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Attended my second event/presentation hosted by the South Florida Association of Women in Communications tonight. Once again at the Havana Club (make that Miami City Club…everything changes so often here in Miami. maybe other places as well. I liked the name Havana Club, more of the Miami flavor I’ve grown to love – a subject for another post perhaps).
Working solo and from a home studio is part of being a self-employed artist. It is wonderful in almost all respects, except you get a bit fuzzy brained if you don’t get out of the studio and talk to actual humans every so often. Since this is Miami and there are at minimum 3 interesting places to go every night, discernment is critical. My time is very dear to me so I choose to attend events that I feel will not only be interesting and within my budget, but also where I can meet people with similar interests. (#pizzatweetup at Spris on Tuesday fit this criteria as well)

Agenda for tonight’s meeting was a panel discussion on how to diversify your professional offerings to compete in a tough job market. With the highest unemployment rate in decades, the job market is becoming increasingly crowded and competitive, and even the employed worry about job security. The 3 panelists, Jessica Garvar, Community Relations Director, Jobing.com, Rochelle Broder-Singer, RB Editing and Writing, Violet Lowrey, President, A+ Professional Resumes, and moderator, Charlotte Libov, Freelance Author/Public Relations Professional discussed ways to expand and transform your skills and talents to increase your value, switch industries, or transition to freelance or consulting work.
Fabulous networking before the discussions began. I met Life Is Art Directors, James Echols and Annette Peikert, Juan Campos of NY Life Insurance Co., writer, Marvin Glassman, Marylene Gacon an Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, Shervin Bain a recent PR graduate, and got to chat with several people I follow on Twitter: Blanca @miamishines, Maria @vicequeen and the newly elected President of the SF Women in Communications, Julia Wakefield. All of this was greatly enhanced by the outstanding view of Miami from the 55 floor of the Wachovia building, and of course, the complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Women in Communications get the gold star rating for making guests feel like VIPs!

Jessica Garvar, Community Relations Director, Jobing.com

Jessica Garvar, Community Relations Director, Jobing.com


Rochelle Broder-Singer, RB Editor and Writer

Rochelle Broder-Singer, RB Editor and Writer


Violet Lowrey, President, A+ Professional Resumes

Violet Lowrey, President, A+ Professional Resumes

Mother’s Day – Gift Certificates – always the right size!

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Select a Gift Certificate in the amount of your choice and your recipient
can shop for paintings, limited edition giclees, fine art prints, and posters, and cards,
or they can choose from over 20 designs on 5 styles of
Nature’s Energy Cortese Design Handbags

You will be able to choose the dollar value of your gift
when you click the order button below.


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Contact me at: debra@debracortese.
You can also order by phone: 305-665-2528

Cortese Design Bags now available at Celestial Treasures in Coconut Grove

Celestial Treasures, located in Miami’s affluent Coconut Grove business district, is a beautiful store that serves the Metaphysical community. They provide tools and services to enhance your spiritual journey and, they have a large selection of books, crystals, incense, candles, jewelry, artwork, fairies, and many other contemporary products to use on one’s spiritual journey.



As of today (May 5, 2009), they are also carrying the Cortese Designs line of Nature’s Energy Totebags, Laptop Bags and Backpacks by Miami Designer, Debra Cortese. Read about the design process and the visual transference of Nature’s Energy at: https://www.debracortese.com/cortesedesignbags_Story_pics.html

Celestial Treasures is conveniently located at the edge of the courtyard at 3444 Main Highway in Coconut Grove, Florida. Their phone number is 305-461-2341. You can visit their website for more information.

On May 13th, Celestial Treasures will host “The Secret of Money: How to Use the Law of Attraction for Financial Health and Wealth”, a two and a half hour presentation by Life Coach, Cary Bayer. Call 305-461-2341 for time and registration fees.

Mr. Bayer studied monetary, career, emotional and spiritual success secrets with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Deepak Chopra, Phil Laut, Bob Mandel, Fred Lehrman, and Napoleon Hill student Foster Hibbard. He also ran a successful marketing firm for 18 years, counseling Alan Arkin, David Steinberg and Quality Inns, among others.

A TM Teacher since 1973, who’s trained dozens of other teachers, and a Life Coach since 1988, Cary has helped thousands of people transform their lives from southern California to Western Europe. He is author of The Prosperity Aerobics; an affirmation series on money, success, relationships, communications; and his syndicated column, “Life 101” appears throughout the U.S.

For more info on Cary Bayer, visit www.carybayer.com

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