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Bonnie MichaelsBonnie Michaels

Bonnie Michaels is president of Managing Work & Family, Inc, a work-life consulting and training firm since 1987.  The firm is dedicated to helping organizations and workers solve work-and personal life conflicts.  Her many US and international clients span across all industries.

Since the downturn in the economy she has turned her attention to helping individuals through difficult career, financial and lifestyle transitions. Her new workshops, speeches and retreats expand on the topic and focus in depth on creating a career and personal life that is sustainable during changing times. 

Ms. Michaels combines first hand knowledge, practical ideas and inspiration for her presentations. As a trained actress, she brings outstanding speaking skills to her many platform speeches and training programs.  She has delivered hundreds of programs across the globe.

As an expert in the field of work-life, she is a regular contributor to radio, TV and print stories. In addition, she has co-authored, Solving the Work/Family Puzzle and A Journey of Work-Life Renewal, the Power to Recharge & Rekindle the Passion in Life

Ms. Michaels walks the talk to maintain her own balance.  In 2000 she took a year-long renewal journey volunteering, studying Flamenco and experiencing alternative lifestyles.  This life-changing journey greatly influenced her current and more sustainable lifestyle on which she writes and speaks. 

As a local and national activist, she is on the executive board for Take Back Your Time and volunteers at the Conservancy of SW Florida, League of Women Voters, and environmental networks.  Over the last two decades, she has been a member of the National Speakers Association, Association of Training and Development, the Society for Human Resources, Women in film/Chicago, and the SW Florida Brandeis Chapter and World at Work.  She is on the Women Bureau’s Working Women Honor Roll. 

Ms. Michaels has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern University, Montessori Certification, and has taken continuing education courses in business management, training, communication, psychology, and film.  She is passionate about Flamenco dancing and hiking. She is married with three children and seven grandchildren.

Allison BlankenshipAllison Adams Blankenship

As an author, presentations coach and critically acclaimed speaker, Allison Blankenship’s message of “The not-known is the new normal” is hitting a nerve.  Individuals and organizations are seeking innovative ideas and flexible tools to excel in a rapidly changing, uncertain and often unstable future.  What worked last year or even last month is no longer valid. New critical thinking skills are needed to navigate unexpected change and create sustainable success. 

From one-star generals to administrative assistants, Allison has lead thousands of people to perform under pressure.  She specializes in accelerating results and can transform your team into persuasive communicators, task-driven competitors and strengths-based topic experts.

Corporations such as Cephalon, Wal-Mart Home Office, Bank of America, Nestle Purina, FEMA and First Energy rely on Allison for cutting edge ideas.  After establishing herself as a corporate entrepreneur in developing new policies, procedures and organizations, Allison is now recognized as a thought leader on persuasive communications, flexible leadership and productivity.

She serves as CEO of Precision Speaking, Inc. with offices in Florida and Alabama. Allison was named the Florida Speaker of the Year by the South Florida chapter of the National Speaker’s Association and awarded the Jim Barber Leadership Award for the state of Florida.  She served as a member of the original management team which garnered the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and was also recognized as an Outstanding Young Woman of America.

In addition to being an active volunteer and board member, Allison is married with two children.  She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications with Honors from Auburn University and was one of the first 100 accredited public relations professionals in Florida.  Allison is an avid crafter and completely addicted to HGTV.  She divides her time between Florida and Alabama with her husband and two cats.

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