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Valerie Janke

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume III

STRONG WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

Valerie Janke

 

 

 

 

Valerie Janke

Valerie Janke is a 20 year Financial Services Industry professional. She is an active member of her local community, serving on the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and Dinner Dance Committees. She actively volunteers at Lisle Eyes to the Skies and with JDRF Illinois as a Family Mentor and Outreach Committee member, helping the families of people who are newly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She is the Membership Director for The Financial Planning Association of Illinois, Inc. and also serves on their Communications Committee. She has participated in “Age Well DuPage” and “Financial Planning Day”. And, finally, she is the Treasurer for Australian Shepherd Rescue Midwest, Inc. Her volunteer efforts are tireless. She is a professional who is dedicated to helping people achieve their goals and live fuller, better lives. Some of her professional efforts include outreach and education. She strives to have a positive impact on the lives of those around her, be they K9 or humans. She is a physique competitor and regularly runs 5K races as well as obstacle course runs. Her favorites include Zombie Runs since she prefers to be chased when running. She can be reached at (773) 852-6094 or through LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/pub/valerie-janke-cfp%C2%AE/13/220/b.

 

Valerie Janke
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https://www.linkedin.com/pub/valerie-janke-cfp%C2%AE/13/220/b
(331) 229-4038

 

 

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Finding Balance through Strength

This chapter is about finding balance, clarity and your inner rock star through competitive figure bodybuilding. It’s a personal journey through life’s trials and the author’s personal insight about finding your space and your “thing” to help you find your path.

 

 

 

Carol O’Meara

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume III

STRONG WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

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Carol O’Meara

Carol O’Meara [MSM; GradDipCouns; BA (HRM)] is the President of Diverse People Solutions, professional and executive coach, specializing in work, life and culture transitions. Carol is also a US military veteran and a corporate consultant with significant global experience. Her direct experience with achieving her goals during multiple transitions has helped her become an expert transition coach. She uses her life lessons and a strengths-based approach to assist her clients to accelerate their transitions.

Carol drew on her strengths during her own transitions from management positions in the US to a new life and a new career while experiencing the culture shock of living in Australia. Within weeks of arriving, she established DPS and commenced lecturing in Human Resources at Federation University, Australia.

Carol’s genuine desire to help others resulted in the referrals that built her business. Her diverse list of clients included representatives from the health, higher education, professional sports, hospitality, government, manufacturing, and transportation sectors.

Committed to inspiring others, Carol encouraged clients to engage in social responsibility programs. Her ‘Classroom Connections©’, and ‘Changing Colors©’ programs based in Malawi, drew the attention and support of UNESCO and the Australian government.

While in Australia, Carol formed a non-profit organization for empowering women in regional and rural areas. Events encouraged women to Move Up, Reach Back and Give a Hand Up© to women starting their journey as a business owner. Carol also took time to invest in herself by returning to graduate school and earning a counselling degree.

Back in the United States, Carol has opened a Diverse People Solutions Chicago location and begun sharing the secrets of her strengths-based approach when coaching clients to reach their true potential by identifying and applying their unique strengths.

 

Carol O’Meara
Diverse People Solutions LLC
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www.diversepeoplesolutions.com

 

 

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Explore and Dream to Discover Your Strengths: An Australian Story

Explore and Dream to Discover Your Strengths describes how Carol O’Meara left the safety of the US to begin a new life in Australia. ‘Comfortably numb’ in Corporate America, Carol marries an Australian and soon after finds herself saying goodbye to family and friends, making the 24 hour flight down-under. Severe culture shock had her going around in circles and doubting her decision to leave as she struggled to break free of her ‘roundabout’ experiences. During a US visit, Carol has a breakthrough moment enabling her to see things differently. Carol’s story ends with her secrets to getting your ‘groove back’ when exploring your dreams without borders.

 

 

 

Dede Schwartz

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume III

STRONG WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

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Dede Schwartz

Dede is full of energy and enthusiasm. She encourages a warm and welcoming approach to counseling where clients begin to relax and let their protective barriers down to freely express themselves. Dede uses a direct and honest approach with a variety of treatment modalities. She is passionate about empowering her clients and helping them achieve well-being and hope. Dede comes to True North following a long career working with patients at Linden Oaks Hospital, in Naperville, Illinois, both in the inpatient and day treatment programs. Dede taught in the Undergraduate Psychology program at National Louis University and lectures throughout the Chicago area on topics related to both physical and mental health.

True North Clinical Associates
55 E. Loop Road, Suite 203
Wheaton, IL 60189
630-653-1000, 630-653-1010 FAX

True North Clinical Associates
5151 Mochel Drive, Suite 305
Downers Grove, IL 60515
630-653-1000, 630-653-1010 FAX

 

Dede Schwartz
Dede Schwartz, LCPC
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truenorthclinical.com
630-292-6365

 

 

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Determined To Achieve

Dede writes a story about empowering oneself to achieve their dreams. She shares her own story from childhood shame and overcoming her beliefs to become a renowned clinical therapist, helping others to achieve their own passions and to learn to believe in themselves.

 

 

 

Jordan Holwell

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume III

STRONG WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

Jordan Holwell

 

 

 

 

Jordan Holwell

Jordan Holwell is a Licensed Massage Therapist and the Owner of Higher Energy Massage Therapy. Jordan is committed to helping clients to improve the quality of their lives from the inside out. She is also committed to educating the masses on the benefits of massage for emotional and physical healing.

Jordan’s own introduction to the benefits of bodywork was what initially gave her the desire to help others. “I had my first CranioSacral session over 12 years ago, and it was that experience that led me to where I am today,” she says. “The profound change that happened within, after that one session, left me with a passion for energy and massage work.”

With her new-found enthusiasm, Jordan began taking courses at the Sacred Journey Institute in Tinley Park, studying the principles of CranioSacral Therapy. In 2009, she founded Higher Energy Massage Therapy. However, her education in the field of holistic wellness wouldn’t end there.

Jordan, who is a strong advocate of integrative health and wellness practices and natural healing, went on to graduate from the Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy. Her current practice is as diverse as her varied background, enabling her to bring a combination of CranioSacral Therapy, relaxation and therapeutic massage to the table. “The opportunity to help others facilitate healing is endless,” she says.

 

Jordan Holwell
Higher Energy Massage Therapy
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www.higherenergy.net
708-769-5634

 

 

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Me Strong?

I never realized that I was strong. I just figured that I was getting through life. I mean we’re all given our cross to bear right? God doesn’t give us more than we can handle? Why am I strong? I found my way very late in life…but I FOUND MY WAY! Finally, this is what I was meant to do…and the journey here was, quite the adventure.

 

 

 

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