Empowerment Summit Chicago


Empowerment Summit – Sat, April 30, 2016, 10am-4pm

Click Here to purchase your ticket for only $15 – includes lunch!

Durty Nellies Conference Center, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL 60067

Healthy Living Counseling Center has joined forces with PAVEErin’s Law and Suburban Woman Newspaper to provide an amazing event to empower people to healthy living while raising money for both PAVE and Erin’s Law to help these organizations move forward with their mission to reduce sexual violence!

 Come and hear presentations on a range of mental health and wellness topics, experience classes in iRest meditation, Tai Chi/Qigong and other healing arts or meet with an acupuncturist, chiropractor, mental health expert, nutritionist or other wellness professionals.

Lunch will be provided.

 Keynote speakers talking about transformation after surviving adversity.  

 Angela Rose the founder of PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment)

In response to being kidnapped and sexually assaulted, Angela Rose founded PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment) a national non-profit that fights to reduce sexual violence. Additionally, she is a  highly active motivational speaker delivering messages of personal empowerment, overcoming adversity, leadership, and violence prevention to corporations, conventions, college campuses, high schools and  professional organizations across the country.

Angela Rose is also an author, speaker, entrepreneur and authority on helping people triumph over tragedy. Her decade of work on self-empowerment and community building has taken her across the country and abroad to speak on continuous improvement for the mind, body and soul. Angela focuses on helping others take control of their minds, reconnect to the love and light within, and transform into their fullest potential as human beings. Ms. Rose was honored with the Superwoman of the year award by Chicago in October 2014. Presentation:   “Hope, Healing & Happiness” 

Erin Merryn the force behind Erin’s Law

Ms. Erin Merryn Chicago activist and the force behind “Erin’s Law.” “Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state to implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches students in grades preK – 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and speak up and tell.  “Erin’s Law” was first passed in Illinois in 2013 and has since been passed in 24 more states and Erin’s mission is to get all 50 states to adopt Erin’s Law.  She turned her childhood diary into a book “Stolen Innocence” and self-published it when she was a senior in high school.  Since then she has gone on to author two more books, “Living for Today: From Incest and Molestation to Fearlessness and Forgiveness” and “An Unimaginable Act: Overcoming and Preventing Child Abuse Through Erin’s Law.”

People Magazine named Erin Merryn as one of its “15 Amazing Women Changing the World” in its June, 2014 issue for her nationwide visionary work protecting children from sexual abuse.  She was also Glamour Woman of the year recipient in 2012, has authored three books and has appeared on Oprah, Today Show, Good Morning America, Katie Couric and too many other shows to note.  Ms. Merryn’s most recent appearance will be featured in a commercial-free TLC documentary on childhood sexual abuse airing August 30, 2015. Presentation: “A Voice for the Voiceless”

Andrea Metcalf is a nationally known health and fitness expert as seen on the NBC Today Show, Steve Harvey and Oprah.com.  As a regular contributor to FOX Chicago news, she hopes to inspire audiences to live healthier. Health Editor for Womensforum.com and founder of Tasty Facial Bar, Andrea is a serial entrepreneur. 

Presentation: “Small Changes for Big Results:  The Bod Squad”

 Haley Reinhart from American Idol will empower us with a couple of her inspirational songs with her father accompanying her on the  guitar.  Let music heal you!

Dr. Jane Oh has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology in Arlington Heights for the past 14 years. She graduated from Northwestern University Medical School and did her residency in Chicago, at Mercy Hospital. She is certified in acupuncture and enjoys the holistic perspective that traditional medical cultures bring to her practice. Dr. Oh has a passion for empowering women to take charge of their health. Empowered women can then fulfill their life purposes and make a positive impact where ever their lives lead them.

Presentation: “Beautiful You–Optimal Health to Achieve Your Life’s Purposes.”

Health is fundamental for achieving all of the goals in our lives. By addressing root causes of poor health, we can reverse poor health and prevent disease. A brief description of some of the root causes of disease and tools we can use to nurture our health will be discussed.

iRest® Guided Meditation Workshop:  “Relax and Restore with iRest Meditation”

Find ease beneath your stress with iRest Yoga Nidra. This easy-to-practice guided deep relaxation and mindfulness meditation has been shown to help alleviate anxiety and fears, pain, depression, insomnia, PTSD and addictions.

 Jacqui Neurauter is an iRest® certified BodyMind Therapy/Coach.  She helps individuals navigate transitions, manage stress and trauma, and explore pathways to discover meaning, purpose and passion for a fulfilling life.”

Linda Cao is Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, Certified Hypnotherapist and Certified Tai Chi Qigong Meridian Healing Instructor. She has been trained in China & US with over 20 years of clinical experience.

Linda has worked at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital as Clinical Coordinator of Expressive Therapy Out-patient Program Linda has worked private practice treating depression, anxiety, chronic pain and many other mental health issues. Linda also taught Restorative Healing Art in Body Movement for the Cancer Institute, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and Neuroscience Institute. Linda grew up in China and taught Modern Chinese Drama & Psychology in Beijing Normal University. Linda came to US in 1988. For over 20 years, Linda has applied traditional Chinese healing methods in her modern western dance movement therapy clinical practice. She developed DVD series training program for self-healing. Linda has presented workshops in many professional conferences locally, nationally and internationally. 

Tai Chi & Qigong Workshop:  “Embody Your Healing Wisdom” 

Tai Chi and Qigong both are centuries-old Chinese practice rooted in Chinese meditation, medicine, and martial arts. Tai Chi is designed to exercise the mind and body through a series of gentle, flowing postures that creates synchronized dance. Qi Gong is energy focused internal gymnastic formed by deep breathing and meditative movement.  You will experience powerful healing and joy with Linda.  Participants should be instructed to wear loose, comfortable clothing.  

“How to navigate the courts for survivors of abuse”

Kristina Buchthal Regal is an attorney at Lavelle Law Ltd. in Palatine. Kristina is a family law attorney practicing in divorce, custody, support, and order of protection cases in Cook County and other counties in the Chicago area. Kristina attended Northwestern University and DePaul University College of Law, earning her law degree and admission to the bar in 2009. Kristina is a member of the board of directors and legal volunteer of the organization Between Friends, which assists survivors of domestic abuse. Kristina volunteers her time representing domestic abuse survivors on a pro bono basis, and she is a lifelong proponent for women’s rights.