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The 2017 Best of the Best Polk, People’s Choice Awards final phase for voting begins on July 16th. This voting phase will be used to select the community's top 3 favorite businesses in 150 categories in Polk County. Voting will be accepted via the write-in ballot that will publish in The Ledger newspaper as well as online at The Ledger.com/Contests. Deadline for voting is July 30th. The winner and finalists in each category will be announced in a special Best of the Best section that will publish in The Ledger on Friday, September 22nd. Show your support of your favorite Polk County businesses today and vote them the Best of the Best 2017!

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07/16/17
-07/30/17
 Nanci Marsh


SAT preparation course is designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the SAT. LRC’s Sat preparation course builds confident, successful students through an efficient and effective 23-hour course. Engaging in problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering Sat questions, Reinforcement of skills through interaction and review, building confidence and reducing test anxiety through test-taking strategies. 

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07/24/17
-07/27/17
9:30am to 3:30pmLynne Windham


Destination Aviation Summer Camps offer the option for participants to be residential or day campers. Activities are located on the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus at the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

Destination Aviation Camps offer a flight opportunity for all participants. Each camp offers a day or residential option. Classroom group school instruction includes aircraft familiarization, cockpit instruments, aerodynamics, and flight simulators. The flight opportunity will be in a Piper Cherokee with campers piloting a cross-country course over the east coast of Florida. Two to three campers fly a ‘leg” of the course in ‘dual instruction’ from a certified Flight Safety International instructor. The campers loggable flight experience may include approximately 20 minutes of flight time and a takeoff and landing. Camp concludes on Friday with camper presentations and an open house for families to tour the Aerospace Center for Excellence.


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07/31/17
-08/04/17
 Richele Floyd


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08/01/179:30am to 10:00amBarbara Adamson


The Kiwanis Club of Bartow is reviving the Cryin' Towel, kicking off the community football season. The event begins 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 3 with a "tailgate party" (reception) featuring appetizers and freshly-boiled corn on the cob. "Kickoff" (dinner) starts 7:30 p.m. and features a 14-ounce steak with baked potato and side dish (catered by the Texas Cattle Company).
 

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08/03/176:00pm to 9:00pmFrank Johnson


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

CLASSES FOR 2017. More than 57 earned a Professional Development Academy certificate in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, 
in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2017 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Kelley Andrews, MS
Kelly Andrews has been working in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. Her diverse experience and educational background have provided her with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including corporate, non-profit, medical, and fitness centers, as well as within higher education. As a certified yoga teacher, wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath mentor, Ms. Andrews shares her personal journey of finding peace within through her daily interactions with various clients. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College and oversees the campus-wide Wellness and Recreation Program. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to support local businesses as a wellness consultant and assists individuals as a personal resilience coach.

J. Lenora BreslerJ. Lenora Bresler is an attorney, senior certified human resource professional, and a certified advanced speaker. She has her own leadership and motivation firm in Lakeland and is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach, and author. Her newest book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, is due out next month. She is the co-author of Mission Possible and Best of the Best, and is the editor of the motivation book Jump Starts, by Timothy Richardson. Ms. Bresler has taught the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System for eight years at Valencia College and has repeatedly won awards for 100% class pass rates. Ms. Bresler has also taught for the Polk State Corporate College since 2001. With a background in acting, singing, and piano, she brings a flavor of humor and entertainment to all her trainings.

 

2017 CLASSES:


MARCH 8, 2017
INSTANT INSIGHT TEAMBUILDING
J. Lenora Bresler

Based on the book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, this workshop explores how an effective team is like a jigsaw puzzle, where knowing the pieces and how they fit together is essential for successful interactions. Participants use a variety of interactive exercises to reveal differences in team members, as having insight about people enables individuals to persuade, motivate, teach, coach, and work with each other more effectively and harmoniously. In addition, this workshop helps participants identify their preferred learning styles, working times, pet peeves, and motivators. Mechanisms of persuasive argument are explored, including how simple adjustments in the detail-level of conversations can yield better results when providing information and instruction to others.

APRIL 12, 2017
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HANDLE TOXIC PEOPLE
Kelly Andrews

Toxic people and their behaviors affect the workplace, community, and even families. They create havoc, frustratration, drain energy, and cause unnecessary stress. This workshop focuses on mechanisms for taking back control. Through discussion and activities, participants identify toxic behaviors that sabotage success, assess the negative impact caused by toxic individuals, avoid the traps that allow them to influence and control, and learn to establish personal boundaries. This session reviews strategies for handling toxic encounters so that participants can protect themselves, leverage influence more effectively, and better apply leadership skills during these situations.

MAY 10, 2017
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
J. Lenora Bresler

This course reviews supervisory skills that enable an individual to be an effective leader, coach, counselor, listener, motivator, and role model. The workshop emphasizes Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, created by Eric Berne, which defines the three ego states: Parent, Adult, and Child, and how these states affect interactions between individuals. Using real-world situations, individuals review possible outcomes and identify optimum responses to obtain their goals. The session develops leaders as mentors by enabling them to embrace the idea that each leadership encounter is situational, and assessing the ego state of those involved while using appropriate communications can lead to a harmonious and productive work environment. 

AUGUST 9, 2017
SERVANT LEADERSHIP
J. Lenora Bresler

Servant leadership refers to a natural desire to serve others which drives the individual into to leadership. A servant-leader considers himself or herself a servant first, which strongly contrasts with the leader-first model often seen in the working environment. This workshop enables participants to identify the guiding principles of servant leadership, discuss real-life examples, and brainstorm ways in which to model this style in their own careers—as well as encourage and reward its use by others.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
HEART-LED LEADERSHIP
Kelly Andrews

In this fast-paced world, managers have to balance high productivity expectations with supportive staff coaching and mentorship. High-pressured deadlines and work overload lead to increasing stress. Heart-led leadership is based on leading from the heart, with a sense of patience, compassion, kindness, and positive energy. An individual who takes care of his or her own emotional and physical needs is more aligned and less reactive to others. This workshop provides some basic skills and techniques to begin an individual’s journey toward leading with the heart.

OCTOBER 11, 2017
DE-STRESS THE MESS: TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
J. Lenora Bresler

Most people work much harder and are far more stressed and frustrated than they have to be – simply because they are not organized. This workshop identifies some quick ways to organize one’s workspace, information access, and time investment so that work is easy – and perhaps even enjoyable! Thought-provoking questions require participants to be honest about limitations, obstacles, and priorities, allowing for true growth and productive change. During this session individuals explore how to organize the workspace and their use of it, prioritize tasks for efficiency, identify inefficient behaviors, and focus on the steps to a desired outcome.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: CREATING THE SPACE TO LEAD
Kelly Andrews

Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is an emerging trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and leaders. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their work culture and professional development practices. This workshop trains individuals in the foundations of mindfulness and explores techniques to include mindful practices into the daily routine. This enables individuals to focus on attention management, rather than time management, and leads to more responsive and productive relationships.


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08/09/177:30am to 9:30amBarbara Adamson


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08/10/175:00pm to 6:30pmBarbara Adamson


You are invited to the CareerSource Polk Annual Meeting and Best Places to Work Awards breakfast.

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08/17/177:00am to 9:30amLourdes Saenz


ENGAGE SERIES: KNOW YOURSELF: SOCIAL MEDIA

This series is not just for ENGAGE members, and includes FREE LUNCH.

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08/18/1711:30am to 1:00pmBarbara Adamson


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

CLASSES FOR 2017. More than 57 earned a Professional Development Academy certificate in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, 
in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2017 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Kelley Andrews, MS
Kelly Andrews has been working in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. Her diverse experience and educational background have provided her with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including corporate, non-profit, medical, and fitness centers, as well as within higher education. As a certified yoga teacher, wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath mentor, Ms. Andrews shares her personal journey of finding peace within through her daily interactions with various clients. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College and oversees the campus-wide Wellness and Recreation Program. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to support local businesses as a wellness consultant and assists individuals as a personal resilience coach.

J. Lenora BreslerJ. Lenora Bresler is an attorney, senior certified human resource professional, and a certified advanced speaker. She has her own leadership and motivation firm in Lakeland and is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach, and author. Her newest book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, is due out next month. She is the co-author of Mission Possible and Best of the Best, and is the editor of the motivation book Jump Starts, by Timothy Richardson. Ms. Bresler has taught the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System for eight years at Valencia College and has repeatedly won awards for 100% class pass rates. Ms. Bresler has also taught for the Polk State Corporate College since 2001. With a background in acting, singing, and piano, she brings a flavor of humor and entertainment to all her trainings.

 

2017 CLASSES:


MARCH 8, 2017
INSTANT INSIGHT TEAMBUILDING
J. Lenora Bresler

Based on the book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, this workshop explores how an effective team is like a jigsaw puzzle, where knowing the pieces and how they fit together is essential for successful interactions. Participants use a variety of interactive exercises to reveal differences in team members, as having insight about people enables individuals to persuade, motivate, teach, coach, and work with each other more effectively and harmoniously. In addition, this workshop helps participants identify their preferred learning styles, working times, pet peeves, and motivators. Mechanisms of persuasive argument are explored, including how simple adjustments in the detail-level of conversations can yield better results when providing information and instruction to others.

APRIL 12, 2017
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HANDLE TOXIC PEOPLE
Kelly Andrews

Toxic people and their behaviors affect the workplace, community, and even families. They create havoc, frustratration, drain energy, and cause unnecessary stress. This workshop focuses on mechanisms for taking back control. Through discussion and activities, participants identify toxic behaviors that sabotage success, assess the negative impact caused by toxic individuals, avoid the traps that allow them to influence and control, and learn to establish personal boundaries. This session reviews strategies for handling toxic encounters so that participants can protect themselves, leverage influence more effectively, and better apply leadership skills during these situations.

MAY 10, 2017
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
J. Lenora Bresler

This course reviews supervisory skills that enable an individual to be an effective leader, coach, counselor, listener, motivator, and role model. The workshop emphasizes Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, created by Eric Berne, which defines the three ego states: Parent, Adult, and Child, and how these states affect interactions between individuals. Using real-world situations, individuals review possible outcomes and identify optimum responses to obtain their goals. The session develops leaders as mentors by enabling them to embrace the idea that each leadership encounter is situational, and assessing the ego state of those involved while using appropriate communications can lead to a harmonious and productive work environment. 

AUGUST 9, 2017
SERVANT LEADERSHIP
J. Lenora Bresler

Servant leadership refers to a natural desire to serve others which drives the individual into to leadership. A servant-leader considers himself or herself a servant first, which strongly contrasts with the leader-first model often seen in the working environment. This workshop enables participants to identify the guiding principles of servant leadership, discuss real-life examples, and brainstorm ways in which to model this style in their own careers—as well as encourage and reward its use by others.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
HEART-LED LEADERSHIP
Kelly Andrews

In this fast-paced world, managers have to balance high productivity expectations with supportive staff coaching and mentorship. High-pressured deadlines and work overload lead to increasing stress. Heart-led leadership is based on leading from the heart, with a sense of patience, compassion, kindness, and positive energy. An individual who takes care of his or her own emotional and physical needs is more aligned and less reactive to others. This workshop provides some basic skills and techniques to begin an individual’s journey toward leading with the heart.

OCTOBER 11, 2017
DE-STRESS THE MESS: TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
J. Lenora Bresler

Most people work much harder and are far more stressed and frustrated than they have to be – simply because they are not organized. This workshop identifies some quick ways to organize one’s workspace, information access, and time investment so that work is easy – and perhaps even enjoyable! Thought-provoking questions require participants to be honest about limitations, obstacles, and priorities, allowing for true growth and productive change. During this session individuals explore how to organize the workspace and their use of it, prioritize tasks for efficiency, identify inefficient behaviors, and focus on the steps to a desired outcome.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: CREATING THE SPACE TO LEAD
Kelly Andrews

Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is an emerging trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and leaders. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their work culture and professional development practices. This workshop trains individuals in the foundations of mindfulness and explores techniques to include mindful practices into the daily routine. This enables individuals to focus on attention management, rather than time management, and leads to more responsive and productive relationships.


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09/13/177:30am to 9:30amBarbara Adamson


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09/14/175:00pm to 6:30pmBarbara Adamson


To enhance the quality of life for Bartow Community through understanding and appreciating the differences among its people.

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09/20/1712:00pm to 1:00pm


Part of the Community Relations Committee's Bartow Multicultural Initiative, the Unity Day Festival is a Citywide celebration, free to the public, to be held at Mosaic Park and Bandshell from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Community groups perform live music, ethnic foods, games, barbecue vendors and Lots of Fun will be featured.

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10/07/1711:00am to 3:00pmGloria Washington


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

CLASSES FOR 2017. More than 57 earned a Professional Development Academy certificate in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, 
in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2017 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Kelley Andrews, MS
Kelly Andrews has been working in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. Her diverse experience and educational background have provided her with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including corporate, non-profit, medical, and fitness centers, as well as within higher education. As a certified yoga teacher, wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath mentor, Ms. Andrews shares her personal journey of finding peace within through her daily interactions with various clients. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College and oversees the campus-wide Wellness and Recreation Program. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to support local businesses as a wellness consultant and assists individuals as a personal resilience coach.

J. Lenora BreslerJ. Lenora Bresler is an attorney, senior certified human resource professional, and a certified advanced speaker. She has her own leadership and motivation firm in Lakeland and is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach, and author. Her newest book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, is due out next month. She is the co-author of Mission Possible and Best of the Best, and is the editor of the motivation book Jump Starts, by Timothy Richardson. Ms. Bresler has taught the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System for eight years at Valencia College and has repeatedly won awards for 100% class pass rates. Ms. Bresler has also taught for the Polk State Corporate College since 2001. With a background in acting, singing, and piano, she brings a flavor of humor and entertainment to all her trainings.

 

2017 CLASSES:


MARCH 8, 2017
INSTANT INSIGHT TEAMBUILDING
J. Lenora Bresler

Based on the book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, this workshop explores how an effective team is like a jigsaw puzzle, where knowing the pieces and how they fit together is essential for successful interactions. Participants use a variety of interactive exercises to reveal differences in team members, as having insight about people enables individuals to persuade, motivate, teach, coach, and work with each other more effectively and harmoniously. In addition, this workshop helps participants identify their preferred learning styles, working times, pet peeves, and motivators. Mechanisms of persuasive argument are explored, including how simple adjustments in the detail-level of conversations can yield better results when providing information and instruction to others.

APRIL 12, 2017
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HANDLE TOXIC PEOPLE
Kelly Andrews

Toxic people and their behaviors affect the workplace, community, and even families. They create havoc, frustratration, drain energy, and cause unnecessary stress. This workshop focuses on mechanisms for taking back control. Through discussion and activities, participants identify toxic behaviors that sabotage success, assess the negative impact caused by toxic individuals, avoid the traps that allow them to influence and control, and learn to establish personal boundaries. This session reviews strategies for handling toxic encounters so that participants can protect themselves, leverage influence more effectively, and better apply leadership skills during these situations.

MAY 10, 2017
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
J. Lenora Bresler

This course reviews supervisory skills that enable an individual to be an effective leader, coach, counselor, listener, motivator, and role model. The workshop emphasizes Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, created by Eric Berne, which defines the three ego states: Parent, Adult, and Child, and how these states affect interactions between individuals. Using real-world situations, individuals review possible outcomes and identify optimum responses to obtain their goals. The session develops leaders as mentors by enabling them to embrace the idea that each leadership encounter is situational, and assessing the ego state of those involved while using appropriate communications can lead to a harmonious and productive work environment. 

AUGUST 9, 2017
SERVANT LEADERSHIP
J. Lenora Bresler

Servant leadership refers to a natural desire to serve others which drives the individual into to leadership. A servant-leader considers himself or herself a servant first, which strongly contrasts with the leader-first model often seen in the working environment. This workshop enables participants to identify the guiding principles of servant leadership, discuss real-life examples, and brainstorm ways in which to model this style in their own careers—as well as encourage and reward its use by others.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
HEART-LED LEADERSHIP
Kelly Andrews

In this fast-paced world, managers have to balance high productivity expectations with supportive staff coaching and mentorship. High-pressured deadlines and work overload lead to increasing stress. Heart-led leadership is based on leading from the heart, with a sense of patience, compassion, kindness, and positive energy. An individual who takes care of his or her own emotional and physical needs is more aligned and less reactive to others. This workshop provides some basic skills and techniques to begin an individual’s journey toward leading with the heart.

OCTOBER 11, 2017
DE-STRESS THE MESS: TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
J. Lenora Bresler

Most people work much harder and are far more stressed and frustrated than they have to be – simply because they are not organized. This workshop identifies some quick ways to organize one’s workspace, information access, and time investment so that work is easy – and perhaps even enjoyable! Thought-provoking questions require participants to be honest about limitations, obstacles, and priorities, allowing for true growth and productive change. During this session individuals explore how to organize the workspace and their use of it, prioritize tasks for efficiency, identify inefficient behaviors, and focus on the steps to a desired outcome.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: CREATING THE SPACE TO LEAD
Kelly Andrews

Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is an emerging trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and leaders. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their work culture and professional development practices. This workshop trains individuals in the foundations of mindfulness and explores techniques to include mindful practices into the daily routine. This enables individuals to focus on attention management, rather than time management, and leads to more responsive and productive relationships.


more info...
10/11/177:30am to 9:30amBarbara Adamson


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10/12/175:00pm to 6:30pmBarbara Adamson


All proceeds support the patients of Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center.

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10/12/176:00pm to 9:30pmDebbie Burdett


The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults.  The event will be held at International Market World Flea and Farmers Market in Auburndale. The market comes alive on Fridays as shoppers stroll through one of the area’s largest farm fresh produce markets, enjoy live entertainment and experience the market’s vibrant atmosphere.  This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome!


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10/13/179:00am to 3:00pmDavid Kiessling


Champions Cup recognizes and honors businesses/organizations that have championed exemplary best practices and have had a positive influence on the economic well being of the Bartow area business community. CHAMPIONS CUP NOMINATION FORM HERE - Available August 1, 2017. Nominated businesses/organizations are judged by an anonymous random panel of more than 20 community leaders who review the applicants based upon strict criteria reguarding community and economic impact. The prestigious awards are presented at the evening event held at the Bartow Civic Center featuring a prominent keynote speaker. Awards are presented in eight categories and a community leader is inducted into the Champions Cup Hall of Fame, representing his/her impact on the community's economy. The event is a program of the Chamber's Committee of 100.

Spirit of Bartow Awards: The evening is also a time of recognizing those who give back to the community. The Spirit of Bartow award is presented to area citizens who have contributed to the community in a significant way. SPIRIT OF BARTOW NOMINATION FORM HERE - Available August 1, 2017
 

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10/19/176:00pm to 9:00pmJeff Clark


Stepping Out for Education is a Dancing with the Starts type event featuring community celebrities who learn ballroom dances and perform for judges, “stepping out” of their dance comfort zone to raise money for education services of the Polk Education Foundation.  Dinner with dance competition.
 

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10/21/176:00pm to 10:00pmSusan Copeland


Registration and lunch begin at 12:00 p.m. with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Banquet and awards following play. We all know that a little help makes a big difference.  With a little help from you through tournament play or sponsorship, you too can make a big difference in the life of a child with special needs.

The Achievement Academy serves children from birth through age five with various developmental delays and disabilities.  

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11/06/1712:00pm to 7:00pmStacy Williams


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: Leadership In The Workplace

AT POLK STATE COLLEGE

7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

CLASSES FOR 2017. More than 57 earned a Professional Development Academy certificate in 2016!

As a member, you and your employees are eligible to participate in a professional development series: LEADERSHIP IN THE WORKPLACE. Successful professionals continually strive to learn. Expanding skill sets and knowledge enables individuals to transcend their careers. The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, 
in collaboration with Polk State College, announces the launch of the 2017 Greater Bartow Chamber Professional Development Academy (PDA). This program provides skills for business, organization, and personal growth and improvement through a variety of educational and training opportunities. Receive your PDA certificate by attending a minimum of four of the seven classes. Cost for the academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29 per class.

Choose What’s Right For You
PDA allows you to choose the classes that are right for you.

What Is The Cost For The Classes?
Cost for the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce Professional Development Academy classes are covered in your Chamber membership investment. If you are an employee of a Chamber member business, you are entitled to attend any of the classes at no cost. However, if you do register for a class, and cannot attend, you must notify the Chamber 24 hours prior to the class. If you fail to notify the Chamber and do not show up, your business will be charged an administration fee of $15 for the missed class. If you are not employed by a Chamber member business, the classes are $29.00 per class.

Where Are The Classes Held?
All classes are held at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center
    Polk State College Corporate College
    310 Technology Drive
    Bartow, Florida

What Time Are Classes?
Classes begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m.

Do I Have To Attend Every Class?
Absolutely not. You are allowed to pick and choose the classes that are right for you.

Do I Need To Pre-Register?
Yes - pre-registration is necessary. Simply go online to www.bartowchamber.com and click on the Professional Development Academy icon.

How Do I Earn My Certificate?
You can earn your Professional Development Academy Certificate by attending a minimum of four of the classes.

INSTRUCTOR BIOS:

Kelley Andrews, MS
Kelly Andrews has been working in the Health and Wellness field for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from Florida State University. Her diverse experience and educational background have provided her with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including corporate, non-profit, medical, and fitness centers, as well as within higher education. As a certified yoga teacher, wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath mentor, Ms. Andrews shares her personal journey of finding peace within through her daily interactions with various clients. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Wellness at Florida Southern College and oversees the campus-wide Wellness and Recreation Program. In her spare time, she volunteers her time to support local businesses as a wellness consultant and assists individuals as a personal resilience coach.

J. Lenora BreslerJ. Lenora Bresler is an attorney, senior certified human resource professional, and a certified advanced speaker. She has her own leadership and motivation firm in Lakeland and is a keynote speaker, trainer, coach, and author. Her newest book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, is due out next month. She is the co-author of Mission Possible and Best of the Best, and is the editor of the motivation book Jump Starts, by Timothy Richardson. Ms. Bresler has taught the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System for eight years at Valencia College and has repeatedly won awards for 100% class pass rates. Ms. Bresler has also taught for the Polk State Corporate College since 2001. With a background in acting, singing, and piano, she brings a flavor of humor and entertainment to all her trainings.

 

2017 CLASSES:


MARCH 8, 2017
INSTANT INSIGHT TEAMBUILDING
J. Lenora Bresler

Based on the book, Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships, this workshop explores how an effective team is like a jigsaw puzzle, where knowing the pieces and how they fit together is essential for successful interactions. Participants use a variety of interactive exercises to reveal differences in team members, as having insight about people enables individuals to persuade, motivate, teach, coach, and work with each other more effectively and harmoniously. In addition, this workshop helps participants identify their preferred learning styles, working times, pet peeves, and motivators. Mechanisms of persuasive argument are explored, including how simple adjustments in the detail-level of conversations can yield better results when providing information and instruction to others.

APRIL 12, 2017
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HANDLE TOXIC PEOPLE
Kelly Andrews

Toxic people and their behaviors affect the workplace, community, and even families. They create havoc, frustratration, drain energy, and cause unnecessary stress. This workshop focuses on mechanisms for taking back control. Through discussion and activities, participants identify toxic behaviors that sabotage success, assess the negative impact caused by toxic individuals, avoid the traps that allow them to influence and control, and learn to establish personal boundaries. This session reviews strategies for handling toxic encounters so that participants can protect themselves, leverage influence more effectively, and better apply leadership skills during these situations.

MAY 10, 2017
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING
J. Lenora Bresler

This course reviews supervisory skills that enable an individual to be an effective leader, coach, counselor, listener, motivator, and role model. The workshop emphasizes Transactional Analysis in Psychotherapy, created by Eric Berne, which defines the three ego states: Parent, Adult, and Child, and how these states affect interactions between individuals. Using real-world situations, individuals review possible outcomes and identify optimum responses to obtain their goals. The session develops leaders as mentors by enabling them to embrace the idea that each leadership encounter is situational, and assessing the ego state of those involved while using appropriate communications can lead to a harmonious and productive work environment. 

AUGUST 9, 2017
SERVANT LEADERSHIP
J. Lenora Bresler

Servant leadership refers to a natural desire to serve others which drives the individual into to leadership. A servant-leader considers himself or herself a servant first, which strongly contrasts with the leader-first model often seen in the working environment. This workshop enables participants to identify the guiding principles of servant leadership, discuss real-life examples, and brainstorm ways in which to model this style in their own careers—as well as encourage and reward its use by others.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
HEART-LED LEADERSHIP
Kelly Andrews

In this fast-paced world, managers have to balance high productivity expectations with supportive staff coaching and mentorship. High-pressured deadlines and work overload lead to increasing stress. Heart-led leadership is based on leading from the heart, with a sense of patience, compassion, kindness, and positive energy. An individual who takes care of his or her own emotional and physical needs is more aligned and less reactive to others. This workshop provides some basic skills and techniques to begin an individual’s journey toward leading with the heart.

OCTOBER 11, 2017
DE-STRESS THE MESS: TIME MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION
J. Lenora Bresler

Most people work much harder and are far more stressed and frustrated than they have to be – simply because they are not organized. This workshop identifies some quick ways to organize one’s workspace, information access, and time investment so that work is easy – and perhaps even enjoyable! Thought-provoking questions require participants to be honest about limitations, obstacles, and priorities, allowing for true growth and productive change. During this session individuals explore how to organize the workspace and their use of it, prioritize tasks for efficiency, identify inefficient behaviors, and focus on the steps to a desired outcome.

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP: CREATING THE SPACE TO LEAD
Kelly Andrews

Supported by a vast and growing body of research, mindfulness and mindful leadership is an emerging trend among Fortune 500 visionaries and leaders. Over the past decade, an increasing number of companies have discovered the advantages of incorporating mindfulness in their work culture and professional development practices. This workshop trains individuals in the foundations of mindfulness and explores techniques to include mindful practices into the daily routine. This enables individuals to focus on attention management, rather than time management, and leads to more responsive and productive relationships.


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11/08/177:30am to 9:30amBarbara Adamson


A fundraising event to help the children and families of Polk County. 

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11/08/176:30pm to 9:00pmGregg Heinkel


Polk County is home to over 54,000 veterans.  We invite all area veterans and active military personnel to join us for two big days of live entertainment and a free barbecue feast prepared under the big top.

We can’t say thank you enough for your service.


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11/11/17
-11/12/17
9:00am to 5:00pmDavid Kiessling


George Long gives you a chance to hear how the City of Bartow is doing. This is a free event, open to the community. If you'd like, lunch is available for $10. You may purchase your ticket online, or pick up at the Chamber. Doors open at 11:30; program begins at noon.

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11/15/1711:30am to 1:00pm


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11/16/175:00pm to 6:30pmBarbara Adamson


The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults.  The event will be held at International Market World Flea and Farmers Market in Auburndale. The market comes alive on Fridays as shoppers stroll through one of the area’s largest farm fresh produce markets, enjoy live entertainment and experience the market’s vibrant atmosphere.  This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome!


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12/01/179:00am to 3:00pmDavid Kiessling


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12/07/175:00pm to 6:30pmBarbara Adamson


Bartow Rotary Clubs present Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run VI

The 6th annual Yellow Jacket Stomp Adventure Run will be held in Mosaic and Mary Holland Parks at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  The course is run over a combination of grass, paved streets and walking paths.  Various obstacles will be arranged to challenge the runners on their way around the course.
The registration, start, finish and awards ceremony will be held in Mosaic Park at 2250 South Floral Avenue in Bartow, one block north of the Bartow Civic Center. 
The fees are $20 for runners ages 16 and up/ and $15 for runners ages 15 and under.
Anyone who has any questions may contact Steve Githens at 863-529-8679.

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02/03/1810:00am to 11:30amSteve Githens


The 13th Annual VISTEBall will be held February 3, 2018 from 6-10 p.m. at Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland. VISTEBall is an indoor golf-themed fund-raiser where attendees may play golf-related games, enjoy a buffet dinner and drinks. In addition to the meal and games, attendees may bid on silent and live auction items. Proceeds from the evening go to support VISTE (Volunteers In Service To the Elderly). VISTE’s mission is to enable the frail elderly to remain safely and independently in their own homes. VISTE assists clients 70 and older in Lakeland, Bartow, Ft. Meade and Mulberry. VISTEBall is the organization’s largest fundraiser each year. VISTEBall tickets may be purchased from VISTE Board members, by contacting Steve Bissonnette (at either 863.683.8458 or steve@viste.org) or via the VISTE website. To purchase tickets online, go to: www.viste.org. For questions, contact Bissonnette at 863-683-8458.

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02/03/186:00pm to 10:00pmSteve Bissonnette


The Central Florida Health Expo is the area’s premier event for health-conscious adults.  The event will be held at International Market World Flea and Farmers Market in Auburndale. The market comes alive on Fridays as shoppers stroll through one of the area’s largest farm fresh produce markets, enjoy live entertainment and experience the market’s vibrant atmosphere.  This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome!


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02/09/189:00am to 3:00pmDavid Kiessling


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