Learn how to shed what no longer serves you, and protect your well-being.
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You cannot pour from an empty cup, or one that is weighted down with too many “rocks.” Everyone has “rocks” they carry around, like the rock of harsh self-judgment. Attorney, recovery mentor, TEDx speaker, Becoming Your Best Version podcast host and author of 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life, Maria Olsen, will share her experience overcoming alcoholism, trauma, addiction to busy-ness, and the pain of her divorce by using spiritual, mental, physical, social, and emotional self-care strategies. Participants will engage in group exercises to enhance well-being and thereby increase productiveness. Barriers to self-care will be tackled. Maria will teach self-care strategies, including: Breaking the cycle of negative self-talk; reframing techniques; cultivating contentment; emotional regulation skills; learning to respond mindfully, rather than simply to react; healthy social relationships and building connection; boundary-setting; intentionality about how you spend your time; reinvigorating your life and rediscovering your “why.”
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Maria graduated from Boston College and the University of Virginia School of Law, served in the Clinton Administration’s Justice Department, fostered newborn babies awaiting adoption, and has been on the boards of Children’s National Medical Center BOV, the
Catholic Coalition for Special Education, GirlsUp and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Washington. While in private practice as a litigator in then one of the then-largest law firms in Washington, D.C., Maria was awarded Pro Bono Coordinator of the Year by the D.C. Bar Association. She has written for The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Bethesda Magazine, Parenting, BabyTalk and Washington For Women, and is a contributor to Thrive Global, Up Journey and BreaknLinks. She recently returned to practicing law now that her children are launched. Mommy, Why’s Your Skin So Brown? is her first children’s book. Healing for Hallie is her second children’s book. Not the Cleaver Family–The New Normal in Modern American Family, was released in November 2016. Her latest book, 50 After 50–Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life, was published in hardcover in 2018, and in paperback and on Audible in 2019.
Maria has spoken at numerous schools and corporate and nonprofit events, including the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, the Mixed Remixed Festival in Los Angeles, The Japanese American National Museum’s Family Day, the Washington Independent Review of Books, the National March to End Rape Culture, a motivational speaker at corporate and trade association meetings, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Asian American Month Celebration (as the then-highest ranking Asian American political appointee at the Justice Department). Her book talk has been featured on C-Span’s Book TV show, and her latest book was selected for the National Press Club’s Book Fair. She spoke at TEDx CUNY in 2021 on “Using Life’s Challenges as a Force for Good.”
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Sally Tierney is the owner and CEO of Clear Path Forward, a private investigation firm based in the Washington, DC area. Empowering her clients with the facts, to bring clarity and transparency to a daunting situation, is her mission in life. Sally used her considerable skills to start a business helping others when their lives seemingly are falling apart. Sally is the strength people need when navigating terrible situations in their lives. She is a truth seeker and empowerment advocate for anyone who is having trouble navigating an unfair system. Her experience has taught her that there are times when a private investigator is necessary to bring accuracy to light. Her husband was wrongfully accused of something he did not do. Sally worked to demonstrate the truth, and her husband was exonerated. It was a harrowing experience, and Sally turned it into a business using the law to expose facts and force transparency when needed to support and strengthen her clients’ cases. Her firm’s services also include medical and mental health advocacy; advocating for sexual assault victims; elder care advocacy; assistance with domestic violence and child custody cases; and mitigation investigations to reveal insightful details about individual lives that can lessen penalties ordered during criminal sentencing. In addition to being a private investigator, Sally has successfully owned and operated Just Dance, a studio in Alexandria, Virginia for the past 18 years. She also is the producer and host of The Dance Studio Podcast. This is her fun way of giving back to studio owners and dance teachers all that she has learned over her long career. Sally was a dancer in professional theatre for several years, and taught dancing for 20 years before opening her own studio. She was a teacher for Project Plie, American Ballet Theatre’s diversity & inclusion initiative, and served on several non-profit arts organizations, like Artspire, which awards scholarships to those in underserved communities. Sally knows the necessity of self-care, so that she can give so much to others in need. She has a daily gratitude practice and keeps her consciousness open for miracles. And she finds them.