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Valley event focuses on positive change for women, unlocking potential

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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 3:40 pm | Updated: 7:20 pm, Fri May 24, 2013.

A free all-day workshop for women in Phoenix this Saturday, May 18, aims to offer a way to “unlock one’s true potential as a catalyst for lasting love, stronger relationships and a greater sense of fulfillment,” says event promoter, Jan Hemming.

Called "Inspire My Life Women," the day-long event features a unique combination of popular authors and presenters as well as gifted musicians. Admission is free; however donations are encouraged and accepted at the door and will go to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Phoenix.

“The event is more than a few good speakers and performers,” Hemming says, “It’s a complete, motivational experience designed to help women get more out of their lives and their relationships.”

According to its website (, Inspire My Life was designed to help attendees “achieve a more purpose-filled life, enhance and improve your circle of relationships, break through old habits that keep you from having an abundance of confidence, joy and success, and enrich your mind and heart through a combination of top speakers and performers.”

The program will be presented using a new, multi-dimensional and multimedia concept, featuring state-of-the-art staging and technical features, such as LED screens that flash pictures, images and messages.

Headlining the event will be motivational speaker David A. Christensen, whose topic will be “Finding the WOW (Women of Worth) Within You.” Christensen has been a successful university instructor and program director and is well-known for his inspiring messages, CDs and books. Other speakers include Curtis Jacobs, a teacher and counselor, who has spoken throughout the United States, Canada and New Zealand; and Vickey Pahnke Taylor, a professional speaker, songwriter/producer and vocalist. Pahnke Taylor is a Billboard award winning songwriter with more than 100 songs to her credit, including the theme song for the Special Olympics program and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As president of a production company, she traveled across the United States to present Positive Choice messages to hundreds of thousands of students.

Among the entertainers will be Jessie Funk, who has shared her inspiring message of the power of confidence and leadership with thousands of people. She has released five solo albums, published five books, has toured 36 states with the Broadway musical “Footloose.” Also performing will be Nashville star and country artist, Charley Jenkins, and William Joseph, a world-famous pianist and protégé of David Foster.

Inspire My Life was created by R Legacy Entertainment, a Salt Lake City-based entertainment, music and life enhancement company and was specifically designed to “focus on the inward change necessary to invite and inspire others to change as well. Many of us want to change but taking that first step is the most difficult, especially if that first step begins with ourselves,” said Michael Christensen, vice president of organizational and program development.

He added that the combination of music performers and speakers will have a distinctive effect.

“Music is a powerful medium and can influence our thinking and moods just as the spoken word,” said Christensen. “By blending both in the same program, we hope to create an environment where each guest will experience trigger-points that bring them closer to long-term satisfaction and joy.”

Doors open for the free event at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18 and the performance runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre 203 West Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ. For details and a complete schedule, visit

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