February Newsletter
SVVCI® 40th Anniversary
Summit August 16, 2019
John and Sue Denver 30th cel;ebration
On August 16, 2019 a very special Celebration of Susan Van Vleet Consultants®, Inc. 40th Anniversary will occur. Save the date Now. Only 38 spaces available! More details coming see below...
Corporate Greed vs. Farming Vanilla

We just taught the last Couples Course© in Hawaii.  Another client had told us that an amazing little side trip was to tour the Hawaiian Vanilla Company (see link at end of article) on the other side of the Big Island.  I had no idea that we would get slapped in the face with the stark contrast between family purpose and the abuse of today’s big corporations.

Backstory: I recently read Stanford Professor, Jeffery Pfeffer‘s latest book  Dying for a Paycheck. (Link to preview and interview with Pfeffer at end of article )   We have yelled at many of you that your company is ruining your health and your life.  Long hours, ridiculous workloads, the constant threat of downsizing, horrible bosses, and a blatant disregard for the actual human being that run companies. Ours was a boots on the ground view of your lives as we worked with the “world's best corporations”.  

Since we have been doing this for 40 years we have seen both the slow and sometimes precipitous decline of how historically moral organizations have become committed to greed and profit over the people who populate their companies.  But we have been seeing it one life and one organization at a time.  Professor Pfeffer sat on many corporate boards and saw the same abuse from the top down across many organizations.  

Susan and I always love it when someone writes a book providing the hard research for what we have been saying for years.  Pfeffer was tired of hearing the executives in organizations bitterly complaining about the high cost of health care.  His retort was you are causing the high cost of health care by the way you treat your people!  

Professor Pfeffer claims the workplace is the 5 th leading
 cause of death in America!

This is not one man’s opinion; all of Pfeffer’s assertions are backed up with reams of research from around the world.
Here are a few killers from the list that effect our clients chronically:
1.      Job insecurity. Layoffs, downsizings, mergers, reorgs and the stress to those effected directly and indirectly . Stress on top of stress leads directly to chronic illnesses, heart disease, hypertension, clinical depression, diabetes etc.
2.      Working long hours.  Everything past 48 hours deteriorates your health.  
Uh oh!
3.      Work Stress/Home stress tornado.  You have to actually be with the ones you allegedly love to have a relationship!  Long hours, ridiculous work expectations create people on their laptops and phones not in relationship even when they are home.  Kids feel neglected (get into trouble), spouses want a divorce, etc.
4.      Job Control. Do you have control over how you do your job and do you have input as to decision making.  Micromanaging, clueless bosses seem to be on the rise. 
5.      Gig Economy.Lack of better job choices have driven people to be independent contractors who have “chosen” working part time, possible Uber, or gig to gig as independent contractors, many of whom have stressor #1 NO Health insurance, plus job insecurity, etc.

Sadly the Management Practices have not produced positive results in the long run, according to Pfeffer.  They have produced long term skyrocketing Healthcare costs not to mention years of compromised health.

The 25-year-old family member who led our tour at the Vanilla farm presented a different point of view.  Her uncle got into the Vanilla business to create a place to maintain their values of the family. Six family members run the entire operation.  They don’t make a “salary” they do get room and board and other necessities as required.  They have had many offers to expand the farm given the high price of Vanilla but the founder declined feeling it would dilute the mission of preserving their family values

Our guides pride in her organization was palpable.  Her expression put me in touch with my pride about what we have accomplished and the lives we have touched in our business and the hardships we have overcome.  Susan has made sure we have stayed on purpose.  And it is still a privilege everyday to do what I can to support that purpose. 

On August 16, 2019 we will celebrate the 40 th Anniversary of SVVCI® with a Summit.  

    *Susan and I will discuss where we see organizations and individuals are now in regard to men and women in the workplace. 
    *Some of our most notable clients will participate in a panel discussion of life after Corporate and how they have taken on the next chapter of their lives.  
    *Dr. Linda Silverman world-renowned expert on giftedness, will administer her two great inventories on Adult Giftedness with all attending!  She will talk about understanding ourselves those around us even better.
Check the detailed Summit information below and join us!

SVVCI® 40th Anniversary Summit AUGUST 16, 2019
We are excited to be celebrating our 40th Anniversary in
Business by inviting 40 of you to celebrate with us at: 

The Summit is coming together quickly so we wanted to
give you a first opportunity to see what we are planning
and to register for one or more of the 40 spaces.

Here are the topic areas:

Susan and John discuss the state of women and men in in the age of #metoo

  Life After Corporate Panel:
(All star panel that has successfully transitioned to post corporate careers)
Roberta Teran 
Crossroads Reach Out Director-Human Sex Trafficking Prevention India & Cincinnati, Ohio 
Hilary Beard
Award winning writer, public speaker, trainer and
Personal Development Coach
Christal Fisher    
Ordained Minister Christian Church in the Southwest 
Mike Colucci
Board President Saginaw Township Community Schools and STEM Advocate and Volunteer

Featured Speaker : Linda Kreger Silverman Ph.D
Licensed Psychologist;Director Institute of Study of Advanced Development/Gifted Development Center

Susan Van Vleet
Founder& CEO Susan Van Vleet Consultants®, Inc.
John Van Vleet
VP, Susan Van Vleet Consultants®, Inc.

4:00 PM Cocktail Reception
The Four Seasons Hotel and Spa 
Westlake Village, CA. 91361
 Cost: $2500 PP 
Early Registration Discount: Only $1,500 register by Friday March 1, 2019 
Group Discount: $2000 (3 or more on one credit card):
Two spaces gone already!

2019 Public Workshop Schedule    

Enabling Purpose through Relationships©
April 2-4, 2019
Westlake Village CA $3,750

Women Moving Forward®
March 13-15, 2019
Westlake Village, CA $4,750

Women's Leadership Retreat®
April 30-May 2, 2019 Catch up day April 29
Location TBD

Enabling Purpose through Relationships©
June 4-6, 2019
Westlake Village, CA $3,750 NEW SESSION!

Smart People: Managing and Retaining Gifted Employees©
June 18-20, 2019
Westlake Village CA $4,500

Leading Projects through Relationship, Commitment and Purpose©
July 15-19, 2019
Westlake Village CA $5,000

Advanced Women Moving Forward®
July 25-26, 2019
Westlake Village, CA $3,250

40th Anniversary Celebration of SVVCI®
August 16, 2016
Four Seasons, Westlake Village, CA
Early Registration till

Women Moving Forward®
September 18-20, 2019
Westlake Village, CA $4,750

Enabling Purpose through Relationship©
September 24-26, 2019
Westlake Village CA $3,750

Advanced Men's Course®
October 15-17, 2019 Catch Up Day Oct 14
New attendees $4,950 Returning from 2018 $4,175

Women's Leadership Retreat® New Edition!!
November 6-8, 2019
Four Seasons Westlake Village CA

Advanced Women Moving Forward®
December 5-6, 2019
Westlake Village, CA $3,250
From Susan:
Since I will be leading 2 Women Leadership Retreats in 2019 I have had to make some changes to my schedule for 2019.

The Women Moving Forward® scheduled for New Jersey is the last community based workshop I will be leading outside of California. I will still be available to lead WMF® inside your company wherever you are. 

So if you have family, friends and associates you want to refer to New Jersey Dec. 5-7, 2018 please let them know these will be the last one held in that location. 

In addition, in 2019, I will only lead 2 community based Women Moving Forwards®in California: March 13-15, 2019 & September 18-20, 2019. The cost for those will be $4750 pp. To register at the 2018 price, $3750 per person you must register by December 1, 2018. 

Let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you at Graduate Lunch in NJ, Monday Dec. 3. RSVP via E-mail.
Added: Women's Leadership Retreat® in November 2019 Only 4 spaces left!
See below for Details.
WLR 2018
Advanced Men's Course© 2019
Contest #12

The 2018 theme was Our Relationships and Responsibilities to Women in the age of #metoo. It was intense, raw and powerful with breakthroughs and results for all.
2019 will start where 2018 left off...

The session will deal with how do we build and rebuild community with in our companies, cities, families to heal to schisms that exist in fractured societies.
Dates: October 15-17, 2019
Catch up day October 14.
Location: Ojai, California
Course Fee 2017 Returnees
$4,250 Newbies $4,950
ONLY 4 slots left!

Susan Van Vleet Consultants, Inc.®
An International Consulting Company
31416 Agoura Rd. Suite 255, 
Westlake Village, CA 91360, USA
PHONE (303) 660-5206