November 8, 2019

As I think about how I want to grow the Wendi Atwood Rogers Mentorship Program that my co-founders and I have created in Wendi's name, I think about those we have helped, encouraged and pushed, and those that we are waiting to help, encourage and push.  The last three years have been enjoyable and a learning experience in many ways.  Most of all, we love hearing about successes, even if it is a year or two later.

Defining joy and success for yourself is a personal thing.  What does it mean to you?  I thought of everyone we have helped and are waiting to help today, and wanted to share a video.  This is a YouTube Video produced by Johnny Bigger.  The video is of Matthew McConaughey's 5 Life Lessons, which he sh...

September 25, 2019

The Wendi Atwood Rogers Memorial Fund made its first grant in July of 2019. We were very excited to be able to support The Path4Life, one of Wendi's favorite places to support.  The Path4Life Student Center is a Christian based non-profit, which provides a place for kids and teens to gather after school.  They provide activities, food (because many of them will not have dinner waiting for them at home) and a comfortable place to hang out or do homework. 

We supported The Path, as it is known, because that is what Wendi would want.  The Path supports students in the Tom Bean (Grayson County, Texas) community in various ways including social aspects, education, and mentoring, and that is what Wendi would be doing if she w...

Another successful mentorship workshop is in the books! We hosted our 3rd Annual Mentorship Workshop together with the Dallas Area Paralegal Association (DAPA) on August 3rd in downtown Dallas.  We appreciate everyone who came, participated, and made this the best workshop we have hosted yet. Special thanks to DAPA (Heather Ulliman, Abby Hardy, Aaron Bath and Jill Spytman), Avansic (for providing breakfast and coffee), Balfour Beatty (Aaron Bath), who graciously provided comfortable accommodations, and our wonderful speakers, Christine Leatherberry, Esq., volunteer, mother, attorney, and S. Kristine Farmer, Ph.D. and Co-Founder of the Wendi Atwood Rogers Memorial Fund.

It was an honor to host Alyssa Mathes representing The Path4...

For just a few short hours, you can improve your outlook on career, life, helping others, or ask for help.  At the 3rd Annual Wendi A. Rogers Mentorship Workshop you will meet and mingle with like-minded individuals.  Are you a student? Are you working on starting a new career? Are you in a rut? Do you need a mentor? Do you want to mentor?  We here at the Wendi Atwood Rogers Memorial Fund will be working with the Dallas Area Paralegal Association, local paralegals, and schools to bring you this 3rd annual mentorship workshop for free to answer all of these questions.

This is a great opportunity to meet people, network, meet a mentor, or ask questions about mentoring.  We have two excellent speakers that will talk about...

July 5, 2019

AUGUST 3, 2019

Wendi A. Rogers Mentorship Workshop

and School Supply Drive

“Own Your Life - Breaking Barriers

With a Great Mentor”

Join us for an interactive discovery of yourself.

No matter what stage of your journey,

there is always something to learn.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Offices of Balfour Beatty

3100 McKinnon St, 6th Floor, Dallas, TX 75201

Click on our Free Seminars page for registration information

Hosted by:

Dallas Area Paralegal Association Wendi A. Rogers Mentor Program &

The Wendi Atwood Rogers Memorial Fund

While this Workshop is presented at no charge, we will be accepting tax-deductible donations of school supplies for the Tom Bean Independent School District or monetary donations to the Wendi Atwood Rogers Memor...

September 2, 2018

I was going back through the videos of our speakers from our mentor workshop.  One topic that stood out was Paige's message about gratefulness.  She relayed her once-in-a-lifetime experience of doing what she loves, but at the 2014 Olympics.  What was stood out and made the competition different than all her previous competitions was the act of being grateful and thankful.  I'm hoping this video resonates with others as much as it has with me.

August 6, 2018

Thank you to all of the attendees, volunteers, and speakers at this year's event.  The event was a success in teaching us about ourselves.  Hopefully everyone involved left feeling gratified, motivated, and good about asking for help and helping others in work life and personal life.  We will be posting snippets of speeches from our presenters on our blog, so keep your eye out.

The speakers offered so much helpful advice and had interesting and different perspectives.  Kristine Farmer, Co-Founder, spoke to us about asking for help, and why we find that hard.  Debra Albright spoke about the importance of networking and how that has helped her excel in her 2nd and 3rd careers.  Kathy Connell spoke to us about helping othe...

We are very excited about hosting this 2nd Workshop and growing our community for a few short hours.   Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.  We will have a drawing for a beautiful gift basket, have home-made breakfast, coffee, water, and a great ice breaker.  To top off the event, we will hear from Paige Lawrence, a former 2014 Olympic Pairs Skater turned Executive Coach, who will walk us through how she overcame personality differences to finish in the top 10 at the Olympics. 

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., the fun begins at 8:30 a.m. and it ends at 11:30 a.m.

at Collin College, Preston Ridge Campus, Room F249 in Founders Hall.  A map of the campus can be found here.

Please spread the word, and we look forward to see...

In honor of Wendi's birthday (she would have been 50 today), I working hard to build up mentorship in a variety of ways.  I am excited about hosting the 2nd Annual Mentorship Workshop (Life v. Work Balance).  We have some great plans and will have a Paralegal turned Chef providing us with breakfast goodies!  Ann Blankenship, CC from Designed Cuisine will be providing us with delicious energy. 

Don't forget to register and we will see you there.

Let's admit, there are times when life is stressful.  Life can be more of a challenge for some than others, but it's the way people handle stress that matters.  Wendi was always great at hiding stress, and I learned from her different ways to handle stress.  Some things I do to switch from Stress to Zen include taking a break at work, reading something thoughtful, or listening to music.  One of my favorite blogs is called Zen Habits by Leo Babauta.  It really drives me to relax and really savor life and the moment.  I am re-posting a post from Leo here.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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