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Global Meetings
Chapter/SIGMeeting Date 
Susquehanna Valley, PA Aug 1, 2016


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Alvernia University
Alvernia Upland Center Building,Room 227
540 Upland Avenue
Reading, PA 19611


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

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.

Attire is business casual.

Members of BENG and FEI are also invited to attend.


As you enter the building go up the stairs or the elevator and turn right
through the door to room 227.

Free parking at the facility.

Phoenix, AZ Aug 2, 2016


3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


First Western Trust Scottsdale
7025 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85253


Topic: Alternative Healthcare Solutions in an ACA Environment

Speaker: David Harris, CIMA, CRPS, Harris Investment Advisors LLC


We will touch on the following:
1. Changing Healthcare landscape
2. Managing Increasing costs
3. The Affordable healthcare mandate
4. Small to Midsize company solutions

Speaker's bio:
David Harris has more than 28 years of experience as a financial advisor and has built his practice by making sure that his client’s values are understood before their assets are valued. David’s clientele includes business owners, successful professionals and people planning for and currently in retirement. His areas of expertise include portfolio management, corporate benefits, life insurance and tax minimization through estate planning. David is an independent Registered Investment Advisor and the Principal of the investment advisory firm, Harris Investment Advisors LLC., which he founded in 2002.

Prior to starting his own firm in 2002, David was the Midwest Manager of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Investment Management Consulting practice with assets of over $2 billion, beginning in 1998, where he was responsible for managing the practice based out of Chicago. In this position, David acted as a Senior Financial Advisor to executives from companies such as Lucent, Motorola, AT&T and Accenture, as well as some of the Midwest’s wealthiest families. His experience also includes advising foundations, endowments and corporate retirement plans on ways to reduce administrative costs and the use of an investment planning process to maximize results.

Prior to working with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he spent six years with PaineWebber in the capacity of Vice President of Regional Institutional Investments. Prior to that, he spent six years at Old Kent Bank as a Vice President in the Capital Markets Group. His expertise in these positions was used to assist banks, insurance companies, corporations, business owners, foundations and municipalities to manage their investment portfolios.

David is a Certified Investment Management Consultant (CIMA), earned through course work and examination at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The designation is intended for those who specialize in investment consulting. David also has earned the designation of Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS) through the College of Financial Planning. Industry licenses include being an independent Registered Investment Advisor, and he is licensed to provide life insurance in thirty-eight states. He also serves as a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association, am member of the National Association of Guaranteed Government Lenders, a member of the staff of the Southwest Education Institute and is a former NASD Arbitrator. David earned a B.S. from San Diego State University in Business Administration.

8686 E. San Alberto Drive, Suite 300 Scottsdale, AZ 85258



Montgomery/Bucks County, PA Aug 2, 2016


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Giant Food Store
315 York Road
Community Room, 2nd Floor
Willow Grove, PA 19090


The meeting will start at 6:00 P.M. 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.

BE SURE TO BRING YOUR RESUME OR ONE PAGE MARKETING PIECE! As well as a name badge and name tent for the table.

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

Your chapter leadership will be delighted to see you there.

Dress: business casual



Energy & Natural Resources Aug 3, 2016


7:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Cafe Express
1101 Uptown Park Boulevard
Houston, TX 77056


Private Equity SIG meeting

Networking, 7:00-7:30 AM.
Will Jaco, 7:30-8.30 AM
Networking,8:30-9:00 AM


West Loop and Post Oak in Uptown Park

Miami (Palm Beach/Treasure Coast), FL Aug 3, 2016


6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Okeechobee Boulevard Branch Library
5689 West Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33417


Chapter meetings represent a golden opportunity.

Our objective is to support each other, give each member an opportunity to continually hone their networking skills, share leads and discuss general intelligence about the market.

As always, this is a great opportunity to network, practice your “elevator” speech with fellow FENG members. 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
- Resumes
- If you represent a business, please bring business cards and/or flyers.
- Your 90-second elevator speech

Attire: is business casual.

Your chapter leadership will be delighted to see you there.


From I-95: Travel to Okeechobee Boulevard (Exit 70). Drive west on Okeechobee Boulevard (approximately 3-1/2 miles), past Haverhill Road. Library will be on your right, next to Dunkin Donuts.

From Florida’s Turnpike: Take the Okeechobee Boulevard (east) exit off of the Turnpike. Drive east on Okeechobee Boulevard (approximately 1/4 mile). Library will be on your left, next to Dunkin Donuts.

Asset Management Aug 4, 2016


6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Hinduja Group Offices
520 Madison Ave, 34th FLOOR
New York, NY




Philadelphia-Downtown, PA Aug 4, 2016


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


KPMG Offices
1601 Market Street, 36th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103



Directions from Route 95 South or North:
Take Central Philadelphia exit. You will be on the Vine Street Expressway. Take the Museum Area Exit off to right. You will be on 22nd Street. Make your 1st right (Ben Franklin Parkway). Make right onto 21st Street. Stay on 21st until you reach Market Street. There are several parking lots along Market Street as well as parking lots on Arch Street. KPMG is located at 1601 Market Street on the 36th Floor.

Directions from Ben Franklin Bridge:
Stay in left lane coming off of bridge. Take Vine Street expressway. Take the Museum Area Exit off to right. You will be on 22nd Street. Make your 1st right (Ben Franklin Parkway). Make right onto 21st Street. Stay on 21st until you reach Market Street. There are several parking lots along Market Street as well as parking lots on Arch Street. KPMG is located at 1601 Market Street on the 36th floor.

Directions from Walt Whitman Bridge:
Stay in middle lane line coming off of bridge. Follow signs for Route 76 West. Take 30th Street Station Exit (Exit #39). Go to second light and make a right onto Market Street. There are several parking lots along Market Street as well as parking lots on Arch Street. KPMG is located at 1601 Market Street on the 36th floor.

Directions from Route 76 West:
Follow 76 West to Vine Street Expressway Exit. Take the Broad Street Exit (stay on the right side). Make right turn onto JFK Boulevard. Stay on JFK Blvd then make a left onto 21st Street. Stay on 21st until you reach Market Street. There are several parking lots along Market Street as well as parking lots on Arch Street. KPMG is located at 1601 Market Street on the 36th floor.


From New Jersey:
Take Patco High Speed Line to last stop(16th & Locust). When above ground, take 16th Street north (next street is Walnut) until you get to Market Street. Smart Devine is located at 1601 Market Street on the 36th floor.

From PA Suburbs & Center City:
The closest train stop to the Smart Devine office is 15th Street. Call Septa at (215)568-7800 to find out best way to get to this stop.

Bergen County, NJ Aug 4, 2016


6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Bethlehem Lutheran Church
155 Linwood Avenue
1st Floor Parlor Room
Ridgewood, NJ


August 4, 2016 – Alex Freund – “Elevating Your Elevator Pitch”- Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Ridgewood, NJ
Are you at a loss of words when introduced to someone?
Want to provide a compelling pitch that has them wanting more?

As humans, we make judgments all the time about others. In fact, most judgments are made well under a minute. As they say, "you have only once to create a first impression" - a scary proposition for most job seekers.

Your elevator pitch is one of the most critical tools in your networking toolbox. You are responsible for communicating who you are and for what you want to be known.
Imagine how many times you meet new people - at a meeting, an industry conference, at the grocery store, or riding mass transportation. What if you had the ability to transform each interaction into a meaningful network contact and ally within the first minute?
Alex Freund, “The Landing Expert”, will lead an engaging and interactive session designed for those re-entering the job market, in a job transition, or even those seeking to make a career move. Alex will highlight specific steps you can take to help you land your next career opportunity. You will get practical advice you can implement immediately that distinguishes you from the competition. By the end of the session, you will be more confident in speaking with strangers anytime, anywhere.
By attending this session, you will:

• Learn how to create a personalized introduction that is memorable
• Dissect the difference between an average and exceptional elevator pitch
• Understand how others listen and interpret what you say
• Identify your "hook" that will leave others clamoring to speak with you
• Create a powerful elevator pitch
Alex has extensive experience with interviewing people. He has also practical training in career coaching. Consequently, he formed LandingExpert – Career Coaching services. He is prominent in a number of networking groups and has helped many job seekers with their career searches, providing them with tools, information, marketing material, and one-on-one preparation for the interview. Via his website www.landingexpert.com he offers people in transition and otherwise a comprehensive and updated list of job-search networking groups. This list is being viewed consistently by over 2000 people per month. He also writes a blog on www.landingexpert.posterous.com
Alex lived in three continents and speaks five languages. Currently he lives in the Princeton NJ area with his wife.

Please reserve your seat for the meetings by signing up at the www.TheFENG.org website under Bergen County Chapter Meetings. I can be reached at the following:

201-919-2607 - Cell
201 337-7554 – Home
646-710-4677 - Office

Marty Latman


Please contact Marty Latman for directions:
646-710-4677 - Office
201-919-2607 - Cell
201 337-7554 – Home

Monmouth/Ocean, NJ Aug 6, 2016


8:30 AM to 10:30 AM


531 Soloman Way
Freehold, NJ 07728




- 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


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

London, United Kingdom Aug 8, 2016


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Goodman Masson's offices
120 Aldersgate Street
London UK EC1A 4JQ


1. 90 Second elevator pitch. (45")

2. Metrics - activity for the last 2 weeks. (30")
- Networking - number of e-mails/meetings/calls
- Number of company interviews
- Number of Headhunter / Agency interviews
- Number of applications for roles (adverts, job boards, etc.)

3. Open Session. Job sharing (30")
- Share job leads, networking events, other opportunities
- Share any job searching insight

4. Agree agenda for next meeting. (15")

Please RSVP: by WEDNESDAY, August 3rd so that Goodman Masson receives sufficient notice to provide the adequate space.

SEATING IS LIMITED TO 10 MEMBERS. If you register and can NOT attend, please remove your name from the list.

This meeting is open to FENG members ONLY.

Also, if you find a job, please let us know in order to share the goods news with the rest of the team as well as to update your directory. In addition, please make sure that you update your membership directory listing by going to: http://www.thefeng.org, and filling out the form you will find there.


Tube station Barbican

Charlotte, NC Aug 8, 2016


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
911 E. Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28204



Updates and Tax Topics: Affordable Care Act - Current Reporting Implications
Speakers: Phil Geissinger, FHFMA, CMPE & TBD Local CPA

As we move toward the seventh year (2017) in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the execution of changes and responsibilities for organizations and individuals will be more pronounced. Changes in the insurance markets; reporting requirements for organizations to the IRS and to your employees; changes affecting your access to healthcare services and the impact of your role as a customer continuing to expand; and, the impact of tax penalties being applied to organizations and individuals, will be discussed.

During our presentation we will provide a high level review of the changes which have occurred to date from the Affordable Care Act and outline the expected changes which will occur over the next three years (2017 – 2019). The effects of change require re-direction in strategies for companies in how they are managing their employees and costs ; re-evaluation of their insurance benefit programs ; and, analysis of the effects on your overall financial performance strategies and product pricing. We will provide you a working outline of the business implications of the Act’s provisions and a time line for you to reference on when your decision making needs to be executed.

Phil Geissinger, FHFMA, CMPE (a F.E.N.G. Charlotte Chapter member with over 35 years of healthcare industry experience) will facilitate the presentation along with his guest speakers (Local CPAs). They will provide the attendees with useful take-aways from the session for both individual and organization actions to be considered.

Please remember: This is not Tom Maupin’s Chapter, this is your Chapter. Please come to this meeting and bring a fellow FENG member.

Also there will be a $5 minimum at this meeting and all future meetings held at Dilworth Grille. If you do not order food or drink in the amount of $5 or more, you will need to pay a $5 cover charge. The purpose of this is so that Dilworth Grille can continue to host our Charlotte Chapter without any "room charge". Thanks for your understanding.

RSVP Acceptance is required as we have limited seating. Please RSVP acceptance through The FENG website (www.thefeng.org). Please call Tom Maupin at 704-756-6609 or email: tmaupin@vaco.com should you have trouble going through the website.


Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
911 E Morehead
St # 200
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 377-3808

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille is on the corner of Morehead and McDowell, next to The Big Chill.


Please call Tom Maupin on his cell phone (704) 756-6609 if you get lost or need additional information on the meeting.

Monthly chapter meetings are on the second Monday of the month, are casual and generally last an hour providing members time for 1:1 networking or small group gatherings for dinner or cocktails afterwards.

We would like to spend the first 30 to 60 minutes doing our rounds of introductions and network leads and then adjourn to a mutually agreed upon location for adult beverages and conversation.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

The regular meeting agenda will include:

1. Introductions for first time attendees and exchange of resumes (bring 15 copies of your resume to share, or a brief objective and biographical summary). Bring name tent.
2. Sharing your 60-second announcement (optional).
3. Share individual search and success stories.
4. Share leads - Please make an effort to identify potential leads or contacts to share.
5. Bring your membership list.
6. Please try to be on time though we understand traffic can be a challenge.

Tom Maupin, Chairman Charlotte Chapter, The FENG
108 Weeping Spring Dr.
Mooresville, NC 28115
(704) 756-6609 Cell
(704) 887-9761 Office


Dilworth Neighborhood Grille is at the corner of Morehead and McDowell on the northeast corner. Overflow parking will be at the Addison Building parking deck across McDowell from the restaurant.

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


8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Webster University
32 Discovery Ste 250
Irvine, CA


Please park in the back of the building


Houston, TX Aug 9, 2016


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


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


Speaker: Christine Spray, Strategic Catalyst
Topic: 6 Key Components for Strategy Growth

Even the most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs find running a business more challenging than they expected. Eventually, most grapple with one (or more) of the following challenges:

· Lack of Control – over time, the market, or the company
· People – employees, customers and venders that just don’t seem to listen or follow through
· Profit – simply put, there’s not enough of it
· Growth – the company just can’t break through to the next level
· Magic Pills – lots of remedies and quick fixes have come and gone but the wheels are still spinning

If these problems seem all too familiar, you’re not alone. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Doing a few things differently will help you get a grip on your business, gain better traction, and eliminate your frustrations.

Christine Spray delivers an engaging and interactive program that helps business leaders and entrepreneurs start seeing their business differently. She helps them view their organization as being made up of Six Key Components™: Vision, People, Data, Issues, Process and Traction. As they start focusing on strengthening the Six Key ComponentsTM, their business will become clear, everything will start to work harmoniously, and the leadership team will be able to remove or solve all problems, obstacles and frustrations. This holistic system will provide simple, time-tested tools that can be immediately used to gain traction and achieve the company’s goals and objectives.

Christine Spray is a nationally recognized business development keynote speaker, best-selling author
two times, consultant, trainer, coach and Professional EOS Implementer. Spray serves as a CEO and business advisor with a passion for helping people and companies grow.

Food and parking courtesy of our sponsors, Donovan & Watkins.

6:00-6:40 Informal networking
6:40-6:45 Chapter announcements
6:45-7:00 New member introductions
7:00-8:00 Christine Spray

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


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 Aug 9, 2016


6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


Shampers Restaurant
4 Kingley Street
London W1B 5PE UK

tel #: 0207 437 1692


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)


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

New Orleans, LA Aug 9, 2016


6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Company
3005 Veterans Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70002


This meeting will be an open networking style with members sharing about themselves, current status, career plans/goals, etc.



Westchester, NY Aug 9, 2016


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Hitchcock Church
Greenacres and Walworth Avenue
Scarsdale, NY


Being in-transition for a short or long period of time can be a very stressful. You can get depressed, angry and confused. You can lose your self-confidence. What can you do to change this situation? How do you get back into the “game”? How do you change this negative situation into a positive experience?

Please join Marty Latman on August 9, 2016 as he discusses a topic all people in-transition struggle with as he presents “In-Transition – Now What do I do?” Attendees at all levels will learn about the obstacles they need to overcome during this period to succeed, the methods they need to use to change their situation and ways to make being in-transition a productive, meaningful and positive time in their lives.

Marty Latman, called by many people as the “Best Networker” they know, is the President of Latman Advisory Services LLC, an organization that helps companies improve their financial results, provides career advancement assistance to professionals at all levels and helps match people to companies that need their skills.

Possessing a skill set that combines finance, operations and technology, Marty has been successful in organizing start-up companies, turning around organizations, and setting strategic company direction. Marty is the Co-Chairman of Financial Executive Network Group (FENG) and Chairman of the Bergen Chapter, which he created in March 2002 with 29 members. Membership within this chapter has now grown to over 5,800 members. Since its inception, FENG-Bergen Chapter has successfully helped more than 1,850 of its members find gainful employment. He is also the chairman of NJ Strategic Executive Networking Group (NJSENG), a FEI member, and a member of over 20 other career networking groups. He has worked in both public and private accounting. In private industry, he held responsible positions at large public organizations, and has been a key player in small to medium private entrepreneurial companies. His experience is predominantly with emerging and middle market employers that make up the vast majority of companies and the economy in New Jersey, and the largest segment of employers in New Jersey and the United States. Marty Latman is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New Jersey.

Marty has been a guest speaker to many networking groups where he has discussed various career development topics including networking, interviewing techniques and advance career planning strategies. He has spoken at Financial Executive International (FEI), Financial Planning Association of NJ (FPANJ), Media Communication Association – International (MCA-I), Career Networking Group (CNG), Phi Beta Kappa, Careers-in-transition (CIT), Breakfast Club, IMA and others. Marty has been a guest on the radio show www.1077TheBronc.com and CFO Studio where he has discussed network skills and how networking advances your career. He has also spoken to students and alumni at Montclair State University, Kean College, and New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Marty is a graduate of The State University of New York-Albany, and a resident of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

If you are planning to attend, please respond NO LATER THAN August 8th, 2016 If you are planning to attend, please respond NO LATER THAN August 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.


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

Chicago-Downtown, IL Aug 10, 2016


8:00 AM to 10:00 AM


Addison Group,
125 South Wacker Drive,
27th Floor,
Chicago, IL


Conor Cunneen’s recent presentation to FENG received rave reviews, so we’ve invited him back to present on acing the interview, but with a twist! Here’s what Conor sent us.

Program title: What Mark Twain Can Learn You ‘bout interviewin’ !

So you think you have got all the advice you need on interview techniques! Well, this program presented by Mark Twain fan and author, Conor Cunneen, will provide you with a truly useful framework for interview and interview preparation. The program is based around the work and speeches of the great humorist and guess what? The nine lessons presented that WILL help you better connect with your interviewer and ace the interview spell the acronym MARK TWAIN.

Conor Cunneen is an in-demand keynote speaker, business consultant and award winning humorist. His clients range from Harley-Davidson to Helsinki, from Memphis to Madrid. He also has a deep and abiding passion for those in transition.

Conor is a board member Naperville Community Career Center. and co-hosted JobTalk on Chicago radio for five years. He is the author of SHEIFGAB the World: 8 Building Blocks to Staying Sane, Motivated and Productive in Job Search. His most recent book is What Mark Twain Learned Me ‘bout Public Speakin’

After Conor’s formal remarks and interactive question and answer session, we share new ideas on networking/career search topics as well as references/introductions into target company opportunities. We look forward to more discussions for advice to conquer our career search challenges and provide additional introductions/references on opportunities we are pursuing.

Details are as follows:
(1) Dress code: Business Casual
(2) Coffee and Donuts/Bagels/Pastries will be served,
(3) Parking –The train is the best option as the meeting location a block from Union Station and 2 blocks from Ogilvie. There are several parking lots in the area: Jackson & Canal, Adams & Franklin, Monroe & Canal
(4) Suggested donation: $4 (A)
(5) Bring 30-35 copies of your resume/handbill

(A) – your Downtown Chicago Chapter Co-Chair, Steve Eschbach, will have a commentary about this in his before-event emails and/or introductory remarks.

We will do networking amongst members and then a general discussion on job search topics and other topics that members might want to discuss.

A dozen or so of us got together last On January 15th and left the meeting with new ideas on networking/career search topics as well as references/introductions into target company opportunities. We look forward to more interactive discussions for advice to conquer our career search challenges and provide additional introductions/references on opportunities we are pursuing.

RSVP is REQUIRED for building security and headcount estimation. Full details are as follows:

(1) Dress code: Business Casual
(2) Tea and Donuts will be served, BYOC – Bring your own coffee.
(3) Parking and Directions – Please send me an email request.
(4) Suggested donation: $1
(5) Bring 20-25 copies of your resume/handbill
Agenda: 8-9 AM – Networking amongst members
9-10AM – Discussion on search and miscellaneous topics faced by members

Matt Oey and Steve Eschbach
Downtown Subchapter Chairs
Phone: Matt 312-255-1887
Steve 312-550-9965
Email: mattoey@hotmail.com


Westport, CT Aug 10, 2016


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM


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!


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.

Our guest speaker is to be determined.


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.


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.

Atlanta, GA Aug 10, 2016


5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


UPS Complex
55 Glenlake Pkwy NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
UPS Corporate Main Phone Number: 404-828-6000


Quarterly Networking Meeting

Speaker: TBD

Bring your best 30 second elevator speech and contact cards

Remember "Networking is a Contact Sport"


From GA 400:
Take EXIT 5 WEST toward Sandy Springs
onto 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

Pittsburgh, PA Aug 10, 2016


5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


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



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.


Corner of Forbes Avenue and Murray Avenue


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