Speaking Engagements
Keynotes & Professional Development

With almost two decades of public speaking experience on topics related to children, education, mental health, mindfulness and well-being, Vanessa is dynamic, personable, and makes presentations practical and applicable.

Presentations and workshops are tailored and designed with purpose to have participants LEARN with targeted education, GROW with tools for change, and leave INSPIRED to make positive changes. 

View below for video segments and publications.

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See Vanessa in Action

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Vanessa De Jesus Guzman_Today Show with

Today Show with Hoda & Jenna

Kids & Virtual Learning

August 2020

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Newark Museum of Art & The Worry Woos

SEL & Mindfulness in the times of COVID

November 2020

 

Gallery of Events,  Public Speaking Engagements, and Publications

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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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July 2021
July 2021

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

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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

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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May 2020
May 2020

PARENTING AND THE PANDEMIC

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May 2020
May 2020

NJMOM MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS

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April 2020
April 2020

EMPRESARIO SERIES Spanish Interview

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April 2020
April 2020

AMIGA MOMS MARCH MINDFUL MEET-UP The April Mindful Meet-Up was held virtually for the first time due to COVID-19. Participants had the opportunity for "real mom talk" regarding the pandemic and were led on a guided meditation to bring peace and ease to their minds and hearts.

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April 2020
April 2020

BERGEN IN COLOR INSTAGRAM LIVE Bergen in Color's founder Tevera Francis led a panel discussion on "Prepping for the Other Side of COVID-19."

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March 2020
March 2020

Dancing into Parenthood Podcast: How to Incorporate Mindfulness in Your Daily Routine

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March 2020
March 2020

AMIGA MOMS' MARCH MINDFUL MEET-UP The March Mindful Meet-Up held on International Women's Day 2020 focused on the theme "I am Enough." Participants were led in conversation and guided meditation.

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February 2020
February 2020

AMIGA MOMS FEBRUARY MONTHLY MINDFUL MEET-UP

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January 2020
January 2020

MINDFULNESS FOR PARENTS Vanessa provided an hour long presentation to parents of the North Bergen Special Education Parent Advisory Group.

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January 2020
January 2020

REGION V / INTERREGIONAL TRAINING Two 2-hour trainings focused on Mindfulness and Self-Care to paraprofessionals in Bergen County.

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January 2020
January 2020

January's Monthly Mindful Meet-Up hosted by Amiga Moms provided participants with the opportunity to build a supportive network, to be led in guided meditation and to have genuine discussions regarding Resetting Your Mindset while creating Vision Boards.

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DECEMBER 2019
DECEMBER 2019

Dancing into Parenthood Podcast: How to Have a Stress-Free Holiday Season

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December 2019
December 2019

December's Monthly Mindful Meet-Up hosted by Amiga Moms provided participants with the opportunity to build a supportive network, to be led in guided meditation and to have genuine discussions regarding Managing the Holiday Stress.

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November 2019
November 2019

AMIGA MOMS NOVEMBER MINDFUL MEET-UP The first Monthly Mindful Meet-Up hosted by Amiga Moms was in November 2019. Women were given the opportunity to build a supportive network, to be led in guided meditation and to have genuine discussions regarding Finding the Calm in the Chaos.

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November 2019
November 2019

"YOU CAN TOO" PANELIST SPEAKER Vanessa was invited by Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. at The College of New Jersey to be a panelist at their "You Can Too" event. Vanessa provided insight on tools necessary to succeed in college and discussed after college expectations.

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October 2019
October 2019

MELINATED MOMS' SEEDS of BRUNCH Vanessa was invited by Melinated Moms to speak at their annual Seeds of Sisterhood Brunch. Vanessa spoke of the importance of mental health for mothers of different backgrounds.

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September 2019
September 2019

BACK TO SCHOOL: PARENTING 101 Parent responsibilities greatly increase as kids start the academic year - forms to sign, clothes to buy, lunches to pack, tests to study for... and the list goes on! Vanessa collaborated with General Pediatrician Dr. Divina Lopez to present Back to School: Parenting 101. This event covered important medical and educational information beneficial to all parents of children in preschool and early elementary school.

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August 2019
August 2019

MINDFUL PARENTING in the PARK Vanessa teamed up with children's illustrator Jisely J to bring an event called "Mindful Parenting in the Park" to parents and their young children of ages 2-5. Vanessa shared about mindfulness and led a variety of activities to increase and strengthen positive relationships between mother and child.

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July 2019
July 2019

AMIGA MOMS and COCKTAIL & COLOR Vanessa was invited to be a speaker for participants of "Cocktail & Color" where Amiga Moms were also invited. The event was phone-free which allowed participants to be fully present and free from outside distractions. In addition to sharing basics about mindfulness, Vanessa led participants in a mindful coloring activity which had them reflect on present emotions in their lives.

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June 2019
June 2019

AMIGA MOMS & VIXEN WORKOUT Vanessa co-sponsored an Amiga Moms event which brought women of all ages and backgrounds together to discuss women empowerment and mindfulness through a fun workout called Vixen Workout. The event was filled with an amazing workout, laughter, self-care, and a heartwarming discussion on mindfulness and women empowerment.

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Real Feedback from Participants

"I enjoyed the information presented. It was engaging and allowed me to think about the information in a different perspective."

"I learned a lot and I really liked the examples you presented to clarify what was presented and ideas to implement in class."

"I found great value in this workshop. It made me rethink how I will structure my behavior management plan in school."

"So very helpful. Best PD I've taken!"

"Very enthusiastic and dedicated to the theory and practice."

"It made 'sense.' Many of the ideas presented are realistic and can be successfully implemented in class."

"Well done - informative. I like that you were honest and shared personal experiences (even the not-so-good ones 😊)."

"The presenter was animated, and varied the activities with both powerpoint and hands-on experiences."

"It was refreshing and beneficial. I felt like I could really use this for both me and my students."

"The presentation was amazing! Vanessa kept us all engaged and really helped me to understand mindfulness nad how to practice it at work and at home."

"It totally met my needs and taught me how to practice mindfulness in the classroom."

"So mindful and beautiful tone of her voice and tone to this beautiful presentation. Very clear and fun listening to it."

"I thought it was a great experience and would love to take part in more like this one today."

"I learned so much! It was fun and the presenter was great! She was funny and engaging!"

"She kept me interested the whole time. I really liked the presentation, with getting out of our seats and participating."

"Very informative, great visuals on the slides, as well as personal narratives and experiences."

"She was a great presenter. She made it interesting and relatable."

"The breathing and grounding techniques could be used in my classroom. Teaching students with special needs, sometimes they are unable to control their emotions. I used a cool down corner in my class and will definitely add and apply these new breathing techniques learned too."

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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.