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CCN Involved with Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil on September 30

On Friday, September 30, the New Beginning Center hosts a candlelight vigil to honor thenewbeginningcenterlogo2 victims and survivors of intimate partner and family violence.  The New Beginning Center is a non-profit organization in Garland, Texas, dedicated to where life without Domestic Violence begins.  The multi-faceted program begins at 6:00 p.m. at Lakeside Market Plano, located at 5801 Preston Road at Spring Creek Parkway.

You can find directions and other information about the candlelight vigil on the New Beginning Center’s Facebook page by clicking here.

carmenwebsitepictureThe featured speaker at the vigil is our own Carmen Coreas, an international consultant for Creative Communication Network.  Coreas, a victim and survivor of sexual abuse and domestic violence, will share her personal journey as she moved from victim to survivor to thriver.  Her upbeat message offers the dual features of remembrance and hope.  She is a frequent speaker to agencies and shelters for Domestic Violence victims, and offers a complete presentation entitled “It Ends With You,” which she gives free of charge to qualifying organizations.  You can find complete information by clicking here.  All attendees will receive a free copy of her newest publication, “From My Heart to Yours,” based upon entries in her Christian blog, which you can read by clicking here.

In addition to this event, Coreas is also one of five speakers at the October 21 half-day conference at Springcreek Church in Garland sponsored by Creative Communication Network entitled  “The State of Affairs in Domestic Violence,” benefiting the New Beginning Center and Hope’s Door, with voluntary donations.  You can find a flier for the event by clicking here, and pre-register by clicking here.  Coreas will speak on “Victim Interventions:  Four Ways It Ends With You.”  This event is CCN’s featured charity at our First Friday Book Synopsis on October 7.  Click here for complete information.

Creative Communication Network is proud to host the October 21 conference, and we are also proud of Carmen as she presents at that event, as well as the September 30 candlelight vigil in Plano.

You can call the New Beginning Center for more information about these events at (972) 276-0423.


Register Now for CCN-Sponsored Domestic Violence Conference

Please save the date and register for The State of Affairs in Domestic Violence conference on October 21.   This conference is sponsored by Creative Communication Network, New Beginning Center, and Hope’s Door.
The flier below has all the details, including date, time, location, speakers, and topics.
You can register by clicking HERE.  Voluntary donations go to the work of the New Beginning Center and Hope’s Door.
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Save the Date! CCN to Sponsor Domestic Violence Workshop on October 21

Save the date!

I am excited to announce that Creative Communication Network will sponsor a half-day workshop on Domestic Violence this fall.  The exact date is Friday, October 21, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.  This is purple shirt day.  We will meet at First United Methodist Church in Garland, Texas.

The exact title is “The State of Affairs in Domestic Violence.”  I will be the host and moderator for the session, which features expert speakers on a variety of topics.

This is also the charity recipient for the First Friday Book Synopsis at the Park City Club in Dallas on Friday, October 7.  We will collect donations to the New Beginning Center, which is an agency in Garland that supports victims of domestic violence.

The conference is targeted for these purposes:

  • Leave informed – You will hear trends, updates, problems, progress, and opportunities.
  • Consider for yourself – Are we winning the war against Domestic Violence?
  • Hear from expert speakers who are involved in a variety of interventions.

The program is as follows:

Corporate Interventions in Domestic Violence – Kathryn Klepak, Director of Human Resources – City of Garland

Community Responses to Domestic Violence – Erin Kincaid, Manager of Community Education, New Beginning Center

Educational and Faith-Based Interventions in Domestic Violence – Monique Herrera, Community Educator, New Beginning Center

Law Enforcement Interventions in Domestic Violence – Wayne Sherriff, Detective for Domestic Investigations and Sex Crimes – City of Garland

Victim Interventions – “Four Ways it Ends With You” – Carmen Coreas, Creative Communication Network

We will also end with a forum discussion, where participants can ask questions of the speakers.

Stay tuned!  Registration information will be available shortly on a variety of web sites.





Our Involvement Against Domestic Violence

As an organization, Creative Communication Network has taken an active interest in, and a stand against domestic violence.  You can read my essay about this topic that I wrote last summer on our blog by clicking HERE.

Here are some examples of our recent activity.  The New Beginning Center in Garland, NewBeginningCenterLogoTexas, has as its mission this statement:  “We are dedicated to ending family violence through education, advocacy, counseling and support and we work tirelessly to help bring these free resources to our community.”  You can explore the Center’s web page by clicking HERE.

The New Beginning Center is in the midst of hosting a five-day “Trendsetters Camp” for teens, ages 13-18.   The camp is to help teens build proper relationships, fight bullying, and prevent domestic violence.  We sponsored one of the teens to attend the camp.  You can click on the Center’s Facebook page HERE.   On Monday, June 13, one of our CCN speakers, Carmen Coreas, addressed the group of participants, by sharing her experiences and providing “red flags” for them to watch out for in their relationships.


We also provide Carmen’s presentation free of charge to all qualifying agencies and shelters.  Her speech, “It Ends With You” is an uplifting message for victims, explaining that there is always hope for a new future that they create.  Participants hear her story, and she shows them how to take charge of their life by taking specific directions that they can implement.  She says, “I understand what you have gone through – it ended with me!  It ends with you!”  For more information about her presentation, click HERE.  To book the presentation for an agency or shelter, contact me at .

In the summer, I teach a public speaking course, and I will invite top speakers to participate in a bureau to spread the word about the New Beginning Center, to provide positive public relations, and increase financial contributions and other means of support.

In the fall, I teach an MBA course in “Practical Business Immersion,” and the students will complete a plan for an important project for the Center to execute and implement.

These are just some of the activities that our company is active with regarding domestic violence.  For information on how you could help book a presentation, make a donation, or increase awareness, contact us at .




New Beginning Center Receives CCN Presentation – “It Ends With You”

One of our Creative Communication Network speakers, Carmen Coreas, delivered her presentation on domestic violence and sexual abuse, entitled “It Ends With You,” on May 11 at the New Beginning Center in Garland, Texas.

The Center is “dedicated to ending family violence through education, advocacy, counseling and support and we work tirelessly to help bring these free resources to our community.  We have been a leader in the fight against domestic violence for over 30 years and the dedication of our community partners and generous donors make it possible for New Beginning Center to reach thousands of North Texans every year.”  One of the Center’s sponsors is First United Methodist Church – Garland, where CCN President Karl J. Krayer is an active participant.

It Ends With You” is a message of hope, renewal, and redirection for teens and women who have been victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.  Carmen’s incredible and heart-wrenching story of how she moved from abuse in her family and domestic relationships to a new positive and upbeat life will touch you. Her experiences will connect with you. Her message will give you direction with practical alternatives to put the past behind you, and focus on the future in order to live your life to its fullest.  Carmen’s message will inspire you to:

  • take control of your life,
  • ask God for spiritual guidance, and
  • implement positive steps to take in order to change your mental and physical outlook to redirect your life.

This presentation is free of charge to agencies and shelters which focus on assisting victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.  For information on Carmen Coreas, click HERE.  She has an active spiritual blog that you can access by clicking HERE. For information on booking this presentation, contact CCN President Karl J. Krayer at .

Here are staff members from several agencies and shelters who attended the May 11 presentation at the New Beginning Center, with Carmen centered.


Reading About Spoiled Stops My Splurge – The End of the Line for Me at SMU Basketball Games

RonLieberPictureReading Ron Lieber‘s best-seller entitled The opposite of spoiled:  Raising kids who are grounded, generous, and smart about money (Harper Business, 2015) is quite an eye-Opposite of Spoiled Book Coveropener.  He is a personal finance columnist for the New York Times.  When I present its synopsis on Friday morning at the Park City Club, I am sure many parents will feel as I do – we should have read this book many years ago, even before we had children!

There are many important points in the book, and you need to attend the First Friday Book Synopsis this week to hear about them.  However, one key element surfaces in several different ways, and that is the distinction between “wants” and “needs.”

So, here I am at a deadline I face.  I must pay for the right to renew my SMU men’s basketball tickets today, or I will lose my season ticket seat.  Note that this is not the fee for the ticket.  It is the fee to pay for the right to have the seat to pay for the ticket.  There are no tickets included.

It has been a terrific two seasons for me with this seat at the renovated Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus.  These two seasons were filled with excitement, but both ending in disappointment.  Last year, the team did not receive a bid to the NCAA tournament.  This year, it exited in a first-round loss to UCLA on a controversial goal-tending call.  The competition in the new American Athletic Conference was outstanding, including visits from Louisville last year, and the defending NCAA champion Connecticut Huskies this year, as well as last.  And, I watched every road game on television this year, including national broadcasts at Gonzaga, Michigan, and Connecticut.

I never went to SMU.  My brother went there, and he was in the Mustang band.  But, I listened to SMU men’s basketball games on the radio before I was a teenager.  I remember heroics from Charles Beasley and Denny Holman, among others.  I was a faculty member at TCU in the mid-’80’s, but I followed Coach Dave Bliss and his # 2 ranked Mustangs much more, listening to games called by Brad Sham and Ira Terrell, who was a standout at SMU, and a colleague with me at 7UP.  The star of that team was John Koncak, and they had a runaway train type player in Carl Wright.  I remember going to a home game when they defeated Louisville, coached by Denny Crum.  That season, they beat North Carolina on the road, and lost to North Carolina State in overtime, and were later eliminated in the NCAA tournament.  The last two years with stars such as Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy, have been joys to watch as they developed and dominated the opposition.

Success on the court begets success at the gate.  For many years, I would go to Moody to see SMU play, but only against top-ranked opponents, such as Kansas.  Most of the fans were not for SMU, Larry Brown Pictureand even then, crowds of only about 1,600 were in attendance.  I remember going to Coach Larry Brown‘s first game – about 5,100 showed up mostly to watch him coach, as well as chant his name toward the end of the game.  The first few games in the 2013-14 season were close to my home in Garland at the Culwell Center, while the school waited on the completion of the renovations at Moody.  When I walked in to the new-look coliseum for the first time, I could tell it was going to be magic.  It was bright, intimate, and loud.  The arena had a new floor, new scoreboards, and new seats, including suites.  The games sold out, and all the tickets for the entire season were gone. The games were truly “escapes” for me from the everyday routines I faced.

SMUBasketballCourtPictureI bought mine before all that happened.  I had one seat behind the SMU bench at the corner of the court, with a great view of everything, including the SMU dancers.  A view from my KarlPatrickDownsPictureseat is to the left.  I sat directly behind an alumnus, Patrick Downs.  We provided everyone around us “expert” commentary.  I have a picture of us to the right.  He was really funny.


So, back to the book by Ron Lieber.  When things are this tight, and expenses outrank income, you make different choices.  Oh, I could find a way to pay for this seat.  It’s not that I couldn’t find the money.  But, after reading this book, what message does that send to my child, who is about to start college?  Is this something that I need, or just want?  How can I get by without going to these games?  Before I finished this book, this would have been a hard choice.  After reading it, there is no choice at all.

I will just figure it out.  I won’t be renewing this seat.  There are other way more important things to spend my money on.

And, I am sure I will get by.  This is a want – not a need.  These two years added to the great memories of being a fan there.  I don’t have to miss the games, but watching on television is a poor substitute for going in person.  My friend, Rich Phillips, calls the games on 770 AM with former Mavericks broadcaster Allen Stone.  They are a great team.

I can tell my child, “if I can do it, you can do it.”  This is the right thing to do.