You CAN Build a Thriving Business on Any Budget

You CAN Build a Thriving Business on Any Budget

Staff Spotlight: Ruth Brennan

by Lynda Bunnell


Meet Ruth Brennan.
She’s a Living Your Design Guide and a student in both PTL1, Semester 3 and is currently enrolled in the BG5 Business Consultant Certification Course. She also owns a Creative Agency and has been in the business of building brands and helping businesses succeed since 1999. Ruth’s been a Creative and Communications Consultant with the IHDS and the BG5 Business Institute this year.

Ruth Brennan – Career Design Overview
Career Type: Classic Builder
Personal Interaction:  Responding then Engaging
Decision Making Strategy: Respond from the Gut
Assimilation: Independent
Life Theme: Satisfaction or Frustration 

 

I’ve been working with Ruth on several projects this year  for the IHDS and the BG5 Business Institute. She has many decades of experience in branding, advertising, marketing and web/graphic design. Many of her clients and colleagues describe her as a master communicator. She has a deep passion for helping small- to medium-sized businesses thrive, and has synthesized it with her passion for Human Design and BG5. It’s a perfect storm of talent and experience to bring back the Professional Development Program. I asked her to lead it and she’s responded with a resounding, UH HUH! Stay tuned for more information and detail on this exciting new program scheduled for 2016.

“I’m passionate about putting a spotlight on people’s hopes and dreams for success in the material world. I believe BG5™ is an amazing tool to help people, especially young people, in their careers and business align with their uniqueness … and become successful, satisfied, peaceful or even surprised at what their special talents and gifts contribute to the world … to embrace who they are and not what they think they should be. That’s when their genius can come shining through.”~ Ruth Brennan

Ruth has a long history in the creative arts. Her first appearance on the stage was in second grade and it instilled in her a love for acting, speaking, and communicating. She went on to perform in 100s of stage productions around the country, in Europe, and in New York. She also recorded 2 children’s albums in the 1980s. Her group, The Dream Weaver’s performed live to audiences in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Her passion for graphic design started as she designed her own promotional materials and logos for the productions. Her career naturally developed as she studied advertising, communication, marketing and web design over the years. She was a pioneer HTML coder in the mid-to-late 1980s … and to this day, loves keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies and opportunities for marketing businesses on the internet. “It never gets old to me,” Ruth says. “I get as excited about starting a new project today as I did 25-30 years ago.”

Creatively expressing herself just comes naturally, and she’s an expert at taking complex ideas and situations and explaining them in a way that can be understood. Her life force is all about taking herself and others on a transformational journey … working with others to rise up and succeed in the business world.

When asked what most excites her about BG5™ and the new Professional Development Program she said, “It has seemed like a perfect partnership for me and my business from the first time I heard about BG5. I knew instinctively that this was something that I would embrace and integrate into my business, much like I’ve integrated Human Design into my life. There was no going back. Now, if I know someone’s Career Design I look at helping them through the lens of this extraordinary knowledge. I look forward to getting my BG5 Consultant Certification in March 2016. I have the greatest respect for this knowledge and its application in the business world.”

“The Professional Development Program will take this to the next level. We’ll be working with Analysts and Consultants on the Business of their Businesses. You can be the most amazing Analyst or Consultant and not have all of the pieces you need to make a successful business for yourself. If we want to help get this knowledge out into the world, Analysts and Consultants can now get additional support they might need to succeed,” she went on to explain.

Ruth and I have discussed how BG5 and her creative business are natural partners. During a conversation one day I mentioned the Professional Development Program that we had launched in 2008. It immediately peaked her interest. When the timing was correct, we agreed to re-start the program in 2016 with her in the lead. “I’m so excited about this opportunity,” she said. “It’s like everything I’ve done in my personal and professional life until now has lined up to present the perfect situation for my passions, my talents and my experience,” Ruth continued. Actively pursuing my passions while waiting for something fabulous to respond to has definitely worked well for me.

A fun fact about Ruth … She’s lived all over the world from Alaska to Arizona and from Germany to California, but will always consider Alaska home. She was a contest in the Miss Alaska pageant in her late teens, and, she wrote and performed her own dramatic piece for the talent competition. She’s also written and produced 5 musical murder mysteries that were performed non-stop in New York for over 5 years.

Working with Ruth these past many months has given me a renewed sense of passion for Human Design, the IHDS and the BG5 Business Institute! There are too many ways to state how Ruth has helped to move Human Design forward! She is an incredible life force. Anyone joining the new Professional Development Program will have a transformative experience I’m certain!

 

 

BG5 Event: Fast Track to a Career or Business YOU LOVE!

BG5 Event: Fast Track to a Career or Business YOU LOVE!

A BG5 Business Event

Fast Track To Building a Business or Career You Love

for IHDS and BG5 Students & Professionals

Join us for a FREE webinar on Nov 10, 2015 at 18:00 GMT

Get a glimpse into the power of BG5 and how it can put you on the right track for success in your career and business PLUS learn about our new Professional Development Program that will give you tools, strategies and practical business skills to promote and get your business seen and noticed by potential clients.

Lynda Bunnell

Lynda Bunnell

Lynda Bunnell will kick off the event with introductions and her vision for both the BG5 Business Institute and the Professional Development Program.

The core value that we operate from is “by helping people excel in their work life, an overall well-being is created that increases their quality of life. Their quality of life impacts their family and community, and ultimately helps to better our world.” ~ Lynda Bunnell

 BG5 Certification Course

Our first BG5 Certification Course, using  business terminology, is half-way through its second semester. Students are quickly adapting to the business terminology. Karen Sherwood, who’s assisting Lynda Bunnell in teaching the course, says that her clients readily accept and understand the information. It makes sense to them right off the bat.

Karen Sherwood

Karen Sherwood

“It’s become easier to communicate with my clients, it’s [the new business terminology] more powerful and has more impact in the business world. Clients are more open and understand the BG5 concepts quickly and easily. Now BG5 can be accessible to a wider audience.” ~ Karen Sherwood

Karen has over 25 years of management experience including owning her own training, coaching and consulting business. Karen brings her knowledge and real-world field experience to the BG5™ Business Institute.

Enthusiastic Students
There are more than a dozen students enrolled in this first BG5 Certification Course. A number of them already have their BG5 Certification and are auditing the class to become familiar with how to use business terminology in their BG5 Consultant Businesses. It’s a lively and robust class full of enthusiastic participants.

Lisa Friedman

Lisa Friedman

Lisa Friedman is enrolled in the BG5 Certification Course. She’s also a student in Professional Analyst training and a Certified Living Your Design Guide.  When asked  if the business approach resonated with her and if it has been a difficult transition from Human Design language Lisa replied,

“Studying BG5 has accelerated my ability to understand the knowledge, by using another way to explain the same concepts. It’s clearer and has given me a confidence boost in my Professional Analyst Training. It makes it so easy to explain the BG5 area of Human Design to a wider and more general audience.” ~ Lisa Friedman

Studying BG5 in Other Languages

Josette Lamotte, Juan José Piedra Molina and Anna Schuster hold BG5™ Consultant Training in Spanish, French, German and Italian languages. You can contact them directly for information on their upcoming courses by visiting our Other Languages page on www.bg5businessinstitute.com.

International Faculty

Interested?  You’re invited to come to the BG5 Business Event and find out more. Register here >>

Professional Development Program

Professional development traditionally encompasses all types of facilitated learning opportunities from academic degrees to formal coursework, conferences and informal learning opportunities situated in practice. It’s been described as intensive and collaborative, ideally incorporating an evaluative stage. There are a variety of approaches to professional development, including consultation, coaching, communities of practice, lesson study, mentoring, reflective supervision and technical assistance.

The IHDS and the BG5 Business Institute are pleased to present a new course of study, The Professional Development Program (PDP). This program will support Professional Analysts of all types, BG5 Business Consultants and Living Your Design Guides by providing practical tools and resources to start and grow their business practices. The formula will be the same as the other programs the IHDS and BG5 Business Institute offer… various Courses offered during the three Semesters of study in an online classroom during the school year. Each course will include lectures, Q&A, practicums and Instructor-led forums.

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Ra felt professional development was an important and necessary part of bringing the knowledge out into the world. Ra joined Lynda Bunnell and Cathy Kinnaird during Class One of the Professional Development Program’s first semester in 2009.

Ra Uru Hu

Ra Uru Hu

“This knowledge is powerful … we want the spirit in which it’s presented to be powerful. Representatives have to act in a way that displays the grace that comes with the knowledge. Standards of professionalism in human design, at the lowest common denominator, should be substantial.”  ~ Ra Uru Hu

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Ruth Brennan will be leading The Professional Development program. She’s the owner of a Creative Agency specializing in Branding for small- to medium-sized businesses.  Ruth’s also a Certified Living Your Design Guide, and is studying to be a Professional Analyst. She’ll be a Certified as a BG5 Consultant as of March 2016.

Ruth Brennan

Ruth Brennan

“I’m passionate about putting a spotlight on people’s hopes and dreams for success in the material world. I believe BG5™ is an amazing tool to help people (especially young people) in their careers and business align with their uniqueness … and become successful, satisfied, peaceful or even surprised at what their special talents and gifts contribute to the world … to embrace who they are and not what they think they should be. That’s when their genius can come shining through.

“My life’s work has been about supporting others to achieve success, whatever that might mean to them, in their career and business.” ~ Ruth Brennan

Ruth has over 35 years of experience including owning her own Creative & Marketing Agency. She’s held management positions in large corporations, owned a small business, and worked as a solo-entrepreneur. This year, Ruth has been working closely with Lynda Bunnell to rebrand BG5 and build the new BG5 website. She also lends her creative and artist talent to other materials the BG5 Business Institute and the IHDS has presented this year. Ruth brings her knowledge and real-world experience to the Professional Development Program. During the past several years, her company’s specialty has been to help small- to medium-sized businesses bring their brand out into the world. It’s her passion and a perfect segue into heading up the PDP.

Semester 1 of the PDP will start in January 2016. Details of Courses available in 2016  will be available soon.

Interested? You’re invited to come to the BG5 Business Event. Register here >>

 

What do Karen Sherwood & Fig Newtons have in common?

What do Karen Sherwood & Fig Newtons have in common?

Staff Spotlight: Karen Sherwood

by Ruth Brennan


Meet Karen Sherwood.
A Certified BG5™ Consultant since 2013, she is an Assistant Instructor in the BG5™ Certification Course. Karen is enrolled in Professional Analyst training with IHDS and currently resides in Centennial, Colorado.


Karen Sherwood – Career Design Overview
Career Type: Classic Builder
Personal Interaction:  Responding then Engaging
Decision Making Strategy: Wait for Clarity
Assimilation: Collaborative
Life Theme: Satisfaction or Frustration 

 

I spoke with Karen last week about her experience using business terminology in her work as a BG5 Consultant, and how she feels it enhances communication with students in the BG5 Consultant Certification Course she teaches with Lynda Bunnell this year.

“I have worked with and taught many communication, business and self-development programs, the BG5™ Success Code is by far the most powerful system I have worked with both personally and professionally. I have experienced first-hand how this information can help break down barriers of communication; build confidence; have individuals own and fully utilize their unique gifts and talents; develop leadership potential; help businesses hire the right people with the right skill set; allow people to work in environments that support their creativity; and provide a way to create more productive, happy and healthy work places and teams.” ~ Karen Sherwood

We talked about using BG5™ business terminology with her clients. “It’s become easier to communicate with my clients, it’s [the new business terminology] more powerful and has more impact in the business world,” she said. Karen told me that her clients readily accept and understand the information. It makes sense to them right off the bat. Clients are more open and understand the BG5 concepts quickly and easily. Karen said, “Now BG5 can be accessible to a wider audience.”

Karen comes to BG5™ from the business world. She has over 25 years of management experience including owning her own training, coaching and consulting business. Karen brings her knowledge and real-world field experience to the BG5™ Business Institute.

After completing the IHDS Foundation Courses with Carol Zimmerman, she took her BG5 Consultant Certification training in 2013 with Lynda Bunnell and Michael Brown. She then took her passion for BG5 to the classroom, as an Assistant Instructor with Michael Brown in 2014 and this year she assists Lynda Bunnell teaching the New BG5 Consultant Certification Course given at the BG5 Business Institute.

When asked what Business Skill or Attribute she most resonates with personally, Karen said “Implementation and Public Relations – getting the detailed fundamentals of whatever I am teaching directly to the client.” This is also the design of the creative role model.  Although unconscious in her design, it’s something that friends and clients often mention. After shedding a substantial amount of physical (and emotional) weight, Karen entered the Mrs. Colorado America Beauty Pageant. It was her way of learning to love herself and was inspirational to those around to her.

A fun fact about her ancestors … Karen’s great-grandfather was Artemis Kennedy who started the Kennedy Biscuit Company (forerunner to Nabisco) in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1805. Though the name is not commonly known today, many of the products made at this location until its closing in the early 1900’s, including Fig Newtons and Lorna Doones, are still enjoyed today. Her ancestors were no strangers to innovation. Looks like the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as Karen helps bring BG5 knowledge out into the business world today.

When asked what most excites her about BG5™ she said, “BG5 offers more than Meyer-Briggs, DISC and other popular personality systems because of its depth and focus on uniqueness.”

Thank you, Karen, for helping the BG5™ Business Institute make the world a better place.

Our Core Value: By helping people excel in their work life, an overall well-being is created that increases their quality of life. Their quality of life impacts their family and community, and ultimately helps to better our world. ~ Lynda Bunnell