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Everything in your life, from the mundane to the extraordinary, is a story waiting to be told. Many of us want to leave behind a record of our lives that we were here. Yes, our footprint. In this memorable workshop, you will discover your own unique and powerful story. We will use the memoir form of writing to encourage you to live out loud and to help you comprehend the value of your life. “If you are not afraid of the voices in you, you will not fear the critics outside you,” so says Natalie Goldberg. Writing can let you hear your voice above the critics. Did you know that there were health benefits to writing? There is recent evidence to support the claim that increased intellectual activity and brain stimulation i.e. recording one’s memories can lower the individual risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Through fun exercises, practical techniques and group discussion, this insightful, fun and practical workshop, will help you uncover the writer hiding in you. You will find your authentic voice, along with a way to express it. You’ll be surprised at how great a writer you can become. We will also share how to become a published writer. You’ll learn all about the publishing industry from writing a query letter to finding a publisher. Bring your favorite pen and a writing journal. All levels welcome. “I don't think everyone wants to create the great American novel, but we all have a dream of telling our stories-of realizing what we think, feel, and see before we die. Writing is a path to meet ourselves and become intimate.” - Natalie Goldberg
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Pernille Spiers-Lopez, former CEO of IKEA North America, and later Global HR manager for over 130,000 employees, comes to The Academi of Life to share how we can create the life we really want to lead --- a life that matters. Are you tired of the way you are living your life? Are you looking to get the spirit of adventure and satisfaction back into your daily life? If the answer is yes, then are you brave enough to do something about it? Pernille Spiers-Lopez knows how to reclaim your life. She did it. Removed from her family, friends, her children, and her own sense of self, as she climbed the corporate ladder to success, she knew something had to change. So she developed a toolbox to design the life she really wanted to live. Pernille also penned a book Design Your Life: A Guide For Creating Your Best Self about her journey of personal struggle and triumph. Join us as Pernille shares tools that helped her take charge of her life, so that she could live the life she had imagined. She will also share how you can become a life designer by making conscious choices and real changes. YOU WILL LEARN What it really means to live a ‘successful’ life. How to embrace imperfection and failures. How to be your best so you can bring that wisdom to others. How to find the courage to stand for who you are in good times and bad. The class is limited to 25 attendees. Register early. 'Don’t spend your whole life searching for the right job, make it the most important job to design the right life.' Pernille Spiers-Lopez
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During the past decade, the science of peak performance has exploded. Scientists now understand what occurs to our brains and bodies when we operate in a peak performance or flow state. This, in turn, has dramatically expanded our understanding of how we can profoundly rewire our brains and bodies for optimized performance. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION In this fast-paced, exciting and intensive hands-on 2 day workshop, executives learn how to apply the science of peak performance to their own leadership style and life skills. Dr David Bach a Harvard-trained scientist and physician will guide you through the emerging landscape of cutting-edge peak performance science. He will teach you easy-to-learn techniques to rewire your own brain and body and begin a transformational journey that will impact all areas of your life. This program is A MUST for leaders at all levels who need to operate at their best. The workshop’s exercises require active engagement and can, at times, be rigorous. The workshop will feature scientifically validated methodologies as well as cutting-edge, hands-on technologies. - Gathering qualitative and quantitative information about your stress, energy and interpersonal power to develop baseline data - A brief review of basic rewiring science principles - Tracking and analysis of core neurophysiological measures including heart rate variability, breathing and EEG patterns linked to stress, alertness and group flow that will give you insights into your brain and body - Biofeedback and induction – to get an edge in rewiring your brain - Highly experiential and fun interactive processes - Follow-up program, including a support group and tracking tools WORKSHOP GOALS  This workshop, in combination with the 30-Day Follow-up Program, is designed to help you produce dramatic and measurable improvements in three specific areas: Beyond Mindfulness: Finding Your "Flow" State: Training your brain and body to get to that “other place” where, in the face of massive stress, you stay calm and centered. Alertness and Energy Management: Teaching you new tools and techniques to measure and dramatically improve your energy and productivity. Interpersonal and Organizational Power: How to rewire your brain and body to optimize interpersonal interactions, which will enhance your leadership capabilities, charisma and interpersonal effectiveness. The 30-Day “Rewiring” Follow-up Program: After the workshop, to ensure that your brain has been effectively rewired, you will be guided through Dr. Bach’s Follow-up Program, where you will learn how to track key metrics about your stress and energy levels through targeted daily practices. Personalized call with Dr. Bach: After the workshop, participants will be given a 30-minute call with Dr. Bach to discuss goals and progress. There have been many defining moments in human history. We are fortunate to live in a time when we can instigate our own evolution. We are finally in a place where we have the tools to enhance our performance with the power of our intellect. It takes a first step. We sincerely hope you’ll join those who have already experienced this transformation on a journey of discovery and optimization so you can begin to enjoy the incredible benefits of optimal performance. If you want to achieve maximum potential—in areas including productivity, mental capacity, energy, memory, sleep, and physical capacity, DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITY. REGISTER TODAY.  This weekend workshop will put you firmly on the path to a rewired life with less stress, greater focus and measurably elevated performance. November 5, 2016 from 9am-5pm and November 6, 2016 from 10am-2pm. Manhattan venue will be shared once you register. Limited strictly to 15 participants.   
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Summit Description A transformative One-Day Summit that will gather business leaders, business executives, business owners, educators and the curious to discover the emergence of a new era of leadership within a new type of organization. The Agenda Inspirational speakers, real-time tools, panels, group dialogue, stories and opportunities for genuine connection will be featured. We will explore topics like: Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and their Companies Win A Tale of Grace, Grit, Resilience & Entrepreneurship A Conversation on Diversity Identity: Beyond Race & Gender Beauty, Business and Love From Surviving To Thriving: How To Thrive at Work and in Life Doing Well & Doing Good The Power of Storytelling: Reconciliation of a Flourishing and Wilting Society Evolutionary Leadership: Leading from the Inside Out   Why Attend The way we’re working isn’t working. In a volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous (VUCA) world, increasing numbers of people are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and disengaged. We need new mindsets, new systems, and new skills for leading and living in this era. This groundbreaking Summit signals a new transformative journey for leaders and teams. You will discover new styles of leadership, skills and systems that awaken the best in people and organizations. Join us as we examine the newest, most powerful approaches to unleashing productivity, performance, and innovation. Register now for Early Bird Discount of $249 until September 16, 2015!     
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Parenting is hard -- yet it’s one of life’s most rewarding and fulfilling experience. It’s also, one of the most researched areas in the entire field of social science, yet there is no parenting manual. Current research shows that the most important thing a person can do to be a better parent is to focus on developing him or herself – to look inward. For the past 23 years, Education for Excellence has offered Masterful Parenting Training®, a dynamic growth and development course based on the premise that, as parents, “we teach who we are”. This uplifting and inspiring course supports parents in developing essential life skills they can teach their children by example -- qualities such as: Focused Listening Feeling Valued and Loved Assertive Communication Peaceful Conflict Resolution Forgiveness, Empathy, Acceptance and Joy Taking responsibility Making Conscious Choices It is well known that children thrive in a supportive home environment created by parents who embody, and teach by example. So, join us for this important Self Mastery social and emotional learning program, if you want to know what it takes to develop the essential skills to help your child thrive and flourish. This in-depth introductory class will be lead by Dr. Marc Rosenbaum, founder and director of Education for Excellence. The full 18-hour Masterful Parenting Training®, parent leadership training, growth and development program will be offered in a 6 week workshop beginning April 28th and continues for six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm. Details to come. “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” – Peggy O’Mara
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