Normandale Community College held its third annual Success Day, Vision Possible II at the college on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The event was open to students, staff and community.
Success Day features a variety of workshops, lectures and presentations that centers on themes of careers, education, finance, leadership, personal interest and wellness. It will run from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will feature over 140 different sessions. In 2011, approximately 1,000 people attended the various presentations.
Keynote speakers for this event will include Catherine Byers Breet (Founder and Chief Stripe Change of ARBEZ Inc.), Vednita Carter (Founder and Executive Director of Breaking Free) and Joy Friedman (Program Manager for Breaking Free) and Al Horner (Author of the book “Not Me” and former Navy SEAL).
Byers-Breet will begin Success Day at 8:45 a.m. in the Lorenz Auditorium with a session on industry best practices and real-world, innovative approaches to finding and getting a job. Carter and Friedman’s session will run from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Lorenz Auditorium, and will share their efforts in assisting women to escape systems of prostitution and abuse. Horner’s session will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the gymnasium, where he will talk about training people on how to avoid or escape life-threatening assaults and learning how to take charge of personal safety, using crucial safety methods.
Keynote Speakers Information:
Al Horner, Author of the book “Not Me” which talks about method that he used in teaching women and girls how to take charge of their personal safety, using crucial safety methods. He is the founder of “Not Me” safety and self-defense training. Over 4,000 people have enrolled in these safety and self-defense seminars. Horner was the Commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources for a brief period in 2000, is the CEO/Owner of the Aaron Carlson Corporation, was the President and Minority Owner of both Johnson Environmental Inc. (1991-93) and Aero Corporation (1984-90), was the Executive Vice President of Xerxes Corporation (1979-84) and Assistant Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank (1974-79). Horner was also a SEAL Teams Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1968-73.
Vednita Carter, Founder and Executive Director of Breaking Free, who has extensive experience in developing and planning programs for women and girls who have fallen victim to the vicious cycle of commercial sexual exploitation. She founded Breaking Free in 1996 to assist women and girls to escape systems of prostitution and abuse. In 2009 alone, Breaking provides housing, education, advocacy, direct services, and hope to 400-500 women, girls and children every year.
Joy Friedman, a program manager for Breaking Free, who has extensive experience in providing services to women who have been victimized in systems of prostitution. She is a sought after public speaker and have provided numerous trainings and presentations on prostitution/sex trafficking as violence against women and girls and serves as Breaking Free’s primary liaison with the St. Paul Police/Vice Unit and FBI.
Catherine Byers Breet is the Chief Stripe Changer ARBEZ Inc, a company she founded in 2006. With a healthy balance of industry best practices and real-world, innovative approaches to finding and getting a great new job, she will help get it right the first time – and the next time. Breet started her career working as a youth counselor for troubled teens, and her passion for helping people has never waned. In 1997, Catherine unwittingly landed in the recruiting industry and has never looked back. As Director of Recruiting, she orchestrated the turnaround of the recruiting organization and developed the #1 team in the country (team of 12).