Chris Florand and Denise Whalin teach you to develop the skills for improved self-confidence, assertiveness, boundary setting, and negotiation skills for handling life’s challenges. This program meets every Thursday from 6-8 PM and consists of 8 weekly sessions over two months.  

Winter/Spring 2022 Session Information 


1st Session February 10, 17, 24 & March 3, 10 

Session break March 17  

2nd Session March 24, 31 & April 7 

Location: WRC Sarasota (340 S Tuttle Ave)  

Join us to learn how to:

  • Develop skills for improved self-awareness, the building block where real personal growth and power to change lives starts
  • Stop habits that hinder healthy self-esteem
  • Replace self-defeating thoughts and behaviors with positive views
  • Develop healthy actions and boundaries for an improved life experience

Instructors Bios:

Denise Whalin:

Denise has a passion for helping others find practical solutions for many of life’s personal and professional challenges.  This passion fueled her pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.   Denise has worked in retail sales, marketing, health care and the legal field.  She has found that no matter the life situation or career choice; the mastery of soft skills, particularly communication skills, has a profound impact on a person’s success and happiness.

In her role as Chief Solutions Officer for Rise to the Challenge Consulting, Denise develops and delivers training programs and workshops to businesses and groups interested in improving organizational processes and procedures as well as practical skills and essential soft skills.  In addition, she provides supportive coaching to individuals and teams who desire assistance in enhancing emotional intelligence and soft skills.

For this mother of twin 30 year old daughters, teaching women some practical, easy to use skills for improved happiness and self-confidence strikes close to home.  In an effort to help women who are struggling with life’s challenges, she co-facilitates a program called “You are Worthy”, with Christina Florand, at the Women’s Resource Center in Venice.

When not working, Denise enjoys planning vacations with her husband of 32 years, reading, gardening, boating, yoga and socializing with friends and family.

Christina Florand:

Christina Florand  has an educational background and degree in Psychology and Criminology. She studied at the University of South Florida and has been a Mediator for 10 years. Her passion lies in helping individuals and businesses successfully resolve their conflict outside of court. Christina is Certified with the Florida Supreme Court in both Family and Civil Mediation. She recently became a Qualified FL Supreme Court Arbitrator. Prior to that, she had experience as owner and operator of a small business.

Her personal endeavors include working with women, families, and children to help them achieve personal growth and happiness. She loves teaching You Are Worthy! Learning to Raise Your Own Bar! for The Women’s Resource Center. This opportunity to help women empower themselves in all aspects of their lives has given rise to immense personal gratification. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world, yoga, going to the movies, and being the proud parent of a thirteen year old daughter which is the best blessing ever!


See Above for Dates

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


WRC Sarasota (340 S Tuttle Ave) 


$10 for all sessions.


Please call for more information (941) 256-9721.


Please contact us if you have any questions!