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  • How to Obtain Historic Tax Credits for Building Rehabilitation

    Ward Bucher, AIA, Principal, Encore Sustainable Design Architecture

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Miscellaneous

    Mr. Bucher gives a highly helpful and informative PowerPoint speaking presentation on how owners of historic commercial and residential properties can greatly benefit from obtaining Historic Tax Credits -- which can offset the cost of a construction project up to 40% (State and Federal). MORE >

    Learn how individuals and communities can greatly benefit from the knowledge about this valuable and available State and Federal historic preservation program.
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  • Dysfunctional Communication Styles

    Mark Shuler, President, The Shuler Group LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self Improvement

    Dysfunctional communication comes into play when we feel drained or incomplete after an interaction. In short, you leave a situation feeling drained, and almost corrupted. What do we do to minimize these interactions, avoid them, fix them, or delete them?

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  • Set boundaries and communicate assertively without feeling like a jerk

    Alyssa Adams, PsyD, BCC, ACC, Psychologist and Board Certified Coach

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    During the event, we'll focus on the importance of setting boundaries to preserve time and energy, how to communicate clearly and confidently, and how to shift out of "apologizing" mode when setting limits. MORE >

    Three outcomes:
    -How to set boundaries and how to enforce them
    -How to tolerate someone else's discomfort when setting a boundary
    -Three steps to communicating clearly, confidently, and assertively
    -How to get comfortable asking for what you need
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  • Marketing your Self

    Marvin Meinders, Owner, Meinders Consultant, LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self Improvement

    Now that you have finished your education and ready to find that perfect job you have been working for, now is the time to find the job. You can be the perfect candidate for the job, but if you do not market yourself well, all your training may have been in vain. Most people do not think much about marketing themselves until it is time to look for a job, but if you wait until then, you start out at a disadvantage in the job market. MORE >

    Marketing and networking are keys to finding good jobs today. You may think that automated job searches and automated applications are the way to employment in today’s market. But with these tactics alone you will miss about 80% of available job opportunities. Did you know that according to Steven Rothberg, founder of job search website, approximately 80 percent of the jobs are never advertised? We will discuss how the use of networking and social media can improve your marketability.
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  • The Environment

    DonnaAnn Ward, Actor, Writer, Organizer

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Miscellaneous

    While the increase and severity of environmental disasters is nearly impossible to deny, there is hope on the horizon. It seems that every insurmountable problem mankind has created is finding a new and innovative solution. All over our planet, efforts are being made to reduce the impact of human activity in fascinating ways. MORE >

    Speaking about the environment can be heart breaking. So many problems exist, that it can seem pointless to even try to solve them. Yet, all over the world bright minds are coming together, often crossing incredible boundaries of geography, language, and culture, to work to save our Earth.

    Addressing painful topics, loss of life, suffering, sickness, tragedy, can be difficult, but reaching those who can effect change the most is critical. I am proud to do my part to recognize the serious issues we face, as well as the myriad ways we can all work to overcome them. Speaking on environmental issues is one way I chip in.

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  • What the Heck Do You Know About Your Customer?

    Carla Fleming, CEO and Founder, Pivoting Strategies

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Frequently, as busy executives, we get so absorbed in checking off this week’s to-dos and closing this month’s business deals that we miss the opportunity to be curious. Or we miss a chance to gain a fresh perspective on a new market, prospects, customer experiences, revenue stream, or address a gap in the market. What we'll cover is: what makes it hard to ask the right questions to understand what your customer wants; case studies on the benefits of asking the right question, and how to ask the right question. MORE >

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  • What’s My Purpose? Create the Thing You Wish Existed

    Katie DePaola, Founder and CEO, Inner Glow Circle

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Motivational

    We’re all looking for our purpose to make sense of this life. We can find a sense purpose in many things - community, family, career, spiritual life. But our true purpose, no matter the sphere, is to create the thing we wish existed in the world. MORE >

    The problem is that most of us are largely taught to complain about the things we don’t like rather than change them. Complaints are low responsibility ways to ask for what we need. To reach our next level, both individually and collectively, we need to become more active than passive.

    Yes, we live in a difficult and often disheartening world, but the question is what can we do about it?

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  • How To Turn Fear Into Fierce Confidence

    Anita Washington, M.Ed. & M.B.A.,, CEO, That Anita Live, LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self Improvement

    Learn three classic principles to battle fear and develop a fierce perception of self while increasing confidence, self-esteem and self-care taking life from basic to boss. Fear is the number one barrier to success. Fear keeps people bound and stuck, not growing or fulfilling their destiny. Everyone is effected by fear. Fear of public speaking, fear of being accepted by others, fear of failure, fear of being judged by others, fear of success – the list goes on. Fear will always be present, we simply must learn to manage it and not allow it to manage us. MORE >

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  • Do You Have the Right People in the Right Seats?

    Dawn Shuler, CEO and Founder, The Shuler Group, LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Many organizations hire solely based on the candidate's skills and experience. However, the employee will be more productive and be a better fit for the company culture if there's a match between the person's career/position and his or her personality. MORE >

    According to Gallup, 77% of employees who know what their company stands for and what makes it different from competitors strongly agree that they plan to be with the company for at least one year. From a study conducted by IBM, 80% of employees felt more engaged when their work was consistent with the core values and mission of their organization.

    The best employees are those that are an ideal fit with the organization, and that means in terms of the company, the culture, other employees, and values.

    We believe that the ideal candidate and employee is one for whom there is an alignment with all the above, as well as the position/job description itself.

    How do you know if there's a fit between the company and the hiring candidate or even existing team members or employees?

    In this workshop, participants will:

    - Learn how to uncover the company's Deeper Why
    - Discover a method for determining a candidate's and employee's value system
    - Explore a simple tool to evaluate whether you truly have the right people in the right seats

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  • A Pinhole of Light (is All You Need)

    Bill Bridges, PhD, Founder, The Creative Man

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Motivational

    Every year, 33,000 American men commit suicide. Bill Bridges has faced his own depression and suicidal thoughts, but came through them, in large part because of a willingness to face emotions that most men find hard to handle. In this presentation, he explains why men struggle with emotions, why they kill themselves in staggering numbers (even though research shows more women think about suicide), and what each man can do if he feels himself slipping into despair. MORE >

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