For Individuals

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Do you ever wish you could pursue your passion without quitting your job? At heartspark, we believe it’s your birthright to be happy, to perform work that feeds you and to live a life you love. That’s why we developed the Ignition series – a unique program designed to unlock the secret to increased happiness and to offer living proof that getting what you want is easier than you think.

Using scientifically proven practices, our program consistently results in people just like you accomplishing goals they first thought to be impossible.

Learn why top companies are choosing heartspark to develop leaders:

“That’s what happens when you figure out what you want. Stuff happens magically. I’m not kidding.”

Read Brandie’s story

“I went from being underemployed and miserable to overjoyed and loving my life. It keeps getting better and better everyday.”

Read Kristi’s story

“I found my voice. I found my confidence. Thanks to heartspark, I found the athlete inside of me.”

Read Wendy’s story

Maximize Happiness.
Achieve Even More.

Our Ignition series helps you uncover your potential and maximize your success—all by cultivating more happiness and positivity. Our unique road map helps you:

  • Uncover your natural patterns of success
  • Clarify the contribution you want to make
  • Identify the key drivers for satisfaction at work and happiness in life
  • Feel more engaged, motivated and confident.
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The Tangible Effects of Happiness

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Special Report:

The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Success

Why Happiness is Critical to Your Future Success

Would it surprise you know that 54% of American adults describe themselves as “mentally healthy” yet not flourishing? It’s true. Fifty four percent of us lack enthusiasm for the work we do and the lives we lead. Have you ever found yourself less-than-enthusiastic at work? Do you dream about the road not taken or wonder what might bring you even more joy in the future?

That’s why investing in your own happiness is critical for building a more successful, enjoyable, rich, long-lasting future. Research has shown that happy people enjoy:

Less Burnout

More Productivity

Less Stress

Better Health

When you compare happy people to their unhappy peers, the results are dramatic. Happy people are:

  • Twice as likely to achieve their potential
  • Paid more money
  • More energetic and better liked by others
  • Better leaders and negotiators
  • More productive in their jobs
  • More charitable & cooperative
  • More likely to get & stay married
  • More resilient in the face of hardship
  • Physically healthier and live longer

Why have companies like Nike, Hewlett-Packard, The Standard, City of Portland, adidas and PGE sponsored employees to attend the Ignition series?

Simply put, because they know that happy employees lead directly to better performance, higher profits and decreased turnover.

In addition, they have discovered, as we have, that most people have little sense of their own natural talents and strengths. By focusing on “developmental opportunities,” (aka our flaws) traditional performance appraisal programs have made us all experts on our weaknesses, with scarce knowledge of or attention given to nurture our strengths.

Management guru Peter Drucker put it this way, “Most Americans don’t know what their strengths are. When you ask them, they look at you with a blank stare or they respond in terms of subject knowledge, which is the wrong answer.”

On Day 1 of Ignite the Spark you will discover your all-important strengths that go beyond your resumé. We call them your Success Patterns.

Special Report:

The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Success

 heartspark’s Ignition series has been proven to:

  • Enhance self-perception and increase confidence
  • Increase enthusiasm for making a difference
  • Create more optimistic futures
  • Cure the imposter syndrome
  • Help you recommit to your current position
  • Give you the confidence to make a change, if you’re ready

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Who is Susan Clark, founder of heartspark?

Susan ClarkCombining her experience as a Risk Manager and Director of Corporate Culture, with degrees in Business and Psychology, Susan Clark feeds the spirit as well as the bottom line with a rich understanding of human behavior and 10 years of real-world management experience.

Susan is a charter affiliate member of the International Positive Psychology Association. Her reputation for finding the positive in situations and people led to a profile in “Spark, Ten Secrets to Living a Life You Love,” by Doug Mendenhall.

Learn more about Susan here.

What is the Ignition Series?

The Ignition series is compromised of 3 classes that build upon one another and are grounded in the science of positive psychology.

Part 1: Ignite the Spark is a 4-day program designed to awaken your employees’ sense of purpose. We’ll help your employees discover their natural patterns of success, identify what success looks like and begin mapping out a way to get there.

Part 2: Relax into Success consists of 15 half-day sessions where we’ll bring the employee goals and success patterns from Ignite the Spark to life. Your employees will learn heartspark’s 10 success practices to help them realize their potential, increase their confidence and improve their performance.

Part 3: The Alumni program consists of 3-hour-long meetings once a month for year. It’s designed to provide ongoing support as your employees dive deeper into the 10 success practices. Experiential activities reinforce continued development as Relax into Success graduates come together monthly to share their progress and achieve even more successes.

Which class is right for me?

To ensure you get the most out of your heartspark experience, we recommend that all 3  courses in the Ignition series be taken consecutively. However, if you’d prefer to start with one class, Ignite the Spark is where to begin. To determine what the Ignition Series can do for you, contact us.

How much does it cost?

Credit and non-credit tuition and payment options for the 3 classes in the Ignition series are listed on each class page.

Are there additional costs? Never. We do our best to pamper you so, tuition includes catered lunches (during full-day sessions,) snacks and all required course materials.

Is there a discount for early registration? Yes.

Is there a discount if I bring a friend? Yes.

Are flexible payment plans available? Yes.

Let’s talk. Please contact us to discuss the plan that best suits your needs.

When does the next class begin??

Soon! Ignite the Spark—the first class in the series—begins every other month. Check out our class and event calendar for upcoming dates.

Can I earn academic course credit for the Ignition Series?

Yes, undergraduate and graduate academic course credit through Portland State University, Continuing Education/Graduate School of Education is available for Ignite the Spark and Relax into Success classes and often qualifies for corporate tuition-reimbursement programs. Ask us how.

What will I get out of the program?

Results are different for each class offered. You’ll find some great examples here or contact us for more on the results you can expect based on your specific situation and circumstances.

If I tap into my passion and sense of purpose, will I quit my job or become disatisifed in it?

It’s all up to you. If you love what you do and want to contribute even more right where you are, heartspark can help you shine. If you are ready for a change, the Ignition series offers the confidence, clarity and support it takes to make it. Either way, the first step is deciding what you want and that begins with Ignite the Spark.

 

How many students are in a class?

No more than 8 students with one (or occasionally two) facilitators. We pride ourselves on offering the highest touch facilitation at the lowest-cost-per-training hour possible.

Who would benefit?

Anyone who is craving to make an even bigger difference and to experience a positive shift in their lives. The Ignition series was created for people who are eager to experience how happiness is a strategic advantage and how achieving new levels of success is quicker and easier than you ever thought possible.

Where is heartspark located?

heartspark is located in sunny Portland, Oregon. Classes are held in our Eastbank Commerce Center (EBCC) office on the east side of the Morrison Bridge on SE Water Avenue between Yamhill and Taylor Streets. Our street address is heartspark, 1001 SE Water Avenue, Suite 435, Portland OR 97214

For driving directions, click here.

Finding the building is fairly easy. Finding the front door sometimes is not. From Water Avenue, turn west (toward the river) on Taylor Street. The EBCC is a U-shaped building and a right turn off of Taylor will take you to the inside of the U and the front door.

For parking options click here.

What if I don’t live in Portland?

You can Ignite the Spark no matter where you are, through heartspark’s distance learning option. True to the program that people have been raving about for over 15 years, we’ve captured the same experience in Ignite the Spark online.

Other Questions?

Feel free to give us a shout. That’s what we’re here for!