The Riser's EdgeTM
January 2012
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Happy 2012 and welcome to our first issue of The Riser's Edge, Business World Rising's newsletter. 

Business World Rising helps both men and women in large and mid-sized enterprises develop more inclusive, collaborative work environments that develop and promote more confident, capable, and engaging leaders. We help progressive organizations develop and institute programs that will drive positive change and a sustainable advantage for aspiring leaders, their employers and the economy overall.

All of us at Business World Rising look forward to helping our clients achieve their 2012 goals.  Success Just Got Easier!

Warm Regards,

Deb Boelkes
CEO, Business World Rising and
President, Business Women Rising
New, Open-to-the-Public Workshop!

Difficult Conversations, February 17th

Only $249 if you register by January 15th


Many of us find ourselves in situations where we need to have a difficult conversation with someone; and rather than have the conversation, we avoid it. This session is designed to provide you with strategies for holding productive conversations that can result in desirable outcomes. You will leave the workshop with an action plan to use specific tools and techniques to handle difficult conversations successfully. Earn 6 PDUs.

Difficult Conversations is a six-hour program to hone your skills.  You will learn more about:

  • What are difficult conversations?
  • What makes them so difficult?
  • The dynamics of difficult conversations
  • The stake model
  • What’s required for difficult conversations?
  • Keys to effective difficult conversations
  • Planning for a real, difficult conversation



Susan Gerke, a recognized expert in facilitation, consulting, curriculum development and coaching, will lead the Difficult Conversations workshopSusan has been in the leadership development business since 1989. She has developed and delivered experiential programs in the areas of group dynamics, management skills, mentoring and facilitation. She has worked with global teams and has certified facilitators around the world to deliver management, leadership, and team-focused offerings.  Susan serves as a Managing Director of the Business World Rising Leadership Vistas program and is an expert business trainer for the BW Rising Institute. Susan has a B.S. degree in Statistics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is a graduate of University Associates Human Resources and Organizational Development Intern program.

Difficult Conversations will be held on Friday, February 17, 2012, from 9:00am - 3:30pm at Brandman University 16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Room 120, Irvine, CA 92618.

Workshop Price through January 15th: $249

Price after January 15th:  $395

Register Now at:  Difficult Conversations Workshop


New Tool for Achieving Your Vision of Success in 2012

Business World Rising's Vistas Advantage Journal

Looking for an effective and easy-to-use tool that will help you be more successful in 2012? Hot off the press, our Vistas Advantage Journal is a spiral bound guided journey designed to help you focus on your personal and professional goals, your leadership development and success.

The Vistas Advantage Journal is intended to be a dynamic experience. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how your ability to cope with issues improves, your problem solving skills are sharpened and your leadership skills blossom as you reflect, express your thoughts and learn more about yourself.

This journal gives you a forum to define your vision of success and map the path to achieve it.  The Vistas Advantage Journal is available now for only $24.95. For more information and to purchase your own Vistas Advantage Journal, please visit:  Vistas Advantage Journal


Business World Rising, Inc. is a leadership development firm and your one-stop resource for leadership development services.  Business World Rising, Inc. is dedicated to building stronger, more innovative and inclusive leadership teams. We offer a comprehensive suite of services including educational peer mentoring forums, leadership development workshops, business transformation consulting and executive coaching services. For more details, please visit us at, contact us here, or call us at 949-698-7662.