The Chocolate Effect Highlights
Highlights from the Virginia Society of CPAs Professional Development Conference and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs Annual Non-Profit Symposium.
Virginia Society of CPAs Professional Development Conference, November 2017
Highlights from the Virginia Society of CPAs Professional Development Conference. First conducted in 2016, this workshop was back by popular demand and again received one of the highest rankings of all sessions offered at this conference. This experience can be modified into a 3-7 days retreat, a 7-15 days pilgrimage, a 4-hour conversation, or a half or full day workshop. All profits from the chocolate effect™Experiences are donated to the projects focused on ending the vicious cycle of abuse, neglect and abandonment among the most vulnerable children.
Rape of Innocence
How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affected my adult life and how becoming vulnerable game me the strength to share this story - a strangely cathartic and healing experience.
Greater Washington Society of CPAs Annual Non-Profit Symposium, November 2017
Highlights from the Greater Washington Society of CPAs Annual Non-Profit Symposium. Offered for the first time ever at this professional development conference, the workshop received high praise and was attended by over 250 professionals.This experience can be modified into a 3-7 days retreat, a 7-15 days pilgrimage, a 4-hour conversation, or a half or full day workshop. All profits from the chocolate effect™Experiences are donated to the projects focused on ending the vicious cycle of abuse, neglect and abandonment among the most vulnerable children.
PRESS & TESTIMONIALS
Here's what people are saying about the chocolate effect™ Experiences:
"Arun was a fantastic speaker at the VSCPA’s KnowledgeNOW conference! The attendees thoroughly enjoyed “the chocolate effect” session and sang his praises on our evaluation with comments like “Arun Sardana was incredible in "the chocolate effect" session. His story, and the way he told it with such vulnerability, was inspiring. I think that, as an industry, we need more discussion about the human element of what we do.” He ranked as one of our top speakers at the conference, which definitely says something with CPAs!
From a coordinator perspective, he was wonderful to work with. His staff is stellar and extremely friendly. Arun is responsive, easily accessible and very passionate. He really takes the time to get to know his clients and I know I appreciate his friendliness and positive attitude when he arrives before his session. I know that having Arun on our agenda will be a wonderful asset to any conference. I would highly recommend Arun for any speaking engagement, he never disappoints!"
- Kate Eacho, Event Coordinator, Virginia Society of CPAs
"I would recommend this to anyone in the leadership position...I think businesses should do this because I don't think they understand what their staff and what their leadership is going through and what they deal with regularly. And I don't think anyone of us has been really trained on how to do this...we don't even know how to deal with ourselves, let along deal with our staff...I left a lot less stressed and with a lot information on how to cope with what you deal with regularly and what's going on in your life..."
- Tony, CPA, Virginia Society of CPAs KnowledgeNOW Conference
"I don't know anybody who couldn't benefit from this session. He's a gifted speaker. He has heart for what he's doing. And he makes walk out feeling immediately more grateful, and more loving, and more compassionate. So, you can't beat that."
- Jan Fox, Coach and Consultant
"I attended the session today because I live a very stressful life and I am always looking for a way to find balance. And I feel like all the techniques that Arun discussed were really good about reminding me to just really stay grounded and it's really about the little things that I do."
- Lorna M, Virginia Society of CPAs KnowledgeNOW Conference
"I would love to do this in an extended format. I think a retreat on something like this would be something I would love to do. I could take so much away from this. And my daughter who is eighteen would love this...and learn the gratefulness and learn to appreciate the little things."
- Sara, Virginia Society of CPAs KnowledgeNOW Conference
"It was really fantastic. I wish this was a longer course. I think there was a lot of content that you get from it and cover it over a couple of days."
- Doug Palmer, CPA, GWSCPA Annual Non-Profit Symposium
"What was very inspiring to me was how open Arun was with his own story. I think it's so helpful, as painful as it is, to openly talk about these things and I just don't think they are talked about enough. We go out into the work force and the world and we are expected to project this strength...vulnerability is something I've been working on for a couple of years, so this topic kind of hit home...and it's refreshing to see it presented at a conference like this that is usually so dry and technical. I would recommend this to everyone. I think there are important lessons for everyone regardless of what your experiences are...the coping mechanisms that were discussed in there are invaluable."
- Deborah, Virginia Society of CPAs KnowledgeNOW Conference