Upcoming MCT Meetings

March 14, 2020

My Career Transitions presents

Topic: Enhancing Your Job Search Through Side Hustles

Speaker:  Cheryl Bonner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA 

  Main Building (on the right)

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

Click here to register for this FREE event. NOTE: Registration will end at noon on Friday, March 13th.

What do Apple, Under Armour, Spanx and Instagram have in common? They all were started by someone who was exploring another interest on the side. Maybe your volunteer work, side business or hobby won’t make you the next millionaire success story, but it just might! Spending time in structured pursuits can provide opportunities for skill development, expanded networks, and even career happiness whether you are currently working, in career transition, or just considering your next move.

By attending this event, you will learn:

  • Characteristics of side gigs
  • How side gigs can help you define your career direction
  • Techniques to improve your job search through your side gig
  • Ways to develop soft and hard skills that employers desire
  • Principles of selecting the best opportunity for you

Cheryl 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. 

April 11, 2020

My Career Transitions presents

Topic: Amp Up Your Career Transition With EQ!

Speaker:  Dr. Michael Brenner

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA 

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

You must register to attend this FREE event. NOTE: Registration will end at noon on Friday, April 10th.

Many experts claim emotional intelligence (also referred to as “EQ”) is actually more important to success than IQ.  This may be especially true during career transitions.  The extent to which we can recognize and manage our emotions and those of others can mean the difference between landing our dream job and enduring a prolonged and frustrating search.  Indeed, possessing emotional intelligence is just as important as networking, a targeted resume, and diligent research to a successful job search.
In this lively presentation, international leadership consultant, keynote speaker and executive coach Dr. Michael Brenner of Right Chord Leadership will demonstrate how strengthening your EQ can give you the competitive advantage you need in a crowded marketplace.  Drawing from 20 years of experience in the field of training and development, as well as 35 years as a professional musician, Dr. Brenner will show how EQ competencies such as attitude, focus, empathy, and resilience can help get you to the top of the candidate list.  

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 negative emotions for better outcomes
  • How to increase the capacity to empathize with others
  • How to forge trusting, fruitful relationships through listening and engaged collaboration

Dr. Michael Brenner's Bio
As founder and CEO of Right Chord Leadership, Dr. Michael Brenner 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 keynote speaker for 20 years and as a professional musician for over 35 years.  
Michael’s unconventional workshops, coaching sessions, and consulting services have helped his clients increase engagement, reduce turnover, and work together more effectively.  He has designed and taught courses in human capital management, negotiation strategies, interpersonal relations, and organizational behavior at Immaculata University, La Salle University, Temple University, Penn State University and American University.  Michael has been a featured speaker at many industry events and conferences throughout the world, including Australia, Canada and Southeast Asia.
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 is a professional musician who currently performs in two Philadelphia-area bands.  He lives in Broomall, PA.

May 16, 2020*

My Career Transitions presents

Topic: TBD

Speaker:  TBD

Time: 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Location:  Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA 

Sponsor: Penn State Great Valley Alumni Society

You must register to attend this FREE event. NOTE: Registration will end at noon on Friday, May 15th.

*Note: This event was rescheduled to the third Saturday.