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NWIIWA's pleased to present the Empowerment Series of webinars.

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Empowerment Series

New challenges are always on the way no matter where you work. To solve them, we’re going to have to level up. We have to get educated, skilled, and empowered!

NWIIWA’s Empowerment web series is designed to infuse new capabilities into the skillsets of professionals in Northwest Indiana.

Each month, we’re going to be connecting virtual attendees with experts that can provide firsthand knowledge about a range of powerful business topics, including things like time management, setting and achieving goals, team building, work-life balance, authentic leadership, and more.

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The first Empowerment presentation will be on January 28th, 2021 from 11:30AM to 12:15PM.

“Lessons Learned from 50 Years in Business”

Featuring Patti Komara, Owner and Founder of Patti’s All-American Gymnastics.

In 1969, Patti Komara founded Patti’s All-American Gymnastics in Dyer, Indiana and it has since become one of the most successful gyms with gymnastics, dance, swimming, Ninja Zone, and a fitness-based educational preschool called Gym-N-Learn.

Patti began speaking at national seminars in 1981 on preschool and school-age gymnastics and the business of owning a gymnastics school. Patti has spoken for Purdue University and national seminars for AAHPERD, AAEYC, USAIGC, IDEA, and USA Gymnastics. She started her national seminars in 1986.

In the same year, she also began filming her speeches and founded Patti Komara’s Tumblebear Connection. Patti has since produced more than 120 instructional DVDs for instructors and owners. She sells books on yearly lesson plans for the internationally known Tumblebear Gym Program, School-age Gymnastics, Dancing Gym Bears, Yoga Bears, CheerBears, and Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool. Patti has also written over 50 articles on the gymnastics business for industry magazines as well as authors a bi-weekly blog and weekly e-blasts tips to her over 9,000 subscribers.

In 1995 Patti was selected by USA Gymnastics to be a member of the committee that created the KAT preschool gymnastics certification program and co-authored the KAT workbook. In 2003 she was named USA Gymnastics Business Leader of the Year. In 2005 Patti was selected as Client of the Year by Action International and in 2006 was given the National Service Award by USA Gymnastics at their annual business conference. In 2010 she was one of five other gym owners named to the USA Gymnastics Task Force. In 2011 she was one of 14 named to the USA Gymnastics Business Advisory Team. In 2014 Patti was awarded by USA Gymnastics the “Club Owner of the Year” award. In 2016 she won “Innovator of Year” by the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. Also in 2016, Patti was named President/CEO of Patti’s All-American. Additionally… in 2018 Patti was also named “Most Influential Woman of the Year”. In 2019 Patti celebrated her 50th year in business, was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Region 5 Hall of Fame, and was named “Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center – Small Business Person of the Year”.

Patti and her husband Bronko are also proud grandparents to Kennedy and Hudson!

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