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Demystifying Personality Assessments

Does your head spin from the hundreds of personality assessments available on the market? Which one is the best for your clients?
May 13,2019

As a self-proclaimed personality science junkie, Barbara Gunning loves to dissect personality models to discover their core elements and to determine the validity of the assessment. This session will demystify the most popular assessments and provide you a framework for quickly answering the question of whether the assessment will add insight and value to your clients.

You will also have some fun applying the personality wisdom to expand your own awareness of innate differences in people by doing exercises. We will explore the most common and time-tested traits. Barbara will then share the odels/assessments she uses in her practice and why they are invaluable tools as a jumpstart to understanding core differences in people.

Outcomes/Benefits include:

  • Learn how to quickly dissect a personality framework/assessment to determine whether it will provide
    insight and value to your clients by answering 5 simple questions
  • Discover the personality traits/elements that are most commonly used in personality models and
    how to identify those factors when talking with your clients
  • Learn the modern day equivalence of Temperament theory which is the oldest recorded
    personality model, developed in 450 BC by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine

Barbara Gunning

With 25+ years of experience leading large, strategic teams in the complex IT world,
Barbara Gunning combines her vast knowledge of team dynamics with a love for
personality science to partner with teams so they reach their full potential. Her philosophy is that understanding your teammates is essential as people drive team performance. Her company, Rocking Your Team, uses personality wisdom and team dynamics to provide invaluable learning experiences. Her work is grounded in neuroscience principles that drive long-term retention which is essential for real-world application of personality science in areas such as leadership, change, conflict, and teams. We respect and value the unique and complex puzzle that is a person’s personality and provide time-honored wisdom to help you see other from a different perspective.


Post Meeting Workshops

May 13, 2019 - 12:30-2:30 PM
More Details Coming Soon

Helping You Help Your Clients Using the Enneagram:
Get the Inside Scoop on Their Operating System
.... S'Marie Young
The DIscovery Process and Assessment:
A Series of Questions to Ask New Clients
.. Laura Diaz
Power Up Your Performance & Focus with Essential Oils
... Linnea Blair

Meeting Time, Location, and Parking

Members and First time guests attend FREE!

8:30 am - 9:00 am - Networking
9:00 am - 9:30 am - Welcome & Introductions
9:30 am - 12 Noon - Meeting 
12:00 pm - Adjourn


DeVry University, Mission Valley
2nd Floor Atrium, Becker Meeting Room #204
2655 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108

First Time Guests Attend FREE!

Guests, please register online now, or in person at the meeting.

Looking Ahead

You Are Enough:
5 Steps to Move From Struggle To Strength

Monday, June 10, 2019

Have you ever felt stuck in your negative mind....
felt that your thoughts and feelings had such a tight grip on you that you felt you could not escape?
Do you feel like something is missing in your life?
Do your struggle with keeping a healthy life due to the demands of life?
Have you ever felt like you’re not ENOUGH?

We all have challenges - whether it be with our health, career, relationships, etc., but it is how we deal with these challenges that allows us to either stay stuck or begin creating the life we truly desire!

What you’ll learn from this presentation:

  • The simple 5-step system people need who don’t know where to start when it comes to achieving a healthy lifestyle or what to do next
  • Identify mindset blocks that can prohibit you from achieving the life you truly want
  • Identify healthy habits including morning rituals, time management and self-care tools to get you believing YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Outcome and Benefits:
Knowledge: You will learn how to overcome sabotaging patterns and clear mental blocks so that you can create positive strategies and healthier habits for your Mind. Body. Soul.

Tools for Self-Development: Identify self-limiting beliefs, grounding skills, creating healthy habits including morning rituals, time management and self-care tools.

Confidence: Walk out with confidence and clarity you need to BOLDLY take the next big step in your life.

Megan R. Fenyoe

Megan R. Fenyoe is a Veteran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Speaker and Trainer, Host of The Blonde Bombshell Podcast and founder of the I Am Enough Movement. Megan is an Amazon Best Selling Author who recently published her book You Are Enough: 5 Steps To Move From Struggle To Strength. Megan will transform your negative self-talk into positive self-empowerment, taking you through her proven 5-step program. She has gone through many struggles throughout her life, most recently being involved in a narcissistic abusive marriage. For many years she was living a life without meaning and purpose. Today she shares her story in hopes to support and encourage others to believe they are more than ENOUGH!

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Previous Meeting Summaries

Turn Your Slides into a Slook™ (Book)

April 8, 2019 - Rebecca Morgan 

As a coach and/or consultant, you give presentations full of valuable information. You’ve got well-designed, informative, easy-to-read slides. They are so good that audiences ask for them every time you speak. You don’t mind sharing some of them, but you know audience members would get much more value if they had what you said when you shared the slide, along with links to research papers, assessments, and others’ relevant articles. They would get even more value if they had places to write their thoughts during your presentation, and even better if they had assessments that would help them understand the material better.

You need to turn your slides into a book — you need to create a Slook™

**Bring a print out (can be multiple slides per page) of your most popular talk’s slides to get others’ opinion on if they are ready to become a slook.

Session Outcomes/Benefits include:
  • You’ll determine which popular presentation has the best potential for a slook
  • You’ll learn if your slides are ready to be turned into a slook
  • You’ll understand the basics of turning your slides into a slook

Rebecca Morgan

Rebecca Morgan is an international speaker, trainer, consultant and bestselling author of 27 books, two of which have sold over 250,000 each and are translated into 9 languages. These have landed her on Oprah, 60 Minutes, NPR,, the Wall Street Journal and international media. Budget Rent-a-Car purchased 50,000 of one title.

Rebecca has invented an innovative way to combine your memorable slides with the content of your presentation into a product she calls a slook™ (slides into book) that every member of your audience — and beyond — will yearn to own.

March Marathon - Pot of Gold
Skill-Building Day

March 11, 2019

Special Extended Meeting 9 am - 3:00 pm - Featuring "Speed-Topic" Presentations

You requested it and we're providing it! 

From the December 2018 Survey of skills desired, SDPCA has created a special agenda, featuring back-to-back presentations with members teaching diverse and much-needed business skills, strategies and tips of interest to coaches, interspersed with conversations, application of topics taught, plus networking opportunities. 

Special Extended Meeting 9 am - 3:00 pm
Bring Your Lunch! Beverages will be provided.

To review the presentation summaries for this meeting please visit our Meeting Archive Page

Coaches: Self-Employed or Employee?

Dramatic Changes to How Coaches Get Hired in California
Monday February 11, 2019

Imagine that you’ve just received a career-defining offer to join a high profile coaching team in another State. You will get to work virtually, or be paid to travel to big companies to work. It will take your career to the next level, seal your reputation, and it pays very well! They flatter you by telling how honored they’d be if you will join them. Needless to say, you are thrilled UNTIL ... you realize you CAN’T do it. They don’t know that California just changed its 1099 laws. If they want you to join their consulting or coaching business, they’ll have to make you a full- or part-time employee in their company. They aren’t prepared for the cost of that. Here’s a list of vital questions to start from:

  • Does it matter that the rules in other states may be different?
  • Does this ONLY affect California Coaches and Consultants?
  • Can you hedge your bets that the State of California won’t notice when you file your taxes?
  • Is there any way around this? Could the company “payroll” you and pass off the responsibility to employ so they enjoy your services? If a staffing agency can become your “Employer of Record,” who will cover that extra administrative cost?
  • Does this apply to your entire customer base? Or can you realistically toggle your career between Employee and 1099?
This program is a MUST ATTEND event for all coaches and consultants.

This significant change in the law will become a bigger topic in coming months and the years to come. You need to be prepared! Be the first to understand it and find new ways to adapt and protect your career and income.

Session Outcomes/Benefits include:
  • Empowering YOU to understand the changes in labor law and manage their future contracts wisely
  • Help California consultants and coaches to make a smooth and calm transition during the inevitable media buzz that will ensue
  • Explore what to say to groups outside of California when they are making you offers to coach for their clients on a 1099

 Coach Timi Gleason

Timi is a member of three coaching teams (one in Texas, one in Northern California and the other in San Diego). In the last 60 days of 2018, her project managers have converted her over to employee status after they gave all their California coaches a choice: do the W-4 paperwork or opt out and stop coaching for us. Timi started her coaching and consulting career in 1994. Off  and   on Timi has directly contracted and at other times been “payrolled” coach or executive through a staffing company. However, since 2011, Timi has only worked on 1099 status. Timi just lost access to two years of a five-year contract because the contract holder “didn’t want the administrative headache of hiring his coaching team as employees.” SDPCA’s 2020 Club Mastermind is Timi’s pro-bono contribution to a group of member coaches who are systematically transforming their lives and careers between the dates of July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020.  Read more about Coach Timi Gleason...

Jennifer P. Suberlak, Esq., Associate

Jennifer is an associate with Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin. Her practice focuses on employment and labor counseling and litigation. Jennifer helps employers manage the day-to-day issues arising in the employment context, craft and implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance, and navigate the litigation process. She is currently sorting out and defending various law suits arising from the California Supreme Court’s 2018 decision to crack down on how companies assign 1099 and employee status. There have not been many court decisions or precedents decided over the changes yet, and are causing panic and confusion for many Californians. Jennifer earned her law degree at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law in 2013. Prior to law school, Jennifer attended UCLA, graduating summa cum laude, where she earned her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Anthropology. While attending law school, Jennifer was the Chief Managing Editor of Women’s Law Journal.

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Empowered Price-Design
for Coaching Services

Post-Meeting Workshop
Monday, February 11, 2019
1:00-2:30 pm

Raise your prices to empower your clients AND
fill your bank accounts by rewiring your brain

Every second coach makes less than $50 000 revenue per year.

Every second coach goes out of business before the end of his third year in business because it is not sustainable.

Sylvia Becker-Hill is committed to change that. Because she knows that for every coach who goes out of business there are thousands of people world-wide whose goals stay unreached and whose dreams stay unfulfilled.

One huge difficulty for most coaches is to get their “head around pricing.”

If you are one of them or simply want to raise your prices, this workshop is for you!

Learn how to design your prices so they empower your clients AND fill your bank accounts.


Workshop Outcomes/Benefits include:

  • Get the transformation and information you need to raise your prices on the spot
  • Learn the “3C-Blueprint” for a sustainable coaching practice
  • Be inspired and empowered by a pricing philosophy that is in integrity with your values, goals AND clients benefit

SDPCA Members attend free. 

Non-members who are SDPCA First Time Guests:      Workshop Only $30.  

Repeat Guest Non-members:     Meeting only $30. Workshop only $30.  Meeting + Workshop: $50

Sylvia Becker-Hill, PCC, MA Phil, Dipl. Verw.W.

Sylvia was the first German Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 2002, and was the founder of the ICF-Germany Chapter. She has run a successful coaching practice since 1997 serving executives from different industries around the world as a pioneer in telephone coaching. All while moving with her husband and two sons from Germany to Michigan in 2006, and again in 2013 to California, reinventing her- self, her business and brand multiple times. She is a past ICF-Germany Chapter President, ran her own coaching training school for seven years and was an official ICF mentor-coach for three years in Michigan. One of her graduates is the President of ICF-Germany. Sylvia

is called a “matriarch of the coaching industry” with countless publications in coaching best- sellers and industry magazines. Sylvia has presented six times at ICF conferences around the world. She is an adjunct faculty member of a Swiss business school teaching remote coaching. She received in 2014 the ICF-Midwest Leadership Award for her immense contributions to the coaching industry. Additionally, her articles have been published in “Choice” magazine, the largest international coaching magazine.

Read more about Sylvia Becker-Hill ...

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Intuitive Approach to Goal Setting

January 14, 2019

Would you like to stop creating goals from your ego, where you are coming from a place of not
feeling good enough, or setting goals, that deep down, you feel are not obtainable?

Are you tired of feeling the need to be in constant “action, action, action!” in order for you to hit your goals?

In reality, when goals are set from your ego you are not aligned with your authentic self and you find yourself comparing your success to others. The Genius Unlocked Coaching Institute’s approach uses your intuition to have your goals stop coming from your conscious mind and start coming from your unconscious mind so that you can be in alignment with your authentic self, be more committed to your goals, and truly manifest the life and business you desire.

This workshop combines the structured process of Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) and professional coaching methodologies with energy work, hypnotherapy, and meditation to give you a different perspective on goal setting. We guide you through visualizations to tap into your
intuition and create goals from your own unique internal representation system. This allows you to live in flow, attract what you want easily and effortlessly and be so aligned with your goals that you can’t not make them happen!

Session Outcomes/Benefits include:

  • A new and unique way to experience goal setting and enhance the way you represent your goals that is more than just a vision board.
  • Two tools for you and your clients to self-access your internal representation system
    and your alignment with your goals.
  • A strategy for grounding and being present; creating a new mindset around goal setting
    and shifting your  momentum towards the life and business you desire.

Jenn Beninger and Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper and Jenn Beninger are the founders of Genius Unlocked Coaching Institute and they have each coached over 2,500 hours, transforming hundreds of clients’lives. Carson constantly strives to achieve mastery in coaching and creatively using his intuition, which has allowed him to work with and develop influential leaders in business, academics and government agencies. He has taught coaching and leadership skills in the United States, Europe and Africa, transforming participants’ mindset.

“Achieving Mastery” is one of Jenn’s core values and it has been at the center of her education and training through working with Fortune 500 companies, holding executive positions in the coaching industry, developing coaching curriculum, teaching business development skills and running transformational leadership events.

Through their understanding of intuition, communication skills and mindset work Carson and Jenn are able to make their clients feel deeply seen, heard, and understood; which allows them to breakthrough the shame, guilt, and fear from negative life experiences, so that they can live a life of courage, love and joy.


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