Fond Du Lac, WI, February 20, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Bald, beautiful, and boldly able to use her inspiring life story to motivate and educate, Jodi Pliszka, M.S. will share her empowering message of turning challenges into opportunities as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Women’s Leadership Breakfast, hosted by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes on Thursday, March 6, from 7:00-8:30 a.m. at Whispering Springs in Fond du Lac.
“No really means a new opportunity,” shared Jodi, who is an award-winning author, inventor, and master level psychologist, as well as an entrepreneur, single mom, and nationally known speaker. “It’s not who you are – it’s who you believe you are. I share my message of positive, proactive thinking and encourage others to learn how to self-counsel and take control and responsibility – to achieve success and use their personal power to find hope and happiness.”
Afflicted by a rare form of alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that produces too many white blood cells and causes the immune system to attack and kill hair cells, Jodi was left completely hairless as a young, sensitive, and aspiring adult. It was then that she began a long and enlightening journey of self-discovery that led her from a life of fear, regret, and shame to one of self-acceptance, advocacy, and faith.
“One day after crying my eyes out, I decided to give it all up and just live my life with what I’d been given,” she revealed. “It was like God had said ‘you are perfect just the way you are.’ I was humbled, and that helped me to open up and share.
“I have always felt that God had something in mind for me, and I went through all of this so that I can show people that bald can be beautiful and that how we react to situations can end up defining our lives, who we are. God gave me a shiny bald head, an education, and a voice to make a difference in this world.”
With a background in both business and clinical therapy, Jodi shares her message of changing perspectives and finding purpose in life’s challenges through interactive dialogue, stories, and humor. Working as a Solutionologist® (one who focuses on turning challenges into opportunities), she encourages everyone to embrace challenges and to see obstacles as a chance to overcome rather than succumb.
Registration for the CSA Women’s Leadership Breakfast is $20 per person and can be done by check or credit card by visiting CSA’s website at www.csasisters.org. Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. A number of area businesses and organizations are also sponsoring the breakfast again this year. For more information on sponsorship or registration, contact Terry Letvinchuck, Director of Development for CSA, at 920-907-2311.
“The key is to look inside and discover that it’s intrinsic motivation that gives each of us the personal power to find happiness,” concluded Jodi. “We can choose to cry or we can choose to laugh. I often call it the zero or hero decision – there are so many simple, wonderful ways to change how we react to situations, to turn our challenges into opportunities.”