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As a Speaker, Facilitator, and Workshop Leader

I do more than present. I engage. I inspire. I am invested in the topic making an impact. I am passionate, vibrant, and funny. When I speak, I present ideas that are meant to challenge traditional thinking and encourage the audience to wrestle with new possibilities. My facilitated discussions offer a dynamic frame for applying the topic immediately in ways that matter.

Popular Topics

Our sense of home influences everything in both our personal and our professional lives. Since this is my primary research area, I have a vast array of presentations and workshops on this topic. Please visit my Home Matters page for a list of some popular presentations including: What Our Houses Revel About Us and the Principles of Home in the Workplace.

One of my personal favorites that is always a fun and illuninating workshop is Home and the Hero’s Journey: Understanding Home in Our Psyches and Personal Myths. Every hero journey begins and ends with home. Why is leaving home so important and what does it mean to return?

With over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and development, I offer a variety of presentations and workshops. Please visit my Consulting page for a list of popular topics. 

The Hero Journey is a pattern first recognized and coined by Joseph Campbell in his seminal work The Hero With a Thousand Faces, published in 1949. This pattern appears in all mythologies and in our own lives as well, providing a valuable understanding to events we experience as well as a powerful framework in which to live our lives.

The Power of Myth is a presentation that explores the essence of mythology and the functions it serves. Additionally, viewing myth as metaphor and allegory for our experiences reveals a map for determining the outcomes we desire.

The Hero’s Journey: Accessing Your Inner Hero & Embracing Your Adventure is a workshop building on the The Power of Myth. Illustrated through popular stories and accentuated with exercises, the magical pattern of our individual lives is revealed to provide new insights into our experiences and shape our future.

Literature, film, TV shows, and even popular pastimes are all encased in classical mythologies. But what does that mean for us today, in modern society? I speak on a wide variety of mythological topics as they appear in popular culture and here are three of my favorites:

Aphrodite: Myth, Love, and Power re-examines the myths of Aphrodite as inspiration for responding to the subjugation of women.

Earth Mother and Sky Father This classic pairing shows up across cultures and mythologies, as well as in many popular movies. This presentation explores what it means to be partly human and partly divine and how this understanding shapes how we live in the world.

The Princess Bride: A Myth for Modern Times  Rob Reiner’s 1987 film continues to rise in popularity with every passing year. What is it about this film that resonates so deeply with us? Examining each character, and in particular Westly, we discover a model for living as a hero in our lives and in the world.

I have studied religions seriously and in depth all my life, with a particular interest in Christianity and Judaism. After working as a volunteer for a nonprofit serving battered women and my own experience in an abusive relationship, I began focusing on how Bible stories profoundly impact how women of faith respond to abuse. Years of research and countless discussions with religious leaders has shaped a particular theme for presentations and workshops which I led at the Parliament of World Religions worldwide gathering in 2015 and again in 2018.

Bible Stories & Domestic Violence: Changing the Narrative and Empowering Battered Women shares new insights into several well-loved yet repressive Bible stories to vest women with power for personal and communal healing. 

Jan presented "The Power of Myth" and "The Hero's Journey" as a salon and workshop to the Idaho Friends of Jung and the wisdom and ideas she shared were excellent! I took home new ideas, reconnected to earlier studies of the Hero's Journey, and shared my notes with colleagues and leaders who are lifelong learners across the country! Well done!​
Kevin Laughlin, PhD
Spiritual Director @ Mt. Carmel Spiritual Center and IFJ Management Team Member

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I guarantee an experience that will educate, inspire, and bring the results you are looking for.