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Life Transitions Workshop


Learning from

Wisdom and Experience:

Strategizing and Balancing

Our Next Life Chapter


Us Foundation sponsored a workshop on this very timely subject on September 20, 2002, in conjunction with La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Santa Barbara, California.  We had a highly distinguished group of panelists, each of whom was in the process of a significant life transition. It was an inspirational and transformative day for all and we thank everyone involved for their commitment to learning and growth.


We offer this workshop for both business and non-profit organizations and have found that this work have made significant positive improvements in the focus, morale and productivity of the organizations.


Below is a summary of our Sept 20, 2002 public workshop:



What is the future you want?


Imagine your life as a story with many chapters.  In this interactive workshop you will learn how to master the changes you are experiencing in the current chapter of your life.


A distinguished panel of experts will share about their life transitions and what they have learned from them. 


In small group breakout sessions, with an expert of your choice, you will have the opportunity to learn how to transition between life changes while maintaining balance.  You will create a simple action plan for creating the future you want.


Our Leaders:


Panel Moderator:    MarilynTam, M.S.  

Corporate consultant; speaker, author; Executive Director and Co-Founder of Us Foundation; founder and former President of successful Internet companies; former President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group; CEO of Aveda Corp.; Vice President of Nike Inc.


Workshop Facilitator:   Audrey Thieme, M.S.

Professional coach and consultant to individuals and organizations, specializing in personal and professional effectiveness. Eighteen years experience working in a variety of industries, including aerospace, banking and manufacturing, and in the field of education.  Audrey is Associate Director of Us Foundation.


O u r   P a n e l i s t s :



Don George

Non-Profit and Business

Mr. George is recently retired from 28 years as La Casa de Maria’s Executive Director. He started interfaith youth retreats (Christian Dialogues) in 1968.  He is a former business entrepreneur, past President of Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery Committee, former Board Chair of Franciscan Communications, and past President of Retreats International. One of his next projects is the development of the Capps Center. He is always interested in being of service.


Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ph.D.

Evolutionary Education & Communications

As President of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution, Dr. Hubbard is developing the first Center for Conscious Evolution of Humanity. In 1984 she was nominated for the Vice Presidency of the United States, proposing a Peace Room in the office of the Vice President. She is a founding member of the World Future Society, the Association for Global New Thought, Women of Vision and Action, and the Foundation for the Future.


Peter MacDougall, Ph.D.


Dr. MacDougall is the recently retired President of Santa Barbara Community College District. His distinguished leadership includes serving on state and community boards and task forces. He was selected in 1989 as one of the nation’s top 50 community college leaders by the University of Texas, and named one of twelve most influential people in Santa Barbara by the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce in 1991. His next project is the development of junior colleges in third world nations. 


 Harriet Miller, D.H.L.

 Public Service  

Recently retired as Mayor of the City of Santa Barbara, Dr. Miller continues her highly distinguished lifetime of achievement. Her past accomplishments include acting as Executive Director of U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, Executive Director, American Assoc. of Retired Persons (AARP), Superintendent of Public Education, State of Montana, and Executive Director, National Retired Teachers Assoc. (NRTA), Washington DC. She is currently on several local boards including The Fielding Institute and the SBCC Advisory Board.


Andrea Rifkin, MA, MBA

Business & Education 

Andrea Rifkin’s career includes 13 years as owner of the Southern California Weight Watchers franchise.  After selling that enterprise in 1991, she earned her MBA degree and became president/owner of Menda Scientific Products, Inc., a global manufacturing export company. She retired in 2000 to devote her life to education and career counseling, realizing there was a great need for counseling young people to not only to prepare for college, but to find a suitable career. To that end, she started a private education consulting firm called “Choices” to help students realize their education dreams.  Additionally, she does career counseling for adults.  


David Winter, Ph.D.


Dr. Winter was President of Westmont College in Santa Barbara for 26 years until July 2001 when he became Chancellor. He was one of the 100 most effective college leaders in the U.S., as judged in a survey of higher education officials. He also acted as Chair of the Western Association of Schools and College’s Senior Commission, and was an air intelligence officer in the US Navy.  Dr. Winter is now active in local Rotary Club, Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, and local boards.  He writes and speaks on the issues of diversity and multi-culturism.




For information on the program, contact:


Marilyn Tam at 805-969-7685



Audrey Thieme at 805-964-0364



This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for MFT and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.