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Friday Morning

Our Program Meeting Emcee

Name: Lili Korbuly-Johnson

Meeting Theme:  Creativity

Favorite Quote:  "Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected." -- William Piomer

Brief Bio:  Lili is a first generation American who made the leap from full-time employee to full-time entrepreneur, after six years of planning. She knows what it's like to be challenged to the Nth degree in a bad environment, as well as the euphoria of creating your own schedule. She's a certified life coach focusing on business success, loves speaking other languages, hanging out with her husband Norm, and getting into mischief with her worm composting bin. Worms are her children. She also has a Youtube channel which she hopes will one day be the main way people seek her out for coaching.

Our 4 Main Speakers

Kris Kovalik

4-6 min. Ice Breaker

Speech Title:

How to Get to Know Someone in Six Minutes or Less!

Description:

We meet so many people in our day to day interactions.  How do you really get to know someone in a short period of time?   Kris Kovalik will be talking about how to get to the heart of who someone is in a brief amount of time, and become known as a brilliant conversationalist!

Learning Objectives: 

  • What kind of questions can you ask to really get to know someone?
  • How do you really listen to someone talk without letting your own bias come into play? 
  • How can you be known as someone people want to get to know?

Brief Bio:

Kris Kovalik lives in the western suburbs with her husband Robert and the ghosts of her three departed sons (they just went to college, they didn't pass away). She lives, eats, breaths, sleeps real estate, and in her spare time, teaches cardio classes and loves to golf.

Julie Nekola

10-15 min. Keynote

Speech Title:

Grow Your Business With a Personal Assistant

Description:

Business owners typically want to grow their businesses but may be limited by time and money.  The volume of work involved can be overwhelming: marketing, selling, networking, financials, CRMs, tracking social media.  One strategy for cutting through the pile of work that “should” be done is to enlist the help of a part-time assistant so that you can focus on what you got into business to do.  A virtual assistant (VA) can keep you up to date and won’t cost you nearly as much as you anticipate.

Learning Objectives:

• Learn what a virtual assistant does.

• Understand the benefits of using a virtual assistant’s services.

• Learn how to find a virtual assistant.

• Get a sense for the variety of work a VA can do. 

Brief Bio:

Julie Nekola recently began a new career chapter about the same time her peers started retiring. She’s always been an entrepreneurial “wannabe” and has had several businesses in the past. Even though they didn’t all work out, she kept trying and is finally enjoying the fruits of her labor through her latest venture as a virtual assistant.

“I like the independence of having my own business, she says. “I work just as much as I would at a job, but I have more freedom of choice. I can choose the clients I work with and the projects I work on. The type of work I do is needed in a large number of businesses, so I have the pleasure of meeting, working with and learning from a variety of businesses and people.”

Charlie Kundinger

5-7 min. "How To" Demo 

Speech Title: 

Backyard Bee Hives!

Description:

Start your new venture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about one of nature's most remarkable animal cultures.
  • Learn how pheromones' magic keeps the bees a-hummin'.
  • Learn about a hobby that keeps on giving. 

Brief Bio:

Over many years, Charlie Kundinger learned that to work through transitions, he had to take risks and act, move forward, if he was to realize dreams and grow.  After retiring from his home remodeling business of thirty-five years, he took a risk and transitioned to a children’s author.  He published Wyatt’s Big Day and its message of choosing courage over fear.  This book can provide parents with opportunities to address their children’s fears through reading, discussing, and sharing fears.  This process can teach children how to build courage-behaviors that will help them throughout life.

Transitions will always be a part of our life ,so choose courage over fear and enrich your life.

Don Roden

15-30 min. workshop

Speech Title:

Trees Are Like People and People Are Like Trees or You Will Never Look At A Tree Or People The Same Way Again.

Description:

Woodturning is a beautiful art form that can be functional as well as creative. Taking a piece of wood and exposing the inner beauty is something to behold.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the tree and what it presents.
  • Learning the nuances of the wood.
  • Appreciating the craftsmanship that goes into creating a piece of art.

Brief Bio: 

Don has been in the woodshop since he was 4 years old and working with his dad and power tools from that age. He still has all ten fingers, and after retiring from the Air Force 24 years ago has been honing his craft of woodturning.