Newsletter 3 3/24/2012

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The Wake Up And Dream ChallengeNewsletter
Issue #3 March 18, 2012
Newsletter 3 March 18, 2012
Upcoming Events:“Women’s HighNETwork” Educational Day Thursday, March 29th at 10am – 5pm Open House Stamford Innovation Center 4 – 6 PM Yerwood Benefit Gala 6 – 10 PM Hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue 140 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT 06901

What do you get when you combine corporate sponsors, NPOs, academics & entrepreneurs? You get the psychology of unexpected discoveries. You get innovation, opportunities, new ways to solve problems & change the world. I am excited to be part of this exciting development. I know it will lead to new dreams & ways of accomplishing dreams in multiple realms of business, nonprofit, & social entrepreneur endeavors.You can still become part of this exciting journey. Join me & other “wake up” dreamers to an opportunity to meet & learn from visionaries developing new ways to collaborate for social change! If you live in the NY, NJ or CT area, there is still time to RSVP for the free (but space is limited) workshops & open house & the gala evening event ($100 donation).For a schedule of the daytime events & to RSVP for either the workshops or the evening

For the Stamford Innovation Center’s open house from 4 -6 pleaseRSVP here.

Links to the schedule of the events on Dr. Lavi’s blog:

CYJ TX April 20 – 22nd Dr. Lavi will be traveling to Texas to support CYJ TX one of the nonprofits featured in the book at their 60th reunion.Scholar In Residence Menorah Park OH In August, Dr Lavi will the a scholar in residence at Menorah Park Senior Living Center in Ohio. More details coming soon. Dr. Lavi’s Tip of the Week:

Don’t be afraid to change your dreams.  Gradual changes can lead you to your ultimate goals.Your Dream Positioning System can help you shift your dreams gradually. If you change directions slightly, your DPS will automatically “recalculate”& help move you towards your dreams which may change a bit on the way. Inspirational Story: Andrea Bocelli: From Lawyer to Singer andreabocelli2

Andrea Bocelli, the famous Italian singer who has been dubbed the “fourth tenor” and the “leading Tower of Pisa”, has not always been working toward his music career.  He studied law at the University of Pisa and continued to work as a lawyer for a year after graduating.  However, throughout college, he never gave up on his dream job of becoming a singer.  On weekends, he sang professionally at piano bars and used the money he earned to finance his singing lessons. In 1992, a year after receiving his degree from the University of Pisa, Andrea Bocelli stepped in the professional music world to record “Miserere” with Zucchero Fornaciari.  Two years later, he won his first prize at the San Remo Music Festival, launching his amazing music career. Andrea Bocelli made a big career change to follow his dream of becoming a famous singer, but he made this change gradually while supporting himself and studying other interests.  In the end, Bocelli knew that he had to give up working as a lawyer to devote his time to music: “I came to believe that if you have a gift, you have an obligation to share it with others. It’s as simple as that.” Questions for YOU:  Are you satisfied with your current job? Do you have any hobbies or skills sitting on the backburner? What other areas of life would you like to explore or take a class in to learn more about? Is an illness or disability holding you back? Nonprofit in the Spotlight

The Blind Judo Foundation Phone: Coach Willy Cahill, Co-Founder at 650-589-0724 Phone: Ron C. Peck, Co-Founder at 425-444-8256

The Blind Judo Foundation was founded by the odd pair of Coach Willy Cahill, a lifetime dedicated teacher of Judo and Martial Arts, and Ronald C. Peck, the Executive Director of the Neurological Disease Foundation.  Together, they used their skills and their common dream to help people to promote the sport of Judo to the blind and visually impaired community.  This foundation provides professional development activities, information, and educational resources for coaches on how to work with visually impaired students.  The main goal of this foundation is to teach the community how beneficial Judo can be for all walks of people and to provide funding to deserving students for sustained training and memberships to USA Judo and USABA.

Ronald C. Peck claims that the sport of Judo is important to the blind community, as well as all people, because it builds confidence, character, and teaches students how to make long-lasting commitments.  He also believes that Judo teaches humility, respect, and responsibility.

For more information about this unique and proactive nonprofit, visit their website at

The 21 Nonprofits

A Child Is Missing (ACIM) is devoted to assisting law enforcement in the search & early ‘safe’ recovery efforts of missing children, as well as missing elderly, disabled persons, & college students. Buy Nowpurchase the book that donates to ACIM.

The Blind Judo Foundation promotes the sport of Judo to the blind & visually impaired community while educating the population about the physical, psychological, emotional, & productive benefits of Judo for the visually impaired community. Buy Nowpurchase the book that donates to The Blind Judo Foundation.

Boaz & Ruth rebuilds lives of formerly incarerated people through relationships, transitional jobs, & economic revitalization. Buy Now purchase the book that donates to Boaz & Ruth.

Camp Young Judaea TX teaches children to grow into leaders who are proud of who they are. Buy Nowpurchase the book & donate to CYJ TX.

Compass to Care is dedicated to scheduling & paying for customized travel arrangements for families seeking the best cancer care for their children. Buy Now purchase the book & donate to Compass to Care..

D.R.E.A.M. Inc.  empowers today’s urban youth to make informed financial, social, & professional decisions. Buy Now purchase the book that donates to D.R.E.A.M. Inc.

Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation raises money for disadvantaged children through annual fund-raising events & projects. Buy Now purchase the book & donate to this nonprofit.

The Dr. Cynthia Lucero Center trains therapists to work with the growing Latino population in the United States. Buy Now purchase the book that donates to the Lucero Center.

The Elimination of Prejudice creates long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying differences between people. Buy Now to purchase the book that donates to Elimination of Prejudice.

Enchanted Makeovers turns shelters into places where homeless women & children can be inspired.Buy Now purchase the book that donates to Enchanted Makeovers.

Green Demolitions recycles homes to help everyone save money & protect the environment. They use the proceeds to restore the lives of addicts. Buy Nowpurchase the book & donate to Green Demolitions.

HerShe Group Foundation, Inc. empowers girls in the foster care system residing in Los Angeles to successfully transition into womanhood. Buy Nowpurchase the book that donates to HerShe.

Higher Ground (HG)  improves long-term care for wounded veterans by demonstrating the efficacy of sports, family, & coping therapies as means of rehabilitation. Buy Now purchase the book & donate to HG.

Menorah Park Center for Senior Living ensures their residents are happy, loved,& appreciated knowing that their dreams matter. Buy Now to purchase the book that donates to this nonprofit.

Micro Museum A Living Arts Center is an arts incubator for mixed media creativity & community leadership. Buy Now purchase the book that donates to Micro Museum.

Music From A Bottle is a global recycling program that utilizes the redemption values of bottles & cans to encourage artistic development of youth worldwide.Buy Now purchase the book & donate to Music From A Bottle.

New York Says Thank You Foundation transforms the 9/11 Anniversary into a positive, hands-on platform for national volunteer service. Buy Now purchase the book & donate to NY Says Thank You.

Osprey Village, Inc. provides a caring community environment where eligible individuals – both disabled & non-disabled – can function at their highest level of independence. Buy Now purchase the book that donates to Osprey Village, Inc..

Rock and Wrap It Up, Inc. recovers food and other assets to agencies fighting poverty, increasing their operating budgets. Buy Now to purchase the book that donates to this nonprofit.

Simon’s Fund raises awareness about heart conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest & death.Buy Now to purchase the book that Saves lives one heart at a time.

Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC)  supports the advancement of scientific research about brain cancer & provides support for cancer patients & their families.Buy Now purchase the book & donate to

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“Life is tough. It presents challenges all of the time. My first scary challenge that knocked me down was when I got Multiple Sclerosis in 1993. After addressing the physiological portion, many fears and irrational behavior developed. Because of Dr. Lavi, and my time as her patient, I was able to get back on track and enjoy my life despite knowing I would have MS the rest of my life and would need to work hard to manage and control it.

What Dr. Lavi didn’t know until now, is that she helped me again, when I faced stage-3 cancer years later. Her guidance and effective dream-planning ideas stayed with me all these years and helped me again through an even more frightening time of horrific cancer treatments. I would l not be who I am today without her help and guidance.” L.D. (former patient)

“I still pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.” Jody (not her real name)

Barbara is an authentic passionate soul. Someone easy to love and to learn from. When she is talking I always feel like taking notes. Naomi B

“…you freed me & I feel better than I have in years! So if you went into your profession because you truly wanted to make a difference, in the world & in the lives of people–consider your profession well chosen & consider your job well done. You’ve change my life…& I thank you for it!” JCP
Visit Dr. Barbar Lavi’s website to learn more about her book and The Wake Up and Dream Challenge! www.WakeUpAndDreamChallenge.comRead Dr. Barbara Lavi’s new blog to learn about what current events and issues are intriguing her.
F i r s t A n n ual Fai r f i e l d C o u n t y “Wings Of Change” Spring Event

Thursday, March 29, 2012 Hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue

Dr. Lavi will be participating in “Fairfield County First Ladies” Education Day At Saks Fifth Avenue as part of this gala event & doing a book signing at Barnes & Noble in conjunction with this event.

Amazing List of Red Carpet VIPs, Keynotes & Celebrities Event by Marcia Seldan Celebrity Events & TV Personality Lifestyle Design Expert Kristy Kay

To B e n e f i t Th e Yerwood Center in Stamfo


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