Speaking| Workshops| Keynotes

You've experienced it before... sitting in a workshop where the presenter is monotone, has a novel on each slide, and seems to forget there are actual humans sitting in the same room. 

If you're going to spend your limited time or company's money on a presentation, you want it to be fun, memorable... all while being educational. 

This is why you need to hire Vanessa!

Vanessa De Jesus Guzman is an educator of 18 years and licensed professional counselor. With almost two decades of public speaking experience on topics related to children, education, parenting, mental health, mindfulness and well-being, Vanessa is dynamic, personable, and goes past theories to make presentations engaging, practical and applicable - for both in-person and virtual audiences.

Presentations and workshops are tailored and designed with purpose to have participants LEARN through targeted education, GROW with tools for change, and leave INSPIRED to immediately implement strategies.

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Engagements  and Publications

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July 2022
July 2022

Amiga Moms Virtual Mindful Meet-Up

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June 2022
June 2022

KEAN UNIVERSITY McNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM WORKSHOP: Mindfulness + Mindset = Manifesting Success

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June 2022
June 2022

Amiga Moms Virtual Support Group

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May 2022
May 2022

South Amboy Parent Pro Academy

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May 2022
May 2022

Univision Virtual Forum on School Violence

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May 2022
May 2022

Amiga Moms Virtual Support Group

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April 2022
April 2022

SOUTH AMBOY PARENT PRO ACADEMY - MINDFUL CONNECTIONS

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April 2022
April 2022

Amiga Moms Virtual Support Group

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March 2022
March 2022

MONTCLAIR KIMBERLEY ACADEMY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Healing Before We Crack

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March 2022
March 2022

SOUTH AMBOY PARENT PRO ACADEMY - MINDFUL CONNECTIONS

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March 2022
March 2022

Amiga Moms Virtual Support Group

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March 2022
March 2022

LUPE FUND PROGRAM: Connecting with Your Kids Post Pandemic

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March 2022
March 2022

DANCING INTO PARENTHOOD PODCAST: Self-Care Strategies for New Parents

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February 2022
February 2022

Amiga Moms Virtual Support Group

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January 2022
January 2022

Amiga Moms Virtual Support Group

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November 2021
November 2021

MINDFULNESS WITH PEOPLE OF COLOR VIRTUAL RETREAT: Holiday Tune-Up

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November 2021
November 2021

Sass Says Podcast: How to Implement Mindfulness in Parenting and Your Daily Life

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September 2021
September 2021

AMIGOS DE UNIVISION FEATURE Discussing importance of mindfulness and helping kids on their return back to school. Segment begins at 3:08.

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August 2021
August 2021

PARENTS LATINA MAGAZINE FEATURE: We're Latina, Moms, and Therapists: Here Are 5 Ways We're Transitioning Our Kids to In-Person Learning

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July 2021
July 2021

KEAN UNIVERSITY UPWARD BOUND PRESENTATION Implementing Self-Care with Mindful Coping Strategies

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July 2021
July 2021

MINDFULNESS WITH PEOPLE OF COLOR RETREAT

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June 2021
June 2021

Helping Kids and Parents Cope & Manage Stress Effectively Professional Development provided for South Amboy Public School District

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May 2021
May 2021

UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA AND TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE Webinar presented to the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence

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April 2021
April 2021

MINDFULNESS ENHANCING SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING Professional Development provided to the South Amboy Public School District

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April 2021
April 2021

TCNJ STUDENT GOVERNMENT PANEL: DIVERSITY IN HEALTHCARE

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April 2021
April 2021

MINDFULNESS WITH PEOPLE OF COLOR VIRTUAL RETREAT: Showing up in Community with One Another

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April 2021
April 2021

MONEY MINDFULNESS: SPENDING TRIGGERS

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March 2021
March 2021

CONNECTING WITH OUR KIDS PARENT WORKSHOP. Parent Workshop provided to the South Amboy Public School District

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March 2021
March 2021

MINDFULNESS: THE ANSWER TO PERSONAL GROWTH. Professional Development provided to the South Amboy Public School District

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January 2021
January 2021

TIPS FOR TALKING TO OUR KIDS ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS Live Interview with NJMOM

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January 2021
January 2021

MINDFUL LIVING AND HOW IT CAN MAKE LIFE A LITTLE EASIER Guest on the Mom Thrive Podcast

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December 2020
December 2020

GIRL UP MENTAL HEALTH EVENT Provided to the Girl Up Group in JP Stevens High School.

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December 2020
December 2020

NAVIGATING SCHOOL PROCESS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS LEARNING NEEDS & FAMILIES DURING COVID-19. Professional Development provided to the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence.

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November 2020
November 2020

RISK FACTORS OF SUICIDE IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS. Professional Development provided to the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence.

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November 2020
November 2020

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN THE TIME OF COVID. Sponsored by the Newark Museum of Art and The Worry Woos. Panel begins at 2:01:30

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October 2020
October 2020

TALKING TO TEENS AND FAMILIES ABOUT RACE IN THE THERAPEUTIC SPACE. Training for the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence

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October 2020
October 2020

Yahoo! Life Publication

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September 2020
September 2020

HOW TO ACTUALLY ENJOY DOWNTIME Published in Article in Byrdie.com

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August 2020
August 2020

The Latina Mom Legacy Podcast 5 BACK TO SCHOOL STRESS REDUCING TIPS TO HELP YOU DURING THIS COVID ERA

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August 2020
August 2020

HOW TO RELIEVE STRESS. Published in Outwit Trade Publication. Vanessa contributed an excerpt on the benefits of mindfulness.

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August 2020
August 2020

New Jersey Family Magazine HOW TO TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF REMOTE LEARNING

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August 2020
August 2020

NBC's TODAY SHOW WITH HODA AND JENNA. Vanessa was interviewed and answered questions during a two-part segment of going Back to School during the Pandemic.

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July 2020
July 2020

July's Amiga Moms Mindful Meet-Up. Vanessa led a discussion and guided meditation on the aspect of navigating friendships as adults.

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July 2020
July 2020

Advocates for Children of NJ's Virtual Parent Town Hall Discussion: Childcare & The Pandemic. Vanessa discussed the importance of mindfulness for mothers and children in the time of the pandemic.

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June 2020
June 2020

NJCA's ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020: MINDFULNESS: THE WHAT, THE WHY, THE HOW

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June 2020
June 2020

AMIGA MOMS JUNE MINDFUL MEET-UP The June Mindful Meet-Up was held virtually due to focused on the theme "I am Enough." Participants were led in conversation and guided meditation.

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May 2020
May 2020

PARENTING AND THE PANDEMIC Sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

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May 2020
May 2020

NJ MOM Mompreneur of the Week. Vanessa was interviewed as a featured entrepreneur and NJ mother of the week.

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May 2020
May 2020

AMIGA MOMS MAY MINDFUL MEET-UP. Vanessa led a discussion and guided meditation on adjusting to the new way of being during the pandemic.

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May 2020
May 2020

IMPLEMENTING MINDFULNESS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES Webinar for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

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Awards

Bergen County K-8 Counselor of the Year 2012

Bergen County School Counselor Association (BCSCA) presents one K-8 counselor with a K-8 School Counselor of the Year award each year.  Submissions for this award are chosen from students who independently nominate their school counselor.  In 2012 I was chosen as the recipient of this award out of a pool of qualified nominees. The award was presented at the BCSCA 2012 awards dinner.

The College of New Jersey's
School Counselor of the Year Award 2009

The College of New Jersey presents one graduate with the School Counselor of the Year Award every year.  The recipient of the award is chosen by TCNJ's Counselor Education faculty.  I was honored to be presented with this award on the same evening as being inducted into Chi Iota Sigma International Honor Society for Counseling Professionals.