2011 Women’s Commission Conference Workshops*

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    • Selling Yourself Professionally: How to Stand Out and Make a Great First Impression — Lisa Brochetti (9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m.)Do you find it hard to connect with new people? Have you ever come away from an interview, a business meeting, or a personal visit feeling that it just didn’t go quite as well as you hoped? Learn some tips on making a great first impression and selling yourself professionally.
    • When Your Life Takes a Detour . . . How to Take the Bad and Turn It Into Good – Alisa DeStefano (9:15–10:15 a.m. and 1:45–2:45 p.m.)
      Bad things happen—they cannot be avoided and are inevitable for everyone. But it’s how we go through them that can make the difference between a bad experience that beats us down and one that has a positive outcome, not just for us but for others.
    • It’s All About Balance! – Diane Wagoner (9:15–10:15 a.m. and 10:30–11:30 a.m.)
      You have heard it many times. But what does it really mean and why is it so important? There are plenty of tools and tricks available to help us maintain a healthy weight, but many are misunderstood and misleading. This session will provide an overview of ways that you can eat well and actually reap large rewards.
    • Meet Your Inner Warrior through Yoga – Jan Baker/9:15–10:15 a.m. session – Jill Fiore/3:00-4:00 p.m. session
      Eleanor Roosevelt said, “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.” Come to this session and find out just how strong you are! Sunflower Yoga instructors Jill Fiore and Jan Baker will lead participants through a series of beginner-level yoga postures designed to draw on both strength and flexibility, showing how a regular yoga practice can help to develop and integrate these inner recourses.
    • Achieving a Work-Life Balance in Today’s Changing Workplace – Dr. Tracey L. Cekada (9:15–10:15 a.m. and 3:00–4:00 p.m.)
      This discussion looks at how the changing workplace is impacting women in their abilities to establish a work-life balance. It looks at some U.S. workplace policies for families and compares them to other countries. Based on these findings, this discussion presents some assistance in helping women find a balance between life and career.
    • Couponing – Jessica Bish (9:15–10:15 a.m. and 3:00–4:00 p.m.)
      More information to come!
    • Speak Up – Malaika Turner (10:30–11:30 a.m. and 3:00–4:00 p.m.)
      Why are we so afraid to speak to a crowd or a group, yet we’re being called on more and more to present information to large groups of people? In the survey “Making the Grade? What American Workers Think Should Be Done to Improve Education,” 87 percent of the 1,014 U.S. adult workers surveyed rated communication skills as very important for performing their jobs. (Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, 2000).

      In this session, entitled “Speak Up,” participants will learn tips on how to improve their public speaking and presentation skills. They will be encouraged and motivated and find that they are speakers and can be effective in their work environment.
    • The Ascension Meditation and Yoga Association–Bina Soni (10:30–11:30 a.m. and 1:45–2:45 p.m.)
      This presentation will help participants to better manage stress and work on improving physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health through a unique combination of exercises which include Laughter Yoga, Breathing, and Meditation.
    • Got Clutter? Get Answers! – Jody Adams (10:30–11:30 a.m. and 1:45–2:45 p.m.)
      If you are struggling with “too much stuff” and are feeling overwhelmed, then join Jody Adams, certified professional organizer and owner of In Its Place, for this fun and interactive workshop. You’ll learn to identify where clutter comes from, how it builds up, how to let it go, and ways to create a space that works for you. You’ll never look at your clutter—or your life—the same way again!
    • Financial Planning For Women – Karen Greene, AVP/Branch Manager and Felicia Besh, Client Advisor/AVP (10:30–11:30 a.m. and 1:45–2:45 p.m.)
      Whether single or married, working or at home, young or mature, this presentation is designed to provide an overview of the unique financial issues related to the major events of a woman’s life, including being single, getting married or living together, caring and supporting children or parents, dealing with divorce or widowhood, being an entrepreneur, and planning for retirement.
    • What is Grief? – Rev. Horace “Butch” Derr (1:45–2:45 p.m. and 3:00–4:00 p.m.)
      In this workshop, we will look at the various reasons that we grieve—not just over death. Rev. Derr will discuss the uniqueness of grief as it relates to us as individuals, and the three specific ways that it affects us: emotionally, physically, and spiritually. He will offer steps that can help you to heal, as well as advice on how to get through the holidays and those special days after the loss of a loved one.

    * Workshop content, times, and room locations are tentative.