Join Deaf Academy to access the class: How to Build and Maintain a Good Reputation

Having a good reputation is good for any brand. YOU are your own personal brand! And people trust persons with good (and great!) reputations, and treat them better. They get better jobs and more opportunities. That can be you! This presentation will teach you how to repair a damaged reputation and how to maintain a GREAT one.

Join Jackson Busenbark on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 7 pm EST to learn how to uplevel your reputation! 

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Join Deaf Academy to access the class: How to Listen to Your Intuition Through the Law of Attraction


Join Maureen Behrens on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 pm EST to learn how to activate your Law of Attraction through positive thoughts and listen your intuition. This presentation will teach you how to train your mindset to create abundance and attract prosperity.

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When something isn’t working for you, change it! 

Join Deaf Academy and get the tools and the knowledge for joyful living. Create a life that you absolutely LOVE. Tap into your potential and use your uniqueness to stand out!

That's just $1.16 per day to TRANSFORM your life and create the life you truly want! 

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Soul Circle

A four-week group transformation coaching experience with Karen Putz to discover your PASSION.

The next Soul Circle begins on January 10, 2023 (January 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 7 pm EST for 60-minutes). 

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Deaf Academy Membership

Your monthly membership gives you the opportunity to LEARN and GROW. Each month features a Deaf expert on personal growth! 

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Deaf Academy Courses

Coming in 2022--courses taught by Deaf experts (in ASL!)

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Welcome to Deaf Academy! 

This is the online space where you can connect and learn from Deaf experts!

I'm Karen Putz--I'm known as "The Passion Mentor."

I am a Certified Passion Test Facilitator, personally trained by Janet Attwood, author of The Passion Test. Debra Poneman of Yes to Success is a personal mentor who taught me the principles of manifestation and the Law of Attraction.

I love to learn. I especially love to learn from other Deaf experts--who sign! 

And that's what you'll find here at the Deaf Academy. 

A place to learn and grow. A place to connect with other positive, uplifting Deaf people.  A place to find what's in your soul and GO DO that! 

A Place Where You Can Create a Life You LOVE

Deaf Academy is a deep dive into exactly who you are, and what you want and don't want--so that you can create the life you truly want. 

A community and a space for you to connect with people on the same journey you are--hungry for this "next level" living! 

Every month, you'll learn self-improvement from Deaf experts who share their wisdom on a variety of topics including:

  • Your Money Messages
  • How to be Brave
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Understanding Your Dreams
  • The Power of Manifestation
  • Raise Your Vibration
  • Design Your Life

and more! Every month, Deaf Academy adds new things to learn! 

What is the benefit of joining Deaf Academy? 

  • Move from feeling "stuck" and start intentionally creating a new way to live, instead of waiting for "Someday."
  • Know yourself--every new beginning starts with clarity. 
  • Discover your Zone of Genius and focus on expanding that. 
  • Create a PURPOSE that drives you each day.
  • Reduce the negative, increase the POSITIVE
  • Understand your WORTH, your POTENTIAL, and your IMPACT.
  • Create a plan to SERVE others and touch people's lives.
  • Set boundaries that help you GROW in the direction you truly want.
  • And most of all--tap into your PASSION! 

Deaf Academy is a monthly membership. For $35 per month, you'll have access to the Deaf Academy portal where you can learn how to create a life with more JOY, FUN, and ADVENTURE! 

Yes, I want to join Deaf Academy!

Kathryn Detherow

When I signed up for Soul Circle, I was at a point in my life where I was struggling with unresolved issues from my past personal and professional relationships, feeling lost and stuck that I could not move forward. 
By working with Karen, I have learned to appreciate and enjoy life more.  Take the opportunity to learn something new and grow from that experience.  Loving myself, giving back to others and being grateful with what I already have within myself.  
I loved how real the class was.  I loved how the women could feel free to open up and share their fears, passions and dreams with others in our circle. 
I loved how Karen was able to show how easy it was to take the time to dedicate time every week to work on ourselves.  To be able to look at things in your life by being appreciate and grateful.  I'm absolutely amazed how Karen's teachings has kept us inspired and motivated to keep us coming back to learn more each week.
I've learned through the Passion Test, how to change my thoughts and put them into actions that led to many more positive changes in my life today.
I have so much more energy, focus and confidence in myself now.  I would encourage anyone who wants to transform their life by rediscovering their passions by working with Karen." 

Stuart Slutzky

Karen Putz is an Ally/Mentor/Guru. She not only personifies an eye-opening but more of a heart-opening experience. Karen brings out finite tools to search, find, and develop your passion(s). Some of those tools allow you to learn more about yourself and help you figure out a direction to take (the most difficult part of taking the first step). The beauty of Soul Circle is that you participate in a group setting and you can reflect on several approaches. I highly recommend working with Karen into opening your heart, your mind and most of all, Unwrapping your passions.  

Sandra K. Wood, Ph.D.

Maybe you've found yourself at a point where you feel like nothing is happening for you, you're washed up, there's no joy.... Remember those days when you were a kid and you enjoyed life to the fullest even in the smallest things? That's the 'joy' so many people feel like is missing from their life. I wanted to figure out what my 'joy' was, i.e. what my passion was and how to realize my passion in a meaningful way.  
Us Deaf folks have so many layers in our lives, which can box us in and keep us from really enjoying our lives the way we are meant to. She knows this. Karen Putz, with her Unwrapping Your Passion coaching, guided me to a place of self-discovery, helping me create multiple options of what I could do with my newfound, or should I say 'rediscovered', passion(s). She is compassionate, insightful, and gently challenging (when needed) as your passion coach.  I can't recommend her highly enough.  If you're ready to rediscover yourself and figure out a happier, healthier, and a more 'you' way of life, sign up for her individual or group passion coaching. 

Angie  Kubiak

After taking Soul Circle, what impacted me the most is that I learned that I need to take a look at myself more and see what I want to do in the future. How did I transform from what I learned? I am more aggressive in trying to find a job, practicing my interviewing skills, pursuing guardianship for my son at the same time. I also learned that I need more "me time!"

Connie Wallace

Karen Putz is a wonderful mentor and coach!   I am so glad that I took coaching sessions and Soul Circle with her.   I admit that, at first, I was skeptical about the sessions taught by Karen.  I am like...Passion, what is so special about it?  Throughout the four Soul Circle sessions, I learned so much and really deep dived into finding my passion seriously.  Taking this course really opened my inner soul and in finding out who I am and what my passions are. I love her book, "Unwrapping your Passion".   It is a great book which is easy to read.  A great resource to review and remind yourself in case you get off track from following your passion.  Learning and finding out about your passion is the key to your successful future.  I am glad that I took the leap of faith in joining and learning about my passion.  I even mentioned and encouraged my friends to give it a try.   You will not regret it if you work with Karen!

Join Deaf Academy to access the workshop: Break the Debt Chain

Join Deaf Academy to view this as a member. Dominque Flagg: Break the Debt Chain. Learn how to focus on eliminating your debt and creating more opportunities with your money.

Dominque has learned how to break the debt chain and is on a mission to help others free up the money in their lives. 

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Join Deaf Academy to access the workshop: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want 

Holly Parker Jensen shares the Seven Money Habits for Living the Life You Want. Holly is a licensed wealth strategist & Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coach.

In this online class recorded via Zoom, you will learn how to create positive money habits to live the way YOU want to live. 

This class is available anytime to Deaf Academy members. Not yet a member? Join here:

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Lead with Your Heart, Not Your Job Title  

How you connect with others is an important skill.

Often coined as "Soft Skills," those skills are anything but soft when it involves connecting with people. More adequately, it should be called "People Skills or Professional Relationship Skills". Dustin covers the applicable value of soft skills and how YOU can incorporate them in your day to day lives whether you are preparing for an interview, requesting accommodations, or connecting with others at work.

With over 10 years in managing hearing people as a deaf individual, Dustin shares his tried and true communication strategies that advanced him into a Fortune 50 Company - PepsiCo.

This workshop is available online anytime to Deaf Academy members. Not yet a member? Join here:

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Join Deaf Academy to access the workshop: The Power of Vision

Join Deaf Academy and view this as a member! Sofia Seitchik: The Power of Vision to Design Your Life of Your Dreams. Learn how to visualize what you WANT in your life and take the steps to manifest your dreams. 

Sofia is a Transformation Business and Life Coach. She is the creator of the book, "The Light of Deaf Women." 

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Join Deaf Academy to access the webinar: Scheduled Simplicity 

When you feel overwhelmed and stressed, there is a solution to enjoying more: Scheduled Simplicity. 

While it seems like scheduling your life kills all the fun--the opposite is true. You'll discover MORE time for fun and living your passion! 

Join Emily navigating a simpler lifestyle with minimized stress that works for YOU so you can truly enjoy your life. Learn how you can truly GIVE back. As you embrace a journey through different seasons of your life, you must recognize obstacles that stop you from living freely. Learn how to implement simplicity in your life so that you can flourish and thrive! 


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Join Deaf Academy to access the class: Embracing Your Future, Turning Your Challenges into Triumph 

Learn how release your past and turn your challenges into something you can celebrate! 

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Join Deaf Academy to access the workshop: Social Media: Hate it or Love it 


Social media! Hate it or love it? We all can relate to the feeling that social media is powerful in many ways, BOTH good and bad! Learn how to  navigate conflict while learning how to work better with the community through social media.

Bio: All communities have hidden narratives, and Melissa Elmira Yingst is all about finding and bringing awareness to them, especially when they celebrate women and muxeristas. As a child in Southern California, she sought for deep connections with other people. As she grew, she realized she wanted to do something more. She ventured off to Gallaudet University to earn her Bachelor’s in Psychology, and to Arizona State University for her Master’s in Social Work. Since then, she held different positions as a social worker and school counselor in New York City and Phoenix. She currently teaches at CSUN and works at Convo as an Outreach Strategist.  Melissa is currently a board member for Council De Manos. She also is the co-founder of Alma de Muxeristas, an organization for muxeristas who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Disabled, Late-Deafened, or Hard of Hearing. Now back home in Los Angeles with her signature red lipstick (which gives her powers) and her brown Chicana self, she is ready to take on the world with MELMIRA, her show! 

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Join Deaf Academy to access the workshop: Organizing Your Chaos, How to Live Authentically and Effectively 

We all want happiness, and we’ve all experienced periods of happiness. But how can we have happiness that’s sustainable? The answer lies in the balance between the chaos and the calm. The unpredictable, raw, and fluid aspects of life can be beautiful, yet overwhelming. If we can learn to organize our thoughts, dreams, projects, and priorities, we can achieve sustainable happiness. Leila shares her personal stories of how she struggled to balance work and motherhood, and the tools she’s found along the way.


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How to Know You're Ready to Join Deaf Academy:


You want to transform your life to live a NEW path ahead.


You enjoy connecting with Deaf people who communicate using sign language/ASL.


You enjoy learning and expanding your knowledge about success, personal growth, and achieving your dreams. 


You take 100% responsibility in your own progress. 


You are willing to share HIGH energy and positivity with others.


Is this you? If so, you're ready to join Deaf Academy! 


Yes, I want to join Deaf Academy!