As a former school principal, Dr. CYNTHIA ZURCHIN provided the basis of this story by pioneering the creation of the first Whale Done School. Currently an assistant school superintendent, she is in demand as a speaker and trainer, inspiring staffs and audiences with her determination to transform schools through application of the science of positive recognition. JAMES BALLARD is a best-selling author and consultant. He has co-authored a number of books with Dr. Kenneth Blanchard as well as his own, designed and delivered prize-winning management seminars, and coached people to remove blocks to success in their life and work. THAD LACINEK was for many years head animal trainer at SeaWorld, where he and Chuck Tompkins transformed the method of training killer whales by focusing on what the whales did right. Now president of Precision Behavior, Inc. Thad consults with zoos and marine parks around the world, helping trainers focus on the power of positive attention.
THE WHALE DONE SCHOOL is the third in the Whale Done! series, focusing the proven power of positive attention on the process of educating children. Based on an actual school-turnaround story, the fable demonstrates how students' behavior and academic performance improves dramatically when teachers systematically employ the science of training killer whales - i.e. building trust, giving lots of attention to what their students do right, and redirecting wrong behavior to positive outcomes.
Adolescent and Teenage girls often face distractions via social media, boys, and peer drama. These distractions may seem like everyday norms but are variables that interfere with productivity and overall success. This workshop focuses on the importance of goal planning and provides each attendee with their own vision board to help provide direction and motivation.
Hosted by Damonie Johnson (14) and Laila Thomas (10), the authors of A Girl’s World Journal, attendees will engage in inspirational and motivational discussion regarding their goals, and the strengths and challenges they may encounter while in pursuit of their goals.
Kiesha L. Cousar speaker, author, coach, counselor, consultant, strategist, and girls advocate is the CEO and founder of COUSAR Empowerment, a Personal Development Company whose priority is empowering individuals to be exceptional people. She is the founder, chief visionary, and trail blazer of WIN Within™ a philosophical framework that fosters a strong sense of self through awareness and identity development.
As a strong advocate for women she founded the Women WINNING Within™ Coaching Program where women learn to make BOLD Moves both personally and professionally to be their best selves. These women not only gain skills and techniques from Coach Cousar but also participate in the WIN Within ™ social network community comprised of influential, diverse women who are committed to doing the lifeWORK. She is also the founder of EmpowerHER! Every girl. Everywhere. ™, a girls movement and signature program designed to cultivate and empower girls to “Be Authentically You!”
Mrs. Cousar is known for her exuberant spirit, transformational messages, transparent nature, and relentless drive to help people maximize their greatest potential. She is an enthusiastic, authentic woman on fire for life, on a mission to educate, equip, and empower women & girls around the world to WIN Within™! She is the proud wife of Lawrence Gemelle Cousar and they are the delightful parents to three young children; Kennedy Kline, Karrington Kane, and Wellington Chase. Her greatest desire is for people to know themselves, fulfill their purpose, and live life intentionally!
Ashley Bush works for John Casablancas Modeling and Career Center. She is passionate about helping others learn about the importance of having confidence in themselves as well as teaching them life skills to help with their personal and professional lives. Her goals are to make sure she reaches out to as many young people as she can to help encourage them to pursue their dreams. She loves what she does and hopes you do too.
Felicia Lucas is a Minister, #1 International Best Selling Author, Inspirational Speaker, Empowerment Coach and Special Event Planner, who passionately empowers young people to be brilliantly whole by teaching them with practical tips on how to unleash their BEST lives so they can be happy, healthy and well. She provides empowerment sessions and motivational talks that inspire young people to become their best. Felicia has been working with youth and young adults for over 20 years. She has served as a Youth Leader, Community Mentor for the Boys and Girls Club, Community Adviser for East Wake High School Ladies of Tomorrow Program and Youth Motivational Speaker at the YMCA.
She released her first print book, Make It Happen: Moving Towards Your Best U! in July 2016. Her E-book, An Invitation to Intimacy, became an Amazon International Best Seller as #1 in France and the top 100 in the United Kingdom, October 2016. Her second print book, Get in the Game: A Teen's Playbook for Winning the Game of Life will be debuting in the Spring of 2017.
Carissa Phelps is founder and CEO of Runaway Girl, a social purpose corporation that believes in freedom and self-determination for all. The socially driven company offers an empowering platform to those who are working toward ending violence and oppression in their own communities. Carissa is passionate about inspiring others to realize they are in charge of their own narrative. Today Carissa holds a BA in mathematics summa cum laude from Fresno State, a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson. She is a licensed attorney, and lives on the Central Coast of California, where she creates and contributes to positive impact socially driven companies. Carissa continues to encourage women and girls to, “write tomorrow like it is a story untold.”
Anh Phoong attended California State University Sacramento for her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and the Lincoln Law School where she graduated as valedictorian of her class. She earned faculty achievement awards for Evidence, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Real Property and Remedies. Mrs. Phoong founded Phoong Law and has settled hundreds of cases, resulting in millions of dollars in verdicts for her clients. Her professional ambitions are guided by a genuine desire to see her clients compensated for the injustices they have wrongly suffered. Anh enjoys spending time with her family and believes in giving back to her community.
Margaret Mims has been a peace officer since l980. She was elected to the office of Sheriff in 2006, becoming the first female deputy sheriff Sergeant to supervise field patrol units. She was the first female deputy sheriff to attain the rank of Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Sheriff, and to be elected to the office of Sheriff in the history of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Margaret is a member of the Fresno Cultural Arts Rotary Club, the Caruthers Kiwanis Club and is on the Board of Directors of the Marjaree Mason Center, a local women’s shelter. She has served as a past member of the Fresno County Rape Counseling Service Board of Directors. She is a member of the California Peace Officers' Association and the California State Sheriffs' Association. Sheriff Mims is a graduate of Fresno Pacific University, and has her Masters Degree in Public Administration from National University. She is a graduate of California POST's (Peace Officer Standards & Training) Supervisory Leadership Institute and she is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police coordinated through Boston University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Leigh-Ann is the Founder for Women's Quest. She is also the marketing and events director at Quest Financial Services. Her passion is to establish strategies for women of all ages to achieve success in life by empowering them with skills and knowledge that is needed to foster personal and professional growth.
Gabrielle J. Harris has taken her career in modeling, love for gymnastics and desire to help young people to the next level, in her training and guidance as both an instructor and coach. Gabrielle’s commitment to helping people gain the self-confidence necessary to achieve their dreams drives her passion for success. As a model for Pepsi, NASCAR, PGA and various fashion boutiques, she has taken the skills she learned as a John Casablancas graduate and turned them into a professional modeling career. Gabrielle is a role model to those that meet her and have the opportunity to experience her training and workshops. Her passion for helping others achieve their dreams, while learning to effectively deal with everyday challenges, is why she has a major impact on the lives she touches.
Pat B. Freeman is a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer, and coach with more than 20 years as a college administrator where she managed over 125 faculty and staff and served up to 3,500 students annually. She is an author, serial entrepreneur, educator, and the founder of Pat B. Freeman, LLC – a training and coaching business. Pat is passionate about empowering women and others to move from “stuck to clarity” in areas of leadership and career growth.
Her goal is to inspire you to have a successful and fulfilled life by doing what you love and stepping out to achieve your Big Dreams. Pat holds a Masters’ degree from Campbell University and Bachelors’ degree from Florida State University. She is also the President of NAPW Greensboro Chapter – National Association of Professional Women, and a Club President for CEO Space International.
Dr. Ornstein graduated from New York University School of Medicine and did her Pediatrics residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Babies and Children’s Hospital in New York. Dr. Ornstein moved to Pennsylvania in 2008 and joined the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Penn State College of Medicine, and is involved in teaching both medical students and residents.
Dr. Levine is currently Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine.
She is the Liaison for the LGBT community for the Office of Diversity at the Penn State College of Medicine. In that role, she has established a LGBT faculty and staff affinity group and is the facilitator for the LGBT student group.
As a graduate of Messiah College and the Penn State Dietetic Internship, Holly brings a variety of experience and knowledge to her role at Giant. As an in-store nutritionist, Holly serves the Central Pennsylvania area in a variety of ways including private nutrition counseling, health fairs, store tours and classes, as well as community events.
Her greatest pleasure is watching her clients succeed at reaching their goals and supporting them along that journey.
Emily B. Masciulli M.S.W., L.C.S.W, CEDS is a PA Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mrs. Masciulli has worked as a Clinical Psychiatric Specialist at the Penn State Medical Center Adolescent Medicine/ Eating Disorders Clinic since 2008.
Mrs. Masciulli has been working with children and adolescents in the mental health field since 1999. She received her master's degree in social work from Temple University and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hutchison is a Board Certified Pediatrician and Co-Founder of Girlology & Guyology, which is a growing national brand with the voice that parents trust for age-appropriate, medically accurate, engaging, and cringe-free messages about growing up safe, healthy, and informed – especially when it comes to sexuality. Girlology & Guyology are also changing the culture of sexuality education by bringing parents and kids together to have honest, real world conversations covering topics ranging from puberty and sexuality to body image, media literacy, digital safety, pornography, risk taking, healthy relationships, and pregnancy and STI prevention. She has also co-authored 5 books that are directed to girls and guys to keep them healthy and informed. Please visit her website for more info: www.girlology.com.
Learn how to navigate the challenging and confusing waters of dating. What’s healthy? What’s not? A fun and fascinating session teaching you skills for having a healthy romantic relationship in the future.Brains, Bodies & Behaviors – Stuff that Matters to Parents of Tweens and Teens
As adolescence unfolds, changes in bodies and brains affect behaviors in a big way! This program will give parents a greater understanding of teen development, risky behaviors, and emerging sexuality along with some practical tools for promoting and talking about health and safety.
Delicia B. Davis serves as the creator and a lifestyle writer of DiaryDiscussions.com, author of the ‘Dear Diary’ book series, founder of the performing arts company, Dream Discovery Studios, and contributor of the new parenting magazine, Mommy Noire. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies and Journalism and has since, gained resourceful experience in the business of arts & entertainment having worked for BET News, Liberty Studios, Cox Enterprises, and with NYC Parks & Recreation. Her writing, public speaking, and performance skills are evident in all her works. As a young savvy businesswoman Delicia has owned a performing arts company for over 6 years. Through programs, performances, & events, she has changed the lives of youth & young adults by administering dance, drama, music, writing, and mentorship workshops throughout New York City. She has been publicly recognized for outstanding leadership, community service, and performance by Councilman Leroy Comrie, NY1 News, and the Queens Ledger Newspaper amongst others. As a mother, friend, and inspirational woman, she lives by the words of wisdom she offers as a life & relationship coach. Her mission is to share with the world that success is within reach and everyone has the power to achieve it. Learn more at: www.deliciadavis.com
Bullying is tough — but you are tougher. Hear Delicia share her story of triumph and learn how to put a stop to the hating, once and for all.
Caroline Alcala graduated from North Carolina State University with a Business Administration degree. She currently works as a Patient Financial Services Coordinator for a Medical Dispatch firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. Caroline graduated from the John Casablancas Centers at the age of sixteen. As a John Casablancas graduate, she learned the skills necessary to work in the modeling and acting industry including the most important life skills of confidence and public speaking. Caroline has been featured in several films as well as having modeled for Cache, Belks, Pepsi, National Hockey League, fashion boutiques and hair salons. As Caroline developed experience in the modeling and acting industry, she developed a passion for teaching others how to develop their confidence and life skills. She is proud to be a dedicated John Casablancas Instructor helping young people look their best, feel their best and be their best!
Never have an “um, awkward!” moment again! In this session with model and actress Caroline Alcala, you’ll develop nerves of steal and a killer look to go with it.
Cynthia Hardy is executive director of the OnPoint Leadership Institute for Girls, a South Carolina-based non-profit that provides leadership training for girls ages 9-17. Since 2008, she has successfully trained girls in leadership development, public speaking, and social decorum statewide. In addition, Cynthia is a radio and television personality who owns her media company. OnPoint Media Llc., a marketing and communications company with a port folio of national, state and local clients. Each week week scores of listeners and viewers throughout South Carolina, in parts of North Carolina and Georgia, turn to Cynthia for news and information on the TV and call-in radio show OnPoint with Cynthia Hardy. Whether interviewing sitting presidents or average citizens, Cynthia brings an investigative curiosity, clarity and understanding to complex issues, and a compassionate, honest delivery. Her shows always are lively and spirited. An award-winning journalist, Cynthia has been an invited guest on national, state, and local news shows. She has appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, National Public Radio, NBC Nightly News, BBC and in a host of newspapers, magazines, and periodicals. Known for her work in the community, Cynthia Hardy currently serves on a host of boards and committees. Cynthia has received numerous awards and citations for her work in the fields of leadership, communications, and community service. An avid reader, Cynthia believes when people are properly prepared; they are empowered to make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.
This nationally recognized leader will help prepare girls to take advantage of leadership opportunities and Step Up, Step Out! Cynthia’s workshop will inspire and encourage girls to be fierce courageous and confident as they prepare for tomorrow’s opportunities.
Driven. Hard working. Talented. Creative. Christian. TiffanyJ is an artist. Embodying the talents and roles of singer, songwriter, graphic designer, web developer, shoe line creator, business owner, entrepreneur, and most importantly, DREAMER, she carries out what she believes to be her life’s purpose by inspiring others to DREAM. She is passionate about helping others succeed and embrace their individuality by uplifting them through many forms of artistic expression. The Artistic Xpressionist, as she sometimes calls herself, has a love for encouraging and uplifting people of all walks of life. She has a passion to make all feel loved and beautiful. Once attacked by depression, she fought her way out through art, whether it was singing, songwriting, graphic design, drawing, music producing, etc. It was her way to release her hidden feelings. TiffanyJ is an entrepreneur, owning part of production company Real Records & Entertainment LLC and solely operating the graphic and web design firm TJ’s Elements LLC. In 2012, she presented herself to the world as TiffanyJ, an inspirational soul musical artist, with her single “Flying Solo” and most recently released her debut project “Bird’s Eye View”, an audio and video collection of original music penned by TiffanyJ and produced by Praylonn Prince. Under this brand, she has created the fashionable, bold, and colorful sneaker line “Tip Toe Shoes” and the self-esteem booster “Beauty, You Are Boot Camp” for girls ages 6-17.
Tiffany’s session is a passionate and insightful journey that will show you how to love the skin you’re in. Learn how to embrace and celebrate your individuality through artistic expression!