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projectMUSIC  – August 29, 2015
Experience an eclectic, energizing evening with a special private performance to benefit the LYDIA Home for abused and neglected children.

Leading the Transformational Retreat  – September 21, 2015
Explore a powerful methodology and learn how your next retreat can be a major turning point for your organization!

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August 29, 2015



Experience an eclectic, energizing evening with a special private performance to benefit the LYDIA Home for abused and neglected children. 



Welcome to Year 7 of projectMUSIC™, a unique, one-of-a-kind benefit where you join us in an amazing and important project…to take one night, make some music and send 40 kids to overnight camp.



Make it Important: Our focus is doing something amazing for the 40 abused and neglected children who live at LYDIA – in one night we raise enough to send each child to overnight camp – most of these kids have never been on a family vacation or left the city in their life.


Make it Tangible: 100% of your contribution will help fund a child from LYDIA to attend overnight camp- for every two tickets sold, one child goes.


Make it Cool: As a thank you for helping, you will experience a private event with talented artists at the incredibly eclectic Catalyst Ranch.


Make it Happen: At the end of the night, with your help, we will raise enough money to send every kid to overnight camp – every kid.



Saturday, August 29, 2015


7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago


Cost: $200 (100% of every dollar donated goes directly to fund a child attending camp)

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Leading the Transformational Retreat

September 21, 2015




Explore a powerful methodology and learn how your next retreat can be a major turning point for your organization!


Taking on a new role, team, or initiative? Need to cultivate a higher level of energy, focus and collaboration within your organization? The way you plan, think, speak about, and manage your next leadership retreat can be a powerful investment in your future success.  Really.


The phrase, “corporate retreat,” may stimulate thoughts of exotic locales, lengthy slide presentations and seemingly frivolous exercises. Yet, a retreat can be a focal point for creating a transformational process, in which you can set a new tone and direction, impacting how people communicate and think about their roles within a team.  A transformational retreat can infuse renewed enthusiasm and commitment into how your people operate, expanding what’s possible together. And accelerate what you are up to.


How you engage with your people can make all the difference.


You are invited to a seminar on The Power of Transformational Retreats.


In this highly interactive session, you will:

  • Learn and work with a powerful coaching model based on 6 key questions that will change the way you think about retreat planning.
  • Hear how others utilized the process to shift the way team members think about their roles, the team and how it operates to infuse new energy, enthusiasm, creativity into how they work and what’s possible together – and the unpredictable results they produced
  • Learn powerful questions to ask in your planning process
  • Work on a transformational goal for your organization, as applicable
  • Learn how you/the leader plans, speaks about, leads/facilitates the retreat will impact the outcome
  • Explore/identify/discuss structures to put in place to achieve and sustain the outcome
  • Reflect on what might need to be changed in the organizational structure to facilitate success
  • Clarify your role in the process
  • Develop the basic outlines of a plan


This session is highly recommended for leaders:

  • In new roles
  • Of newly formed teams
  • Who wish to set a new direction
  • Of merged organizations
  • Who need people to operate at a higher magnitude of creativity, collaboration, efficiency, or customer focus
  • Who need to transform a situation, a culture



Monday, September 21, 2015


12:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Please plan to arrive by 11:45 to get your lunch, get settled and meet your seminar colleagues!) 

Catalyst Ranch, 656 W Randolph St, Chicago


Cost: $160 (Tuition includes light sandwich/salad lunch, and brief networking as we begin, 6-step coaching model workbook, electronic version of the workbook for you to use in the future, electronic project plan document, one-on-one pre-seminar introduction/intake phone conversation with one of the seminar leaders and follow up phone call after the session to support you in getting the most out of the seminar.)


Number of RSVP’s

To get the most out of the program, consider inviting your leadership team!(Please contact the presenters or Catalyst Ranch with any dietary restrictions.)


Preregistration reflection: Please come to the session having thought about: Why is there an urgent need for transformation in my/my client’s organization? What’s at stake?


“Engaging Jackie and Anil to assist in the process to transform the way we think about our work together in the Office of Advancement was a key step in our continuous improvement journey. During our staff retreat, they helped us to identify organizational and cultural barriers to success. They helped also to build a new vocabulary that supports shared accountability for improvement.” Regina D. Biddings-Muro, Vice Chancellor, Advancement, Purdue University Calumet


“Where has this been all my life? How many board retreats have I sat through–some ineffective, some inspiring–only to see nothing change afterward? Jackie and Anil have created a path for success that is holistic and realistic.”  Kathleen Flanagan, President, Leadership Communication


Seminar Leaders


Jackie SloaneAnil Saxena and Jackie Sloane have worked with leaders to create, launch, sell, and implement successful transformation initiatives. Jackie specializes in enhancing the ability of leaders to achieve significant results and greater well-being through how they engage others, communicate, and cultivate relationships.  She has over 25 years’ experience in executive coaching, leadership development, communication, and engagement consulting. She has served leaders, teams and groups in most industries. Client firms include Abbott, Accenture, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Comcast, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, Hollister, Navistar, PepsiCo, Purdue University, University of Indianapolis Alumni Association, Navistar, Pepsico, and others. She is a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago, holds two coach certifications, including Master Certified Coach.





AnilAnil Saxena partners with client companies on all types of organizational changes, including talent management initiatives, major department reorganizations, and technology shifts, developing highly successful change management programs.  He has more than 18 years of experience in organizational change, development, and talent management, and has held Change Management leadership positions in major companies such as BP, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Discover, and Gallup. Clients include DeVry, True Value, CME, Purdue University, AM Castle, Underwriters Laboratories, Safer Foundation, McDonald’s, Cole-Palmer, Fisher Scientific, Campbell’s, Hospira, Rotary International, and Walgreens. He is a graduate of IIT, has served as an Associate Professor at University of California, Irvine, teaching management development, change management, and organizational change, and has a Master Certificate in leading organizational change from Northwestern University.



For more information, or to schedule an internal session on this topic for your organization, email: or or call 773-465-5906.


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