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Embracing Your Fears:
We, Not Me

 Entering your first year of college can be one of the most intimidating and overwhelming times for an 18-year-old, as they have left the familiarity & safety of home, and may not have developed specific coping skills for when they begin to feel isolated and alone in a challenging academic setting. It is also so easy to compare yourself to others, feel imposter syndrome, or compare your insides to someone else's outsides. Social media, glorifying perfectionism, and fear of failure only exacerbate these tough feelings. This is the main reason why anxiety and depression are the top concerns of college students today.  

 

What if there was a way to address their fear in a healthy, community-oriented way.  We all have that something we really want to do with our lives, but we’re afraid. We’re scared to pursue our dream job, choose to go against the status quo, or simply have that conversation we've been avoiding. But what if the thing we’re actually afraid of is… just feeling afraid? And what if there was a really simple solution that would give us the strength to take the plunge?
 
In this experiential workshop, participants will deconstruct their strongest fears, then understand where those fears connect with other people’s. Using discoveries from Positive Psychology, they’ll experience the power that comes with learning that your specific fears are shared. Participants will practice techniques in real-time which will help them reduce their fear, regardless of the situation. They’ll leave ready to finally do The Thing and change their lives!

 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to embody the concept of WE over ME through action
  • Practice techniques in real-time that will help reduce your fear regardless of the situation
  • Deconstruct fears, especially those in moments of transition (imposter syndrome, rejection, not-enoughness)
  • Identify community members (old and new) who can support you in embracing your fears

Sara Surani

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Sara graduated from Harvard University and is co-founder of a health education program in South Texas called iConquer focused on educating over 20,000 young children about healthy living as well as Co-founder of a start-up called Nayaraq focused on dismantling gender equity through storytelling workshops. She has studied health, storytelling, and education and conducted workshops all over the world, including in Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico, China, and Tanzania. Sara has also worked with remote communities in the Amazon jungle on youth empowerment and helped start the first public holistic education school in Peru. She serves as the Co-Founder of She is the Universe, a global movement for girls' empowerment through reaching girls in 50+ countries. 

Sara has facilitated 150+ workshops on community building, storytelling, social change, systems thinking, and community mobilization for individuals and communities from 50+ countries. She has trained 25+ facilitators on how to be community leaders and how to let go of their fears, step into their power, and empower both local and global communities. Sara has been recognized by a "future global leader" by the Schwarzman Scholars program, and is also a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship. 

Jeff Harry

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Jeff Harry combines positive psychology and play to heal workplaces, help teams build psychological safety, and assist individuals in addressing their biggest challenges through embracing a play-oriented approach to work.  Jeff was selected by BambooHR & Engagedly as one of the Top 100 HR Influencers and has been featured in the NY Times, Mashable, Upworthy, Shondaland, & Wired

Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon, and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day.  Jeff has also spoken to faculty and students at Cal State University, Cal Poly Pomona, Highline College, and will be speaking at the University of Michigan in the Fall of 2022.

Jeff has facilitated 500+ workshops on creating psychological safety, building community, dismantling toxic masculinity, navigating difficult conversations, and helping people rediscover their flow through play.  He also has produced 400+ short-form videos tackling the patriarchy and exploring community-oriented alternatives. When he isn't causing mischief in workplaces, he co-hosts the positive psychology podcast: What Would Ted Lasso Do?

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