First-Time Event Designed to Inspire Local Adults

In her book, Career Coach Terri Lee Ryan defines life after age 40 as one big to-do list. Harper College will offer an escape from that daily grind with a free event aimed at inspiring adults through massages, performances and seminars from a variety of experts - including Ryan herself. The first-ever "Inspire U" runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4 in the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The event will include a keynote address from author and entrepreneur Sam Glenn, a feature presentation from Ryan, culinary demonstrations, a financial management session with an expert financial coach, free chair massages, a host of performances from Harper's Continuing Education students and instructors - from fencing and comedy to magic, ukuleles and jazz - and mini-seminars on everything from harnessing LinkedIn to building a resume.

The event grew out of Harper's popular College and Career Expo, a just-for-kids day of hands-on activities. "When parents left that, they'd ask, 'Can you do this for us?' This is our answer: a day of inspiration that lets adults take time for themselves," says Phil Mortenson of the College's admissions office. "We do a lot of events that are focused on helping adults go back to school or boost their career. This can accomplish that, too, but it can also just be fun."

Inspire U attendees can focus on their career (with sessions on getting hired, going back to school and finding career direction), or themselves (with sessions on financial management and meditation and a mini-Spanish class). The event will include raffle drawings for a wine-and-cheese tasting with a top sommelier and an iPad.

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Press contact: Erin Brooks, 847.925.6159