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September 2012
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Destiny. Have you found yours? Are you living each day to the fullest, eagerly and passionately fulfilling that special purpose that deep down in your soul you just know you were put here on this planet to pursue? Do you even know what I’m talking about?

When you find your destiny, that special purpose, that calling that beckons you in a way that you can feel in your stomach and in your cheek bones…it’s amazing. You wake up each and every day with a drive…and with a joy…and with an anticipation that is like no other. You are drawn like a magnet to take action. You don’t let anything stand in your way.

Wouldn’t it be great to feel like that about your job and your career? Do you feel like that?

If you aren’t shouting out with a resounding “Yes!”, you are not alone. Most people I know aren’t quite there….in fact, most people are a long way from feeling that way. If you are living that purpose today, way to go! I am delighted for you. If you aren’t fulfilling your destiny yet, I can assure you, it could be different for you.

I can honestly answer that question with my own resounding “Yes!”, and I want you to know that Business World Rising is here to help you do the same. 

“Fulfilling Your Destiny” will be the theme of our Leadership Vistas – Winter Vista Exchange event, coming up on December 6th (that date will be here before you know it). We have several amazing speakers lined up, including Mark Goulston, MD, author of five terrific books, including the best seller, Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone, and Alex Quade, award winning freelance War Reporter who has worked for FOX & CNN, and who is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Morrow Journalism award for her short film, Horse Soldiers of 9/11, narrated by Gary Sinese.

Our Winter Vista Exchange could be just the catalyst that could change your life. I hope you’ll join us and all our Leadership Vistas members for this not-to-be missed event. Be sure to put it on your calendar now and tell your friends to do the same.

Don’t wait to start living your destiny. Join Leadership Vistas today… as a member or as part of our growing team!

Can't wait to see you,

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

Newest addition to Business World Rising!

Please join us in welcoming Cheryl Archer to the Business World Rising team! Cheryl has joined us as the Managing Director of our Grande Vista and Alta Vista Leadership forums. Both groups meet monthly in Irvine, CA and are specifically designed to promote business growth and explore strategies for personal, professional and organizational transformation. Prior to joining the Business World Rising team, Cheryl was CEO of Superior Crankshaft, based in Irvine, CA fox six years (from 2006-2012) and she served as Managing Director for Medi-Fly, a helicopter service company based in Budapest, Hungary from 2005-2006. Cheryl is also currently Founder/CEO of Synergy Wellness, a personal and organizational coaching and consulting group in Newport Beach, CA.  We are so excited to have her as the newest addition to our growing team.  Cheryl looks forward to meeting all of you!

Upcoming Workshops and Events

Managing Project Conflict:

September 19, 2012 - 9:00AM to 3:30PM

Brandman University,16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Room 120,Irvine, CA 92618

The work environment inevitably creates conflict situations. Project conflict occurs because teams are made of people who must interface with other, people both inside and outside the organization. Conflicts can be about the work (e.g. my approach versus yours, schedules, priorities) or about the relationships (e.g. I don’t trust you, your style is different than mine). Conflict can be a source of creative solutions, but only if people understand both the value of conflict and how to resolve it. This workshop is designed to help participants understand how they naturally respond to conflict and to will provide you with options you may  use to successfully handle future conflicts. Participants will leave with specific strategies for managing conflict. Topics include:

  • Your own contribution to conflict
  • 5 response styles to conflict
  • Assessing your response style
  • Flexing your style to match the situation
  • Strategies for dealing with others in conflict
  • Conflict strategies and planning

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Difficult Conversations Workshop:

October 10, 2012 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

Brandman University
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Room 120, Irvine, CA 92618

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 to 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.

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13th Annual SoTeC Conference:

October 26-27, 2012

Long Beach Hilton

ABSTRACT OF DEB'S PRESENTATION:  Infinite-Win Leadership: Innovative Secrets for Success:

In our competitive win-lose society, forced rankings, sabotage, backstabbing, cutthroat politics and character assassinations are just a few of the many conventional weapons of business and beyond. It’s no wonder that the workplace has become a battlefield strewn with casualties and crushed spirits, where workers are held hostage by paychecks and the survivors have surrendered to disengagement. The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way and the fix is easier than you might think.

In this eye-opening session, you’ll learn powerful and unconventional, yet common sense strategies that will enable you to create conditions for enduring success, where joyful engagement and winning outcomes can become the norm for you, your team and for many others in your infinite network of influence. Find out how easy it can be to bring out the best in just about anyone, including even some of the worst offenders, regardless of your level or role within your organization. You’ll discover battle-tested techniques to transform your world at work, at school, at home and beyond, into a thriving universe that can deliver extraordinary results each and every day.

For the latest information on the conference, visit the web site at:


The Art of Negotiating:

November 27, 2012 - 9:00AM to 3:30PM

Brandman University, 16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Room 120, Irvine, CA 92618

To accomplish our jobs we need to influence others. We can influence using positive approaches or negative strategies. In this session, participants will assess and identify the influence and negotiation strategies they tend to use most. A model for influence planning will be introduced and participants will use it to prepare for an upcoming situation where they need to influence someone. Participants will leave the workshop with a tool kit of strategies for influencing as well as a plan of action for becoming a better influencer and negotiator.

  • Defining power and influence
  • Influencing strategies self-assessment instrument
  • The influence model
  • Examining the styles and behaviors associated with influencing
  • Using the various influencing strategies
  • Stages of negotiation
  • Planning for a negotiation
  • Create a personal action plan to become more effective at negotiating and influencing

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Leadership Vistas Update

Bella Vista Forum: We will be launching our first Bella Vista group on September 13 in Orange County, CA for CEOs / Presidents / Managing Partners of entrepreneurial companies between $2M and $20M....primarily privately held.  We are offering very special pricing for founding members for the first three Founding Member meetings. As with each of our other Leadership Vistas forums, Bella Vista will meet monthly for half a day.  We have a great speaker lined up for our first Bella Vista meeting, Armin Pajand, Global Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Haig Barrett, who will be speaking on "Strategic Agility: The key to delivering Real Value to your Customers and Employees.”

Other Leadership Vistas tracks: Just a reminder that our other Leadership Vista groups are ongoing in Orange County and are soon to launch in LA and San Diego, including our Prima Vista, Monte Vista, Grande Vista and Stella Vista groups. The Leadership Vistas are designed to accelerate the development of more self-aware, high-potential and high-achieving men and women.  The Vistas enable you to develop the innovative and collaborative leadership skills needed to attain your fullest career potential, as you deliver more impactful business results to your organization. Each Vista chapter is limited in size to ensure the highest level of participation and interaction among the members.

To learn more about any of these opportunities, contact us at

Our Herpsectives Blog

Check out our weekly blog at Our last few topics included:

  • 5 Ways in Which Great Leaders are Built and Nurtured
  • Top 7 Ways to Accelerate the Rise of Your Best People
  • Corporate Wellness is No Longer a Luxury...It is Now a Strategy
  • 5 Signs of a Weak Company or Organization

Women in Environment Healthy & Safety Series

Business Women Rising is pleased to announce a new leadership development webinar and workshop series specifically tailored for women in Environment Health & Safety.

Free Webinar: Influencing for Infinite-Win™ Results

September 18, 2012

8:00 to 9:00 AM PDT / 11:00 to noon EDT

Influencing successfully without authority is an essential leadership skill. Whether you are dealing with peers, employees, managers, or external constituents, you need to get things done through others. Authority, position and title will work sometimes, but to be successful across boundaries, you need to master the art of persuasion and influencing others. Join us to learn how!

In this FREE one-hour webinar, we will explore some of the deeply embedded assumptions, attitudes, and beliefs that shape our actions and outcomes. You will learn:

The difference between power and influence

  • What holds women in EHS back
  • How to build Infinite-Win alliances
  • How to get the results you want

EVERYONE is welcome to attend this FREE webinar…you don’t have to be a woman in EHS to attend!

Click here to Register Now!

Stay tuned for an insightful new leadership book!

Stay tuned for a new book that our CEO, Deb Boelkes, now has underway with a very accomplished co-author.

Together with Col. Deb Lewis (USA, ret.), who graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in the first class with women, CEO Deb is currently writing their three-book series Unconventional Weapons for Infinite-Win Leaders. The first book in the series is "CARE - Discover the Secrets to Build Trust, Unite and Engage with Passion".

This book is sure to provide some great insights into what it takes to be the best kind of leader you can be. If you're anxious to learn more, Deb Boelkes and her co-author are available now to speak on these topics. Contact us to arrange an inspiring keynote presentation for your next corporate gathering, conference or executive retreat.

The California Women's Conference

September 23-24, Long Beach Convention Center

BWR promo code: SEPT99-eccbc87e-3

Business World Rising is partnering up with the California Women’s Conference and until September 15, we are able to offer you the opportunity to purchase tickets at the unbelievable low discounted price of just $99.00 each (these same tickets are being sold to the general public for $249!). 

The special BWR-partner price of $99.00 includes the entire 2-day program, which features over 140 speakers, an array of international entertainment, 100 exhibitors and a chance to experience a lifetime of connections.  Plus, there is a MYSTERY guest scheduled to appear during the Main Session- someone, you don’t wanna miss!  In past years the tickets have sold out in just 1 day!

The California Women’s Conference mission is to empower women and give them a forum to network through; there are hundreds of resources available to them at the California Women’s Conference.

So hurry and get your tickets to the California Women's Conference to be held Sept. 23-24. Our special BWR-partner price of $99 is available ONLY THROUGH SEPT. 15th!

Follow this link to register with your BWR code! Enter BWR promo code: SEPT99-eccbc87e-3 (so you only pay $99 :)

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