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1 *What are bullies, and how can I stop them at my school? Sonia discusses how to deal with peer pressure, stereotypes, self-esteem, and bullies. During this 30- 45 minute discussion, Sonia offers tips to both children and teachers about the importance of developing a bully-proof environment in their classroom and school. Students are also encouraged to make the right choices and are made aware of how these choices can affect the rest of their lives. This lecture is available to middle schools (6 th -8 th graders). *Being a Leader and Succeeding in Life, Sonia provides tips on successful habits to all students on what future employers and colleges look for when reviewing a students transcript. During this 20- 45 minute discussion, she also focuses on the importance of making the right choices in and out of school and shares tips on how to become an effective leader. This lecture is available for 8 th – 12 th grade students. Sonia Bowie serves as a Motivational Speaker for the Barbizon Lecture Program and works as a Youth Development Consultant. She travels to schools in the Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia areas, challenging youth to believe in themselves, to prepare for their future, to break down stereotypes, to take a positive stand for their generation and to make a difference in their communities. Through her talks, Sonia shares stories of her own middle or high school experience and the challenges she faced of fitting in. In addition to the valuable talk Sonia will share with your students, she will also provide information to students in grades 5-12 th about participating in Barbizons annual $100,000 college scholarship drawing. This scholarship money can be used towards any college/university in the United States! This is a tremendous opportunity that we hope all students will take advantage of. The following is a list of lecture topics offered by Sonia Bowie through the Barbizon Lecture Program, that are FREE to all middle and high schools as well as youth serving organizations: About the Speaker, Sonia Bowie

2 What are bullies, and how can I stop them at my school? Sonia discusses how to deal with peer pressure, stereotypes, self-esteem, and bullies. During this 30- 45 minute discussion, Sonia offers tips to both children and teachers about the importance of developing a bully-proof environment in their classroom and school. Students are also encouraged to make the right choices and are made aware of how these choices can affect the rest of their lives. This lecture is available to middle schools (6 th -8 th graders). Being a Leader and Succeeding in Life, Sonia provides tips on successful habits to all students on what future employers and colleges look for when reviewing a students transcript. During this 20- 45 minute discussion, she also focuses on the importance of making the right choices in and out of school and shares tips on how to become an effective leader. This lecture is available for 8 th – 12 th grade students. 9 th Grade Orientation: This 15-45 minute lecture gives freshmen advice on how to overcome social obstacles, break down stereotypes, and the importance of focusing on the major 5 areas of high school (SATs, Grades, Extra Curricular Activities, Attendance, Courses) in order to get into the college of their choice and to land the job of their dreams. Sonia also shares tips on how freshman can make the most out of the tremendous opportunities their own school has to offer. 11th Grade College Prep: During this 15-30 minute lecture, Sonia offers helpful tips on what college admission offices and future employers look for. Advice is given to high schools students on what they need to focus on in high school (academics, activities, etc.) in order to get into the college of their choice and land the job of their dreams. Dressing for Success: This 30-45 minute discussion focuses on the Dos & Donts of preparing for a college and/or job interview. How young men and women should dress, how to prepare a resume, cover letter and follow thank you letter are topics focused on during this presentation. This talk is open to 9-12 th graders. Career Days: Careers in Fashion Design, Modeling and Acting. Using her own experience in the industry, Sonia offers advice to students on what classes to study and what extra curricular activities to focus on at their current school in order to begin this career path. This talk can be 20 - 45 minutes long. This talk is open to 5 th -12 th graders.

3 *Career Cafés are available to high schools and middle schools when class time cannot be interrupted for guest lectures. Students can visit the Barbizon table set up during their lunch period to learn more about the Barbizon school of modeling, acting and fashion design. At that same time, students may also enter their name for a chance t o win the annual $100,000 college scholarship contest sponsored by Barbizon. Private Schools: When requested to speak at Private Middle, High Schools or Church Youth Groups, Sonia discusses how her Christian (Catholic) faith helped her become the person she is today. Making the right choices, listening to God, respecting ones self and others, keeping an open mind, breaking down stereotypes, understanding the bigger picture, are a few of the topics highlighted throughout the talk. This talk can range from 15-45 minutes and is available for 6 th -12 th graders. Please note that although an approximate time-frame for each of the lectures is provided, these times are adjustable. Should your event/class time require additional or less time for a specific presentation, the speaker is ready to make the necessary adjustments in order to meet your specific schedule. We are ready to work with you! Personal Background Sonia completed and received her Certificate in the Nonprofit Management Executive Program from Georgetown University, D.C.; her Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland, University College; and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She graduated from Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, MD and attended grades K-8 th at St. Josephs School in Beltsville, Sonia held various positions in the youth development field such as, Director of Youth Services for the National Recreation and Park Association; Executive Director for the Maryland Recreation and Park Association; Youth Minister for St. Josephs Church; M-NCPPC Community Center Director; Juvenile Counselor for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Prince Georges County; and a Spanish-speaking Victims/ Witness Advocate for the Maryland States Attorneys Office. In the year 2000, Sonia was awarded the title of Miss Maryland 2000 where she represented the State of Maryland at the annual nationally- televised Miss America Pageant. As Miss Maryland 2000, Sonia traveled throughout the state and country voicing her platform, Empowering Youth through Character Building Programs. Sonia advocated, advanced, and communicated her platform to schools, federal and state local government bodies, various special groups and the media.

4 During her year as Miss Maryland, Sonia served as a spokesperson on behalf of The Reality, Inc., and National Youth Congress program, to the public, and dignitariessuch as First Lady of Colombia, Mrs. Lina Moreno de Uribe; Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes; Former Lt. Governor, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; Congressman Albert Wynn; the late County Councilman Mike Maloney; and the former States Attorney for Prince Georges County, Jack Johnson. In the year 2000, Sonia was invited to speak at President George W. Bushs Inaugural Gala; and addressed guests at a dinner in Washington, DC honoring Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Sonia served as a Keynote speaker for the Gentry Magazine Charity Gala in Palo Alto, CA; served as a speaker for the SAIC charity dinner event in Gaithersburg, MD; was invited to be a guest speaker for Theology on Tap, for the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington DC.; and sang the national anthem at the Ed Block Courage Awards in Baltimore, MD. Sonia was a guest on Local Washington/Baltimore television stations, a guest on Extra TV, a guest on Fox 5 Television News, ABC Channel 7 Television News, and appeared in a PBS Special about the Miss American Program. Sonia served as an emcee for the Miss Maryland Local and Statewide pageant as well as served as an emcee for the M-NCPPC Northern Area, Prince Georges County local cable TV. Sonia was interviewed by and appeared in the Washington Post; Dawn International News; The Washington DC area Catholic Standard; US Weekly Magazine; Baltimore News Magazine; and both the Prince Georges County & Montgomery County Gazette. Most recently, Sonia was invited to speak at the 2005-2006 Gang Violence Awareness conference held in Greenbelt, Maryland. To Request a FREE visit to your school, please contact Sonia directly via email sonia@bowieconsulting.com or mobile (301) 908-4800. Written requests may be sent to: Sonia Bowie, P.O. Box 1746 Olney, Maryland 20830.You may also contact the Barbizon Lecture Program at the toll free number, 20831.1-800-330-8361, www.barbizonlectures.com


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