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Business: Working at Age 50+

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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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CANCELED: Improv Skills for Engagement Networking

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Program canceled.


Ellen Feldman Ornato and Jenny Drescher, founders of ConnectAnd..., lead a fun, interactive learning experience based in principles and skills from improvisation. Engagement networking offers a fresh approach to creating meaningful relationships through focusing on listening and sharing on a personal level in business settings to enable quicker and more rewarding connections with others. Learn to put the human connection back into the business world.

Note: This workshop is preceded by a networking hour that begins at 6 pm.

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Business: Promoting Yourself

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Peggy Bud, Founder of Speaking Skillfully, discusses how to promote who you are, what you do and what you have accomplished. Hear about effective communication to sell yourself, whether networking or talking to clients, customers, colleagues and bosses. Topics include:

  • The elevator pitch: Is it memorable?
  • Resume: Is it clear and easy to read?
  • Conversations: Are you telling stories that make your conversations entertaining and memorable? Do you highlight your accomplishments?
  • How by speaking clearly with confidence and passion, the power of effective communication will be forever linked to selling yourself.

Peggy Bud, Founder of Speaking Skillfully, has a 6th year Certificate in Educational Leadership and an MS and BS in Speech and Language Pathology. She is a certified School Administrator and a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist. After spending over 25 years in public education, she now delivers communication-related services, providing personalized coaching and large and small group training.  Through blogging, Peggy addresses topics such as "The Art of Listening; Communication: Bridging the Gender Divide" and "Hooking a Job with a Resume."  She also reviews résumés for a search firm specializing in CFOs and Controllers. Peggy has written policies and procedures; educational materials, and children’s books and stories.


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How to Win in the Gig Economy

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Marcia LaReau, founder and president of Forward Motion, discusses how to navigate working in a "gig economy,"  where temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. Note: at 6 pm, this program is preceded with an opportunity for networking.

How does this  impact the individual? What are the trends behind this development? How do globalization, a mobile workforce and digitization contribute to these trends? How do you balance the financial challenges with the gig economy's flexibility? How do you plan for retirement, vacations and pay for benefits? In a gig economy, businesses save resources in terms of benefits, office space and training. From the worker's framework, a gig economy can improve work-life balance over what is possible in most jobs. Ideally, the model is powered by independent workers selecting jobs that they're interested in, rather than one in which people are forced into a position where, unable to attain employment, they pick up whatever temporary gigs they can land. 

Marcia LaReau, is founder and president of Forward Motion. She is the co-author of the soon-to-be-available book Careermageddon, Cracking the Code to 21st Century Careers. In 1997, after 18 years as an orchestra conductor and university teacher, she moved into the corporate world and led training initiatives for projects spanning 44,000 employees on four continents. Her design of unique change-methodologies increased effectiveness and employee efficiency through dynamic communication and team building.

Dr. LaReau has proven herself in corporate, business and non-profit venues, working with executives, managers, human resource professionals and project teams. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, a Master of Arts degree from Northwestern University, and a PhD from The Ohio State University.

Forward Motion was founded to bring career and work strategies to jobseekers and equip employers with meticulous, up-to-date, ground-breaking research about every aspect of the ever-changing business world and to create an effective purpose-driven workforce.”

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Cancelled: Dig into Databases: JobNow!

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Database program cancelled.
If you would like indidualized Job Seeking assistance, contact Ellen Janpol at ejanpol [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.


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Dig into Databases: Business Edition featuring Thomson Reuters Eikon Database

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Learn how use the Thomson Reuters Eikon Database at the Westport Library! This comprehensive investment tool used by financial and investment analysts worldwide. The class will be taught by Mark Nettle, a client Specialist at Thomson Reuters. He has been working at the company in various roles for more than 20 years. His area of specialism is Foreign Exchange and Money Markets with accompanying experience in Fixed Income. Register now. 
The database provides:

  • Current data of exchange-traded instruments including stocks, warrants, options, futures, indexes, etc around the world.
  • Historical equity data ranging from several months to over 20 years
  • Government and corporate bonds information from over 100 countries
  • Foreign exchange rates for 175 currencies.
  • Comprehensive coverage on commodities and energy.
  • Economic indicators (e.g., consumer price index) for many countries
  • Extensive business and financial information for listed companies.

More on the "Dig into Databases" Series.

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Interview Skills

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Melanie Myers, the Westport Library's Director of Organization and Management, leads an interactive session on topics commonly covered in job interviews. At the end of the workshop, you should feel confident about approaching your next job interview. Topics include: 

  • the type of questions to expect;
  • handling behavioral or situational questions;
  • how to tell a compelling story about yourself and your brand;
  • articulating how you meet the employer's expectations;
  • how to answer questions using relevant examples whenever possible;
  • the importance of listening;
  • leveraging your knowledge of the company and the interviewer;
  • the role of research and preparation;
  • the role of nonverbal communication;
  • dressing and acting appropriately; and
  • what questions you should ask

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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Branding Yourself on LinkedIn

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What do you absolutely, positively need to do right now to brand yourself on LinkedIn? Marc W. Halpert, author of LinkedIn Marketing for Law and Professional Practices, will discuss best practices to craft a stand-out LinkedIn personal profile page, with emphasis on self-marketing, to complement with the brand of their organization. The focus is to explain “why you do what you do” (not what and when, like a backward-looking resume). Marc will offer real, time-economic ideas to make the LinkedIn professional branding experience richer.

Marc W. Halpert is a self-described "multi-preneur." Since leaving the corporate finance world in 2001, Marc has started three businesses, all of which he still operates. In 2010 he started his third company, "connect2collaborate," to spread his LinkedIn and networking knowledge. In all his LinkedIn training and coaching, he offers professionals the opportunity to better explain their brand and positioning on their LinkedIn profile pages: who they really are and why them vs. the competition.

Marc has authored numerous articles on innovations using the latest LinkedIn techniques for self-branding in national publications, both in paper and online. He is a frequent contributor to and has been heard frequently on WCBS Newsradio 880 AM giving LinkedIn advice on their business reports. He blogs every business day with LinkedIn Nugget

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Wisdom from CEOs: Brian Gaffney of Allianz Global Investors

May 23, 2017
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On May 23, 2017, Brian Gaffney, retired CEO US and managing director with Allianz Global Investors, discussed 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 at The Westport Library.

Sponsored by Bernstein Private Wealth Management & Patriot Bank

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Jobseeker Resume Development Workshop

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Learn what to include on your resume, how to organize key skills to attract employers and how to format it to present your experience and skills in the best light. Speakers include Ellen Janpol, business librarian, and Melanie Myers, Westport Library Director of Organization & Management. Bring your resume for a brief personal review after the program.

There will also be an opportunity at the program to schedule longer personal appointments for general career counseling as well as resume and LinkedIn assistance. (More on this: One-on-One Career Counseling Sessions for Jobseekers)

Looking for a part-time job? Meet representatives from multiple organizations at the Part-Time Job Fair on Tuesday, June 13 from 5-7 pm in the Great Hall.

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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