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Producing Your Best
Life (A Hollywood Life Lesson)

(Motivation/Career Development)

As a power producer and board member for the Producers Guild of America, Jeanette DePatie has worked with most of the major studios in Hollywood.  From her humble beginnings in rural Wisconsin to working with major Hollywood directors (Martin Scorsese), creators (Joss Whedon) and stars (Josh Hutcherson) Jeanette used her no-nonsense, get it done style to build a career in the sexiest town on earth.

Students will learn:

  1. How to stop preparing endlessly for “life auditions” and build their own careers.

  2. How to manage their projects, their money and their lives like producers.

  3. Why story tellers are more successful.

  4. How to network like a rock star.

  5. How to build winning teams and how to cope with friends and co-workers that won’t come out of their trailers.

  6. Why you need to build respect before you build rapport.

  7. How to be an all-star negotiator and walk away from the table a winner every time.

All Bodies are GOOD Bodies (Even YOURS!)

(Love Your Body Week)

In this world of Photoshopped and airbrushed bodies we are expected to be “red carpet ready” 100 percent of the time.  But in the real world, where you have term papers due, exams to study for and no onsite staff to do your laundry, it doesn’t always work that way.  In this seminar, Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick) shares with students important information about how people of all shapes and sizes can learn to love the skin they’re in. 

Students will learn:

  1. How to stop putting their lives on hold while waiting for the “perfect body”

  2. How to effectively evaluate claims from advertisers and the weight loss industry

  3. Why even Cindy Crawford wishes she looks like Cindy Crawford (hint Adobe PS)

  4. How to recognize triggers for disordered eating and put body size in perspective

  5. How body snarking affects the way you think about the way you think about others and the way you think about yourself, and

  6. Why you mustn’t say you hate your thighs.


Don’t Bully Bodies (Yours  OR Mine)

(Love Your Body Week/Anti Bullying/Diversity)

When it comes to bodies, one has to wonder, can’t we all just get along?  In this seminar we will discuss why you shouldn’t bully anyBODY (especially your own!)  We’ll talk about how and why the media builds impossible standards of beauty and the extraordinary efforts we are willing to make in order to reinforce those standards.  We’ll also talk about how social media impacts the way we look at and talk about bodies.

Students will learn:

  1. How to recognize and ultimately moderate the voice of their inner critics

  2. How body bullying affects health

  3. Why body snarking is NEVER a good idea

  4. How unrealistic beauty ideas affect our society as well as our mental health

  5. How social media not only perpetuates body bullying, but also offers relief

  6. Why you should never allow the body police to pull you over to the side of the road, and

  7. How beauty is actually far more complex and far more diverse than you may think.


Health 101 (Real Life Tips for Living)

Freshman Orient-ation/ Campus Health)

We enter college with the best of intentions.  Daily workouts, salads for dinner and a good night’s sleep are all on the agenda.  Then we spend a few Mondays nursing hangovers and a few midweek all-nighters and all heck breaks loose.  In this interactive presentation, students will play an electronic game show complete with random (ridiculously fun) dance breaks.

Students will learn:

  1. How to manage to get a decent night’s sleep now and again and why it’s so important.

  2. How to begin and maintain an exercise program that is safe, effective and FUN

  3. How to avoid “weekend warrior syndrome” and stay out of the clinic

  4. How to manage stress and boost immune system function, and

  5. Why you can’t tell if a person is healthy just by looking at them.