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Dr. Shefali - Keynote Speaker

Oprah has endorsed her work as revolutionary and life-changing. Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s ground-breaking approach to parenting has taken her books to the top of The NY Times best-sellers list.

Her latest book, The Awakened Family, gives us daily skills and tools to revolutionize our families and our parenting. This book holds the potential to liberate both your child and yourself from the clutches of anxiety leading you toward a transformed sense of peace and joy.

Her first book, The Conscious Parent, has been endorsed by Oprah as one of the most profound books on parenting she has ever read.

Her second book, Out Of Control, offers a unique and brilliant perspective on why traditional means of discipline don’t work with our children and what we should do instead.

Dr. Shefali is a world-renowned clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from Columbia University, New York. She specializes in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology, making her an expert in her field. Her message has the potential to change people’s lives for generations to come.

Her blend of clinical psychology and eastern mindfulness sets her apart as a leader in the field of mindfulness psychology. As an international speaker, she speaks at events around the globe, spreading her message of conscious parenting and mindful living.

Dr. Shefali

Karen Assaf has studied under Dr. Shefali Tsabary for many years and is a Certified Coach Practitioner in the Conscious Parenting Coaching Method. She graduated from Boston University’s College of Communications with a concentration in Psychology. Before having her first baby, she worked in clinical research, and found herself using her research skills to support her in her new life of motherhood. Becoming a mother, she learned to strengthen the connection with her own inner knowing in a way that she had never done before. She is passionate about supporting women transitioning into motherhood, and supporting parents in all stages.

Session Description:
Title: Transitioning Into Motherhood: Connecting With the Mother Within Us All

Becoming a mother means going through a lot of changes in just about every aspect, which can leave the mother feeling reborn herself. At times, it can feel like living a different life than before having kids.

In this workshop, connect with your true inner self to make better decisions for yourself, and your family so you can feel:

  • Supported
  • Understood
  • More productive
  • A sense of community
  • Fully yourself
  • In touch with the mother within you

Social:
https://universalbaby.wordpress.com/
Universal Baby
@karassaf

Wade Bergner

As a child, Wade was labeled with a reading disability. This label etched a level of empathy within him that runs deep.  His misplaced self-worth created unnecessary stress and disconnect in his life. He leaned into overachievement in athletics and business in the hope that this would drown out his false beliefs.  What may have appeared to others as a constructive approach to evolve, was without question, an unhealthy and unbalanced approach to life.

Through his evolution, he’s come to believe that a child’s mind is like a new computer, devouring all information that crosses their path (good and bad).  At a child’s early development stage, they are desperately seeking guidance to formulate an identity that will serve them.

Our studies have shown that by the time a child reaches the age of 18, they’ve heard (don’t do or don’t say) over 150,000 times, compared to less than 2,000 words associated with encouragement, self-worth, and belief.  This ratio wreaks havoc on a child’s subconscious mind as they seek to mold their identity.  We have the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to reinforce a child’s unconditional self-worth, through our mission!

 

Isabella Lambauer

Isabella has been working with children since she can remember, babysitting the neighbors’ kids, working as an aupair and studying Early Childhood Development. Growing up as the youngest of five children always made her feel like she didn’t belong. Starting in kindergarten, she struggled to fit in, as she wanted to play with the gigantic playhouse, rather than sitting down doing exercises in the workbook, which she wholeheartedly rejected. That early experience really shaped her trajectory and created the belief that she was a “bad” student.

It wasn’t until her mid-twenties that she stepped out of this belief that “she can’t study well” and started going back to school to learn more about Early Childhood Development. For the first time she realized that she was in fact a “good” student and realized that she enjoyed studying! She knew that if she could learn more about Early Childhood Development, she could help others that had similar experiences to her and prevent future generations from going through this struggle. She learned that our early years are the most influential ones, where we form our habits, thinking patterns and self-beliefs. This realization explained why she had thought so little of herself for so long.

She was determined to share her findings with the world and her passion grew when she met Wade. After masterminding together, Wade and Isabella realized that their vision was in great alignment and together they created the Real U, empowering children around the world, giving everyone the chance to thrive!

 

SHARED BIO INFO:

Real U creates easy to use peer-to-peer training videos teaching mindFUNness by strengthening self-esteem using our senses and equipping children with a “bully-proof” vest. Our training provides children with tools to empower them and teaches skill-sets necessary to withstand different challenges. Instilling self-worth in children boosts mental and emotional well-being.

Real U’s intention is to effectively embed these powerful skills and practices through repetition. Creating a routine that children practice daily will have a profound effect on our next generation. We know that if these strategies are implemented on a consistent basis, kids will be equipped with valuable life navigation skills!

Isabella and Wade have created an impactful program that prepares children (ages 4-10), regardless of race or ethnicity, for their future with early and consistent practice. A recent Harvard study points out, “it is easier and less costly to form strong brain circuits during the early years than it is to intervene or ‘fix’ them later.” That is where our passion lies, bringing convenient tools to educators and caregivers.

Real U’s peer-to-peer learning approach, lets children easily learn from each other. This technique has been used in school settings effectively for years; younger children are simply more receptive to learning from their older peers.

To make it easy and valuable, Real U’s 3-10 minute long videos are available through streaming technology and an internet connection, allowing parents anywhere in the world to easily run the program without intensive training.

Session Description:

Title: Real U Peer-to-Peer Training

It is critical to build a solid personal foundation through movement, imagination, and activities that instill self-worth, resiliency, and creativity.

This session will dive deep into why creating a daily routine for children will have a profound impact on their life. With regular practice, children become properly equipped to navigate life’s ups and downs.

Isabella and Wade, along with 11-year-old trainer Danica, will explain how MindFUNness can teach children ages 4-10 how to embrace their emotions.

Attendees in this workshop will:

–           Learn fun and interactive ways to build your child’s sense of self
–           Learn convenient and effective tools to teach MindFUNness
–           Gain strategies to elevate a child’s self-worth

Social:
https://realuacademy.com/
Real U
@realuacademy

For nearly 20 years, Dawn’s passion has been to positively impact behavior in various capacities. In corporate and non-profit environments, she has centered her career around helping people. Prior to founding her coaching practice in 2018, Dawn collaborated with a non-profit and several businesses to launch a program to teach young children healthy coping skills. She helped plan and deliver a Walter Reed Foundation-funded retreat for veterans and their significant others. For the last four years, one of the highlights of Dawn’s week has been volunteering at a preschool for at-risk families, where she intuitively gravitates to the children who need a little extra help, and creates an individualized plan to help them succeed.

Dawn is a PCI Certified Parent Coach®, a year-long intensive graduate level program through The Parent Coach Institute, developed in conjunction with Seattle Pacific University. Additionally, Dawn earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami and completed post-baccalaureate work in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Dawn earned a Master of Science in Business with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from the University of Maryland and is currently a candidate for a Master of Education in Counseling from George Mason University.

In her coaching practice, she has a special interest in those families who have a child with high-functioning autism or other invisible challenges. Dawn knows from personal experience that parenting children with different needs is challenging, but can be rewarding as well. She strives to help other families discover the same balance. Dawn has a knack for helping her clients discover what is working in a situation (and there is ALWAYS something that is working!) and reframing to showcase strengths and find joy.

Session Description:

Title: Please Stop Poking Holes in Your Socks!

Does she chew on everything?
Does he stiffen up when you try to hug him?
Does he need something to bounce on all.day.long?
Does the smell of certain foods cause an over-the-top gag response?
Do you have to buy seamless socks and cut out all the tags in her clothing?
Have you NEVER been able to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July with your child?
Does she panic when you head for a public restroom with automatic toilets or hand dryers?
Does he have a need to constantly touch people and things, invading the spaces of those around him?

If you are witnessing any of these or other signs that seem out of sync, you may be facing symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder.

In this session, attendees will learn:

  • What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
  • The difference between sensory seeking and sensory sensitive
  • Clues to identify if your child may have sensory challenges
  • Tips for avoiding sensory overload and what to do if you are already there
  • Ideas for calming zones

Social:
https://www.dawncoaches.com
Dawn Van Berkel Parent Coach
@dawnvanberkelparentcoach

Claire Cetti, a PCI Certified Parent Coach®, has 4 amazing, vastly different kids who have been her biggest teachers in her own parenting journey. When she began her family 23+ years ago, she was the first of her friends to begin this journey called parenting. She was in California 3,000 miles away from her original family in Boston, with minimal support, which left her feeling isolated, overwhelmed and questioning every parenting move she made. Through various experiences and realizations along the way, she began to learn how to parent intuitively, based on what was important to her, who her children inherently were and what she desired for her family.

After 12 years at home, Claire returned to work at a local college Health and Counseling Center.  There she witnessed first hand the dramatic increase of anxiety, stress and depression in students entering college and it prompted her to take a deeper look at how she was parenting her own children.  This quest to help her and her kids be more prepared as they grew to be young adults leaving home was eye-opening, and a game-changer in her overall parenting journey. By sharing what she has learned in her parenting experiences over the past 23+ years, working with students and parents, both prior to and at the college level, along with her PCI certification, Claire truly desires to help and support parents who are facing their own struggles and challenges within their parenting journey, no matter where they are on it. She helps parents tap into their own personal strengths, values, internal knowledge and wisdom they already have within them. By doing so, parents are able to find endless potential for creativity and possibilities for solutions to any challenge they may be facing, thereby discovering a confidence and peace within their now-renewed parenting journey leaving a lasting impact, not only for them, but for the family as a whole.

Claire, originally from Boston, MA, resides in Santa Barbara, California with her husband and her 17-year-old daughter, now a junior in high school. Her 3 older children have all successfully launched and are following their unique passions and paths in life.

Session Description:

Title: Mastering the Art of Stepping In vs. Stepping Out: Effective Strategies for Parenting your Teen from High School into Adulthood and Creating a Successful Transition

Whether your child is off to a two- or four-year college, the work force, a gap year, or any other endeavor, the transition from high school into adulthood can be a challenging one for all

Involved. This can leave us wondering:
How do I parent my child now?
Am I handling this situation the right way?
Should I be doing more? Or less?
What IS my role now?

Being able to recognize and identify how your parenting role will change once they leave home is a critical part of successfully launching your child.

In this presentation, we will explore the many ways to:

  • Decipher the inaccurate messages we receive about letting go as parents of older teens and soon-to-be-adult children
  • Identify, understand and anticipate the normal challenges your young adult may face as they move beyond high school
  • Effectively step in and step out, maximizing your child’s personal growth and development as well as how this enhances your relationship with them
  • Take care of YOU during this time of transition from being a parent with kids at home to parenting kids from afar

Social:
www.ccparentcoach.com
Claire Cetti Parent Coach
@clairecettiparentcoach

When parents experience challenges with their children it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. They can find themselves challenged by a child like nothing or no one ever has and it can be overwhelming; for them and for their children. Relationships can be left fragile and disconnected.

It is Louise’s passion and purpose to support and empower parents with a compassionate and realistic approach to help them find sustainable and practical solutions to their challenges.  There is no “recipe” for parenting; what works for one parent, might not work for another. What works in one moment, might not work in the next. Louise works with parents to help them find a way that works for them and their child in each moment, whatever the moment – that is why it works and that is why it is transformational.

Louise is happily married with three teenage children and has probably experienced first-hand many of the challenges that you are facing. It can be stressful and as such, it is imperative that we look after ourselves and find solutions to the challenges in order to find harmony and balance.

Louise is a Certified Parent Coach and Mindfulness Coach and has been a student of, and taken extensive parent coaching courses with, Dr. Shefali, Oprah’s favorite parenting expert. Louise also created The Parenting In The Thick Of It Family Organizer – a beautifully and ingeniously designed, evergreen, wall “calendar” that offers parents intentional, proactive parenting support and advice, plus the framework to become more organized.

In January 2018, she was honored to be a guest speaker alongside experts Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Shefali on “The Screen Machine,” a digital summit to help parents better navigate technology. In May 2019, Louise was a guest speaker on the “Raising A Strong-Willed Child” online parenting summit.

In July 2019, she launched her eBook, Parenting The Modern Teen: The secret to understanding, connecting and communicating with your teen in a disconnected, distracted and digital world.

Session Description:

Title: Triggered by Your Teen?
Do you find yourself struggling to cope with your teenager?
Are you continually triggered by them and their behavior?
Do almost all conversations end as arguments and you feel that you have lost the connection you had with them?
Do you ever count the days until they leave for college and then feel guilty for even thinking that?

If you are struggling to navigate the teen attitude – them not listening and being disrespectful – and feel like they love their phones more than they love you, then join Louise in this workshop.

Louise will guide you to find a new way of showing up with your teenager – one that will help turn conflict to connection and cooperation, and one that will help you build a stronger relationship with them. She will help you understand why punishing, grounding, threatening, rewarding, and bribing teens just doesn’t work and what you can do instead.

You will come away with:
–           Practical tools and tips on how to not take their behavior personally,
–           Strategies to set effective boundaries, hold the limits, deal with the inevitable teen pushback
–           A raised awareness of your part to play in the co-creation of your reality.

Social:
https://yourparentingpartner.com/
Your Parenting Partner
@louiseclarke.ypp

Angie Collins, a PCI Certified Parent CoachⓇ, is the founder and owner of Empowered Parents Empowering Daughters, LLC. Angie has been on a quest for over two decades to share concepts in child development with community members closest to children who can have the most positive impact on their growth.

After teaching elementary school for several years, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, developing educational workshops for dozens of preschool teachers. Following this experience, she continued in her commitment to children by pursuing an M.A. in Education and Child Development at Tufts University, where she completed her Master’s project on “Parental Involvement in Children’s Education in African American and Latin American Families”. As a multiracial woman from Cleveland, Ohio, this was both an academic project and a personal endeavor to further her understanding of a community and its needs.

Once certified as a Parent Coach, as a mother of three girls herself, Angie decided it was important for her to reach parents wishing to raise strong daughters despite being faced with daily challenges.  As an American who moves to a new country every few years because of her husband’s work with US Embassies worldwide, she is not short on her own experience with challenges. In addition, after having lived in Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Botswana, the US, and El Salvador, as you can imagine, her family has had many opportunities for great conversations about the power of women and the challenges that girls face around the world.

Drawing upon her education and life experiences, Angie helps parents improve their relationship with their daughters through communication and create true connections. Through her coaching, parents learn to face challenges as they arise with true confidence. She focuses on empowering parents so that they can, in turn, empower their daughters.

Session Description:

Title: Empowered Girls: What Parents Can Do to Raise a Resilient Daughter Who Confidently Faces Daily Challenges

Obstacles. Failure. Stress. Perhaps these are the last words that pop into your thoughts as you consider the “best practices” for raising girls. These three powerful words alone can trigger our own anxiety or remind us of past negative experiences.

If parents today are doing what we can to protect our daughters, while also providing ample opportunities for them to grow, develop, and learn in stress-free situations that we have meticulously created for them, then why aren’t our girls the confident, resilient individuals they should be? Why are girls statistically more likely to show signs of depression or to struggle emotionally and less likely to pursue careers in STEM areas?

In this workshop you will walk away with:
–           The steps you can put into action immediately to help your daughter cope with the academic stress of school, social pressures from peers, constant flow of social media, and general feelings of anxiety and overwhelm
–           Discover effective ways to support your daughter while letting her grow

Social:
http://www.parentcoachangie.com/
Empowered Parents Empowering Daughter
@parentcoachangie

As a PCI® Certified Parent Coach and professional educator, Georgia DeClark has over 30 years of experience working with children and supporting their parents through the challenges and joys of their lives. As a mother of three adult children and grandma of three, she also has a deep understanding of the demands, struggles and rewards that come from day-to-day parenting and how those challenges evolve over time as our children grow and move toward becoming their true selves.

Georgia began her career as a first grade teacher after earning a B.S. degree in Elementary Education, graduating with dual teaching certificates in elementary and early childhood education. She also earned a M.S. degree in Educational Leadership. After conducting two years of research in her first grade classroom, Georgia co-authored Young Children Reinvent Arithmetic, Implications of Piaget’s Theory, an internationally recognized book on the construction of children’s mathematical knowledge. After a brief hiatus to raise her young children, she returned to the classroom to teach 4 year-olds and kindergarten children in a private preschool, where, after 25 years, she continues to impact lives as a teacher and Director of Student Services, supporting the importance of play.

After many years of conducting parenting classes and facilitating workshops, Georgia’s passion for partnering with parents led her to obtain her PCI Parent Coach Certification®. She has subsequently become a student of, and completed extensive classes in mindfulness training from, Dr. Shefali. Her coaching work focuses on empowering parents to create authentic connections with their children and bring harmony to their families.

Georgia has given numerous presentations and workshops on a wide of variety of parenting and early childhood topics. She has presented her research at a NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) conference and has served as adjunct facility at the Erikson Institute in Chicago.

Session Description:

Title: Connecting with the Fun in Parenting: The Importance of Play and Finding Fun with Your Little Ones

Does parenting feel overwhelming?
Does the stress of “doing it well” overshadow the joys?
Are you able to let go and just have fun with your children?
Are you afraid that having too much fun might diminish your status as a responsible parent?

In this era of parenting responsibilities, stressors in our lives, as well as in the lives of our kids, we can easily get wrapped up in the “work” of parenting. Spoken or unspoken expectations/messages from our extended families, neighbors, and community, can insidiously affect how we define our role as steadfast parents. The energy of our homes can start to feel heavy and not much fun. How can we recognize when we are getting bogged down and drudgery replaces joy?

Attendees at this session will learn:

  • The importance of play with regard to social/emotional development in the preschool years
  • How to pick up on your children’s cues to know when it’s time for some fun
  • To identify the source of your resistance/reluctance to lighten up and play
  • How to come up with quick, spur-of-the-moment things to do to reset the energy of your home
  • How it’s possible to be a steadfast AND fun-seeking parent

Tia Fagan is a Conscious Parenting MethodTM Certified Coach through Dr. Shefali’s Conscious Coaching Institute and Certified Parent Coach with the Jai Institute for Parenting. However, Tia’s greatest teachers continue to be her twin daughters, now in college. Tia’s passion is helping parents strengthen their relationship, increase connection, and improve communication with their children, regardless of age. Tia guides with support, compassion, acceptance, and understanding as you unravel the patterns within yourself, your children, and your family. She believes that each parent, human, and child has all the tools and answers within. Working with Tia, you will learn how to listen and communicate differently to increase respect and understanding with each other and yourself. As you continue to practice and implement conscious parenting, you and your family will feel calmer, less reactive, and more connected.

Through coaching (in person or remotely) and workshops, Tia helps you access your inner truth and knowing. As we nourish our true self, we live with more connection, authenticity, and acceptance of ourselves and others. As we awaken, we are able to further support our children as they grow and, in the process, we shift the parenting paradigm for generations. Tia believes that when we take the time to connect with ourselves, accept that life is not all roses, and learn to embrace the thorns along with the blossoms, we are then able to find a flow in life that creates more harmony, connection, and joy. Tia has a gift for holding space, listening without judgment, and having deep understanding and compassion. Parenting is a lifelong journey of discovery. She hopes that you will join her and others on the path of conscious parenting.

Session Description:

Title: Don’t Tell Me What to Do! You Can’t Make Me!: Understanding and Minimizing Power Struggles
Do you sometimes feel like everything is a battle with your child or teen?
Does it seem like your kids don’t listen to you?
Do your children dig in their heels when you ask them to do something?
Do you wonder “this shouldn’t be so hard”?

If power struggles are interfering with your relationship with your child or teen, learn how to start breaking the patterns. Imagine if there was another way to address these conflicts and minimize them from happening in the future. What if you could find a way to prevent or stop them from escalating? If you want to neutralize and diminish power struggles in your home, come to this breakout session to:

  • Understand why power struggles occur and what you can do to minimize them
  • Learn what to do when you are in the midst of a struggle
  • Become the calm in the storm
  • What to do after a power struggle occurs

Social:
https://tiafagan.com
Tia Fagan
@tiafagancoach

Kyle Grappone is the founder of To The Next Step, an educational coaching services company that prepares students for the next steps in their lives, including college and entering the workforce and the real world that awaits them. His organization accomplishes these goals through an array of services including motivational speaking keynotes, group workshops, self-help books, student success coaching, on-demand courses, live online classes, and various free resources.

Kyle founded this organization after working and living in the aforementioned “real world” for nearly ten years. A few years after graduating he began to notice that the majority of his co-workers seemed to dislike their jobs and worse, were dissatisfied with the type of person they had become and the life they were living. He began to dig deeper and discovered that one of the main reasons for the issue was because these graduates were not prepared for what was coming after high school and college. They did not take the time to research and prepare for their futures. Instead, they adopted a “figure it out later” attitude, and when later arrived, they were thrown into a world they knew nothing about, forced to take a job they did not want and ended up living a life they never intended on living.

The main message and purpose of To The Next Step is to help students understand the importance of preparing for the future, to inspire them to think differently about their education and answer the question, “What type of person do you want to become?” With this change in mindset combined with the various services offered, Kyle is confident that students will move into the next phase of their life with a clear picture of where they are going, who they want to become, and what type of impact they want to have on their community and the world around them.

Session Description:

Title: Helping Your Child Prepare For The Real World

The “Real World” has changed a lot since we entered it as young adults. This workshop will teach you how to prepare your child for it. Kyle will focus on what skills employers are looking for, what past graduates wish they had learned before embarking upon their careers, and what to do to get your child excited about their future.

In this workshop, Kyle will share the findings of a research study he conducted with a New York-based college on what skills college grads lack when entering the workforce.

Attendees will also learn:

  • How to motivate your child to care about the future
  • What the workforce is looking for when hiring
  • What’s important and what’s not in the college selection process
  • Steps you can take today to prepare your child for the next steps in life
  • How to create a plan to work with you child
  • What skills are important
  • Ways to “let go” and allow your child to become more independent

Social:
https://kylegrappone.com
Kyle Grappone, Youth Motivational Speaker
@kylegspeaks

Kacey Hartung is a working mom who spent years trying to manage a fulfilling career and a busy household. Unsure how to achieve the unicorn that is “Work-Life Balance,” she read articles and listened to podcasts to find the answers. After years of research, trial and error, she realized the overwhelming pressure she was feeling was largely the result of her unexamined expectations. By using a heart-centered approach, she developed a process to shift focus away from balance, and towards integration. Her process allows moms to leave the guilt behind, breathe into the overwhelm and focus on what matters most so moms can enjoy both their work and their family.

Eager to share her experiences with other working moms, Kacey began blogging in 2013. In her weekly blog, she covers a wide range of topics including work-life integration, career development, conscious parenting, self-care and managing working moms. Her writing has been featured in InspiredParentingMagazine.com and Autumn Magazine.

As a Life Coach, Kacey has been described as “the astute mentor who pulls you aside one day to say, ‘I see you struggling. It doesn’t have to be so hard. Here is what’s worked for me and the hundreds of other women I’ve mentored.’ The strategies she teaches ensure you’ll be able to rest easy at night, knowing you’ve done right by your family, your job, and your own dear self.”

Kacey currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, 15-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. She continues to work a full-time corporate job and is passionate about supporting working moms through speaking events, one-on-one and group coaching.

Session Summary:

Title: Guilt, Overwhelm and Piles of Laundry: How Working Parents Can Find Balance Amidst the Daily Chaos

Working parents face challenges unlike any generation before them. It’s no longer enough to define “Work-Life Balance” in terms of assigning equal time to your career, your family and your life.

While employers now grant more flexible schedules, there is also an expectation to be available beyond the traditional 9-to-5 shift. This causes the lines between work and home to blur. Life is no longer about balancing work and life separately, but integrating the two into a Work-Life Flow.

In this session attendees will:

  • Evaluate our relationship with time as parents to relieve the stress and guilt
  • Look at the myth that being a busy parent equals being a good parent
  • Break down the math equation that is holding us hostage (whether we realize it or not)
  • Identify a new baseline, because giving 110% to multiple things is not humanly possible
  • Reset our expectations around chores, responsibilities and “have-to-dos”
  • Develop a strategy that will enable you to go with the flow rather than paddling upstream
  • Define your core values to use as a guidepost for all decisions

Social:
www.balancedheartcoaching.com
Balanced Heart Coaching
@kaceymhart

Jennifer Lindner has experience in many art-related fields, including art history, American decorative arts, culinary arts, and literary arts. She has worked in the curatorial departments of several renowned museums, has cooked in celebrated restaurants and created pastries for high-profile clients, and has written cookbooks with celebrity chefs, as well as published cookbooks on her own.

In the past decade, however, Jennifer has combined her creative and artistic interests in a new way, focusing on integrative wellness. In addition to attending numerous conferences across the country and studying under such well-respected professionals as Deepak Chopra, Mark Hyman, John Douillard, and Kim d’Eramo, Father Richard Rohr, Rob Bell, and Rich Roll, she received certification as a health coach from the prestigious Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, NY, certification as a Conscious Parenting Coach, studying with Dr. Shefali Tsabary, and became a Reiki Master and essential oils advocate with doTerra, as well.

Continuing to expand her knowledge of energy work, Ayurveda, and other holistic and integrative therapies, Jennifer combines her skills and interests to assist a variety of clients and their needs. Jennifer lives in Malvern, PA with her three children and five dogs.

Session Description:

Title: Parenting Through Challenging Times when we are Stressed?

 Parenting gives us the opportunity to experience life’s most joyful as well as some of its most challenging experiences. Parenting during stressful and frustrating times is made even more difficult when we are shocked or unprepared to manage our own trauma, pain, and upset, let alone those of our children.

In this workshop, attendees will learn:

–           How to center yourself during stressful times
–           How to align yourself with healing abundance in the face of adversity
–           How to create an environment where wellness, trust and love flourish

Social:
https://the-sovereign-child.com/
https://sisteringtosophia.com/
Sistering to Sophia
@sisteringtosophia

Juliet Marciano, MD is a PCI Certified Parent Coach®, a retired Pediatrician, and a mother of four young adults. As founder of Marciano Parent Coaching, Juliet utilizes the knowledge and wisdom she has gained as a Certified Parent Coach® and pediatrician (now retired), her decades of experience working with families and raising her own four children, and her lifetime of self-directed learning in many diverse areas.

Juliet began her career as a Pediatrician 30 years ago. She practiced pediatrics for over a decade before retiring to spend more time with her children and dedicating herself to finding information to help her own family with some challenges her children were facing. Over the years, she continued to share parenting information and offer support to parents regarding non-medical matters.  As her children grew older and her family continued to thrive with the knowledge and skills she had acquired over the years, she completed an intensive graduate level Parent Coach Certification® Training Program through the Parent Coaching Institute/Parent Coach International, and she now works with parents to help them bring about the transformative change they desire in their lives that will affect their families for generations to come!

In her coaching, Juliet incorporates the most current teachings of the thought-leaders of today in the areas of parenting, mindfulness, neuroscience, resilience, conscious parenting, problem-solving, motivation, and managing a healthy relationship with digital media and screen technology.

She works with parents of children with special needs, high needs, extra needs, and different needs so that they can have a calmer, more conscious, more connected, and more confident parenting experience.

Juliet offers parents coaching guidance in a knowledgeable, understanding, non-judgmental, and compassionate manner and helps parents reclaim the joy of parenting, no matter what challenges they face or struggles they encounter.

Juliet lives in Wyndmoor, PA and coaches parents around the world by phone or video calls.

Juliet has a Medical Degree (MD) from Drexel University College of Medicine- Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is a PCI Certified Parent Coach®, having completed the Parent Coach Certification® Training Program of the Parent Coaching Institute/ Parent Coach International, and she has completed the Mindful Schools Mindful Educator Essentials (K-12 Curriculum) Program

Session Description:

Title: Family Matters: Parenting in a Family with Special Needs or Extra Needs

Parenting a special needs child demands an added layer of peace, calm and strength from parents.

In this workshop, attendees will learn:

–           How to find a way to be partners in parenting despite different parenting styles and parenting ideas.
–           The unique needs of siblings of special needs kids
–           How to meet the needs of all family members when a child in the family has special needs or extra needs such as any physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, or learning difference.

Social:
https://marcianoparentcoaching.com
Marciano Parent Coaching
@marcianoparentcoaching

Janet Philbin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 28 years of experience. Janet is a Certified Conscious Parenting Coach certified by Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s Conscious Parenting Coaching Method Institute. Janet is also a Certified Hypnotherapist, Master An-Ra Energy Healer, Certified Intuitive Counselor, and a Hypnosynergistic practitioner.

Janet’s unique eclectic style combines her years of clinical counseling, parent coaching, hypnosis, spirituality and energy work. Janet has a successful private practice providing psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. Her passion is helping people heal from the inside out. She is an expert in helping her clients uncover and heal the issues of the inner child which are influencing their adult life and parenting in the present.

Janet received her BS in Gerontology from Springfield College and her MSW from New York University.

Janet is also a proud mom to three children.

Session Description:

Title: Why Do I Yell? How Can I Stop?

No parent really wants to yell at their children. Parents become so upset, angry, and frustrated when their child does not listen that they just don’t know what else to do so they react instead of responding.

Is it possible for you to stop yelling?  Yes, it is!

In this experiential workshop, we are going to understand the reasons behind why parents yell at their children and how to respond to your child from a centered and grounded place.

You will be given tools for your own personal toolbox that you can use to stop yelling. You will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and learn why you react with big emotions
  • Leave with action steps to take to help you stop yelling
  • Gain a deeper understanding of yourself both as a person and a parent

Social:
www.hypnosisforhope.com
Facets of Light Counseling Center on Facebook
@janet_philbin_lcsw

Stacey Pinilis, LCSW is a psychotherapist and parenting consultant. She works with clients individually and sees couples and groups at her private practice in Montclair, NJ. Her Parenting With a Pause workshops provide support and offer tools and guidance for moms and dads who are struggling with all aspects of raising children. Stacey also specializes in helping parents whose children have food allergies. Life threatening allergies pose an enormous challenge for parents. Stacey helps them cope with their own feelings of anxiety, anger and grief so that they can be present for their children. Stacey brings her dedication, creativity, psychotherapeutic training, and a solid mindfulness and meditation practice to her work. She is committed to helping parents create the lives they want for themselves and their children.

Session Description:

The Added Anxiety of Parenting Children with Allergies

Did you imagine what life would be like with kids?
Did you think about cooking for them?
Eating in restaurants?
Traveling the world?
Snapping the first day of school pictures?
Dropping them off at playdates and parties to grab some much needed me time?
Do you remember what you thought life would be like before the first reaction?

Before you knew your child’s life was in danger around the simplest of life’s pleasures:  Food.

If you want to learn how to manage your own anxieties and reclaim your life so that you can thrive amidst the stress of food allergies, this breakout session is for you.

In this workshop, attendees will learn:

–           Practical tools to manage your own feelings of anxiety, loss and anger
–           How to feel more confident to be with your children of any age when they are feeling upset or angry about their allergies.

In this workshop you will feel:

–           Supported
–           Understood
–           Ready to speak up for your child in school and social settings
–           Prepared for stressful situations
–           Empowered to care for you and your child in new and creative ways

Social:
http://staceypinilislcsw.com/
Stacey Pinilis – Parenting With a Pause
@sppinilis

Cara Pollard offers coaching services to families, couples, women and teens. She is highly trained at transforming lives by incorporating her in-depth background, including legal expertise, teaching acumen, and early childhood development studies. She listens deeply and compassionately to her clients and then provides specific suggestions to implement new attitudes and strategies for moving forward toward their preferred future. Her coaching has provided life-changing results and enhances each person’s and family’s journey by bringing joy, enthusiasm, love and laughter to their world.

She is also passionate about working with children and families in many other capacities. She offers public presentations and workshops to parent employees at corporations, to parent lawyers at law firms, to parent groups at schools and women’s networking and support groups. She also partners with schools by offering coaching services to administrators, teachers, parents and students.

Cara obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, a Paralegal Certification from Roosevelt University and master’s level certification from the Parent Coaching Institute at Seattle University’s School of Education.

Her volunteer work includes serving as President of the Board of Directors for Lil’ Buds Theater Company for 5 years, chairperson of The Family Advisory Board for Old St. Patrick’s Church, chairperson of The Parents at the Heart Committee for Frances Xavier Warde School. She chaired a committee for Latin School’s Parent association and has co-chaired a grant review committee for Impact Grants Chicago for 3 years.

Cara is obtaining a certificate of completion from Center for Conflict Resolution in Mediation Skills.

Cara participated in a yearlong program called Seed. SEED is a program developed by Wellesley Centers for Women, a premier women- and gender-focused, social-change oriented research-and-action institute at Wellesley College. The National SEED ProjectSM is a peer-facilitated seminar for people in organizations who will meet in ongoing sessions to engage in structured conversations on equity and diversity. The ultimate goal is to illuminate ways we can bring our just and equitable selves to our organizations so as to support it in becoming more equitable and just.

Cara is also certified in practical Reiki.

Session Description:

The Joys and Challenges of Being a Parent: How your thoughts are leading the way (and how to get out of the spin cycle of your own thoughts)

Being a working parent can be stressful, with so many demands on your time and attention.

Expert parenting coach Cara Pollard will deliver an interactive discussion on navigating the joys, challenges, and transitions that come with parenting and working.

She’ll answer working parents and stay at home parents’ questions on effective strategies for integrating families’ work, home life, and obligations so that parents feel successful in all areas.

Attendees will learn:

  • How our thoughts can spiral and negatively affect every aspect of our lives. Those thoughts are internalized by children, especially teens.
  • How to change our thoughts by giving them attention ((aka, a good scrubbing)).

Cara will also answer any other concerns parents may have about managing any life transitions while parenting.

 Social:
http://carapollardparentcoach.com
Cara Pollard Parent Coach
@cara.pollard

Cheryl Polsky is a certified Conscious Parenting Coach. She worked with families as a social worker with the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles for 25 years before making the transition to private practice as Conscious Parenting Coach. Cheryl has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and earned Conscious Parenting Certification with Dr. Shefali at the Conscious Parenting Coaching Institute. Cheryl works with parents to transform their relationship with their children to resolve behavior problems, adoption issues, and difficulties with joint custody.

Session Description:

Title: Building Resiliency Through Co-Parenting

While co-parenting with an ex-partner may not always be easy, there are ways to make a shared custody situation a more positive experience for everyone.

During this session you will discover how to:

  • Release guilt and negativity
  • Gain an appreciation of the co-parent
  • Reassure your child that it is okay to embrace the other parent
  • Learn how to enjoy your child while they are with you
  • Learn how to let go while they are with the other parent

Social:
https://cherylpolsky.com
Parenting Consciously
@parentingconsciously

Maria Sanders is a Licensed Social Worker and PCI Certified Parent Coach®. She works with parents struggling with any parenting challenge, from getting a child to sleep to communicating with a taciturn teen. Maria works one-on-one with parents virtually or in her Montclair, NJ office. Maria also runs parent workshops in schools, pediatrician offices and other community spaces and offers online classes.

Session Description:

Title: Let’s Get Real: The Real Deal on Parenting Effectively

Do you often wish you hadn’t flipped your lid on your child?
Are you frustrated and exhausted with repeating yourself?
Are you close to giving up hope on understanding, getting through to, and consistently connecting with your child?

Parenting in the midst of the hard moments requires energy, support, knowledge, and know-how we often don’t have access to when we need it.

What if we told you we can walk you through the How-To’s of moving forward?

For this helpful look at parenting collaboratively and consciously, join parent coaches Sheryl Stoller and Maria Sanders. They bring their extensive experience with Conscious Parenting & Collaborative Problem Solving to this interactive workshop.  There will be opportunities for follow up online classes and coaching offered by Maria and Sheryl.

Attendees will leave this workshop feeling:

–           Confident
–           Empowered
–           Equipped on your parenting journey

Social:
https://mariasandersparentcoach.com/
Maria Sanders Parent Coach
@mariasandersparentcoach

Sheryl Stoller is a highly sought-after parent coach for those parents whose children have more intense emotions and behaviors than other children. She is known in the gifted and twice-exceptional communities for her expert, wise, and compassionate effectiveness as she and her clients collaboratively generate customized approaches. Working with Sheryl, parents become skilled in modeling and teaching many life skills, such as preventing and de-escalating reactive anger and worry. Parents recapture the joy of their parenting journey. Sheryl is a PCI Certified Parent Coach®, founder of Stoller Parent Coaching, the parent coach at The Center for Identity Potential, and last, but nowhere near least, a mother who has guided three intense, gifted, twice-exceptional children to flourishing young adulthood. Dr. Shefali “unreservedly recommends” her. Sheryl equips parents to transform struggles into thriving, connected growth. In addition to coaching individuals and couples, Sheryl leads transformative parent groups, workshops, and speaking engagements.

Session Description:

Title: Let’s Get Real: The Real Deal on Parenting Effectively

Do you often wish you hadn’t flipped your lid on your child?
Are you frustrated and exhausted with repeating yourself?
Are you close to giving up hope on understanding, getting through to, and consistently connecting with your child?

Parenting in the midst of the hard moments requires energy, support, knowledge, and know-how we often don’t have access to when we need it.

What if we told you we can walk you through the How-To’s of moving forward?

For this helpful look at parenting collaboratively and consciously, join parent coaches Sheryl Stoller and Maria Sanders. They bring their extensive experience with Conscious Parenting & Collaborative Problem Solving to this interactive workshop.  There will be opportunities for follow up online classes and coaching offered by Maria and Sheryl.

Attendees will leave this workshop feeling:

–           Confident
–           Empowered
–           Equipped on your parenting journey

Social:
https://www.stollerparentcoaching.org/
Stoller Parent Coaching
@stollerparentcoaching

Fallyn Smith, MSW, PPSC is an experienced Family Coach, Certified Elementary School Counselor and Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator who has been working with children and families for over a decade. Specializing in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Child Development, Fallyn’s life purpose has been helping children and families thrive.

While working towards her Masters in Social Work with a credential in School Social Work from San Diego State University, Fallyn discovered the power of Social and Emotional Learning. She recognized the important role it plays in childhood development and began to advocate for schools, children and families to have more access to this knowledge.

After completing her Masters, Fallyn moved to New York City where she worked in Early Intervention for the New York Center for Child Development, providing ABA therapy and social skills groups for developmentally delayed toddlers. Additionally, she developed a social skills program for children called Social Success to provide children with the extra help they needed to navigate social and emotional challenges.

Feeling pulled back to the west coast, Fallyn left New York for San Francisco in 2013, where she became an elementary school counselor for Burlingame School District. There, Fallyn spearheaded the district-wide Social and Emotional Learning Program for their six elementary schools and continues to lead the initiative for the district.

After working closely with teachers and families for so many years, Fallyn decided to shift her focus to parents, as they are an integral piece of social-emotional health puzzle. As a parent educator, Fallyn began leading parent workshops for her school district and around the Bay Area. Inspired by the great hands-on work she was doing with parents, Fallyn created Mindful Kids Coaching in order to help all members of the family feel supported, and build their toolbox to better understand their emotions, behaviors and challenges with curiosity and non-judgement. Although Fallyn is based in San Francisco, she has been able to connect with parents and children nationwide, giving them the confidence they need to thrive out in the world.

Fallyn believes that every child and family has the capability to learn and develop their social and emotional skill set and intelligence. Fallyn promotes solution-focused thinking with a heavy emphasis on empathy to turn stressful moments into meaningful ones, and to help families build skills today for a more successful tomorrow.

Session Description:

Title: Social and Emotional Learning in the Home: Learn How to Turn Stressful Moments into Meaningful Ones and Increase Your Family’s EQ

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL provides a solid foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The basics of Social & Emotional Learning, and why it’s so important to the overall health and success of your child
  • How the brain works in different (yet similar!) ways for children and adults
  • How to understand your own triggers so you can support your child during difficult emotional experiences
  • The importance of talking about feelings with your children, and how to do it in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable and safe
  • How gratitude practices can have a powerful impact on both you and your child
  • Techniques to help your child calm down when experiencing a strong emotion
  • Ways to develop your child’s Growth Mindset to build resilience and grit

Social:
www.mindfulkidscoaching.com
Mindful Kids Coaching
@mindfulkidscoaching

Fallyn Smith, MSW, PPSC is an experienced Family Coach, Certified Elementary School Counselor and Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator who has been working with children and families for over a decade. Specializing in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Child Development, Fallyn’s life purpose has been helping children and families thrive.

While working towards her Masters in Social Work with a credential in School Social Work from San Diego State University, Fallyn discovered the power of Social and Emotional Learning. She recognized the important role it plays in childhood development and began to advocate for schools, children and families to have more access to this knowledge.

After completing her Masters, Fallyn moved to New York City where she worked in Early Intervention for the New York Center for Child Development, providing ABA therapy and social skills groups for developmentally delayed toddlers. Additionally, she developed a social skills program for children called Social Success to provide children with the extra help they needed to navigate social and emotional challenges.

Feeling pulled back to the west coast, Fallyn left New York for San Francisco in 2013, where she became an elementary school counselor for Burlingame School District. There, Fallyn spearheaded the district-wide Social and Emotional Learning Program for their six elementary schools and continues to lead the initiative for the district.

After working closely with teachers and families for so many years, Fallyn decided to shift her focus to parents, as they are an integral piece of social-emotional health puzzle. As a parent educator, Fallyn began leading parent workshops for her school district and around the Bay Area. Inspired by the great hands-on work she was doing with parents, Fallyn created Mindful Kids Coaching in order to help all members of the family feel supported, and build their toolbox to better understand their emotions, behaviors and challenges with curiosity and non-judgement. Although Fallyn is based in San Francisco, she has been able to connect with parents and children nationwide, giving them the confidence they need to thrive out in the world.

Fallyn believes that every child and family has the capability to learn and develop their social and emotional skill set and intelligence. Fallyn promotes solution-focused thinking with a heavy emphasis on empathy to turn stressful moments into meaningful ones, and to help families build skills today for a more successful tomorrow.

Session Description:

Title: Social and Emotional Learning in the Home: Learn How to Turn Stressful Moments into Meaningful Ones and Increase Your Family’s EQ

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL provides a solid foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The basics of Social & Emotional Learning, and why it’s so important to the overall health and success of your child
  • How the brain works in different (yet similar!) ways for children and adults
  • How to understand your own triggers so you can support your child during difficult emotional experiences
  • The importance of talking about feelings with your children, and how to do it in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable and safe
  • How gratitude practices can have a powerful impact on both you and your child
  • Techniques to help your child calm down when experiencing a strong emotion
  • Ways to develop your child’s Growth Mindset to build resilience and grit

Social:
www.mindfulkidscoaching.com
Mindful Kids Coaching
@mindfulkidscoaching

From the age of 11, Erin knew that she wanted to help families. She was raised by very caring, connected parents but she knew that not all children had that same luxury. Erin knew then that her life’s mission was to help parents give their children just a little of the warm, supportive, loving upbringing that she experienced.

With a Masters in Counseling Psychology, Erin worked for 20 years as a therapist with foster, biological and adoptive families. About six years ago, she became certified as a parent coach. Now her work focuses on helping parents to face their fears and get to know their own selves in order to forge deep, healthy connections with their children.

Erin is the Co-Organizer of the Revolutionizing Parenthood event and also owns the parent company called Revolutionizing Life that supports families and professionals who work with them to give the children the best upbringing possible in order to change the course of our shared future.

Her podcast, Powerful Parenting for Today’s Kids is enjoyed by parents around the world. Erin is also the author of Connection and Kindness: The Key to Changing the World Through Parenting.

Erin’s own journey to parenthood was a tumultuous one, having experienced three years of fertility struggles before conceiving her first child through IVF. Their daughter Sydney died at 24 days old of a severe heart defect that she was born with. A few more cycles of IVF and two sons and a daughter later, she and her husband are now joyfully raising their three living children who are 17, 14 and 12. Erin was able to take the tragedy of the death of her infant daughter and turn it around to not only survive, but to thrive and help others to do the same.

You can learn more about her at www.erin-taylor.com.

Session Description

Title: WHY Does My Child Act That Way?

Are you mystified by your child’s behavior?
Are you frustrated?
Do you find yourself yelling more than you want to?
Does it seem like your child does not listen to you?
Do you feel like you just can’t get them to do what you want?

When our kids display “undesirable behavior,” it can leave us feeling frustrated, angry and at a loss. We lose our temper and then we feel guilty about it all. What’s a parent to do?

Attendees at this session will learn:

  • What an iceberg has to do with your child’s behavior
  • How to see beyond the behavior in front of you and why this is such a critical part of the process
  • A new understanding of how to address the REAL issue in the behavior
  • A much more effective approach to resolving the issues you face
  • How the iceberg can apply to YOU as well!

Social:
https://revolutionizinglife.com/
Revolutionizing Life
@erintaylor_ma

Natalie Tellish is a certified Conscious Parenting Coach. Having studied and utilized Conscious Parenting in her own home for nearly a decade, she is passionate about empowering families to cultivate deep, meaningful relationships within their homes. As a parent, she believes in extending unconditional love and grace to her children, guiding them gently as they develop into emotionally intelligent, kind, and secure adults.

Session description:

Title: Parenting More Peacefully by Rewriting Core Beliefs

Are you yelling at your kids when you wish you could be more calm, cool, and collected?
Do you find yourself in power struggles with your children, unable to effectively set and hold firm boundaries without the use of punishment?
Were you parented in an authoritative or passive way, and now have a hard time breaking those learned patterns in your own parenting?

Peaceful parenting doesn’t come naturally to those of us who have learned and seen other, less-conscious styles.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • How your core beliefs were formed during your childhood and shape your present parenting dynamics.
  • An easy-to-implement strategy for rewriting your core beliefs, transforming them from limiting to empowering.
  • How to ensure your children grow up developing positive, empowering, core beliefs through a five-step peaceful parenting technique that can be used in any tough situation with any child of any age.

SOCIAL
http://consciousparentcoaching.com/
Natalie Tellish, Conscious Parenting Coach
@conscious.parenting.coach

Having a decade of experience connecting with families in schools, hospitals and non-profit organizations, Aparna Venkataraman is the founder of Beauty In Parenting and is a parent coach, mindfulness educator, motivational speaker and global wellness advocate for DoTerra Essential Oils.  With her approachable nature, strong intuition and problem-solving skills, she guides parents of babies, toddlers and teens to empower themselves and build healthy relationships with one another through effective communication, confidence-building and lighthearted mindfulness techniques.  Learn more about Aparna and her offerings at: www.beautyinparenting.com

Session Description:
Title: Fun Self-Care and Beyond with Breathwork and Essential Oils

Essential oils can be a fantastic tool to use to not only treat and heal your family but to help them to stay healthy as well!  Combining essential oils with quick breathwork techniques helps families have a deeper variety of ways to relieve stress, self-regulate, shift their mood and take care of their wellness.

In this presentation, you will learn:

  • What essential oils are
  • Why it is important to have sensory self-care practices
  • How to use essential oils for self-care, overall wellbeing and beyond
  • Ways to use oils with your children and loved ones
  • How to practice self-regulation and mindfulness using the oils
  • Eight simple breathwork techniques that you and your children can use for various scenarios
  • Fun options for DIY (do-it-yourself) at home with the kids!
  • Resources to dive deeper into oils for emotions, parenting and blend-making
  • A five-minute guided meditation using the oils
  • The opportunity to play with and try on different oils for you and your kids! (optional)

Social:
https://linktr.ee/beautyinparenting
Beauty In Parenting
@beautyinparenting

Barbara Vercruysse is a coach, spiritual mentor, thought leader and public speaker. After facing several challenges in life and surviving a stage 4 skin cancer at the age of 32, she decided to live her second life at the fullest.

After running a successful 6-figure construction business for 18 years, Barbara dedicated herself to her true passion: guiding people through a deep transformation.  She supports people around the world in leading a fulfilled life, creating impact and success by living and leading with love.

One of her clients is BMW, where she operates as a Quality Manager and Business Coach. Barbara is responsible for screening all business processes and guiding people to perform optimally in their job.

Having worked and still working with several coaches and mentors herself, Barbara knows the transformative power of a personal coach. Once you open yourself up to being coached, you begin to receive the same advantages enjoyed by great actors and athletes everywhere, you grow so much stronger and you become more responsible for changing yourself.

Empowering people, supporting them in taking their lives to the next level, sharing love, wisdom and compassion, have become Barbara’s life mission.

Barbara is a Certified Master Life Coach, Business Coach and recently founded her own online school “Barbara’s School of Wisdom.” She was published in the Huffington Post and wrote the book 7 Most Powerful Techniques to Release Stress. She was selected for the ThoughtLeaderSchool founded by Bryant McGill and is part of the selection committee of Peaceprize.org. She has reached millions with her weekly Inspirational Talks on different social platforms.

Session Description:

Thriving as a Parent in Challenging Times

 Whether we go through health challenges, relationship challenges or financial challenges, as a parent, we have no other choice than to find a way to continue to be a good parent despite the hardships we are facing.

But how do we find the courage to be a loving parent when our heart is aching, or our health is suffering, or we are overwhelmed by financial worries?

 Attendees of this workshop will learn:

  • How to stay courageous and positive during challenging times
  • How to keep the love and warmth for your children intact during difficult moments
  • The most important things to remember when facing hard times

 Social:
http://www.startthelifeofyourdreams.com/
https://barbaras-school-of-wisdom.com/
Barbara Vercruysse – Start the Life of Your Dreams
@barbara.vercruysse

Amanda Votto PA-C is a passionate teacher of mindfulness who believes that we all possess the ability to awaken to an intentional, inspired and compassionate life. She teaches a variety of mindfulness courses including the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) series, Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), mindful parenting, mindfulness in schools, leads retreats & workshops, offers private coaching and keynote speaking events.

Amanda has over sixteen years of healthcare experience as a physician assistant and specializes in cardiology in Connecticut. She passionately believes in a holistic approach to healthcare and that we all possess the power to heal ourselves from the inside out. Amanda has seen both personally and professionally the unlimited benefits of mindfulness on the mind, body and spirit. Through the development of self-awareness, building of emotional resilience, and the cultivation of self-compassion, she helps others reclaim a true sense of well-being.

Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York and a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey joint program with Seton Hall University. She is a trained MBSR instructor through University of Massachusetts Medical School and an MSC instructor through the Center for Self-Compassion. She has completed two years of mindfulness training under Dr. Shefali (best-selling author and leader in conscious parenting). Amanda is also trained through Mindful Schools, K-12 grades.

Session Description:

Title: Befriending Ourselves: Mindful Self-Compassion for Parents

There is no doubt about it: parenting is challenging. Even though parents have the best intentions, they may feel as if they fall short over and over again. The doubts, the worries, the inner and outer pressures, the power struggles, the “never enough” time are just some of the challenges that parents encounter on a regular basis.

What would it feel like to offer compassion to ourselves for these struggles? Often it is much easier to be compassionate toward others than toward ourselves. Cultivating a kind relationship within helps loosen the grip of the “inner critic,” allows us to handle difficult emotions with greater ease, and transforms our relationship with ourselves and our children.

This interactive workshop will include:

  • Guided mindful self-compassion practices
  • Insightful discussion about how to apply these practices on the spot during the day
  • Support as you navigate through this wild parenting adventure
  • A roadmap for how mindful self-compassion can be a powerful doorway into the healing of your own heart

Social:
www.amandavotto.com
The Divine Within
@amandadivinewithin