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Barbara Collins  

I help women create authentic second and third careers in midlife and beyond. I help women executives learn how to create an authentic leadership style.

As founder and president of Positive Trends, Inc., Barbara has over 25 years of experience as a professional speaker, professor, author and corporate executive. Her signature presentation and book entitled It’s Your Turn: Find Your Authentic Self and Go Fetch It! helps people manage midlife transformation and discover their authentic self.

She shares “funtastic” tips to discover natural strengths, engages her audiences in an energetic and heartwarming approach to self discovery and reveals the benefits of living an authentic midlife. Barbara has a passion for helping people discover what comes easy to create an authentic second or third career. She loves to take people on a journey to find ways to increase income using natural strengths.

Barbara is an adjunct faculty professor in a college in Pennsylvania where she teaches leadership in a master’s degree program. She uses her corporate experience to help students become authentic leaders. Her popular workshop “Discovering Your Authentic Leadership Style” for corporate executives transforms leadership skills to a new level of high performance.

People gravitate to Barbara’s energy in the room. She engages her audiences with humor, her wonderful ability to feel she is talking directly to you. Barbara received her Ed.D at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, in adult-learning based Psycho Educational Processes Dept. (psychology of small group behavior), specializing in Training & Development and Organizational Development and her M.S degree in Counseling Psychology at Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Barbara has written numerous articles for her newsletter and magazine publications.

Barbara is certified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and Advanced MBTI-Mid Life Development. She is also a member of the National Speakers Association. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and The Society Inc. (an organization that promotes youth in the arts).

Speech Topics

Valuing Differences An iceberg visually communicates how a dialogue across difference can be implemented with a sense of friendliness, curiosity and openness.

Many organizations are still trying to figure out how to help employees respect and value each other in the workplace. Why is this premise of valuing differences so hard to implement? Valuing Differences is a workshop that helps people to understand how to transform misperceptions to acceptance.

Dr. Barbara Collins creates a fun and engaging learning environment to help people develop an understanding of the following topics:

l Definition of diversity

l Business Case for Diversity

l Demographics – General Trends

l Dimensions of Diversity

l Perceptions – Stereotypes

You're More Than You Think You Are.....Really!!!!

Sankofa, from the Akan (Ghanaian) language, means one must return to the past in order to move forward. Barbara Collins guides her participants through a self-exploratory journey using Sankofa to discover authentic hidden talents and strengths.

Sheis known for encouraging people to own and acknowledge their natural gifts and talents. In this heartwarming and energizing seminar participants will receive a gift of self- identity. Motivating her audiences with both her inspirational message and excitement, Barbara inspires and challenges people to discover their true self.

Newsletter Signup Sign up today and receive a free audio of Barbara’s inspirational interview with Carole Copeland Thomas taken from her radio show. For Email Marketing you can trust From barbara's clients:“I read your book, went to a workshop, and I’ve decided that I can do anything I want to do, and I can be anything I want to be. However, I know that I must first find my inner talent and skill.”

Discover Your Authentic Leadership Style

If no one is following you – you are not leading - People are motivated to follow a leader who leads with a sense of knowingness.

This workshop helps people identify – core values, core beliefs and life principles. A successful authentic leader engages in self awareness to discover unique qualities that influence people to follow.

Discover the power of leading authentically.

Learn why authentic leadership creates productive and effective teams

Explore how life stories impact the way leaders lead.

Learn how self awareness strengthens the ability to influence people.

Understand the difference between leadership traits and skills.

Develop an understanding of inherent qualities.

This exciting program encourages participants to discover how life stories can influence leadership styles. Dr. Barbara Collins’s experience as an executive in two major corporations with over 15 years of professional speaking creates a fun and energetic learning environment.

It's Your Turn: Find Your Authentic Self and Go Fetch It!

Barbara’s presentation challenges people to overcome insecurities and discover hidden talents and gifts. With expert guidance in authentic career planning, she helps participants discover their true selves and create a plan for career success.

Utilizing a relaxed environment and her warm and energetic personality, she incorporates the idea of Sankofa to help participants look into their past and find the talents they hold today. Sankofa, from the Akan language, means one must return to the past in order to move forward. With this as a strong foundation, Barbara can help people understand their journey and uncover abilities in themselves.

Whether working with organizations to maximize success or with individuals to help them create their own job security, she focuses on four key strategies to help people reach their goals and acknowledge their innate talents:

Discover your authenticity

Create a career vision

Develop a Career Portfolio


With her inspirational message and excitement, Barbara motivates her audience to create a powerful and mpowering journey.

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