Friday, February 28, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., a four-hour free workshop for men and women will be held by The Ladies and More. The Ladies are workshop coordinators Amanda Pelaez and Myra Goldick and all the women at the event. The And More are all the gentlemen. The event will be at the Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College, 3000 St Lucie Ave, HT 103, Boca Raton, FL. Register at 561-862-4726, or online registration is at this site: https://clients.floridasbdc.org/
Redefining Your Path will show that conscious appreciation of our own talents, skills, and creativity can and should exist in each of us.
Free breakfast, prizes, and a raffle are included. Enlightening stories will be shared by professional speakers Roxanne Birney, John R. Spannuth, and Kersen De Jong. Like Amanda and Myra, they are highly successful individuals who beat the odds and found courage and powerful motivation to seek fulfillment and happiness.
You will discover:
· Strategies for coping with life's adversities and visible and invisible disabilities - How to exercise your passion every day - The key to unlock the procrastination mode - How to take positive action using a spirit of reinvention - Clues to give yourself a new sense of happiness and joy - Ways to eliminate the habit of negative thoughts - Methods to up your organizational skills/improve your ability to focus - How to rid yourself of time-wasting distractions - Simple techniques that help you discover what you really want in life. - How to tap into your own creativity and talent
Special Guest Speakers
Roxanne Birney - Topic - The Survivor’s Spirit Defines Your Path
Roxanne Birney is a professional speaker, educator and author. She's taught from preschool to college age. Author of Johannah's Lazy Eye and Celebration Cooking, Roxanneholds degrees in business management and early childhood education from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She’s received accolades for her development of children's public speaking clubs and her dedication to teaching children the craft of speaking and leadership. Roxanne's remarkable determination is also reflected in her strength, courage, and stamina as a 30+ year cancer survivor and open heart surgery survivor of three years.
John R. Spannuth - Topic - Organize Your Way to Success
For more than 50 years, John Spannuth has been a leader and innovator in almost every field of aquatics, the most recent in recreational and fitness swimming, as the CEO of United States Water Fitness, Inc. He was the national aquatics administrator for the AAU. As international director of the Special Olympics in Washington, DC, he guided the growth of Special Olympics for Eunice Kennedy Shriver and helped build it into an internationally recognized program for persons with intellectual disabilities.
He served four years in the Middle East as aquatics, sports and recreation administrator in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, while teaching swimming on all levels including competitive swimming to native children of the region.
Kersen De Jong –Topic - The Bumpy Walk to Success
Kersen De Jong is president and founder of the Netherlands American Community Trust, Inc. With the support of corporate and individual partners, the Trust creates and supports outreach and educational programs to improve local communities across the U.S. and the Netherlands. Prior to starting the Trust in 1999, Mr. De Jong was managing director of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. He is a member of the board of New York-based A Leg to Stand On, which provides prosthetic limbs for amputees, and a member of the Board of Governors for the Roosevelt Institute and The Four Freedoms. He is also known as a benefactor for young musicians by providing scholarships and grants for them. Mr. De Jong lost both legs in an accident in 1976 and was instrumental in the formation of the original Franklin D. Roosevelt International Disability Award and the new award program.
Amanda Pelaez has been inspired by her own life experience and experience serving vulnerable populations to specialize in trauma, grief, loss and transitions. During her graduate program she completed an internship at the Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic. She served as a psychotherapist for OEF, OIF, Vietnam, Korean and WWII vets. She facilitated therapy groups for soldier on soldier sexual assault, dual diagnosis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Served families in crisis as an intensive case manage with the goal to prevent removal of children under Department of Children and Families investigation. Other services
She has been trained in the specialties of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Trauma Based Cognitive Therapy, Family Constellation, and Solution Focus Therapy. In January 2013, Amanda opened her private practice Feel Good Now Counseling, with locations in Wilton Manors, Weston and Coral Springs, to create a safe haven for healing. She is a published author, blues and jazz enthusiast, and a proud supporter of Cats Exclusive rescue shelters and clinic. Amanda's Motto is “When we love we live fully.” Her website is www.feelgoodnowcounseling.com
Myra Goldick overcame a childhood laced with racial discrimination, poverty and disability during the 1950s in New York City. As a child completely paralyzed by polio, she faced years of painful therapy, surgeries, and the knowledge that her physical ability had been altered for life. After experiencing periods of depression during her teenage years, she slowly began to recognize her own self-worth. Myra decided to fight for her physical and emotional survival with help from a mentor. Rejecting the concept that she had limitations was the first step. Through passion, perseverance, and artistic creativity, she rose above adversity and developed a life full of success and prosperity. Myra achieved a full scholarship to college and entered the corporate cosmetic arena. She spent 20 years in management in corporate America, experiencing much success. When she developed post-polio syndrome 30 years after the initial infection, she left the cosmetic industry due to renewed physical weakness. She refused to give up and focused on redefining her professional path. She retrained and earned a degree as a millinery designer. Her new career and reinvented self gave her eight years as a successful hat designer on 7th Avenue in New York City. Today Myra is an author, professional speaker, artist, and the host of the Never Say Impossible and Dancing on our Disabilities Internet radio shows. Myra’s motto is “Happiness is a choice.” Her website is www.myragoldick.com