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Professional Development - Mindfulness, Gratitude, and Mindset

Professional Development in Chicago. Join In Her Shoes Foundation for a night of professional growth and networking.

In Her Shoes Foundation is dedicated to the Chicago community. Whether the organization is hosting events to benefit the Ready Set Girls Academy or promoting events to further the professional development of working professionals, IHSF is passionate about Chicagoland. Professional development in Chicago is great opportunity to come out and network with like-minded individuals who share an equal interest in professional growth. We hope to see you at this month’s event!

Speaker 1: Patty Johnson

Patty Johnson is a clinical health psychologist, author and speaker whose focus is on social justice and having meaningful discussions about equity. She has spoken in many platforms, including a TEDx event, churches, universities and medical settings. Patty recently published Essays of Night and Daylight, a book about race, immigration and American life through the lens of a woman of color. Go to to connect with her.

Topic: How Mindfulness Leads to Gratitude: And Why it’s Life Changing

Mindfulness is a form of noticing and accepting the experiences in our lives, whether positive or negative. When in a mindful state, we acknowledge that the emotional aspects connected to our circumstances are present, rather than attempting to unrealistically shut out our pain or miss the presence of blessings in our lives.

And how does mindfulness promote gratitude? Whether life is giving us joy or strife, we choose how we approach our circumstances. Gratitude prevents us from being controlled by our circumstances and instead causes us to shift our framework. This outlook can extend to our careers, relationships and life goals so that we strive to live each moment with a sense of deep meaning.

We will discuss how the connection between meditation and gratitude can transform the different roles we carry. I will also conduct a brief meditation session. Afterward, I will explain how to implement it as a daily practice to promote emotional, physical and relational health.

Speaker 2: Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D

Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is a cutting-edge leadership consultant, trainer, coach, and researcher. He helps improve organizations by improving the success of their leaders’ and managers’ lives, work, and leadership. Ryan is currently a leadership and management professor at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton (CSUF). He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University. He is also a former Gallup, Inc., consultant where he helped dozens of organizations improve the engagement of their employees. As a respected authority and researcher on topics related to leadership, management, and organizational behavior, Ryan has published over 15 articles across a variety of academic journals. As a speaker, he has spoken for PIHRA Long Beach, CUPA-HR Southern California Chapter, Volcom, Experian, ACCOC, Orange County Business Council, CSUF College of Engineering, among others.

Topic: Creating a Winning Mindset

Often, the primary factor that holds people back from greater success in their lives, work, and leadership is self-limiting beliefs. These self-limiting beliefs are rooted in our mindsets. In this workshop, we will explore the mindsets that will allow us to overcome our self-limiting beliefs to obtain greater personal and professional success. In the process, you will enhance your mindfulness and be empowered to break through your self-limiting beliefs to create a brighter future.

Learning Points:

  • Participants will learn that our mindsets are foundational to how we think, learn, and behave; and consequently, shape how successful we are in our lives, work, and leadership.

  • Participants will learn specific mindsets that, if harnessed, will result in greater success in one's life, work, and leadership.

  • Participants will be able to identify the health and state of their own personal mindsets, and they will be given direction on how to improve their mindsets to enhance their success.

By attending this event, you agree to be photographed and/or filmed and give permission to use your likeness in promotional and/or marketing materials related to In Her Shoes Foundation. Please note we expect you to follow our Code of Conduct found on IHSF website. All ticket sales are final. We apologize for any inconvenience. The funds we raise from all IHSF events go towards our IHSF operations, Ready Set Girls Academy, Ready Set Women Academy and our Giving Back Programs. This event is free for IHSF Members.   Membership is checked at the door.

Earlier Event: February 11
February Volunteer Open House
Later Event: February 21
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