May 8th, 2013
Lynn Gerhard has learned the hard way that the advice coming from our head and the guidance arising from our heart can often lead us in two very different directions. Now recovered from alcoholism, codependency and binge eating disorder, Lynn spent many years battling what she came to call "the Committee" - the angry, judgmental voices in her head that never wanted to let her forget all the times she had made wrong choices in the past. Finally she was able to develop a way to tune out "the Committee" and tune IN to her heart's gentle, trustworthy wisdom instead.
If you struggle with feelings of hopelessness and you are afraid you will never recover, join us and learn from Lynn how to let the small, still voice in your heart guide you back to health and life again.
To learn more about Lynn: http://www.mentorconnect-ed.org/mcleadershipteam/
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March 14th, 2013
Emi Berger spent many years battling bulimia in secrecy and silence, sure that no one else would understand her private pain. After nearly 15 years of trudging through the battle alone she finally reached out. After 5 years in private therapy as well as with the support of a few close friends, Emi began the road to recovery. In the summer of 2011 she contacted MentorCONNECT in an effort to join in eating disorder activism efforts because doing so inspired her to fight harder for her own life. She also wanted to help others realize they are not alone. Now, in this once-in-a-lifetime event, Emi shares her own personal recovery story of how she emerged from her years of hidden pain to become an empowered leader in the eating disorder field.
Learn more about Emi here: http://www.mentorconnect-ed.org/mcleadershipteam/
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February 14th, 2013
A mentoring relationship is like any other relationship in life. These relationships are hard and take a lot of work but the rewards can be immeasurable! At MentorCONNECT, we recognize that mentoring is a gift that helps everyone at any stage of the recovery process. Our mentors are mentored and supported even as they serve and support their mentees. Similarly, our mentees are encouraged to offer their service in appropriate ways until they are strong enough to become mentors themselves. Join us for this teleconference to learn more about how mentoring can be helpful at all stages of the recovery process.
This teleconference also features special guest Jenn Sternecker who will share her personal experiences as a mentee and a mentor.
For more information about lead presenter Jeanette Henriques: http://www.mentorconnect-ed.org/mcleadershipteam/
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January 16th, 2013
In this first empowering teleconference of a brand new year, we talk about the importance of support in achieving sustained eating disorders recovery. The truth is, while it can be great to want to recover just so that you know you can do anything you set your mind and heart to do, often we find our inspiration in other people and things before we can find it in ourselves. In this heartfelt and heartwarming event, Jeanette Yates from COREMinistries and MentorCONNECT's leadership team shares her inspiring story of how faith and family helped her find the strength to recover from her eating disorder for good.
If you are convinced you will never find the strength, the support or the faith to recover, join us and learn how Jeanette left her eating disordered days behind her for good! Learn more about Jeanette at http://restoreyourcore.wordpress.com/
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December 6th, 2012
In this special holiday teleconference, best-selling author and beloved speaker and teacher Jenni Schaefer shares her insights about how she survived tough holiday seasons during her own recovery battle. She will also read from her books, "Goodbye Ed, Hello Me" and "Life Without Ed", and answer your questions LIVE! Jenni wants each participant in this event to know that full recovery IS possible! As Jenni says: This year, spend your precious energy focusing on all the positive steps you've taken to choose recovery over the past year. And remember, if I can be RECOVERED., then you can too! You can visit Jenni at www.jennischaefer.com
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November 20th, 2012
The holiday season can bring with it celebration and joy, but also anxiety and stress. No one knows better than someone who has survived the holidays while recovering from an eating disorder how tough the holidays can be!
So before the holidays begin in earnest, give yourself the early holiday gift of spending an hour with eating disorder survivors Jeanette Henriques, Vic Avon and Jeanette Yates. Jeanette, Vic and Jeanette will share their own personal holiday coping skills, offering encouragement and insight into how to transform your experience of the holidays this year from one in which battling ED (eating disorder) takes center stage to one in which GRATITUDE and true breakthroughs in recovery become possible.
You can visit our three presenters here:
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October 19th, 2012
In 2002 Alison Smela sought in-patient treatment for alcoholism and in 2008, entered a residential treatment center to combat anorexia. To honor her continuous recovery she stepped away from her corporate career in advertising and has dedicated herself to being of service to those seeking help. In addition to sponsoring/mentoring women in both recovery fellowships, Alison speaks at treatment centers and support groups not only to encourage mid-life recovery but to be a living example of hope.
Prior to treatment, for over 30 years Alison literally tested fate by playing an insidious game of Russian roulette, spinning the chamber between alcoholism and anorexia. Before she stepped through the doors of recovery, each day she navigated through her personal and professional life leaning on one or the other to get through it. On really tough days, both. Now, at age 50, sober for 10 years and free from unhealthy eating behaviors for over 4, Alison has turned her adult life from drowning in addiction to one of service. She opens up about her practical recovery experience to support and comfort the next generation of recovering women. She is a mentor, speaker, and author of the upcoming book, “Slow Deep Breaths.” Alison has become a firm advocate for reminding people it is never too late to recover and it’s never too soon. Learn more about Alison at www.alisonsmela.com
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September 5th, 2012
Jeanette Henriques is living life without an eating disorder after over 15 years of struggling. Throughout the course of her journey she struggled with anorexia, bulimia, depression and post traumatic stress disorder. However, today she travels around talking to children, adolescents and adults sharing her experience. Not only does she let people know that it is possible to move beyond disordered eating but that it is possible to move beyond your past. Jeanette counsels and mentors those with eating disorders as well as victims of abuse. Her message to all those that struggle is one of hope and acceptance and encourages people to work towards their dreams because anything is possible.
Jeanette's powerful personal story is a sure-fire cure for the self-pity blues. Jeanette's life itself is living proof that adversity can define us in negative or positive ways, but it is our choice which direction adversity takes us. If you want to learn how to empower yourself to meet any challenge life hands you with your head held high and a courageous smile on your face, this is the MentorCONNECT teleconference you want to tune in to. Learn more about Jeanette HERE
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August 15th, 2012
Vic Avon is a male in recovery from an eating disorder who is also the author of the personal memoir “My Monster Within: My Story.” In retelling his story, Vic reveals the dynamics that played into the development of his eating disorder as well as his struggles at working toward recovery. Through his writing, speaking, and mentoring work, recovering people can gain insight from Vic into the mindset that can plague a man - or anyone - who is struggling with an eating disorder. No matter how low the lows and difficult the road to recovery, Vic inspires everyone he meets with hope in recovery. As Vic often says during his talks:
Recovery is challenging, but well worth the fight!
He is a national spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and he also serves on the leadership team for MentorCONNECT. Vic lives in New Jersey with his wife Lindsey and pets (3 dogs, 1 parrot, and 1 snake) and he works at a family-owned drywall subcontracting business. Vic is actively involved in eating disorder outreach and education on a national scale. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and playing the drums. Learn more at www.vicavon.com
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July 11th, 2012
Dr. Walter Kaye is one of the country's leading researcher on the neurobiology of eating disorders. He has made many contributions to the field with his primary focus on studying the relationship between the brain and behavior and determining how we can better understand the symptoms of eating disorders. Dr. Kaye has focused his extensive career on developing innovative research practices to bring help, hope, and healing to recovering persons and their loved ones. In this teleconference, Dr. Kaye will share breaking results from his ongoing research studies that have the potential to improve treatment outcomes for people recovering from eating disorders. To learn more about Dr. Kaye and his research, visit him at: http://eatingdisorders.ucsd.edu/faculty/psych_faculty.shtml
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