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Hexaware Technologies/Reston, VA; HT & Fannie-Mae Awards Dinner, keynote motivational speaker, "Creating Team Synergy"; 40 mins; 200+ attendees; (Hexaware Technologies, HQd in India, is the fastest growing computer co. in India with 11,000 employees world-wide)

Sep 15, 2015

Hello Mark,

I would like to thank you for coming down all the way from Maryland and making our event so lively.  People had a great time and I would love to work with you in the future.

Thank you once again and wish you luck!


Samtha Chordia
Account Executive

Cell: 610-306-3963 | SamthaC@hexaware.com

Telkom, Zaire (S. Africa)

Subject: Permission to Use Material | The Stress Doc
Date: 9/1/2015 2:23:18 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time
From: VTondeH2@telkom.co.za
To: Send IM to: StressDoc@aol.com 
Good morning Mark,

Greetings from South Africa!

I have now read everything you have published on the internet about psychohumor and stress relief workshops and I am ABSOLUTELY fascinated by the ingenious way in which you’ve used humour as a tool during these workshops. 

I am the employee engagement manager at a large corporate, dealing with issues in the workplace that impair the productivity and general wellness of employees.

Would you mind if I applied some of the content from your writings to design a workshop that is based on the principles that you have shared? 

It would be fascinating to use!

Kind regards

Hanlie van Tonder


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International Professional Managers Association (IPMA)/Eastern Regional Conference,
Passion Power:  Inspiring Others with Courage, Clarity, and Creativity; 1.5 hours; 50 attendees

July 13, 2015

Mark Gorkin, aka "The Stress Doc," was a recent presenter at the Eastern Region IPMA annual training and development forum (Jun 2015).  He led the participants on a passionate and creative ride through the topic, "Leading with Passion."  His unique training style was full of surprises and encouraged the participants to "go for it."  Mark was very interactive and he provided extensive materials for the attendees to use as resources.  One of the comments from the attendees was, "Bring him back :>)".

Vicki Arpin, IPMA-CP
2014 Program Committee Chairperson
CT Department of Transportationvicki.arpin@ct.gov

ENDependece Center of Northern VA; Disability Advocacy Org; Building Stress and Change Resilience through Humor; Staff & Clients; 2 hrs

Sent: 8/14/2015
Subj: ECNV newsletter article

Dear Mark,

Hope you are doing well! For the September issue of the ECNV Declaration, ECNV’s monthly newsletter, we are focusing on “Whole Health.” We were really impressed with your presentation on stress management for the EXCEL! Networking group and were wondering if you would be interested in writing an article for us. We are looking for a 500 word article by next Friday, August 21 on stress management with the focus on people with disabilities. Please let me know if you would be able to write this.

Thank you,

Brianna Gross
Communications Manager
ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia
2300 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22201


July 10, 2015

Morning, Mark:

Likewise!  In fact, I enjoyed your presentation so much I was planning to get your contact information from Bob.  Sorry I had to leave before you finished, but I had a ride scheduled that I had to meet.

The immediate thought I had was that your message would be a great complement to the National Rehabilitation Hospital's programs.  I would promote the thought that both, patients and staff, would benefit from your program. So please do shoot me your promo material.

Of course, I have no idea if they have a budget or who they allow to contribute to sponsor presentations such as yours.  However, I am glad to find out and let you know. 


T. Kent Keyser
601 30th Road South
Arlington, VA  22206
703 379-6381

Community Services-Wells Robertson
; "Teaming, Timing, and Unleashing Our Talent:  A Stress and Team Resilience Retreat," 1-day

May 28, 2015

Thank you Mark for a wonderful presentation on Friday.  Your knowledge and energy were inspiring and the day was a lot of fun too!   I really appreciate your ability to engage everyone in the room in an enjoyable and productive way.
We enjoy working with you and appreciate your flexibility and friendship.
Take care and hope to work with you again soon.
Maureen Herndon
Division Manager
Community Services
City of Gaithersburg
301-258-6395 ex 1
301-258-6328 (fax)

Mark I concur. I have not heard anything but good feedback about the retreat, although I am not the least bit surprised. You are a 10 good buddy!
Jimmy Frazier-Bey
Division Manager of Homeless Services
City of Gaithersburg
(301) 258-6398 (Main line)
(240) 372-4397 (Cell)
(301) 258-1320 (Fax) 

June 2, 2015

Hi Mark,

It was nice meeting you too. It seems the team definitely had a good gathering and came away with some fresh ideas and desire to bring about change for both staff and the people we serve. We were discussing the retreat in staff meetings yesterday.

Although it has been a few years since I have worked there, I think the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless could definitely benefit from your services. I am not sure who the point of contact would be but I am sure it can be found on their web site www.mcch.net

Everyone here at Wells/Robertson and Community Services has been incredibly welcoming. It was especially nice to end my first week at the retreat. Hearing staff voice their issues and also being able to see the way staff interact with each other has been helpful for me to get to know the team. 

Thank you and take care,


Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, Wash, DC;
Transforming Anger and Conflict into Collaborative Problem-Solving; 1-hr;
35 administrators, supervisors, educators


[Email to Sharon Armstrong, PHR, CMF, Sharon Armstrong and Associates
202 - 333 - 0644; www.sharonarmstrongandassociates.com]

Yes, we were very happy. All employees and managers told me that the
session was really good and fun. It was pleasure to work with Mark as he was
very responsive. Thank you so much for your recommendation.

Have a nice week,

Solveiga Jaskunas
HR Generalist
Office   (202)797-4700, ext.226


University of Maryland's Diabetes/Endocrinology Center's Managing Diabetes Conference; 100 + Allied Health Professionals,

Practice Safe Stress:  Stress and Change Resilience through Humor

Hi Mark-
Great presentation. It really inspired me to improve my own presentation skills and brainstorm with my coworkers how to make our diabetes education classes more fun.
Please add me to your newsletter list.
Best Regards,
Alison Massye
Alison Massey MS, RD, LDN, CDE
Director of Diabetes Education, Mercy Medical Center
250 N. Calvert Street Baltimore, MD 21202
P: (410) 659-2833

VA Psychosocial Rehab Fellowship Testimonial

I am pleased to endorse enthusiastically Mark Gorkin's candidature to deliver a conflict resolution workshop at your school.  Below are responses to your questions.

Robert S. Rudney, Ph.D.
Former Analyst-Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and the US Air Force
Founder of EXCEL (Job transition group for people with disabilities)robert.rudney@gmail.com

How long have you known Mr. Gorkin?

I have known Mr. Gorkin for over a dozen years.

What is the nature of your relationship?

Mr. Gorkin is both a friend and a colleague.  I initially met him when I hired him to present stress reduction/conflict resolution workshops to a support group of people with disabilities that I lead.  Subsequently, I hired him to provide stress reduction/conflict resolution workshops at my employer (Booz Allen Hamilton) and my church (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax).

Please describe his strengths and weaknesses as a facilitator of the workshop:
Mark is a born facilitator, with a keen strategic sense of how to lead the workshop participants to projected goals and how to overcome and resolve critical issues that sometimes difficult participants inject.  I have seen him present before a wide spectrum of audiences (i.e., out-of-work individuals with disabilities, Type A consultants, and spiritually-oriented church members), and he has demonstrated extraordinary intelligence, flexibility, and empathy.  Mark’s manner of presenting – with high energy, thought-provoking concepts, and appropriate humor along with his truly relevant and imaginative group exercises– keeps audiences on the edge of the seat, and ready to jump in and add to the group experience.  As a workshop facilitator, Mark has no real fundamental weaknesses.