"WE Lead"

A Workshop Series for

Ambitious Women Leaders

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What to expect from this intimate, interactive 4-part series:

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Enhance and improve your brand. Learn the things you can do to ensure that your image is aligned with what you and your organization values. 

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Learn the tools to improve your negotiation skills, be more assertive, and reach your goals by creating healthier relationships with money and work. 

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Be your best self. You will learn ways to optimize your health to improve performance in both work and life.

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Learn about your unique behavioral style and how to apply this knowledge to "be heard", increase productivity and reduce potential employee conflict. This will include a DISC Profile that will need to be completed prior to the workshop.

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"When I look back at key moments that changed my life - this will be one."

"What I loved most, is that this workshop didn’t focus on our roles in this industry - it focused on our roles as driven, ambitious women. I was able to take these presentations, and these skills, and the courage from other women to find my own power & strength."

"I laughed, I cried, and I grew."

"I needed to hear this information."

"Super amazing."

Here are what previous participants have shared:

INTERACTIVE 4-PART SERIES

ONLINE EVENT

8:00-10:00 a.m. PST each Friday

September 11, 2020

How to Uncover your Brand Message…then What?

Lisa Jane Vargas and Emily Soccorsy are teaming up to talk about your brand. Your message is not what people want to hear, it’s what your heart has to say to the world. Dive deeply into the soil of your soul during this session to uncover a simple, unexpected and emotional message that’s compelling, memorable and a mighty attractant for your business. You’ll never think of your brand or of messaging the same way. Then…you will learn how to weave it into your marketing strategy and to use it immediately.

September 18, 2020

Money, Worth and Value in Todays' Female Leader

Lynn Sucher, MC, LPC, will break the old taboo and talk about money. What’s your worth? Are you making the same as your male colleagues? Have you ever felt underappreciated and underpaid? Have your ambitions been thwarted by your own behavior? How do you get to the next rung on the ladder? In the last one hundred years women went from a small minority to the majority of workers in this country. But, what have we learned in the past 100 years during this remarkable change? Have we learned our worth? How to negotiate assertively? How to gain boardroom seats or C-suite positions?  Let’s talk about money, how to negotiate, how to be assertive, and how to reach your goals. Let’s blaze a trail for the women who come after us.

September 25, 2020

Fuel Better to Feel Better!

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD- During this pandemic, all us of have been impacted with feeling isolated, grieving what has been lost, change in our eating habits, etc. Are you struggling with depression or simply low-level anxiety? Your nutrition may play a factor. We now have over a decade of research showing that what we eat and don't eat, can impact our mental health. Kristin gives you the top five things you can do to make your food choices work for your mood.

October 2, 2020

Self-Awareness and Communication

Christi Cessna, MS and Keyne Petkovic, MS will guide you on a path of personal discovery and heightened self-awareness. This session reveals each participant’s unique behavioral style blend and “how to” apply that knowledge prescriptively, boosting communication effectiveness. Studies indicate that 92% of workplace conflict is the result of misunderstanding and communication breakdowns. Participants can apply DISC’s prescriptive lessons of behavioral adaptability to reduce employee conflict and turnover, increase productivity, and optimize team performance.

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About Christi & Lisa Jane

Our Story:

WE met 20 years ago when we had the privilege of working together on one of the first national marketing teams for a world-renowned treatment center.  Since that time, we both have held various positions from chief marketing officer, executive director, and chief operating officer.  During our journey, we realized there were far too few women in leadership and recognized there was a need for women to mentor each other.  

In 2019, we decided that rather than talk about what was needed, we would take action to create our first workshop, WE Lead for ambitious women leaders.  It is a forum where women in the healthcare field could come together to learn, share in a safe environment, discover and uncover our dreams and goals both personally and professionally.  We focus on the 4 pillars of brand, communication, money, and well-being.  

We both are successful in our careers yet like many women, we did not receive a training manual on how to be a good leader nor did we have women mentors.  We had to figure it out along the way, sharing not only our success but also our mistakes.  This was how we helped each other to avoid pitfalls, knowing what to ask for when negotiating, and it also inspired us to share our key learnings to the other women we had befriended.  This was the beginning of our journey to invite other women alongside us to be the students and the teachers, to support each other as we all grew professionally. 

Our intention and desire are to continue to reach as many women who want to be a part of a collective, bringing the wisdom and strength of the group to help elevate us all from where we are to where we want to go.

 

Our experiential events include a health- focused practice and often times is wrapped in the philosophy of yoga.  Our intention is summarized in this quote:

Inspiration

"There’s no world without ambitions. Even if one practices Santosha (contentment), even if one only seeks spiritual growth, even if one seeks only to be present, it all begins with human desire, an ambition to achieve something, to reach a destination, to be a part of something greater than self. So, what if our ambitions were more inspirations from the heart and less motivation to feed the ego?  Then our desires would become transformative tools reaching into an awakened life."

~Nasim Nourian, Inner Vision Yoga Teacher

We look forward to meeting you in our workshop series to see what transpires. 

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THESE ORGANIZATIONS ARE INVESTING IN WOMEN:

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Presenters

Christi Cessna, MS

Christi is a well-rounded operational and business development executive with over 20 years of behavioral healthcare experience.  She is a proven leader who excels at building teams, operationalizing systems and processes, and producing desired results.  She has experience working with companies in various growth stages.  As an executive leader, Christi guides organizations on how to incorporate best practices and progressive treatment approaches to become a treatment center of choice.  She has worked for several of the behavioral health industry’s most respected private programs and brands, delivering pivotal outcomes to those organizations.  Christi holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.  She is a certified DISC trainer and is a national speaker presenting on leadership, collaboration, and ethical business practices.  She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Integrative Life Center.  

Lisa Jane Vargas, 200 CYT

Lisa Jane's life’s passion centered on wellness, whether business, finances, health, or spirituality, Lisa Jane, founder of Wellness Legacy and co-founder of WE Lead workshops, is recognized for her strategic vision, sound leadership, and passion for helping others.  After a successful tenure as the Chief Marketing Officer of a world-renowned treatment center, Lisa Jane went back to her roots of entrepreneurship and established Wellness Legacy, a firm designed to help businesses develop and refresh their brands by implementing a full-spectrum marketing strategy.  She consults with healthcare businesses to elevate their brands for optimum growth and revenue.  For over 20 years, she has been supporting people in the process of getting help for addictions and mental health needs, promoting a holistic philosophy of recovery and wellness.  She enjoys presenting workshops and facilitating retreats offering the space for attendees to embrace wellness holistically.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Busines Administration and is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor with specialties in addictions, faith and athletes.  In December, Lisa Jane will be completing her 300-hour Healing Emphasis Yoga Therapy course.   

Keyne Petkovic, MS

Keyne is an Arizona-based Leadership Coach, has 15 years of management experience in social service and healthcare settings. She has played an active leadership role in company financial and process improvement initiatives.  Responsible for multi-million dollar facility operating budgets, she has broad experience in budget development and financially-related mentoring and accountability. As an operations executive, she has excelled in developing and leading process improvement teams while building strong cross-functional team dynamics through personal, hands-on investment in staff growth and development. Known as an incredible supervisor and coach by her staff and an engaging, collaborative team member by her peers, Keyne has shown an ability to combine leadership, management, and emotional intelligence skills in the workplace environment.  Keyne is certified in Physician Practice Management, has a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Winona State University, and has a BS in Psychology with a minor in Business at Penn State University.

Emily Soccorsy [SA-KOR-SEE] 

Emily believes all great brands are spiritual experiences. As co-founder of Root and River, a brand strategy team, Emily uses her magical talents for mission-driven leaders and organizations, helping them find meaningful language to finally express their brand in the way they have always want to. Root + River has worked with national and international clients to guide them in establishing an intrinsic branding practice. Emily loves to challenge dogmatic thinking, infuse art into business and give leaders the chance to go inward with spirit and practicality. 

Lynn Sucher, MC, LPC

Lynn has extensive experience in treatment facility management.  She received her Masters of Counseling from Arizona State University.  As a former corporate vice-president in the field of broadcasting, Lynn has over twenty years of experience in advertising, market research and senior management.  During her time in broadcasting, she was the recipient of several Emmy’s.  She left the industry to become a psychotherapist, before moving into numerous leadership roles as Executive Director, National Executive Director, and Chief Operating Officer.  She co-founded Treatment Consultants, providing consulting for eating disorder, substance abuse and behavioral health facilities.  Lynn’s passion is to help women reach their full potential and move into positions of senior leadership.  She understands how to navigate the behavioral health field and wants to encourage and facilitate professional development in the next generation.  After years of senior level management, she is excited to share what worked for her, pitfalls to avoid, and how to become a strong, impactful leader.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN

Kristin is a Senior Fellow for the Meadows and the lead dietitian and manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.  A bestselling author, experienced presenter, and award-winning dietitian, Kristin is a sought-after national speaker on a variety of nutrition and wellness-related topics, appearing on the Today show, NBC Nightly News and The Dr. OZ Show.  She has also contributed to national publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, Food Network, Self, The Huffington Post, US News and World Report, and she is featured expert on Cleveland Clinic’s Health Essentials.  The Huffington Post named Kristin “one of the 35 diet and nutrition experts you need to follow on Twitter,” and in December 2017, her show The New Rules of Food aired nationally on PBS.

Christi Cessna, MS

Christi is a well-rounded operational and business development executive with over 20 years of behavioral healthcare experience.  She is a proven leader who excels at building teams, operationalizing systems and processes, and producing desired results.  She has experience working with companies in various growth stages.  As an executive leader, Christi guides organizations on how to incorporate best practices and progressive treatment approaches to become a treatment center of choice.  She has worked for several of the behavioral health industry’s most respected private programs and brands, delivering pivotal outcomes to those organizations.  Christi holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.  She is a certified DISC trainer and is a national speaker presenting on leadership, collaboration, and ethical business practices.  She is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Integrative Life Center.  

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Contact Us

weleadevents@gmail.com |  Tel: 602-738-8170

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