In Sheira Brayer's opinion, women are particularly good at four things: compassion, communication, cooperation and collaboration. But, she says, they don't always use those skills in their day-to-day lives.
"There’s a lot of 'cat fighting' among girls, and sometimes with adult women," she said. "I try to express to them that these are our gifts. We have to know it, we have to own it and we have to share it."
That's why Brayer created "Motiv8: 8 Ways To Rock Your Own World," an event set for Oct. 20 at Hauppauge's UPSKY Hotel. It will combine humor, music and dialogue in a two-hour multimedia presentation that will "help girls and their moms reduce stress, increase awareness and improve their relationships with themselves and each other."
The event will feature brunch, raffles and gift bags, and will double as a fundraiser for Songs of Love, a nonprofit that creates personalized songs for sick children.
Brayer and her husband were the creators of the musical children's television show "Dittydoodle Works," which ran on public television in various markets throughout the country between 2005 and 2010. She said she is also a classically trained pianist and songwriter.
For Brayer, 50, of Dix Hills, the concept was born from a less-than-perfect relationship with her own mother, and she incorporated into her program lessons of tolerance that she learned from her father, who she said was a Holocaust survivor.
She hopes to effect positive changes in the lives of women and their daughters.
"It’s very empowering for them when they can say, 'All that cyberbullying and stuff? I can walk away from that,'" she said. "A lot of girls and women don’t realize they have more control over their world than they think they do. They can make the choice to not answer something, or to shut it off, or to answer with kindness."
Click here for information on how to register for "Motiv8: 8 Ways To Rock Your Own World."