Speaker to address success and stress

J. Merelle Rodrigo

Phil Castle, The Business Times

A professional trainer and motivational speaker will offer her advice for achieving success and handling stress in a day-long event planned for Grand Junction.

J. Merelle Rodrigo will lead morning and afternoon presentations as well as deliver a luncheon address at a Nov. 5 event hosted by the Book Cliff Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and Mesa County Women’s Network.

The event is open to the public and offers an opportunity for administrative professionals and business women — as well  anyone else involved in business — to hear an international speaker and educator without leaving the Grand Valley, said Kyle Sheldon-Chandler, president of the Book Cliff Chapter.

“It’s a really good opportunity to not only listen to and experience Merelle, but to provide education on their business, maybe to give them a different perspective on their business,” Sheldon-Chandler said.

Janell Gear, president of the Mesa County Women’s Network, said her group agreed to join with the Book Cliff Chapter for that very reason. “I think it’s a great idea. It helps both of us.”

Rodrigo serves as president of JMR Training and Development in Canada. She brings to her work education and experience in sociology, psychology and criminology. She’s been a sociology professor for more than a decade and also has worked in probation and parole as well as an insurance advisor. As a motivational speaker, Rodrigo frequently addresses such topics as body communication and stress management as well as gender and cultural differences.

In Grand Junction, Rodrigo will lead presentations set for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. as well as deliver a luncheon address at the monthly Mesa County Women’s Network meeting at 11:30 a.m. All of the events are planned for Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St.

Admission to the morning presentation  is $20. Admission to the afternoon presentation is $25.

Admission to the lunch address is $16 for members of the Book Cliff Chapter and Mesa County Women’s Network, $20 for others. Reservations for the luncheon event are due noon Oct. 31.

Admission to all the events costs $65.

In a morning session titled “The Ultimate You,” Rodrigo will help participants change their attitudes and behaviors to enhance their professionalism, influence others in positive ways and ultimately achieve more success. The motivational presentation will include humor, music and clips from movies.

In a luncheon session titled “Positive Power for Successful Professional Women,” Rodrigo will focus on the fundamentals of success while helping participants enhance their motivation, productivity and professionalism.

The afternoon session is titled “Play That Funky Music: Stress Management Using Music and Humor.” Rodrigo will explore the effects of music on energy levels, mood and well-being as she helps participants improve their mental and physical hardiness.

Sheldon-Chandler said she heard Rodrigo speak at another IAAP event and was impressed with a presentation that was both educational and entertaining. “She was really, really good.”

Consequently, Sheldon-Chandler said she’s anxious to bring Rodrigo to Grand Junction.

Moreover, the presentations fit in with the mission of IAAP to promote personal and professional growth in its members through education, mentoring and leadership, she said.

The IAAP, which introduced annual administrative professional day observances in 1952, has become one of the largest organizations of its kind with more than 600 chapters and a total of 40,000 members and affiliates worldwide.

Gear said the Mesa County Women’s Network pursues a similar mission in providing a forum for education and networking that encourages members to grow personally and professionally.

In addition to members of the two groups, though, Sheldon-Chandler and Gear said they hope small businesses, take advantage of the chance to attend presentations without the time and expense of travel. Said Gear: “It’s an opportunity for small businesses to do that locally.”

 To register for or obtain more information about the Merelle Rodrigo presentations and luncheon event in Grand Junction on Nov. 5, visit the websites at www.iaap-bookcliff.org or www.mcwn.org or call Kyle Sheldon-Chandler at 243-9899 or Raelynn Roemer at 243-4480