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  • Member Briefing: Tax Reform and the Charitable Deduction

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    Member Briefing: Tax Reform and the Charitable Deduction

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    Join us for this members only 30 minute call to discuss our Statement on Tax Reform and the Charitable Deduction directly with Americans for the Arts staff. We'll update you with the latest news, our position on the issue, and actions you can take right away.

    Sign up, call-in, and join the discussion!

    Please note, to join the call you must first access the platform on the right-hand column. 

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number: 375191.

    The Statement

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the charitable contribution deduction, which empowers individuals to give of their personal income for the benefit of the public. The legislation was enacted by Congress in 1917 and has been profoundly successful in promoting charitable giving by Americans. In 2015, individuals were responsible for $265 billion of the $373 billion total private giving (72 percent). Recent debate about federal tax reform, however, puts these benefits at risk with the consideration of policies ranging from reducing the number of taxpayer itemizers with access to the charitable deduction and capping the amount of allowable charitable tax deductions, to creating a hierarchy among charities or even narrowing the definition of charities in a way that would exclude certain kinds of nonprofit organizations.

    Americans for the Arts will oppose policies that remove incentives for charitable giving or limit the full scope and value of the tax deduction—for all forms of charitable gifts (arts, religion, education, environment, etc.). We will work to ensure that any change made in tax reform does no less than encourage even more giving by more Americans. With that in mind, Americans for the Arts has joined the Giving100 campaign that seeks to allow charitable tax deductions for all Americans.

    Read the full statement.

    Presenters:

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    Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs & Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund Organization

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    Kate McClanahan, Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts

    Moderator:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts



  • Member Briefing: Arts & Education Policy

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    Join us for this member only briefing!

    This call is cancelled, due to illness. Please keep an eye out for a rescheduled briefing in the new year!

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    About the Member Briefing


    Hear directly from Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager about the latest in arts ed policy at all levels. 

    Join us for this members only 30 minute call to discuss the latest updates, implications for arts, and what you can do to support Arts Ed. 


    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number: 775248.


    Presenter:

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    Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager


    Moderator:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts


  • Member Briefing: Arts & the Affordable Care Act

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    Join us for this member only debrief on our Statement on Arts and the Affordable Care Act. Speak directly with the VP of Government Affairs & the VP of Research. Sign up, call-in, and join the discussion!

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    From the Statement on Arts & The ACA

    Americans for the Arts stands in opposition to policies that limit the ability of artists and creative workers to acquire and maintain affordable healthcare insurance—be it because of policies that result in individuals and families losing their coverage; higher costs that put quality policies out of reach; or elimination of consumer protections, essential benefits, or minimum standards of care.

    Read the full Statement


    About the Member Briefing

    Arguing for the impact, value, and relevance of the arts is a constant effort. We are here to support you as you make your case.

    Join us for this members only 30 minute call to discuss our Statement on Arts and the Affordable Care Act directly with Americans for the Arts staff. They will discuss the latest updates, implications for arts, and what you can do.

    Sign up, call-in, and join the discussion!

    Please note, to join the call you must first access the platform on the right-hand column. 

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number: 270388 .


    Presenters:

    Narric W. Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts

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    Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts


    Moderator:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts


  • Member Briefing: Arts, Jobs, and the Economy

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    Join us for this member only debrief on our Statement on Arts, Jobs, and the Economy. Speak directly with the VP of Government Affairs & the VP of Research. Sign up, call-in, and join the discussion!

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    From the Statement on Arts, Jobs, and the Economy

    While America is in a time of deep political division, there is little disagreement about the importance of supporting jobs and strengthening the economy. Americans for the Arts has a clear and welcome message for the President and Congress: because you care about jobs and the economy, you can feel confident about investing in the arts...
    Read the full statement.


    About the Member Briefing

    Arguing for the impact, value, and relevance of the arts is a constant effort. We are here to support you as you make your case.

    Join us for this members only 30 minute call to discuss our Statement on Arts, Jobs, and the Economy directly with Americans for the Arts staff. They will discuss the latest updates, implications for arts, and what you can do.

    Sign up, call-in, and join the discussion!

    Please note, to join the call you must first access the platform on the right-hand column. 

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number: 375191.


    Presenters:

    Narric W. Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts

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    Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts


    Moderator:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts


  • Branding for Artists Demystified: Are you doing it right?

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    Artists, are you wondering how to define your unique brand and how to use it to promote your work to reach your big goals?

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    Artists, are you wondering how to define your unique brand and how to use it to promote your work to reach your big goals? This course will answer all of your questions about what your personal brand should be, why it’s important, and how to build your marketing confidence. Plus,you’ll learn that you’re already doing a lot of it right already! 


    In this 60-minute course, we’ll cover:
    • what it means to have a personal brand as an artist
    • how to find your brand voice
    • how to genuinely and clearly write about yourself and your work
    • finding confidence in your own unique story
    • how to create strong visuals to support your story
    • defining your ideal audience
    • what exact marketing materials you need to support your brand
    • And, most importantly, how to celebrate your unique vision and work to achieve success!

    Go to the "Handouts" tab above and find "Define Your Brand in Three Steps" worksheet.


    DELVE is an educational and coaching platform that helps artists and creatives tell their unique stories and establish a clear, genuine and powerful presence in the world: online, in person, and in writing. Our mission is to help you reach your biggest goals by creating community, to empower you to hone the professional skills you need to put your best work into the world, and to inspire each other to take action on projects that truly matter.

    DELVE was founded by Kind Aesthetic, a creative agency run by two artists, Sara Jones, a painter, and Andrea Wenglowskyj, a photographer. They met in graduate school at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2004 and have been collaborating on projects to support artists ever since.



  • Member Briefing: AFTA’s Strategy for Defending the NEA

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    AFTA’s Strategy for Defending the NEA

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    The efforts to defend federal funding for the arts are going to happen over months—and we need to have a strategy that keeps both federal and grassroots momentum going over that time. In this member-exclusive call, hear more about AFTA’s plans and how you can take part. Join the call with Americans for the Arts Vice President of Government Affairs Narric Rome in conversation with membership coordinator Bridget Woodbury.

    Sign up, call-in, and join the discussion!

    Please note, to join the call you must first access the platform on the right-hand column. 

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number: 708763.

    Speakers:

    Narric W. Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts


  • Digital Overview - Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

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    Digital Overview: Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector is a two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, that supports, strengthens and advances the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of arts and cultural professionals.

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    KEY DATES:

    Application/Organization Nomination Form Opens: February 11, 2019
    Application/Organization Form Deadline: March 29, 2019
    Cohort 1 Participants Notified: on or around April 26, 2019

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector is a two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, that supports, strengthens and advances the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of arts and cultural professionals. The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.

    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania.

    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations - particularly those within diverse communities - in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    Arts professionals who reside and work in Pennsylvania arts and cultural organizations are invited to watch this FREE, On-Demand video overview to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria, and the application process will be covered. Click the REGISTER button on the right to watch.

    USEFUL LINKS:

    Program Guidelines

    Program Application

    Ruby Lopez Harper

    Director of Local Arts Services

    Ruby is the Director of Local Arts Services for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Co-chair on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. She is also on the board of the Gard Foundation. Prior to joining AFTA, Ruby was the Director of Grants and Services at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, OH. At the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ruby focused on grantmaking, community development, economic development and tourism, and public art. She has a varied background that includes corporate affairs, marketing, and business administration. She served on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts and was the primary contact for the Arts and Economic Impact Study for Central Ohio. She also worked with PhilanthropyOhio on their Member Services Committee.

    Laura Kakolewski

    Manager, National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP)

    As the National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Manager, Laura is in charge of overseeing the programmatic development and execution of a suite of services in the areas of marketing, media and audience engagement, including the annual NAMP Conference. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts in September 2010, she was responsible for planning a variety of events for undergraduate students at Brown University in Providence, RI. She has also worked coordinating European and American painting auctions in Dalllas, TX. Laura holds a B.A from Fordham University in art history and M.A. in art history from Brooklyn College.

    Norah Johnson

    Director of New Projects & Capabilities

    Norah G. Johnson oversees activities that aim to extend and deepen the PCA’s fulfillment of its mission to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in the commonwealth. She is currently working with AFTA’s National Arts Marketing Project to bring to life Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector. Johnson’s past projects at the PCA include an exhibit of Pennsylvania textiles, and a video on the history of the Pennsylvania arts community’s 50-year+ relationship with the National Endowment for the Arts.  Prior to joining the PCA, Johnson worked in user experience design and research for Andculture, based in Harrisburg, PA.

    Juliet Ramirez

    National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Associate

    Prior to becoming the National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Associate, Juliet was the Arts Marketing Intern at Americans for the Arts. As an intern, she worked closely with the Local Arts Advancement team, supporting and helping with all tasks related to NAMP. As the NAMP Associate,Juliet’s main job is to create and maintain a smooth implementation for a variety of tasks that will help create an easier transition when planning and organizing the NAMP Conference. Juliet graduated from the University of Rhode Island, where she earned a B.A. in public relations and advertising, and a minor in business administration.

  • Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

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    With the arts advocacy season fully upon us, join Randy Cohen, our VP of Research and Policy, to discuss the latest updates to the top “10 Reasons to Support the Arts."


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    With the arts advocacy season fully upon us, join Randy Cohen, our VP of Research and Policy, to discuss the latest updates to the top “10 Reasons to Support the Arts” and get 10 case-making arrows to include in your arts advocacy quiver to convince anyone to support the arts.

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    Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts




    Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts
    Email | Twitter Handle: @artsinfoguy

    Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts. A member of the staff since 1991, Randy stands out as a noted expert in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues. He recently published Americans Speak Out About the Arts, a national study about the public's opinions and participation in the arts. He publishes The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts as well as the two premier economic studies of the arts industry—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, an annual mapping study of the nation's 703,000 arts establishments and their employees. Randy led the development of the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture, launched in 2006 in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. His 10 Reasons to Support the Arts Blog recently received the Gold Award from the Association of Media & Publishing—their top honor for best blog post of the year. In the late 1990's, Randy collaborated with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to create Coming Up Taller, the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk; and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth. A sought after speaker, Randy has given speeches in 49 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.

  • Federal Arts Policy Quarterly Updates

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    Quarterly federal updates for arts advocates on arts and arts education policy.

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    Be an Arts Professional in the know! Stay current on the latest federal updates. This webinar series updates arts advocates on the latest federal news, recently passed federal bills, proposed federal legislation, and current advocacy actions.

    2017 Quarterly Update 1:

    1. The Arts Mobilization Center
    2. Proposed Budget Cuts
    3. Congressional Actions in Support of the NEA
    4. Arts Advocacy Day
    5. Americans for the Arts Statements & Ads
    6. Immediate Actions for Arts Advocates


    Presenters:

    Narric W. Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts



    Kate McClanahan, Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts

    You might be interested in the following webinar:

    The 2016 Election: What's Next?

    Virtual Conversation: Arts in Transit & Transportation Projects

    Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act

    Quarterly Update 4 :

    In this webinar you will be briefed on the following:

    Quarterly Update 3 :

    In this webinar you will be briefed on the following:

    • The Continued Budget Negotiations
    • Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
    • What's Next for the Budget
    • The Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act
    • Military Bands
    • Federal Rulemaking Impacting Overtime (Check out the Department of Labor's fact sheet on the new rule to learn more)
    • Art in Transit
    • 2016 Elections & effects
    • Fall in Congress

    Quarterly Update 2 :

    In this webinar you will be briefed on the following:

    • What's going on with the budget?
    • FY 2017 Funding for the NEA
    • The CREATE Act
    • The Artist-Museum Partnership Act
    • Congressional Arts Caucus
    • Congressional STEAM Caucus
    • What's next?

    Quarterly Update 1:

    In this webinar you will be briefed on the following:

    • Top Art Policy Wins of 2015
    • The Budget & Appropriations Process
    • The President's Budget Request
    • The Congressional Appropriations Process
    • Annual Public & Outside Witness Testimony
  • Supercharging Your Arts Career!

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    Supercharging Your Arts Career! uses the superpower tools of inquiry, brainstorming, and visceral language to help individuals get to clarity on seemingly evasive or obtuse professional goals.

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    Achieving your arts career aspirations requires some clarity and planning. Supercharging Your Arts Career uses the superpower tools of inquiry, brainstorming, and visceral language to help individuals get to clarity on seemingly evasive or obtuse professional goals. The Clarity Process, developed by Sandy Seufert, is an amalgam of select processes and techniques including the Question Formulation Technique and the Technology of Participation. Through her own work as a facilitator, strategic planner and professional development professional, Sandy discovered a new adaptation and application of these techniques that prove powerful in both individual and group reflection.

    In this self-paced lesson, learn how to get to value-centered, emotionally connected, and mission aligned professional goals that are organized in an organic yet logical way.


    Module #1: Getting Clear on your WHAT and your WHY (8 minutes)

    This module helps individuals take a clear and honest look at their past and current career situations, reflecting on what has worked and what challenges remain. Through a series of Journal Activities, participants get clear on the WHAT (the issues at hand) as well as the values and circumstances that make up their WHY. The belief that personal development and professional development are closely linked is the theme of this unit.



    Module #2: The Power of Inquiry (10 minutes)

    This module builds on the reflection from Module #1 and begins a strategic process of inquiry using a technique called Question Formulation Technique. QFT, stemming from the Right Question Institute, has been adapted to help facilitate individual reflection that leads to a high-leverage Focus Question that is the basis for the upcoming module.



    Module #3: The Clarity Process, Part 1 (7 minutes)

    This module takes the participant on a journey to brainstorm and organize key thoughts and actions that stem from the powerful and personal Focus Question created in Module #2. This step-by-step guided process draws heavily on a method called Technology of Participation from the Institute of Cultural Affairs. Adapted in a few but significant ways, the Clarity Process allows participants to begin to group ideas that reveal trends and insights.



    Module #4: The Clarity Process, Part 2 and Getting from Clarity to Action (9 minutes)

    This module completes the Clarity Process by guiding participants to create clear, concise and powerful names for the grouping of ideas. Those names are then prioritized into a hierarchical graphic organizer that serves as a guidepost for further action planning.


    Handouts & Materials:

    Handout associated with a particular module:
    1. Clarity Worksheet (to be downloaded for use with Module 3 and continued use in Module 4))

    Additional handouts available for those wanting to conduct this work with a group are:
    1. Sample Individual QFoci
    2. Clarity Process Step-By-Step (This includes two additional activities if doing the Clarity Process with a group)
    3. Additional Resources from Sandy Seufert


    Here are a list of materials needed for the whole process:
    1. Journal or blank pieces of paper
    2. 2 printed copies of the Clarity Worksheet (downloaded from the site)
    3. Pens in at least two colors and perhaps a pencil
    4. Mini sticky notes (1" x 1 1/2", approximately)


    Resources:

    For helpful resources check out the tab above or visit the ArtsU leadership section.



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    Sandy Seufert, Arts Consultant

    After eleven years of working in Los Angeles Unified School District in special education, Sandy left the world of education to pursue her artistic career as a cellist, playing in several orchestras as well as teaching cello in her private studio and working as a teaching artist in schools. At that time, Sandy also took up a new instrument, the violin, and is now an accomplished folk fiddler in the Scandinavian tradition and regularly performs and composes as a homage to her ancestry. As that musical path continued, Sandy simultaneously started working in arts administration and over the past 15 years has worked for many large and small arts organizations including the Da Camera Society, Los Angeles Opera, The Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, The Armory Center for the Arts, Turnaround Arts: California, Dramatic Results, PS Arts and the California Alliance for Arts Education. Her areas of specialty include arts integration, teaching artist training/development, curriculum development, and strategies for working special needs students.


    Sandy currently works as a consultant in arts education in the Los Angeles area and works as a coach with Arts for All as part of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where she assists school districts to create strategic plans for the arts. She is also on the roster of coaches with the California Alliance for Arts Education to do this same work on a statewide level. She also coordinates the Arts and STEM Collaborative, a tri-county effort from Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties to help create guidelines for school districts wishing to create or retrofit schools as STEAM schools.


    The Clarity Process Story

    Sandy Seufert has had a somewhat unplanned yet perfect career path that has traversed education, the performing arts, and arts administration. Through her own experience in struggling with a lack of clarity and direction in much of her career, Sandy has made it a mission the past few years to pursue a multitude of studies and practices to get to the bottom of finding clarity for her own life and now feels a deep mission to help other find clarity that leads to positive and aligned action. Her own interest in personal development alongside with her background as a professional development trainer, a strategic planner and a facilitator has created a “perfect storm" of interest, mission, and talent for working with people and ideas. Sandy has shared her Clarity Process in workshops with emerging and mid-career arts administrators with grantees of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission as well as members of Emerging Arts Leaders – LA, helping people find not only clarity on their professional development goals but a new sense of agency and enthusiasm. The opportunity to create the Supercharging Your PD lesson with Americans for the Arts is a dream that is beautifully realized from her own Focus Question – “How can I add more value to the field?"


    When taking a course in strategic planning methods in 2015 from the Institute of Cultural Affairs, Sandy challenged herself to do an exercise in the appendix of the course manual that used the methods of Technology of Participation to apply to the creation of her individual vision. In a coffee shop armed with a stack of mini sticky notes, Sandy had the first light bulb go off in her head. This was fun and empowering! Nearly a year passed where Sandy did not reference this document, but when she returned to the work she did at that coffee shop, the second light bulb moment happened. Many of the goals she outlined on that paper had been actualized, almost seeming to be part of some subliminal programming. This sent her interest and action into overdrive and she began to develop The Clarity Process through taking individuals as well as groups through the process. With feedback and iteration, the Clarity Process is now a streamlined and user-friendly way to get to value-centered, emotionally connected, and mission aligned goals that are organized in an organic yet logical way.

    Additional Resources from Sandy Seufert for Supercharging Your PD

    To learn more about the techniques referenced in these modules, visit:The Right Question Institute www.rqi.org and The Institute of Cultural Affairs http://www.ica-usa.org/


    Podcasts that offer support developing Action Plans, working smarter, and thinking out of the box

    Achieve Your Goals Podcast with Hal Elrod http://halelrod.com/podcast/

    Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas http://www.eofire.com/podcast/

    Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/


    Web resources that support the creation of an Action Plan
    https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_04....
    http://www.wikihow.com/Create-an-Effective-Action-...
    https://www.smartsheet.com/develop-plan-action-fre...


    Resources for Self-Assessment
    http://www.gallup.com/products/170957/clifton-stre...
    http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-typ...
    https://www.colorcode.com/choose_personality_test/


    Sandy's Top Five Game-Changing Books

    The Miracle Morning: The Not So Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8:00am by Hal Elrod

    The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truths Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller with Jan Papasan

    SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life: A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck by Julie Morgenstern

    Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

    DRiVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink