Although Laura Casimir has adopted some whimsical titles since founding Plan the Dream—event architect, head dream planner—she used to go by the relatively mundane moniker of human-resources director at various companies. But the tools she developed in that capacity, such as her attention to detail and communication skills, are instrumental in her career as an event planner. Now, Casimir and her staff take care of every minute aspect of parties, weddings, and other events, from floral design to keeping would-be pranksters from replacing the processional music with the Rocky theme.
The dynamic and experienced instructors at Math Made Easy don't only understand math techniques from addition to advanced calculus, they also understand how students of all ages learn math. They have a variety of services—classes, DVDs, and tutoring—that incorporate interactive exercises and real-life examples to show students the importance of the skills they are learning. Small class sizes with individualized attention allow students to improve test taking abilities all while learning more about their progress and retention during comprehensive reviews.
Anyone interested in pursuing a career in real estate could do worse than to get themselves into one of Brooklyn Real Estate Institute's real estate classes. The school teaches folks the ins-and-outs of moving units at its five New York locations or in online courses. The 75-hour real estate salesperson course gets students certified to hit the sales floor in just 10 days, and the broker license course takes a scant 45 hours. Other programs include courses on appraisal licensing, property management, and becoming a mortgage loan officer, and continuing education keeps current agents appraised of new trends in real estate.
For nearly 20 years, speech-pathology expert Lisa Robateau-Epps has led Robateau & Associates in helping learners of all ages improve their memory, exertion, and academic performance. During speech-improvement sessions, certified clinicians teach students to express themselves better, whether the students' goal is to raise their grades or recover from a brain injury. The center's working-memory coaching can also address the effects of ADHD and aging, rewiring the brain to hold more information while phasing out distractions such as friends passing notes or a flock of birds spelling out "yo what up" in the sky.
At more than 900 learning centers across the world, Sylvan Learning offers kids a leg up through personalized programs prescribed by an in-depth skills assessment. Students build on past lessons to learn progressively, and sessions may hone in on different disciplines, granting kids the confidence to interpret literature and the rhetorical skills needed to negotiate a later bedtime. The positive mindset of personable, invested instructors helps to inspire kids to greater academic feats, as does a prize program that rewards hard work with CDs and gift cards.
NY Cocktail Mixers' expert mixologists stir up creative drinks during events such as Martini Fest, currently held inside the sleek confines of Chelsea Manor. There, a live DJ adds a lively ambiance to the Miami-inspired interior, marked by sleek white couches, a glass bar, and low tables. With up to 200 visitors already gathering for this weekly event, NY Cocktail Mixers plans to expand its events to additional themes as well as other venues across the city.