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Global Meetings
Chapter/SIGMeeting Date 
Monmouth/Ocean, NJ Feb 6, 2016

Time

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Location

PANERA Bread
531 Soloman Way
Freehold, NJ 07728

Phone:(732)308-1605

Agenda

BREAKFAST MEETING: MONMOUTH/OCEAN Chapter in Freehold, NJ

- For the first 15 minutes, get your coffee and talk freely among yourselves.

- At 8:45, General announcements. If anyone has something they want to share with the group. Then, everyone will have a chance to say their elevator pitch (no more than 30 seconds, please).
Then we’ll split the group into sub-groups of no more than 10 people with a facilitator for each group. Depending on the number of attendees, we may ask someone to run a group. The group splits will be based on mutual interest: financial services, consulting, manufacturing, accounting, etc..

- Within each sub-group, everyone will have a chance to talk about his/her issues and how the group can help, job search problems/opportunities, etc. Come prepared – if you want us to critique your resume or networking document, bring enough copies to distribute. Know what you want to achieve in the time we give you. I expect everyone will have the floor for about 5-7 minutes depending on attendance.

- Everyone can stay as long as they want, but the leader will make sure everyone has an equal chance to talk based on the 10:30 break.

I will update the attendance list for everyone who shows up. It will be available on the website for about a month.

PLEASE BRING: a name-tag, business cards, and copies of your marketing material.

DRESS: informal (jeans are fine)

Please note this is just a few blocks down the street from CentraState Hospital.

COST: This is an informal meeting. We will ask everyone to buy their own coffee and snack and join us at the biggest table we can find.

We look forward to seeing you.


Tom Bocchino
Marty Mussman
Don Sondak

Directions

Use the following link for directions to the Freehold Panera Bread: http://goo.gl/maps/YUPB8

Washington, DC Feb 8, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Cherry Bekaert, LLC
1934 Old Gallows Rd.
Suite 400
Tysons Corner, VA 22182

Agenda

RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 8, 2016 (MONDAY)

GOAL SETTING POWER GRID: Set a goal and achieve it every time!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Joan Fletcher, President & Founder of Winning Ways, Inc.

If you were to change only one habit what would it be? Everyone knows of at least one habit that they would like to be able to change immediately. What would happen if you could focus on that one habit that isn’t improving your life and turn it into something more productive/positive?

With the power of goal setting principles and the new information on how our brains work we are able to change our bad habits. We have to be willing to spend some time on ourselves and learn how to change the habit, but we can do it!

In neuroscience research we continue to learn more about our brains and how we can use this information to make our lives more successful and happier.

Goal setting has a role in helping you change your habits into habits that will benefit you instead of harm you. In this presentation, Joan Fletcher instructs her executive audience a process for setting the right goal and achieving it EVERY TIME!

Speaker Bio: Joan Fletcher is the President and Founder of Winning Ways, Inc. (Reston, VA) an executive coaching and training/development company serving Corporate and Non-Profit Organizations, Teams and Leadership Professionals for over 25 years.
www.winningwaysinc.com

Agenda:
- 6:00-6:30: Informal networking
- 6:30-6:40: Call to order; announcements; chapter business; introductions.
- 6:40-7:45 Presentation - by Joan Fletcher, Founder and President, Winning Ways, Inc., Reston, VA

- 7:45-8:25: 90-second announcements
- 8:25: Meeting wrap-up, adjournment

Directions

Beltway (I-495) exit 47 toward Tysons Corner/Leesburg Pike/VA-7 West. Make left into Tyson's Square, opposite entrance to Tysons Corner Mall. Take immediate left onto service road in front of Tyson's Square. Make right at last turn before gas station. Enter parking garage at last entrance. Meeting is in building (4th floor) across from parking deck.

San Francisco, CA Feb 9, 2016

Time

7:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Location

Robert Half Management Resources
50 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA

Agenda

7am-9am - Informal Networking

Note these informal networking meetings are moving from evening to morning sessions effective February 9, 2016. Suzanne Sylvester, Division Director at Robert Half Management Resources, will be the host.

Directions

Robert Half Management Resources is located one block from the Embarcadero BART/Muni station. The address is 50 California St. (intersection of Davis St. and California St.)

Los Angeles (Orange County), CA Feb 9, 2016

Time

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Location

Webster University
32 Discovery Ste 250
Irvine, CA

Agenda

Guest Speaker, Randy Noe, Certified Coach, will speak about leadership.

“Leading Well: Guideposts for Wholehearted Leadership”

What does it mean to you to be “all in” as a leader? Great workplaces and great bosses allow others to bring their whole selves to work because they first do this for themselves. How can we lead ourselves, build cohesive teams and develop our teams to be our highest and best?
Based on cutting edge research and interviews with high potential, developing and emerging leaders experiencing very positive professional and personal growth and moving up in the organization, this highly effective program reveals what great leaders do, why we struggle, and what distinguishes wholehearted leaders from all the rest.
In Leading Well, you will learn how to:
Identify the guidepost behaviors and actions for wholehearted living and leadership, what to cultivate and others to let go
Explore opportunities for cultivating daily practices of authenticity and wholeheartedness
Improve empathy skills
Practice asking for what you need and talking about how you feel
Practice and understand the importance of gratitude in living and leading wholeheartedly

Randy Noe is a professional certified coach for executives who want to elevate their personal peak performance, sustain business growth, and become wholehearted leaders. An International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach and Mentor Coach, Board Certified Coach, and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, Randy combines emotional intelligence tools with a variety of other assessments and insights from The Daring Way™, a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Brené Brown to help leaders learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives.
With more than 20 years of senior leadership, operations, and finance experience, Randy brings perspective and best practices from his work with thousands of C-level and VP leaders. He’s seen how little things have made a BIG difference in the lives of executive leaders across all functions in companies of all sizes, from small businesses to global companies. In 2014, Randy authored Leading Well: The Essence of Wholehearted Inspirational Leaders, which explored emotional intelligence leadership themes in the stories of business leaders speaking candidly about the lessons, challenges, and accomplishments that have made them successful.
Prior to becoming an executive leadership coach, Randy led the Southern California regional financial valuation practice or a global accounting and tax advisory firm, directed mergers and acquisitions for a public software company, led treasury operations for a $500 million manufacturing/retail firm, and managed numerous complex $1 billion transactions. Randy is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and received his MBA from USC and B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State.


Please park in the back of the building

Directions

Atlanta, GA Feb 9, 2016

Time

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

UPS World Headquarters
55 Glenlake Parkway NE
Atlanta, GA 30328

This presentation will also qualify for 1 hour of CPE credit for attendees who fill out the standard NASBA survey form.

Agenda

Quarterly Networking Meeting -

Prophix has arranged for Paul Sharman to present on the topic of “Using Corporate Performance Management to Create Shareholder Value”

Paul Sharman – President and CEO of Focused Management Information Inc.
Past President of the IMA and named as “Top 100 Most Influential People” in the US accounting world in 2005, 2006 and 2007 by “Accounting Today”

https://ca.linkedin.com/in/paul-sharman-885934

Directions

From GA 400:
Take EXIT 5 WEST toward Sandy Springs.
Turn West on Abernathy Rd NE. proceed 0.2 miles

Turn right onto Glenlake Pkwy NE. proceed 0.7 miles

Turn Right into UPS Complex 55 GLENLAKE PKWY NE.
If you reach Glenridge Dr NE you've gone about 0.3 miles too far

Park in parking garage and tell parking attendant you are with the FENG meeting

Houston, TX Feb 9, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

The Marriott Hotel
1750 West Loop South,
Sapphire Room
Houston, TX 77027

Agenda

Topic: THE BUSINESS OF YOUR CAREER: Managing Your Career as a Business Enterprise
Speaker: KIM SAWYER

Your Career is a business, and you are the CEO of it. Do you truly realize that? Do you manage your career with the same types of rigor, focus, and tools as you would run a business???



Kim Sawyer has over twenty years of diverse experience, with expertise in the area of leadership, professional and business effectiveness and entrepreneurship. He coaches and facilitates key business people and teams to create greater wealth for their organizations and themselves. Kim holds a BBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and an MS in Organizational Development and Change Management from the University of Texas.



Agenda


6:00-6:40 Informal networking
6:40-6:45 Chapter announcements
6:45-7:00 New member introductions
7:00-8:00 Kim Sawyer


All members and prospective members are welcome! Dress is business casual.


Directions

Call 713-547-4400 (For Directions Only)

From the 610 loop & Post Oak Boulevard exit, stay on southbound feeder road. The Marriott Hotel is on the right hand side, just past the intersection with Hallmark Drive but before the intersection with San Felipe.

London, United Kingdom Feb 9, 2016

Time

6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location

Shampers Restaurant
4 Kingley Street
London W1

tel #: 0207 437 1692

Agenda

The format will be the same as in the past, namely:
1. There will be a fixed price to the meal of £40 including wine.
2. The meal will include starter, main course & coffee
3. We will sit down sharp at 7:00pm and hope to be finished by 9:30pm.

This will allow networking before & after the meal and those with early trains will be able to catch them.

As usual we have reserved a table for dinner at Shampers restaurant. We will be in the downstairs part of the restaurant.

So please:
- bring some cash as it is BYOD (Buy Your Own Dinner)

Directions

Restaurant is just off Regent Street round the back of Hamleys.

Westchester, NY Feb 9, 2016

Time

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location

Hitchcock Church
Greenacres and Walworth Avenue
Scarsdale, NY

Agenda

If you are planning to attend, please respond NO LATER THAN February 8th, 2016 by logging in to the FENG web site (www.thefeng.org) which will take you to your personal home page. Then, just check the box for the meeting you will be attending. You will be receiving a reminder email in advance from our new RSVP feature.

Using the new RSVP feature will allow an attending member to:
• Receive a directory of all members who plan to attend. The directory includes their backgrounds from the FENG database.
• This directory can be used for your personal networking during or after the meeting.
• Allow the chapter chair to know how many people will be attending the meeting.

No reply is needed to this announcement if you cannot attend or previously responded. If your plans change, make sure to remove your registration.

The meeting will be held at the Hitchcock Church in Scarsdale. Dress is Business Casual. All FENG members, active and alumni, are welcomed, whether or not you are a member of the Westchester Chapter. (Please do not invite candidates who may have been nominated for membership, but not yet accepted by Matt.) Alumni members are also encouraged to attend. (If you have a business challenge, you can mention that in your 45 to 60 second speech, and possibly receive advice and solutions from other talented attendees).

Please bring table tents with your name, name badges, and resumes.

Directions

The Hitchcock Church is located at the intersection of the Greenacres and Walworth Ave in the Greenacres section of Scarsdale, right off the Bronx River Parkway (BRP). It is also a very short walk from the Hartsdale Station on Metro North’s Harlem Division Line. (It is just up the block and over the Parkway from the northeast end of the station. Enter through the second door up the street doors. We will meet in the Hancock Room.)

By Train: Metro North’s Harlem Division Line to Hartsdale Train Station. Walk to the north end of station, up the hill, and over the short bridge. The Church will be directly ahead of you.

Bronx River Parkway South to Exit 16, make a left at the stop sign and cross over BRP and make a right into Church parking lot. Enter at through the large portal doors.

Bronx River Parkway North to Exit 15, make a right at the stop sign and make a left at the first traffic light. Make another left after next traffic light, proceed downhill around the church and make a left into its parking lot.

From Sprain Brook Parkway, exit for Rte. 100B Dobbs Ferry Road/Ardsley, make a left on exit and go east to the double set of traffic lights. At the second light make a right (after Texaco gas station) and continue east until you pass past Central Avenue and through the village of Hartsdale. After crossing the Metro North tracks and BRP, follow the directions as above for BRP North.

From points East of Scarsdale (including the Hutchinson River Parkway), take Exit 22 off Hutchinson Pkwy, Mamaroneck Road, and make a right of either northbound or southbound exit. Continue on Mamaroneck Road for 2-3 miles until a T intersection (Post Road). Make a left and an immediate right onto Fenimore Road. Go until the next traffic light and make a right onto Walworth Ave. At the next traffic light make a left and go around the church to its parking lot.

From the Tappan Zee Bridge: Stay on 287 east; Get off at Exit 5, 119 east. Go just past the Westchester County Center and make a left turn so that you are in front of the County Center. You will then make a quick right turn onto the Bronx River Parkway South. Take the BRP South to Exit 16 (Hartsdale Train Station), make a left at the stop and cross over BRP and, make a right into Church's parking lot

Louisville, KY Feb 10, 2016

Time

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Location

Heine Brothers
4901 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY 40222

near I-64

Agenda

The objective is to give each member an opportunity to continually hone their networking skills, meet their peers from various disciplines, share job leads, ideas, and develop networking opportunities.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people, catch-up with old friends and discuss any issues you have on your mind.


Come prepared to present your 30 and 90-second introduction. Practicing your introduction in the comfort of your own home is a good thing to do, but it is hardly enough. The missing element is a live audience. The additional benefit is that the live audience you will encounter at a meeting of The FENG will also be a friendly audience so you can improve this important tool.

Please be sure to bring your:
- Name badge
- Business cards to exchange
- Resume copies (optional) for distribution
- A friend or two

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Heine+Brothers'+Coffee/@38.280805,-85.633769,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x886975a885b63519:0x3952c68d9ba9cdb6?hl=enHeine

Westport, CT Feb 10, 2016

Time

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location

Temple Israel in Westport, CT. We meet in the Temple’s Board Room, on the first floor. The entrance is through the Temple’s administrative offices on the left hand side of the main entrance. Alumni members are always welcome!

Agenda

Please try to be on time. I never punish those who show up on time by starting late. And, you honestly do miss something when you arrive late.

The beginning of the meeting will be devoted to members delivering their 90-second announcements so we can learn more about each other.

I will be the “guest” speaker. My topic will be: Communicating your value

I will be covering your three most important tools of communication:

- 90-Second Announcements
- Email Cover Notes
- Resumes

Time permitting, I will also be doing a short demonstration of how to use our Member Directory Search feature to build your “inner circle of friends.”

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With regard to future meetings, please mark your calendars for the second Wednesday of the month and try to keep this date available. Interviews, work, and family emergencies are good exceptions.

In order to get the maximum benefit from our meeting:

1. Bring a name badge and/or "tent" to the meeting.*
2. Bring copies of your résumé and/or business cards.
3. Polish your 90 second announcement.

*(A tent is a 8" x 12" piece of cardboard folded in half with your name on BOTH sides.)

You should plan that the formal session will end no later than 6:30 PM so that the remaining 1/2 hour can be spent on a "scramble". Everyone should stay alert during the 90 second announcements so that when we break for individual networking you are able to connect in depth with as many people as possible. I want to strongly emphasize the importance to your job search of making a personal connection to other members.

If you bring a BIG name badge & big tent, this will also help. There is nothing more embarrassing than to get engrossed in a conversation with someone and have to ask them to repeat their name! Make it easy for others to remember you.

Directions

The directions to Temple Israel are very easy. Take the Merritt Parkway to Exit 42.

FROM NEW YORK: At the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto Route 57 North (Weston Road). At the 2nd stop light, turn right onto Lyons Plains Road.

FROM NEW HAVEN: At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Route 57 North (Weston Road). At the 1st stop light, turn right onto Lyons Plains Road.

There is a fork in the road just prior to the Temple. Lyons Plains Road branches off to the left, Coleytown Road to the right. Stay to the right on Coleytown. Temple Israel will be on your right at 14 Coleytown Road. Do not park in front of the building. A large parking lot is located at the end of the driveway past the main entrance. The number at the Temple is 203-227-1293.

Pittsburgh, PA Feb 10, 2016

Time

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Squirrel Hill Library
5801 Forbes Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room A
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Agenda

Networking

Chapter meetings represent a golden opportunity that honestly shouldn’t be missed.

The objective of the meeting is to give each member an opportunity to continually hone their networking skills, meet their peers from various disciplines, share job leads, ideas, and develop networking opportunities.

Practicing your 90-second announcement in the comfort of your own home is a good thing to do, but it is hardly enough. The missing element is a live audience. The additional benefit is that the live audience you will encounter at a meeting of The FENG will also be a friendly audience so you can improve this important tool.

Please bring:
- Name Badge
- Personal Contact cards
- 90-second announcement, and
- a friend or two.

Your chapter leadership will be delighted to see you there.

Directions

Corner of Forbes Avenue and Murray Avenue

https://www.google.com/maps/place/5801+Forbes+Ave,+Pittsburgh,+PA+15217/@40.438455,-79.9226274,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8834f201d1c4d02f:0x5dbba1051612c5a4

St. Louis, MO Feb 10, 2016

Time

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Location

Seven Gables Inn, Gables Room
26 North Meramec Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63105

Agenda

Hors D'oeuvres, Networking

RSVP: happyhour@thefengstl.org

Directions

Located 2 blocks from Shaw Park and a 5-minute walk from Clayton Metrolink Station, this charming, circa-1926 inn is 3.3 miles from the St. Louis Art Museum.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/''/seven+gables+inn+st+louis/data=!4m5!4m4!1m0!1m2!1m1!1s0x87d8cb2adfd3d517:0x7b4e34da5e3951a4?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjEptbvlZvKAhWKaz4KHeNiBsUQ9RcIiAEwCw

Susquehanna Valley, PA Feb 10, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

RBC Wealth Management
635 N 12th Street, 2nd Floor
Lemoyne, PA 17043

Agenda

Harrisburg meeting

Each attendee will get a chance to deliver their two-minute elevator speech, share recent successes and failures, present their networking requests, discuss their job search questions and any concerns they may be struggling with, and apprise the group of any new searches, requests, etc. that they have become aware of.

Please bring at least twenty-five copies of your “one pager”. This should provide your contact information at the top, followed by a brief overview of your background, and finally your target company list and a list of people you would like to meet. They should be handed out to the attendees just before you make your presentation, thus helping them to provide you with targeted assistance and advice.

Please have copies of your resume available to handout to those interested parties who may want to learn more about you or pass it on to individuals they think may be interested in talking to you. Also, bring a nametag to wear and a “name” tent card to place on the table in front of you.

The objective is to give each member an opportunity to continually hone their networking skills, meet their peers, share job leads and develop networking opportunities.

Attire is business casual.

Directions

www.google.com/maps/search/635+N+12th+Street,+2nd+Floor,+Lemoyne,+PA+17043+/@40.106933,-76.8203245,10z

Raleigh, NC Feb 10, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Place: Smith Anderson Law Firm
150 Fayetteville Street - downtown Raleigh
23rd Floor (after 6 pm Smith Anderson people will escort you to the 23rd floor)
Wells Fargo Building
Raleigh, NC 27601


Host: Smith Anderson Law Firm, Armand Perry, Partner

Smith Anderson Law Firm
150 Fayetteville Street - downtown Raleigh
23rd Floor (after 6 pm Smith Anderson people will escort you to the 23rd floor)
Wells Fargo Building
Raleigh, NC 27601


Agenda

TOPIC: Trust Me, I’m a Skeptic
Over the course of your career, it is easy to allow skepticism to slip. Whether it’s getting comfortable with those we work with, the standards we adhere to or the stability of ongoing relationships, skepticism fades quickly. From statistics to psychology, this course will go over the various barriers and biases that so many of us are prone to. We’ll take a close look at the importance of maintaining skepticism and tips for how to remain that way.

SPEAKER: Jonathan Kraftchick, CPA, Director | Cherry Bekaert LLP
Jonathan is Director of Training and Development in the Raleigh office where he is responsible for overseeing much of the Firm's audit training, course development and delivery. He has spent more than 13 years conducting audit engagements for a wide variety of companies and industries, as well as writing and delivering courses both inside and outside of the Firm. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Elon University in their accounting department. Jonathan received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics before continuing on to their masters of accounting program and graduating from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA). In 2015, Jonathan was awarded the “Taking it to the Max” by the NCACPA award honoring the legacy of Maximo Mukelabai, 2011–12 NCACPA Chair. He has also received NCACPA’s 5.0 Discussion Leader Award and their Outstanding Seminar Discussion Leader award on several occasions.

Directions

Driving Directions

The best parking is in the garage entrance on Wilmington Street between Hargett Street and Morgan Street, and exit the garage on the Fayetteville Street side and cross the street to enter the building.
Smith Anderson Law Offices
Wells Fargo Capitol Center in downtown Raleigh, NC

From RTP/RDU (Airport)/Durham/Chapel Hill: (view maps)
Take I-40 East to the Wade Ave. exit, number 289
Take Wade Ave. approximately 4.5 miles, through several traffic lights, and bear right onto Capital Blvd. (toward downtown).
Upon reaching the downtown Raleigh area, Capital Blvd. will turn into Dawson St.
Continue on Dawson Street to the intersection with W. Hargett Street
Turn left onto W. Hargett Street and continue to the intersection with Wilmington Street
Turn left onto Wilmington Street.
Alexander Square parking deck is to the left.
Our building is directly across Fayetteville Street from the parking deck.
From the Beltline (440): (view maps)
Take Person Street/Hammond Road exit, number 299
Take a left at the light if you are coming from the west, a right if coming from the east, and go straight on Person Street until the intersection with West Hargett Street
Take a left onto West Hargett Street, then a right onto Wilmington Street (the second light)
Alexander Square parking deck is to the left.
Our building is directly across Fayetteville Street from the parking deck.

From North Raleigh via Glenwood Avenue: (view maps)
Take US 70 (Glenwood Avenue) toward downtown
Follow Glenwood until the intersection with Wade Avenue
Take the Wade Avenue exit, after you cross the overpass, toward downtown
Please see the instructions above regarding directions from I-40 to Wade Avenue
Our building is directly across Fayetteville Street from the parking deck.

Our offices are located on the 23rd floor. Take the "13-28" series elevators to the 23rd floor. The receptionist will notify your party. You can park at Alexander Square (parking deck) on Wilmington St. or on Fayetteville St.

Portland, OR Feb 11, 2016

Time

5:30 PM to 7:45 PM

Location

The offices of Robert Half
222 SW Columbia
2nd floor conference room of the KOIN Tower
Portland, OR 97201

Agenda

Topic:
The Portland Job Market – Tips of the Trade
With discussion covering general trends of the employment market, what works, challenges and what we can do to maximize effectiveness in a job search.

Speaker(s):
Karen Rasmussen, CPA
Client Service Director, Robert Half Management Resources

Sue Sumrell
Vice President Permanent Placement, Robert Half Finance & Accounting

Reserve your space for this wonderful speaker and topic of interest.

Come meet with your fellow finance and accounting executive and senior professional chapter members face-to-face.

For those in career transition and for those looking to expand their professional network, the monthly meeting is a great place to start.

Hear the latest news and trends on the Portland market as well as interesting opportunities and business developments.


5:30 Informal networking and snacks and beverages hosted by Robert Half
6:15 Introduction of host(s) and speaker
6:30 Presentation
7:15 Attendee introductions and networking

Dress: Business casual

Bring: business cards, job leads

Directions

Link to map:
http://mapq.st/1IQZ76N

(downtown Portland)

New York, NY Feb 11, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Lee Hecht Harrison Offices
The Helmsley Building
230 Park Avenue, Sixth Floor, Suite #600
New York, NY

Agenda

5:30 - Registration

6:00 - 30 second elevator pitch

6:30 - Presentation - To be announced

7:30 - Industry/SIG networking

Meeting Notes:
Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served at the meeting.

Please turn off cell phones at the beginning of the meeting.

The dress code is business casual.

Directions

Located at 230 Park Avenue and East 45th Street in front of Grand Central Terminal. The Helmsley Building, 6th floor, Suite 600

Austin, TX Feb 11, 2016

Time

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Arboretum, La Madeline
9282 Great Hills Trail
Austin, TX 78759

Agenda

Executive Conversations: How to Handle Difficult Conversations with Investors, Partners, Colleagues, Direct Reports and more.

Every executive dreads having the difficult conversations that address poor performance, confrontational relationships, stress-inducing and other negative behaviors. They are a necessary, albeit undesirable part of the job. Understanding how to handle difficult conversations can turn them into opportunities to deepen trust, encourage collaboration, and stimulate learning for all parties involved.

In this presentation, Wendy Nolin will address the myths and misconceptions about having difficult conversations. She will walk you through real-world situations that you encounter frequently: competing priorities with a colleague, poor performance of a team member, fallout over a manager not being promoted, conflict over strategic company vision, negotiating with investors, etc.

Wendy will teach you specific strategies, including conversation starters to turn conflict into learning conversations between you and external stakeholders, department heads, employees, and even your CEO. Join your fellow financial executives Thursday, February 11th to learn how to implement these techniques in your business.


Bio: Wendy Nolin

Wendy Nolin is the President of Wendy Nolin Worldwide, a business and executive career coaching firm that helps people break free of the status quo. She has 2 decades of business and career development experience coaching executives to advance and develop in their career, and business owners to double their revenue in half the time.

Wendy is an entrepreneur, sales trainer, speaker, coach and author. She escaped corporate America and started her business in 2008 when the global economy was tanking. Since then she has coached more than 300 clients totaling over 12,000 coaching hours. Wendy works with executives who need strategic thinking partners and business owners who are ready to smash through their sales and revenue goals. In 2015 she published 2 books: Own Your Greatness and The Top 10 Best Investments in Yourself, both available on Amazon.

Her specialties include sales training, business development, rainmaking, profit, career development, career transformation, networking, accountability, strategy, goal achievement, time maximization, speaking and presenting, and professional performance improvement.

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/9282+Great+Hills+Trail,+Austin,+TX+78759/@30.3917174,-97.759516,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8644cc9dd818fbcb:0xc263ad79cb1e178f

Baltimore, MD Feb 11, 2016

Time

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Towson Public Library
320 York Road
Towson, MD 21204-5179

Agenda

This is the perfect outlet to provide you with:
- employment information,
- opportunities for networking,
- emotional support, and
- tools to accelerate your job search.

Networking meetings provide members with an opportunity to sharpen their networking skills, meet peers from various disciplines and share business opportunities and job leads.

How it works:
- Each participant delivers an "elevator speech" letting the group know what type of job or specific business connection you are seeking
- The other participants share leads, connections and suggestions.

What to bring to each meeting:
- Bring 15 copies of a ONE-PAGER -- a single piece of paper -- featuring job history, skills, objectives and contact info. If you distribute this page at the start of your presentation, fellow attendees are much better able to deliver feedback and ideas.
- Bring a "tent card" with your name to place in front of your seat (a folded 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper works great)
- You can also bring your resume for review.

This is joint FENG/BENG event.

There is a Café on the main floor serving coffee, sandwiches etc.

Directions

There is paid parking attached to the library.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/320+York+Rd,+Towson,+MD+21204/@39.39889,-76.6024626,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c80faf5c1bf86b:0xb4aa7b61847ea5ac

St. Louis, MO Feb 13, 2016

Time

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Location

UHY Advisors
15 Sunnen Drive, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63143

Agenda

- 8:00 - 8:30: Coffee & Conversation
- 8:30 - 8:50: Welcome; Agenda; New/1st Time Attendee Introductions; Business Items
- 8:50 - 9:00: Success Stories
- 9:00 - 10:00: Topical Discussion & Tabletop Networking
- 10:00: Formal Meeting Adjourns (Continued Ad Hoc Networking Encouraged)

The primary purpose of Chapter meetings is to provide an opportunity for you to meet, network, and learn from your FENG friends. We normally break into small groups for two or three 20-to-30 minute Tabletop Networking sessions. Session begins with each person taking 60-90 seconds to introduce themselves (strict limit; great "elevator speech" practice for an initial contact with a potential networking source) covering:
- Who I am
- Where I work or worked last
- What I'm looking for
- What I need help with

The rest of Tabletop session is informal conversation focusing on your distinctive competencies, future plans, and target companies, and how FENG members can help in your search. It is especially useful for those in active search to bring resumes and business cards to hand out so your new friends can read about your background and have a record for future network contacts/opportunities.

Dress is business casual. Bring some resumes and business cards to exchange.

Directions

2-step driving instructions to UHY Advisors

#1: Print a Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&q=&msa=0&om=1&z=16&ll=38.610734,-90.32856&spn=0.007646,0.014462&msid=100518440492906639277.00000111c6999a49b4193

#2: Turn west off South Big Bend Blvd on to Sunnen Drive (into Sunnen Business Park): Go 3/10ths mile west from S. Big Bend (through 2 roundabouts traffic circles). Turn right (north) into the last parking lot on your right just before the metro train tracks (this is past the first parking lot with the UHY sign, which is UHY's front entrance--we enter at UHY's west side door nearest their training room). The Suite 108 entrance is not visible from the parking lot, but it is just left of Suite of 109 which is easy to see from the parking lot. Follow the FENG signs from the Suite 108 door to the UHY training room.

San Francisco, CA Feb 15, 2016

Time

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Location

Robert Half Management Resources
1850 Gateway Dr., Suite 200
San Mateo, CA 94404

Agenda

San Mateo/Peninsula Networking Group (PNG) Breakfast Meeting

Coffee and Networking

Directions

Robert Half's San Mateo office is at the corner of Metro Center Blvd. and Gateway Dr.

Exit Hwy. 92 at Edgewater Blvd.

Turn left on Edgewater Blvd. Turn left on Metro Center Blvd. Turn left on Gateway Dr. The office building is on the left. Lobby entrances are on opposite sides of the building. Free parking lot.

Alternatively, exit Hwy. 101 at Hillsdale Blvd. heading east. Turn left on Edgewater Blvd. Turn right on Metro Center Blvd. Turn left on Gateway Dr.

Note the CalCPA office building is in the same office park.

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