“Inspiring people – just like you – to lead legendary lives.”
A true legend in her own time, Florence Littauer’s teaching on biblical truths, relationship issues, and life skills has been touching hearts and inspiring people at women’s events, church conferences and business conventions for more than a third of a century.
Known universally for being entertaining, educational, and encouraging, all at the same time, Florence is one of only a handful of women to have earned both the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), and CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence) from the National Speakers Association. Florence is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, and received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Southwestern Adventist University in Texas.
Because of her passion for God’s Word, Florence began her ministry by leading Bible studies in her home. She wrote her first book in 1978 and has written over 30 titles since, many of her award-winning books selling more than 100,000 copies. Behind the Personality chronicles her life story. Silver Linings: Breaking Through the Clouds of Depression was born out of the hope she found after struggling with deep depression following the death of her sons. Florence’s most recent book, Personality Plus at Work was released in 2011.
Florence’s insightful understanding and teachings on The Personalities have become the standard in understanding relationships among families, churches, schools, and businesses. In addition to her benchmark book on the topic, Personality Plus, her collection of books on the topic includes Personality Puzzle, Personality Plus for Couples, and Personality Plus for Parents.
Florence was married for 50 years to her husband, Fred, who died in 2002. She has three married children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. When not traveling, Florence divides her time between her home in the Las Vegas area and the Palm Springs area.
Gerry Wakeland brings a wealth of diverse experience to her leadership role at CLASSEMINARS. After spending the first twenty years of her career in corporate and/or non profit management, working for organizations such as Sheraton, PacTel Cellular, and the Master Chorale of Orange County, Gerry responded to God’s call into full-time ministry.
A unique visionary leader, Gerry is able to see the big picture while focusing on the details. Through this special gifting, Gerry is excited to take CLASSEMINARS to a higher level of excellence, through both the development of new programs as well as the refinement of current ones. Most importantly Gerry has a heart for God and His Kingdom and her greatest desire is for others to experience the love of Christ. Spiritual development and formation are an important part of Gerry’s life, both personally and professionally, and it is her goal to include this element prominently in the future of CLASSEMINARS and all Seminar programming.
“We want to continue to train men and women around the globe to be ready and able to share the message God has given them.” Gerry says. “Equipping and empowering them to change lives and edify the Kingdom of God is our first priority.” Another of Gerry’s goals is for CLASSEMINARS is to perpetuate the legacy Florence Littauer began 30 years ago.
Prior to her previous position as Managing Director of CLASS, Gerry served as Women’s Ministry Director at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA. A veteran event planner of over 30 years, Gerry served as the Director of the International Women’s Conference on Possibility Thinking for a number of years prior to her staff position at the Cathedral.
She has also held varied leadership positions in the Women’s Ministry program within the Reformed Church in America, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Ministry Institute. Gerry has served as a consultant on establishing women’s programs, leadership development and revitalizing women’s ministry organizations for numerous churches throughout the US and Canada.One of Gerry’s greatest joys has been helping other Christian leaders launch their non profit ministries.