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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 upcoming retreats.

MARCH 14-16, 2023 | Navigate with your Peers

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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 is excited to not only be the official Host, but to also be able to host this event at her house.

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Meet Dr. Kent Wessinger

Dr. Kent Wessinger is a People Scientist focused on sustainable solutions to cross-generational growth, with an emphasis on attraction, engagement & retention of millennial employees & clients.

In 2016, he launched and continues to manage what many C-suites have called the foremost proprietary information on growth and revenue with millennials. He has successfully helped Fortune 500 financialservices companies, engineering firms, manufacturing companies, nationwide real estate and insurance firms, governments in North and Central America, non-profits, and many small businesses develop a relevant strategy to solve their workforce crisis.

Although millennials are widely viewed as a threat to organizations of all sizes; Dr. Wessinger's proprietary research reveals they are positioned to be the greatest opportunity of growth in the history of your organization. Yet only 22% of all companies have an informed strategy to attract, engage, and reatin millennials. Utilizing his research aned successful implementation experiences, Dr. Wessinger will strategically help you...

  • Shift from recruiting to attracting top talent
  • Develop critical employee engagement structures
  • Solved your employee retention crisis
  • Capture the growth and revenue opportunity with millennial clients
  • Develop a successful cross-generational mentoring structure
  • Mitigate cross-generational conflict
  • Create a leadership pipeline

Kent is co-founder of Retention Partners, founder of the create2elevate research lab, and keynote speaker at 30+ conferences per year. He has a PhD. from Prescott College in Sustainability Education with a research emphasis in economin sustainability in structures suffering from workforce migration; a Master of Arts in Theology from Regent University; and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Kennesaw State University.

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Dr. Kent Wessinger will strategically work with attendees on how to achieve the following:

  • Shift from recruiting to attracting top talent
  • Develop critical employee engagement structures
  • Solve your employee retention crisis
  • Capture the growth and revenue opportunity with millennial clients
  • Develop a successful cross-generational mentoring structure
  • Mitigate cross-generational conflict
  • Create a leadership pipeline
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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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Leading Out Of A Transitional Season - We can no longer have the mindset of leading IN a crisis…we have to lead our teams OUT of what has been 2 years of trauma, trials, and turbulence. In this session, you will be challenged to examine your leadership strategy, your team structure, and the systems you may or may not have in place.

Using the newest researched-based data on post-pandemic human behavior, you’ll get specific strategies to help you and your team get out of survive mode and into thrive mode.

Owners Will Learn To:
• Create credibility, likeability, and trust with your team by implementing communications strategies for greater engagement
• Re-align your team with your vision and values
• Examine your SOP Structures to find out if you can simplify your processes and amplify your team’s performance
• Make heart-centered, high-impact persuasive communication your new norm – even if, especially if, you are your role has changed or been challenged in the day-to-day operations

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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.

Leaders' Role in Managing Challenging Behaviors - Many leaders of childcare centers are facing teacher turnover, and burnout due to increased challenging behaviors and stress in the early childhood programs. In this session, we will look at 5 factors that can help reduce the behaviors and reduce the levels of stress. After this session directors will have tools to look at their programs with fresh eyes to see where and how to make changes to support their teachers and most importantly the young children they are educating.

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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.

The Culture Tension Decoder - Get the audience started on decoding their behaviors, mindsets and beliefs of their team, and be able to understand the tensions that are stopping their team from growing.

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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!

It’s hard to get energized about child care insurance but Samantha definitely can make anything fun! Learn some cool things about insurance and how having all the coverage in place will help you through unexpected times.

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Meet Vernon Mason

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JANUARY 28, 2023 | Navigate your Start-Up

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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.

APRIL 21-23, 2023 | Navigate as a Couple

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Meet Caroline & Dan Jens

Daniel and Caroline are excited to be alongside couples as they navigate the highs and lows of navigating business together. They will be touching on topics to help couples commit to learning skills that help them weather difficult seasons and deal confidently with relationship and business challenges. Join our hosts for an experience with a focus on gratitude, building, boundaries, expectations, taking out the trash, and how to navigate for consistency.

Daniel and Caroline are excited to be alongside couples as they navigate the highs and lows of navigating business together. They will be touching on topics to help couples commit to learning skills that help them weather difficult seasons and deal confidently with relationship and business challenges. Join our hosts for an experience with a focus on gratitude, building, boundaries, expectations, taking out the trash, and how to navigate for consistency.

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