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  • 07/22/2016 12:26 PM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Prime Your Body and Mind for Habit Change
    At any given time we, or someone we know is trying to lose weight. For some it is a stubborn few pounds, for others it is much more and has been a lifelong struggle. Scientific research about gut microbiomes are beginning to demonstrate that obesity or overeating is not an individual's fault, as sugar is an addictive substance and has found its way into many commercially-prepared foods. Experts say solving obesity requires a biochemical shift.

    Andrea Laine will introduce us to The Prime, a step-by-step pathway to a biochemical shift in the digestive system. The result is spontaneous weight loss while priming your body for better health and your brain for habit change. The Prime was developed by Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D. an integrative (Ayurveda) neurologist and author of a book by the same name. She was recently interviewed on NPR by the People’s Pharmacy.

    About the facilitator:  As a certified Habit Change Coach, Andrea Laine has been trained by Dr. Chaudhary to support members of The PrimeClub. By July 22 she will have completed The Prime herself. Andrea, founder of Laine Leadership Associates, also coaches individuals new to leadership roles in the non-profit sector.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 06/24/2016 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Be a Winner: Strategies for Career Success

    Whether your goal is to start, change or advance your career you can't win if you don't understand how the game is played.  Linda Conklin will show you how to be a winner in the rapidly changing world of work.

    In the world of career games, whether internally or externally, you really need to understand the rules of the game. Learn to be a star player, leverage your talents and standout in a highly competitive market.

    Linda Conklin is a Career Coach and founder of Careers by Design, focusing on career management and career transition. She is an accomplished presenter and writer and her advice has been featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review. She is the author of Career Coach: Getting the Right Job, Right Now!

    Throughout her career, Linda has held various positions as coach, manager, and consultant. Until recently she was manager of Alumni Career Services for the University of North Carolina's General Alumni Association, where she successfully coached thousands of alumni, from recent graduates to senior executives.

    Linda holds a BS degree in Business from the State University of New York, a M.Ed. in Training and Development from North Carolina State University, and earned her coach certification from the International Coach Federation.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 05/27/2016 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Labels are a Sticky Business

    Julie Mitchell, CoachWalksSM founder, will give a recently re-invented presentation that has "stuck" with her since 1991, when she created it for her corporate client, Avery Dennison.  Labels obscure the truth and point to the truth. We will explore how the words we use (labels) to categorize or describe others may help, hurt, include or exclude. We'll reflect upon the limits of narrow labels and the potential when we look beyond them!

    About the facilitator: Julie Mitchell's clients and colleagues describe her as an effective communication champion, transitional pathfinder, integrative thinker, walking meetings pioneer, speaker, listener, learner, teacher, catalyst, consultant and "more than a coach." She's also a part-time professional musician and an occasional blogger. Unflattering labels have been applied to Julie, too! Always curious about what's next, Julie is on a creative, meandering life path where sometimes she's grounded and other times she's stuck in the muck.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 04/22/2016 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Co-creating an Appreciative Space for Change

    Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a positive, strength-based methodology that seeks to discover the best in people and organizations.  At the core of AI, the principle of Social Construction drives the process for compelling change.  Our words and our interactions are fateful.  We create reality together through our language, stories and relationships.

    During this session, we will dive deeper into this principle and invite conversation regarding how we impact organizational change through dialogue, reframing, and valuing ways to ignite positive change.  We will intersect AI and the work of Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements and demonstrate how our ability to shift perspective and show up is pivotal to change initiatives.

    Recommended pre-reading:  The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

    Mary Beth Schappe is the Founder of The Appreciative Lens, LLC. She has over 20 years experience as a training and organizational development professional. Mary Beth has extensive experience in providing consulting services to corporate and non-profit clients, focusing on achieving collaborative, thriving work environments.  Her focus is leadership-coaching, team development, and change initiatives.

    Allen Keitz, ICF Coach, is the Founder of Keitz & Associates.  He is an award winning and nationally recognized manager and sales leader.  He has worked in the public, private, and educational sectors.  Allen focuses on developing talent and leadership within individuals and transforming cultures to create environments that support appreciative values, leadership, and a growth mindset in organizations.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 03/25/2016 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    True Secrets to Habit Change
    Friday, March 25th - 8:30-10:30 AM - (near Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham)

    Are you tired of making decisions all day long?  Have you made up your mind to change something only to find it lapsing after a few days?
    The important thing is to know ourselves and to choose the strategies that work for us.

    Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. We repeat about 40% or our behavior almost daily so our habits change our existence and our future.

    In her new book Better Than Before:  What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits  Gretchen Rubin explores the value of habits, and how you can create, modify or discontinue them in a manner that suits you.  “Be Gretchen” is her motto throughout the book while encouraging others to "be themselves."

    Fay Krapf holds an MS in Organizational Behavior and, for over 20 years, has provided coaching in career development and career transitions for mid- to senior-level professionals.  She also makes pottery in her new retirement chapter. As an avid “personal growth” junkie, Fay was inspired by hearing Gretchen Rubin on the People’s Pharmacy podcast December 31, 2015, especially when she discovered she could create or change habits “her way."

    Debbie Laxer has 25+ years in the field of organizational development and design.  She holds an MBA and SPHR certification.  Debbie is entering her encore career where she is focusing solely on business coaching. Debbie is a habitual "habit maker and breaker" and is inspired to make the right habits guide her every day.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 02/26/2016 9:44 PM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
    What Does PXT Measure for You? Come Hear 'Dr. Hope' Give Us Her View - Friday, February 26th - 8:30-10:30 AM - (near Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham)
    Hope Hills, PhD
    , of Circle Consulting Group
    will be presenting from her favorite set of assessments - The PXT and Pathways Planner from Profiles International, which has recently been bought by Wiley. The PXT is an excellent instrument for hiring, succession planning, team development and management coaching. It includes assessments of learning styles, key behaviors, and interests.  The PXT is also the base for the Pathways Planner, developed for career and transition coaching.  She will present how she is uses the Pathways Planner and review the methods for understanding and using the learning, behavioral and interest segments with clients. She became connected with Profiles when it was recommended to her for having the best 360 (Checkpoint 360) which she has been using successfully for over 20 years.

    Hope has been successfully engaged in helping C-suite executives and High Potential Leaders and their teams become measurably more successful since 1991, when she joined Farr Associates, in Greensboro.  She started her own consulting business, Circle Consulting Group, LLC in 1998. She has coached at least 24 CEOs and owners in Fortune 50-100, Non-profit, and Family businesses.

    She has led a number of non-profits and taught in three Doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology: University of Missouri, Wisconsin and Marquette.  At Missouri, she founded the Multicultural Counseling Program and International Students’ Organization. One of her Korean students (1990) recently asked her to come to Korea to speak. That resulted in a trip to S. Korea and China this past October.  Her last teaching “gig” was in the MBA program at Marquette University teaching Organizational Behavior.

    On a personal level, Hope has had 9 foster children and adopted one of them. She plays the cello and has been married to a symphony French Horn Player for 18 years (after meeting on!!)  She was the president of the Durham Symphony and is a published author.  She and Dave live in Durham with their cat, Snickers and dog, Lexi.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 01/29/2016 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Levels of Involvement AND "Change Transition Curve"

    Chris Williams of Interaction Associates will be giving us a taste of two exciting business models -- "levels of involvement" AND "change transition curve:"

    In order to achieve 'maximum appropriate involvement,' a leader must first (1) be clear about the decision to be made, and then (2) decide how much to involve key stakeholders in the decisions. To build trust, it is critical that leaders be transparent about power dynamics within a group, including how involved employees are in decision making. Come explore your default involvement preference, factors to consider, and learn and practice a powerful framework for seeing maximum appropriate involvement without giving up control of a business decision.

    Having a great idea will likely not be enough to win the support necessary for implementation.  Stakeholders may seem resistant to what you believe is a novel and great idea. Innovation is about new and potentially disruptive ideas – and the subsequent change associated with them.  Come learn and discuss about the emotional and complex transition process we experience in change. To manage transitions well requires an awareness and appreciation of the "change transition curve."

    Chris William’s experience includes work in operations, recruiting, and complex research. He has supported senior-level executives in a variety of industries including economic development, government contracting, and strategy consulting.  Chris holds a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He has done pro bono work with The Interaction Institute for Social Change, Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity Boston

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 12/04/2015 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Big 2015 AH-HA for You? Annual Tips & Tricks Exchange    Friday, December 4th [Nov/Dec DATE] - 8:30-10:30 AM - (near Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham)

    This is our annual SIG Holiday TIPS & TRICKS EXCHANGE and the agenda is one that we have had for fifteen years. We gather to share something that has impacted us either professionally or personally during the year. 

    We ask that you bring a book, a tip, a technique, a brain-friendly recipe, a picture, a poem, a great quote, or anything else that has inspired, pleased or touched you in the past year. If it has been surprisingly successful that's even better.

    You can share your tip or trick with the group by telling us about it and/or making copies for everyone. We've found this to be one of our best programs - always full of surprises
    and a real GIFT to all of us!

    NOTE: Vote at 11/13 FEED YOUR BRAIN program was to feed ours after 12/4 SIG. Feel free to join us at nearby restaurant open for lunch.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 11/13/2015 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
    FEEDING YOUR BRAIN #2 - Update & Follow-up (How did you do?)  Friday, November 13th [DATE CHANGED from 10/23]  - 8:30-10:30 AM - (near Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham)

    After the awesome information that Fay Krapf and Hope Hills put together for our March 27th program, along with input from Marguerite Lawn and Mary Charles, about neurological brain research going on, especially in the area of using food to improve memory, change auto-immune disease quality-of-life, lose weight, and other good things, the attendees voted to do a follow-up program in October.

    Fay Krapf, Marguerite Lawn, Hope Hills PhD,  and Mary Charles Blakebrough will be pooling their collective experience and new information with food plans, coconut oil, Tapping, and extensive reading of books, blogs, and attending online Summits with leading experts. New books and research since March will be reviewed.

    Join us for a discussion of how we could change our clarity, productivity, and outlook using current research and experience. Bring along anything you have discovered to add to our brain food "stone soup."

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 10/09/2015 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Changing from Valuables to VALUES - An Introduction to Legacy Letters  --  October 9th  [DATE CHANGED due to BIG RAIN from 10/2] - 8:30-10:30 AM - (near Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham)

    A Legacy Letter, also called an Ethical Will, shares your values, beliefs, and life lessons – the essence of who you are – with your family, friends, and future generations who may never meet you.  It bequeaths your values instead of your valuables, and is becoming increasingly attractive to today’s “Greatest Generation” and their Baby Boomer children. 

    A Legacy Letter is typically between two and ten pages, although it can be as short as a paragraph or as long as a book.  Whatever length or format, your Legacy Letter will most certainly become a cherished keepsake. One of her favorite descriptions of a Legacy Letter is “a love letter from the voice of your heart.”

    During her presentation, Katrina Solomon will explore the topics of legacy and Legacy Letters, as well as facilitate several exercises that can start you on the journey of writing your own legacy letter.

    After several years exploring various facets of legacy, Katrina Solomon became a Certified Legacy Navigator* in 2015.  Prior to founding A Personal Legacy (learn about her in her Legacy Letter there), she was a professional organizer and personal productivity coach for 15 years.  Katrina has also held marketing, staff and management positions at IBM and was a stay-at-home mom for several years.  Her three books, The Big Rocks First, How My Dishwasher Turned into a Lexus, and Multitasking Makes You Stupid, are available on  Katrina lives in Greensboro.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

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