Either/Or” World

    Charles Cammack, COO and Co-founder, BridgeWork LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Sustained success is determined by an individuals ability to bridge any set of competing ideas, perspectives, or priorities. Through this interactive and thought provoking talk, Anthony and Charles will provide practical tools on how to “do Bridgework.” MORE >

    BridgeWork is a professional development training method that is designed to help individuals within the workforce and really life in general, become professionally ambidextrous - embracing the realities of both/and instead of either/or. Participants will learn how to bridge common workplace and personal divides and forge critical connections in every area of their life.

    By the end of this talk, your group will understand that seemingly competing goals can coexist and gain tools to navigate the tension when feeling the pressure to choose an either/or.

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  • Women and Investing – Financial Strategies for Women Today

    Ted Buckley, Mooney Lyons Financial Services

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Financial

    Financial Strategies for Women Today: Every woman, single or married, widowed or divorced — needs to plan ahead for personal and financial security. Women today have careers, start businesses, run households, raise children, and help aging parents. The workshop is designed to help you strengthen your financial future. I’ll have specific information for women who face divorce or widowhood, as well as many other concerns that could directly affect your family’s finances. The presentation offers sound, practical strategies that you can use immediately. MORE >

    We will focus on six key action items designed to help you:
    • Get your financial house in order - Prepare for the unexpected
    • Put your money to work by investing
    • Build a healthy nest egg for retirement
    • Face financial hardship
    • Understand your Social Security options
    • Address estate and legacy issues

    Workbook that contains a wealth of information, including exercises that are designed to help you assess your current situation.

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  • How Tax Planning Changes Through Four Stages of Retirement

    Ted Buckley, Mooney Lyons Financial Services

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Financial

    Do you know how tax planning changes through different stages of retirement? In retirement, your tax rate may vary widely over the years based on the timing and order in which you use different sources of money to pay for expenses. It is important to apply the tax code in an organized and efficient way. Learn how to create a retirement tax strategy. MORE >

    You will learn:
    • The critical tax questions to answer before retirement.
    • The surprises that often make retirement more expensive.
    • The four stages of retirement and important tax actions in each stage, including tricky IRA challenges.
    • Mistakes to avoid when it comes to investments, health care, and estate planning.
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  • “Reduce Stress in your Workforce: Unleashing the Power of Child Care Benefits for Enhanced Productivity and Engagement”

    Diane Moca, Child Care Benefits Expert / Working Mother / Television Personality, MomSub

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Do you have employees who arrive late, leave early, feel distracted, miss work, or even leave their position entirely because they struggle to find child care that fits their working life? Your organization can explore the burgeoning trend of child care benefits in the workplace and the transformative impact they wield on both employers and employees from increased retention and recruitment to improved job satisfaction and work-life balance. Discover how companies embracing this trend are not only fostering a more supportive work environment but also reaping significant rewards in terms of employee productivity and mental well-being. MORE >

    With more employers than ever prioritizing benefits that help employees struggling in and outside of work, it's time for your organization to learn the secrets to unlocking the full potential of your workforce through innovative child care benefits.

    Speaker Diane Moca understands the problem as a working mother who faced the common struggle of navigating the maze of child care options, only to spend her first four years of motherhood trying 12 different alternatives from daycare to neighborhood babysitters to agency placements before landing on the right care provider for her career and life.

    In this enlightening session, Diane details the myriad benefits that arise when employers provide resources to assist their workforce in finding, arranging, managing, and financing child care solutions. From full-day care or before- and after-school options to summer-only arrangements or evening and weekend care, this presentation explores how catering to diverse needs yields tangible advantages.

    Learn how such initiatives lead to reduced absenteeism for employees who have access to backup options when their regular provider is unavailable. Discover how employees experience greater peace of mind knowing their children are well-cared for and how their enhanced work-life balance translates into heightened job satisfaction and productivity, driving overall organizational success.

    Moreover, Diane delves into how companies offering comprehensive child care benefits enjoy increased retention rates and become magnets for top talent during recruitment. By prioritizing the well-being of employees' families, these organizations create a culture of loyalty and commitment that reverberates throughout the entire workforce.

    Finally, Diane explains the different programs available for employers, from subscriptions for child care referral platforms to contributions to offset the cost of care. You will learn how to revolutionize your workplace and propel your company toward a brighter, more prosperous future.

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  • You don’t have to be beaten black and blue to be a victim of Domestic Violence!

    Quanna Brown, Speak up Somebody Listening

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Motivational

    Domestic violence is a complex issue that can manifest in various forms, often leaving victims unaware of their situation. Personally, I have endured years of physical, mental, emotional, verbal, sexual, and financial abuse from those who were supposed to care for me. Many fail to recognize non-physical forms of abuse, assuming that visible bruises are the only indicator. It is crucial to educate everyone, regardless of age, gender, or relationship status, about the different facets of domestic violence. Despite the hardships I have faced, I refuse to let my past define me. I am a survivor, a warrior, and I am determined to share my truth and my story with others.
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  • Self-Improvement

    Hajer Rikabi, President and Founder, Thrive Coaching

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self-Improvement

    As a human I can't imagine the life without the self-improvement. Self improvement is a human nature since ever, it's overlapping in every aspect in our lives. From the basics of the life like the way we talk, walk, eat and deal to the life improvement level education, goals, relationships. Self improvement is the way of wanting things, people and life to be better in every way we can control. Self improvement is by learning something new to add to our life basket. The basket that we have to take a look at once in a while to decide it's time to clean, and when cleaning happens we are freeing space to add new things to go well in our life right now in this stage. MORE >

    انا لا استطيع ان اتخيل الحياة من دون تطوير ذاتي. التطوير الذاتي هو طبيعة بشرية منذ الازل. وهو متداخل في كل جانب من جوانب حياتنا. من الاساسيات مثلا كيف نتكلم , نمشي , ناكل ونتعامل الى مستوى التطوير الحياتي كمثال التعليم, اهداف وعلاقات. التطوير الذاتي هو الحاجة التي نسعى بها لتطوير الاشياء , الناس والحياة ليكونوا بافضل نسخ وكل شي نستطيع التحكم به. التطوير الذاتي هو تعلم كل شي جديد لاضافته لسلة الحياة. وهي السلة التي يجب علينا ان نلقي نضرة عليها بين الحين والاخر لنقرر انه وقت التنظيف. وعندما يحين وقت التنظيف فنحن نسمح بافراغ مساحة لاضافة اشياء جديدة تتماشى مع حياتنا الان وفي هذه المرحلة.

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  • No Impossible

    Hajer Rikabi, President and Founder, Thrive Coaching

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Motivational

    There is nothing called I can't, we all have different and unique powers within us. If we can create a small chance to know ourselves better, we would see that power clearly like a full moon in a clear night.then we can make it the source of our achievements. In fact every achievement in our lives is from that invisible power, and without a doubt knowing it and learn how to use this power will have a successful impact in our lives. MORE >

    لايوجد شي اسمه لا استطيع, كلنا نملك قوى مختلفةوفريدة من نوعها موجودة بداخلنا.
    لو استطعنا خلق فرصة صغيرة لنتعرف بها على انفسنا بطريقة افضل , فقط حينها نستطيع ان نرى القوة الداخلية خاصتنا بوضوح كما يرى القمر في ليلة صافية.
    ومن هنا نستطيع ان نجعل هذه القوة مصدرا للنجاح . وفي الواقع كل نجاح في حياتنا كبير كان ام صغير هو من هذه القوة الخفية. ومن دون شك معرفتها والتعلم كيفية استخدامها سيؤدي الى تاثير ناجح في حياتنا.
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  • Getting Started With NIST 800-171 or CMMC Compliance

    Christopher Higgins, Cyber Security Analyst, CCS Technology Group

    Did you find out you need to be NIST 800-171 or CMMC compliance? We'll break down the process of understanding and implementing these frameworks, providing an in-depth overview of the controls required and the timeline for achieving compliance. From assessing your organization's current cybersecurity practices to identifying specific requirements and addressing potential gaps, our presentation will guide you through the essential steps necessary for compliance. We'll also explore the timeline for implementation, offering practical insights and strategies for streamlining the compliance journey. Don't miss out on this invaluable opportunity to gain clarity and confidence in your approach to NIST 800-171 or CMMC compliance. MORE >

    Presentation would be a great fit for any manufacturing trade group or association, that supports the Defense Department supply chain.
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  • Protected: Taoist Tai Chi Demo

    Stella "Sally" Bryant, Instructor, Taoist Tai Chi Society

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Health & Fitness

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  • “Liberal” and “Conservative” – origin and evolution of these terms.

    Ed Spire, Co-lead, Restore our Democracy Project, NWSOFA-Indivisible

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    When and why did terms such as "liberal" and "conservative" originate? How have those terms evolved through the decades? Knowing where we come from, on both sides of the aisle, can give us the perspective necessary to chart our way forward in a manner that honors our past and leads to a useful future.

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