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XX In Health Retreat DC – June 2, 2013 in Washington, DC

May 29th, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

Dianne Timmering will be attending this year’s XX in Health Retreat in Washington DC this year.

The XX Retreat is distinct form other conferences in that it is participatory — it represents an opportunity to be open and honest about how women’s personal and professional lives interact.

The event is sponsored by Rock Health and will take place at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington DC on Sunday June 2nd from 10:30 AM until 5:30 pm.

More information concerning the event can be found on the Conference’s website.


Speaking Event – Okolona Business Association – 7:00 AM, May 30, 2013

May 29th, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

Dianne Timmering will be speaking at the Okolona Business Association Breakfast Meeting on Thursday morning, May 30, 29013 at 7:00 AM at the Okolona Fire Department, located at 8501 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY 40219.

Dianne will be introducing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who is the keynote speaker for the event, as well as on Signature HealthCARE and its Department of Spirituality, which she cofounded, created and built into one of the largest for-profit, multi-faith Departments of Spirituality in the nation.

The event is to be held in the upstairs Event Hall and is free and open to the public.


Our 2nd Annual Interfaith National Day Of Prayer After Almost A Decade From Our Earliest Beginnings: What We Have Learned

May 15th, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

Our 2nd annual Interfaith National Day of Prayer after almost a decade from our earliest beginnings: What we have learned

by Dianne Timmering

The National Day of Prayer on May 2, 2013, our 2nd annual Inter-faith prayer day, was about the faith of a mustard seed; like the tight center of a wheel, we were the spokes of faith.

As we built the Spirituality Pillar, we began to uncover the power of the listening ear, the lending of compassion toward the empathy of the ailment and the simpleness of time to mend a suffering heart.

Prayer or a good game of checkers could heal we discovered; after all it was about time and the bravery of kindness. Prayer and the Spirit were about the essence of unconditional love we found even in the unavoidable imperfections of our existence.

We have learned it is about celebrating the dignity and beauty of faith traditions long established, the abolition of assumption; it is about the ancient roots of “crying out” like David in the Psalms for something bigger than the self; it is about the breaking off of caged conceptions and the pressing into new wisdom; it is about the outpouring of love . . . just love because that is what God is.

We found that the sanctity of respect could bring different faith traditions together – not watered down or diminished, but thriving in who we are as peoples, with boldness and a shine for the world; a world with no need for strife, but for dialogue, collaboration and a willingness to hear one another. It is in this secret beauty of one voice that is perhaps the best language of love.

And finally, maybe this national day of prayer, a government ordained moment, a heritage of our nation almost 240 years old saw the merging of public/government works, business innovation and spiritual pursuits, not just in service and works but as three points of integration to establish thriving communities in our city, prolific job opportunities, and domestic tranquility and justice for all.

And we welcomed our honored guests from numerous faith traditions—Baptist, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Catholic, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Bahai, Unitarian, and Native American-Sioux.

And we were one voice crying out for many in need of hope. A theme began to emerge as the power of the divine sang love and healing in magnificent harmony. Tradition made us beautifully different. Love made us the same.

We were souls praying with one voice. And we shared moments of faith and the culture of the beautiful and all were welcome.

Dianne Timmering, EMBA, MFA, CNA
Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

For full news coverage of the event, including a video interview with Dianne, please visit the Courier Journal’s website.

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Spirituality In The Workplace Discussion with Joe Steier and Dianne Timmering – April 19, 2013 at 12:00 Noon

April 8th, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

Our next Spirituality in the Workplace lunch is set for Friday, April 19th 2013, starting promptly at noon, at our Home Office at 12201 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY, 40299.

We are pleased that CEO Joe Steier and Vice-President of Spirituality Dianne Timmering will lead the discussion on building and sustaining the concept of spirituality as a core
competitive advantage in a for-profit environment of the business world of 2013.

All are welcome, but for planning purposes, reservations are requested for the event and may be made by emailing Stephen Bowling at

All attendees may feel free to come by any time after 11:30 AM on the day of the event, this will provide an opportunity to get to know some of the other attendees.


2012 Festival of Faiths “Compassion In the Workplace” Program

January 10th, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

At the Recent 2012 Festival of Faiths, held here in Louisville, KY, Signature CEO Joe Steier and Vice President of Spirituality Dianne Timmering participated in a panel discussion about “Compassion In the Workplace”.

Courtesy of the Festival of Faiths, below is the video for the complete event.


Signature Home Office Adopts Resident Angels

December 27th, 2012 by Stephen Bowling

Last year during her days of service at our Spencer County facility, Home Office Stakeholder Lynn Duvall noticed a need.

Lynn was helping out at this facility which is located close to the home office (where she works in the Accounting Department) when the subject of the approaching Christmas holidays came up.

“There are some residents in this building who have no families to speak of and who very likely will not receive any gifts at all this Christmas” she was told.

That was all she needed to hear.

Working with the Chaplain of that particular building she was able to provide for the needs of several residents last year, and this year she expanded the program outward through the Spirituality Department to include all of the local facilities near the Home office.

Taking the list of names and needs provided via the chaplains, Lynn started emailing coworkers she knew fairly well and asked if they would be interested in providing gifts this Holiday Season for these individuals in time for the gift-giving events taking place in their respective facilities. Once the word got out, the program expanded to include the entire Home Office.

The response was tremendous.

Through word of mouth and emails, Lynn was able to help over twenty local residents who would have received very little this Christmas. The outpouring of love and care from the Signature stakeholders to the precious residents for whom we all care was indeed a wonderful gift.

EVENT – Dianne Timmering to Speak at Spencer County Hall of Fame

December 14th, 2012 by Stephen Bowling

Dianne Timmering will be the Special Guest Speaker at the Signature HealthCARE of Spencer County Hall of Fame event on Friday evening December 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

The event honors four inductees to the Hall of Fame Cafe located at the long-term care facility located at 625 Taylorsville Road in Taylorsville, KY . The Inductees include a Volunteer, a Resident, an Employee and a Community Partner.

All are welcome to attend!

“Compassion in the Workplace” Session, November 16, 2012 – Festival of Faiths, Louisville, KY

November 26th, 2012 by Stephen Bowling

“Compassion in the Workplace” session on November 16, 2012 dream from the Festival of Faiths in Downtown Louisville, KY

by E. Joseph Steier and Dianne Timmering

Our move back to Louisville two years ago seemed perfectly timed with a city-wide charge to create and launch a “lifelong wellness and aging” movement that we could play a major role in. At the same time, the expanding Festival of Faiths International conference was growing and the launching of the compassionate city charter by our new mayor that we were blessed to sign-on early, made it a divine exodus from south Florida seem like a dream come true.

Last week, as Dianne and I sat in a packed room with standing room only, we are surrounded by business leaders, top researchers, spiritual leaders, and just really engaged people getting ready to dig into a panel discussion on “compassion in the workplace” and hear about our spirituality model and other models which link the spiritual and compassion to human well-being. Dr. James Doty, a Stanford neuro-surgeon, and leader in altruism and compassion, started off our panel with the thought on what is compassion, what is non-compassion where one feels no part of anything. Does the lack of compassion in the workplace lead to bad stress and issues with productivity? And what is the cost of bad stress in biased decision making, weakened performance?

There were more deserving leaders than Dianne and me, like Paul Thompson with Bridgeman Foods, Tori Murden McClure, the famed president of Spalding University, and Phil Marshall, CEO and president of Hosparus, the panel sponsor.

But here are the takeaways, we really want to dig into-

People are starting to notice Louisville and the Compassionate City charter -this can be a framework and healing ideology to unify our divided culture and heritage in the same way Merton’s epiphany manifested; a rebirth and transcendence a foot in the stream of our city’s people.

Conference attendees came from everywhere in the U.S. included several delegations from Canada to experience this event. And so is the Dali Lama next May coming to our fair town to embrace this soulful city, to expand this compassionate city charter and contemplative partnership so the vision that Thomas Merton delivered in Bangkok the day he died (Dec. 10th, 1968) visualizing an east-west spiritual balance between western self-directed personal empowerment and eastern selfless reflection can merge to capture what are both mankind’s greatest attributes.

Remember, I did not like the previous workplace environment that I worked in very much either but we may be at the end of the western highly directive command center business model that gave corporate a bad name in the workplace anyway. This will be the next industry leadership cycle requiring embracing the concept of shared leadership, collaborative external partnerships, real transparency, embracing servant leadership where we all must know the work . . . So . . . why not try being a compassionate workplace by being an early adopter if it’s going to happen.

Is compassion rooted in ancient religion? All compassion really means is that to be human is to embrace suffering–knowing it is an intersection to fellow man. If we share and reflect upon it, that everyone’s journey is equal in divine purpose, then we can drive toward the attempt at being present while possessing a non-judgmental awareness. God knows in me, that to feel deep personal suffering made me embrace forgiveness as the only way to heal and stay close to God. And knowing that we were on a parallel track of convergence with everyone in this room make us just feel more connected.

During the panel we learned a ton. One key learning jewel: Dr. Doty made an important point about the compassionate workplace state of mind . . . we must be totally self-aware, if there is a problem that you as a leader are the reason it exists, the critical party that must accept fault for it not being in optimal state, only then can you can help lead the real solution and create the condition around you so everyone owns the collective win . . . something we need to continue to embrace.

Then the magic happens . . . the science of Happiness occurs–your stakeholders have freedom from fear, a new sense of control, relationships with building trust, and they can contribute to something bigger than you and them for the opportunity of transcendence and purpose because you have given them the compassion to be.

EVENT – “Compassion in the Workplace” as part of the 17th Annual Festival of Faiths

November 13th, 2012 by Stephen Bowling

The “Compassion In the Workplace” Event, which is in conjunction with the 17th Annual Louisville Festival of Faiths, will be held this Thursday November 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Russell Hall at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage which is located at 1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard in downtown Louisville, KY.

Local business leaders who are known for their business acumen and their compassionate work settings, such as Bridgeman Foods CEO Junior Bridgeman, Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure and Signature Healthcare CEO Joe Steier and Signature Healthcare Vice President of Spirituality Dianne Timmering, will be special guests at this event.

More details about the event can be found on the Festival of Faith’s website.

EVENT – Hall Of Fame Induction, Louisville South Facility – November 7, 2012

November 8th, 2012 by Stephen Bowling

Below is the text of the prayer and blessing given at the Hall of Fame Induction Event at the Louisville South Facility on November 7, 2012.

How many countless lives have you served, have you changed, have you loved, have you saved.

To the recipients: We love you so much and are honored to be here today as a collective community to celebrate great lives and beautifully lived lives, lives that matter in every breath and moment. We thank you for the opportunity to be here tonight because of your greatness. You are ever so rich before our eyes evident by your great works and the impenetrable faith reflected in your histories. You are heroes with the richest of legacies. And tonight we celebrate those legacies so they are never forgotten. We honor you and love you and appreciate you just as your proud family and friends do sitting next to you.

Let us embrace your wisdom and exquisite beauty. Thank you for your service and courage in the building of cities, communities, persons, and a nation. For while you are hometown heroes, your mark is indelible in the rise of this great nation. You are our sage advisors and guiding stars.

I think of Raymond Shanie for he fought to free a nation and as an engineer in WWII, how many lives did he save, and how many people did he serve as a volunteer at the wayside Christian mission.

I think of Molly Grayson, a leader, an impassioned award winning artist and a caregiver in her own right as a volunteer at St. Mary’s hospital for so many years.

And what about Shelly Brown, a 21 year stakeholder, offering hope to the hopeless, encouraging living, not death, with the power to heal, one who never gives up; how many has she served, how many countless lives has she touched and inspired.

And Dr. Nair in the field of the living and restoration. How many has he healed and restored, calmed and loved with the knowledge of a doctor, as well as the compassion and love of a friend.

We have benefited from all of you and are a byproducts of your greatness. Let us all never forget this, and that for each of us sitting here tonight, purpose reigns in every breath and that courageous dreams are always rewarded. Let us celebrate these accomplishments before us, and the competitive natures and passions and dreams which never die in the blood but only sometimes in the sadness of the heart. Let us here be inspired; never losing our dreams, our God given right to a fruitful paths.

Therefore, I ask God to bless all to overflow this night, pressed down, shaken together. Bless this grateful day. Bless all hands, all feet and all hearts. Thank you.