The Academi of Life regularly invites inspirational thought-leaders to share their wisdoms in enlightening Evenings in Conversation. These conversations touch on a range of life lessons, from neuroscience and spirituality, money and morality, commitment, happiness, and much more. Here, everyone has something to teach as well as learn- it’s all a part of conversation.

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We are beyond excited and thrilled to have creative business leader and iconoclast, Kevin Roberts, Chairman of advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi (a company that works with more than half of the biggest 50 advertisers in the world) back at The Academi of Life. If you are a leader under enormous pressure, totally committed, intensely driven, highly intelligent and at times utterly miserable, don't miss this conversation... come CONNECT and be INSPIRED by Kevin Roberts. He has written a new book 64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World a collection of value-accelerators for business and life. It is gathered as a 64 shot method from the astute observations and remarkable life of Kevin Roberts and from his new role as “Head Coach” for a team of about 45,000 employees. A provocative figure traversing the peaks of global commerce, media and sport, Kevin Roberts - creator of the groundbreaking idea and book Lovemarks - is recognized as one of today's most uncompromisingly-positive and inspirational leaders. In 64 Shots, Roberts draws on the biggest ideas, toughest experiences and greatest influences of his life to present 16X4 stripped down, straight-forward and instantly-absorbable insights on how to bring order to the chaos of business and life. The punchy insights about winning - hitting readers lightly jab after jab - are an array of one-liners, sound bites, tweets, charts, quotes and historical reference points. They are loaded with Roberts' experience, story, brio, provocation and direction. The language is extreme, brimming with the irrepressible attitude and provocation that fueled Roberts' meteoric career. While there is a sequence, the 64 shots are stand-alone signposts towards living an enterprising and winning life. Anyone can dip into the book anywhere and find value. 64 Shots - will you take them? As the musical Hamilton reminds us – “don’t throw away your shot.” So if you want a real ‘shot’ at leadership and life –don’t miss this provocative and inspiring conversation. Each attendee will get a signed First Edition copy of the book. Early bird special of $89.00 until 5/30/16. After 5/30/16 price is $119.
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WHEN YOU’RE FALLING, RISE: The Art and Science of Resilience Why do some people blossom through adversity while others fall apart? What mysterious power gets us back on our feet after we’ve been knocked down? What do we mean by “the art and science of resilience,” and the transformational possibility of growing to become our best selves in life’s most challenging moments? Maria Sirois and Mark Matousek have spent decades exploring these urgent questions, in clinical practice, personal memoir, and interviews with some of the world’s great survivor artists. Combining their experiences here for the first time, Sirois and Matousek offer a road map to personal evolution in times of transition, using stories, practices, and principles of resilience. Integrating the burgeoning field of positive psychology with the science of resilience, as well as spiritual wisdom, they provide a template for growth that incorporates the reality of what is most difficult in our lives with a scaffolding for thriving anyway. “When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed.” Using brief writing exercises, Matousek will guide participants through the process of self-reinvention through radical truth telling and the shifting of what Emerson called “the angle of vision,” a critical skill for resilience. Sirois will discuss “the genius of the AND,” and the vital importance of introspection, inspiration, and beauty on the path of healing. She reminds us that while none of us is spared suffering, neither does the world withhold beneficence. Rising requires attention to both and the capacity to face the truth of one’s living with self-compassion and a fierce desire to grow. Please join us for this extraordinary evening …..
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Television legal analyst and attorney Lisa Green has written a compelling, hilarious and compassionate book: On Your Case: A comprehensive, Compassionate (and Only Slightly Bossy) Legal Guide for Every Stage of a Woman’s Life. The book offers something new: a witty, direct and empowering legal guide for women, filled with accessible information they can employ to understand and respond to common legal issues throughout their lives, from dating, marriage, and kids to jobs, retirement, aging parents, and wills. Lisa Green has an urgent message for women of all ages, especially those who consider themselves fully briefed on nutrition, personal finance, good schools, and great bargains: What about the law? Whether or not you invite it into your life, the law will find you. When it does, will you be ready to respond? Leveraging her professional training as a lawyer and her personal experience as a wife, ex-wife, mother, and daughter, Lisa explains common, even complicated, legal issues in practical, easy to understand terms. Sharing true stories, from jaw-dropping court cases to her own personal challenges, Lisa explains how readers can make the best possible decisions when problems arise. And legal problems will arise, Lisa counsels, so women need to get smart, and get ready. In her warm, yet firm, voice, Lisa guides readers through the potential legal issues around: Relationships: Online dating, pre and postnuptial agreements, engagement and marriage Separation and Divorce: Splitting without anxiety, child custody and support, pet custody disputes Babies, Children and Teens: Pregnancy and adoption, advocating for a special needs child, misbehaving teens Work: Employment and household help Domestic violence Social media Midlife and elder care: Wills, Medical decisions and Power of attorney Legal Help: Hiring a lawyer, DIY   As Suze Orman demystified personal finance and put women in the driver's seat of their own financial future, Lisa Green now does for legal know-how. With On Your Case, Lisa empowers you by equipping you with the tools you need to take care of yourself, your assets, your family, and your career. Don’t miss this powerful conversation. She will share the 3 legal documents every adult should have. “Lisa Green’s compelling and breezily conversational book gives us the tool kit we’ve been waiting for to wise up and open our eyes. It’s a must-read for all women – and the earlier, the better.” – Lee Woodruff, New York Times bestselling author of Perfectly, Imperfect: A Life in Progress
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Have you ever wondered why some people succeed when so many others fail?  Some of the most successful men and women you know were once considered failures. The path to success is rarely easy or direct. Before making it big, Anderson Cooper couldn’t get an interview for an entry-level job at ABC, Warren Buffett would become physically ill at the mere thought of speaking in public, Rachel Zoe was her boss’s scapegoat for stealing, and Graydon Carter was thrown out of two universities. These are a few of the many stories shared in Getting There: A Book of Mentors, an inspiring new book in which thirty leaders in diverse fields reveal their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top. In an honest, direct, and engaging way, these role models describe the obstacles they faced, the setbacks they endured, and the vital lessons they learned along the way. They dispense not only essential and practical career advice, but also priceless wisdom applicable to life in general. Beautifully photographed and edited by author Gillian Zoe Segal, Getting There also features stories from Michael Bloomberg, Frank Gehry, Marina Abramović, Daniel Boulud, Hans Zimmer, Sara Blakely, Matthew Weiner, Jillian Michaels, David Boies, Laird Hamilton, Kathy Ireland, John Paul DeJoria, Leslie Moonves, Wendy Kopp, Ian Schrager, and Jeff Koons, among others. Getting There is for everyone—from students contemplating their futures to the vast majority of us facing challenges or seeking to reach our potential. So join us, as Gillian shares these unguarded, inspiring stories and distills the essential ingredients necessary to achieve success. There will be a book-signing following the conversation and books will be available for purchase at the event.
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People of all ages are interested in love, relationships and marriage. We are either on the lookout for the right person or we are trying to make a marriage work over decades. Finding lasting love can be a challenge, but is there a formula for creating a perfect match? Cornell University professor Karl Pillemer, seems to think so. He asked over 700 people averaging 43 years of marriage each, to tell him the secret to a happy marriage and they poured their hearts out. He shares what he learned in his new book, “30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage.” Here are some of the gems they shared: Marriage is hard. It takes spirit and resilience. Marriage is something that you work at and get better at, but it is never completed. And when you "look back from the finish line over a half century or more of marriage, lifelong marriage is incredibly good. It's almost indescribable. It's such a source of joy. Pillemer gathered these insights and many others after spending the last four years conducting the Marriage Advice Project. The sample included some retirees who were widowed and some same-sex couples. It also included folks who had been happily married for years, and those who had been through multiple marriages and divorces. The longest marriage was 76 years between a 101-year-old woman and 98-year-old man. Pillemer has been married for 36 years to his high school sweetheart, Clare McMillan. So if you are, searching for a mate, in relationships where you are considering marriage, married and need some new tips, then join us for this fresh, wise, surprising and compelling conversation on “what makes for an amazing love life that stands the test of time.”
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