Past Meetings

This section contains meetings we've held previously.

October 12, 2019

Topic: Triage: Improving 3 Key Areas for Next Level Performance

Speaker:  Lisa Peskin

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Triage is a methodology, developed by Business Development University (BDU), to help individuals and teams uncover what three areas, if improved upon, will have the biggest impact on performance. Once these three areas are identified, a developmental program can be put together to start closing the gaps. BDU's CEO Lisa Peskin will discuss the triage methodology and also share valuable tools to help systematically identify and address either your triage areas or those of your direct reports. She'll also talk about effective methodologies to improve key developmental areas in order to achieve desired results.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to identify which key areas you need to improve upon for the biggest impact on performance
  • The methodology for understanding your metrics
  • How to gain a clear perspective on what you need to do moving forward based upon your findings
  • Some of the basic keys to success

Lisa Peskin's Bio

Lisa Peskin is the founder and CEO of Business Development University (BDU), a results-driven sales and sales management training, coaching and consulting firm focused on helping individuals and companies grow their revenue by significantly increasing their sales. Lisa has more than 30 years of experience in sales performance and management. 

Throughout her career, Lisa has developed an award-winning reputation as a motivational and results-oriented sales professional and speaker. After a successful career as Vice President of Sales for Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Lisa launched her own sales training, consulting and coaching business in 2003. Since then, Lisa has helped thousands of selling and non-selling professionals dramatically improve their business development efforts and results through training, just-in-time support and programs designed to maximize opportunities and drive ROI.

September 14, 2019

Topic: How Technology & the Next Generation Impact the Experienced Job Seeker

Speaker:  Alissa Carpenter

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

The new wave of leaders is upon us.  Previously, we would assume the individuals with the longest tenure would be the ones in leadership roles but that is no longer the case.  Organizational leaders can be found in all generations and are often millennials.  Understanding how to communicate across generations is essential to landing a new job (especially if the hiring manager is younger than you).  This interactive training will bring to light challenges and opportunities to navigate these conversations, understand how technology is changing the work landscape and how to successfully communicate with coworkers across generations when you land the job.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Challenges and opportunities as an “over experienced” job seeker
  • Effective strategies to communicate across generations
  • Common drivers within each of the generations in the workforce
  • Technology and its impact on the workforce and work culture

Alissa Carpenter's Bio

Alissa Carpenter is a multi-generational workplace expert and owner of Everything’s Not Ok and That’s OK, where she provides training, consulting, and speaking services to organizations all over the world. She has an MEd in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, and is accredited in the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Her work helps to bridge communication gaps across generations, job functions, and geographies, and she has worked with organizations ranging from non-profits to multi-billion-dollar enterprises. She has delivered a TEDx talk on authentic workplace communication, and has been featured in media outlets including Forbes, ABC, FOX, and CNN Money. Alissa lives in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

August 2019

No meeting

 

July 13, 2019

Topic: Getting Culture Fit:  Leverage Your Values to Get the Job You’ll Love

Speaker:  Steve Van Valin

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Get a competitive edge – discover the culture fit they’re looking for from you.  Savvy organizations view their culture as a strategic advantage.  A huge shift has occurred in the way they search, interview, and hire candidates for “culture fit”.  They now go far beyond evaluating skills and experience in their decision-making.  You must also be able to demonstrate that your values are aligned to their organization’s values.  These values define what’s most important in HOW people work together, and fundamentally define their culture.  Making it through the culture fit gauntlet is essential to land the job.

Win them over.  How to express your true values.  You will gain a significant advantage if you can articulate your values, and back them up with specific examples on the difference they made to your decision-making and performance.  We will plan how to identify and articulate your values in your own authentic style and how to prepare examples that demonstrate your values in action.

Ensure your values will be valued. How to determine if their culture is a fit for you to thrive.
The culture fit factor works both ways.  Your inevitable future success with a new employer depends on how engaged you will be in the job.  You owe it to yourself to choose an organization that will bring out the very best in you.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to understand the real values of your potential employer - not just the ones on the poster.
  • How to identify the type of culture that makes you thrive (Using the 6 Key Culture Fit Model)
  • Vetting the most important person you will work with – your boss.

Steve Van Valin's Bio

Steve Van Valin, CEO and founder of Culturology is an innovation expert and employee engagement strategist.  He works with leaders who believe a high-performance culture is the key to unlocking a competitive advantage.  
As the leader of QVC’s culture and brand development strategy, Steve specialized in shaping an engaged high-performance culture that propelled QVC’s to become an E-commerce global powerhouse.  Steve led the strategy to align the development of teams and employees at all levels to QVC’s Values, known collectively as The QVC Difference. 

Steve has more than 25 years of experience developing winning culture and innovation strategy.  Some of his clients include NASA, The Philadelphia Phillies, SAP, Boeing, Lincoln Financial Group, Goodwill Industries, and The National Forest Service.  He is a talented keynote speaker who sparks insights and inspires action.

Click here to view Steve's presentation.

 

June 8, 2019

Topic: The Power of  "Pull Marketing" In Your Job Search

Speaker:  Ford R. Myers

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Are you chasing employers or are they chasing you? When searching for a new job, would you rather “chase after employers,” or have employers “chasing after you?” The choice is YOURS, and you CAN conduct your job search in such a way that employers will take the first step by reaching-out to you! 

Traditional job search involves “Push Marketing” methods. These include sending-out resumes, applying for jobs online, attending job fairs, contacting employers and recruiters, and of course - networking. Even if you do make contact, however, you’ll still have to “convince” the employer of your worthiness. This is the downside of “Push Marketing.”

But when employers perceive you as an expert and discover your credibility “on their own,” they’ll tend to feel pulled toward you and even pursue you. This is the primary benefit of “Pull Marketing.”

YOU can be known as an expert, regardless of your professional background or employment level. 

By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Stop acting like an applicant, and start acting more like an expert
  • Stop behaving like a candidate, and start behaving like a consultant
  • Stop being a job seeker, and start being a problem-solver
  • Stop making it all about you/your needs, and start making it all about them/their needs

Ford Myers' Bio
Ford R. Myers is an award-winning Career Coach and Certified Retirement Coach. He is author of the best-seller, “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.” Ford’s firm, Career Potential, LLC, helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! He has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. Ford’s articles and interviews have appeared in thousands of magazines, newspapers, web sites, television and radio networks. He has also conducted presentations at hundreds of companies, associations and universities. Learn more at https://careerpotential.com.

Click here to view Ford's flyer.   Click here to view Ford's presentation.

 

May 11, 2019

Topic: Swimming the English Channel - It Isn’t About the Swimming  

Speaker:  Anthony McCarley

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

The seminar discusses many of the very trying issues confronting a swimmer during a marathon event like the English Channel. Anthony then draws many parallels to everyday life from these lessons as well as business lessons and issues.

The English Channel is the marquee event for marathon swimmers, like Mt. Everest is to mountain climbers. The lessons learned during the training and completion of these events teach us all something significant about ourselves.

By attending this session, you'll learn:

  • What are the major issues confronting a marathon swimmer and how does that relate to everyday life
  • How does coping with failure make us stronger
  • Why failure need not be a permanent condition and how it improves us all
  • What are the specific business lessons that can be developed from such an undertaking
  • We all have dreams – how do we condition ourselves to achieve those dreams

Anthony McCarley's Bio

A boyhood dream to swim the English Channel has become a metaphor in life, as well as in business for Anthony McCarley. Twenty years of working as a senior executive at multiple global corporations led Anthony to dream big and, in turn, to take a huge risk by leaving the corporate world behind to focus on successful startups.

While working on his first startup, Anthony trained for and completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming (The English Channel crossing, circumnavigating Manhattan, and crossing the Catalina Channel in California).  He did all three in less than one year. Preparing for, and accomplishing this dream, Anthony crystallized 35 years of business experience into transferable knowledge. He realized there are many common elements inherent to the process of preparing for and competing as a marathon swimmer and the process of preparing for and competing as a successful business executive.

Anthony has shared his inspirational story to groups ranging from high school students to Global 500 C-level professionals and demonstrates how his experience translates into real-life issues that his audiences face.

 

April 13, 2019

Topic: Reinvent and Redefine Yourself in Your New Journey

Speaker:  Christian Hicks

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

You didn’t see it coming. You had a seemingly perfect job, only to lose it unexpectedly in the blink of an eye. In the midst of coping with family responsibilities, paying bills, and searching for random jobs, you are forced to confront the fact that you really don’t know what type of job you want. You don’t even know what makes you happy in your career anymore, and it feels like you are destined to search endlessly for a job that just pays the bills.  While some may see a layoff as “the end”, it truly is a new beginning, one which will allow you to hone your current skill set and reinvent yourself.

If this scenario sounds familiar, or if you dread the prospect of losing a job, join us for an interactive session.

By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Use Myers-Briggs and Strengthfinders to differentiate between a job and your passion
  • Redefine your value proposition and promote what makes you unique
  • Find your “Authentic Self”
  • Effectively convey your value to employers and your network
  • Negotiate and close the deal on your next job offer

Christian Hicks' Bio

With a career that has spanned youth ministry, law, venture capital, higher education, and even women’s shoes, Christian Hicks is privileged to share with you his journey and lessons learned. As one who has experienced career transition, even while raising twin toddlers, Christian will discuss how to stay relevant and motivated while chasing your dream job or next career endeavor.  Click here to view Christian's presentation.

 

March 9, 2019

Topic: Ten Tips for Being Proactive and Productive During Your Career Transition

Speaker:  Cheryl Clark Bonner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Perhaps you can relate to these statements:

  • It can take three to six months - and sometimes longer -- to get a new job.
  • Managing your “Job Search to-do” list can be a full-time job.
  • It is “who you know,” but cultivating relationships takes time.
  • Not every job is posted.
  • Customized resumes are important.

If you are out of work or anxious to leave your current paid position, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Some people panic and stay very busy, yet it amounts to energy usage without forward progress. During this presentation, we will identity tips and strategies for maintaining focus and achieving your goals while diminishing reactive and unproductive behaviors.

By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the difference between proactive and reactive behaviors
  • Identify ways to maximize your network
  • Apply tools to manage transitions and overcome “stinkin’ thinkin’ “
  • Analyze approaches and tasks to improve ROI

Cheryl Clark Bonner's Bio

Cheryl Clark Bonner, M.Ed., is a career program director and a counselor.  She has over 30 years of experience working in various higher education settings including private and public universities and community colleges.  She is currently the Director of Alumni Career Services at Penn State University where she provides services to meet the career/life management needs of alumni and facilitates networking opportunities for alumni and students. 

She is a founding member of the Alumni Career Service Network (ACSN), the professional development organization for this relatively new field. As a part of this organization, she has the opportunity to be a part of a team of experts who support the professional development of providers of career services to college alumni including the development of conferences, webinars and other training opportunities. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and training events on the topics of career, life management, mission and calling.  She has developed career and work related courses that have been taught in both the traditional classroom setting and through distance learning. 

Click here to view Cheryl's presentation.

 

February 9, 2019

Topic: Brand Power - Influence and Engage for Career Opportunities

Speaker:  Adrean Turner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

It’s not just about who you know but who knows you. Your personal brand is your professional DNA. Because your resume and business card do not tell your whole story, successful branding is critical for your reputation to gain influence and attract new opportunities.

By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the power of personal branding
  • Define your brand
  • Build a strategy for execution & opportunities
  • Utilize online networking tips to build relationships

Adrean Turner's Bio
Adrean Turner is the “Career Fulfillment Expert”. As owner of Turner Coaching, Training and Consulting, LLC, Adrean uses 23 years of experience in Management, Marketing, Operations, Sales, Teaching and Training to provide workforce solutions and career management services for professionals, entrepreneurs and organizations.  Adrean is the author of a newly published book, “F.I.T. for Success: Fearless, Inspired, Transformed for Success”, which based on her syndicated podcast, provides strategies for personal and professional development. 
Adrean received coaching certifications from the Life Purpose Institute, LLC. She holds a B.S. in Economics, a Master's degree in Management and an MBA, from the Pennsylvania State University.

To learn more about Adrean visit www.coachadrean.com or connect with her on social media as Coach Adrean.
Click here to view Adrean's presentation.


January 12, 2019

Topic: The Profound Power of Presence: How to Sell Yourself Before You Say a Word

Speaker:  Todd Cohen

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Are you ready to make 2019 your best year ever? If so, do not miss this opening keynote by Todd Cohen.

In this highly interactive and entertaining presentation, professional speaker and author Todd Cohen will walk us through how to be present and understand the most important skill to sell yourself. This skill rises above every other job search technique ever taught! Learn this and you WILL succeed.

By attending this session, you will:

  • Understand what “showing up” actually means
  • Learn how you win or lose before you ever say a word
  • Discover how to embrace the most critical split-second selling moment
  • Learn how fast decisions are made on you by your potential employer
  • Learn the most important skill of selling yourself
  • Bonus round:  How to make more money 

Todd Cohen's Bio
Todd Cohen works with all professionals who want to create a sales culture so that more sales happen. Since 1984, Todd has coached and led sales teams to deliver more than $500 million in revenue for leading companies including Xerox, Gartner Group, Pensare, Thomson-Reuters, and LexisNexis.
As the Principal of SalesLeader LLC, Todd inspires, advises, and builds high performance sales teams that produce outstanding results. He also provides strategic oversight and serves as executive sales coach and advisor to clients ranging from small, rapidly growing start-ups to well-established, large corporations.

Todd has been active in the American Cancer Society as well as several other charitable organizations. Todd holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Temple University.


December 2018

No meeting in December.

 

November 10, 2018

Topic: How to Get Your Resume Noticed

Speaker:  Laura Kasper

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

This program presentation gives insider tips & tricks on how to get your resume noticed. Share what hiring managers & recruiters are looking for in a resume. How your resume presentation could make or break you from getting an interview or even a job offer.   

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • What Hiring Managers are looking for in a resume
  • How to put together a resume that gets noticed
  • What should not be included in a resume
  • How a resume is read by recruiters/ hiring managers 
  • What keywords on a resume have to do with getting an interview

Laura Kasper's Bio:

Laura Kasper is the President, CEO and Founder of Monarch Staffing, a certified woman-owned, boutique staffing agency servicing the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region. Laura has 20+ years in the staffing business, offices located in Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties and Phila.  She helped numerous employers find top talent and has been instrumental in placing thousands of job seekers with area employers. Laura has been recognized as a Brava Award Winner by Philadelphia’s Smart CEO recognizing successful women entrepreneurs. She enjoys helping others find solutions! And lives by finding the silver lining and her Golden Rule; “Do unto others as they want to be done unto.” 

Click here to view Laura's presentation.

 

October 13, 2018

Topic: Relationships Matter!

Speaker:  Ed Wallace

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Everyone knows that relationships are the key to our success even more in today's highly digitized business environment. Ed Wallace will share the first systemic approach to transform contacts into high performing relationships focusing on the principles, concepts and process of creating relational capital.

Ed will concentrate on the following areas; max the taxi driver's competitor proof approach, the importance of focusing on the power of being intentional about relationships Displaying the Principle of Worthy Intent, Locating the Relational GPS" of each contact and The Relational Ladder process.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Ways to prioritize, advance and sustain your most important business relationships
  • How to apply the Essential Qualities of Credibility, Integrity, and Authenticity in your search
  • Identifying when 'worthy intent' is evident in your business relationships
  • Using RQ® to measure the strength of your relationships
  • Action planning for your top 5 relationships

Ed Wallace's Bio

Ed Wallace consults with and speaks for corporatations and associations across the globe with a client list that is a Who's Who of Fortune 500 companies.  He is the author of Fares to Friends: How to Develop Outstanding Business Relationships, Creating Relational Capital, Business Relationships That Last; Five Steps to Transform Contacts into High Performing Relationships and his most recent the #1 best-selling The Relationship Engine:  Connecting with People Who Power Your Business.

In addition, Ed is currently on the Executive Education faculty of Drexel's LeBow College of Business and Villanova University's Human Resources Master's program.  Click here to view Ed's presentation.

 

September 15, 2018

Topic: Chasing My Career Dreams……Ok, Now What?

Speaker:  Leasella "Lea" Bongiovanni

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Perspective: “If you could do anything, what would you do?” With this one question, Lea will take the audience through a journey of her own personal career transition, discover how to define their skills and strengths to help them build their own 30-second “Tell me about yourself” Elevator Pitch, the benefits of consulting and how to define your value and determine your compensation, and invites them to think about their career transition as if it was a project – “Managing Stakeholder Expectations”, “Building a Solid Project Plan”, “Working Your Plan”, and the “Ability to Successfully Communicate with Others.”  In going through this process, the audience will learn quickly the four steps to successfully managing a career transition; Listening, Executing, Stepping Back; and Moving Forward.

By attending this session, you’ll learn:

  • The four steps to successfully managing a career transition including:
  • Listening 
  • Executing
  • Stepping Back
  • Moving Forward 
  • Leasella "Lea" Bongiovanni's Bio

Lea Bongiovanni's Bio

Leasella "Lea" Bongiovanni, CAPM® made her career dreams a reality and is on a mission to help others successfully navigate their own career transition.  "I'm not afraid to fail. I'm afraid of saying “I can’t” so much that I never attempt to try something new." In her publications – “Chasing My Career Dreams In Heels: Do you love what you do?” and “Switching Careers At Age 40” she shares her career transition story.  Lea received a bachelor’s degree in social policy and planning from the University of Connecticut and is a Certified Associate in Project Management from Project Management Institute.

Click here to view Lea's presentation.  The last slide in this file contains an active link to the PWC tool.


August 2018

No meeting.

 

July 14, 2018

Topic: A Holistic Guide to Life in Job Search

Speaker Panel:  Ralph Lardieri, Amy Dinning, Mike Hughes, Christian Hicks

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Take a refreshing new outlook at your job search – and yourself – as My Career Transitions brings you insights from career and wellness professionals who offer practical suggestions for staying motivated, healthy, and productive during your career transition. 

Our panel of experts, who have also been in transition, will tackle the challenges of remaining positive and on track while you pursue your next opportunity. They’ll share useful tips to give you a fresh perspective and help you customize a plan specifically for you. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from professionals who understand the challenges and successes of career transition. You’ll leave with a customized action plan to help keep you healthy, positive, and organized during your job search. 

By attending this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to stay healthy – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually
  • What tools and resources can help you stay focused and organized 
  • The importance of networking in landing your next role
  • The types of meetings and events you should attend  
  • How to remain up-to-date in your profession and sharpen your job skills
  • Panel Bios

Ralph Lardieri - Health and Wellness Segment

Ralph Lardieri is a corporate wellness and health promotion professional with over 25 years experience in wellness engagement. Most recently Ralph was with Wawa as their first ever wellness manager and creator of the Wawa Wellness Fit to Fit 5 (Eat Right, Move More, Quit Tobacco, Inspire Others and Have Fun). He launched and managed all aspects of their branded wellness program starting in 2010. The award winning Fit to Fly wellness program targeted 29,000 employees and eligible family members across six states and 750 locations. In addition to this, his experience included training over 400 Wawa employees including senior level executives, directors, and store managers in stress management utilizing internationally recognized Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Athlete program. 

Amy Dinning – Organization Segment

Amy is a Speaker, Facilitator, and Coach, who works with all organizational levels, sets the strategy, creation, promotion, and delivery of talent and training solutions designed to support the organization’s business plan. Amy is passionate about creating an interactive and enjoyable environment that supports learning and growth. Currently, Amy serves as Global Learning & Development Manager at ARRIS, where she leads the Global Learning & Development function through needs assessment, strategic planning, design and development, facilitation, and collaboration.

She is the founder and Chief Facilitator of Jump Start Your Job Search Workshops offered twice a year for the last 9 years. She also serves as co-lead of the ATD Leadership & Organizational Development Special Interest Group. Amy is well known for her work as a Board Member Keynote Speaker and Orientation Facilitator for My Career Transitions networking group.

Mike Hughes – Networking and Meetings Segment

Michael Hughes is an educator.  Equally at home in classroom or corporate settings, his background spans college level coursework, continuing education programs, professional development workshops as well as instructional design and delivery. Michael was appointed to a full time faculty role at Temple University Fox School of Business and Management in 2018 having served on the adjunct faculty since 2013 and teaches marketing strategy. Michael also instructs at Pennsylvania State University Great Valley where he facilitates and instructs leadership and strategic management to students enrolled in the Continuing Professional Studies curriculum.

He sits on the advisory councils for the American Public University System as well as Peirce College, where he collaborates with the faculty and administration.  In that capacity, Michael plays a key role in interpreting market trends, translating them into adult learning requirements and designing course curriculum.   Michael is also a volunteer Board Member, Director of Programming and is a New Orientation facilitator with My Career Transitions.

Christian Hicks – Professional Development Segment

With a career that has spanned youth ministry, legal, venture capital, higher education, and even women’s shoes, Christian Hicks is privileged to speak to you today about professional development. As one who has experienced career transition, even while raising twin toddlers, Christian will discuss how to stay relevant (and busy) while chasing your dream job or next career endeavor.

Here's the link to the presentation.


June 9, 2018

Topic: Accomplishment Stories: Sell Yourself & Get the Job

Speaker: Ford R. Myers

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Remember a time when you heard a friend or colleague tell a memorable story? You can probably still recall some of the details about that story long after it was shared. Good storytelling creates a vivid picture and a positive response in the listener’s mind. Utilizing stories to enhance your job search is a skill that is often overlooked. Yet, without powerful accomplishment stories to tell prospective employers, you have almost nothing to “sell.” When you can effectively tie your accomplishment stories directly to the employer’s needs and problems, you will dramatically increase your chances of getting a job offer!

Many of us feel that the stories about our work life are not interesting. Others struggle to come-up with any accomplishment stories in the first place. This seminar will show you exactly how to identify and develop your own compelling accomplishment stories – stories that will become your most powerful “selling tools.”

By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Master the structure and components of a good accomplishment story.
  • Succinctly tell a compelling accomplishment story.
  • Match your accomplishment stories directly with the company’s needs and problems.
  • Leverage accomplishment stories as the most critical tool in the job search process.
  • Uncover your own “hidden” accomplishment stories.
  • Summarize your accomplishment stories into “bullet statements” for your resume.
  • Weave your accomplishment stories seamlessly into the interview.
  • Recognize the interviewer’s “prompts” to respond with an accomplishment story.


Please be sure to print off the following two documents and bring them to the event! 

1) Handout   

2) Pre-Seminar Assignment

Ford R. Myers' Bio

Ford R. Myers is President of Career Potential, LLC. Ford’s firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! He has held senior consulting positions at the nation’s largest career service firms. Ford’s articles and interviews have appeared in hundreds of national magazines and newspapers, and he has done presentations at numerous companies, associations and universities. Ford has also been a frequent guest on television and radio programs nationwide. He is author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” and “The Ultimate Career Guide.” Learn more at: www.careerpotential.com.

 

May 12, 2018

Topic: Leveraging LinkedIn to Optimize Job Search Impact

Speaker: Brynne Tillman

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Want to make the most of your profile, connections and networking techniques on LinkedIn? Think of it as a valuable sales platform. Remember, when you’re in job search, you’re really using a form of sales. You’re pitching your combined talent, expertise and knowledge as a product you’re selling to a potential employer. 

Join us this May as we explore how to apply sales techniques on LinkedIn to maximize job search effectiveness. Find out how to leverage your connections into warm introductions to help identify internal direct referral who can hand deliver your resume and get your credentials in front of the hiring manager or HR recruiter. Discover how to position yourself as an industry thought leader, showcase your value and use case studies to highlight your expertise.

By attending this event, you will learn how to:

  • Prepare hiring manager and recruiter centric profiles.
  • Reach out to existing connections based on company targets.
  • Search connections of 1st connections and asking for warm introductions.
  • Engage with new connections.
  • Develop effective message templates. 
  • Revamp your daily routine for a more strategic search process.

Brynne Tillman's Bio

Brynne Tillman is a LinkedIn expert disguised as a sales trainer. She helps professionals reach their career goals by leveraging their existing networks. Brynne is also the Chief Learning Officer at Vengreso and best-selling author of the LinkedIn Sales Playbook.


April 14, 2018

Topic: Negotiating Skills to Raise Your Voice and Value!

Speaker: Joyel Crawford

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Confidence is Key.  Knowing what to say and how to say it are key elements in having an effective negotiation conversation but if you don’t believe in what you’re saying, your delivery may fall flat. 

Walking in cold into a negotiating conversation is not setting you up for success.  Do you know how to effectively prepare for this type of conversation so you’re not caught in an off guard moment?  Proper preparation for these types of discussions will increase your confidence and your chances for holding a successful negotiation talk.

What’s your EQ? Self awareness and self assessment are two key emotional intelligence skill sets that are essential when preparing a negotiation conversation.  Understanding how to check in before and during a discussion can make or break your chances of success.

By attending this event, you will learn:

  • The reasons behind why negotiating can be so challenging. 
  • How to identify the right timing for negotiation.
  • How to successfully prepare for a negotiation conversation.
  • Effective negotiation skills and techniques to create a better negotiation experience for both parties.

Joyel Crawford's Bio

Joyel Crawford is a determined and passionate Certified Professional Career Coach and Training Consultant with over 15 years of experience Human Resources and career management. She is thrilled to bring her years of expertise to every training opportunity and is excited about helping others achieve their career and business goals.

As a Certified Professional Career Coach and Leadership Development Training Consultant, whether someone is a new grad, an executive, a career changer, or a job seeker hoping to land the next big thing, Joyel helps others expertly navigate every step of the job search through proven resources, tools, and coaching.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Joyel began her professional career shortly after graduating Cum Laude at Elon University with a Psychology degree as an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow. Joyel obtained her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a concentration in Management. Joyel is a Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC). She also holds PHR, SHRM-CP, DISC, Birkman and Life Coaching certifications. She is a member of Forbes Coaches Council, SHRM, Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Her career advice has been featured in Forbes, Essence, Huffington Post, The Muse, Girlboss and Next Avenue. 

Website: https://www.clsnext.com 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joyelcrawford 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/clsnextcoach 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrawfordLeadershipStrategiesLLC

 

March 10, 2018

Topic: Life Changing Relationship Building

Speaker: Cheryl Clark Bonner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Sponsor/Location: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

A relationship can change your life. We have all heard that adage that “It is who you know” but there is more to it than having over 1000 LinkedIn contacts or piles of business cards. Networking has become a catch-all phrase to mean everything from attending an event with the purpose of making contacts to searching digital directories and social media for new prospects. This session will look at get to the root of networking by taking a fresh look at what it really means and how to do it more effectively (and even enjoy it more) as a part of the job search and career development process. 

By attending this event, you will learn how to:

  • Be aware of relationship building principles 
  • Know how to ask questions to build relationships 
  • Understand when/where/how to use questions to enhance relationships
  • Be able to implement new strategies into their networking goals
  • Assess their own successes and failures in networking
  • Find others to practice with to allow for future success

Cheryl Clark Bonner's Bio

Cheryl Clark Bonner, M.Ed., is a career program director and a counselor.  She has over 30 years of experience working in various higher education settings including private and public universities and community colleges.  She is currently the Director of Alumni Career Services at Penn State University where she provides services to meet the career/life management needs of alumni and facilitates networking opportunities for alumni and students. 

She is a founding member of the Alumni Career Service Network (ACSN), the professional development organization for this relatively new field. As a part of this organization, she has the opportunity to be a part of a team of experts who support the professional development of providers of career services to college alumni including the development of conferences, webinars and other training opportunities. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and training events on the topics of career, life management, mission and calling.  She has developed career and work related courses that have been taught in both the traditional classroom setting and through distance learning. 

 

February 10, 2018

Topic: The Power of Positivity in Your Job Search

Speaker: Wendy Merron

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

When life throws you a curve ball – like one involving job transition – it can be hard to stay optimistic. Make the power of positivity work for you! Get tips and participate in exercises designed to help you create and sustain an upbeat outlook throughout your search.

During this interactive workshop, you’ll learn how to maintain a positive mindset to help you get the job that’s perfect for you. Be prepared to participate and experience how you can change the way you think so you feel better and keep yourself open to new opportunities. Please bring paper and pen for one of the exercises.

By attending this event, you will learn:

  • How your subconscious mind works.
  • How your thoughts can sabotage your goals.
  • How to intentionally create positive thoughts.
  • How to maintain a positive attitude – even when you’re facing challenges.
  • How to use self-hypnosis to stay calm and motivated. 

Wendy Merron’s Bio

Wendy Merron is a board certified hypnotherapist and the author of the Amazon bestseller, Powerful Thinking on Purpose. She helps adults and teens in her office at The Center of Success in Wayne, PA, to improve sports performance and overcome fears, test anxiety, and public speaking. She is also a certified hypnosis trainer who teaches the art and science of hypnosis to individuals, therapists, and coaches. Wendy is the creator of HypnotherapyTrainer.com, the first hybrid Hypnosis Training Program that enables students from all over the world to become certified hypnotists through her online interactive video program and live, office-based training.

 

January 13, 2018

Topic: Getting Culture Fit:  How to Leverage Your Values to Get the Job You’ll Love

Speaker: Steve Van Valin

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society, Malvern, PA

Be aware of the hiring for “culture fit” mega-trend.  Savvy organizations view their culture as a strategic advantage.  A huge shift has occurred in the way they search, interview, and hire candidates for “culture fit”.  They now go far beyond evaluating skills and experience in their decision-making.  You must also be able to demonstrate that your values are aligned to their organization’s values.  These values define what’s most important in HOW people work together, and fundamentally define their culture.  Making it through the culture fit gauntlet is essential to land the job.

Show them your values.  You will gain a significant advantage if you can articulate your values, and back them up with specific examples on the difference they made to your decision-making and performance.

Ensure your values will be valued.  The culture fit factor works both ways.  Your inevitable future success with a new employer depends on how engaged you will be in the job.  You owe it to yourself to choose an organization that will bring out the very best in you.

By attending this event, you will learn:

  • How to identify and articulate your values in your own authentic style.
  • How to prepare examples that demonstrate your values in action.
  • How to understand the real values of your potential employer - not just the ones on the poster.
  • How to identify the type of culture that makes you thrive (Using the 6 Key Culture Fit Model)
  • Vetting the most important person you will work with – your boss.

Steve Van Valin's Bio

Steve Van Valin, CEO and founder of Culturology is an innovation expert and employee engagement strategist.  He works with leaders who believe a high-performance culture is the key to unlocking a competitive advantage.  

As the leader of QVC’s culture and brand development strategy for more than 13 years, Steve specialized in shaping a highly engaged workforce and innovation processes that propelled the company’s double-digit growth (exceeding $10 billion in annual sales).  Steve led the effort to align the development of teams and employees at all levels to QVC’s Values, known collectively as The QVC Difference.  

Steve has over 25 years of experience developing winning culture and innovation strategy.  Some of his clients include NASA, The Philadelphia Phillies, SAP, Boeing, Lincoln Financial Group, Goodwill Industries, and The National Forest Service.  He is a talented keynote speaker who sparks insights and inspires action.

Click here to view Steve's powerpoint presentation.

 

December 2017

No meetings in December.

 

November 11, 2017

Topic: Putting Your Best Foot Forward in Your Job Search

Speaker: Pennie Simmons, MLD, PHR, SHRM-CP

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Showcasing your best self in your job search is critical to finding and landing your next career opportunity. But exactly what steps can you take to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward?  Understanding and communicating with different personality types is critical to a positive networking experience and achieving successful interview results.  Find out as we delve into personal preferences and styles and get a step-by-step guide to interview preparation during our November career event.

By attending this event, you will learn:

  • About the 4 DISC Personality Types to get to know yourself better – and understand the styles and preferences of recruiters and interviewers.
  • How to successfully interact with different personality types.
  • Valuable guidance to prepare for successful interviews – both physically and mentally.
  • How to present yourself during an interview as an exceptional candidate and how to address challenging questions.
  • Important steps to take when following up after your interview and how to debrief your performance.

Pennie Simmons Bio

Pennie Simmons is a Leadership & People professional with a great ability to connect with and motivate people to success, getting them excited about who they are, what they do, and where they work. 

Pennie has great empathy to understand individual’s perspectives, personality, strengths and areas of development, and brings value by building strong relationships with everyone in the organization. She includes DISC personality traits in her work to help individuals understand how to successfully interact between their and others types. 

Pennie is the Director of Leadership & Talent Development at Arora Engineers.  Pennie received her Master’s degree in Leadership Development in May, 2015 from The Pennsylvania State University while working full time. She holds both Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certifications.

 

October 14, 2017

Topic: Boost Your Job Search with Personal Branding

Speaker: Charlene Holsendorff

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

As consumers, we’re familiar with how companies differentiate their products and services by creating a brand or unique image for their offerings. But did you know that branding also plays an important role in job search? During this month’s informative session, you’ll discover how to define your skills and strengths to help you build your personal brand – and articulate the benefits you offer potential employers by creating a strong value proposition.

By attending this event, you will learn:

  • What a personal brand is – and isn’t.
  • The significance of personal branding in the job search
  • How branding is manifested: What is the “message” being conveyed to others?

        - Written correspondence  – resume; cover/thank you letters; emails (including email address)

        - Verbal message – telephone message; networking conversations

        - Visible presentation – online presence; physical demeanor

        - Attitude – negative vs. positive, and the implications on others either way 

  • Practical guidelines for incorporating your personal brand into a compelling “Tell me about yourself” statement.

Charlene Holsendorff’s Bio
With a background in training and development, Charlene has consulted with the industry’s premier outplacement companies  including Right Management and Lee Hecht Harrison since transitioning into the career management field 12 years ago. Currently she partners with CCI Consulting, a Career Partners International firm. Her experience includes managing a career center for 1000+ displaced professionals, coaching them on job search strategies.
Charlene’s areas of expertise include solution interviewing techniques, crafting resumes that open company doors and helping older job-seekers to overcome age-related obstacles. She is the author of a commercially-published eBook “How to Not Get a Job: 10 Pitfalls to Keep You Unemployed (Forever!).”


September 9, 2017

Topic: How To Stay Motivated In A Job Search

Speaker: Michael Cuff

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society, Malvern, PA

Participants will learn how to take a holistic approach to a job search.  Tips and techniques on positive thinking are discussed and reviewed.  Also tips and techniques on how to incorporate your Mind, Body, and Soul into a Job and Career Search are discussed.

By attending this event, you will learn:

  • How to take care of yourself Mentally in a Job Search
  • How to take care of yourself Physically in a Job Search
  • How to better handle and control the stress of a Job Search

Michael Cuff's Bio

As Director, Client Services, for CCI Consulting, Michael is responsible for delivering services in the Talent Acquisition and Career Transition practice areas. He provides a well-balanced, insightful, and consultative approach to every aspect of his work since joining CCI in 2008.

Prior to joining CCI, Michael had a successful Human Resources career with Betz Laboratories, Citizens Bank, and TargetRx. Michael is known for his expertise with social networking tools and tactics, enhancing his sourcing and networking capabilities and resulting in an extensive network. As an avid networker, he builds relationships naturally and fluidly. He genuinely engages people with a true spirit of helping and working toward successful outcomes.

Michael served 4 years in the United States Air Force and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies/Communication from Louisiana Tech University. He has the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation and is a certified instructor in the following programs: Zenger Miller-Frontline Leadership, Development Dimensions International-Target Selection Interviewing, and Walter V. Clark-Activity Vector Analysis (Behavioral Assessment). He is a certified Career Transition Coach and a Certified LifeOptions Retirement Coach for New Horizons, a program designed to assist newly-retired individuals with the psychological and mental aspects of preparing for retirement. In addition, Michael is an Ordained Permanent Deacon for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He is actively involved in Homeless and Prison Ministries, improving lives and giving back to the community.

 

August 2017

No Meeting

 

July 8, 2017

Topic: Insights from Human Resources and Recruiting Experts

Speakers: HR Panel - Sharon Crandall, Suzanne Gleason, Matt Levy, Stacey O'Leary

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Get a fresh perspective on your job search as My Career Transitions goes behind the scenes with local talent acquisition professionals who will share their insiders’ views on the recruitment process.

Our panel of Human Resources and Recruiting experts will discuss current recruiting and onboarding processes and how to effectively connect with recruiters in a competitive job market. In addition, these talent acquisition leaders will share their experiences and what they look for during the various stages of candidate engagement. 

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • What a recruiter looks for when considering a candidate
  • How to effectively prepare for an interview and the top questions to ask
  • Ways to best market and brand yourself 
  • The role corporate culture plays in job search
  • How to address gaps in your employment history
  • How to differentiate yourself by addressing key aspects often overlooked by other candidates
  • Tips and tricks to navigate the recruitment process with your recruiter
  • Don’t miss this opportunity to get inside perspectives on the recruitment process.

HR Panel

Sharon Crandall, Suzanne Gleason, Matthew Levy, and Stacey O'Leary 


June 10, 2017

Topic: Creating Your Job Search Masterpiece

Speaker: Lisa Van Ess

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Sponsor/Location: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

Conducting a successful job search is an art not a science. Creativity is key. How will you design your masterpiece to get the career opportunities you want? 

Join us for our June career event to get fresh ideas that will inspire you and bring new color to your search. Talent acquisition consultant Lisa Van Ess will highlight inventive approaches for the various phases of job search – from assessing your goals and needs, to designing an effective plan, to preparing for a successful interview and more. Most importantly, you’ll have the chance to get answers to your hiring and recruitment questions and learn from other participants’ experiences.

By attending this event, you will learn:

  • The creative methods for networking and job search
  • The critical aspects to consider when developing your search plan
  • How to customize and prioritize your job search activities based on your individual goals
  • How those individual goals – and your plan – relate to your networking and interview style and performance

Lisa Van Ess' Bio

Lisa Van Ess is an HR and training leader responsible for setting strategies and motivating teams in the creation and delivery of a variety of Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and Talent Development programs. She started her HR career in pharmaceutical recruiting, managed the recruiting teams for regional divisions of Entex Information Services and GE Capital Information Technology Solutions, and led the outsourced recruiting and HR operation for a local recruiting/HR consulting firm. Lisa has held the positions of Workforce Development Program Director and VP of HR - Global Operations for SEI, and Business Leader, VP of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) at the CBI Group prior to joining NIIT Technologies.   Click here to see Lisa's presentation.

 

May 13, 2017

Topic: Tricks to Using Body Language to Nail Your Next Interview

Speaker: Shelly O’Donovan

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Did you know that 60-93% of information is communicated nonverbally? More than half! Think about all the effort you spend on the words you’re delivering and yet totally unaware of messages your body is screaming. Shelly O’Donovan of Illuminate the Message, LLC, will show you how to be aware of those messages so that you can communicate your intended message and unlock your authenticity to get the job you want.

In a world so focused on the words we say, most people are missing out on how we say those words, the nonverbal behind the verbal. You can harness the power of nonverbal communication, revolutionize the way you present yourself, change your approach to client interactions, and utilize a unique skill set to become the best version of yourself.

Research has shown that the first impression happens within 20 seconds of someone meeting you, and many times in a job interview the first impression is over the phone. With some minor tweaks to your planned message and power posing before an interview, you can increase odds of a great first impression.

By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Understand your body language and what you are communicating
  • Unlock your presence
  • Increase your confidence as you prepare  
  • Learn some tips to help you nail that next interview

Shelly O’Donovan's Bio

With over 20 years of experience as a proven leader in the public policy arena, Shelly has helped industry-leading companies in the healthcare and pharmaceutical domains define and shape their corporate positions and strategic and tactical business plans. She has served as a key driver and facilitator of targeted policy initiatives, built and managed public policy strategic alliances, Interpreted and analyzed legislation, distilled complex issues into concise talking points for legislators, and served as primary liaison between commercial interests and government affairs.

Over the years she gathered experience and expertise in government relations, public policy, lobbying, grassroots advocacy, legislative and regulatory processes, and policy maker engagement. Along the way, she noticed that the brightest people often weren’t making the biggest impact, while others with less substantive messages were making huge strides.  Shelly really wanted to understand why this was the case and how it could be changed. She almost stumbled upon the answer after she received body language training prior to a lobbying mission at the state capital. By mastering her presence, she was transformed from just another face in the crowd to one of the most popular and magnetic leaders in the delegation. She felt a lot more confident, could read people better, and became empowered to achieve the outcome she wanted. 

Body language makes a huge difference! After seeing this firsthand, Shelly was hooked and she refocused her career to help others receive these benefits.  

Shelly completed a rigorous process -- through the Science of People, a leading behavior research lab -- to be certified as a body language trainer, corporate speaker, and executive coach. Through her company, Illuminate the Message, LLC, Shelly draws from her real-world experience and world-class training to help teams learn to use body language to increase effectiveness in advocacy pitches, negotiations, communication, leadership positions and interpersonal relationships.

 

April 8, 2017

Topic: Amplify Your Career Transition With EQ!

Speaker: Michael Brenner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

At first glance, jazz and career transitions don’t seem to have much in common.  But a closer look reveals fascinating commonalities: both are fundamentally about relationships, exploration, and navigating change.  In this unique presentation, international leadership consultant, speaker, and professional jazz musician Dr. Michael Brenner of Right Chord Leadership shares a new paradigm for those in transition—one based on the sounds, rhythms, and principles of this great American art form.  Leveraging decades of performance experience, Michael (with saxophone in tow) will demonstrate how viewing one’s career journey like a jazz musician opens new ways of thinking, engaging, and problem-solving. But Michael won't be the only one playing--the audience will get a chance to jam too!

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • The four dimensions of emotional intelligence and the important role they play in career transitions
  • How to become more aware of self-limiting beliefs and overcome them
  • How to regulate emotions for better outcomes
  • How to increase the capacity to empathize with others
  • How to forge trusting, fruitful relationships through listening and engaged collaboration


Michael Brenner's Bio
As president of Right Chord Leadership, Michael helps leaders and teams at all levels strengthen the essential skills needed to achieve peak performance.  He achieves this by drawing on the lessons he’s learned as an international leadership consultant, executive coach, and educator for more than 16 years and as a professional musician for over 30 years.  Michael’s unconventional workshops, coaching sessions, and consulting services have helped his clients increase engagement, reduce turnover, and work together more effectively.
Michael has designed and taught courses in systems thinking, negotiation strategies, interpersonal relations, and organizational behavior at Immaculata University, La Salle University and Temple University.  He was 2014 president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and Chairman of the chapter’s 2015 Regional Learning and Development Conference.  Michael has been a featured speaker at many industry events and conferences, and has delivered leadership programs in Sri Lanka and Australia.

Michael holds a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University and a master's degree in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University.  In addition to consulting and teaching, Michael currently performs in two Philadelphia-area bands.  He lives in Broomall, Pa.

Click here to view Michael's presentation.

 

March 11, 2017

Topic: The Art of Interviewing

Speaker: Cheryl Bonner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

The interview!  For most job seekers, it the proverbial gold at the end of the rainbow.  It is the reward for all of the networking, researching, cover letter writing, resume sending and applying.

Many job seekers have said, "If I could just get to the interview, I know I could get the job."  Yet, not everyone who gets an interview gets a job offer. Why not? It stands to reason that a prepared candidate who gets to the interview should be able to get the offer. 

This interactive, motivating, and informative session will look at the art of interviewing including; reasons job seekers don’t get offers, ways to show value, communication strategies, interviewing etiquette,  and strategies to use before, during, and after the interview. 

By attending this event, you will learn how to:

  • Determine employer needs before the interview 
  • Prepare for the various types of interviews
  • Apply strategies to use before and after the interview 
  • Utilize tips to anticipate and answer the tough questions
  • Use interviewing etiquette
  • Utilize communication tools to effectively connect personal value to scope of job and company culture

Cheryl Bonner's Bio
Cheryl Bonner holds a master’s degree in education from Millersville University. She has more than 30 years of experience as a career program director and counselor, working in various higher education settings including private and public universities and community colleges. Cheryl currently works for Penn State where she serves as the Director of Alumni Career Services. In this role, she provides counseling and programming services that meet the career and life management needs of alumni. She also designs and facilitates networking opportunities for alumni and students. She has developed career- and work-related courses that have been taught in both the traditional classroom setting and through distance learning. Cheryl is the co-author of the career development textbook, “Your Career Planner.”
Cheryl was a founding member of the Alumni Career Services Network (ACSN), an association for career professionals serving alumni.  She has served as a leader in this emerging field and currently in her second term as president of ACSN. 


February 11, 2017

Topic: Career Reinvention is a Journey. Here’s Your Four-Part Roadmap

Speaker: Hollis Thomases

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Reinvention is a choice to deliberately pivot your career and alter your life...but, no one reinvents in a vacuum, no one reinvents alone. Reinvention is hard. Reinvention will test your sense of self, your limits, and your confidence in your abilities. And yet, in today's fast-changing world, reinvention is unavoidable because, as futurist James Lee puts it, "The future favors the flexible." Whether you’re stuck in a career rut, recently realized that you're not doing what you really want to be doing, but don't know how to start or where to move on to, or have you always had an itch to do something different and have finally worked up the courage to consider it, you’re a “Reinventionist” in-the-making. Just as a traveler must plan for a trip beforehand, so you should properly plan for your reinvention. This seminar will lay out the four-part roadmap of your reinvention journey so you can be more prepared for the (sometimes bumpy) trip ahead.

By attending this event, you will learn:

  • How reinvention is different than mere career change
  • The five common work and life circumstances that often lead to a reinvention
  • What you should expect during the reinvention journey
  • The four phases of The Career Reinvention ContinuumTM
  • Methods to find your path

Hollis Thomases' Bio
A self-proclaimed “Reinventionist,” Hollis has iterated herself and her career multiple times. She turned her latest reinvention into an entire business venture called ReinventionWorks (http://www.reinventionworks.com).  ReinventionWorks is a purpose-driven business designed to empower people and businesses to take control of their next future through educational content, tools, and connections. To-date Hollis has conducted nearly 100 interviews of “Reinventionists,” ordinary people who have accomplished life-altering career reinventions, many of which were video-taped and are available for free viewing on the Webcasts portion of the ReinventionWorks website.

Prior to founding ReinventionWorks, Hollis launched her first company in 1998, a digital marketing & advertising firm, growing it over 15 years into a multi-million-dollar business serving a prestigious client portfolio including Nokia, Johns Hopkins University, NatureMade, and Four Seasons. In recognition of her pioneering accomplishments, in 2007 Hollis was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year representing Maryland State. Hollis was also a regular columnist for Inc.com along with several industry publications, authored a book on Twitter that is still in circulation (“Twitter Marketing:  An Hour a Day”), and was a frequent expert presenter at conferences and events.

 

January 14, 2017

Topic: Job Seekers Tool Kit

Speaker: Ford Myers

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern PA

A carpenter would never show-up at a construction site with only a hammer. A graphic artist would never interview for a design position without showing a complete portfolio. So why is it that most job seekers use only their resume as the cornerstone of their search?

Job seekers over-emphasize the resume because their other “tools” are weak or nonexistent. But the resume should actually be one of your least used job-seeking tools! Unfortunately, most people don’t know what these other tools are or how to use them.

By integrating these other elements into your job search – and not relying solely on the resume – you can add power, professionalism and flexibility to your efforts. Finding the right job and building a satisfying career is much easier when you have the right tools!

This is a practical seminar that is designed to provide tangible solutions, with “real world” case studies and examples. We will examine the specific tools you need and how to create them – not just to land the next job – but to master the search process and maximize your long-term career potential. Don’t miss this unique and helpful workshop!

By attending this event, you will learn how to:

  • Examine the specific tools you need and how to create them
  • Master the search process and maximize your long-term career potential
  • Integrate all the other elements into your job search
  • Add power, professionalism and flexibility to your efforts
  • Build a satisfying career by leveraging the right tools
  • Learn tangible solutions, with “real world” case studies and examples

Ford Myer's Bio
Ford R. Myers is President of Career Potential, LLC. His firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! Ford has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. His articles and interviews have appeared in hundreds of magazines, newspapers and web sites, and he has conducted presentations at many companies, associations and universities. In addition, Ford has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs nationwide. He is the author of two books: “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” and “The Ultimate Career Guide.

 

December 2016

No Meeting

 

November 12, 2016

Topic: Selling Yourself: It's NOT an Option

Speaker: Todd Cohen

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

In this highly interactive and entertaining presentation, professional speaker and author Todd Cohen will walk us through how to sell the most precious thing we all have – ourselves! In today’s tight and competitive job market being technically good is not good enough you get you the job you want.  You MUST be able to think about your job campaign as a sales campaign and using your skills to sell yourself.  Whether you are employed underemployed or in transition this is a must attend session and a “wake up call” to everyone to think differently about how you approach your career.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to be proactive about your job search campaign.
  • How to use sales skills and get the job you want.
  • How to create a sales value proposition that sells you.
  • How to create a virtual sales team that advocates for you.
  • How to create a Relationship Portability Index that works for you.

Todd Cohen's Bio

Todd Cohen works with all professionals who want to create a sales culture so that more sales happen. Since 1984, Todd has coached and led sales teams to deliver more than $500 million in revenue for leading companies including Xerox, Gartner Group, Pensare, Thomson-Reuters, and LexisNexis. 

As the Principal of SalesLeader LLC, Todd inspires, advises, and builds high per¬formance sales teams that produce outstanding results. He also provides strategic oversight and serves as executive sales coach and advisor to clients ranging from small, rapidly growing start-ups to well-established, large corporations. 

Todd has been active in the American Cancer Society as well as several other charitable organizations. Todd holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Temple University.

 

October 8, 2016

Topic: Strategic Research-based Approaches for LinkedIn

Speaker: Lynne M. Williams

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Did you know …

LinkedIn has over 433 million users worldwide and welcomes a new member every two seconds? 
The best time for thought leadership postings on LinkedIn to create engagement is Tuesdays between 10-11 a.m. and the best times for shares is 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.?
94% of recruiters are using LinkedIn to find job candidates and they spend an average of 6 seconds looking at either a resume or a LinkedIn profile? 
With statistics like these, how can you define your value proposition, optimize your LinkedIn profile, and leverage your competitive edge for career transition or career management?

This informative workshop will delve into a research-based philosophy and strategies to create a LinkedIn profile that is geared towards viewers with average attention spans of about 7 seconds. You’ll get insights into the role of cognitive neuroscience and how the evolution of the “digital brain” is central to what and how people skim online content. You’ll discover tips, tricks, and best practices to more strategically format your LinkedIn profile, optimize your use of key words, and differentiate your personal brand. 

By attending this session, you’ll learn:

Where in your profile to effectively incorporate key words, including those from new job descriptions

  • How to clearly brand yourself
  • How to develop your “secret sauce” to stand out
  • How to strategically format and streamline your profile
  • When, where, and why you need to engage in thought leadership

Lynne Williams' Bio

Lynne M. Williams, BS, MA, ABD, is the Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, which provides support and resources for those in career transition and those interested in career management. She is also the owner of Around the Clock Executive Helper, a virtual assistance business established in 1994 that provides support to people in career transition, solopreneurs, and small businesses with resumes, LinkedIn profiles, email marketing, and social media platform set up. An avid networker, Lynne does training workshops on LinkedIn and other social media and technology as well as career transition topics. She has also done extensive doctoral research and writing on Web 2.0 Social Media applications. Connect with Lynne on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/lynnewilliams.

Click here to view Lynne's presentation.


September 10, 2016

Topic: Overcoming Age Bias In Job Search

Speaker: Charlene Holsendorff

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Older workers bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, achievements and insight (Value!) that the fresh-faced college grad simply does not yet possess. This message is sometimes unrecognized or, worse, tarnished by the very person who needs to herald that message: the Older Worker! Throughout this workshop, we will validate that message through Internal Reinforcement and External “Brand” Promotion.

By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Avoid Resume Roadblocks
  • Overcome “Over-Qualified”
  • Recognize & Minimize “Generational Biases”
  • Utilize Solution Interviewing: Conveying One’s “Brand” to the Employer

Charlene Holsendorff's Bio
Charlene Holsendorff transitioned from corporate training & development to Job Search Strategist for the past 10 years, including managing a career center of 1000+ displaced business professionals. In addition to professional speaker, online content writer and webcast designer and presenter, she has authored an eBook entitled “How to Not Get a Job: 10 Pitfalls to Keep You Unemployed (Forever!).” She is a subject matter expert on topics including Resuscitate Your Resume; Solution Interviewing; Creating & Managing Your Brand. Charlene resides in Montgomery County, PA


August 2016

No meeting

 

July 9, 2016

Topic: The HR Angle on Recruiting and Hiring

Speaker Panel: Sharon Crandall, Karen DeLise, Mike Hendri, and Ford Myers

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

How would you like to hear about some insights from recruiting professionals on how to better your chances at getting noticed in your job search? In our July presentation we will have a panel of four recruiting and job search professionals with deep experience who will share their thoughts about what they are looking for in job candidates--from their side of the desk! In this wide ranging panel discussion, the panelists will present their points of view on a wide range of hiring practices and approaches and offer their suggestions on what you should consider in your search strategy.

By attending this session, you will:

  • Hear about a wide range of recruiting tips from a recruiter’s perspective
  • Learn about the different angles to which recruiters pivot towards and look to avoid
  • Discover search strategies that increase the possibility of gaining traction in the recruiting process
  • Engage in an open discussion about current trends in hiring approaches from multiple recruiting perspectives

 


June 11, 2016

Topic: Current & Emerging Job Search Tactics for the Experienced Professional

Speaker: Hank Boyer

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

In this workshop, participants will explore the most current and emerging trends affecting a job search/career change, and what’s behind the trends. Using the most current research derived from assessing two distinct job-seeking groups (experienced professionals/skilled workers and college students/recent grads), the workshop will present at least a half-dozen little known, but game-changing approaches job seekers are using to advance their careers.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • What is causing a job search in 2016 to be so very difficult.
  • What emerging trends are going to affect job search in 2016.
  • What methods are job seekers, hiring managers, and recruiter relying on to fill 2016 openings.
  • Which social media networks will be the most effective ones for 2016.
  • Which unique strategies can an experienced worker use to further his or her career.
  • How to leverage the hidden job market.
  • Which alternative search strategies can cut weeks or months off your job search.

Hank Boyer's Bio

Hank Boyer works with some of America’s top companies, helping them implement best practice strategies and programs to improve their hiring, staff development, leadership effectiveness, and sales. Following a successful 24-year career as a corporate executive in technology and telecommunications, Hank founded Boyer Management Group in 1998. Hank has written a number of books, including two textbooks on career and job search that are now in their sixth editions. He advises senior managers in both the profit and non-profit sectors and is a frequent seminar speaker on job search trends. He’s authored more than 140 training programs currently utilized in North and South America, Europe and Asia. In addition to his business endeavors, Hank is a grandfather of three, serves as a Business Advisory Board member for Cairn University’s Enactus organization, and is engaged in a number of community organizations.

 

May 14, 2016

Topic: Put Your Mind to Finding Your Dream Job, NOW!

Speaker: Matt Levy

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Wouldn't it be awesome to find not just any job but to find a job that perfectly aligns with your passions and talents?  It's that mystical dream job which, according to several surveys, less than 7% of us have yet to reach.

The good news is that you don't have to be in the majority who are toiling away in a career just going through the motions.  Your dream job is attainable!  How does Matt know?  Because he has created it for himself and he will explain exactly how you can do it, too.  And the good news is the formula isn't very complicated. 

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Four simple exercises to uncover your career passion
  • Four questions to galvanize your thinking
  • Five stages of the dream job roadmap
  • If you are reading this and rationalizing that it is too much work - or that you can set aside your dreams for later in life when the timing is better - when you hear Matt's personal saga, you will think twice!  The call to action will be undeniable and possibly, if you allow it, life changing!

Matt Levy's Bio

Matthew Levy is Executive Vice President at Velocity Advisory Group.  Velocity is a human capital consulting firm focused on coaching, team dynamics and strategy planning.  Matt's prior experience includes twenty years in Fortune 500 strategic human resources leader roles at blue chip companies Merck, Amgen and Johnson & Johnson.  

His passion is coaching high achievers to reach ever loftier goals by challenging them to uncover their hidden genius and achieve what they thought otherwise was impossible.  

In addition to his full time work, Matt is currently serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors of GPSEG (Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group), a professional organization with over 1,300 executive members.  

As an avid networker, he encourages you to connect with him on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/matthewflevy.

Click here to view Matt's presentation.

 

April 9, 2015

Topic: Navigating Your Way to Re-employment

Speaker: Alex Freund

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Did you know you can significantly improve your odds of getting the job you want by developing new job search skills and improving your personal motivation?

Whether you’re re-entering the job market, recently in transition or contemplating a career move, join us for our next engaging session featuring Alex Freund, “the landing expert.” Alex will highlight specific steps you can take to help you land your next career opportunity. You’ll get practical advice you can implement immediately to stand apart from the competition.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • The value of job search resources available to those in transition
  • Where to find help and assess your readiness if you’re re-entering the job market
  • The two critical steps to getting a new job—and how to prepare in detail for each step
  • How to outshine the competition in the race for that coveted job
  • The key marketing materials to brand yourself and attract employers

Alex Freund's Bio

Known as the “Landing Expert,” Alex Freund has focused throughout his career on helping people land new positions or promotions. A former director with Fortune 500 companies, such as Honeywell, Sanofi and Tyco International, Alex has been personally involved in the hiring of hundreds of people. During the past eight years as a career and interviewing coach, he has helped more than 550 clients across different industries and job levels succeed in the interviewing process. Prominent in several on- and off-line job-search networking groups, Alex frequently presents and conducts workshops on effective resume development and LinkedIn use in the job search process.  In addition, he teaches a career development seminar and he writes a widely published blog specifically designed for job seekers. Alex maintains and publishes The Landing Expert List, a free directory of job-search networking groups via his web site at http://www.landingexpert.com.
Alex is a graduate of Cornell University, has lived on three continents and speaks five languages.
Click here to view Alex's presentation.


March 12, 2016

Topic: Stand out in the crowd! Show value to potential employers!

Speaker: Cheryl Bonner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Employers today are overwhelmed with applicants but underwhelmed with talent. The reality is that in a very competitive job market, employers are looking for solutions not warm bodies. 

There is an art to sharing our skills, knowledge, and expertise in a way that allows potential employers to see our immediate value. Join us for this interactive presentation where we will explore the ‘purple squirrel’ principle, the art of articulating value, and connecting employer needs with transferable skills. 

Participants will explore topics such as, understanding the needs of employers, articulating value, communicating transferable skills, writing effective resumes and social media profiles (including LinkedIn) and applying the “purple squirrel principle”.  

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Understand the difference between applying for a job and meeting the real needs of employers
  • How to articulate value and communicate transferable skills
  • Effective tools for resume writing, social media (LinkedIn) to convey value
  • Applying the “purple squirrel principle”    

Cheryl Bonner's Bio

Cheryl Bonner holds a master’s degree in education from Millersville University. She has more than 25 years’ experience as a career program director and counselor, working in various higher education settings including private and public universities and community colleges. Cheryl currently works for Penn State where she serves as the Director of Alumni Career Services, a partnership program between the Penn State Alumni Association and Career Services in the Division of Student Affairs. In this role, she provides counseling services that meet the career and life management needs of alumni. She also designs and facilitates networking opportunities for alumni and students.

Originally trained to be a special education teacher through her undergraduate degree, Cheryl continues her passion for education by serving as an adjunct professor at the both undergraduate and graduate levels and by frequently speaking at conferences and training events on the topics of career, life management, mission, and calling. She has developed career- and work-related courses that have been taught in both the traditional classroom setting and through distance learning. Cheryl is the co-author of the career development textbook, “Your Career Planner.”    

Click here to see Cheryl's presentation.

 

February 13, 2016

Topic: Knockout Networking 

Speaker: Michael Goldberg

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

When it comes to meeting important contacts and hiring managers, cold calling and direct mail (and even LinkedIn!) are NOT the answers. Especially today! So what IS the answer?  Networking!

Most people are not born networkers; they develop the skills and confidence through education, training, practice, and having a positive attitude. Whether you’re at a cocktail party, networking event, or other business function, it’s not who you know but who you want to know. Bottom line, networking is the most effective way to attract more prospects, generate more referrals, create more opportunities, and land the job!

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to overcome your fears and approach complete strangers with confidence.
  • The “Rules to Networking” – how to meet, greet, ask for business cards, and transition.
  • Places to network and best practices.
  • The “elevator speech” (with an opportunity to create one!)
  • How to work a room

Michael Goldberg's Bio

Michael Goldberg has helped thousands of sales producers generate hundreds of thousands of dollars of referral based business. His firm Knock Out Networking is focused on increasing the production, recruiting, and retention levels of firms in the financial services industry. Michael speaks at conferences, runs sales meetings, and delivers hard, actionable ideas that can be applied immediately! Michael writes for the Huffington Post and for numerous industry publications. He has been quoted in the Harvard Business Review and has spoken at the Million Dollar Roundtable and is a two-time TEDx speaker. Michael is currently an award winning adjunct professor at Rutgers University and frequently volunteers as a speaker at organizations focused on career search. His book Knock-Out Networking! is available now!

Click here to view Michael's handout.

 

January 16, 2016

Topic: Panel: Encouragement and Tips from Members Who Have Landed

Speaker Panel: MCT Members; Mark King, Catherine Neary, Mike Hughes, Howard Delfiner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Please join us as we gain knowledge and ideas from MCT Members who have landed a job within this last year.  We will have prepared questions to ask them to gain great tips and we will have time for you to ask questions as well.  So please come prepared! 

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Tips that have worked in landing positions
  • About time wasters that you should not spend time on
  • To experience viewpoints that may differ from our own
  • Knowledge that will help you to be successful in your search
  • How encouragement from those who have landed successfully can help you in your job search

Bios for Panel

Mark King worked in the supply chain and logistics area for 25 years.  After his third position in eight years ended near the beginning of 2014, he decided to follow his lifelong passions for good stewardship of our resources and improving processes to seek employment in sustainability.  He was blessed to have a contract position in this new field with a former employer during 2015, but now he is back in transition looking to build on this positive experience to make a connection with the right person for his next opportunity.

Catherine Neary is a Marketing professional in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry using her communications and business development experience to plan and lead winning proposals. However, she has spent her entire career fascinated by the long, sometimes bumpy, sometimes harrowing (and often expensive) road to How We Make A Living. As a Marketing professional, she finds networking to be a thrilling perk.

Mike Hughes has a broad experience level in commercial banking, learning and development, executive coaching and higher education. Mike has successfully reinvented his career by leveraging his extensive corporate, executive and education experiences and credits MCT for providing the opportunity to develop the networking skills to navigate his career transition.

Howard Delfiner is an IT Analyst whose passion is taking healthcare data to gain knowledge to improve patient outcomes and decrease medical costs. At a leading clinical lab company, he is responsible for informatics customer ad-hoc data delivery and support along with health effectiveness and clinical data analysis. He gets great satisfaction in helping others through networking find their next fulfilling career opportunity.

 

December 2015

No meeting

 

November 14, 2015

Topic: "Voice in Context" Navigating the Transition Process with Clarity and Conviction

Speaker: Mary Brunelle Simon

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society, Malvern, PA

Mary will discuss ways in which you can identify the most appropriate voice and context to use in the job search process.  The objective is to learn the ways in which each individual can adapt their voice and expression for more effective verbal communication.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Recognize the power of voice and expression in verbal communications
  • How to adjust voice and expression to fit the phase of their respective stage of job search
  • Develop a mindset to overcome adversity and commit to a more positive path forward of smart practices in career transition.

Mary Brunelle Simon's Bio

Mary Brunelle Simon is a Senior Executive Coach with 20+ years of international experience. Expertise in building and capturing professional legacy is the cornerstone of her business career. She has served as faculty/staff for The Wharton School MBA program, authored a book about negotiation strategies, and advised senior leaders in 15 industries.

As an executive coach and adviser, Mary has proven track record, a high degree of trust, and professional respect because of the results she has generated.

 

October 10, 2015

Topic: Salary Negotiation Workshop

Speaker: Anthony Gold

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society, Malvern, PA

Not negotiating your initial job offer could mean losing out on nearly $600,000 over your career. Compound that by every role you fail to negotiate, and the losses are staggering. 

One of the most challenging aspects of your professional career is ensuring you are fairly compensated. All too often women and men fail to appreciate their true value to an organization and how best to negotiate their total compensation package.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Negotiation techniques to create the best win-win for you and the company 
  • The psychology of negotiating 
  • Tools and tips for determining your value 
  • How to prepare for salary discussions (for both new and existing jobs)


This workshop will help you sharpen your negotiation skills and prepare you to effectively negotiate compensation for your next job offer or salary review. 

Anthony Gold's Bio
Anthony Gold is a serial entrepreneur, investor, author, advisor, and board member for several companies in the Philadelphia region - both for-profit and non-profit. He began his career designing supercomputers for Unisys, then created an open-source software and services startup that was recognized by the industry as the “largest open source systems integrator in the world.” Anthony was honored to be named one of the Top Leaders in Open Source Business by LinuxWorldmagazine. He has eight patents around enterprise hardware and software design, and his ES7000 enterprise server was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the largest number of concurrent gamers at the Dreamhack gaming conference.

He subsequently built and ran a healthcare company focused on connecting patients and caregivers around a model of collaborative health, partnering with some of the top physicians in the world. To help drive an improved startup ecosystem in the Philadelphia suburbs, Anthony launched Liberty Valley Initiative, a non-profit for connecting entrepreneurs with mentors, resources, and investors. His latest co-venture is a wearable tech company called ROAR for Good focused on reducing the incidence of attacks against women and addressing the underlying causes of violence. And in his blog, Anthony’s Desk, he shares insights for helping both young professionals and seasoned executives in their careers.


September 12, 2015

Topic: Exposing the Hidden Job Market 

Speaker: Abby Kohut

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society, Malvern, PA

Although the economy is improving - this still isn't your Grandma's job market! Many of the jobs are hidden from plain view and unless you learn about the new way to job hunt, you'll be left out in the cold. Absolutely Abby will teach you how easy it really is to uncover the hidden job market.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • Why the job market is hidden in the first place
  • 3 ways to hobnob with CTOs, CFOs and other C-suite members
  • How working for free can be the best idea you ever had
  • How to solve problems for companies who don't know that they have them
  • 3 ways to use social media to generate opportunities you didn't know existed

Abby Kohut's Bio

Abby Kohut, who is known on the web as Absolutely Abby, is the President of Staffing Symphony, LLC and the author of “Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets”.  In the past 18 years in positions from Recruiter to Senior Director of Recruiting, Abby is responsible for helping to hire 10,000 people in 8 industries from entry level to senior level. Abby's website AbsolutelyAbby.com, which was selected as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career” by Forbes, teaches candidates secrets the Absolute truth about the job search process that other recruiters won't tell you. Abby has provided recruiting tips on Fox 5, NBC, CBS, ABC, LinkedIn, Monster, Real Simple, The Ladders, Bloomberg Radio, and Forbes. Abby is one of the “Top 100 Influential People Online” according to Fast Company Magazine. In 2014, CEOWORLD Magazine rated Abby one of the "Top 25 Women for your Job Search" on Twitter and Business News Daily rated @Absolutely_Abby as "1 of Top 10 Twitter Accounts Every Job Seeker Should Follow". Since 2012, Abby has been on a mission to help one million job seekers and is currently driving around the USA on a nationwide tour to accomplish that goal. 

 

August 2015

No meeting

 

July 11, 2015

Topic: You’ve Lost Your Job, Now What?

Speaker: Amy Dinning

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society, Malvern, PA

Amy will share a creative and interactive process to develop your personal mind map by capturing your strengths, weaknesses, passions, motivators and helping you determine the types of jobs, types of organizations, and cultures that will fit you!

By attending this session, you will learn to:

  • Complete a personal mindmap
  • Determine individual strengths, weakness, passions, motivators and more
  • Create a dream team to give input to the personal mindmap
  • Determine types of organizations , cultures and positions that fit who you are 

Amy Dinning's Bio

Amy Dinning is a Senior Training and Talent Development Leader with extensive experience working with all organizational levels setting the strategy, creating, promoting, and delivering talent and training solutions designed to support the organization’s business plan.  Amy is passionate about creating an interactive and enjoyable environment that supports learning and growth.  Currently, Amy serves as Global Learning & Development Manager at ARRIS. She is responsible for all leadership, talent and people development for 6500 employees.  She created and is the Chief Facilitator of Jump Start Your Job Search Workshops offered twice/year for the last 6 years.  She serves as co-lead of the ATD Leadership & Organizational Development Special Interest Group, member of Community Activities Team for Greater Valley Forge Human Resources Association, Board Member and Programming Director for My Career Transitions networking group.

Click here to view Amy's presentation.


June 13, 2015

Topic: Stacking the Deck in Your Favor: How to Ace the Interview in Order to Get the Job Offer

Speaker: Matt Levy

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

The job interview: Pass or Fail.  Now or never.  It is one of the most intimidating and stressful few hours in our lives.   Wouldn’t it be great to have a game plan to execute where you can ace the interview?  In this engaging and thought-provoking presentation, Matt will teach you many of the tips, tricks and techniques necessary to impress the interviewer and land the job offer.

By attending this session, you will learn how to:

  • Tackle the mental aspects of interviewing
  • Make a first impression
  • Deal with “curve ball” questions
  • Close the interview
  • Maintain momentum 

And many more interviewing hints from an expert, who himself, has conducted over 1,000 job interviews. 

Matt Levy's Bio

Matthew Levy is a human resources executive, career expert, keynote speaker and author.  He has more than 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical/biotech human resources. 

Matt is also President of The Philadelphia Society of People & Strategy (PSPS), a 300 person senior level HR professional organization and sits on the HBA Philadelphia Advisory Board. He regularly delivers speeches on career management topics and fields job search-related questions.  You can readily find Matt on LinkedIn and he invites you to connect with him.   www.linkedin.com/in/matthewflevy    Click here to view Matt's presentation.

 

May 9, 2015

Topic: Finding Your "Next!"

Speaker: Kelley Cornish

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Whether you are inventing, reinventing, or jumpstarting your job search or career journey, one of the most challenging processes is determining how to position yourself for success or for consideration for your NEXT!  That opportunity could be your first job right out of school, or a career/job change for seasoned professionals, it takes a very intentional and effectively run plan to change directions in your profession.  This session will address how individuals can begin to shift their career goals, aspirations and thinking while gaining credibility. Participants will walk away with tools and resources to identify where they want to take their career, what they desire their NEXT assignment to look like, and what things they can being doing to achieve those goals.

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How you can begin to shift your career goals, aspirations and thinking while gaining credibility. 
  • How to create tools and resources to identify where you want to take your career.
  • What you desire. 

Kelley Cornish's Bio

Kelley F. Cornish stays busy helping people move forward and into their NEXT!  Through her involvement in various professional and social organizations, Kelley has been focused for nearly 20 year on leading, coaching, and helping others.  As a Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Talent Leader, and Author, Kelley has served as the President of a leading HR trade organization.  She has also worked as a leader in healthcare for the past ten years.  With a Masters in Human Resource Management, a BS in Business Administration and a Certification in Diversity Management, Kelley has also consulted with numerous organizations across the country.  Recently, Kelley co-authored her first book (May 2014), “It’s Work! How Will You Show Up?” where she gives relevant advice on excelling in the workplace and in one’s personal life.

 

April 11, 2015

Topic: How to Use Social Media to Turbo Charge Your Job Search

Speaker: Theresa Hummel-Krallinger

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

You've been there...

Applying for jobs posted on internet job boards and never hearing a word.  Sending your resume around and not getting many nibbles. Statistics show that only a small percentage of jobs are posted and they attract hundreds of candidates.  It can feel like playing the lottery.  You wonder: how are you supposed to stand out?

You’d think it would be impossible, but it’s not. It doesn't have to be that way.  You just have to be a little creative…

By attending this session, you will learn

  • How to stand out from the crowd by using social media tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, blogging, email marketing and YouTube
  • Attract the attention of corporate recruiters, headhunters and hiring managers
  • Be considered for positions you were not aware were even open
  • Get more interviews so you can land your next great opportunity  

Theresa Hummel-Krallinger's Bio

Theresa Hummel-Krallinger is a well-respected corporate trainer and performance consultant, but it’s her work as a humorist and motivational speaker that sets her apart.  Known for her lively and interactive presentation style, she is a frequently requested speaker on topics of employee morale, professional development, performance improvement and workplace communications.  Her experience as a professional stand-up comedian enables her to add fun and humor to her consulting and training work.

No stranger to the corporate world, Theresa brings over 25 years practical business experience.  Currently President of High Five Performance, Inc., she is highly regarded for her ability to help organizations implement meaningful performance enhancement processes that improve morale and achieve financial results.

Click here to view Theresa's presentation.  Click here to view Theresa's handout.

 

March 14, 2015

Topic: Job Searching is Bad for Your Health: Tips and Techniques to Stay Sane and Healthy!

Speaker: Cheryl Bonner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location/Sponsor:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Job seeking is bad for your health. Stress resulting from uncertainty, rejection, always being “on”, constant self-promotion, and juggling multiple tasks can take a toll on even the most put together person. This presentation will give you some new tools to use to maintain your health during a stressful season. You will be prompted to dust off some old techniques and practice new ones. For good measure, some job search tips will be added to the presentation to reframe your approach. 

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to apply techniques you have successfully used in the past to your current situation
  • New tools to use to manage stress and maintain overall health
  • Strategies to overcome “stinkin’ thinking” and regain a positive approach

Cheryl Bonner's Bio

Cheryl Bonner holds a masters degree in education from Millersville University. She has more than 30 years experience as a career program director, counselor, and adjunct professor working in various higher education settings including private and public universities and community colleges. Cheryl currently works for Penn State where she serves as the Director of Alumni Career Services. In this role, she provides counseling services that meet the career and life management needs of alumni. Under her leadership, this office as become a nationally recognized leader in the provision of comprehensive career services for alumni. 

Originally trained to be a special education teacher through her undergraduate degree, Cheryl continues her passion for education by frequently speaking at conferences and training events on the topics of career, life management, mission, and calling. She has developed career- and work-related courses, seminars, and webinars that have been taught in both the traditional classroom setting and through distance learning. Cheryl is the co-author of the career development textbook, Your Career Planner. A Philadelphia area native, she now enjoys "college town life" in State College PA.

Click here to view Cheryl's presentation.

 

February 14, 2015

Topic: Knockout Networking! More Prospects, More Referrals, More Interviews!

Speaker: Michael Goldberg

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

When it comes to developing important relationships with referral sources and hiring managers, there's more to it than just Linked/n.  Especially today! So what IS the answer? Networking! Most people are not born networkers; they develop the skills and confidence through education, training, practice, and having a positive attitude. Whether you're at a cocktail party, networking event, or other business function, it's not who you know but who you want to know. Bottom line, networking is the most effective way to attract more prospects, generate more referrals, create more opportunities, and land the job!

By attending this session, you will learn:

  • How to overcome your fears and approach complete strangers with confidence.
  • The "Rules to Networking" - how to meet, greet, ask for business cards, and transition.
  • Places to network and best practices.
  • The "elevator speech" (with an opportunity to create one!)
  • How to work a room

Michael Goldberg's Bio

Michael Goldberg is a speaker, author, (amateur boxer), and founder of Knock Out Networking, a nationally recognized sales consulting firm focused on helping sales producers make more connections. Michael is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and has been a TEDx speaker at Yale University. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences including Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). His clients include John Hancock Investments, Morgan Stanley, and Guardian Life. Michael is also an award winning adjunct professor at Rutgers University and volunteers as a speaker for meetings focused on career search. His book Knock-Out Networking! is available now. “Weigh in” at www.KnockOutNetworking.com for more information. 

Click here to view the handout that Michael provided.

 

January 10, 2015

Topic: Accomplishment Stories: Your Most Powerful Tool to Get the Job Offer

Speaker: Ford Myers

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

Remember a time when you heard a friend or colleague tell a memorable story? You can probably still recall some of the details about that story long after it was shared. Good storytelling creates a vivid picture and a positive response in the listener’s mind. Utilizing stories to enhance your job search is a skill that is often overlooked. Yet, without powerful accomplishment stories to tell prospective employers, you have almost nothing to “sell.” When you can effectively tie your accomplishment stories directly to the employer’s needs and problems, you will most likely get a job offer!

Many of us feel that the stories about our work life are not interesting. Others struggle to come-up with any accomplishment stories in the first place. This seminar will show you exactly how to identify and develop your own compelling accomplishment stories – stories that will become your most powerful “selling tools.”

By attending this session, you will learn to:

  • Master the structure and components of a good accomplishment story.
  • Succinctly tell a compelling accomplishment story.
  • Match your accomplishment stories directly with the company’s needs and problems.
  • Leverage accomplishment stories as the most critical tool in the job search process.
  • Uncover your own “hidden” accomplishment stories. (You will develop actual accomplishment stories at this workshop). 
  • Summarize your accomplishment stories into “bullet statements” for your resume.
  • Weave your accomplishment stories seamlessly into the interview.
  • Recognize the “prompts” to respond with an accomplishment story.

Ford Myers' Bio

Ford R. Myers is an award-winning Career Coach and President of Career Potential, LLC. Since 1992, he has been providing professional services in career consulting and executive coaching. After counseling thousands of individuals on their careers, Ford drew from his diverse experience to create Career Potential, LLC – a powerful new approach to career management. Through unique individual, corporate and government career programs, Career Potential, LLC helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! Ford has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation’s largest career service firms. His articles and interviews have appeared in hundreds of publications, and he has conducted presentations at many companies, associations and universities. In addition, Ford has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs. In 2014, Ford won the “Delaware Valley HR Consultant of the Year Award.” He is author of two books: “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring” and “The Ultimate Career Guide.” More information is available at: www.careerpotential.com andwww.fordmyers.com.  

Click here to view Ford Myers' presentation.

 

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