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Business: Ending Sweaty Palms and Awkward Answers—a Better Way of Preparing for Job Interviews

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Career coach Melanie Szlucha, owner of RED inc, LLC, teaches effective techniques for excelling in interviews. Many times candidates feel like they don’t have anything to say in a job interview, or are overwhelmed by looking at a shopping list of questions they might be asked. It can be difficult to understand how experiences that seem insignificant to them can really be crucial to an employer’s hiring decision, and then how to concisely structure answers to those questions. 

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Melanie developed the TODAY acronym as a way for candidates to focus their preparation, and remember those experiences that will help them be seen as the ideal candidate for the job. This talk also covers the finer points of an interview, such as establishing rapport, negotiating the offers and preparing for the 5 questions they will always be asked. In her business, Melanie provides job interview coaching, resume writing, and job coaching to people in transition or those just looking for a change. Prior to starting her own business, she had over 20+ years experience as a hiring manager. She also knows what its like to be on the other side of the desk through her own personal job searching experience.  

Komansky Room
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Jumping Off: Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories

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Westport women business owners share their stories about running a business and taking risks in a moderated panel discussion. Panelists are Kitt Shapiro, owner of West, Julie Mountain and Dana Noorily, co-owners and co-CEOs of The Granola Bar, and Jamie Camche, founder and owner of JL Rocks. Westport Second Selectwoman Jen Tooker will moderate. Topics include how to start a business, lessons learned, important support, what their journey was like, challenges, most satisfying moments, and sage advice for others. Let’s build a local community that is inspiring and empowering. Join us!

Location: White Barn at the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court

 

 

Westport Country Playhouse
Career

Foundation Center Workshop: How to Find Grants

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Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Do you need an introduction to American philanthropy? Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian at Foundation Center, will help you discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders.You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interest in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.

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Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian, provides leadership and support for Foundation Center public services for social sector and philanthropy professionals in the New York City metropolitan region. Susan’s achievements since joining the organization in 1995 include directing the national expansion of Foundation Center’s proposal writing seminar program and managing prospect and philanthropy research for over 1,000 nonprofit members of Foundation Center’s historic Associates Program. She is a popular and engaging Foundation Center training expert and public speaker. She is has an M.L.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Barnard College.
 

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Seminars & Workshops, Career

Crack the Media Code: How to Garner Media Attention for Your Brand or Business

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Entrepreneur, media and communications expert Paula Conway discusses how to land great media for your business or brand. Whether you work for yourself or own a company, media attention will drive traffic and sales. Paula will reveal how to develop the right strategy to connect with the media to spread your message to grow your own business, attract new business and build your brand awareness. Register online.

Location: Training Room, Westport Police Station, 50 Jesup Road
Please park in the two rows of spots closest to Jesup Green, next to the Police Station or in the Library’s parking area. The parking closest to the police department is reserved for official vehicles.

The entrance door to the classroom is marked with a red arrow and is in the wall closest to Library. 

Paula is a well-known entrepreneur, media and communications expert, five-time author, publisher, and the President of Astonish Media Group in New York City. Her agency boosts among its roster Fortune 500 companies, media conglomerates, celebrities and early stage startups. An award-winning author and writer, she has contributed to In Style, The New York Times, Robb Report, Good Housekeeping, New York Post, and New York Daily News, among others. She and her projects have been featured on "Fox and Friends," “Good Morning America,” ABCNews.com, in People magazine, and many more. She is a former Broadway press agent, has served in The White House, and holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University.

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Women & Wealth Financial Bootcamp

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Certified Financial Planner Caroline Wetzel will offer six strategies all women should consider for growing, protecting, and enjoying their wealth. This financial bootcamp is specially designed for women who want greater control, confidence, and comfort in managing their money and investments. Register online.

Why women? Women now control more than 60% of personal wealth in the US. And Americans are living longer than ever, with women typically living longer than men. With volatile markets and health care costs rising rapidly, women have unique financial needs requiring special attention.

Location: Training Room, Westport Police Station, 50 Jesup Road

Caroline was voted 10 Best Business/Life Coach by readers of Natural Nutmeg Magazine in 2018. Caroline is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor with Procyon Private Wealth Partners, LLC.

 

 

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Tax Planning Strategies for 2019

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Individuals and businesses of all sizes have been impacted by the Tax Law changes that when into effect in 2018. Chris Eck, CPA, CrFA, will help you understand the changes, determine how they affect you, and how you need to plan for the changes. What you don't know could hurt you! Please register online.

Location: Training Room, Westport Police Station, 50 Jesup Road

Chris Eck is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and received his Bachelors in Accounting from Sacred Heart University in 2007. Chris is also a Certified Forensic Accountant (CrFA) since 2013 and the Audit and Attestation Partner at Berkow, Schechter & Company in Stamford, CT. Chris helps small business owners and entrepreneurs grow their business and established organizations take their operations to the next level by providing accounting, planning and tax strategies. His specialties are Tax, Auditing, Accounting, Payroll, Bookkeeping, IRS correspondence, Tax Planning, Consulting, QuickBooks, Tax Research, IRS & State Tax Debt Settlement.

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Effective Interviewing: Convincing the Interviewer of Your Skills

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If you managed to score an interview, chances are the recruiter and hiring manager saw something special in your resume and want you to wow them. How do you use your in-person powers of persuasion to convince the hiring manager that you can do the job and do it well? How do you show your true self, your skills and aptitudes in the best light? How do you insure that you give the interviewer the most complete and accurate impression of your strengths? How do you self-promote in a convincing manner? During this session, Melanie Myers, Director of Organization and Management at The Westport Library, and Ellen Janpol, Business Librarian, will demonstrate how to effectively present your skills (both hard and soft) to the interviewer and convince them that you have the very skills needed for the job.

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Melanie Myers is the Director of Organization and Management at the Westport Library. She was the Global Director for Recruitment, Staffing, Human Resource Information Systems at Save the Children, the largest global, child-focused non-profit agency in the world where she worked for 14 years before joining the Westport Library.

 

 

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Resume Redo: Resumes that Get Interviews

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What does it take to make your resume competitive and move it to the top of the stack for an interview? How do you convey your unique brand and skills? Resume writing standards change all the time and you need to stay ahead of the game to succeed in your goals. Melanie Myers, Westport Library Director of Organization & Management, and Ellen Janpol, business librarian, will review the latest and most effective resume strategies. Melanie has an extensive background in human resources management, and Ellen does resume reviews and career planning strategies at the Library.

Melanie Myers is the Director of Organization and Management at the Westport Library. She was the Global Director for Recruitment, Staffing, Human Resource Information Systems at Save the Children, the largest global, child-focused non-profit agency in the world where she worked for 14 years before joining the Westport Library three years ago.

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Foundation Center Workshop: Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing

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Are you new to grant proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don't want to miss one of Foundation Center’s most popular classes. Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian at Foundation Center, returns to lead this session that  will provide  an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:

  • The basic elements of a grant proposal
  • The "do's" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a grant proposal
  • How to follow up, whether the answer is yes or no
  • A brief of overview of how to find grants in Westport Library

Attendees will receive a sample grant proposal.

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Guide to Grant Writing & Fundraising.

Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian, provides leadership and support for Foundation Center public services for social sector and philanthropy professionals in the New York City metropolitan region. Susan’s achievements since joining the organization in 1995 include directing the national expansion of Foundation Center’s proposal writing seminar program and managing prospect and philanthropy research for over 1,000 nonprofit members of Foundation Center’s historic Associates Program. She is a popular and engaging Foundation Center training expert and public speaker. She is has an M.L.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Barnard College.
 

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Seminars & Workshops, Career

Business Program With Jack Mitchell on Selling the “Hug-Your-Customers” Way

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jack mitchellLearn how to ignite your passion for sales with Jack Mitchell, Chairman of the Mitchell Stores. His newest book, Selling the Hug Your Customers Way: The Proven Process for Becoming a Passionate and Successful Salesperson for Life will give tips to refine selling techniques, boost sales and keep customers coming back for more. 

Location: The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road

Jack Mitchell is Chairman of the Mitchell Stores (Mitchells/Richards/Wilkes/Marios), a three-generation family business that operates men’s and women’s specialty stores in Connecticut, New York, California, Washington and Oregon that are nationally renowned for their personal service touches and strong relationships. Jack himself has been recognized as one of the top ten retail visionaries of his time by the Women’s Wear Daily. Under his leadership, the Mitchell Stores have become well known for employee engagement and longevity and providing exceptional customer service and high quality merchandise in an exciting, friendly, and visually dynamic atmosphere. 

Jack’s first book, Hug Your Customers: The Proven Way to Personalize Sales and Achieve Astounding Results, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller and received rave reviews in the New York Times. His second book, Hug Your People: The Proven Way to Hire, Inspire, and Recognize Your Employees to Achieve Remarkable Results illustrates a business blueprint to personalize relationships to drive success and achieve greater satisfaction at work.  

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