Briefly In Business

Business Club presents Burgess

The Laguna Beach Business club meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Hotel Laguna, to hear a presentation by business consultant Rochelle Burgess.

Burgess will present "Managing Your Energy Instead of Your Time," geared toward the small business owner and employee. She will discuss:

How to find the energy to finish the projects that matter first.

How to overcome procrastination.

How to overcome the time robbers that drain our energy; and

How to replenish your energy.

Burgess is the founder and principal of Innovative Partners in HR & Leadership, supporting small to mid-size businesses in hiring, government compliance, and employee motivation. She also develops leadership training programs for stand-alone divisions of larger companies. She has more than 30 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies, specializing in employee selection and retention, as well as team building, employee relations and morale, performance management, and leadership development.

Burgess is a faculty member at Chapman University, in the Business Leadership degree program for adults returning to school. She is also pursuing a doctorate degree, with a dissertation on the Mix of the Four Generations in the Workplace, specifically communication and feedback between Gen-X managers and Gen-Y employees.

She has conducted training and keynote presentations for a wide variety of industry, business and professional organizations and recently contributed to a book aimed at people who transition in mid-career. The book is titled, "ADAPT! How to Survive and Thrive in the Changing World of Work."

The Laguna Beach Business Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the Hotel Laguna. The cost is $25 including a buffet breakfast. The public is welcome to attend. For reservations, send an e-mail to: or contact Rick Cirelli at (949) 494-4701 or For more information about the club, visit


Montage offers wellness retreats

Spa Montage is offering wellness retreats designed to enhance personal well-being. Life coach Julie Bell leads "Manifest What You Desire," Aug. 28 and 29; "Detox Flow," a weekend retreat with Genevieve Fisher takes place Sept. 25 and 26; "The Art of Living Raw" is Oct. 15 to 17; "The Art of Qi Gong," a weekend with Wai-Ching Lee, is planned for Nov. 27 and 28; and "The Art of Yin & Yang," a weekend retreat with Dana Sara of White Lotus Yoga at Cho's Academy, will be held Dec. 4 and 5. For prices and reservations, call (888) 715-6700 or visit


Satisfy My Soul fashion show

The White House Restaurant in Laguna Beach held a high-fashion show with runway models and some of the latest fashions by local designers on Aug. 2.

Called "Poppin' Bottles with Models," the event was organized by Inas Azzam, owner of clothing boutique Satisfy My Soul. The show was one of a series and Azzam promises more to follow.

"We want to bring awareness to Laguna Beach as an artistic fashion center," Azzam said. "We're not just sending models down the catwalk. Each show is an elaborate production."

Fashions from three Orange County designers were on display at the show, including Annie and Jade, a women's dress line; Ferocious; and denim designer Giovanni.

With an Asian theme, "Poppin' Bottles with Models" attracted hundreds of people to the White House on First Thursday Art Walk night. More than one dozen models, both male and female, strutted down the runway as onlookers took pictures and perused their outfits.

Following the fashion shows, the clothing items displayed by the models sells out quickly, Azzam said. The next fashion show, planned for October, will have a Middle Eastern theme.

Satisfy My Soul carries designer brand clothing and accessories for men and women. In business for 10 years, the store is located at 236 Laguna Ave., Laguna Beach.

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