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Join us for our 8th annual

Be Your BEST Conference 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(Registration is from 8:30 - 9:00 am)

Florian Gardens 

2340 Lorch Avenue, Eau Claire, WI


9:00 am - Welcome & Awards

9:45 am - Opening Keynote Panel

11:00 am - Session #1

12:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 pm - Session #2

2:15 pm - Session #3

3:30 pm - Closing Keynote


$25/person for EAP customers

$50/person for Non-EAP customers 
This conference is a full day. Price includes refreshments, lunch, all materials and a gift bag. Certificates of participation are available. 

To register, CLICK HERE.


You will find inspiration and excellence while receiving the resources you need to be the BEST - personally and professionally. 

Opening Keynote Panel:

"What does your BEST look like?"

This presentation will leave you INSPIRED by the featured professionals from the last year of the REALiving Magazine. Holly Hakes will facilitate a conversation with these professionals and you will learn how their experiences can bring out the BEST in you. 

Featuring Invited Guests:

Catherine Emmanuelle, Community Leader, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Mark Kelsey, Retired Sheriff of Sawyer County, Wisconsin

Codi Fenstermacher, Ladysmith, Wisconsin



Session #1: “Fulfilling Your Purpose: Leading with Excellence in Today’s Culture”

This presentation covers three power principles of leadership to inspire and equip those who are leading in one of the seven mountains of influence: business, government, arts and entertainment, education, media, church, and the family. Be inspired to live boldly as a visionary, receive practical tools to become a better communicator and problem solver, and be empowered to leave a legacy.

Presenters: Julie Court

Julie Court has been encouraging and equipping leaders and business owners to lead and serve with confidence for over a decade. She is the author and creator of the book and the companion discussion guide titled Incredible Life Makeover. Julie is a former business owner, computer systems analyst, and fourth grade teacher. As much as she loves speaking, her favorite roles are being a mother, grandmother, and mentor. Ultimately, she wants to leave a legacy that will last beyond her lifetime. For more info on Julie, please visit her website at

Session #2: "Happiness Is A Choice”

Each of us makes thousands of decisions every day. One of the most important decisions is our attitude. Happiness is a choice that comes from within. This presentation will cover ten things happy people do on a regular basis.

Presenter: Renee Liming

Renee is the Director of First Impressions at Bauman Associates Ltd. She has spent most of her career providing excellent customer service. Her why is to build trusted relationships and to make the world a better place. Her passion is legacy writing, and she loves being a mom and YaYa. She is involved in Women With Purpose, Catholic Women's Club, and Western Wisconsin Christian Writers Guild.

Session #3: “Drugs Over Dinner”

Drugs Over Dinner is a campaign utilized by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department to encourage families to talk about alcohol and other drug prevention while eating a meal together. Taking time to know what is going on in your children’s daily lives can help you catch potential red flags and keep your kids safe.

Presenter: Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald

Chris Fitzgerald has led the Barron County Sheriff’s Department since 2008. His department kicked off this Drugs Over Dinner campaign during their 2019 National Night Out event, and every week they post a tip on their Facebook page about a subject you can talk to your kids about over a meal.




Closing Keynote:

“Lift That S***!”

Our REALiving executive director is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. It’s tough to be a professional speaker when your mouth is wired shut! But sometimes being your BEST means lifting the heavy stuff (i.e., making tough and painful choices). We hope she inspires you to take charge of the obstacles in the way of your BEST!

Presenter: Holly Hakes

A passionate public speaker, Holly has used her background in counseling, law, and human services to help individuals and companies find creative and positive solutions for everyday issues. She has a master's degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Holly is a multi-tasker who enjoys her roles as mother, wife, sister, professional, artist, motivator, and friend.