A Better Smarter Stronger Production


You are in luck!  We are still accepting registrations.

When you register today - you receive the full video recording of Sessions 1 and 2, along with all course materials and resources, AND you will be able to participate in the last live sessions on Oct 22.

Healing the Divide is a live, online course taught in a non-political, non-judgmental way.  

Class dates are three consecutive Thursdays, October 8, 15, and 22, 2020

at 7:00-8:30pm Central time

Registration fee is only $49 and includes all course materials, resources, and video recordings of all sessions. (valued at $450)


When we take the time to sit down and listen to people’s personal experiences, we begin to understand: what’s in our hearts is more similar than different.

Since I was a kid, I have wanted to do work that helps people. This course is one way of bringing my life purpose to the world. I am still learning, just like you. Let’s do this together!

Each week, a different guest speaker will bring their expertise to the course. Course participants will learn to adjust their thought process and practice these skills:

  • Session 1, Oct 8thListening to Understand, with Andrea Wiener of Coaching Alchemy. Listening is the single most important skill of healing conversations.
  • Session 2, Oct 15th: The Power of Empathy and Clarity in Conversations, with Jackie Sloane of Sloane Communications. Entering conversations with intention and empathy are vital components to healing conversations.
  • Session 3, Oct 22nd: Connecting with Commonalities, with Justine Lee of Make America Dinner Again, and Living Room Conversations.  Finding what we have in common creates trust and a strong foundation for healing conversations.
  • NOTE: In addition to the live elements, participants will receive resource materials, links, and all session recordings.


If priced separately, the course is valued at over $450. However, because we believe in the importance of this work, we are offering this entire course for only $49.


Join me online for the next session. Together we can create positive change in the world!


Caytie Pohlen-LaClare
Caytie Pohlen-LaClare, Founder of Better Smarter Stronger, LLC
Speaker Bio
Since childhood, Caytie knew her purpose was to help others in some way. Putting people first has been at the core of her personal beliefs and her business decisions for decades.

With Better Smarter Stronger, Caytie merges her purpose and passion into an organization that provides inspiration and education. She believes in each person’s innate goodness and ability to evolve towards their best self. This isn’t about perfection. Rather, it’s about having the knowledge and tools needed to become a little better, smarter, and stronger each day.

We make the world better when we make ourselves better.

Part 1: Listening to Understand - Thursday, October 8, 2020

Caytie and her guest, Andrea Wiener, dive into the most important part of any conversation - listening. We will learn what "listening to understand" is and how we can all practice this important skill.

Guest Speaker
Andrea Wiener, Coaching Alchemy
Speaker Bio
Andrea Wiener, CPCC, ACC, is a leadership coach, entrepreneur and former sales executive. She is a powerful advocate and ally for courageous change, using coaching as alchemy to partner with leaders and entrepreneurs to transform their careers and their lives.

As an entrepreneur, team leader, and high-performing sales executive, with experience from New York to San Francisco, she draws on her own sales and management skills, as well as her rigorous coaching and leadership training, to shape collaborations with her clients.

Her coaching is informed by training in Jungian Psychology, Neuroscience, Emotional Intelligence, Nonviolent Communication, Mindfulness Practice, Meditation and…Magic.
Andrea Wiener

Part 2: The Power of Empathy and Clarity in Conversations - Thursday, October 15, 2020

Caytie and Jackie will discuss how entering conversations with intention and empathy are vital components to healing conversations. When we see each other as emotional beings and not "things", it will shift the whole dynamic.

Guest Speaker
Jackie Sloane, Sloane Communications
Speaker Bio
Jackie Sloane, MCC is a seasoned executive coach and consultant, specializing in supporting people in achieving greater well-being and significant results through how they engage others, cultivate relationships, and use conversation as a transformative tool. Jackie has over 25 years’ experience in executive coaching, leadership development, communication and organizational consulting. She and her colleague, Ann Van Eron, offer The Open Culture Project and the Generative Leadership Communication program she developed has been credited with providing powerful tools for having transformational conversations.

Before becoming a coach, Jackie founded a marketing communications services firm that specialized in positioning, and grew visibility and sales for a range of clients. She has served clients at privately-held, nonprofit, public sector and Fortune 100 firms.

She has two coach certifications, including Master Certified Coach. She is a mentor for Chicago Innovation’s Women’s Co-op.
Jackie Sloane

Part 3: Connecting with Commonalities - Thursday, October 22, 2020

Part 3 will be about establishing connection through what we have in common and using that to build trust and strong foundation to healing conversations. Commonalities can help break down the barriers by discussing ideas and sharing stories.

Guest Speaker
Justine Lee - Living Room Conversations
Speaker Bio
Justine Lee is a facilitator, community builder, and marketing specialist with more than ten years experience developing communications and community-building strategies for creative firms, startups, and nonprofits. In 2016, she co-created Make America Dinner Again, a volunteer-run organization that brings together people of different political viewpoints with the aim to build understanding.

She is currently a contributing partner at Living Room Conversations responsible for developing strategy around reducing political polarization, managing volunteers, and leading efforts around communications and partnerships. Justine believes conversations and storytelling have the power to inspire civic engagement and action, and has facilitated conversations around issues she cares deeply about like racial justice, news in the modern world, and inclusive design.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking for friends, watercolor painting, taking long walks in Central Park, and leading book clubs. Ways to her heart: noodles, handwritten letters, and dogs of all kinds. Justine lives in Harlem, NYC.
Justine Lee