The Riser's EdgeTM   
June 2013
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In our last newsletter, I shared with you my resolution for 2013: to live my life with no regrets. I have been doing my best to live up to that commitment ever since.  It’s been an amazing journey of new beginnings, one I liken to “stepping off a cliff without a safety net.” The wonderful thing is, I have learned first-hand that when you take that scary step off that great big cliff and you don’t find solid ground beneath your feet, that is when you learn to fly!

When my husband decided to retire from the corporate world last year, we knew there would never be a better time to build the life we really wanted. So, although we lived in what I thought was my life-long “happily ever-after” dream home in Newport Beach, CA, we decided to make a transformational change. The big question was, where would we go? We honestly didn’t know what we didn’t know, but we wanted to find out. So, we sold our home of seventeen years and set out to find that place where we would live our ultimate dream life. We made a clean break and even sold both of our cars and got rid of our old cell phones. No safety net whatsoever…and we still hadn’t even decided where to go!

We knew we wanted to live on an island, but we didn’t know where in the world our dream island would be. We had been to many islands during our life together, but certainly not all of them. We needed to learn more. So, we put all our belongings in storage and bought two plane tickets to Hawaii, to revisit the place where our life together began, with the intent of exploring with new eyes.

We did have a few “must-have” requirements: a warm, tropical climate in a friendly and diverse place that had a real sense of community, with easy access to all the sophistication and benefits of a major metropolitan area (including quality health care) but without the downsides of traffic. And oh yes, we wanted a great view. Most important, the journey had to be fun. And it has been!

Dreams CAN become reality, but only if you take the steps to pursue them.  I hope you will join me on the journey of really living the life you want to live. In the coming months, I will continue to share my story of transformation, and I hope that you will include us on your journey. Stay tuned to read my next chapter in our next edition of The Risers Edge.

And, by the way, I’ll be at the Summer Vista Exchange in Orange County in July, to lead our inaugural “Heartfelt Leadership” session with my partner, Dr. Mark Goulston.   Registration information for this event is provided below. Hope to see you there!



Heartfelt best wishes,

Deb Boelkes
CEO, Business World Rising and
President, Business Women Rising

Upcoming Leadership Vista Events

Grande Vista Meetings

Thursday, August 1, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Erik Sprotte - "Succession Planning"


Stella Vista Meetings

Thursday, June 20, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Cheryl Archer - "Influencing for Results"


Thursday August 8, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST

Cheryl Archer - "The Oz Principle"


Summer Vista Exchange

Thursday, July 25, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM PST

"Heartfelt Leadership"

This educational and inspirational session will be led by our CEO, Deb Boelkes, and her Heartfelt Leadership co-founder and best-selling author, Dr. Mark Goulston. Executive guests from major corporations will share their inspirational stories of how they became Heartfelt Leaders, their key success strategies and how their businesses and careers have improved as a result. The 2013 Summer Vista Exchange is open to the public and will include members of all Leadership Vistas forums in Southern California.

Non-member tickets may be purchased for $295/person for this transformational event, which will include breakfast and lunch.

Non-Members click here to register and purchase your ticket

Registration fee for attendees from Member companies: $195/person

Employees of Member Company’s click here register and purchase your ticket

Learn more about Heartfelt Leadership at

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday, June 11, 8:00 - 9:00 AM PST

“Managing Conflict for Infinite-Win® Results.”

Hosted by, Business World Rising will participate in the “Women in Environmental Safety and Health Series” with a webinar facilitated by Cheryl Archer and Rosa Carrillo.

To register now click here


Tuesday, July 16, 8:00 - 9:00 AM PST

“Employee Engagement and Buy-In”

The Business Women Rising Institute is pleased to present its NEW free webinar in our series, Leadership Development for Women Professionals in Safety, Health & Environmental (SH&E), facilitated by Cheryl Archer and Rosa Carrillo.

To register now click here

Upcoming Workshop

Monday, September 9, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PST

“Four Tools to Find and Leverage Your Leadership Strengths”

Location: Gallup Corporation, 18300 Von Karman Avenue, 10th Floor, Irvine, CA.

The Business World Rising Institute is pleased to announce the inaugural workshop for our newest series, Leadership Development for Women Professionals in Safety, Health & Environmental (SH&E):

  • Develop your personal purpose and vision
  • Strengths Finder assessment
  • Letting go of self-limiting beliefs
  • Creating the new story

Note: You don’t have to be a SH&E professional to benefit from this informative session. ALL business professionals who wish to enhance their leadership skills are welcome to attend.

To register now click here

Member Updates

Congratulations to Caryn Siebert, Grande Vista / Alta Vista member, on THREE huge accomplishments. On Wednesday, May 8th, Caryn was in Washington DC to receive, on behalf of Carl Warren, the 2013 National ESOP Company of the Year and the AACE for External Marketing Communications Excellence awards. In case you are unaware of what it takes to win such honors, a company must first be selected as Company of the Year by their chapter.  The chapters throughout the country then submit their nominees to the National ESOP Association and then independent judges decide on the National ESOP Company of the Year.  There are 1,400 companies in the ESOP Association vying for this award at the local levels and nationally.


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