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Business: How to Create Engaging Presentations That Motivate

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Executive presentation coach Kathy McAfee discusses ways to design and present engaging presentations to produce results without overuse of slides. Learn how to be creative and effectively communicate, influence and motivate audiences.

Kathy McAfee is a professional speaker, executive presentation coach and the owner of Kmc Brand Innovation, LLC, which helps executives and professionals advance their careers and businesses through presentation and networking mastery. She is also the author of Networking Ahead for Business (2010) and Stop Global Boring: How to Create Engaging Presentations (2016) as well as an award-winning blogger. Kathy holds a degree in Economics from Stanford University and is a certified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming.

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Business Author Leonard Sherman on His New Book with Strategies For Long-Term Growth

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Author Leonard Sherman discusses If You’re In A Dogfight, Become A Cat!—Strategies For Long-Term Growth, which offers practical advice on two of the most vexing issues facing businesses today: achieving long-term profitable growth and breaking away from the pack. Explore why so many companies struggle to sustain growth, what new leadership skills are needed and what the prognosis is for the years ahead.

Leonard Sherman is an executive-in-residence and adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, with over forty years of experience in business, teaching and research on business strategy and entrepreneurship. He currently teaches courses in the MBA and EMBA programs, where he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013. He was managing partner of J. D. Power and Associates, where he led the firm's management consulting practice, and was a partner at Booz, Allen & Hamilton with responsibility for its U.S. automotive practice. 
 

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Wisdom from CEOs: Brian Gaffney of Allianz Global Investors

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Meet Brian Gaffney, retired CEO US and a managing director with Allianz Global Investors. Leading and navigating organizational change and restructuring requires a compass. He will discuss the challenges he faced in integrating five independent asset management organizations into one and how he created organizational lift while avoiding the drag of disorganization.

Sponsored by Bernstein Global Wealth Management & Patriot National Bank

Mr. Gaffney was Chief Executive Officer US and a managing director with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2008. He is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee and US Executive Committee. In a previous role, Mr. Gaffney was CEO of the firm’s US distribution entity, responsible for retail distribution and marketing for Allianzowned asset managers in the US. He has 26 years of investment-industry experience. Before joining the firm, Mr. Gaffney was a managing director and head of intermediary distribution for Lehman Asset Management/Neuberger Berman, responsible for national sales and marketing of institutional and retail mutual funds, sub-advisory and managed accounts. Before that, he was a regional vice president at CIGNA Retirement Service, where he pursued large-market 401(k) plans. Mr. Gaffney has a B.A. in sociology from Stonehill College. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Stonehill College and a member of the Board of Governors at the Investment Company Institute.

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Business: Bridging the Confidence Gap

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Career and life coach Jean Haynes presents methods for building confidence, enabling empowering habits and limiting the self-sabotaging "good girl" behaviors that even highly accomplished women may have. Hear how to:

  • re-frame critical self-talk to inspire greater confidence
  • operate from a place of personal power and choice (not obligation)
  • set healthy boundaries and focus on your top priorities 

If you've ever found yourself self second-guessing a decision for fear of making a mistake, passing on an intriguing opportunity because you didn't have 100% of the credentials, or over extending and exhausting yourself because it's hard to say no, this presentation is for you.

Jean Haynes is a career and leadership speaker, trainer and coach who helps ambitious women sync high performance and profit with their purpose and values so they can live and lead authentically. She's also a recovering "Good Girl" who understands the pressure of juggling multiple priorities and trying to "do it all" perfectly while keep everyone happy. Jean is on a mission to help other high achieving women kick their self-sabotaging habits and get out of their own way so they can create the career and life they really want. 

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Business: Starting a Non-Profit

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Lucy Langley and Laura Delaflor, founders of The Undies Project, and their SCORE mentor Brian Jarvis discuss the basic components for starting a non-profit, including legal entities, accounting practices, finding funding, marketing, development and operations.

The inspiration to create The Undies Project came to Lucy Langley in 2014 while volunteering at Neighbor to Neighbor, a local non-profit organization serving people in need. While she sorted clothes for distribution she realized that underwear was the most under-donated and most needed item of clothing. She couldn’t imagine what it would be like to go without this basic necessity, or having to make the choice between putting a meal on the table or buying new underwear. Lucy discussed ways to overcome this need with her friend, Laura Delaflor. Laura quickly became very enthusiastic about helping and was instrumental in getting the project off the ground.

Advance registration with SCORE at scorefairfieldcounty.org is suggested. Sign-in begins at 5:30 pm; workshop 6-7:30 pm. Co-sponsored with Fairfield County SCORE.

Business retail expert Brian Jarvis started with a small shop and ended up running over 1,000 stores for a large organization doing over $1B. His skills in helping the small business owner achieve success are unique to each project and include concept of brands and how to create and nurture unique concepts. Being in cosmetics for many years taught him the importance of product training and development of staff. He has a strong grasp of the financials of retail and back-end technology, plus site selection and construction.

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Business: How to Excel in the Job Force, the Millennial Edition

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Maureen Mackey
and Michael Mazzabufi of Mackey & Guasco Staffing will discuss how Millennials can overcome descriptions of their age group as "The Privileged Generation" and be viewed as valued members of a cross-generational workforce.

Maureen Mackey has been in the staffing industry for over 29 years specializing in the areas of human resources, office administration, marketing and accounting. In 2002 she co-founded Mackey & Guasco Staffing and prior to that she was a partner at Impact Personnel in Norwalk, CT. Maureen has held a number of Board positions for the Southern Connecticut Chapter of The Society of Human Resources Management (SOCT SHRM) since 1997 including President for two terms. Currently, Maureen serves on the advisory board of Allcountyjobs.com and is a member of The CEO Roundtable. She also served on the board of directors as vice-president of programs with the National Human Resources Association. Maureen has been affiliated with both The Connecticut Association of Personnel Services and the American Staffing Association since 1989. She earned her BA from Pace University. Maureen is best known for her uncanny ability to read and expertly match candidates to a variety of corporate cultures. In addition, Maureen has mastered the art of networking while maintaining an empathetic personal approach to both job seekers and businesses alike.

Michael Mazzabufi joined Mackey & Guasco Staffing in 2014 after graduating from UConn Storrs campus. Michael is a full-cycle recruiter focusing on contract and temporary placements in a variety of disciplines including office administration, human resources and accounting. Michael is a member of the National and local SHRM organizations and is an active member of the Young Professionals Group of the SOCT SHRM Chapter. Mike has been nominated for the 2016 Fairchester Recruiting Summit Awards in the category of ‘Rising Star under 30’
 

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Business: Running a Construction Company

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Scott Lumby (right) and Mitch Kidd (left), co-founders of Wellbuilt Co., lead a workshop that will cover the business challenges that a construction company faces in addition to the problems that every business faces.

  • The customers and the channels necessary to reach those customers
  • The sales message and how to delivery it convincingly
  • How the business has changed over the last 10 years and what we’ve had to do to adjust
  • The top lessons learned; what we’ve done well, what we haven’t
  • What we see the future looking like and our strategy for responding to the future.

 Advance registration with SCORE at scorefairfieldcounty.org is suggested. Sign-in at 5:30 pm; workshop 6-8 pm. Co-sponsored with Fairfield County SCORE.

Scott Lumby: Coming from a family background in real estate and development, Scott's passion for building and development was instilled from an early age. The natural career progression was obvious in construction and property development. Scott earned Building & Construction Management degrees at the University of New South Wales while working full time under a cadet ship program at one of Australia's leading construction and development company, St. Hilliers Construction. He gained further professional management expertise in Aspen, Colorado running several large-scale, luxury residential projects from 2006-2011 under Bob Bowden Properties and John Olson Builder.

Mitch Kidd: Growing up in Australia, Mitch's work ethic and passion for construction was cultivated at an early age through employment with renowned construction and development firm, St. Hilliers Australia. Mitch attended the University of New South Wales graduating with Honors in Construction Management and Economics. Immersed in the construction industry as a Contractor and Developer, his professional career has taken him to Sydney, Aspen, Boston and New York. Mitch is a recent graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. The program is offered to select candidates who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities and the potential to drive economic growth
 

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Medicare 101 and Beyond

November 2, 2016
Medicare 101

Lou Pelletier, a retirement and estate planner, discussed Medicare, which provides health insurance to all Americans over the age of 65. He'll cover the various options and programs that are available on November 2, 2016 at the Westport Library.

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Building a Successful E-Commerce Empire

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Attorney and small business expert Cliff Ennico discusses how to build a successful business online, promote an existing “brick and mortar” business on the internet or sell on eBay. If you are thinking about any sort of web-based business, you will benefit from this fast-paced program that is designed to teach you the keys to e-commerce success.
Among the things you will learn in this program:

  • The seven steps to building a successful online business
  • The four things people look for when they search online
  • Why you need a website for your small business, and what should (and shouldn’t) appear there
  • How to integrate your website with your eBay, Amazon, Yahoo!, Etsy, social media profiles
  • How to integrate your website with your eBay, Amazon, Yahoo!, Etsy, social media profiles and other e-commerce platforms
  • How to market your online business successfully, both on the Web and offline
  • How to cope with sales taxes, privacy concerns and other legal and tax issues you will face when selling online

Advance registration with SCORE at scorefairfieldcounty.org is suggested. Sign-in at 5:30 pm; workshop 6-8 pm. Co-sponsored with Fairfield County SCORE.

Attorney, author, syndicated columnist, speaker, television personality and humorist Cliff Ennico is considered one of North America's foremost small business experts, and has helped more than 15,000 small businesses get off the ground over the past 33 years. Formerly host of MoneyHunt, a PBS reality television series that was the “SharkTank” of the 1990s, Cliff is the author of fifteen books on entrepreneurship and small business success, including The eBay Seller’s Tax and Legal Answer Book, Small Business Survival Guide and Money Hunt: 27 New Ways to Create and Build a Breakaway Business. He speaks nationwide to corporations, business groups and professional organizations on legal and tax issues affecting entrepreneurs and their technology, web-based and e-commerce businesses. 

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POSTPONED: The ART of Building a Creative Business

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POSTPONED: Future date to be announced.

Bonnie Marcus, founder of the Bonnie Marcus Collection, discusses how to transition your small business (or creative idea) from your kitchen table into an international brand. She combined her love of fashion design with her background in event planning and built a successful paper stationery business. After 10 years, she expanded into the world of licensing with her greeting cards designs appearing in Target and her photo cards at CVS. Her designs can also be found on home furnishings, fashion accessories, gifts and cosmetics. A successful collaboration with Parragon Publishing led to books, schedule planners and calendars design. Bonnie has been recognized as a pioneer for women in business and is a winner of the prestigious “Make Mine a Million Dollar Business” contest from American Express. Locally, she is proud to have launched a thriving, award-winning business group for entrepreneurial moms in Connecticut.

Bonnie Marcus launched her stylish stationery and gift company from her kitchen table in Westport, Connecticut. Prior to this, Bonnie served as the Director of Special Events at the 92nd Street Y, where she planned events for hundreds of celebrities and notables, like Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino and Hillary Clinton. In 2002, when eight months pregnant with her first child, Bonnie combined her love for fashion with her event planning expertise, and created her paper stationery collection. It caught on, and her designs were featured in “O” the Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine as a “Best Bet,” Entrepreneur, and on the Today Show, giving her new company instant national recognition.

After ten years in the stationery industry, Bonnie expanded her company into the world of licensing, and today her stylish designs can be found in over 20,000 retail stores around the world. Her greeting cards are in Target through a licensing relationship with American Greetings and her photo cards are in CVS stores internationally through the Kodak Picture Kiosks. Her designs can also be found on home furnishings, fashion accessories, gifts, and cosmetics. In addition, Bonnie has designed numerous books in collaboration with Parragon Publishing. She has done a Fashion Style Book, two cookbooks, a mom planner, and ten puzzle books and an extensive calendar collection which is launching this year.

 

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