11th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment

On Monday, as I was leaving Sonic Drive-In after ordering a Route 44 Diet Coke, I answer a call and find it a little hard to understand the French man on the other line, even though he is speaking English. As I listen very closely, he tells me that the International Workplace Bullying/Harassment Conference Committee would like to invite me to come to Bordeaux, France and present a two-hour workshop. As I stop breathing, he mentions that Bordeaux has the reputation for being one of Europe’s top travel destinations because of the beautiful wine country and lavender fields. He continues with, “The conference will be hosted at a palace and attended by thousands of people from all over the world and I will have interpreters at my workshop.” I have to say that this is probably my most exciting and challenging speaking engagement ever and I feel very honored and doubly blessed. An extra bonus is that my sister has decided to accompany me, as she has never encountered the magic of traveling to and around Europe. My three nieces have asked if they could also come, and friends have mentioned the near possibility of being stowed away in my luggage. France—-Here I come!