Upcoming Training Events

Martial Arts for the Mind: Stress & Resilience Skills for Government Professionals with David and Karen Gamow

(26 March 8:30-12:00 Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Conference Room 1A, Portland)

This program has been very highly rated since we first offered it in 2017. Register soon as seating is limited. 
There is also an afternoon training on
The Art of Supportive Leadership

Gain clarity of mind and an increased capacity to meet and overcome life's challenges. This training provides both physical and cognitive techniques to overcome the negative impacts of stress, and to increase our capacity to bounce back from adversity. Navy Seals use these techniques to calm intense fear before combat; athletes and actors use them to enhance performance under pressure. Learn how to stop the stress response before it arises, and to find effective ways to release it, once present. You'll learn how to:

  • Understand and communicate more effectively with people, without denying or sacrificing your own feelings

  • Manage challenging work situations with greater calm and clarity of mind

  • Learn clinically-proven relaxation and meditation techniques that can be done in just a few moments

  • Achieve significant relief from chronic pain, insomnia, and high blood pressure

  • Increase mental focus amidst 24/7 hyper-connectivity and distractions

About the presenters
David and Karen Gamow are two of the leading corporate stress and meditation trainers in the United States. They have personally trained over 30,000 people in these methods in a wide range of settings from high-tech to government. Their clients include NASA, National Park Service, NOAA, the Social Security Administration, GE, Stanford School of Medicine, CBS, and the U.S. Navy. Their training has been an integral part of management development programs for NASA, SSA, DOE, and General Electric. They have provided training for the military and UN peacekeeping support. Authors of Freedom from Stress, their work has been featured in Gannett News, Industry Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Huffington Post, and Money Magazine.


“This program is a gift. In my 17-year career with the National Park Service, I have never chosen to  attend a training twice. But I was here yesterday and am back again today. I can’t recommend this more highly.”
—Natalie Gates, Superintendent, Haleakala National Park

“It’s pretty amazing how this program can change your thought process in just a few hours. It was by far the most relevant and eye-opening training in my 20 year career with the NPS.”
—Mark Norbey, Fee Supervisor, Glacier National Park

“Life-changing. I wish more people could to see this.”
—Jeff Gowen, Chief of Facility Management, NPS National Mall, DC

“This training program was helpful, not only in terms of how to deal with people who stress you out, but especially on how you handle yourself, so you don't let the slings, arrows, and other misfortunes that others may sling your way get you down. It was rather liberating, in fact.”
—John Lom, Deputy Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury

“I'm normally in pain and discomfort nearly all the time, and yet I was pain free after a single session of your exercises.”
—Sharon M., Manager, Stanford School of Medicine

“I highly recommend your training. I believe that these are critical skills for achieving our goals with greater clarity of mind, without losing our sense of humor or our health along the way.”
—Jeff Fanselow, Manager, Learning & Development, CBS  

“Your training is about much more than stress. Frankly, it’s transformational. It has helped us be more solution-oriented, positive, and self-acceptant. It’s more about Life Management than stress management.
It’s been important to me to bring these skills to our staff. Thank you.” 
—Gerardo Pedrego, Organizational Effectiveness Team Chair, Civil Engineer U.S. Forest Service, Arizona 

The Art of Supportive Leadership: For anyone who leads or influences others with David Gamow

(26 March 13:30-15:30 Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Conference Room 1A, Portland)

This program has been very highly rated since we first offered it in 2017. Register soon as seating is limited. 
There is also a morning training on
Stress & Resilience Skills 

People rarely leave an organization; they leave their manager. Nearly all of us have worked for a poor manager at some point in our careers. And most of us have worked for a great one. The difference is night and day, especially for your most creative, productive employees. Learn proven approaches for inspiring the best from your staff and colleagues, through the principles of supportive leadership:

• Don't waste time wishing employees were different. Instead, help them move to the top end of their range of performance
• Set priorities in a way that don’t feel deflating or impossible for staff to achieve
• Sensitively relate to a wide range of personality types, especially those who are different from you
• Exercise discipline and consequences through clearer upfront communication with employees
• Learn methods for communicating with subordinates that encourage and develop the best in them

About the presenter:
David Gamow has trained over 30,000 people in a wide range of settings from high-tech to government. His training has been an integral part of management development programs for GE Healthcare, NASA, and the Social Security Administration. He has provided training for the military and UN peacekeeping support. He knows much, personally, about how these principles work under pressure, and shares from his successes and failures. He managed several small business turnarounds, applying these skills to support a widely divergent group of staff. Author of Freedom from Stress, his work has been featured inGannett News, Industry Week, Investor’s Business Daily, and CNN Money Magazine.


“An extremely engaging and powerful program. We were captivated by your wonderful way of connecting deeply with our people. Highly recommended.”
-Francine Roby, Director, San Francisco Federal Executive Board

“Well-presented and engaging. I wish I could have had this earlier in my career.”
-Bill Thompson, Facility Manager, Rocky Mountain National Park

“Perfect for our Executive Team. I highly recommend this training for any group serious about helping their managers become better leaders. These are essential tools for work, and for life.”
-Sheree Chiang, Senior VP of HR, American Heart Association

“Excellent presentation. Yours was the most popular program of the thirty sessions offered at our annual Leadership Conference.”
-Colonel Chris Green, U.S. Army

“You are an incredible instructor. Professional, funny, articulate, relevant, current, and spot-on with the examples and activities.”
-Joni Mae Makuakane-Jarrell, Chief of Interpretation, Volcanoes National Park Hawai'i

“We want our supervisors to know that they have support to deal with the challenges they face. Your training has been an essential part of this. Thank you so much for being a part of our leadership training initiative this year.”
-Karen Wilson, Supervisory Human Resources Officer, BLM of Oregon

Karen Gamow and david gamow

Karen Gamow and david gamow

Front & Center: Mastering Virtual Communications 

(10 June. 1230-1600, Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, Portland )

 Leaders and top employees are effective communicators! How we express our thoughts is just as important as the thoughts themselves. We have plenty of information to share, but sometimes ideas become disorganized or fail to engage listeners for a variety of reasons. The challenge is even greater in today’s digital world. More and more communication is shared over the phone and in front of our laptop camera. How can we better leverage these opportunities?  This 3.5-hour workshop provides you with the mindset and skillset required to communicate through a variety of digital mediums, with a focus on targeting information while adapting to the realities of time and attention limitations.  

In order to register, please contact  (323) 833-9933 or info@stratlearning.com directly. 

SYNCHRONICITY: The Art & Science of Peak Productivity

(10 June, 0830-1200, Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, Portland)

Synchronicity is a departure from traditional views of getting things done. Too often, the emphasis is on the list—tracking tasks, and keeping details on a calendar or in a smartphone. But the most productive people operate with a different perspective and belief system. They know when to do what—aligning different activities with their peak or plateaus during the day: TIMING IS EVERYTHING. In this program, you will better understand your chronotype—your circadian rhythm that reveals the time where you peak or plateau, so you can capitalize on your strengths, and schedule tasks around your daily rhythms. You will also understand the psychology of peak productivity, and how your mindset and skillset can be used most productively.   

In order to register, please contact  (323) 833-9933 or info@stratlearning.com directly.