Speaking Engagements

Professional Development, Presentations & Workshops

Mindfulness:

The What

The Why

The How

Self-Care for Educators:

Finding Your Best

Not Settling for What's Left

Three M's to Success:

Mindfulness,

Mindset & Motivation

Strengthening Relationships:

Parent-Child Relationship

OR

Teacher-Student

 Relationship

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."

"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."

Designed with purpose to have participants LEARN through targeted education, GROW with being equip with tools for change, and be INSPIRED to make positive changes. 

 

Dynamic, interactive and personalized presentations vary from keynote addresses, professional development, facilitating workshops, and webinars.  Speaking engagements available for: Organizations, Parent Groups, Community Agencies, Religious Centers, Schools, and any other focus group. 

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Past Events

Past Gallery of Events & Public Speaking Engagements

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.
May 2020
PARENTING AND THE PANDEMIC

Sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
May 2020
AMIGA MOMS MAY MINDFUL MEET-UP
May 2020
IMPLEMENTING MINDFULNESS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

Webinar for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
May 2020
PARENTING AND THE PANDEMIC
May 2020
NJMOM MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS
April 2020
EMPRESARIO SERIES
Spanish Interview
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.
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."
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.
February 2020
AMIGA MOMS FEBRUARY MONTHLY MINDFUL MEET-UP
January 2020
MINDFULNESS FOR PARENTS

Vanessa provided an hour long presentation to parents of the North Bergen Special Education Parent Advisory Group.
January 2020
REGION V / INTERREGIONAL TRAINING

Vanessa provided two 2-hour trainings focused on Mindfulness and Self-Care to paraprofessionals in Bergen County.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 2019
AMIGA MOMS 1st CONFERENCE

Vanessa created AMIGA MOMS from the need of Latina mothers needing resources to become less stressed mothers. The mission of The Amiga Mom Social and the goals of the upcoming program for the 21st Century Latina Mother seeking to become a more patient and mindful parent. ​

The first Amiga Moms Social was a sold out event with Latina moms and non-moms creating a support network and learning about mindfulness and its benefits.
March 2019
THE LATIN EXPERIENCE PODCAST

As a guest on The Latin Experience Podcast, Vanessa discussed aspects of parenting in Latino households, therapeutic programs beneficial to children and how to access them, and how to become an informed Latino parent. Vanessa also shared the mission of Amiga Moms and the goals of the upcoming program for the 21st Century Latina Mother seeking to become a more patient and mindful parent.
December 2018
THROUGH THE EYES of a THERAPIST NATIONAL PODCAST

Cristal Martinez Acosta, LPC, NCC - licensed counselor out of Texas - is the creator and host of the Through the Eyes of a Therapist Podcast. Cristal invited Vanessa to be a featured guest on a discussion on Becoming a School Counselor.

Through the Eyes of a Therapist Podcast is available on ITunes, Spotify, Podbean, iHeartRadio, Castbox, Stitcher, and Google Music.
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Awards

Bergen County K-8 School 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.

CONTACT:

         Vanessa De Jesus Guzman, LAC, NCC

         201.430.5811

         freetobemindful@gmail.com

         730 Grand Avenue, Suite 2H

         Ridgefield, New Jersey 07657

         Hours available by appointment

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January 2020

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