Make Maternity Leave a Leadership Opportunity

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Bring Order to the Chaos with a Maternity Leave Plan

Many women worry about leaving their team in a lurch, and losing control of existing projects when they go out on maternity leave. In this webinar expecting mothers will strategize an exit that anticipates their needs and those of their organization. You will learn to create a master plan with management that removes the confusion and disorganization a maternity leave can bring. Expecting mothers will address practical considerations by:

  • Establishing leave and return dates considering company, state and FMLA policies

  • Illustrate your worth by providing a review of current projects and their status

  • Making recommendations for coverage of your responsibilities

  • Developing an early delivery contingency plan

  • Creating a re-entry plan that helps ease the return-to-work transition and makes sure nobody misses a beat

  • Scheduling a pre-return meeting so you can return hitting the ground running

About Robyn:

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Robyn Stein DeLuca is a psychologist and postpartum consultant, providing speeches, seminars, and private coaching to help working women and managers navigate parental leaves and returns with confidence. After fifteen years on the faculty at Stony Brook University teaching and researching how to cope with pregnancy and postpartum adjustment, she decided to apply her expertise and develop the Back to Business Parental Leave Support Programs. Dr. DeLuca’s commentary on gender issues, work/life balance, and parenting has appeared in national and international news outlets such as Yahoo Finance, Fox5News, The Times (of London), the Huffington Post, the International Business Times, and the Voice of America. In 2017, New Harbinger published Robyn’s book “The Hormone Myth,” which uses scientific data to dispel the myth that women’s reproductive hormones make them incompetent and irrational maniacs. Her 2015 Tedx talk has been viewed by over 1.4million people, and was translated into 23 languages. In 2017, Robyn completed the NYU Advanced Diploma in Coaching. She is also the mother of two daughters. With Robyn Stein DeLuca you get a dynamic combination of the latest research and practical common sense to manage the major life transition of new parenthood.

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It's Not Who You Know: It's How Well You Leverage Your Network

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Nobody thrives alone. Learn how to get there faster. After any professional or personal transition event, we lose people from our network whom we rely on for support.

In this webinar, learn a simple 3-step process to;

1) reassess and reactivate your existing network,

2) reciprocate and rebuild your post-transition network and

3) explore and expand your leveraged network.

About Alison:

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Alison Pena, aka Bad Widow, is a thought-provoking speaker, business and lifestyle consultant, and creator of the Affluence Code. She has appeared as a guest expert on many podcasts and radio shows, including John Lee Dumas’ Entrepreneur on Fire, Joan Sotkin’s Prosperity Place, Define U Radio with Valencia Griffin-Wallace and Lori DiGuardi’s The Visionary Voice. Alison specializes in coaching entrepreneurial women with innovative, practical strategies to thrive after any transitional event, such as a bereavement, job loss, divorce or foreclosure. As her client, Marina D. wrote, “I have personally seen a transformation in how I care for myself, connect to others, and set (and ACHIEVE) insanely amazing goals that I never dreamed possible."

After Alison Pena's husband passed away in 2016, her professional and personal support network developed holes in it, as people vanished from her life when her grief was “too much” or lasted for “too long”. Designing time-tested strategies to rebuild and leverage her network of support proactively was essential to getting back to wholeness and success on her terms. To book a Restoring Resilience Savoring Life Breakthrough call, schedule a complimentary 20-minute appointment with her to talk about resources for specific challenges..

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No Such Thing as the Perfect Resume

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This webinar will address everything you wanted to know about creating a resume including format, accomplishments, using the P.A.R. method, skills, key words, how to use it, do’s and don’ts.

About Amy:

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Amy Geffen, PhD is President and Chief Career Coach of Geffen Careers. She brings to her practice over thirty years of experience in such industries as finance, engineering, higher education, risk management, health, non-profit organizations and associations.

Amy has transitioned into four new careers with increasing levels of responsibility, so she understands the challenges people face when changing jobs and careers. She has been praised for her accomplishments in management, strategic planning, marketing, distance learning, and continuing education. She served as the President and CEO of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the Interim Executive Director of the Financial Women’s Association and the Interim Executive Director at All Souls Church in New York City.

She has been the Director of Continuing Education, Strategic Initiatives, and Volunteer Leadership at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Amy is a former Assistant Dean of Continuing Education at Westchester Community College, the Dean of Professional Development at The College of Insurance (now St. John’s University), and Director of Corporate Programs at LIU/Brooklyn Center.

She uses a 5 step process to help job seekers achieve the job of their dreams: Assessment of skills and values; Branding with pitch, cover letter, resume and LinkedIn profile; Connecting through expanding networks and building relationships; Differentiating through accomplishments; and Enhancing by follow-through and compensation negotiation.

A graduate of Brooklyn College, with a Master’s Degree from Harvard University, and a PhD from New York University, she lives in Forest Hills with her husband. She enjoys making pottery, film, theatre and concerts.

Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search

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In this webinar, you will learn everything you wanted to know about using LinkedIn for your job search.

Topics include: creating your profile, using key words, getting recommendations, connecting to build your network, and researching companies and interviewers.

About Amy:

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Amy Geffen, PhD is President and Chief Career Coach of Geffen Careers. She brings to her practice over thirty years of experience in such industries as finance, engineering, higher education, risk management, health, non-profit organizations and associations.

Amy has transitioned into four new careers with increasing levels of responsibility, so she understands the challenges people face when changing jobs and careers. She has been praised for her accomplishments in management, strategic planning, marketing, distance learning, and continuing education. She served as the President and CEO of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the Interim Executive Director of the Financial Women’s Association and the Interim Executive Director at All Souls Church in New York City.

She has been the Director of Continuing Education, Strategic Initiatives, and Volunteer Leadership at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Amy is a former Assistant Dean of Continuing Education at Westchester Community College, the Dean of Professional Development at The College of Insurance (now St. John’s University), and Director of Corporate Programs at LIU/Brooklyn Center.

She uses a 5 step process to help job seekers achieve the job of their dreams: Assessment of skills and values; Branding with pitch, cover letter, resume and LinkedIn profile; Connecting through expanding networks and building relationships; Differentiating through accomplishments; and Enhancing by follow-through and compensation negotiation.

A graduate of Brooklyn College, with a Master’s Degree from Harvard University, and a PhD from New York University, she lives in Forest Hills with her husband. She enjoys making pottery, film, theatre and concerts.

You can Negotiate Anything

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This webinar will cover everything you wanted to know about how to negotiate your salary, your rent, the fees of your personal trainer or attorney, the price of a car or air conditioner.

Topics include: 8 steps in negotiation, what to say at each step and what not to say, how to close the deal and do’s and don’ts.

About Amy:

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Amy Geffen, PhD is President and Chief Career Coach of Geffen Careers. She brings to her practice over thirty years of experience in such industries as finance, engineering, higher education, risk management, health, non-profit organizations and associations.

Amy has transitioned into four new careers with increasing levels of responsibility, so she understands the challenges people face when changing jobs and careers. She has been praised for her accomplishments in management, strategic planning, marketing, distance learning, and continuing education. She served as the President and CEO of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the Interim Executive Director of the Financial Women’s Association and the Interim Executive Director at All Souls Church in New York City.

She has been the Director of Continuing Education, Strategic Initiatives, and Volunteer Leadership at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Amy is a former Assistant Dean of Continuing Education at Westchester Community College, the Dean of Professional Development at The College of Insurance (now St. John’s University), and Director of Corporate Programs at LIU/Brooklyn Center.

She uses a 5 step process to help job seekers achieve the job of their dreams: Assessment of skills and values; Branding with pitch, cover letter, resume and LinkedIn profile; Connecting through expanding networks and building relationships; Differentiating through accomplishments; and Enhancing by follow-through and compensation negotiation.

A graduate of Brooklyn College, with a Master’s Degree from Harvard University, and a PhD from New York University, she lives in Forest Hills with her husband. She enjoys making pottery, film, theatre and concerts.

The secrets of college financial aid

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An amazing fact: every year, $40 billion in federal financial aid for college students is not taken.

June 30th is a critical date for every student entering, already in, or adults returning to college -- it's the final deadline to fill out their infamous FAFSA form for financial aid.

And only 61% of them bother to submit it! They either don't know about it, or find it too intimidating or confusing.

Charlie Javice, founder and CEO of Frank (https://withfrank.org/): in just over two years, she has helped 400,000 students get $7 billion in financial aid for free.

Charlie even wrote a NY Times op-ed recently about students being intimidated by the FAFSA form and what to do: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/19/opinion/fafsa-college-financial-aid.html

Do you know why picking the right major is more important than the right school? Private loan lenders will give much more favorable rates to computer science, nursing, design/communications, and business (economics, accounting, marketing) majors. Not fair but true. If you're not sure what your major will be, the strategy is to take at least one or two of those courses during your freshman year.

About Charlie:

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Not many company founders can credibly toss around the phrase “seven billion dollars.” But Charlie Javice, the 26-year-old founder of Frank, a New York fintech start-up that completely overhauls the experience of applying for financial aid can. And she did. And she probably will again. That’s how much financial aid Javice estimates her company has found for the students who use Frank. In less than two years, the company helped about 300,000 students find between $25,000 and $30,000 in aid per person – equating to $7 billion over four years of college.

In 2017, Charlie raised a total of $15.7M, the largest venture round for a female founder that year. Her investors included U.S.-Israeli investment fund Aleph Venture Capital (which previously invested in WeWork and insurance startup Lemonade), Reach Capital, former Uber advocate Bradley Tusk’s Tusk Ventures, and Slow Ventures. Marc Rowan, the co-founder of Apollo Global Management, one of the largest private equity firms in the world, led the most recent investment.

At 19, Charlie was the youngest person to be named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People.” This year, she topped the Forbes 30 under 30 list in the Big Money and Finance category. She’s a thought leader in fintech and education authoring op-eds for the NY Times and Wall Street Journal. She’s currently working on a bill to advocate for a change in student loan disbursement that would save students billions of dollars in interest fees. She enjoys tutoring math and physics in the South Bronx, mentoring social impact entrepreneurs, and serves on Penn Hillel’s Executive Board.

She graduated from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 3 years with a concentration in Finance, Operations Information Management, and Law.

Workweek Lunch

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Here's what you'll learn from this webinar

  • Quick overview of the concept of meal prep: batch cooking meals to eat all week to avoid cooking every day or resorting to takeout. 

  • How it helps save money: when you meal prep, you're using up whole ingredients and stretching each ingredient's worth across multiple meals. I saved over $250/mo when I started prepping and now only spend $280/month on groceries for 2 adults in NYC.

  • Common mistakes that have us spending more on food and how to fix them: 1) buying ingredients that end up getting tossed at the end of the week (this is why meal planning is key) 2) accidentally buying items you already have (we have to shop our pantry and freezer first!) and 3) not shopping smart (avoid brand names and buy generic, certain foods are better to buy in bulk and not buying organic isn't the end of the world)

  • Making meal prep work for you: I'll share meal prep tips and tricks, like recreating your favorite restaurant meals, focusing on meals that freeze well or strategically choosing what meals to prep based on what you normally buy at takeout places (breakfast and lunch are most common). 

  • Where to start: I'll encourage the viewers to take action by choosing one or two meals to prep and suggest my favorite affordable meal prep containers on Amazon.

About Talia:

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Talia Koren is the Founder of Workweek Lunch, an online resource for all things meal prep that reaches over 300k people per month. Talia helps people all over the world master meal prepping to save time, cut down on food costs and eat healthy. In June 2018, she launched the WWL Meal Prep Program, a digital meal plan subscription that has grown to well over 1,000 members as of December 2018.

Talia used to help entrepreneurs and businesses grow organically on Instagram but closed her consulting service in January 2019. Her experience comes from growing her Instagram following organically to 200k in 2 years. She spent most of 2018 living in Silverthorne, Colorado (her dream location) so she could snowboard as much as possible. It was a BLAST.

Her obsessions include cooking, peanut M&Ms, Shake Shack, bullet points, snowboarding, road trips, puzzles, Instagram and planning awesome vacations.

Financial Liberation for Women of Color

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An Introduction To The Knowledge & Skills Of Wealth-Building

This webinar is an interactive conversation about the knowledge, habits, and mindset of wealth building – increasing your net worth. By building wealth, the less you have to rely on your income, the more secure and at ease you’ll become!

Learn about the vital elements needed to build wealth in order to feel more confident with money and make financial decisions for the future. The knowledge shared on this webinar is rarely talked about or confronted with the care and attention to the actual needs of women of color.

Mastering Money Management

Without mastering money management nothing matters.  Explore ways to establish a solid foundation and be a true steward of your money - how resources flow in and out of your life, budgeting, setting up accounts, automating payments, automating savings, eliminating debt, and investing.

Shifting From A Conversation Of Saving To A Conversation Of Investing

Saving alone does not build wealth. Your money works for you through investing and the power of compounding and using leverage.  As women, there is so much social conditioning that define investing as a man’s domain. Let’s take back our power and get in the investing game.

Exploring The Wealth Mindset

Engage in personal reflection to uncover filters, unexamined beliefs and assumptions that define our current financial circumstances as women of color.

The ultimate goal is to line up our money choices with our deepest dreams and highest aspirations for ourselves, our families and our community.

About Alicia:

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I was fortunate to have been coached early in life about the path to building wealth. The simple truth I learned at the outset was to move from the consumer mindset of spending to the investor mindset that starts with living below your means and ends with having your savings invested so that your money works for you.  With a wealth building lifestyle --- even while working in the non-profit sector and making only a modest income, I was able to build my wealth and become a self-made millionaire in my early 30’s and financially independent in my early 40’s.  What drives me to do this work is my commitment that women have power--choice, agency, and comfort--in their financial well-being. 

My company, Journey to Wealth, helps women of color to become financially empowered,  achieve financial freedom, and live the life of their dreams.

Six Secrets to Effective, Strategic Networking

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Strategic networking requires a plan, adaptation of networking strategies to further the plan and implementation tactics to round out the process. The six secrets highlight the most important segments of the process.

About Carol:

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Effective Trainer, Supportive Coach, Thought-provoking Speaker

I have spent the last two+ decades fostering the business development skills of professionals, especially lawyers and accountants.

I love my work, because:

  • I consider strategic networking to be the most effective form of personal marketing.

  • I know that any professional ─ introvert, extrovert, ambivert ─ can find a comfortable way to network.

  • I believe that networking is more about focus and attitude, than activity and aptitude.

  • I understand that strategy adds intention to the process, so that networking can become a pathway to personal, career and firm goals.

I am a marketing and management strategist, trainer and business development coach. I work with professionals and professional service firms to structure and implement practical, targeted, strategic programs. Our goal is to increase your success ratio by bringing in business that fuels profitability.

My most recent book, Strategic Networking for Introverts, Extroverts and Everyone In-between (American Bar Association, Law Practice Division, January 2019) forms the basis for a training and coaching program that links business development activities with both personal and firm goals.

My previous book, Build Your Practice the Logical Way – Maximize Your Client Relationships (with Steven Skyles-Mulligan, American Bar Association, First Chair Press, 2012), provides a guide for creating a client-centric practice.

Top Strategies To Leverage Relationships Resulting In Business Success

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Your relationships have lifetime value. Understanding the power and impact of every single meeting and how to leverage your network is key to consistent growth.

Strategies will be shared on how to build and nurture authentic relationships, stay in touch by adding value for others and ask for support and guidance when opportunity strikes.

About Ivy:

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Ivy Slater is a professionally certified business coach, speaker, author and podcast host. After owning and operating a 7-figure printing business, having been in the industry for 20 years, she started Slater Success, which focuses on developing great leaders and facilitating business growth and expansion. Ivy holds masterminds and retreats with her private client base and corporate training on communication and strategic planning. She speaks nationwide on the topics of leadership, sustainable growth and sales.

She is the author of Conquering Your Fear of Money: A Woman's Guide To Business Success, and From The Barre to the Board Room: Choreographing Business Success Through Authentic Relationships. She hosts a weekly podcast, “Her Success Story,” where she interviews gutsy businesswomen and some great men on their success journey.

What Every Woman in a Committed Relationship Should Know About Money Conversations

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Money, along with household chores and children, is one of the most frequently discussed topics in a marriage or domestic partners relationship. This makes sense – you deal with each daily. Yet, financial conversations can be challenging and filled with emotion at times because you and your significant other do not see eye-to-eye… each of you probably have different monetary values and goals. However, healthy money talks may actually strengthen your relationship.

When you and your partner are on the same page about financial matters, you row the boat forward together, instead of pulling it in different directions. Having the same goals will help you make the right decisions for your partnership as you chart your course.

  • Explore your money profiles and how each of you view money uniquely.

  • Understand these variances often can be a good balance in your relationship.

  • Learn to respect each other’s valid opinion though you will assume different roles managing the house and finances.

  • Embrace the power of shared goals and realize they can strengthen your efforts exponentially.

Imagine how strong your marriage can be when you have honesty and transparency about your money.

About Ivy:

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Ivy H. Menchel, CFP®, CBEC®, CDFA®* I Sagemark Consulting

Ivy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, CERTIFIED BUSINESS EXIT CONSULTANT and CERTIFIED DIVORCE FINANCIAL ANALYST®*. She also holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 security registrations and is fully licensed to provide Life and Health Insurance. She is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer (member SIPC) and registered investment advisor. 

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About Carrie:

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Carrie Rattle, MBA, CDFA®, AFC® Candidate I Behavioral Cents®, LLC

Carrie is a MASTER MONEY COACH focusing on money psychology, emotion, and behaviors; and a CERTIFIED DIVORCE FINANCIAL ANALYST ®. Carrie is a 30-year veteran executive with experience that spans banking and credit cards in 2 countries and brokerage in 6.  She studied with both Olivia Mellan, author of 5 critically acclaimed books and Karen McCall, pioneers in the money psychology space since the 1980’s.

*Divorce financial analysis not offered through Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors. 

*Behavioral Cents is a separate entity and is not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. 

Keep Your Day Job While Starting Your Business

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Learn to use the best available resources so you can get it right the first time!

Women comprise an increasingly growing faction of business owners, looking for flexibility, independence, and control. This FREE informational webinar is for women who are aspiring or current business owners, career transitioners, semi-retirees, veterans, and others.

Seeking alternatives to traditional employment? Learn about putting that entrepreneurial spirit to work. There may be a ready-made franchise business that fits your model! We will discuss:

  • What is semi-absentee ownership?

  • Assess if franchise ownership is right for you

  • How to select your optimal concept

  • Opportunities available in your area

  • Funding guidance for a quick ramp-up

About Frank:

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FranNet is franchising’s oldest and most recognizable coaching outfit. Frank Dunne is an area owner, who helps entrepreneurs, executives-in-transition and others explore franchised business ownership, providing counsel on the benefits, costs, and risks of owning a franchised business. Clients are coached through a robust research, and selection process in a safe and professional environment, being navigated through a maze of leading franchise concepts. Utilizing cutting-edge profiling, and 1:1 consultative processes, Mr. Dunne helps match leading franchises that best fit each client's goals, skills, and interests on a no-cost/no-risk basis.

Stepping Into The Confident Expert

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4 Actions to move Coaches and Consultants from The Invisible Expert to The Highly-Paid, Confident Expert

Ready to own your brilliance, make a bigger impact, and make the money you know you deserve?

Imagine waking up in the morning and smiling at your calendar. It is spacious and free; yet, you have a full roster of clients booked. Your business now allows you to serve ideal clients at premium pricing AND do all the things you love to do. You’ve got travel planned and time with the kiddos. You have time to create art and watch the sunset. Your bank account has more than enough money because you are making $10,000 every 30 days. You take 3-day weekends regularly – like very week!

In this signature online training with M. Shannon Hernandez, you will discover…

  • Why your Content Personality™ is your best marketing tool and how to use it to experience more joy and better results in your marketing.

  • The path to building up your confidence in marketing and sales in just four steps. This means no more struggling when it comes time to market and sell your awesome offers.

  • Why compelling offers, priced for profit, and invitation selling will bring you more clients than you have time to work with–and more money to do the things you want to do.

About Shannon:

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M. Shannon Hernandez is not your average entrepreneur. After a 15 year public teaching career, she jumped feet first into her journey as a business owner, and within just a few years, she had built a multi-six figure business.

A sought after expert in the world of content marketing and strategy, Shannon is known globally as the creator of the Content Personality™ Wheel. She is a voice and role model for Thought Leaders around the world, teaching them how to market their innovative ideas in a way that honors who they are and what they believe.

In 2016 Shannon founded The Content Strategy Academy, where she champions and rallies entrepreneurs, teaching them how to market their businesses from a place of intuition and integrity—and create a life they love waking up to every.single.day.

Shannon has been featured on CBS, ABC, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, FOX, and NBC. When she is not speaking and teaching globally, you will find her practicing yoga, snuggling her cat, hiking the hills of central Costa Rica, and whipping up new recipes in her kitchen, with her husband Michael.

To learn more about M. Shannon Hernandez and discover how she can help you market yourself as a Thought Leader in a way that feels good and honors who you are and what you believe, visit www.mshannonhernandez.com/speaking

What to wear and not wear on your next headshot photoshoot

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Is your LinkedIn photo from 10 years ago?
Do you even have a LinkedIn in photo?
Is your image up to date on your website and all your social media?

Your online image is your marketing tool to attract potential employers and ideal clients.

Studies prove you could be losing business or worse getting passed over because you don’t have a headshot that represents the best you.

During this webinar, you will learn:

  • The do’s and don’t of what to wear on camera

  • How to prep before your shoot date

  • How to find the right photographer

  • Why hair and makeup is important

  • How to pull together a style that represents you, your business, and your personal brand to get you noticed for all the right reasons.

Put your best self forward before you show up on camera to get the most from your photoshoot.

About Tania:

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Tania Sterl, founder of Sterl on Style, is a personal wardrobe stylist for female industry leaders in finance, fitness, law, media, and more. She is an eloquent speaker that blends her experience as a fashion designer and image consultant to help make fashion relevant to the real working woman.

In addition to speaking, Tania works with private clients through her wardrobe styling services that range from closet edits and personal shopping, to styling for TV, video and photoshoots. As the “Creative Director for your Image,” Tania, aka Sterl on Style, defines a woman’s unique fashion formula for success that is in tune with her role and her goals, helping her to dress to achieve them.

Happily Moneyed

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How to Manage Your Brain So You Can Feel Better About Money and Have a Blissful Married Life

In this presentation, we’ll

  • Identify the one key reason why couples fight about money – and what to do about it

  • Discuss tips on how to reach your financial goals, even if you and your spouse do not see eye to eye

  • Review practical tips you can start doing regularly to start to feel better about money.

About Jennifer:

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Jennifer Faherty is a CFP®, Certified Life Coach and Founder of Financial Wealth-being. After a decade of working at traditional wealth management firms and helping clients with their personal finances, she saw how saving in 401(k)s, sticking to a budget and making sure your portfolio was diversified could only get you so far. Instead, the missing piece for achieving true financial freedom and wealth lies in changing one’s core beliefs around money. With this key knowledge, Jennifer teaches clients around the country on how to intentionally create new money thoughts to create a wealthier, healthier life. She specializes in helping moms make the right financial decisions for themselves and their families, as well as couples on how to communicate more effectively about money. Visit financialwealthbeing.com.

Elegant Negotiation Strategies for Women: How to Negotiate Even if You Hate Confrontation

Elegant Negotiation Strategies for Women: How to Negotiate Even if You Hate Confrontation

Most people think negotiation is just for salaries, car or home purchases. Not so! When you learn the rules, you quickly realize you can negotiate anything -- landing you the best deals, the best opportunities and the inner confidence that you too can get to yes, while still being authentically yourself.

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How to Change the Networking Narrative

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Success in life is a function of our interpersonal relationships. Networking is a learned skill and does not require the personality of an extrovert. An engaging introductory conversation and exchange of business cards can build meaningful relationships when you  implement a process for  patient and purposeful follow-up. Creating a network of trusted friends and colleagues, who share information, introductions, mentoring will expand your opportunities for you, both personally and professionally.

Learning objectives include:

  • Recognize the process to network effectively.

  • Develop proven strategies to build relationships

  • Implement techniques for using social media to support and grow your network.

About Marguerita:

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Marguerita M. Cheng is the Chief Executive Officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth. Marguerita is a past spokesperson for the AARP Financial Freedom Campaign and a regular columnist for Investopedia & Kiplinger. She is a member of CNBC Digital Financial Advisor Council. She is a CFP® professional, a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM, a Retirement Income Certified Professional® and a Certified Divorce Financial AnalystTM. As a Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) Ambassador, Marguerita helps educate the public, policy makers, and media about the benefits of competent, ethical financial planning. She serves as a Women’s Initiative (WIN) Advocate and member of the Diversity Advisory Group (DAG) for CFP Board. She served on the Financial Planning Association (FPA) National Board of Directors from 2013 – 2015 and is a past president of the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area (FPA NCA)

Rita is a recipient of the prestigious Japanese Monbukagakusho Scholarship. In 2017, she was named the #3 Most Influential Financial Advisor in the Investopedia Top 100 and a Woman to Watch by InvestmentNews.

Marguerita’s mantra is “So many people spend their health to gain wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health” (A.J. Reb Materi).

Buy vs Rent: First time home buyers

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Are you considering buying a home? Is being a home-owner a goal of yours? This webinar is designed for first-time home buyers to consider buying vs renting, but anyone that is thinking about buying a home will benefit from this presentation. We will go through some examples that compare buying vs renting a property.

This webinar will cover:

  • Renting pros and cons
  • Buying pros and cons
  • Expenses associated with renting, buying, and selling
  • When the benefits of owning a home exceed the benefits of renting
  • New tax code

About Karina:

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Karina Sagiev has been in real estate for over 22 years. She combines her responsibilities of managing the company with being a successful real estate broker. Having helped hundreds of clients to find homes, Karina shaped a distinctive Evans customer service approach.

Karina holds an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, speaks fluent Russian and English and some Hebrew.

About Maria:

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As a licensed associate real estate broker at Evans Real Estate Investments, Maria Pogarskaya works with international and local buyers and sellers to execute residential and commercial transactions, as well as working with investors to structure large investment projects. Maria Pogarskaya was previously a client manager at Evans Moscow in Russia, where she headed the sales department, training new agents, working to complete transactions with key clients, and managing all of the firm’s incoming clients. In 2010, Maria Pogarskaya moved to New York to join Evans Real Estate Investments. Since then, she became a top agent of the company. Her client’s portfolio includes but not limited to condo and coops, commercial rentals and sales, townhouses and even houses in suburbs. Maria’s enthusiasm and energy along with deep knowledge of the market and financial experience guarantee client satisfaction at every stage of the transaction. Beyond finding the right property Maria is ready to provide financial analyze, help to apply for mortgage, advise on everything from school to furniture store. Maria Pogarskaya successfully closed the most complicated deals of the company. She is a sincere friend to her clients; she is very professional and always reachable by phone. Maria Pogarskaya holds a master’s degree in economics and management from Moscow State University of Art. Maria speaks Russian and English. Maria is also a Real Estate Licensed Broker in Florida.