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The failure to communicate

Editorial by Matt Bud from the December 4, 2016 Newsletter

The story I hear more often than not is how perfect someone was for a particular posting and their amazement that they didn’t get a call. Of course, there are a lot of possible reasons why someone doesn’t get a response. It could be they were in too late. It could be that there were requirements for the job that only became obvious once responses rolled in. Criteria that didn’t seem attainable are suddenly appearing on so many of the credentials of candidates received that those without it aren’t even considered. My only concern tonight is to address the possibility that you don’t communicate your areas of expertise in an easily absorbed manner. Let’s put ourselves on the other side [ Read more… ]

Global Meetings
Chapter/SIGMeeting Date 
Susquehanna Valley, PA Dec 5, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

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

Agenda

CANCELLATION NOTICE

READING

Due to the holidays, the December 5th meeting has been cancelled.

Wishing you a safe and Happy Holiday Season and New Year.

See you on January 25, 2017!

Directions

San Francisco, CA Dec 6, 2016

Time

7:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Location

Robert Half Corporate Office
Bishop Ranch 3
2613 Camino Ramon
San Ramon, CA 94583

Agenda

FENG East Bay Networking Group (EBNG) Breakfast Meeting/Informal Coffee

Agenda: Informal coffee and networking


Host: Norbert Walz norbert_walz@yahoo.com


Directions

Directions to Robert Half - San Ramon.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/2613+Camino+Ramon,+San+Ramon,+CA+94583/@37.7684303,-121.9588258,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x808ff29ab37b3563:0x3db730a847817c62

San Diego, CA Dec 6, 2016

Time

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Location

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
5375 Mira Sorrento Place, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92121

(in Sorrento Mesa)

Agenda

Topic: "CFO: Suddenly in Charge of IT -- What Do I Do?"

Speaker: Siyamak Khorrami, Founder and CEO of Skyriver IT

Meetings are for members, prospective members and invited guests only. For non-members, RSVP is required by writing to chapter chair, Dan Ruchman at DRuchman@aol.com. Please include a one or two sentence description of who you are, and your interest in attending the meeting. Thank you.

Some of you will recognize Siyamak Khorrami as the sponsor of last month's FENG meeting. Siyamak is a former financial executive himself, and founded Skyriver as a means of transforming the delivery of IT services.

More and more CFO’s are finding themselves in charge of the IT functions of their respective companies. It can happen as the result of a corporate re-organization; it can happen from you taking a new job where IT has been under Finance for years, but it'll be new for you; it can happen from an early stage company needing to establish an IT function, and the CEO simply does not want the IT group reporting in to the CEO... so it gets assigned to the CFO.

However it happens, if you are suddenly responsible for managing and leading IT, or anticipate that you may be in this position in the future, Siyamak's talk will provide you with the framework, principles and insights for running the IT department effectively, without getting stuck in the weeds while doing so.

In taking charge of the IT function, with either a VP, Director or, in a smaller company, an IT Manager reporting to you, you have to miraculously accomplish a combination of two essential things:

a) You have to first ensure that the day to day technology planning, management and execution -- i.e., "keeping the IT lights on" -- is done smoothly and timely; and,

b) You have to be looking beyond the day to day IT management to create an IT strategy for the organization, looking at the future of your industry and company, and looking at leveraging technology in ways to streamline operations and, potentially, to build competitive advantage for the company.

As companies strive to become ever more efficient, and to have their operations functioning in sync with their longterm strategies, the CFO in charge of IT will have a host of challenges, including but not limited to such things as:

- Dealing with issues like geographic dispersion of the company's staff -- between offices, states or countries.
- Differentiating between IT management and IT governance.
- Ensuring that IT strategy is integrally tied in to the company's strategic planning process, with the same principle applying to the company's shorter term, operational planning process.
- Categorizing and recognizing the necessary functions and the available assets, including both technology and human.
- Determining when outsourcing is preferable to in-sourcing, and recognizing how these decisions differ by company.

- Embracing a culture of growth and change in all their aspects.

Siyamak's presentation will range from broad to focused, and will be highly interactive, identifying the basic steps to follow in the event of being handed the task of overseeing an IT department in conjunction with all the other financial and management responsibilities that a CFO has.

You can expect to leave the meeting with the following:
- An understanding of the basic IT department functions
- A framework for defining the role of the IT department within the company
- An understanding of how to minimize obstacles for IT managers and staff
- A framework for knowing when to outsource vs when to use internal resources
- How to best communicate objectives and measure progress against them
- A framework for ensuring integration of IT strategy and operations with the company's business,

If you currently have, or ever expect to have, responsibility for leading the corporate IT function, you'll not want to miss Siyamak's engaging talk. Siyamak will use his own career spanning both Finance and IT, as well as the knowledge he has gained from witnessing the issues of many client companies, to give us the benefit of his wisdom -- and to enable us to avoid the pitfalls that others have learned by hard experience.

About our speaker: Siyamak Khorrami

As Founder and CEO of Skyriver IT, Siyamak serves as the chief conceptualizer and chief relationship manager for clients. With 12 years experience in finance, operations and management in various business services industries, Siyamak understands the importance to his own company of maintaining strong customer relationships, and the importance to his clients of maintaining a seamlessly functioning IT organization, utilizing both internal and external resources. His background in accounting and financial management further allows him to help clients understand the financial implications of technology investments.

Prior to starting Skyriver IT, Siyamak was the Director of Finance and Purchasing for a contract biopharma research organization (CRO) in China. In that role, he project-managed the construction of a 27,000 square foot laboratory in two months. He also oversaw the growth from 45 employees to 300 in two years.

From his business experience in China, Siyamak learned the value of integrity and culture in growing a business. That was an object lesson to him when he later started his own company, focusing him on maintaining the highest integrity in Skyriver IT's business dealings, and causing him to strive to create a superior culture within his company itself.

Siyamak is a graduate of the University of San Diego with a degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. As an alumnus, he currently sits on the board of directors for USD's Center for Peace and Commerce. He is also on the board of directors for the San Diego Venture Group, and involved in many other San Diego groups as well.

And while most of us struggle to communicate well in English, Siyamak has also developed full fluency in Spanish and Persian, as well as conversational fluency in Mandarin from his time in China.

We expect the meeting to be highly interactive. Come with your curiosity and with any questions. We look forward to a great talk, and some lively networking over bagels and coffee.

Breakfast and Meeting Sponsor: As usual, we will have breakfast refreshments for all attendees. Sponsoring our meeting and generously providing the refreshments will be Andy Sunter, Financial Recruiting Manager and Division Director for Accounting Operations with Robert Half International. We're very pleased to welcome Robert Half back as a multiple-time San Diego FENG sponsor, and to warmly welcome Andy back for his own second time supporting the San Diego FENG.

CPE Credits: Reminder for those members maintaining their professional certifications - we offer the documentation for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits for our speaker presentations. For those members interested in this, you may complete the appropriate forms, which we'll have available at the meeting, for 1.0 hours of CPE credit.

Directions

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=5375+Mira+Sorrento+Place,+San+Diego,+CA&aq=0&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=39.729049,92.724609&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=5375+Mira+Sorrento+Pl,+43;San+Diego,+California+92121&z=16

PwC is near the 805, just off of Scranton Road, a block north of Mira Mesa Boulevard, close to Qualcomm and Karl Strauss.

- Just off of 805 and Mira Mesa Blvd.
- If coming north on 805, exit Sorrento Valley Road
- Go straight at the signal and turn into the driveway for the two buildings you see on the right
- Once in the garage, drive to the left to the second set of elevators, to the East Tower.
- Take the elevator to the Plaza level and then switch to the bank of elevators to the 3rd floor.
- There is ample free parking in the garage or in the adjacent parking lot near the Scranton/Mira Mesa Food Court.
- Parking is Free.

Phoenix, AZ Dec 6, 2016

Time

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Location

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

Agenda

Topic/Speaker: TBD

Directions

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=First+Western+Trust+Scottsdale,+7025+North+Scottsdale+Road,+Suite+100&hl=en&sll=41.172425,-73.278118&sspn=0.121979,0.338173&t=h&hq=First+Western+Trust&hnear=7025+N+Scottsdale+Rd+%23100,+Scottsdale,+Arizona+85258&z=16

Montgomery/Bucks County, PA Dec 6, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

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

Agenda

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

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/GIANT+Food+Store/@40.1465518,-75.1169542,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c6b02e97c28a7b:0x65d3c7d67d14a03


Washington, DC Dec 6, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Boardroom of Cherry Bekaert LLP
Conference Room, Suite 400
1934 Old Gallows Road, 4th Floor,
Vienna, VA, 22182

Agenda

HOW AN EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY IS TRANSFORMATIONAL TO BUSINESS

SPEAKER: Prabhash Shrestha, VP of Information Technology, American Gastroenterological Association. Named by the digital media company Bisnow as Innovation Award Winner in 2015.

https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/association/prabhash-shrestha-41915


In this insightful presentation pertinent to all C-Level executives, Prabhash discusses what an effective technology strategy for business might look like today. This includes such elements as a mobile mindset, cloud computing, and business analytics. He will discuss how IT strategy helps organizations to shift their thinking to be market leaders instead of reactors. Informally, that means questioning everything that can be made better, more efficient, less costly, or more useful to customers and employees by the application of current and emerging technologies.

About Prabhash: Prior to joining AGA, Prabhash was CIO at Association of Fundraising Professionals for 8 years. He is the recipient of various awards and honors ('2015 Top Association & Non-Profit Innovator', 'Top 10 Technology Leaders in Association Space' and others).

Prabhash completed his executive education at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He also enjoys teaching which he has been doing passionately at Georgetown University’s Master degree program in Technology Management for last 5+ years.

Directions

I-495 Beltway to Exit 47A (Leesburg Pike/Rte. 7) towards
Tysons Corner. Make left at first light into Fairfax Square, opposite the
entrance to the Tysons Corner Mall, after merging onto Rte. 7 West. Turn immediately
left onto service road in front of Fairfax Square buildings and proceed to last turn before gas station.
Make right at this turn and enter parking garage at last entrance on right at end of road. Meeting is
on 4th floor of building across from parking garage.

Boston, MA Dec 6, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

CANCELLED
BlumShapiro Consulting
2 Batterymarch Park Suite 301 Quincy, MA 02169
781-610-1206
dfionda@blumshapiro.com www.blumshapiro.com
CONTACT: David J. Fionda MS,CPA Director

Agenda

THIS MEETING IS CANCELLED

Cybersecurity expert Kevin Powers will present:

Cybersecurity: It's Not Rocket Science; It's "Reasonableness"

Each day there is a headline grabbing news piece involving another cyber-attack resulting in the theft of digital information (e.g., government classified materials, PII and healthcare records, intellectual property, financial information) or the disruption of government and business functions.
Nation-states, terrorists, hacktivists, and cyber-criminals are relentless.

Companies are told "it's not a matter of if, but when" they will be attacked.
Compounding that, federal and state regulators are stepping in with new requirements, mandating companies in all sectors to address cybersecurity with little, if any, real guidance on how to do so.

Despite being a victim of a cyber-attack, a business most likely will still have to defend its actions in claims from government agencies and litigation involving class action and shareholder derivative suits.

What to do? The technology supporting cybersecurity is complex, but the business response is not.

Rather than looking at cybersecurity as a technical issue, companies must recognize it as a risk management issue that needs to be addressed just like any other business risk.

Come to this informative session and learn what you need to know about this very complex business.


Kevin ​R. ​Powers, J.D.,​ is the Founding Director for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance Program at Boston College, and an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Boston College’s Carroll School of Management’s Business Law and Society Department. With a combined 20 years of law enforcement, military, national security, business, higher education, and teaching experience, Kevin has worked as an analyst and an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Defense, prestigious law firms in Boston and Washington, D.C., and as the General Counsel for an international software company based in Seattle, Washington. Along with his teaching at Boston College, Kevin has taught courses at the U.S. Naval Justice School and the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was also the Deputy General Counsel to the Superintendent. Kevin regularly provides expert commentary regarding cybersecurity and national security issues for varying local, national, and international media outlets.



Directions

Energy & Natural Resources Dec 7, 2016

Time

7:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Location

Cafe Express
1101 Uptown Park Boulevard
Houston, TX 77056

Agenda

Private Equity SIG meeting

7:00-7:30 AM Networking
7:30-8.30 AM Speaker
8:30-9:00 AM Networking

Agenda:

The focus of this meeting is informal networking. With all the speakers we’ve had this year, it seems appropriate for us to invest in year-end networking. Statesman has graciously offered to provide a variety of light breakfast items.

Directions

West Loop and Post Oak in Uptown Park

Cincinnati, OH Dec 7, 2016

Time

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Kenwood Towers
8044 Montgomery Road
1st Floor Conference Center, East
Cincinnati, OH 45236

Intersection of I-71 & Montgomery Road

Agenda

Speaker TBD

For those members who cannot get to monthly meetings on a regular basis, I strongly encourage you to carve out time as this evening provides a great opportunity to (re) connect with colleagues and friends, and gain insights from our special guest speaker.

AND Vernovis will be providing pizza and drinks. Thank you Bryan and Wendy!

Agenda:

5:30 – 6:00 pm – General networking
6:00 – 6:30 pm – Introductions
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Speaker presentation - Dominic Franchini, VP, HORAN
7:30 – 8:00 pm – General networking


*****Please mark your calendars for the following tentative dates for the Cincinnati Chapter Meetings for the rest o f2016:

Wed., October 19 (Guest Speakers: Philip DiCiero, Benefits Network Insurance Agency & Helena Darrow, Partner, Keating, Muething & Klekamp; Topic: "Latest FSLA Overtime Law Regulations: What they mean to You"

Wed., November 16 (Speaker TBD)

Wed., December 7 (Holiday Gathering: NOTE DATE CHANGE)

Please bring:
- 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.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it. As always, you are welcome to bring a friend or guest. Not a problem if you arrive late.

.
Please register:
1. Members login: http://www.thefeng.org/membersonly/ this will take you to your personal home page. Check box for this event.


Meeting Contact:

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either:
John Speridakos @ JDSperidakos@aol.com Chapter Chair, or T.J. Bugg @ tjbugg@centennialinc.com .


Agenda:
- 5:30 pm - Open networking on your own
- 6:00 pm - Meeting begins with introductions from each participant- 6:30-7:30 pm - Speaker
- 7:30-8:00 pm - Wrap-up with final Q&A and NEEDS!
- 8:00 pm - Open networking on your own

Directions

Once inside the building, if you need further directions, please go to the security desk on the Lobby level of the west tower.

From Downtown (the South): Take I-71 to the Montgomery Road exit. Turn right (East) on Montgomery Road. Kenwood Towers is the glass & steel building on your right, behind the Sibcy Cline office. The entrance to the building and the parking garage is on the right, just past the Sibcy Cline office.

From the North: Take I-71 to the Montgomery Road exit. Turn left (East) on Montgomery Road. Kenwood Towers is on your right after you cross over I-71, behind the Sibcy Cline office. The entrance to the building and the parking garage is on the right, just past the Sibcy Cline office.

Plenty of free parking is available below the building.

Los Angeles (South Bay), CA Dec 7, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Keegan's Sports Bar
1434 Marcelina Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
310 328-3750

Agenda

Admission: Can of Food for the Museum's Annual Food Drive
Topic: Annual Holiday Party
Networking and a light meal will start at 6 PM.

Thanks to RSM and RBG for generously sponsoring our events.

Directions

Located in Downtown Torrance approximately 1 mile south of the Museum.
Free parking is available in front and in the public lot at the end of the street.

Charleston, SC Dec 7, 2016

Time

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Crowne Plaza
4831 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, Plantation Board Room
North Charleston, SC 29418

Agenda

Please join us for a Recruiter-led Interactive Panel discussion followed by a networking session.

Sponsor: The meeting is being sponsored by the CLB Group.

Attire: Our meetings will be "relaxed" Business Professional

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/4831+Tanger+Outlet+Blvd,+North+Charleston,+SC+29418/@32.8749764,-80.0177026,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88fe635bed8ef0e9:0x2668f6f8f1ed25a4!8m2!3d32.8749764!4d-80.0155139

Miami (Palm Beach/Treasure Coast), FL Dec 7, 2016

Time

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Duffy's Sports Grill of Boynton East
4746 North Congress Avenue
Boynton Beach, FL 33426

(561) 963-3234

Agenda

Please join us for an end of the year social event. We will be gathering in the semi-private room. Everyone will purchase their own food/beverage.

Come hang out and enjoy the evening with us.

Your chapter leadership will be delighted to see you there!

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/4746+Congress+Ave,+Boynton+Beach,+FL+33426/@26.5705255,-80.0905356,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88d8d898381940cf:0x761f12e665d379bd!8m2!3d26.5705207!4d-80.0883415

- In Boynton Lakes Plaza off Hypoluxo Road

Houston (Katy/Sugar Land), TX Dec 8, 2016

Time

7:30 AM to 9:15 AM

Location

Fellowship Church
22765 Westheimer Parkway
Community Room
Katy, TX 77450
www.thefellowship.org

Agenda

Topic: Business Intelligence for middle market companies

Speaker: George Abboud, Ron Schutz-Planning Business Transitions, LLC

Agenda:
The meeting will begin and end with networking, business card exchanges, 90 second elevator speech practice opportunities as well as Resume review drop-offs. The middle of the meeting will be our guest speaker.

Presentation:
The goal for developing Profit Picture™ was to create an environment where the owner can see and understand the data and use it for meaningful communication with managers or people who drive day-to-day results. Profit Picture™ is a reporting portal, comprised of customized “dashboards”. These dashboards create visual and unique representation of the company data.

Speaker's bio:
George H. Abboud, CPA has more than 16 years of high-level management and financial experience. He joined SMART Group Houston as President in 2009 to apply his skills to helping individuals and families as well as executives and business owners develop comprehensive Money in Motion Solutions® to help them achieve their long-term dreams of financial security.

He is former President and Partner of Cadre Partners LLC, a Houston, Texas-based consulting practice. Cadre Partners offered COO and CFO consulting services. Prior to starting Cadre Partners, George held the position of CFO and General Manager of a privately owned investment company. His corporate experience came from an 11-year upward progression within a publicly traded printing conglomerate, culminating in his role as Vice President of Operations for 75 operating companies. George holds a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and has held his CPA license in Texas since 1997. He is a member of Vistage and active in CBMC. He spends his free time with wife Monica, and their three children.

George is terrific with future-oriented challenges and dealing with essential facts. He considers all the evidence and find ways around problems. He initiates change, improvises solutions and promotes alternatives. He has a knack for protecting what has been built and fixing things that break. He is great at creating a sense of urgency and using ad libs and improvised metaphors to communicate. He prevents getting boxed in by staying open to alternatives.

Registered to offer securities in Texas and New Mexico. Registered to offer advisory services in Texas, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and North Carolina.

Directions

Corner of Westheimer & Peek

Parking: There is lots of free parking as well as a great Coffee Shop called Kosmos in the corner of the main Church building where the Community room is located.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/22765+Westheimer+Pkwy,+Katy,+TX+77450/@29.7336737,-95.7629392,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x864120dd5c0aecd5:0xd2d51cd9ec9ed006

New York, NY Dec 8, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Wells Fargo Securities
Auditorium
150 E. 42nd Street
New York City

Agenda

6:00 - 7:00 Special Presentation:

"Be Memorable, Merry and Meaningful: A Holiday Networking Guide"

Presenter: Deena Baikowitz, Chief Networking Officer, Fireball Network

hyperlink to : http://fireballnetwork.com/

7:00 -7:30 Memorable, merry and meaningful introductions

7:30 - 8:00 Open Networking


Speaker Bio:
Deena Baikowitz, Chief Networking Officer and Co-Founder of Fireball Network

Deena comes from four generations of feisty career women. Her favorite expression is “I know someone you should meet. Let me introduce you!” Deena empowers her clients to stand up, stand out in a crowd, become confident at networking and self-promotion, and make connections that lead to exceptional opportunities. She works with executives, entrepreneurs, emerging leaders and professional organizations. Deena is a dynamic speaker, coach, consultant and writer.

Fireball Network delivers critical skills training for business development and career development. Through workshops, coaching, consulting and keynote presentations, Fireball Network teaches its clients to excel at professional networking, presentations, branding and marketing.

In this entertaining and interactive presentation, you will learn Fireball Network's red hot techniques to build strategic relationships that create positive ROI. You’ll practice how to work a room; make meaningful conversation; talk to strangers; tell memorable stories to engage your listeners; talk about yourself and your services (without sounding like everyone else), identify and access business opportunities, and implement follow-up techniques that build successful long-term relationships.

Meeting Notes: Coffee, water 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

Baltimore, MD Dec 8, 2016

Time

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Mt. Washington Tavern
5700 Newbury Street
Baltimore, MD 21209

Agenda

Our next Baltimore Chapter meeting will be our holiday gathering. This will be a joint BENG/FENG event.

I hope you plan on joining us.

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Mt.+Washington+Tavern/@39.367435,-76.6545474,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x9496afd5cb377517!8m2!3d39.367435!4d-76.6523587

St. Louis, MO Dec 10, 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.

Princeton, NJ Dec 10, 2016

Time

8:30 AM to 10:45 AM

Location

PANERA Bread
510 Nassau Park Boulevard, Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 514-1456 / phone

Please note that this is NOT the Panera Bread in downtown Princeton. It is the Panera bread near Wegmans.

Agenda

The FENG Princeton breakfasts are designed for members to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal setting. There is no agenda – this will give you time in a different forum to interact, receive individualized attention, and help each other.

Although the meeting is informal, here’s how we structure it:
• For the first 15 minutes, get your coffee and talk freely amongst yourselves.
• At 8:45, I will make a few announcements. I’ll ask 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).
o One of our attendees made the suggestion that everyone who attends should be a job lead or something else to share with the group. I encourage this but will not make a requirement. Anyone who wants to contribute something to the group can do so here.
• Then we’ll split the group into sub-groups of no more than 8-10 people facilitated by a leader. Depending on the number of attendees, we may ask someone to run a group. The group splits will be done on a random basis which facilitates a good mix.
• 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. In order to facilitate the conversation, I often ask people:
> What is your competitive advantage?
> What do you do differently that marks you out from others?
> How do you provide value?
> What are you known for? What do you want to be known for in a couple of years’ time?

These are a bit like interview questions, but often I am trying to find the gold in your value proposition that might not be as clear to others as it is to you. (Questions taken from a newsletter article – Jan 21, 2014 – provided by Ken Witt, Raleigh FENG Chapter).
• Everyone can stay as long as they want, but the leader will make sure everyone has an equal chance to talk based on the 10:45 break.

Directions

I suggest it is best to go to the Panera Bread website for specific directions and maps.

London, United Kingdom Dec 12, 2016

Time

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location

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

Agenda

UK Job Hunt Club

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, November 23rd 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.

Directions

Tube station Barbican

Oklahoma City, OK Dec 12, 2016

Time

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Location

Kamp’s 1910 Café
10 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Agenda

It has been a while since the Oklahoma City Chapter has met. Please join us for lunch and meet Cheryl Adams, our new chairman.

The initial meeting will be focused on getting to know one another and discuss how we want to move forward with the Chapter.

You will have an opportunity to hone your networking skills, meet your peers from various disciplines, share job leads and develop networking opportunities.

Please bring a friend who is interested in joining The FENG.

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kamp's+1910+Caf%C3%A9/@35.4778627,-97.5137191,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x87b2173a4ee428af:0xedafcfa6dc3c3cab!8m2!3d35.4778584!4d-97.5115251

Greensboro (Piedmont Triad), NC Dec 12, 2016

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Robert Half/Accountemps - host
Shared Conference Room at
202 Centreport Drive
2nd Floor - Suite 220
Greensboro, NC 27409

Agenda

SPECIAL AGENDA - HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES!!!

Refreshments (that means adult beverages) will be served during a casual event. Bring canned goods for donation to food bank.

The FENG Greensboro (Piedmont Triad), NC Chapter meetings:
1. offer an invaluable opportunity for members to create a sharp focus of their background with the other members
2. provide advice and knowledge of the local market
3. provide a pool of knowledgable "hiring managers" to test job search skills against
4. assist others to achieve their job marketing plan

Directions

This is off NC68, just North of the NC-68 intersection with I-40 (in other words, the Airport exit, going towards the airport). After the I-40 stoplights, access to CentrePort Drive is the first stoplight (not too far down the road - maybe a 1/4 mile from the intersection mentioned above). Take an immediate left, the building past the Embassy Suites (not where Robert Half offices are).

Conference room is on the second floor.
Door locks at 6 pm.

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