Game Changers Experience DC sponsored by:

Soar Community Network

About the Game Changers Experience

A Unique Experience


The Game Changers Experience is a unique and innovative retreat-style workshop that uses one of the most effective teaching tools available – experiential learning.

The workshops engage participants in customized role-playing with professional actors, who present each attendee with a specially designed scenario that challenges them and leads to life-changing growth. Participants are guided through the process by experienced personal and professional coaches.   
In addition to role-playing, participants learn from special guest speakers who share life-changing tips and strategies. Participants also gain insight to their challenges through observational learning as they observe other attendees working through their scenarios.

The Game Changers Experience was designed by founder Connie St. John, an award-winning writer/director and business executive who developed the concept by drawing on her years of business experience, innovative teaching skills, public relations & marketing expertise, drama production & direction, and strategic, creative messaging. 

~ Day One of the Experience focuses on professional development for business leaders and employees at all levels. 

~ Day Two focuses on personal development, including relationships, social engagements and other non-work-related activities. NOTE: Day Two has been postponed due to the Super Bowl!

Whether you attend the Professional Development day, the Personal Development day or both, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable, life-changing Experience.

The Washington D.C. Experience


Game Changers Experience - DC

Saturday, February 1, 2020 


2461 Eisenhower Avenue

Alexandria, VA 22314



What you'll receive at the D.C. Game Changers Experience:

~ Professional Development Training


~ Role Playing with Professional Actors in Customized, Interactive Scenarios

~ Training from Award-Winning Director and Leadership Expert Connie St. John 

~ Wisdom and Insight from Special Guest Speaker Mali Phonpadith

~ Observational Learning & Networking Opportunities

and most importantly...

~ A Life-Changing Unforgettable Experience


Thursday, January 30 at midnight!


Register Now for Your Experience

Are you ready to change the game in your professional life? Register for this life-changing retreat event.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Professional Development Experience 

Early Bird - $175 (Register by Sunday, January 26)

Full Price - $215 (after Sunday, January 26)


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Register for Your Experience

Meet Your DC Hosts / Facilitators


Mali Phonpadith

Mali Phonpadith

Mali Phonpadith

CEO, SOAR Community Network; 

Co-founder, SOAR Community Nebula; and international best-selling author Mali Phonpadith is our Guest Speaker


Connie St. John

Mali Phonpadith

Mali Phonpadith

Award-winning writer/director, 

Connie St. John, is our Host Facilitator and Coach

Special Guest Speaker


Mali Phonpadith, CEO, SOAR Community Network

 Mali Phonpadith is  the CEO of the SOAR Community Network, #1 International Bestselling  author, speaker, workshop and retreat facilitator, marketing strategist,  podcaster and the Executive Producer/Host of Tea with Mali  Cable TV Show. In 2015, Mali was selected as a Belief Team community  partner through Values Partnership for the Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network  BELIEF initiative.

She has been nominated for several  awards including Heroines of Washington D.C. Award by the March of  Dimes, twice for the Women of the Year Award by NEW – Network Executive  Women and recognized as the iBoss Capital Navigator in 2018 for helping  entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive.

As the CEO of  the SOAR Community Network, Mali leads a dedicated team of experts who  provide customized solutions to develop strategic plans, authenticate  brand messages, map shared values, develop conscious leaders, align  teams, assess operational/IT efficiencies, and implement programs that  ensure sustainable growth and healthy corporate cultures. SCN does this  by facilitating educational forums for leaders and entrepreneurs to lead  with intention, supporting talent management initiatives to drive  positive corporate culture and implementing marketing strategies to help  clients SOAR in the global marketplace.

Mali  has over 20 years of marketing, sales, and business development  experience. Mali also ran a financial services practice for seven years  where she created and implemented risk management strategies for  hundreds of clients. She is a  community champion for several local non-profits. Mali runs the SCN  Leadership Breakfast series, is the Founder of the SOAR Community Summit  and producer/host of the SOAR Community Podcast. Mali is a four-time  author, including A Million Fireflies, her memoir about her voyage from war-torn Laos to America. 

She is also the coauthor of Seen and Sustained: Best Practices in Communication that Increase the Visibility of Small and Diverse Businesses, a professional workbook written with Akia Garnett, Jane Lovas, and Tamecia Bradshaw. In 2017, Born to Be Me,  a compilation of authentic stories written alongside 18 international  female authors, made Amazon’s #1 International Bestseller List. In 2018,  The Balancing Act also hit the #1 International Bestseller List. Both compilations were published by Creative Publishing Group in Canada.

Mali has  shared her insights at TEDx Ashburn, The Library of Congress,  Smithsonian, University of Maryland, George Mason University, SAIC,  Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC), Lao American Writer’s  Summit, American Association of University Women, Northern VA Women’s  Business Conference, VA Health and Wellness Conference, Network Nova  Women’s Summit, Vistage, and many other organizations. Huffington Post,,  Better Business Bureau (BBB) Trusted Magazine, BBB PodcastAdvisor Today Magazine, Asian Fortune Newspaper, WJLA DC, Radio Free Asia, WHUR Radio, Voice of America, Bliss Magazine and numerous blog talk radio programs have featured her work and journey.

Host & Facilitator


Connie St. John, Award-Winning Writer/Director & Business Executive


Connie St. John is President of the St. John Consulting Group and Founder/CEO of No Weapon Productions (NWP), a company that specializes in family-friendly film and television programming, along with stage plays and other live events that feature no gratuitous sex, profanity or violence. Through both companies, Connie and her teams use entertainment and other innovative techniques to create life change for individuals, strengthen corporations and nonprofits, as well as to address social issues, such as bullying.

As No Weapon’s primary writer and director, Connie has written more than 100 plays, films and television scripts. She wrote and directed the award-winning short film, The Message, and Asunder, both of which screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. She has written, directed and produced several successful touring stage plays and musicals. 

Connie has extensive nonprofit management experience, having served as President & Executive Director of the Neighborhood Music School in Los Angeles and as Regional Executive Director for Pacific Region OASIS, lifelong learning centers for older adults. Connie has also worked in Washington, D.C. as a meeting and convention planner for the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

As a corporate and entertainment executive, Connie served as director of public relations and marketing for the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), senior manager of public responsibility for Sara Lee Corporation, manager of media and corporate relations for Harpo Productions, Inc. and The Oprah Winfrey Show, director of public relations at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in Atlanta, and manager of public relations at Columbia TriStar Television in Los Angeles.

Connie’s specialty and passion is change your life entertainment™, followed closely by innovative education and business management. She sits on the board of the LACHSA Foundation, which funds the arts programs at the prestigious L.A. County High School for the Arts. 

She is also fascinated by law. 

Connie is the proud mother of an amazing and talented 20-year-old son, David Robinson, a singer/songwriter who attends Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.