Business: Working at Age 50+

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Nora Duncan, AARP Connecticut State Director, focuses on the mature jobseeker, whether seeking a new job, re-entering the job force, transitioning to a new career, or semi-retired and wanting to remain in the workforce. She will concentrate on social media, personal branding, networking, and AARP resources. Ellen Janpol, Westport Library business librarian, will talk about current job search strategies, how to craft a winning resume, interviewing tips and Library resources. Stay afterwards for a career/job fair from 3-5 pm in the Great Hall.

Nora Duncan has nearly 20 years of public affairs experience in Connecticut’s nonprofit sector and Executive Branch with expertise in grass roots advocacy, government relations, nonprofit management, volunteer engagement and communications. Since joining AARP in July 2012 as Connecticut State Director, she has led successful campaigns to increase health care access, protect people from consumer fraud and identity theft, and pass consumer protections in health care and utilities, and open access to workplace retirement savings. Prior to joining AARP, she served as Executive Director of The Arc Connecticut where she stabilized the operating budget, grew the organization’s base of support and empowered individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to self-advocate. Nora represented over 1,000 nonprofit organizations for nine years in each branch of state government, leaving her dual role as Public Policy Director at the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits and Project Director of the Connecticut Nonprofit Human Services Cabinet in late 2007 to join the Policy and Legislative Affairs Team in the Office of Governor M. Jodi Rell. She then worked as the Legislative Program Manager for the Connecticut Department of Public Works prior to the agency’s consolidation. Nora has been the successful proponent of significant legislation for the nonprofit sector in the areas of criminal and juvenile justice alternatives, mental health treatment parity, state contracting reform and nonprofit funding. For Governor Rell, Nora was instrumental in passing legislation such as mortgage crisis relief, UConn Health Center expansion and dairy farm preservation. She directed several state-wide charitable campaigns for Governor Rell, as well as the State’s 375th Anniversary Celebration. She has been recognized by the National Council of Nonprofits for nonprofit advocacy leadership, locally for volunteer excellence by Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters and the City of Hartford, and was named a Hartford Business Journal “40 Under Forty”. She volunteers actively in her community, currently serving as the Secretary of the Board of the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and attended the Harvard Law School Executive Education Program on Negotiation & Leadership.

Ellen Janpol is the Business Librarian at The Westport Library. With over 20 years experience as a corporate librarian, she most recently was Program Manager for the JETS Program, the largest networking and educational program for people in transition in Ct. She also was a reference librarian at The Simsbury Public Library and Marketing and Special Events Director for the Kent Library. She has an MBA in Marketing and Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University; and a BA from Bard College. She is also the recipient of the "Connecticut Family Champion Award" for her work with the unemployed. At The Westport Library, her responsibilities include providing resume assistance, career counseling, and LinkedIn profile help. She is currently on the Board of the Connecticut Library Association, where she co-chairs the Customer Service Section.

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