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  • Theft of $450,000 – a nickel at a time

    Greg Wright, Certified Fraud Examiner, Assoc. of Certified Fraud Examineers

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Financial

    The Indianapolis Public Library embezzlement case is popular, especially with college finance classes. This case tracks the embezzler from youth to the fraud, to discovery of the fraud, to prison and her post-prison life. Following prison, Greg found her working at the Indiana University purchasing department in a sensitive position.

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  • Motivation: 2 Truths and 1 Lie About Why We Do What We Do

    Andy Dix, President / Executive Business Coach, AD Growth Advisers Inc.

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Motivational

    Ever wondered why do people do what they do? How can a leader get people to want to do what needs done? How do you motivate someone? Prof. Steven Reiss, PhD, led 30 years of groundbreaking research into human motivation and created the Science of Motivation® based on his “16 Basic Desires Theory.” In this provocative talk, Andy Dix shares key insights into understanding why people do what they do and explains how to inspire the best in others and ourselves. His energetic and entertaining approach promises a lively and highly engaging session for your organization. MORE >

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  • Retirement is a Journey Not a Destination

    Joseph A. Clark CFP, Managing Partner, The Financial Enhancement Group

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Financial

    During this 50 minute discussion Joe will share with you the three phases of finance that every successful retiree will go through in their financial journey. He will share the most important objectives for each of the three stages and what you need to do to be successful in that phase of finance. Joe will also give you suggestions on how to make up for things missed in the past. MORE >

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  • Connect & Succeed: A Communication Style to Engage and Motivate Your Employees

    David Bennett, Owner, Common Ground Communication

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    Those in management are constantly seeking ways to relate to and work with their direct reports. This presentation, based on the book by the same name, provides managers with guidelines for developing a communication style that will enable them to engage and motivate those people with whom they work. MORE >

    All people in management start with basic communication skills which they use as their default. Some of those skills work for them, some of them do not. A Connect & Succeed Communication Style helps managers to identify the communication skills that work for them and enhance those skills even further. This approach also helps those in management find common ground and connections with all of their employees/associates making the work more rewarding and productive for everyone.
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  • Is Your Financial Advisor a Crook?

    Greg Wright, Certified Fraud Examiner, Assoc. of Certified Fraud Examineers

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Find out if your advisor has had his licenses suspended, revoked, had multiple consumer complaints or been charged by a regulator. The advisor may have hidden this part of his background from you. Learn how to use free internet sites when conducting a background check on financial advisors.

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  • Cool Techniques To Reduce Stress: It’s Crucial To Remain Cool!

    Cindy Sams, Owner, Full-Body Fitness LLC

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Health & Fitness

    Life is hectic. It seems like we live in the 'flight or fight' zone all the time. This zone however, wreaks havoc inside your body and will cause damage over an extended time. It has been known to lead to weight gains and other health issues. Learning how to get out of this zone is crucial to living healthfully. MORE >

    You will learn how to cope with daily stress better. Ultimately, learning these techniques and becoming familiar with them will help EVERYONE around you. Because here's the thing, when you're freaking out, realize that those around you notice... and might be freaking out as well! So let's cool those jets and reduce that stress!

    Breathing, movement, thoughts and yes, what you are eating during your day are all connected to the flight or fight zone you may be living in. Time to get out and find some PEACE and WELLBEING.

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  • Critical Tax Decisions That Will Impact Your Retirement

    Joseph A. Clark CFP, Managing Partner, The Financial Enhancement Group

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Financial

    During the 50 minute conversation Joe will guide you through the pitfalls and failing to understand how taxes work with retirement. "Markets go up and down but when you send a check to the IRS rarely is it returned!" This discussion will help you to better plan a strategy that gets the most out of your retirement by paying the IRS the right amount and at the right time. MORE >

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  • Build, Buy or Franchise

    Mark A. Roger, Business Broker, FranNet MidAmerica | Indiana

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    A practical guide to evaluating business concepts from an owners' perspective. Mark will discuss trending business strategies, hot concepts in today's marketplace, and evaluate the three strategies behind business start-ups. Highlights include: MORE >

    - understanding the strategies behind fundamental business models,
    - evaluating pertinent due diligence issues and business owners’ concerns,
    - identifying trending variations to traditional work environments,
    - exploring the teachings of Shark Tank and The Profit, and
    - discussing opportunities available for entrepreneurs in Indiana.
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  • Cemetery Symbolism

    Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, DNR-DHPA

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Educational

    Cemeteries tell us much about who came before us. The size, shape and documentation vary from religious groups, time period, and location. But, all are important outdoor museums. The symbols and markings that individuals put on their stones reveal much about the individual and family. MORE >

    Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives for the Department of Natural Resources’’ Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, will discuss the state of cemeteries in Indiana, the presumed meanings of markings, how pop culture affects stones, and what you need to look at when you walk through a cemetery.

    Jeannie Regan-Dinius has a life-long interest in history, family history, and research. She earned her Bachelors in Public History from Ball State University, where she studied also anthropology and American Studies. She has her Masters in Urban Planning and Information Management/Library Science from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis with additional graduate course work in public history.

    Before coming to the State, she was the Executive Director of a 96-acre historic park in Huntington, IN. She came to the state in 2000 to help work on the Underground Railroad research initiative. She was given the additional responsibility of the Cemetery Registry, the Historic Theater Initiative, and public outreach.

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  • Healing a Nation Through Common Ground Communication

    David Bennett, Owner, Common Ground Communication

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Business

    It is apparent over the last few years that the United States is deeply divided. There are not only many different perspectives but, those perspectives are often rigidly held. But, what can be done, and more importantly what can each of us do to bring the people of this country together? MORE >

    I believe it starts with each of us and our communication with our family, friends, and work colleagues. To bridge differences and promote understanding of different perspectives, we need to find common ground with one another. We need to find commonalities not just differences. We can start a dialogue with people we disagree with by first finding the areas on which we agree. It is clear that there are more areas on which we agree than on which we disagree, but we often lose perspective when someone challenges or disagrees with us.

    When we put this to work in our communication we develop "connections" with one another. This connection leads to a greater respect and understanding of diverse perspectives.

    I've seen this approach make a tremendous difference with people and groups. And it's not hard for people to adopt. They already have the skills needed. It's just matter of applying some existing skills differently, enhancing other skills, and putting it all together with every person with whom they interact in every conversation.

    I share my perspectives on how common ground connections can help bridge differences and bring people together with participants at conferences and meetings. I work with individuals and companies on identifying and resolving communication issues and improving existing communication skills.

    Now more than ever we need to communicate in such a way that we establish common ground connections with everyone. I hope to work with you in helping you do that.

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