Speaking Engagements, Presentations, Workshops
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Vanessa has almost two decades of public speaking experience on topics related to children, education, mental health, mindfulness and well-being. View below for video segments and publications.
Gallery of Events,
Public Speaking Engagements,
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August 2020NBC'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.
July 2020July's Amiga Moms Mindful Meet-Up.
Vanessa led a discussion and guided meditation on the aspect of navigating friendships as adults.
July 2020Advocates 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.
June 2020AMIGA 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 2020NJ MOM Mompreneur of the Week.
Vanessa was interviewed as a featured entrepreneur and NJ mother of the week.
May 2020AMIGA MOMS MAY MINDFUL MEET-UP.
Vanessa led a discussion and guided meditation on adjusting to the new way of being during the pandemic.
May 2020IMPLEMENTING MINDFULNESS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
Webinar for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
April 2020AMIGA 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 2020BERGEN 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 2020AMIGA 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.
January 2020MINDFULNESS FOR PARENTS
Vanessa provided an hour long presentation to parents of the North Bergen Special Education Parent Advisory Group.
January 2020REGION V / INTERREGIONAL TRAINING
Vanessa provided two 2-hour trainings focused on Mindfulness and Self-Care to paraprofessionals in Bergen County.
January 2020January'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 2019December'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 2019AMIGA 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.
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."
Self-Care for Educators:
Finding Your Best
Not Settling for What's Left
Three M's to Success:
Mindset & Motivation
Bergen County K-8 School Counselor of the Year
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
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.