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  • Rising Economic Inequality: how much, why it happens, why it matters, and what we can do about it.

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

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Economic inequality has been rising in the US for decades, damaging our economy and society in the process. This presentation will discuss how high it has become, why it happens, how it damages our country, and what we can do about it.

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  • Teaching civics – how are we doing – how can we do better

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

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Our national report card shows that we are not doing a good job teaching US history and civics, and that is not preparing our students to be active citizens, helping to guide our nation in directions that are useful for them. MORE >

    This presentation looks into these issues, and focuses on the newly created Educating for American Democracy Roadmap, which points the way to improving this important area of education.
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  • Democracy Under Duress

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

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Right-wing populism is rising in many western nations, but here in the US it is beginning to actually threaten our democracy. This presentation points out why this is happening uniquely here in the US: Because the country is becoming a true multi-racial democracy, a transformation that no other country is undergoing. And the US constitution actually empowers the minority that wishes to stop this transition. MORE >

    We will discuss why this is happening, and what we need to change in our governmental structures to alleviate this attack on our democracy.

    And we must address these very thorny issues, starting now. Because the US will become a multi-racial democracy - or it won't be a democracy any more.

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  • Managing Expenses with Inconsistent Income

    Kyle Bennett, Financial Coach, Prosperity Launch, LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Financial

    Welcome to a crucial journey in financial empowerment. In our presentation we address the unique challenges individuals face when income varies from month to month. We delve into understanding the dynamics of inconsistent income, assessing your financial stability, and equipping you with actionable strategies to regain control over your financial future. MORE >

    In this illuminating session, we explore flexible budgeting, building an emergency fund, mastering cash flow management, and navigating the intricate world of debt and credit. Along the way, we'll provide valuable tools, resources, and expert insights to guide you towards financial confidence.

    Join us as we embark on a transformative journey to financial stability and prosperity. Your financial well-being is our priority, and together, we'll chart a course towards a more secure and prosperous future.

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  • Transitioning from Full-Time Employment to Entrepreneurship: Making the Leap with Confidence

    Kyle Bennett, Financial Coach, Prosperity Launch, LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Are you ready to embark on the exciting journey from full-time employment to entrepreneurship, but seeking guidance and confidence in taking the leap? In this comprehensive presentation, we'll begin with Kyle's personal insights into supporting professionals like you on their entrepreneurship journey. We'll delve into assessing your readiness for entrepreneurship, providing practical self-reflection exercises and addressing common fears associated with this significant change. MORE >

    Discover the importance of developing a transition plan, setting clear goals, and securing your financial foundation with expert advice on budgeting, savings, and funding options. We'll also explore the emotional side of career change, offering coping strategies and support systems to help you thrive.

    Throughout the presentation, Kyle will mirror his professional yet friendly communication style, providing clear insights and actionable steps. By the end, you'll be equipped with the tools, resources, and confidence to make a successful transition into entrepreneurship. Don't miss this opportunity to embrace change with confidence and clarity. Join us and take that leap towards a prosperous entrepreneurial future.

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  • Self-Defense for Seniors

    Peter Honigmann, Founder and Head Instructor, Best Defense Concepts, LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Health & Fitness

    I've been teaching teaching self-defense to seniors at libraries, senior centers, park districts and retirement centers throughout Northern Illinois since 2012. My presentations to seniors focus on being observant, using verbal skills to de-escalate a situation, complying with demands for property, and then only as a last resort using very simple self-defense techniques to disable an attacker, including: the use of a cane or walking stick, improvised weapons such as pens, flashlights, and magazines, and the use of pepper spray. MORE >

    I include inspiring stories of other seniors who have successfully defended themselves against various attacks.

    I am only available to give presentations weekday evenings and weekends, and limit my travel to suburbs north of Chicago.

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  • Self-Defense

    Peter Honigmann, Founder and Head Instructor, Best Defense Concepts, LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Health & Fitness

    Offering presentations, seminars or hands-on classes in basic self-defense. The presentation can cover the following topics: law of self-defense, situational awareness and de-escalation, simple and effective strikes and techniques for dealing with the most common street attacks, how to defend against attacker's with weapons, the use of improvised weapons/pepper spray, or any other self-defense related topics of interest to the group. MORE >

    Presentations will be tailored to the group and the topic.

    I am only available to give presentations weekday evenings and weekends, and limit my travel to suburbs north of Chicago.

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  • Cultivating Habits

    Ozias Washington, Life Coach, Constant Organizational Development

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self-Improvement

    Humans are creatures of habit. Every one of us, regardless of where we are in our lives, has developed routines that we're familiar with. Cultivating a habit is similar, and even if we don't do it consciously, we create patterns through repeated actions. However, not all of these habits are beneficial to our lives.

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  • How To Map A Business Process

    Robert Starinsky, MBA, MS, CCP, ASBC, Principal, Tradewinds Group, Inc.

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Getting things done in your business can be like walking through a minefield. Getting things done can be a struggle, for you, your employees and worse, for your customers. Mapping out processes and customer journeys can help you to streamline operations, cut out delays, reduce or eliminate miscommunications, reduce costs and clarify roles, responsibilities and expectations in your quest to delight the customer. MORE >

    Process mapping is an extremely natural and visual way to document how your business (should) works, which is especially helpful for complex and infrequent processes and in your training of new hires.

    Your presenter will introduce you to an easy to follow technique called The Process Walk (TM) that will help you to understand your processes. This technique relies on Microsoft Office based process mapping techniques using nouns and verbs to describe your business processes in both narrative (SIPOC) and visual (UPN) formats.

    Don’t leave your business processes to chance. Document your processes to insure that you have the right people doing the right jobs in the right way EVERY time!

    This educational presentation provides practical guidance for business leaders and managers who want to improve how business gets done every day.

    This presentation is available virtually to audiences across the country, or locally on an in-person basis.

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  • Preliminary Blocking and Tackling to Start a Debt or Equity Capital Raise

    Barrett Willich, CFO, Bear & Kenmore LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    In this presentation, we will do a quick introduction to things to think about and how to start preparing when you are ready to raise debt or equity capital. After this presentation, you will have a better idea of advisors to connect with as well as tasks your internal team can start preparing. We will also walk you through the key milestones of a process. MORE >

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