February 2018 Forum – Changing Lanes: Choice or Circumstance?

Changing Lanes:  Choice or Circumstance?

Are you in transition? Are you longing or terrified for the next chapter of life? 


Choice:  You’re on the verge of making some exciting positive change(s) in your life, when suddenly you feel it: the cold, iron grip of terror. Even though part of you is excited about the possibility of change — a new job, a new home, a new relationship, a new phase of life — there’s another part that’s viscerally attached to your present life; you’re comfortable, if not quite content. And that part is making it very difficult for you to move forward.


Circumstance:  Some new phases are forced transitions, they’re out of your control, be it illness, end of a relationship, or leaving a job, but it is still a new chapter in your life  either by choice or not.  Instead of feeling a sense of happy anticipation about the prospect of change, you might feel immobilized by a flurry of fears.


There are so many life questions: Am I really doing the right thing? How will my family and friends react to my new situation? Will I miss my old life? Or will I be overwhelmed by my new situation and decide that I’m just not up to its challenges? What if I fail? What if I succeed?

Sara Lebens, ACC, and Philomena Morrissey Satre will be lead us through an examination of 10 personal strategies that will help you to flourish during midlife transition.  In this presentation, they will tackle:
  • Values and beliefs
  • Processing goodbye before saying hello
  • Trash or treasures
  • Transforming fear into faith
  • Mindset-how do you show up with energy and intention
  • Life-Long Learner
  • Every day actions make a difference: Building sustainable relationships
  • Plan A, B or C?
  • Building skills through service
  • Learning to allow others to care for as you have cared for them
  • Who ya gonna call….911?
Plan on attending our interactive workshop to develop greater self-awareness during times of change and transition, which may help you to answer some of those life questions and ultimately, to achieve your personal and professional goals.  Look forward with joy to the next chapter of life!
 Sara…provides insightful solutions to every challenge. Her positive energy is contagious helping us to steer through the process.”   ~Vida C., Client

Our Facilitators

Sara Lebens, ACC is Founder and President of Lebens Advisory Group, and is an ICF Executive Coach, HR Executive, Keynote Speaker and Professional Facilitator. For more than 20 years, Sara directed human resources for the Hyatt Hotels Corporation. She has been recognized by TeamwomenMN and WaveMaker as an award winning mentor, and served as a National Mentor for Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal just to name a few.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Sara serves on two non-profit boards; Employer Advisory Board for HIRED and Board of Directors for EMPOWER Girls Leadership Academy. She is a dedicated advocate of the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota and Compassion International.


Philomena Morrissey Satre serves as Director of Diversity & Inclusion and External Strategic Partnerships at Land O’Lakes. Before joining Land O’Lakes, she worked at Wells Fargo & Company. She has more than 30 years of human resource experience in diversity and inclusion, community relations, work life and wellbeing. In addition to her professional endeavors, Philomena has received numerous awards, including AARP/Pollen 50 over 50, the Minneapolis Business Journal’s Woman Change Maker and Minority Advocate, Minnesota Business The (Real) Power 50 Award and the University of Phoenix Diversity Leadership Award. Philomena has an MA in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University and a BA in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. Philomena is an Adjunct Professor at the University of St Catherine in the Master of Organizational Leadership Graduate Program.


Event Information

Monday, February 5, 2018
6:30 pm – Registration, Networking
7:00 pm – Presentation
Mankato State University at Edina
7700 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435


SHIFT Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $25.00


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