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NEW! Be a Self-Compassion Super Hero!

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with Sue Mann
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee $70, includes light refreshments

Borg Warner Conference Room, Tompkins County Public Library,
E. Green St. at S. Cayuga St., Ithaca (driving and access directions below)
Presented by the Human Services Coalition
Co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library

“I’m a failure.” “What an idiot I am.” “I’m just no good at this.”

How often do we speak to ourselves in a way we never would to our loved ones, or our best friends? We think that in being our own harshest critic we will beat others to the punch and hold off the pain of criticism. We think this is best way to motivate ourselves to do better.

But our brains just aren’t wired to work this way. The more we practice self-criticism, the worse things tend to get.

The antidote? Self-compassion. This is not some “woo-woo” skill that gives us a get-out-jail-free card. Self-compassion is a robust practice, thoroughly grounded in neurobiology. It is practice that provides all the benefits of high self-esteem with none of the drawbacks of arrogance or selfishness.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Get clear on self-compassion truths and myths
  • Learn how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Learn to motivate yourself with kindness rather than self-criticism
  • Learn practical self-compassion practices so you can start to unlock your true potential

Prior to the workshop, there will be an optional, 15-minute *free* self-compassion assessment to help you maximize your
workshop time and learn the practices that best suit your needs.

About the Presenter:

Sue Mann is a professional coach on a mission to equip professionals with the tools to deal with the difficult – and seldom talked about – challenges of being a professional in today’s demanding workplace so that they can thrive, not just survive.  Sue learned first-hand that a 25-year career doesn’t mean you have it all figured out when it comes to dealing with unhealthy work environments, dysfunctional work teams, and the crushing sense of failure and self-doubt that less-thanideal workplaces can cause. Now she wants everyone to learn the skills of resilience so that they become unshakably confident – and unstoppable.

Her 25-year career has spanned continents, roles and industries. Previously she has been a diplomat, consultant, project manager, banker, manufacturer, and entrepreneur. She has worked in government, finance, banking, real-estate, hospitality, energy efficiency, utilities and – incongruously – children’s footwear and apparel. Sue has an MBA from Cornell University.

Registration and Payment

Register online at If you are unable to register and pay online please call 607.273.8686 or

Cancellation Policy

All registration sales are final – we are unable to refund or transfer fees onto a different workshop for missed
sessions.  At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the cancellation on our website:, email all registered participants, and refund any prepaid fees. If you plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information prior to attending.


Limited scholarships are available to agencies whose non-profit board and staff members cannot attend without one. To request a scholarship, email: in advance of the workshop.


Coffee, other drinks, and snacks are provided at all workshops; lunch is not provided. Attendees at sessions in the Borg Warner Room may leave and eat lunch on the beautiful Ithaca Commons.

Special Needs

Please notify us if you have any special needs; the Coalition wishes to make its workshops accessible to everyone.

For the comfort of everyone, HSC workshops are fragrance free. We appreciate your cooperation.

Parking and Directions

The Coalition is a United Way agency

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