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Exploring Reinvention: Preparing to Deliberately Change Your Career, Your Business, or Your Life

November 9, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST

No One Reinvents Alone

ReinventionWorks, in partnership with the Delaware Business Times, is pleased to be co-hosting Exploring Reinvention:  Preparing to Deliberately Change Your Career, Your Business, or Your Life, the life-altering event you won’t want to miss!

If you’re considering any major change, how can you best prepare for the journey ahead? What do you need to know? What are the 21 major pitfalls you need to avoid? Who can you turn to for help?

All of these questions and more will be answered in this engaging, interactive, live event on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 from 6:00 – 9:30pm at the Delaware Art Museum. Hear from an esteemed panel of real-life Reinventionists:


 Aziz Abdur-Ra’oof — a former NFL football player with the Kansas City Chiefs whose journey has taken him through sales, real estate, education administration, and into student leadership development.  




Ellyn Hutton — Ellyn was an emergency room nurse for 19 years, then an insurance case manager, work that left her so stressed and unfulfilled she grew concerned for her health. She quit and enrolled in a program to learn massage therapy at a time when her practice was listed in the Yellow Pages along with gentlemen’s clubs. Ellyn has since expanded her practice into other mind-body healing arts.



Erin Dickins — As an award-winning jazz vocalist and founding member of Manhattan Transfer, Erin is also an accomplished amateur chef who owned two successful restaurants in New York City. Erin has combined her two passions with a new cookbook: “Sizzle and Swing – Jazzin’ Up Food,” inspired by her music.  She has also created a line of gourmet herbal seasonings that share the moniker, “Sizzle & Swing.”  Erin is currently recording a new studio CD and tours internationally in between foodie events.

Judy Vilmain — after earning her Ph.D., Judy became a college professor. Then she became a furniture designer followed by founding a successful giftware manufacturing company, which she sold. She is now an oil painter, a hypnotherapist and a book author.



Natalie Nixon, PhD — In college, Natalie double-majored in Anthropology and Africana Studies. Six years later she returned to school to get her Masters in Global Textile Marketing and then found work overseas at a sourcing firm whose customers included Victoria’s Secret, among others. In 2001 she began teaching at Philadelphia University, and in 2010 she obtained her PhD in Design Management. Natalie is now the Philadelphia University G. Allen Mebane IV ’52 Chair for Design Thinkers where she is also the Director of the Strategic Design MBA.


sanjaykamaniSanjay Kamani — Sanjay started out as an project engineer for an elevator company. He then took himself into the worlds of technology and entrepreneurship, where he has also had to reinvent his own businesses more than once.



The Moderator: Hollis Thomases, Founder, ReinventionWorks – Hollis knows a thing or two about reinventing. After graduating college, she moved to Baltimore knowing no one and having no job. After a 10-year career working for trade associations, small businesses and large corporations alike, she left it all in 1998 to start her first company. Growing it over 15 years into a multi-million dollar award-winning business, Hollis faced a crossroads: burned out, stressed out, and growing ever more disillusioned with her industry, she decided it was time to close shop and move on to her next incarnation. It was the pursuit of her own reinvention that led her to realize how many others were also on their own journeys, and no one does it alone. ReinventionWorks was born.


Benefit from Breakout Session Expert Co-Facilitators

Dr. Sarah Brown:  Following a successful career in Corporate America, Dr. Sarah Brown retired as Managing Director at Accenture to devote herself to personalizing self-help advice in the form of customized books including the Book of You™, a completely personalized book for each reader based upon the results of a quick but world-renowned, personality assessment, and Let Your Personality be your Career Guide. Sarah_Brown
Carolyn Bennett-Sullivan has been a student of psychology, human behavior and spirituality for over 30 years. Through formal and practical experience she discovered the magic that occurs when living authentically and aligned with your hearts wisdom and guidance. Carolyn connects people with solutions to liberate their fear and develop greater self-confidence, purpose and satisfaction in their lives. She has authored the book, Get the “F” Out. Carolyn Bennett-Sullivan
The Micro Business Consultant with Inspiration Space@DE Libraries,Janet Wurtzel helps entrepreneurs start-up and grow their small businesses by providing advice and using the resources of the Delaware libraries. Janet herself has reinvented several times, working for corporate, private, and government entities as well for herself. JanetWurtzel


(Curious what this acronym stands for? You have to attend to find out!)

Prepare to be challenged. Prepare to be uncomfortable. Prepare to have some fun! More than anything, prepare to be prepared to take action for your next big transformation!

Tickets on sale now.  Regular tickets:  $75.00
Use promo code 20REINVENT at check out to receive $20.00 off your online checkout!

Tickets include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and the 3.5-hour long program.