DU 2019


Brave Work, Whole Hearts
Facilitated by: April Lott, LCSW, President & CEO, Directions for Living

If you haven’t heard of Brené Brown, prepare to be inspired. This workshop will be built upon clips and concepts from books, TED Talks, and videos of Brené –a research professor and author who has spent decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and has since become a worldwide phenomenon – intertwined with concepts our President & CEO, April Lott, has learned through her 30 years in our specific industry. The result is a compelling, dynamic look at how being brave can change your life. April will show that true leadership is not about titles, it is anyone taking responsibility and having the courage to develop greatness in others. Being brave and committing to this work with your whole heart can have incredible results. This workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to be inspired to take charge in both their work and personal life.


Understanding Social Determinants of Health
Facilitated by: Dr. Nosakhare Idehen and Shanya Turner, Pinellas County Department of Health

Did you know that your zip code determines your health? Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities. The conditions in which we live explain in part why some Americans are healthier than others and why Americans more generally are not as healthy as they could be. Understanding these Social Determinants of Health is the first step in creating social and physical environments that promote good health for all. This workshop would be ideal for providers of services who would like to better understand and strengthen these determinants for our clients in order to fully meet their needs and help them succeed.


Time for Change: Addressing Inequity in Pinellas County
Facilitated by: Brother John Mohammed, Community Development & Training Center, Inc.

In addition to the innate desire we hold as citizens for justice and fairness, equity has also been identified as the superior economic model. Experts estimate that the Pinellas County economy would be $3.6 billion larger if there were no racial gaps in income. Furthermore, if additional income is generated by families who have low incomes the following areas will be positively impacted: health, academic success of children, quality of housing, likelihood of living in a more safe and secure environment, and civic engagement. This workshop will introduce you to three key areas that that can lead to systemic change in addressing inequity in Pinellas County and will engage attendees in discussing methods and best practices to allow them to join in the local effort of creating social change.


Yoga, Meditation, and Breath work for Self-Care
Facilitated by: Lindsay Dixon, The Body Electric Yoga Company

This workshop will remind you of your personal sanctuary that exists within. Using simple tools derived from the practice of yoga, you will learn how to treat yourself, diffuse anxiety, release stuck energies and rejuvenate the spirit from our most relaxing room, which overlooks the Hilton pool and palm trees. Your expert instructor will cover breathing exercises, gentle yoga movements, and simple meditations that you can incorporate into your self-care routine to improve sleep, concentration, and mood. You will leave feeling more grounded and relaxed, yet energized.  Come as you are, no experience necessary. Yoga mats will be provided.


80s Zumba
Facilitated by: Mary Brown, Zumba

What’s the best part of the 80s? The music, of course! So get your blood pumping and get in a quick dance workout while jamming to all the best anthems of the 80s mixed with traditional Latin Zumba music in this workshop. Zumba is the perfect combination of fun and fitness, an exercise program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer “Beto” Perez which combines principles from aerobics and dance to achieve cardio and muscle-toning benefits. Your enthusiastic instructor will guide you through the moves, so whether you’re a professional or have two left feet, you will still have tons of fun. This would be ideal for physical people who don’t want to sit still, don’t mind getting sweaty, and love to dance (and sing along, if you like!). Prepare to feel joyful, free, and empowered!


80s Team Trivia
Facilitated by: DFL Leadership

Who doesn’t love some good old fashioned competition? Strap on your leg warmers, because this workshop is sending you on a blast from the past before coming back to the future. Attendees of this workshop will be randomly paired into teams to answer trivia questions on 80s movies, music, and other pop culture, along with history, sports, and more. The winning team in each workshop will be awarded a special prize, but win or lose you will definitely have fun in this one! This workshop would be ideal for those who are competitive, are willing to make new friends and work as a team, and who want to flex their mental muscles and quick recall skills.


Kitchen Reboot: The 7 Day Magical Transformation Project
Facilitated by: Sarah Bingham, Clinical Nutritionist and Founder of Fast Food Healing

You are literally fueled by what you eat every day – what foods are you choosing to fill up your tank? In this workshop, your facilitator will show you how to change a few simple things in your diet that will make PROFOUND changes in your mood, energy, and drive within one week.  This will be a fast moving, information-packed workshop that will change your life. This workshop is great for those who are fed up with getting up in the morning and dragging their body or mind through the day or anyone looking for a much better relationship with food.


From Grief to Healing: A Formidable Journey
Facilitated by: Vevie Dimmitt and Marty Borell, Love IV Lawrence

Both Vevie Dimmitt and Marty Borell will share their personal stories of losing a child who suffered with their mental health. They will share their children’s struggles, how they dealt with them as parents and how their deaths impacted them, their families, friends and the community. They will also share their personal journeys toward healing – and their commitment to engage in the field of mental health to help reduce stigma and support mental health professionals in their critically important work. Vevie and Marty will open the dialogue to the audience for questions and answers and conversation as time allows.

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