Finding that work-life balance

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Courtesy photo Business leaders enjoy a meal and engage in conversation during the first Business Forum in November 2016. The Forum returns April 25 to the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn when dynamic business leader Heidi Scott, who holds many titles as well as a doctorate in leadership, will give a presentation about work-life balance.

By DEVIN WEEKS

Staff Writer

COEUR d’ALENE — The business community will hear some helpful tips on how to maintain balance in a busy life when The Business Forum returns later this month.

Dynamic business leader Heidi Scott will present "Three Steps to Move Toward Work-Life Balance" during the Forum, which will take place April 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Coeur d'Alene Inn.

"Heidi is over the top when it comes to organizing," said Mark Collins, chairman of The Business Forum.

Scott holds a doctorate in leadership as well as many other respected titles. Her impressive resume includes her present work as director of operations and learning strategy for the Relational Discipleship Network Inc., superintendent of the Connecting Link, adjunct professor in the School of Professional Studies, Masters of Leadership Program at Gonzaga University and learning solutions architect with Learning Pursuits Consulting.

Collins said Scott's presentation will give Forum attendees "specific tactics and strategies that they can use to achieve a more manageable balance of time and stress, in their work life and their personal life."

He said the topic of balancing work and life is particularly relevant at this time in the Pacific Northwest, where the economy has really picked up.

"Everyone is so busy right now trying to meet business obligations and demands by consumers that it's put a lot of stress on people," he said. "We wanted to bring something into that situation that people could benefit from. Right now, it's absolutely the perfect time to be talking about that."

The Business Forum, which launched in 2016, hosts events with guest speakers a few times a year to inspire, educate and connect business professionals in leadership roles and those aspiring to be in leadership roles.

The April 25 Forum will also provide attendees time to network and engage in discussions and troubleshooting right at their own tables.

"People have the opportunity to talk about what they heard (during Scott's speech), exchange notes," Collins said. "Table discussions are a little different from what others do."

The Business Forum's vision is "better communities through better business leaders." Its mission is to give businesspeople in North Idaho the tools and support they need to achieve success and be role models in the business community.

The program is run by Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, but people of all walks of life are welcome to participate.

"We have a team of what we call 'mentors' who are Christian businesspeople with experience in business leadership," Collins said. "They'll meet with businesspeople in our community free of charge and help them deal with a business issue.

"The point is to get across something that will directly speak to an issue that someone has in a business setting, whether they’re a Christian believer or something else."

The Forum will include a luncheon. Tickets range from $25 for individuals to $200 for a table of eight and can be purchased at www.bit.ly/tbf425.

Info: www.bettercommunities.net

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