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MEET OUR UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Our “Captains of Conversation” will help navigate the way at the next event. You will find these inspiring speakers at our retreats in October and November.

OCTOBER

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Meet Caroline Jens

Owner and founder of Child Care Biz Help. Caroline brings 20+ years of experience in finance and child care to the table. Caroline consults nationwide with all sizes of schools and brings a "franchise alternative" to new start-ups in any state.

Caroline is the author of P.R.O.F.I.T.S. Child Care Success Formula and proud organizer of the only luxury childcare retreats - Navigate.

Caroline will not only be hosting the retreat, she will also be talking about the complete start up process and how best to navigate it!

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Meet Daniel Jens

Co-owner of Child Care Biz Help Dan's experience lies in sales, marketing, and SEO. Additionally, as a certified workplace coaching strategist, Dan helps companies build positive cultures through coaching.

Dan's lean manufacturing background provides a unique ability to help schools find root causes to problems in their schools which helps them formulate solutions. Hint - you may have seen him on America's Got Talent.

Dan will also be a co-host of the retreat and will be talking about Sales & Marketing in regards to the start up process.

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Meet Maria Fitz-Gibbons

The owner and operator of Leap Academy Childcare Centers in Madison, Wisconsin and the surrounding area. Prior to owning Leap Academy, Maria worked as a Mental Health Practitioner with children with disabilities in the Minnesota Public School System. She has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology.  Maria brings a unique combination of knowledge in early childhood education and entrepreneurial spirit to the field.

Maria is excited to join the retreat and talk about tips for buying and existing center and making the new team YOURS.

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Meet Mandy Doy

The Chief Operating Officer for several different Chicago school brands of Daycare Team (The Nook, Tiny Tot, Wise Owl, Smart from the Start). Mandy juggles the needs of nine locations, directors and assistant directors. She brings years of experience running profitable schools.

Mandy is excited to join the retreat and talk about the importance of hiring the RIGHT person for the Director position.

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Meet Jenn Winters

Located in Colorado Springs, Jenn Winters is that woman who burns her bra for ECE, has become a passionate advocate for Owners and Directors and has been through the trenches just like you. Her non-stereotypical approach to this field gives Owners and Directors a new perspective on how to stand up for themselves, use their words and not just survive their day to day.

Jenn is joining us and sharing 10 Dos & Dont's of opening a center. She will also be talking about how to snag a 5 year employee.

NOVEMBER

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Meet Caroline Jens

Owner and founder of Child Care Biz Help. Caroline brings 20+ years of experience in finance and child care to the table. Caroline consults nationwide with all sizes of schools and brings a "franchise alternative" to new start-ups in any state.

Caroline is the author of P.R.O.F.I.T.S. Child Care Success Formula and proud organizer of the only luxury childcare retreats - Navigate.

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Meet Daniel Jens

Co-owner of Child Care Biz Help Dan's experience lies in sales, marketing, and SEO. Additionally, as a certified workplace coaching strategist, Dan helps companies build positive cultures through coaching.

Dan's lean manufacturing background provides a unique ability to help schools find root causes to problems in their schools which helps them formulate solutions. Hint - you may have seen him on America's Got Talent.

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Meet Julie Bartkus

Julie Bartkus is an award-winning business owner, internationally known speaker, coach and best-selling author of Child Care Business Success. For more than 20 years she has been helping leaders across the globe experience a workplace detox, so they can cultivate a more harmonious workplace culture that leads to higher productivity, staff retention and higher profits.

Julie has overcome several significant challenges in her life, and at a pivotal moment, she realized that she had to ‘detox’ and begin thinking new thoughts. Her mindset became a powerhouse that not only lifted her far beyond what she thought possible in her life, she began a career of helping other leaders to the same.

Julie is a serial entrepreneur and today her greatest joy comes from helping business owners and leaders transform their mindsets, re-connect with the heart of their business, and achieve great financial success. She believes that if a leader is authentically and genuinely happy in their own life, they’ll have a strong foundation in place for cultivating a happy, healthy, thriving team that definitely comes back full circle - feeding into the leader’s continued happiness and success!

As the founder of the Workplace Detox Movement, Julie partners with business owners to help them eliminate the toxic environments that are preventing them from creating the team of their dreams. When a Workplace Detox is achieved, and alignment is re-established, leaders are in an incredibly powerful position to not only grow their business but to truly fall back in love with it again.

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MARCH

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Meet Beth Cannon

Beth Cannon is an international speaker, educator, and entrepreneur known for her passion for engaging leaders and inspiring teams. With a heart to serve early educators through business and leadership strategy and team-building, Beth serves as a keynote speaker, conference presenter, digital course creator, coach, and consultant.

She’s also the creator of The Leader’s Lounge – an online platform for early education professional development. You can find her chatting it up on multiple industry podcasts, webinars, and the mix of social platforms.

Her passion for kids (and fitness!) led her to start Stretch-n-Grow – an international children’s fitness franchise- in 1999. She quickly became the #1 business owner, and as an instructional design specialist, she created the business operations and employee management systems, instructor certification program, and is the International Corporate Trainer for franchisees across the globe. Beth is also a registered early education trainer and certified classroom teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. Oh and just for fun, she’s been a group fitness instructor since she was 17 and currently teaches hot yoga on the weekends!

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Meet Prerna Richards

Prerna Richards is an international and national keynote speaker, social entrepreneur, coach, and consultant. She has been in the early childhood education field for the past 36 years. Her professional journey has allowed her to work in many different roles including being a preschool teacher and a Vice President of an early childhood division. Majority of her experience was in NAEYC accredited and trauma informed learning programs. She is a registered master- level trainer with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System. Most recently she started her own consulting business, Together We Grow providing professional development, coaching, and consulting for educators and individual families. She also has a YouTube channel under the same business name. She is currently also working as a Texas rising star assessor. She is deeply passionate about supporting the teachers who are providing care for the young learners. Every child deserves the best start in life that trained and prepared educators can provide. She is the winner of Susan Hargrave Trainer of the Year Award from TXAEYC in October 2020.

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Meet Chanie Wilschanski

Chanie Wilschanski is an Early Childhood Leadership Coach and CEO of Schools of Excellence where she has worked with hundreds of EC Directors and School Owners who are working to build a School of Excellence with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, and collaborative culture.

Chanie began her journey over a decade ago, teaching toddlers at the acclaimed Preschool of the Arts in New York City for 8 years until she continued her path into high studies and earned her Masters in EC and Special Education. In 2015, she started training teachers and school leaders on the HOW part of creating excellence in their schools.

Now a wife and mother of 4, her hands are full and she understands what it takes to lead a large center and have a full-time job at home, and it breaks my heart when I see so many dedicated school leaders sacrificing all of their time with their family and all of their self-care (what self-care?) to a school that feels like it’s constantly getting away from them.

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Meet Samantha Phillips

Let's face it... when you think insurance, trust is probably not the first thought that comes to mind. Early in her career, Samantha recognized that child care owners were in desperate need of an insurance partner they could truly count on to have their back.

An insurance partner that actually cares about the quality of coverage they offer to protect your business more than the amount of commission they collect to do it. This has been the fuel behind her passion and her WHY for exclusively serving the child care industry for over 10 years!

Samantha recently joined the team at Comploy to pair her knowledge and expertise with a company already helping underserved businesses, like early childhood, fortify, comply, and thrive in the face of uncertain regulatory environments. Comploy’s platform allows you to protect and streamline your operations, while providing an environment where you are our priority every step of the way! Together, we can create a smart benefits package for your employees, and with our integrated platform, make it easy to manage! Gone are the days of needing multiple software systems to manage your business. Enjoy the convenience of payroll, HR, health benefits, commercial insurance, and management all in ONE CONVENIENT PLACE!

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