The ACADEMi of Life is a place of higher learning offering a fascinating look at human nature through discussions of life's large questions around family, love, work, money and living. The purpose of The ACADEMi of Life is to deliver conversational events to stimulate thinking, to deepen our lives and our understanding of ourselves, making the world a better place.

At The ACADEMi we believe and studies have shown that emotional competencies are twice as important in contributing to excellence as pure intellect and expertise. Its a place where people come to talk about the things they care about, the things that really matter in life that they did not learn in school.

The lecturers at TAoL, also known as 'Scholarchs', offer insights to engage, inspire and enthrall ... they do not instruct. The attendees of The ACADEMi of Life are curious lifelong learners who are eager to discuss ideas to enrich their lives.

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The ACADEMi of Life is a place of higher learning offering a fascinating look at human nature through discussions of life's large questions around family, love, work, money and living. The purpose of The ACADEMi of Life is to deliver conversational events to stimulate thinking, to deepen our lives and our understanding of ourselves, making the world a better place.

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EVENTS
Event Name: EVENINGS IN CONVERSATION

TAoL will host several ‘Evening in Conversation’ events featuring best in class thought-leaders discussing provocative topics on: The Power of Unconditional Love, The Power of Understanding & Hope, Forgiveness, Mindful Leadership, Embracing and Understanding our Darkside, Understanding Addiction and Love No Matter What - The Dignity and Worth of All Human Beings.

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An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts Event Name: MOVIE SCREENINGS

Movies at TAoL:

  1. MY SO-CALLED ENEMY –  February 12, 2014
  2. FINDING JOE                -  May 29, 2014
  3. LUCKY                            -  June 19, 2014
  4. FREE THE MIND             -  Fall 2014

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An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts Event Name: WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

Our signature workshops and classes held throughout the year will include:

HOW TO LIVE A HAPPY LIFE SERIES 

  • Part 1
    • SELF 101 - The Path To Self Mastery
    • A better world begins with a better you. Discover the path to self mastery through discovery, acceptance and love.
  • Part 2
    • LIFE 101 - Life Evaluation 
    • Exploration of what is worth doing during our brief stay on earth... from birth to death. Discover what actions and values will add up to a life successfully lived.
  • Part 3 -LIVE 
    • How to Live Your Best Life 
    • Discover and explore the factors that enable people to do and be their best in life. 

For registration and details click Classes

An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts Event Name: CONVERSATION DINNERS

We Need to Talk - TAoL host the infamous and transformative monthly conversation dinners.

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An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts Event Name: Sunday Morning Conversation AGE of GREED With Jeff Madrick

Many of the problems we have seen in the world are a result of people chasing money at all costs – GREED.

Join us on Sunday October 2, 2011 as author and journalist Jeff Madrick leads us in a compelling conversation on GREED. He will share from his recent best selling book The Age of Greed,  the history of ‘greedy’ decisions which lead to the financial crisis we currently face. Each attendee receives a signed copy of the book.

Tea, coffee and cupcakes will be served.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed.--Mahatma Gandhi

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An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts Event Name: A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffet

Peter Buffett returns to The Academi of Life in Concert & Conversation on 11/11/11: Life is What You Make it- How to Make A Difference in the Lives of Others

In his last appearance at The ACADEMi, with humility and candor Peter took us on an intimate journey of his life and his impressive philanthropic work with women and girls. His profound storytelling and meaningful music left us deeply moved and inspired.  A truly spiritual man who uses “his gift of music to be the voice of those who don’t have a voice.” Peter accompanied by the brilliant cellist Michael Kott gave us an evening of uncommon depth. It was magical!

Following Peter’s concert a discussion on ‘Making A Difference in the Lives of Others’ will be moderated by Elizabeth Lesser, spiritual author, co-founder of Omega Institute and TED presenter.    

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An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts Event Name: Evening in Conversation Series with Elizabeth Gilbert & Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

Elizabeth Gibert & Jill Bolte Taylor

Elizabeth Gilbert

Over 600 persons attended An Evening in Conversation with Elizabeth Gilbert at The New York Society for Ethical Culture. With humility and candor Elizabeth took us on an authentic journey of her life. Her profound gift of storytelling left us deeply moved and inspired…and she gave memorable quotes such as: ‘Blame, shame, grief and despair aren't the demons you think they are. They're orphans and they need to be cared for and loved.’

Elizabeth engaged in a spirited and revealing interview with Dr. Henry Grayson and the evening ended with book signing.

The event was sponsored by FURLINED, HERMAN-MILLER, HUE-MAN BOOKSTORE, TWO CHICKS WITH CHOCOLATE & ZICO.

 

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

Over 200 persons attended An Evening in Conversation & Concert with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor at The New York Society for Ethical Culture. Dr. Jill told her astonishing story from both her right and left brains. It was an amazing, powerful, beautiful evening of joy and inspiration. We believe many lives were transformed. Jill was joined by award winning singer & songwriter Carrie Newcomer with her semi-literal acoustic tunes.  It was a truly transformative event and the evening ended with a musical performance by Dr. Taylor and a book signing.

The event was sponsored by FURLINED, HUE-MAN BOOKSTORE, NATIONAL STROKE ASSCOCIATION, PNC BANK & ZICO

An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts Event Name: A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffet

Over 200 persons attended the Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett at The Broad Street Ballroom. With humility and candor Peter took us on an intimate journey of his life and his impressive philanthropic work with women and girls. His profound storytelling and meaningful music left us deeply moved and inspired…a truly spiritual man who uses “his gift of music to be the voice of those who don’t have a voice.” Peter accompanied by the superb cellist Mike Kott, gave us an evening of uncommon depth. It was a magical! The evening ended with a VIP cocktail reception and book signing.

The event was sponsored by ACKLER WEALTH MANAGEMENT OF WELLS FARGO ADVISORS, FURLINED, HIGHMOUNT CAPITAL & HUE-MAN BOOKSTORE.


evening ended with a VIP cocktail reception and book signing.
An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts Event Name: An Evening in Conversation with Kevin Roberts

Over 220 persons attended ‘An Evening in Conversation’ event with Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi at the Donna Karan Studio in NYC. The evening began with a cocktail reception followed by a moderated conversation on Business & Love. Alexis Glick, the moderator, guided an intriguing discussion with Roberts on creating companies and brands with love making the world a better place... a new way of thinking. A signed copy of Kevin’s bestseller ‘LOVEMARKS’ was given to each attendee.

The event was sponsored by FURLINED, BICKEL & BREWER, MOULTON GROUP & HUE-MAN BOOKSTORE

An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts
Event Name: EVENINGS IN CONVERSATION

TAoL will host several ‘Evening in Conversation’ events featuring best in class thought-leaders discussing provocative topics on: The Power of Unconditional Love, The Power of Understanding & Hope, Forgiveness, Mindful Leadership, Embracing and Understanding our Darkside, Understanding Addiction and Love No Matter What - The Dignity and Worth of All Human Beings.

Click here to view details

An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts Event Name: MOVIE SCREENINGS

Movies at TAoL:

  1. MY SO-CALLED ENEMY –  February 12, 2014
  2. FINDING JOE                -  May 29, 2014
  3. LUCKY                            -  June 19, 2014
  4. FREE THE MIND             -  Fall 2014

Click Here to Register for Movies

An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts Event Name: WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

Our signature workshops and classes held throughout the year will include:

HOW TO LIVE A HAPPY LIFE SERIES 

  • Part 1
    • SELF 101 - The Path To Self Mastery
    • A better world begins with a better you. Discover the path to self mastery through discovery, acceptance and love.
  • Part 2
    • LIFE 101 - Life Evaluation 
    • Exploration of what is worth doing during our brief stay on earth... from birth to death. Discover what actions and values will add up to a life successfully lived.
  • Part 3 -LIVE 
    • How to Live Your Best Life 
    • Discover and explore the factors that enable people to do and be their best in life. 

For registration and details click Classes

An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts Event Name: CONVERSATION DINNERS

We Need to Talk - TAoL host the infamous and transformative monthly conversation dinners.

For registration and details click Conversation Dinners

An Evening Conversation with Kevin Roberts

Classes at The ACADEMi of Life

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The great thinker and Rhodes Scholar E. F. Schumacher believed that all through school and university we are given guidance about life and knowledge and generally this guidance had little relevance to the things that we cared about or the way we conducted our lives…the way life was really lived.

Classes are being created to fulfill Schumacher’s observation … to provide the place for people to discuss the things they care about and the things that matter most in life that were never taught in school. The classes are designed to provide useful insights around the big themes in life such as family, relationships, love, money and self-knowing. The attendees of The ACADEMi are lifelong learners who are eager to discuss ideas to enrich their lives.

The provocative and transformative classes are developed by leading artists, designers, authors and academics that are the faculty of The ACADEMi of Life. These great thinkers are also known as 'Scholarchs' and offer insights to engage, inspire and enthrall ... they do not instruct.

SELF 101 - The Path To Self-Awareness & Success

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LIFE 101 - The Art of Living

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HOW TO DESIGN THE LIFE YOU LOVE

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HOW TO FIND YOUR VOICE

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THE ART OF AGING GRACEFULLY

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HOW TO FIND WORK YOU LOVE

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HOW TO MEND A BROKEN HEART

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HOW TO PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT

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THE STORYTELLING & LISTENING WORKSHOP

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HOW TO REALIZE YOUR POTENTIAL

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HOW TO DIVORCE

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HOW TO SURVIVE FINANCIALLY AFTER DIVORCE, SEPARATION OR LOSS

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LIFE WRITING: HOW TO FREE THE WRITER IN YOU

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR MOOD - DANCE!

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HOW TO DEAL WITH COMPLAINERS AT WORK

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Conversation Dinners -We Need to Talk!

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We have lost the art of conversation and at The ACADEMi of Life we are bringing it back.  Having meaningful face to face conversations is essential to our well-being and essential to making the world a better place. Remember those college days when you and your friends were engaged in meaningful 'real' conversations that made you feel alive? We are bringing back the feeling!

A recent study found that deep conversations make people happier than small talk. We also observe from our weekly conversation dinners that:

  • Conversation is good for the brain…better than 100 pills
  • Conversation awakens us to each other and gives us humanity
  • We need to talk

Dinners are held at the Muse Hotel at 130 West 46th Street at 7:30pm. We can host only 12 persons per dinner so register early. The investment is $95 per person per dinner. Bring a friend. We look forward to you dinning with us.

Upcoming Dinner Conversations: 

August 20, 2014: How to be Happy at Work & in Life (Special Dinner in Conneticut: $75 -Toni's Tuscan table, Blackrock, Fairfield/Bridgeport - 3889 Fairfield Ave. (2 doors down from Walrus & Carpenter)

October 2, 2014:  Who or What is GOD?  -NYC

December 4, 2014: EQ vs IQ -NYC 

To attend a Conversation Dinner and experience something meaningful and special with twelve strangers, see available dates and book your space at the table. Click here for dates and registration

Conversation Dinners can also be arranged exclusively for groups, corporations and non-profit organizations. Please e-mail us at info@theacademioflife.com to discuss.

‘Transforming lives one conversation at a time.’ 

You Need to Talk?

PERSONAL CONVERSATION

Many people have requested that we offer one on one conversation sessions for individuals who simply want to have private talks. Perhaps you want to talk about your work, your family, your life, your relationship, your friends, your money or anything that matters.

Sign up for a one on one conversation with Shirley Moulton, founder of The ACADEMi of Life. A woman who strives to live her life as a masterpiece of joy and loves helping others do the same. A woman who is eager to fully bring The ACADEMi of Life experiences to you, so that together we can take the next giant leap for mankind…to evolve this planet into the peaceful and loving place we yearn for it to be. Experience an authentic conversation with someone who is a compassionate warrior, an empathetic listener and has a wise ear. Anam Cara - Gaelic for 'a soul friend'

Send us an e-mail at info@theacademioflife.com with your requested appointment time to schedule a conversation with Shirley, either by telephone or in person. We offer 60 and 90 minute sessions.  The cost for the one on one talk is determined by you.  Payments are made online after the appointment has been confirmed.

Conversations worth having

‘I believe it’s our divine right to be happy and our happiness ensues from a life lived with purpose and meaning.’ – Shirley Moulton

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS CONVERSATION

Due to the current economic conditions, many business owners realizing the importance of understanding one of the most critical aspects of their business … their finances, have requested that we offer one on one conversation sessions for individuals who simply want to understand their financial statements in a private setting. So we are doing just that!

In these one on one conversations you will learn how to understand, read and analyze the Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash flow Statement in a stress free and judgment free environment. You will also learn the rudiments of cash management, retained earnings and the difference between profit and cash flow. We will disclose certain tips, tricks and questions to ask your accounting team even when you don’t understand what you are asking, to keep them on their toes!

The sessions will be conducted in ‘Plain English’ and you will get a ‘Plain English’ understanding of basic business financial terminology. You will get comfortable with the formats and know where all the numbers come from and how they are calculated. The sessions will be lead by Shirley Moulton, the Founder of The ACADEMi of Life, someone who is a compassionate warrior, an empathetic listener and has a wise ear.

Moulton has an MBA in Finance and worked for almost a decade in corporate financial management. She has over 29 years of entrepreneurial experience. Moulton successfully co-founded and lead a multi-million dollar technology firm for 22 years which she sold in 2005. She was an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist for three consecutive years. Moulton also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the Women’s Presidents Organization (WPO) a NYC organization of over 1500 women business owners in five countries.

The fee for the service is $195 per hour, with a 2 hour minimum. This is an investment that has an immediate return because knowledge is power. Payment can be made online, by check or by credit card. The sessions will be scheduled following registration. Send us an e-mail at info@theacademioflife.com or call us at 212-333-3950 if you require additional information.

Conversations worth having 

‘Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.’

How to Become Happier at Work, at Home, in Life!  Meditate

Individual happiness and organizational success are inextricably linked...so says Shawn Achor, in his latest book, The Happiness Advantage.  He concludes that meditation is ‘one of the most powerful happiness interventions,’ and shares ‘that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress, and even improve immune function.’

Meditation is a not a religion or a religious experience. ‘It is a discipline that helps us take greater control of our minds and channel our destructive impulses creatively.’ It can help you train your mind in the same way exercise can train your body. But as with any other discipline, meditation takes practice. 

The ACADEMi of Life hosted numerous thought leaders in the past years who spoke passionately about the value of meditation in their daily lives and as such we wanted to share this important discipline with our members.  Also, in 2007 the founder of The ACADEMi of Life along with two colleagues produced a meditation tool called the Joy of Being. We are pleased to offer this tool to our members.

Google offers a course to all its employees called ‘Search Within Yourself,’ and there is a waiting list. The course recently described in Forbes http://shar.es/22bz2  and the New York Times http://nyti.ms/KilLQj is about how to build self-awareness to succeed at work with a calm mind.

JOY OF BEING – CD&DVD Set

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The Joy of Being meditation includes three tracks: Beach, Forest & River, each around twelve minutes long. Use at home with the kids, at work, in the hotel, on the plane or train!

Beach
Sit in Bliss: Relax, Balance and Recharge
You can feel the tension building, take a timeout, a meditation break to quiet your mind to relax and find inner peace.            

Forest  
You are not Alone: Feel the Power of the Team and the Power of Interdependence
You are unsure about the challenge ahead; take a meditation break to provide the confidence you need to move forward without hesitation. Also, when you feel disconnected use it to connect to others recognizing that you are stronger and more effective together… as one.

River     
Free at Last: Removing all Obstacles to Creativity - Open, Flow and Create
You just can’t seem to find the right words, nothing is flowing, you are blocked, take a meditation break to remove the blocks allowing creativity to flow.

Also available for the iPhone, iPOD, IPOD Touch, iPAD and any MP3 player at http://bit.ly/Shoho

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"The evening's conversations have had a profound effect on my thinking about transformation and growth. Thank you"

- Nancy

"I really enjoyed the evening. Met new people, great topics-never seem to get chance to discuss substantive things at dinner. Venue was nice…private and convenient"

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