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-- June 11-12, 2016 – Susan participated with the Illinois Woman's Press Association at the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Lit Fest. This grand event is a two-day literary showcase that draws over 125,000 book lover and is said to be "the Midwest's largest celebration of the written word".

For more information about the 2016 Printers Row Lit Fest- Click (Here)

-- November 6, 2015 – Susan spoke at the FCCLA's “Stop the Violence” Workshop sponsored by Bremen High School District 228 and held at Tinley Park High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing, Susan focused on abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught while emphasizing the fact that there is always hope for a better life, and that “It truly is never too late to live happily ever after.”

For more information about the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.)- Click (Here)

-- October 16, 2015 – Susan spoke at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's (FCCLA) “Stop the Violence” workshop sponsored by Thornridge High School District 205 and held at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography Just Keep Dancing, Susan focused on abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught while emphasizing the fact that there is always hope for a better life, and that “It truly is never too late to live happily ever after.

For more information about the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.)- Click (Here)


-- June 6-7, 2015 – Susan participated with the Illinois Woman's Press Association at the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Lit Fest. This grand event is a two-day literary showcase that draws over 125,000 book lover and is said to be "the Midwest's largest celebration of the written word".

For more information about the 2015 Printers Row Lit Fest- Click (Here)

-- February 28, 2015 – YOUR BOOK & YOUR BUSINESS: You Can Do It Too
Susan describes process that she took toward the successful creation and production of first book, “Just Keep Dancing”. She explores her decision to self-publish and the process that she followed in the formation of her corporation, Dreamers Tapestry, Inc. Sharing nuggets of experience with the audience, Susan encourages future business owners and authors to also bring their own dream to reality in her informative presentation, “YOUR BOOK & YOUR BUSINESS: You Can Do It Too”.

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-- December 6, 2014 – Susan participated in the Chicago Book Expo 2014 that was hosted by Columbia College Chicago and also sponsored by Columbia College Chicago along with co-sponsors Chicago Book Review, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Newcity Magazine, and CHIRP Radio. This event was a celebration of Chicago-area publishers and authors, and featured a pop-up bookstore featuring local presses’ and authors’ books, as well as a variety of readings and panel discussions. Additionally, there were many local literary nonprofits and organizations in attendance.

For more information about the Chicago Book Expo 2014- Click (Here)

-- November 19, 2014 – Susan spoke at the Violence Against Women Event sponsored by the Center for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, WI. She quoted select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, “Just Keep Dancing” and focused on abusive relationships, dating violence and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught. She then spoke of the options available to anyone who has a family member/friend that is experiencing an abusive relationship and most importantly that there is always hope, and that “It truly is never too late to live happily ever after.”

For more information about Susan's JUST KEEP DANCING PRESENTATION- Click (Here)

-- November 13, 2014 – Susan spoke at the FCCLA's “Stop the Violence” Workshop sponsored by Bremen High School District 228 and held at Tinley Park High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing, Susan focused on abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught while emphasizing the fact that there is always hope for a better life, and that “It truly is never too late to live happily ever after.”

For more information about the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.)- Click (Here)

-- October 22, 2014– Susan spoke at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's (FCCLA) “Stop the Violence” workshop sponsored by Thornridge High School District 205 and held at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography Just Keep Dancing, Susan focused on abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught while emphasizing the fact that there is always hope for a better life, and that “It truly is never too late to live happily ever after.

For more information about this Fall 2014 FCCLA's Stop the Violence Workshop- Click (Here)

-- October 17, 2014– Susan spoke at High School District 228's Operation Snowball Leadership Retreat. During her JUST KEEP DANCING PRESENTATION she quoted select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, “Just Keep Dancing,” Susan focused on abusive relationships, dating violence and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught. She then told of the options available to anyone who has a family member/friend that is experiencing an abusive relationship and most importantly that there is always hope, and that “It truly is never too late to live happily ever after.”

For more information about Susan's JUST KEEP DANCING PRESENTATION- Click (Here)

-- May 29, 2014 – At Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, Illinois, Susan shared her life story within her JUST KEEP DANCING PRESENTATION. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, “Just Keep Dancing,” Susan focused on abusive relationships, dating violence and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught. She then speaks of the options available to anyone who has a family member/friend that is experiencing an abusive relationship.

For more information about Susan's JUST KEEP DANCING PRESENTATION- Click (Here)

-- April 28-30 & May 1, 2014 – At Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois, Susan shared her life story, quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing, Susan focused on abusive relationships, dating violence and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught. She then speaks of the options available to anyone who has a family member/friend that is experiencing an abusive relationship.

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-- April 11, 2014 – At Midwest Central High School in Manito, Illinois, Susan shared her life story, quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing, Susan focused on abusive relationships, dating violence and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught. She then speaks of the options available to anyone who has a family member/friend that is experiencing an abusive relationship.

For more information about the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.)- Click (Here)

-- February 13, 2014 – Susan shared her JUST KEEP DANCING workshop on domestic violence with the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's (FCCLA) Section 12 meeting at Athens Christian Church located in Athens, Il. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing, Susan focused on abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught while emphasizing the fact that there is always hope for a better life, and that “It truly is never too late to live happily ever after.”

For more information about the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.)- Click (Here)

-- November 1, 2013 – Susan spoke at the FCCLA's “Stop the Violence” workshop sponsored by Bremen High School District 228 and held at Tinley Park High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing, Susan focused on abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught while emphasizing the fact that there is always hope for a better life, and that “It truly is never too late to live happily ever after.”

For more information about the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.)- Click (Here)

-- October 16, 2013– Susan spoke at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's (FCCLA) “Stop the Violence” workshop sponsored by Thornridge High School District 205 and held at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing, Susan focused on abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught while emphasizing the fact that there is always hope for a better life, and that “It truly is never too late to live happily ever after.

For more information about this Fall 2013 FCCLA's Stop the Violence Workshop- Click (Here)

-- April 19, 2013– Susan shared her JUST KEEP DANCING workshop on domestic violence, with over 400 students and teachers, at the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Conference held in Springfield.

For more information about the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.)- Click (Here)

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-- March 21, 2013-Susan was interviewed on Linked Local Network’s "Community with Marie Lazzara" where Marie interviews people from the business and nonprofit sectors as well as others who involve themselves in unique contributions to their communities.

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-- November 14, 2012– Susan spoke at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's (FCCLA) “Stop the Violence” workshop sponsored by Thornridge High School District 205 and held at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing, Susan focused on abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught while emphasizing the fact that there is always hope for a better life, and that “It truly is never too late to live happily ever after.

For more information about the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.)- Click (Here)

-- October 31, 2012 – Susan spoke at the FCCLA's “Stop the Violence” workshop sponsored by Bremen High School District 228 and held at Tinley Park High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing, Susan focused on abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught while emphasizing the fact that there is always hope for a better life, and that “It truly is never too late to live happily ever after.”

For more information about the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.)- Click (Here)

-- December 23, 2011 – For her presentation “Just Keep Dancing”, which addresses teen and domestic violence, Susan received the “Volunteer Excellence Award” thanking her for sharing her time and talents which helped to provide a positive environment for students. The award was presented to Susan by the Board of Education of Bremen High School District 228.

For more information about Susan's JUST KEEP DANCING PRESENTATION- Click (Here)

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-- December 12, 2011 – December 12, 2011 – Susan participated on the Women in STEM Education Expert Discussion panel presented by DeVry University, Chicago. Represented on this panel were Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Veronica Arreola from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Carmen Lilley from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Cathy Pieronek from University of Notre Dame college of Engineering, and Susan Brauer from DeVry University, Chicago Metro.

For more information on Susan's presentations- Click (Here)

-- October 25, 2011 – Susan spoke at the FCCLA's “Stop the Violence” workshop sponsored by Bremen High School District 228. This event will be held at Tinley Park High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing, Susan’s focus was on abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught, and then she pointed out that there is always hope.

For more information about the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc.)- Click (Here)

-- September 13, 2011– Susan gave her presentation, Changes at the Society of Women Engineers' (SWE) chapter at the University of Illinois Chicago. This presentation highlights the many benefits of an engineering degree. She tells of the personal satisfaction and freedom that one experiences as an engineer and how the young women attending, as engineers would be among the elite group that is literally responsible for nearly everything that we use and touch today. This responsibility gives them the ability and power to change people's lives, not just one person at a time but to change the lives of hundreds or even thousande of people at a time.

For more information on Susan's presentations- Click (Here)

-- May 21, 2011 – Susan Brauer, in her acceptance speech she tells why "It's All About The Words" at the Illinois Woman’s Press Association's (IWPA) May, 2011 Awards Dinner. She has been selected 2011 Communicator of Achievement (COA) by the Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA). This prestigious award is the highest honor given by the IWPA to members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession.

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-- November 4, 2010 – Susan facilitated a Mini Robot workshop as one of the breakout session at the Southside HerWorld event which is held each year. The goal of this event is specifically to help high school girls learn more about career opportunities in technology and science.
Margaret Chadwick, a DeVry admissions representative, said the conference helps empower women. “Women need to know their opportunities,” she said, “and science and technology are great options.”


-- November 1, 2010 – Susan spoke at the “Stop the Violence” workshop sponsored by Bremen High School District 228. This event was held at Tinley Park High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. Quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing, Susan’s focus was on abusive relationships and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught, and that there is always hope.

For more information about Susan's JUST KEEP DANCING PRESENTATION- Click (Here)

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-- April 24, 2010 – Susan gave her presentation, Changes at the Society of Women Engineers' (SWE) chapter at the University of Illinois Chicago. This presentation highlights the many benefits of an engineering degree. She tells of the personal satisfaction and freedom that one experiences as an engineer and how the young women attending, as engineers would be among the elite group that is literally responsible for nearly everything that we use and touch today. This responsibility gives them the ability and power to change people's lives, not just one person at a time but to change the lives of hundreds or even thousande of people at a time.

For more information on Susan's presentations- Click (Here)

-- March 23, 2010 – Susan gave her presentation, Changes at the Quad Cities/Muscatine Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The Quad Cities Engineering and Science Council, and the collegiate interest group from Saint Ambrose University of Davenport, IA were also attending.
Susan's Changes presentation focuses on the many benefits of an engineering degree. She told of the personal satisfaction and freedom that one experiences as an engineer and how the young women attending, as engineers would be among the elite group that is literally responsible for nearly everything that we use and touch today, which gives them the power to change the world.

For more information on Susan's presentations- Click (Here)

-- March 9, 2010 – Susan gave her presentation, Changes at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her Changes Presentation focuses on the many benefits of an engineering degree. Susan tells of the personal satisfaction and freedom that one experiences as an engineer and how the young women attending, as engineers would be among the elite group that is literally responsible for nearly everything that we use and touch today, which gives them the power to change the world.

For more information on Susan's presentations- Click (Here)

-- March 2, 2010 - Susan took part on a panel at Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago. She spoke of the many benefits of an engineering degree. Susan told of the personal and professional freedom that one experiences as an engineer and how the young women attending, as engineers would be among the elite group that is literally responsible for nearly everything that we use and touch today. Most importantly, she stressed how important it is for the students to “stay in their seat and to not give up”, the world needs them.

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-- November 14, 2009 – Susan spoke at the University of Illinois' 22nd Annual ACAA Leadership Exchange in their program entitled “Building a Legacy of Leadership”. Her presentation, Effective Presentations is based on her soon to be released book Podium Panic. Susan targets those with a fear of public speaking, giving them tips on: organization, preparation, presentation methods, personal image projection, and provides Susan’s “FEAR FIGHTERS” to empower one to successfully deliver an effective presentation.

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-- November 12, 2009 – Susan was interviewed by Jim Fitzpatrick during his 5:00 to 7:00 pm, drive time radio program which is carried throughout the Bloomington-Normal area in Illinois on WJBC Radio at AM 1230 and carried live stream at www.wjbc.com. They spoke about the importance of calling attention to domestic violence and the fact that We Just Don't Talk About It. And about her autobiography, Just Keep Dancing. It is an odyssey of abuse and triumph that describes Susan's 20 year relationship and marriage to her childhood sweetheart and how that relationship turned abusive and ultimately violent and dangerous; the pivotal event that changed everything; what can happen when one begins to make positive changes in their life; and that “it truly is never too late to live happily ever after”.

To listen the interview- Click (Here)

-- November 6, 2009 – Susan spoke at the “Stop the Violence” workshop sponsored by Bremen High School District 228 and held at Tinley Park High School in Tinley Park, Illinois. She addressed violence and the cycle of abuse in which many feel they're caught, quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing. She described some of the events in her own life and her 20 year relationship and marriage to her childhood sweetheart. Susan told how that relationship turned abusive and ultimately violent and dangerous; the pivotal event that changed everything; what can happen when one begins to make positive changes in their life; and that “it truly is never too late to live happily ever after”.

For more information about Susan's JUST KEEP DANCING PRESENTATION- Click (Here)

-- November 4, 2009 – Susan was facilitator of a Mini Robot workshop at one of the breakout session at the Southside HerWorld event which is held each year. The goal of this event is specifically to help high school girls learn more about career opportunities in business, technology and science.
Margaret Chadwick, a DeVry admissions representative, said the conference helps empower women. “Women need to know their opportunities,” she said, “and science and technology are great options.”

For more information on Susan's presentations- Click (Here)

-- October 16, 2009 – October is “National Domestic Violence Awareness Month” and Susan was interviewed by Mike Sanders on his radio program Our Town which is carried on Chicago’s Progressive Talk. They spoke about her odyssey of abuse and triumph, Just Keep Dancing; her 20 year relationship and marriage to her childhood sweetheart and how that relationship turned abusive and ultimately violent and dangerous; the pivotal event that changed everything; what can happen when one begins to make positive changes in their life; and that “it truly is never too late to live happily ever after”.

Susan’s exciting 2 part interview on “Our Town” with Mike Sanders’ was aired on Chicago’s Progressive Talk at 820AM, 99.9FM, 92.7FM, 92.5FM or stream live at www.ChicagosProgressiveTalk.com on Sunday mornings October 18 and 25 at 7:00 am CST.

For more information about Susan's JUST KEEP DANCING PRESENTATION- Click (Here)

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-- OCTOBER 6 and 7, 2009 - Susan spoke at the Purdue University Women in Engineering Program's, Exciting Discovery for Girls in Engineering (EDGE). Her Changes Presentation focused on the many benefits of an engineering degree. Susan told of the personal satisfaction and freedom that one experiences as an engineer and how the young women attending, as engineers would be among the elite group that is literally responsible for nearly everything that we use and touch today. Most importantly, she stressed how important it is for the students to “stay in their seat and to not give up”, the world needs them.

For more information on Susan's presentations- Click (Here)

-- June 6 and 7, 2009 – At the Chicago Tribune's 2009 Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest book fair in the Midwest, Susan met a great number of booklovers while participating with other authors at the Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA) booth.

We would like to extend a thank you the Chicago Tribune organization, and to the people of this wonderful city for making the Printers Row Lit Fest such a rewarding experience.

For more information on Susan's presentations- Click (Here)

-- April 18, 2009 – Susan Brauer, Dean of Technology at DeVry University and author of Just Keep Dancing, delivered the Keynote address entitled Changes at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 2009 SWE-CRS Professional Development Conference which was hosted at the spacious BP campus in Naperville, IL. The theme for this year's conference was “Success Strategies for Tough Times”.

Susan also presented Podium Panic tips for Effective Presentations in a break out session later on that day.

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-- November 5, 2008 – National Louis University, Elgin, Illinois: In her presentation and discussion “Just Keep Dancing: The Power of Change”, Susan spoke of domestic violence and the cycle of abuse in which many women feel they're caught, quoting select excerpts from her award winning autobiography, Just Keep Dancing. She then described some of the events of her own life and twenty year relationship and marriage to an abusive spouse, including the encounter that caused her to ultimately realize the power of change by taking control of her life

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-- November 4, 2008 – Queen of Peace High School, Burbank, Illinois: Susan Putzler Brauer, a 1966 alumna, received the Truth Award. As a mother of six, scholar, author, and electrical engineer who went back to school at age 35, she serves as a model for all women, advocating tirelessly for women’s equality by providing a beacon of hope for women to break down the barriers that confine and demean.
Currently, Susan is spearheading the creation of an Alum Engineer Association and implementation of The Infinity Project to help raise awareness of the opportunities available to Peace students in the field of engineering.

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-- October 18, 2008 – Westside Communities Development Town Hall Meeting, Exposition, & Conference held at Chicago's Austin Polytechnical: Susan spoke about the importance of having a world-class education system as a pre-requisite for achieving the goals to both, meet the needs of companies for a highly educated and innovative workforce and to provide working citizens with clear career paths in all aspects of advanced manufacturing.

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-- June 7 and 8, 2008 – During the 2008 Printers Row Book Fair, the largest book fair in the Midwest, booklovers met authors and appreciated the vast diversity of Illinois writing at the Illinois Woman’s Press Association booth.

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-- April 16, 2008 – Queen of Peace High School, Burbank, Illinois: In a presentation that focused on the growing demand for women in Engineering roles, Susan spoke to the women students highlighting some of the many benefits that would be available to them if they choose a career in the Engineering field. She encouraged the students that found the disciplines of math and science interesting, to pursue that dream and become one of those responsible for the creation of nearly everything that we use today, an Engineer.

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