Blackhawk Technical College Employment Conference

Join me at Blackhawk Technical College March 12

Saturday, March 12, 2016 Blackhawk Technical College presents it’s Spring Employment Conference from 10am-3pm at North Commons, 6004 S. City Road G, Janesville, Wisconsin. The event is free and open to students and the public and is focused on helping improve skills in the job search or interview process.

Jillian Maas Backman and Jan Bilgen will feature a presentation titled “First 90 Days: Don’t Sink, Swim!” which is designed to get participants thinking and planning the steps to face the challenge of their first job.

The presentation will tap into a leadership style that uses intellect, experience and intuition to better understand professional relationship building by integrating established methods and adding the element of intuition to create balance.

Participants will also discuss strategic career planning and how to adjust to missteps those first critical 90 days and make them the most valuable to a new organization and step up to success.

Registration for the Spring Employment Conference is now open and attendees may sign up at the Student Success Center at Blackhawk Technical College, or call 608-757-6321 to reserve a space.

Jan Bilgen is the Associate Director of Career & Leadership Development at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater campus and a professional speaker and presenter on topics of leadership and student development.

Jillian Maas Backman is a professional speaker, award-winning author and radio host. She is a consultant to several high-profile individuals, organizations and corporations. Her “Get the Edge!” Leadership Development sessions are available on the collegiate and corporate level.

Mercury Retrograde: Blame or Not to Blame?


The phrase is born from the astrological observance of the planet Mercury and its movements. Basic astrology is the study of how the sun, moon, planets, and stars intersect within the twelve different houses in the sky known as zodiac signs. Whether or not you are a fan of astrology, it is known that when Mercury Retrogrades (appears to travel in an opposite direction from the other planets), the depth of its power can affect many people, many decisions. This particular planetary phase runs from May 18, 2015 through June 11, 2015. And for some, it is really pushing people to their breaking points.

There are two elements that are causing all this turmoil, mostly on the inside of our lives. Planet Mercury handles intellect, mind, and memory. It is the Ego. The planetary house Mercury is sitting in right now is Gemini, a witty personality which likes to challenge the mind, making decisions and directions hard to make.

This combustion comes out through communications, money exchanges, contracts — any place where connections are important. The best intentions are coming out all wrong, misunderstood. People are also using this “retrograde” phase as an excuse for all their sloppy, deceiving, stupid decisions. These misguided decisions attack most of us where it hurts the most – in our heart and soul.

So can we use this planetary intersection as a catch-all blame phase if we mess up?

Perhaps it is better to play out the next couple of dark underworld days by not doing or saying things we may regret when this is over. Better to keep decisions close to the heart. Procrastinate the best you can. It’s a word most of us hate to use, but again, error on the cautious side. Putting decisions on hold can be your best move right now. Try not to start anything new. Don’t sign contracts, don’t start new jobs. If possible, wait until June 12th to embark on your next exciting journey.

After all, better transitions are coming. This is the year of Mobility in Transition: moving up, out and over. The country, the clouds. And these are the planetary movements we all have been waiting for.


Listen to the entire broadcast, Mercury Retrograde: Blame or Not to Blame.

Jillian Maas Backmn, Beyond the Pews

Jillian Maas Backman and Chip Reichenthal on Beyond the Norm

Monday, June 16, 2014 Beyond the Norm host, Chip Reichenthal welcomes Award-winning radio host and author, Jillian Maas Backman to talk about Beyond the Pews: Breaking with Tradition and Letting Go of Religious Lockdown.

Beyond the Norm is aired every Monday at 9pm Eastern, 8 Central time on A1B Radio Network.

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Jillian Maas Backman puts her enlightened spin on social, spiritual, and cultural reality through her popular interactive radio show Change Already! Through suggestions from the audience and unpredictable interviews, her quirky intuitive nature and light-hearted approach enables listeners to deal with the serious issues of the day.

Many of the topics for her radio show come straight from her Award-winning book, BEYOND THE PEWS, which weaves the story of her life into a working lesson plan that allows readers to understand their personal journey towards intuitive enlightenment. The book contains specific “soul work” that each reader can work on at their own pace and learn the important steps of their individual path to understanding.

Along with writing her next book and hosting her radio show, Jillian is a popular a key-note speaker who has appeared at numerous colleges, seminars, and book conferences. Her client base includes corporate executives, international business leaders, celebrity musicians, artists and school administrators.

Chip Reichenthal is the author of the recently released book, Even the Dead Won’t Tell You the Truth. Beyond The Norm, Mondays at 9 pm Eastern is a weekly Show that talks of new scientific theory, metaphysical findings, living Angels or inter-dimensional beings, conspiracy theory, emotional nurture and improvement and other concepts ‘beyond the norm’ designed to improve our soul and spirit, inner glow and outer confidence….all for the purpose of well-being.

The combination of radio hosts with intuitive natures promises to be a lively and enlightening discussion that listeners will not want to miss.


Jillian Maas Backman and Chip Reichenthal on Beyond the Norm