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Need Resources and Inspiration for Your Sabbatical Plan? Attend Meet, Plan, Go!

While your organization may show high interest in joining the list of companies with established sabbatical programs, this economy may have temporarily stalled or diverted that high interest.

 No need to despair. You can do it yourself!  Really?  And  how might that work?

 For inspiration, tips, tools and real stories of people who have added sabbaticals to their career strategy, mark your calendars now for the 2nd annual nationwide Meet, Plan, Go! Event on October 18th.   It’s a blast! 

 Sherri Ott and Michaela Potter,  founders of Briefcase to Backpack, are enthusiastic about designing a content-loaded experience.  Sherry and Michaela are colleagues who work hard to make this event a reality and a huge success. They, like us, believe that career breaks yield productive, positive career results for individuals and their companies.

At this event, you will:

  1. MEET like-minded, supportive people in person and online.
  2. Get tools and tips to PLAN your career break travels.
  3. Find inspiration to GO by hearing other career breaker’s stories.

Here are the 18 cities for the October 18th event:

Austin | Boston | Chicago | Denver | Honolulu | Las Vegas | Los Angeles
Minneapolis | New Orleans | New York City | Orlando | Portland
San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis | Toronto | Washington DC

Check it out and mark your calendars.  Go to this remarkable event!  You will be sorry if you miss it!

Michaela Potter, Co-Founder, Briefcase to Backpack

Sherry Ott, Co-Founder, Briefcase to Backpack


About Barbara Pagano

Founding Partner,

Barbara has spent more than 20 years helping leaders excel and facilitating for Fortune 500 firms. She has shared her leadership insights with audiences totaling more than 300,000 executives from companies like Coca-Cola, NCR, Target, and Turner Broadcasting, and she has personally coached almost 3,000 executives from companies including American Express, AT&T, and BellSouth. Barbara’s research on credibility, the diagnostic tools she has developed with a leading company in the assessment industry, and her focus on skills and measurable improvement offer leaders proven methods for building trusting, high-performing relationships. She inspires, teaches and holds leaders accountable for results. She is co-author of THE TRANSPARENCY EDGE: How Credibility Can Make or Break You in Business (McGraw-Hill), chosen by Fast Company magazine as a “Book of the Month.” The book is available on Amazon:

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Barbara and her daughter, Elizabeth, became fierce advocates for the sabbatical movement after experiencing their own six-month sabbatical, during which they sailed alone for 2,000 miles on a 43-foot sailboat named “Revival.” To read the story of their sailing sabbatical, go to

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