The Game Changers Experience is a unique and innovative retreat-style event that uses one of the most effective teaching tools available – experiential learning.
The Experiences 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.
The Virtual Game Changers Experiences are themed events designed for professional development. Once the quarantine lifts, Game Changers will be offered in both in-person and virtual formats.
With both online and in-person, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable, life-changing Experience.
Refine the skills you need to make an impact in your business relationships whether with clients and customers or staff and colleagues. From conflict resolution to mastering your communication skills, the Game Changers Experience for Business Success will help you elevate your game.
EVENT DATES: March 13, 2021, April 10, 2021, May 15, 2021, June 12, 2021
Women often face unique challenges in the workplace. From being accused of being too soft or, conversely, too abrasive, to struggling to take on the role of mentor to other women looking to advance. The Game Changers Experience for Women in the Workplace presents scenarios that will help you boost your confidence and strengthen your executive game.
EVENT DATES: March 13, 2021, August 5, 2021
Leaders face unique challenges and are expected to handle everything flawlessly. However, we know you’re still human. From terminating an employee to navigating conflict resolution between managers, from guiding a difficult board of directors to landing that big contract (or ending the unwanted one), the Game Changers Experience can be your secret weapon!
EVENT DATES: April 1, 2021, July 1, 2021
Exercise your “CEO” muscle and prepare for common scenarios that business owners encounter. The Game Changers Experience Entrepreneurship Edition will ensure that you’re ready when faced with challenges or hurdles.
EVENT DATES: June 3, 2021, September 2, 2021
Are you considering making your dream a reality? Have you been toying with the idea of launching your own company? Do you hesitate to call yourself an entrepreneur? Do you have big dreams and visions, but struggle when you try to put them into words? The Game Changers Experience can help you begin to articulate your dreams and take action on your visions.
EVENT DATE: May 6, 2021
Successfully navigating situations relating to diversity and inclusion in your workplace can be a challenge. The Game Changers Experience Diversity & Inclusion Edition will guide you through conversational landmines and help you create a more inclusive work environment.
EVENT DATE: October 7, 2021
Are you a high schooler who has a college entrance interview or job interview coming up? Are you struggling to ask someone to the prom (or just on a date)? Are you battling with a teacher who has a grudge against you? Are the Mean Girls and Toxic Jocks driving you crazy? Then the Game Changers Experience High School Edition is for you.
EVENT DATES: To be announced
Are you ready to change the game in your professional life? Register for this life-changing Virtual Retreat.
Virtual Game Changers Experience
Half-Day Retreat - Only $597!
All Retreats are held from:
9am-2pm (PT) / 12pm-5pm (ET)
Select your day.
(Space is limited.)
What you'll receive at the Virtual Game Changers Experience:
~ Role Playing with Professional Actors in Customized, Interactive Scenarios
~ Training from Award-Winning Director & Leadership Expert Connie St. John
~ Wisdom and Insight from Special Guest Speaker
~ Observational Learning & Networking Opportunities
and most importantly...
~ A Life-Changing Unforgettable Experience
Space is limited.
Registration closes 48 hours prior to each event.
If you are unexpectedly unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another event date without penalty up to 24 hours prior to the event date. Refunds (less 10% administrative fee) must be requested 48 hours prior to event date.
Connie St. John is the Creator and Host of the Game Changers Experience
CEO, SOAR Community Network;
Co-founder, SOAR Community Nebula; and international best-selling author Mali Phonpadith is our Guest Speaker
Best-selling Author, Executive Coach and CEO of Libby Gill & Co, Libby Gill is our Guest Speaker
Certified Professional Services Marketer, Tricia Williamson, is our Special Guest Speaker
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.
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, Entrepreneur.com, Better Business Bureau (BBB) Trusted Magazine, BBB Podcast, Advisor 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.
Libby Gill is the former head of media relations and communications for Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting. After leaving the corporate world in 2000, Libby founded LA-based Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm.
Her coaching clients include Abbott Medical, ADP, Disney, Ernst & Young, Facebook, First American Insurance, Hyundai, Microsoft, Sony, Sutter Health, Viacom, Warner Bros., Wells Fargo, as well as non-profits and small businesses. A global speaker, Libby has delivered keynote presentations on three continents and in 36 US states for organizations including Acura, ADP, Bank of America, Capital One, Cisco, Disney, Honda, Intel, Kellogg’s, Marriott International, Medtronic, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, United Healthcare, Vanguard, and many more.
A former Dallas Morning News columnist, Libby has authored five books including the award-winning You Unstuck and Capture the Mindshare and the Market Share Will Follow. Libby’s latest book is The Hope-Driven Leader: Harness the Power of Positivity at Work. Currently, she is co-authoring a book for Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders with former Brigadier General Thomas Kolditz, Ph.D.
Libby has appeared on the CBS Early Show, CNN, Inside Edition, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and many more. Libby lives in Los Angeles and is the proud mother of two millennials sons.
Tricia Williamson is a Certified Professional Services Marketer with over 20 years of executive experience in training and coaching.
She began her career in Atlanta, working in publicity for co-host Connie St. John at Turner Program Services, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Tricia’s extensive experience includes national franchise relations trainer, independent consultant and owner for PSM Strategies, and interview coach and strategic planner.
Currently, she serves in the role of Geographic Sales Operations Manager for Jacobs Engineering. In this role, she is responsible for coaching and training operations and sales professionals for strategic pursuits nationally.
Active in the Austin community, Tricia is the Co-Chair and a certified trainer for the Urban Land Institute Austin Chapter / Urban Plan Exchange for Public Officials program. She is also a former president of the Austin Chapter of Society for Marketing Professional Services. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Louisiana State University and is an avid Tigers fan.
Danielle Davy is a native of Northern Virginia who currently works on stage and in film in the Washington, DC area. Her extensive theatre work includes performances at the Kennedy Center, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Signature Theatre. Off-stage, she has joined the rank and file of DC actors by performing in numerous government training videos, most of which she is not allowed to tell you anything about. However, she has broken away a few times from this “civil service” to perform in film and television, including Oliver Stone’s political biopic, “Snowden.” Aside from acting, she continues her life-long love of hiking through the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park.
Seyto James is an actor, writer, photographer from Panama City, Panama. His credits include commercials, stage productions, internet, and film. Currently, he's a fourth grade teacher helping young scholars navigate their educational journey and exploring their intellectual curiosity. Seyto is able to merge his extensive knowledge in business and information technology with his graduate studies in Diversity and Equity to offer his students a holistic education rooted in best practices. His engaging personality, wit, and ability to effectively teach complex information for student mastery assist him in helping students navigate their educational journey. Seyto is joyfully married to his college sweetheart, Christina. Together, they parent three flourishing children.
Daebreon Poiema is an accomplished actress and singer with a passion for storytelling. Her training in Musical Theater began at the Orange County High School of the Arts. She earned a BA in Theater Performance for Children from The University of Texas at Austin and a MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School in New York.
Daebreon has been blessed to share her voice with audiences all over the world, both on land and at sea. Some of her recent stage credits include Rachel Marron in THE BODYGUARD, Aida in AIDA, and Deloris Van Cartier in SISTER ACT.