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Life and Career Transitions: The Ups, The Downs and Everything in Between

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Workshop and Panel on Managing Transitions

About this Event

The event will be held at 498 Broome in Soho, NYC, a beautiful photography gallery containing the work of father and son photography team, Alan and Michael Sloyer. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Ghana Make a Difference (GMAD). GMAD is a US registered 501c3 organization that is dedicated to sustainably improving the lives of the children of Ghana by providing shelter, job training, education, and medical care. GMAD’s philosophy is centered around preserving families and providing a path to self-reliance for the people it serves.


Life and Career Transitions: The Ups, The Downs and Everything in Between!

Are you thinking about changing your career to align with your purpose or are you in the midst of a transition? 

Because we know that mindset is everything when we transform, instead of teaching you how to find the job of your dreams, we’ll discuss the emotions and phases you can expect to go through, arming you with the right tool to build your next chapter. Come and connect with others who are living the adventure and hear the journey our panelists went through. 

Our Yoga Nidra session will allow to embed your insights, and give you the time and space to process learnings from the event. Yoga Nidra is a deep relaxation technique which does not require movement. You will simply lay down and listen to guidance.



6-6.30: Mingle and View Art 

6.30-6.45: Talk - Dealing with Each Phase of Transitions

6.45-7.30: Panel with Q&A

7.30-7.50: Yoga Nidra (no movement)

7.50-8.00: Final Reflections 

Entrance is free to this event, but we have a suggested donation of $50 or more. You will receive a tax deductible receipt for anything that you contribute. 

Please bring: Yoga mat or blanket to sit and lay on AND a blanket / jacket to cover yourself during Yoga Nidra as you will be laying down.

Meet our panelists: 

Leah Barto: Leah is a project leader with Endeavor Insight, the research arm of a nonprofit that fosters entrepreneurship ecosystems and informs policymakers on economic development in communities around the world. Her previous professional experience includes teaching nonprofit financial management at Columbia University, grantmaking with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and stage management at opera companies throughout the United States. Leah holds an MBA from the University of Cincinnati where she focused on social and cultural entrepreneurship. She earned her BA from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands where she majored in German and Music Composition.

Mark Burger: After 19 years of coaching basketball, Mark stepped down to pursue a career in art. Today, Mark, a.k.a. Swissipino, is a multidisciplinary artist and the inventor of B-Ball Tats - custom tattooed basketballs. He is also a freelance graphic designer, and he works for Game Informer magazine, the 5th-largest publication in the US.

Michael Sloyer: Michael is passionate about helping his fellow humans live up to their potential and to live more loving and fulfilling lives. To help achieve these goals, he has joined Upbuild, where he serves as a coach and leads workshops that, through a personality classification framework called the Enneagram, allows his clients to understand themselves and the people they interact with on a much deeper level. Prior to joining Upbuild, Michael was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he worked as an equity derivatives trader for 11 years, which included time in New York, Hong Kong, and most recently in Tokyo. Michael decided to make the move from Goldman to Upbuild so he could more properly align his values of service, vulnerability, and love with the work that he wakes up to everyday. He realized that we only get one chance at life, and that we might as well do something that fulfills us deeply to our core.

About the Facilitator

Dominique Mas: After 15 years in educational leadership in international schools, coaching teachers and promoting the development of high achieving students, Dominique took a leap and decided to start coaching high performers. She challenges her clients to slow down, dig deep and reflect as they transform and create the next chapter of their personal or professional life. 

Dominique is originally from France and she has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the US, holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Change and is an ICF certified coach who trained with the NeuroLeadership Institute. She lives a peaceful life in Brooklyn, NY with her partner and Professor, the greatest dog ever!