Elan combines his graduate work at Brandeis, McGill, and Harvard Universities and experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors into a passion for helping students thrive and achieve their potential. He has been lauded by influencers such as NBA Board Chairman Larry Tanenbaum and Wellness Guru Deepak Chopra and has worked over the years with diverse groups; from students, parents, and educators, to CEO’s, business leaders, and the homeless. More about Elan at www.ElanDivon.com
Success GPS is an 8-part workshop series designed to help students crush stress and develop the mindset, EQ skills, and habits that will prepare them for success in university and the workforce. In a world where good grades and attending a good school guarantees little, we'll help you stand out, think different, and get ahead!
See the difference in 8 weeks.
Who is this Program For?
The program is for high school and university students, as well as recent graduates and young professionals.
You Will Leave the Program With:
- Self-confidence and the ability to overcome adversity
- Tools to manage and neutralize stress
- Greater focus and clarity around your goals
- Habits that will help you sleep better, feel better, and perform at a higher level
- Improved social, communication, and listening skills
- An understanding of what it takes to be world class
- Tips on how to create a university application or resume that stands out and commands attention
- A new network of friends from outside your school
Other Perks of the Program
- Boost your resume: Receive a Divon Academy Success GPS Certificate
- Grow your network and meet students from around the world.
- Get discounts to exclusive webinars with CEO’s, VIP’s and business leaders
- Receive our 6 Step Habit Changing System to developing winning habits.
“Preparing For Success” is a must! In just a matter of hours, I was able to learn skills and techniques that are fundamental to living my best life. I highly recommend taking this course!”
Maor Ozery // 12th Grade Student (Toronto)
“Elan’s Intro to Preparing for Success’ was incredible! It helped me in so many ways.... from managing stress, to thinking about my purpose, and how I connect with other people. I can’t wait for the next workshop!”
Mohammed Abusanina // English teacher at private school (Toronto)
“I’ve taken many extra-curricular courses in high school to prepare me for university, but Preparing for Success was a cut above the rest. The class was interactive and gave me a lot of practical tools that I’ll be taking with me to university. Highly recommended!”
Diba Naser // Former 12th Grade Student (Ottawa)
Faculty & Curriculum
Elan Divon: Harvard trained author, speaker, and founder of Divon Academy
Technology has disrupted how we live and work, but it has also disrupted the skills we need to succeed. In this presentation you’ll discover the 3 biggest predictors of long-term success and learn how to develop strength and capacity in these areas. You will leave the presentation with tools to help you manage stress and anxiety, build a resilient mindset, and develop clarity around what it takes to thrive in today’s fast changing world.
Without a goal, how will you score? In this workshop, you will understand why clarity is power and reflect on your goals and inner motivations. You will differentiate between goals that are a means to an end, and ‘end goals’ that represent your larger aspirations in life. This will lead to a discussion on ‘purpose’, what it means, and and how you can leverage your strengths and passions into a future career that can serve others and help solve a problem.
On a practical level, you will identify short term goals and create an end of year statement outlining three ‘stretch goals’ you’d like to achieve, and the bases you need to cover in order to get there. In short, we’ll get specific on how to make this next year a resounding success!
In this workshop we’ll unpack the DNA of stress and how you can manage and minimize it. You will learn practical tools for de-stressing in high pressure situations and come to appreciate the difference between stress and ‘discomfort,’ and why discomfort is essential for your growth and development. You’ll also discover the science of peak performance and flow states, and learn how to induce flow in your daily routine in order to enhance focus, creativity, productivity, and wellbeing.
Part II of the workshop is all about habits. We’ll discuss the importance of habits in creating change and achieving optimal outcomes. You will then create and customize your own ‘habit plan’ by selecting from a menu of activities proven to enhance physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, and commit to a “challenge” duration to implement your plan. The goal is to put ideas into action and see how small 2% changes in your daily routines can lead to exponential change and growth over time.
In this workshop you will learn about the power of beliefs and its effect on your physical state and perception of the world. You will also learn how to cultivate a mindset that will make you more confident and self-reliant; one that is characterized by grit, proactivity, resilience and resourcefulness. Topics we’ll discuss include:
- How beliefs shape your perception, reality, and outcomes in life.
- Learning to see what you ‘don’t see’
- Two mindsets: reactive vs proactive
- Cultivating grit, resilience and the ‘long-term approach.’
- Tools to identify and discard limiting beliefs
- Learning how to handle and de-escalate negative thoughts and emotions
- Learning how to generate confidence from within
Emotional intelligence is one of the most critical predictors of success. Research shows that the higher you go up the career ladder the more emotional intelligence matters: “for top leadership positions they are about 80% to 90% of distinguishing competences” (Daniel Goleman), while 75% of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies according to the Center for Creative Leadership.
In this presentation, you will learn simple techniques to develop your emotional intelligence and improve your relationships, communication skills, and ability to influence, lead, and have impact.
Topics we’ll discuss include:
- How to identify your emotions and better regulate your emotions
- Understanding how emotions affect judgment and decision-making processes
- Connecting with others and influencing through positive emotion
- Learning how to build rapport with people who are not ‘like you’
- Fine tuning listening skills, body language, and learning how to build trust
It’s a noisy chaotic world out there with millions of ambitious students and graduates jostling for their place in the limelight. How can you stand out and get noticed? How can you craft a university essay or apply for a job in a way that commands attention? In this workshop, you’ll learn how. You’ll learn how to tell your story and express yourself in a way that is memorable, builds connection, and creates an impression.
You’ll also learn how people make decisions and the role emotion plays in influencing those decisions, and leave the workshop with practical tools on how to stand out no matter what path you choose.
What does success mean? What does it look like? And how do you get “there”? In this final core workshop we’ll integrate everything we’ve learned and start thinking critically about success. Students will come to realize that part of their journey in life is to define what success means to them and avoid measuring success based on subjective cultural standards. They’ll also appreciate that success is not always a destination or place but rather an inner space and a state of being. In so doing, we’ll draw upon a Harvard research study on ‘what makes a good life’ and gain wisdom from the science of happiness.
We’ll end with a group exercise and a letter of commitment that each student will draft and take home.
"Elan's workshops provide students with the tools necessary to navigate the challenges posed by technology and disruption, while developing skills to successfully realize their personal goals."
Rossana Cossaro and Vaughn Perusse // High School teachers, St Patrick Secondary (Toronto)
Questions From Parents & Students
Not a problem! They can take the same session happening on a different day, and will also receive the link to the recorded webinar which they’ll be able to view for the duration of the program.
To keep things intimate and ensure maximum participation and engagement, webinars are capped at 14 students.
Absolutely! Each workshop is a mix of presentations by Elan or the guest instructor, with group discussions. We ask a lot of questions during the workshop, and always dedicate time for Q and A at the end, so that student questions are answered and discussed.
You will see many changes. The most immediate are typically less stress and anxiety, greater self-confidence and better habits around exercise and social media use. You’ll also notice that your child is more optimistic about their future, doesn’t get frazzled as easily, and has greater clarity around their goals.
All workshops happen on Zoom. After signing up, you’ll receive a private link and password to every session, with simple login information. Its super simple.