You stand in front of the crowd. Who stands behind you?


I still remember the first time I tied my little brother to a chair, with my magic truth lasso.  I can feel the swoosh of my cape as I turned (quite dramatically) to dive into the safety of my invisible jet.  Wonder Woman rocked!  AND, she had fabulous hair and makeup! Oh, hours were spent in my pursuit of SuperHero status – jump moves, spin moves, laser eye beams.  I wanted ALL of the superhero powers, AND a kick-a$$ costume.  That was a very long time ago.  I haven’t thought of the faux menacing look in my brother’s eyes in years…until last week…

What happened to bring back the sweet memories of the crime-stopping prowess of a bustier outfitted Super Princess?  I got an email…not just any email…I got an email from Jim Kwik of Kwik Learning, inviting me to attend the upcoming Super Hero You event.

First, let me say that I was honored for the invite, and was more deeply touched when I realized that the email was actually intended for me specifically, and was not part of a mass mailing.  I had met Jim at the SANG conference in May, and have silently followed his world travels ever since, awaiting the day that he would need some work done…

For those of you who are thinking that this is just another event….just another seminar…just another forum – READ ON!  Given what we do at Propel Point, I attend a LOT of events each year.  After a while, they all start to look the same.  They all blend.  Not this time.  This one has caught my attention for many reasons.  Maybe it is because I have always been an avid student.  Maybe it is because I have two super-geek kids who love to learn.  Or, maybe it is because I met some of the speakers inside the walls of SANG, where egos are checked at the door and a group of professionals just talk and share.  Maybe the sanctity of the environment allowed me to see their dreams with them.  For whatever magic pixie-dust was sprinkled, I am now committed by my belief in the impact of the upcoming conference to share it with you.  I will be there – and here is why:

Let’s start with Jim.  I first interacted with Jim in the hallway at SANG (where all great conversations happen).  We talked about his mission to teach reading and recall.  I was immediately intrigued.  I do believe that I did say something ridiculous along the lines of “Oh, like Mega Memory!  I sooo had those cassettes!”  Yeah, NO JENNIFER.  Not like mega-memory…like super-charged-ultimate-extreme memory.  Despite my poor analogy, we had a great conversation and…I just liked him.  He was so focused on his mission and present to what he wanted to do.  He had a twinkle in eye when discussing new ways to get his methodologies and messages out to more people.  He was excited, and I love to work with people who are excited about what they do.

As he walked away, I remember grabbing my iPhone and googling him, to find out that he had just walked off a TED stage.  Yeah, I was a winner (Mega Memory…really, Jen, palm smacked forehead).  As if the TED stage wasn’t enough to buttress his credibility, he had shared stages with Sir Richard Branson and the Dalai Lama.  Dude has serious professional street cred.  Here is the thing – if you can ignore all of his success for a moment, you will find an amazingly talented man on a mission.  Given my interactions with him, I would wager to bet that he is the same determined, tenacious, intelligent, kind man he was before any of the items in his bio notes were present.  And – THAT- is why I think he is worth watching.  As he came across to me, fame nor success has dimmed the sparkle in his eye that lights up when he speaks to his teaching mission.  His abilities are aligned with his passion – the perfect combo for a teacher and mentor.  And, he tweets quotes from one of the great child education advocates of this era – Dr. Suess!

Kwik LearningKwik Learning – @KwikLearning
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living…” ~ Dr. Seuss

For those of you who think I am joking, did you know that the Cat in the Hat was written in response to a 1954 report on the alarming rates of child illiteracy in America?  Here is a bit of trivia for you.  The Cat in the Hat contains 250 of the 348 words that were deemed “must know” for first-grade school children at the time.  It was way more than riddles, rhymes, and zany adventures.  Like many of the fine speakers who will hit the stage at SuperHero You, Dr. Suess knew that if you want to truly engage children in education  – make it FUN.

Jim is worth coming to watch on his own, but line-up of super-star educators doesn’t end there. Freddie Ravel is gonna be there!  I also met Freddie at SANG.  I first chatted with him during the SANG Mastermind.  He spoke very passionately about the link that exists between education and music.  I was sold on his vision immediately.  Just the week before, I had attended my daughters Honor Choir recital as the proud parent of a child acknowledged for her musical talent.  That night, the MC of the event (a principal from the @CapoUnified school district) made a statement that hit me hard: “Ladies and gentlemen, the students on this stage are not only some of the most musically talented in our district, they are our best math students.”  I knew the statement was true immediately, given what I knew of my own child.  He went on to share how absolutely blessed our district was to be able to fund our children’s music program.  I was so sad for students across this nation who did not have the same benefit.  Meeting Freddie a week later seemed as if it were a kiss of fate.  There were people with real clout striving to change that.

Put his work with Carlos Santana, Madonna, Prince, Yo Yo Ma, and all the other heavy hitters aside – Freddie is a passionate advocate for the power of music.  His Tune Up to Success mission is “Leading the transition from the age of information to the age of edu-tainment, TUNE UP to success blends the language of business with the universally loved language of music to bring your organization new ways to work in concert.”  He is real visionary and a real father.  He showed me one of the coolest pictures I had ever seen on his phone – a picture of him cradling his infant son atop a baby-grand piano.  The photo screamed love and passion.  The next day, his closing performance at SANG blew me away.  I really wished my kids had seen it.  There are few higher compliments I can pay an artist than “You are the inspiration I want my children to see.”  Freddie will hit the stage at SuperHero You!  Don’t miss it.  He is awesome.

freddie ravelfreddie ravel – @freddieravel
Come to “SuperHeroYou presents Freddie Ravel, “Tune Up to Music and the Brain”” Saturday, November 19 from 8:30 am…


And, if you won’t listen to me…listen to the GREAT Stan Lee !!  A man absolutely committed to the education of our children.  Another great artist of our time.  (Side note to @TheRealStanLee : My comic-loving, fan-fiction-writing, avid-comic-convention-attending, daughter LOVES you! And, so does her mama!  No one has said you are attending SuperHeroYou, but I am REALLY hoping you are.  I couldn’t meet you the day you were at Ken Rutowski’s (@kenradio ) METal International meeting because Larry said it was for men only, and took all the boys and not me.  BUT, all the guys who went said you were super cool.  And, no, I have no problem at all with boys and girls clubs.  They are important to have.  I just wanted to meet YOU.)  Follow the video link in the tweet below to see his message about Super Hero You.

SuperheroYouSuperheroYou – @SuperheroYou
Stan Lee’s Message to Kwik Learners – SuperheroYou


The REAL Stan Lee on SuperHero You

OK, I have given you not 1 but 3 great reasons why you should go!

  1. Great speakers, who are authentic and passionate about education.
  2. Brain training knowledge that will SuperHero charge YOU!
  3. Knowledge you need to share with your children, to SuperHero charge THEM!

Yes, there are even more speakers!  Here they are:

I do not know John Assaraf personally, but many many of my industry friends do.  Many count him among their friends, have shared the stage with him, and dined with him.  I hear nothing but amazing things about this man.  If my friends like him, I am pretty sure I will, too.  When I see him quoting Ayn Rand, chances are that we will find some common interests.  While I am not a true convert to The Secret, there are many points to it which I have ingested and find to be helpful in my life.  I am excited to finally see him in action!

John AssarafJohn Assaraf – @johnassaraf
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. ~Ayn Rand

Next up, Dr. Daniel Amen.  The quote below moved me to go take his on-line brain test.  The results point to a rather high-strung brain type for yours-truly.  Stop laughing!!  I know it’s true.  I’m high-strung, not delusional.  Besides the accolades listed below, my brain-test results are leading me to believe that I could learn a thing or two about myself from him…just saying.

Dr. Daniel AmenDr. Daniel Amen – @DocAmen
#1 predictor of longevity is not happiness or a lack of worry. It is conscientiousness. Better decisions = longer life. Be Brain Smart!

Daniel G. Amen, MD is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, brain imaging specialist, bestselling author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the CEO and medical director of Amen Clinics, Inc.   A small sample of the organizations Dr. Amen has spoken for include: the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Harvard’s Learning and the Brain Conference, the Million Dollar Round Table, and the Supreme Courts of Delaware, Ohio and Wyoming. Dr. Amen has been featured in Parade Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and Men’s Health.

Next up, Mariel Hemingway.  Loved her view of seeking our inner truth as espoused in the tweet below.  This famous award-winning actress is also an avid lover and instructor of yoga – the only type of exercise that doesn’t feel like absolute torture to me.  It actually calms my high-strung self down!  I vow to constrain myself and not ask her a gazillion questions about her grand-father, who is one of my all time favorite authors (and the reason why visiting Tanzania is on my bucket list…must see the Snows of Kilimanjaro before I die).  I am looking forward to hearing her speak.  She might just be the one to get me healthy…stranger things have happened.

Mariel HemingwayMariel Hemingway – @MarielHemingway
your truth is always within you… ur courage to see it is important… truth heals, gives u strength& sets you & keeps u on ur course… :)


And, last (but by no means least) is Chip Conley.  I have been cyber-stalking him on Twitter this week and I really hope I get to chat with him.  He is hailed as one of the most innovative CEOs of our time, and has the success to back such assertions up.  Besides the awards, and the features in Fortune magazine, the WSJ and Fast Company –  he is a great philanthropist, who has given a lot to my home town – San Francisco.  He built his business there, and has channeled his success into ensuring that San Francisco continues to offer the same great quality of life that beckoned my mother to the US all those years ago.  I don’t know much of him, but we share the love for the same home, and a belief in that emotional intelligence is extremely important amongst leaders.  I don’t see how a cup of coffee could go bad on those two topics alone!

Chip ConleyChip Conley – @ChipConley
Loved Danny Meyer’s thought that emotional intelligence is knowing the size/kind of wake you create in the organization (the body of water).


That’s all folks!   It’s rare for me to spend much time at all convincing others to come to an event.  I know we all have 6 each month on our calenders.  But, this one is different.  As different as SANG.  Speakers – YOU TOO!   SUPERHEROYOU – get there!  I wonder if I should wear a costume…….


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