Downtown Shenandoah, Inc. continues its monthly presentation series, CEBA Connects2021. The series features community professionals who volunteer their time to share their expertise. Currently, the presentations are live on Zoom. To date, three presentations, Get Scholarship Ready (Amanda Campbell, Schuylkill Area Community Foundation), The Productivity/Self Care Connection (Mandy Fitzpatrick, Schuylkill County VISION), and Marketing Basics, Effective Budget-Friendly Tips (Lisa Robinson, Penn State Schuylkill/World Campus provided attendees with easy-to-incorporate tips and helpful information. 

"We encourage everyone to attend these complimentary sessions, hosted by Downtown Shenandoah, Inc.," said Susan Williams, Executive Director. "Our presenters are always well prepared and bring a wealth of information to the table." Williams continued to say that DSI understands there are hundreds of professional development programs out there, but to learn from colleagues that represent Schuylkill County businesses and nonprofit organizations is important to DSI. "We have exceptional talent and expertise right in our own business community."

Three Upcoming Complimentary Sessions

CEBA Connects2021 Schedule

Wednesday, April 21
2:00 - 3:00 PM:
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Presenter: Patty Shoener

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold millions of copies and is was named the, "#1 most influential business book of the twentieth century." This best-seller, written by Steven R. Covey, is a go-to manual for leading a happier, more productive life. Patty will summarize Covey’s 7 Habits and how you can use them to strengthen your communication skills and be a more effective leader. She will also share his eye-opening steps to adapt to change and the power to take advantage of opportunities that change creates.  

"Everyone, no matter what age or profession can benefit from the seven habits Steven Covey writes about," said presenter, Patty Shoener. "Even though the book was written 25 years ago, Covey's message is relevant today. I'll share real-life experiences and stories in my presentation that will show you how effective practicing these habits are, " she said. 

Wednesday, May 12
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Two Books and A Blog: An Authors Journey To Publication
Presenter: Heather Christie

Meet award-winning author, Heather Christie, and learn about her journey from the blank page to published essayist and novelist and why you should never give up on your creative dreams. Heather is the author of What the Valley Knows and, The Lying Season, and the producer of Listen To Your Mother, Greater Berks. 

Heather will share helpful lessons she learned along the way and offer ideas that will help you achieve success. Bring your questions and your big ideas to bounce off Heather. "Heather is an engaging speaker," said Susan Williams, Downtown Shenandoah, Inc. "I attended two of her presentations in the past, read her first book, What The Valley Knows, and enjoyed learning about her journey. She is open, honest, and very entertaining."

Wednesday, June 16
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Make Your Social Media A Party Everyone Will Want To Attend
Presenter: Megan Murray

Make your social media a party that everyone will want to attend! Megan Murray, the owner of Ask Megan Gloria Social Media is an international social media manager who specializes in creating content and fostering online communities.

"I have the best side hustle in the world! I am an international social media manager who specializes in creating content and fostering online communities, said Megan.  "I help small businesses establish a strong social media presence that attracts customers and boosts their brand."

In this engaging presentation, Megan will explain what social media is and what it isn't, answer the burning question, "engagement? What is that?" She will also define and fill in the blanks about working algorithms.

Look Forward To Summer Presentations

Wednesday, August 11
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Leadership Skills to Transform your Team
Presenter:  Dr. Tiffany Cresswell

What is Transformational Leadership? Dr. Tiffany Cresswell,  assistant professor of Higher Education Leadership at Gwynedd Mercy University will explain how the success of any organization depends on good leadership. 

Discover your strengths to empower others to achieve the organization’s goals. Learn four components of becoming a transformational leader. Model effective communication and establish trust. Motivate others to commit to the vision of the organization Encourage creativity and innovation. Develop the leadership of your employees. When they achieve, the organization achieves.

"Dr. Cresswell is not only a thoughtful speaker, her messages are clear and concise. Whether you are currently leading a team, part of a team, or strive to become a future team leader, this presentation is a must-see for you, said Williams.

"Everyone is invited to register for our complimentary programs," explained Susan Williams. I encourage everyone to register because you can attend from wherever you are! No logistics are preventing you from joining us! Take these extraordinary opportunities to learn something new, strengthen your skills and meet some very interesting people," she said. "It is a valuable time investment in Y-O-U! Register today.