April 4, 2017 :: Sally Strackbein :: Stories Leaders Tell :: Great Leaders are Great Communicators

Great leaders are great communicators. Do you know the key to great communication? Stories! Scientific studies show that stories help us understand and remember concepts and facts. Human brains expect information to be delivered in stories. That’s why fables, stories and literature have stood the test of time. Parents tell the story of “The Boy who Cried Wolf” when they want their children to learn the importance of not lying or playing tricks. Leaders who inspire people to action use the power of story to persuade, connect and motivate. Sally Strackbein will cover some of the types of stories that you can tell to be a more credible, more charismatic, and more convincing leader.

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Sally Strackbein inspires people to discover, clarify and express their value through speaking, writing and storytelling. Her presentations, workshops, and coaching help her clients create and deliver messages that motivate, educate, or sell.

Sally Strackbein
Defining Story

March 7, 2017 :: Myron Radio :: Breakthrough Thinking :: The Key to Leadership Success

Breakthrough Thinking: The Key to Leadership Success is a highly interactive and thought-provoking session that will test your “conventional” thinking about what it takes to be a leader in this rapidly changing, sometimes disruptive & dysfunctional world of business.  One simple model will be used to break the paradigms of the past a provide an alternative path forward along your Leadership Journey.

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ABOUT Myron:

Myron J. Radio is a five-time author and President of The R Group, a consortium of seasoned professionals who specialize in Leadership and Organizational – Change, Transitions and Transformations.

Myron is recognized as an energetic speaker, facilitator, team builder and executive coach with over 5,000 coaching sessions to his credit. His clients represent a broad range of global Fortune 500 companies and industries as well as mid-cap and startup organizations.  Prior to founding The R Group, Myron was an executive with Mobil Corporation, now ExxonMobil.

His latest eBook is LEADERSHIP FIT – Finding the Right Leadership Fit for you.  He has also published several articles on “how to” engage and align the workforce to achieve the organization’s Strategic Imperatives.

Myron J. Radio
President, The R Group

February 7, 2017 :: Margery Leveen Sher :: Notice What You See :: The Key to Leadership

Notice What You See: The Key to Leadership is an entertaining and thought-provoking session filled with strategies for leadership, team-building, communications, and increasing productivity. Noticing means mindfulness, in terms of being alert and focused. Margery’s presentation is based on academic research, particularly the work of Dr. Ellen Langer of Harvard, but it is imparted in a memorable fashion. Participants learn to Notice “zippers”, “broccoli”, and Human Idiosyn-Crazies ™, and convert this awareness into keys for leadership and productivity.

In the Spring 2016 issue of Canadian Manager magazine, Margery notes in her article How Getting a Lot Done Can Get in the Way of Major Success: “Most of us go through the day checking off items on a to-do list or a calendar. We keep our heads down and plough ahead. Well we might get ‘a lot done’ but we are definitely missing the bigger picture. And it is the bigger picture that leads to disruption, innovation, creativity, and enhanced productivity.” To see the bigger picture, you must learn to Notice.


ABOUT Margery:

Margery Leveen Sher is Founder and Chief Noticing Officer of The Did Ya Notice? Project™. Margery is a speaker, writer, entrepreneur, and executive who has had a long consulting career working with multinational corporations and government agencies. She blogs at www.DidYaNotice.com and for The Huffington Post. She has published a book on corporate-supported child care and numerous articles on various aspects of work-life balance. Margery’s latest book is The Noticer’s Guide to Living and Laughing….Change Your Life Without Changing Your Routine. Margery has an MEd in Developmental Psychology from Rutgers University.

Margery Leveen Sher
Chief Noticing Officer, The Did Ya Notice? Project

January 3, 2017 :: Glenn Garnes :: The Art of Connection:: Becoming a Live Streaming Social Influencer

One very important component of leadership is the ability to influence others.   Today’s live streaming technologies afford incredible opportunities to quickly create credibility, trust and influence. Learning how to harness the power of technology to deliver informative content should be part of any serious business professional’s business growth strategy.

In this session, Glenn Garnes will help attendees explore and appreciate powerful live streaming technologies to enhance their ability to attract clients, referral sources, and new opportunities in their careers and in their businesses.

Attendees will leave this session with a greater appreciation for:

  • The importance of being an originator of content;
  • How to turn live streaming platforms into lead generation tools, and;
  • How to use them to nurture a network of contacts for long term success.

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ABOUT Glenn:

Glenn Garnes is the founder of Village Connector Community where he helps others reach their full potential through personal development. Glenn left the practice of law approximately 12 years ago to find his true calling. He has done that by combining his love for personal development and technology into a business that changes lives.

Glenn now works with speakers, coaches, authors, educators and wellness professionals to create online courses, events, and other content designed to attract people committed to self-help and self-education.

The Village Connector Community production facilities include two full TV production studios, a radio studio, and an event venue all designed to help people expand their minds and their opportunities in the process.

To find out more about who Glenn is seeking to work with, please visit www.JustExperts.com. You can also reach Glenn using any of the following:

Glenn Garnes
(301) 776-1490 ext. 1

December 6, 2016 :: Julie Jakopic :: Understanding Leadership Preferences

During our upcoming SOAR breakfast, Julie Jakopic will share a model for understanding leadership preferences and how to use them to effectively work with others.

Leaders and managers, whether in a fluid or volatile environment, must effectively communicate and inspire their team. This is critical to achieving shared goals. And it’s not just about our teams. It’s also about building relationships and successful business development through relationship marketing. As small business owners and leaders, its imperative we learn to communicate effectively and efficiently with our potential clients, those we currently work with and our colleagues.

This will be an interactive and fun experience. Julie will be sharing a quick and easy tools to help understand and work with those around us. We will have a chance to play with the tools and learn to use them in our work.

Julie is the President of iLead Strategies and the host of the Don’t Await It, Create It, [www.DontAwaitCreate.com] women’s leadership conference.


Julie Jakopic has been helping leaders succeed since she tutored her friends in math in third grade. Today, Julie is one of the nation’s top organizational and leadership development consultants and coaches.

A Social Alchemist who’s shared the stage with luminaries like President Obama and change agent Neale Donald Walsch, Julie’s on a mission to help build the new paradigm of business where leaders thrive at home and at work. Julie created her signature Don’t Await It, Create It System to help visionaries transform possibilities into probabilities.
A social psychologist by training, Julie works with leaders and their teams to get clear about what they want and design strategies and build relationships to  get there.  After leading organizations in the non-profit public and corporate sectors, Julie created iLead Strategies  to help leaders create workplaces that work for the people who work there, deliver outstanding results for customers and drive real impact in the world.

Author of Planning for Results, a nationally recognized strategic planning tool, and creator of the Don’t Await It, Create It framework and event, Julie gets rave reviews as a speaker, coach, facilitator, and strategist known for her pragmatic and optimistic approach. Clients credit her ability to not only build and grow their own leadership skills, but also her uncanny understanding of how to help executives develop and strengthen the talent beneath them.

Twitter: @ileadstrat
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iLeadStrategies
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/juliejakopic/

November 1, 2016 :: Carole Stizza :: Leadership and Feedback: The relationship of receiving and giving: How to make it work both ways

Feedback is touted as a pivotal tool in gaining performance insights at every level and research has solidified the value of using feedback as an engagement tool for leaders throughout an organization. However, the challenge is that those who receive feedback ultimately control how effective the feedback is interpreted into results.
For example: If you’ve ever left a feedback session feeling as if the experience was not helpful, then you left wondering how to integrate that feedback into forward motion and may not have actually done anything different. In contrast, if the feedback you received was nothing but positive, then you may have left wondering what or why to pursue improving and moved forward maintaining your status quo.

The reality is, if all feedback drove positive change, then we wouldn’t be reading titles such as ‘the performance appraisal is dead’, ‘If everyone hates feedback, why provide it?’, and other titles that undermine the value of good feedback practices. So what’s the secret?

Perhaps we have been focusing on the wrong thing?

Join us on Tuesday, November 1st for:

  • An interactive look into Feedback as a Leadership tool
  • Explore specific steps to make feedback sessions productive at every level
  • Walk away with tools to use with your organization and clients








Carole Stizza, SHRM-SCP, founder of Success (SXCS) Collective offers insights into engagement issues for leaders across organizations. In support of a military family for over two decades, she has launched, grown, and relocated businesses across the United States and resonates with the hurdles experienced by leaders when employing multiple generations, cultures, and backgrounds while striving for healthy, productive organizations. Relocating across the U.S. presented a wealth of industry exposure, to include the needs of personnel in marketing, travel and tourism, sales, training, instructional design, food technology, and non-profits. These experiences, combined with degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Human Resources, and MBTI facilitation, allows SXCS Collective to fuse ideas into solutions while also recognizing their impact on personnel.

To discover other services offered, please visit www.sxcscollective.com or connect directly: carole@sxcscollective.com

October 4, 2016 :: Jane Lovas :: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Whether you think you are or not, you are a fantastic storyteller. You’ve been telling yourself stories all of your life. Positive stories, negative stories, stories you’re aware of and others you’re not. They’re all running in the background directing your life. This is for you if you want to grow your business, attract the perfect clients or increase your productivity. What are your stories and how are they affecting your life?  How do you identify them and change or expand them? What if you could change your stories and (subsequently) change your life?  You can! In this session you will:

  • Recognize a story that is negatively impacting your life or your business
  • Write (draft), Publish, Direct and Act (inner; virtually) in your new story
  • Discover how to overcome your resistance to rehearsing your new story and the importance of being detached from the outcome



Jane — consultant, thought leader, author, and speaker — helps leaders create the transformation that is required to foster profitability and business growth. As a Consultant, Jane is focused on creating a shift in the paradigm of how businesses do business. She has created Sage Discernment™ and Strategic Transformation.  Two programs which are centered around creating transformation and innovation in organizations. Transformation is a process not an event. A known speaker, Jane tailors her messages to her clients and audiences using personal stories that are delivered with wit and humor. Jane has a Master’s of Science in Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University and a BS in Information Systems from Park University in Parkville, MO. She has consulted to companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Washington Mutual Inc., Fannie Mae, Nextel Communications, Neustar and XO Communications where she has a proven track record of successfully transforming failing projects while improving morale, communication, and team cohesiveness. Jane is the author of Put Your Big Girl Panties On and Kick Your Fears in the Ass, and Co-Author of Seen and Sustained: Best Practices in Communication that Increase the Visibility of Small and Diverse Businesses. Contact Jane via email at jlovas@lovasconsulting.com or at 703.981.3157. For more information on Jane check out her website www.lovasconsulting.com or read her blog at www.blog.lovasconsulting.com.  Follow Jane on twitter at www.twitter.com/jlovas.

September 13, 2016 :: Elise Fee :: When Leading is a Challenge: Learning to Shift your State

No matter how many leadership qualities you embody, there are times when a situation gets the best of you. Surely you’ve experienced a time when your internal state is stressed or anxious, when you’re feeling threatened or criticized, and you aren’t able to think clearly or respond appropriately. It’s happened to all of us at some point or another.

But what if you had a secret weapon that you could employ in times like these — a tool that would help you feel safe, empowered, clear, and would enable you to respond the way you know is best?

Elise will teach you several tools and techniques that you’ll practice on-the-spot so that you are prepared to handle whatever situations life brings you…calmly, cool-ly, and compassionately.

You’ll discover and practice:

  • How to feel safe and peaceful in any situation
  • How not to take-on negative attitudes or issues, unless you choose to
  • How to activate your personal power before any situation (including public speaking)

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Elise Fee is an Accelerated Breakthrough Coach, Speaker and Published Author. She helps successful executives whose careers and lives look amazing from the outside, but who are secretly waiting for the other shoe to drop. They’re feeling uncertain, confused, and like they’re letting their team or family down.

Elise works with clients to create a new lease on life through her Shift into THRIVE™ Coaching Program. With the ability to guide clients through challenging shifts, she brings to bear a breadth of skills in Coaching, Personal Development, Leadership, Behavior Modification, Communication, and Change Management.

Her background and experience run the gamut from small private businesses to large public corporations, and include nonprofit and local government clients. Elise also served in US Army Reserves for 8 years.

Her credentials include: SWaM Certified, Certified Mentor/Trainer; Certified Hypnotherapist; Bucknell University, BA; University of NC – Greensboro, MBA, cum laude.

If you’d like a complimentary 30-minute Discovery Session with Elise, go to www.EliseOnLife.com/Insights, complete the questionnaire, and email it to Elise at Elise@EliseOnLife.com.


August 2, 2016 :: Mali Phonpadith :: How to Market Yourself as a Thought Leader

Having a presence in your local business community and among your peers is wonderful if you’re actively networking and forging strong personal relationships with other leaders. Trying to create a presence for yourself as a thought leader in your industry that extends beyond your existing network or even your company’s brand can open up greater opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Marketing yourself as a thought leader with the appropriate audience can help when seeking funding, promoting new products, landing speaking opportunities, forging new partnerships, and so on…

When you’re just starting out or in building mode, hiring a PR firm is not always in the budget. We’ll discuss:

• 5 steps of becoming a thought leader in your industry
• Several ways to deliver value-added content to customer and prospects
• Tips and strategies that will help get your name out there without breaking the bank

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Mali Phonpadith is the Founder & CEO of SCN (SOAR Community Network), author, speaker, marketing strategist, podcaster and the Executive Producer of Tea with Mali Cable TV Show.

Mali has over 19 years of marketing, sales, and business development experience. Mali also ran a financial services practice for seven years where she created and implemented risk management strategies for hundreds of clients.

Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com,  Advisor Today Magazine, Asian Fortune Newspaper, WJLA DC, Radio Free Asia, WHUR Radio, Voice of America, Intentful Magazine and numerous blog talk radio programs have featured her work and journey.

As the Founder and CEO of the SOAR Community Network, Mali leads a dedicated consortium of business experts in helping small and mid-sized businesses expand their market reach by operating as their virtual marketing and IT department.
Contact Information:

Mali Phonpadith
Twitter: @SOARwithSCN

July 5, 2016 :: Victor Cora Nazario :: Aligning Technology Services with Your Business Goals

Small business owners and their leadership team have a myriad of things to consider when running a company in this current environment. Technology trends change with every tick of the clock and these days, having an online presence also means automatically being a considered global business.

How can business owners and their executive team make the right choices when it comes to selecting technology services that best meet corporate goals, support consumer needs, protect organizational/client intel and create efficiencies to save time and money?

During this facilitated discussion you will:

  • Get an overview of technology for business
  • Learn the 3 pillars of technology
  • Strategies for selecting the appropriate Apps based on your unique business goals
  • Collectively as a group, come up with a list of best apps for small businesses



Victor Cora Nazario is the COO & vCIO of SCN (SOAR Community Network).

Victor’s career extends beyond 20 years, starting with his technical experience as an Airman with the United States Air force. Within that timeframe, he has successfully managed teams of technology experts at Grunley Construction Company, Inc., Fair Labor Association, and Argy Technology Services. His responsibilities included managing IT infrastructure needs, budgets, vendor relations, and help desk support teams for small and midsize businesses

Today, Victor oversees SCN’s day-to-day operations and works with clients as their lead technology strategist and virtual CIO.

Contact Information:
Victor Cora Nazario
Email: victor@soarcommunitynetwork.com

June 7, 2016 :: Lowell Nerenberg :: An Inquiry into How Being Human Gets in the Way of Good Leadership

Lowell suggests that cultivating one’s awareness is necessary for developing leadership and management effectiveness. Awareness in this context includes self-awareness of one’s basic five senses plus memories, intuition, emotions, judgments and more. Also needed is accounting for the same types of reactions in others.

There are several ways of learning and practicing these skills and they primarily depend on us being mindful of ourselves and our surroundings and our automatic, unconscious tendency to being reactive.

You might say that we humans are, for the most part, hard wired action-reaction machines. And you would be generally correct. Thankfully, a part exists in us all which we can call upon to intervene when necessary and create preferable results.

Lowell will lead us in inquiries and experiments with these awareness raising qualities, so that we may become better at creating desired results with more personal intention.

Takeaways include:

  • Become skilled at noticing your negative auto-pilot tendency before taking the action
  • Learn to open your spectrum of awareness and sense things you were previously unaware of
  • Learn to allow yourself to more readily accept others’ poor behavior, once you realize they are simply hard-wired that way
  • Develop the practice of letting go of negatively judging another personDevelop the practice of letting go of negatively judging yourself



For the past 10 years Lowell (“Coach Lowell”) Nerenberg has been an executive leadership and management coach, mentor, and consultant. He is committed to helping leaders achieve profound and enduring breakthroughs in leadership and management awareness, competence, and effectiveness.

Lowell founded and led Mid-Atlantic region-based Computer Graphics Distributing Company (CGD) for eleven years, during which CGD became #144 on the Inc. 500 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America. After co-founding a similar distribution firm in New England, Lowell sold CGD in a merger and roll-up with five other regionals to form a national distribution company. Later the same year the merged group issued an IPO on NASDAQ and soon thereafter acquired Lowell’s New England-based company.

In many ways, CGD was unique in the technology distribution world. It was inspired by a powerful shared purpose and guided by core values and principles. An article about the company, “How I Built a National Firm with Culture and Purpose,” appeared in the Baltimore and Washington editions of SmartCEO magazine at bit.ly/CGDmyturn.

In addition to his experience as a CEO, investor, and entrepreneur, Lowell has had extensive training and experience in advanced interpersonal communications, neuroscience, mindful leadership, stress reduction, human potential, emotional awareness and intelligence, and other advanced approaches to enhancing one’s performance and alignment with others.

Lowell is a graduate of Temple University. He and his wife, Bev, live in the DC area, and have two sons and three grandchildren.