Making a positive difference


Inspirational Keynotes


Monday, June 8, 2015   7:30 p.m.

Opening Celebrations with Rev Diane Venzera

Diane Venzera is the Chair of the Board of Unity Worldwide Ministries. She is a Certified Spiritual Educator, Licensed Unity Teacher and an Ordained Unity Minister with a focus in Youth & Family Ministry. She has worked in Youth & Family Ministry for the past 20 years, including serving in the role of Executive Director of Spirit’s Light Foundation, a 501 (c)3 corporation.

She also serves as the youth and family ministry consultant for both the Great Lakes and Eastern Regions. As the Regional Consultant, Diane serves over 200 churches by consulting with and training the Youth & Family ministry teams. Diane is passionate about being an advocate for children and teens and for creating and developing materials and programs that assist them in recognizing their own Divine nature.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015   7:30 p.m.

Keynote: Gregg Levoy

Gregg Levoy is the author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life­­—rated among the “Top 20 Career Publications” by the Workforce Information Group and the forthcoming Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion.
Along with being an award winning writer, Gregg is a fulltime lecturer and seminar-leader in the business, educational and human-potential arenas. You’ll undoubtedly find his engaging style and unique insights of value for your life.

Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion

    Passion is a concept that’s talked about a lot in the leadership, business, and career arenas---employee engagement, mission statements, finding a calling. But passion is much bigger (and deeper) than what happens M-F 9-5. It’s a life skill, a mindset---a stance---that helps bring vitality to all our engagements: work life, family life, school life, spiritual life, love life, creative life, and social life.
    Passion is the impulse toward growth and aliveness, and not only helps awaken us from the trances and torpors of daily life, but is a survival mechanism, because our attachment to life depends on our interest in it.
    This presentation (lecture and hands-on workshop) is about what inspires passion and what defeats it, how we lose it and how we get it back---both for ourselves and those on whose behalf we work. It’s not just about finding a passion, but living passionately. Not just passion as a place we get to, but a place we come from, whether in the arenas of creativity and self-expression, service and spirituality, adventure and discovery, or relationship.
    Some of the principles we’ll explore:
    * Passion can be cultivated. Turned on as well as turned off. And this happens most readily at the level of the gesture and the moment, not the five-year plan.
    * Passion is in the risk. In the willingness to step from the sidelines onto the playing field.
    * Passion breeds passion and disinterest breeds disinterest. If we lack passion in our own lives, our other relationships will be denied that energy---our partnerships, friendships, communities, classrooms, corporations and congregations.
    * Passion isn't just exuberance, it's endurance. It's sometimes shoulder-to-the-wheel stamina and patience on the order of years.
    * Passion is intimately related to health. To the degree passion is vitality, honoring our passions enhances our vitality.

“Gregg Levoy offers a discerning eye for peering into one’s life to translate the recurring symptoms of refusing the inner voices, to gather the courage to answer what calls”
— Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD, author of Women Who Run with the Wolves


Thursday, June 10, 2015   9:00 a.m.

Keynotes: Thomas White and Daniel Lobb

Thomas White and Daniel Lobb are from TRP Enterprises Inc. (Totally Responsible Person.)
Servant Leadership is at the heart of TRP. And we began discovering its challenges long before it was a popular leadership topic.
In a sense we were forced to deal with its challenges because of our own limitations, human limitations such as: “How can we effectively serve others without ourselves—our own ‘brokenness’ and egos—getting in the way?”
In our understanding and approach to servant leadership, we take for granted that most of us want to make a difference, to leave the world a little better than we found it. Most of us at least want to have a positive impact on the people around us, especially on those for whom we care most. We want to succeed in our families and careers. But how?
So TRP begins with the end in mind—service to others—and works backwards: How do we best serve? The TRP core concepts, taught in our workshops, provide practical insights and skills to more effectively serve others. These practices and strategies provide the mindset and skill to serve from a place of true empowerment. These core practices include—
·    Recognizing and becoming more aware of our Moments of Choice.
·    Recognizing that Character is formed precisely at these moments of choice: Will we choose to Respond or React?
·    Recognizing that if we desire to serve others—to empower them to be “all they can be,” we cannot Rescue or Enable them.
·    Recognizing that the best way to serve others, to deal with the victim in others, is to release the Victim in ourselves entirely, and to become the Totally Responsible Person. This points to the critical importance of setting a good example, modeling what we teach, and practicing what we preach.
·    Recognizing that we all learn and grow from Feedback whether from other people or situations. And so we all need to learn to receive and give feedback effectively. This is a gift, and nothing to fear. This is best accomplished by releasing all victim thinking—all insecurities and fears—and simply learning to “stand under” whatever feedback we receive; to pause and consider it, to learn from it rather than reacting or arrogantly dismissing it.
·    Recognizing that to be of service to others, we need emotional intelligence, self-control and sound character. These traits can be consciously developed—and become far easier—once we’ve let go of the Victim within. We believe this is more than half the battle.
The “3 A’s” of TRP Servant Leaders
·    Aware: emotionally intelligent, empathic, agenda-free.
·    Assertive: purposeful, proactive, intentional. Not fearful to “tell it like it is.”
·    Authoritative: “authority” based on character, values and true service (not position); lead by example; empower others to be better.


Thursday, June 10, 2015  7:30pm

Keynote: Wayne Muller

Wayne Muller is an executive leadership mentor, therapist, minister, community advocate, consultant, public speaker and bestselling author of Legacy of the Heart and Sabbath, among others. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he has spent the last thirty-five years working with people suffering abuse, alcoholism, poverty, illness and loss. Wayne listens primarily for what is beautiful, strong, and true within us, to learn to find nourishment as our lives unfold in new, unexpected directions.

In addition to collaborating with individuals in significant life changes, Wayne consults with numerous community organizations, educational institutions and healthcare corporations. He is the founder of Bread for the Journey – a network of ordinary people who engage in grassroots, neighborhood philanthropy through micro-grants. He has served as Senior Scholar at the Fetzer Institute, is an Extended Faculty at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and has received numerous awards for his work with those in need.

Muller co-founded The Institute of the Southwest with his wife and colleague, Kelly Wendorf. The Institute is an elegantly simple, successful, and sought-after training center dedicated to liberating individuals' natural wisdom, collaborative success, leadership, sustainable systems, and flourishing enterprises built to a human scale.


Friday, June 11, 2015   9:00 a.m.




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