SHIFT Your Mindset

Insight and humor from John Sweeney and the Brave New Workshop


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Join bestselling author and industry leading keynote speaker John Sweeney for this inspiring event you won’t want to miss. We’ll practice getting comfortable being uncomfortable, we’ll learn how to embrace CHANGE as FUEL for our lives, and best of all, we’ll LAUGH a lot with each other and at ourselves! 


Celebrate SHIFT’s move to virtual which helped us reach more people with deeper connection during this crazy time.Through the power of laughter, you’ll get the opportunity to support SHIFT in building the technology and infrastructure needed to better serve you.

In addition to this inspiring content, you will be able to participate in real-time donations and an online silent auction with wonderful offerings. Bidding will begin on Friday, August 14th at 7:00 PM. Get an early peak at auction offerings by going to 

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Date: Monday, August 17th, 2020 

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Online with Zoom 


Register early. Seating is limited for these interactive, hands-on events.


John Sweeney

Owner of the Brave New Workshop

Respected National Motivational Speaker, Trainer, Actor and Comedian

John Sweeney doesn’t just understand human behavior; he has been changing human behavior within the biggest businesses in the world for 20 years. In addition to being trusted by the likes of Hilton Worldwide and Microsoft to spark tangible shifts in the performance of their leaders, and has had the honor to work with thousands of providers from numerous healthcare systems across the US. He has a passion for helping deliver healthcare to children across the globe and actively supports the Smile Network International with his philanthropic efforts.

As a speaker, Sweeney has captured the imagination of some of the most respected companies in the world. Not because he owns the nation’s oldest comedy theatre; not because a quote from his first book appeared on millions of Starbucks coffee cups; and because he danced shirtless on national television earning him “Fan of the Year” accolades from the Today Show. Rather, we believe Sweeney’s success is a result of how deeply and effectively his improvisational speaking and training programs have resonated with a broad spectrum of forward-thinking leaders.

One of Sweeney’s early corporate clients, Phil Fawcett, a Microsoft employee since 1985, expressed it like this, “I have worked one on one with both Stephen Covey and Tom Peters and I find John Sweeney’s ideas to be as valuable. His message and methods are fantastic!” Since that kind remark years ago, Sweeney has trained and entertained thousands of audiences.


Brave New Workshop (BNW) transforms people’s thinking and behavior for the better through a methodology stemming from 60 years of practicing improvisation on and off stage and 20 years of helping clients apply the learning in corporate and everyday life settings. More and better ideas, more collaboration, more discovery, less fear: that's what the BNW stands for. Started in 1958 by a former circus performer and American improvisation founding father Dudley Riggs, the organization today is owned by John Sweeney and Jenni Lilledahl and has grown to include the oldest satirical comedy theater in the U.S., a pioneering institute for personal development, a thriving corporate training business, and top business speakers. Find out more at

Event and Auction Sponsored by Maser, Amundson & Boggio, P.A.


Please note that this is STEP ONE of a TWO-STEP Registration Process.

Step One: Register for the Event using the button below.

(But don't click the button yet, read the entire set of instructions first)

Once you click on the button below and register, you will see both a confirmation page AND our booking system will send you a confirmation message to the email you used to register with us.

Step Two: The ZOOM link shown on the confirmation page and within the confirmation email will take you to a second page, which is the registration process for our ZOOM Virtual Meeting Room. That page will ask you to re-enter your name and email to confirm. This second registration will then generate an invitation email containing your UNIQUE MEETING LINK AND PASSCODE for logging in to the workshop.

Yes, we realize that a double registration process can be a bit frustrating. However, the goal is to ensure a safe, secure, and private online workshop experience.

Thank you for your patience with this extra SHIFT safety process.

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In the event that SHIFT cancels a program, you’ll receive a refund of your registration payment. 

SHIFT will not issue credits or refunds in the following circumstances: 

  • You cancel your registration
  • You register but do not attend
  • You attend but leave early
  • You do not attend all sessions of a multi-session course

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