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Global Meetings
Chapter/SIGMeeting Date 
Dallas, TX Jun 27, 2017

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Bravo Technical Resources, Inc.
Heritage Square I
4835 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75244
972-419-1655

Agenda

Topic: The Five Essential Elements of a Successful Job Search

Speaker: John Hughes, Manager of Business Development at Wilson Perumal & Company

Presentation:
John is going to discuss how to set up an effective search plan and the networking techniques that help make it work. Learning objectives include solid networking ideas/tips and a template for finding your next job.

Speaker's bio:
John Hughes most recent role - Manager of Business Development at Wilson Perumal & Company, an international strategy consulting firm. His other roles in Dallas include Director of Field Finance for FleetPride and the Director of Finance - Operations & Supply Chain at Hostess Brands.

Prior professional experience includes Vice President of Financial Planning at Musician's Friend in Oregon, M&A and valuation projects in Latin America, as well as various financial leadership roles at IBM, The Coca-Cola Company, and Aramark. He sits on the Advisory Board of The Latin American Company and is an Ambassador in the Dallas FEI chapter.

Career coaching experience includes leading the Atlanta Chapter of FENG for three years - during which he led career search discussions twice a month. Through these presentations and three progressively shorter career transitions, he developed the Five Essential Elements of a Successful Job Search process that he is to share with the group tonight.

He utilized this process to move to Dallas without knowing ANY ONE. How effective was it?

- Within 4 months it resulted in a one-month project;
- 6 months later it resulted in a multi-year role;
- Years later it facilitated a change in careers within 2 months

John has an MBA in International Management and Finance from the Irish Management Institute in Dublin (with Fordham University), a Certificate in Strategic Leadership from Penn State, and a BS in Business Management from Le Moyne College in upstate New York. John currently resides In Dallas.

Directions

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?address=4835+Lyndon+B+Johnson+Fwy&city=Dallas&state=TX&zipcode=75244&latitude=32.926569&longitude=-96.823458&geocode=ADDRESS&redirect=true

The Building is behind the Wyndham Hotel on the northwest side of LBJ and the Tollway.

If you are headed east on 635:
- Take the 22A exit, for Dallas North Tollway (do not get onto the Tollway).
- Turn left at the light after the exit (follow the signs to the Galleria)
- Turn left on westbound access road to 635.
- Turn right at the first road past the Tollway entrance. (If you miss the road you can turn into the Wyndham Parking lot)
- The building says "Imprimis" on the east & west sides and C-Beyond on North and South. We are behind the Wyndham Hotel, just west of the Oxy building.
- You can park in visitors parking to the right side of the building (when you are driving up).
- You may enter from either side of the building from the parking lot. We are on the 10th floor.

If you are headed west on 635:
- Take the exit for Dallas North Parkway.
-Stay on the access road to 635 west (do not get onto the Tollway).
- Turn right at the first road past the Tollway entrance (just at the bottom of the hill, past the Oxy Building) (If you miss the road you can turn into the Wyndham Parking lot)
- The building says "Imprimis" on the east & west sides and C-Beyond on North and South. We are behind the Wyndham Hotel, just west of the Oxy building.
- You can park in visitors parking to the right side of the building (when you are driving up).
- You may enter from either side of the building from the parking lot. We are on the 10th floor.

If you are headed south on the Tollway:
- Take the Alpha Road/Galleria Mall exit.
- Go through the light at Alpha (you will curve to the left just after Great Indoors)
- Turn right at the 2nd light. onto Galleria Road
- We are the third building on the left.
- The building says "Imprimis" on the east & west sides and C-Beyond on North and South. We are behind the Wyndham Hotel, just west of the Oxy building.
- You can park in visitors parking to the left side of the building (when you are driving up).
- You may enter from either side of the building from the parking lot. We are on the 10th floor.

If you are headed North on the Tollway:
- Take the Alpha Road/Galleria Mall exit.
- Turn left to get to 635 west (you will not get onto the highway), and stay in the right-hand lane on the access road.
- Take the first right, at the Heritage Square sign. (If you miss the road you can turn into the Wyndham Parking lot).
- The building says "Imprimis" on the east & west sides and C-Beyond on North and South. We are behind the Wyndham Hotel, just west of the Oxy building.
- You can park in visitors parking to the right side of the building (when you are driving up).
- You may enter from either side of the building from the parking lot. We are on the 10th floor.

Richmond, VA Jun 27, 2017

Time

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location

Tavern 19
600 Founders Bridge Boulevard
Midlothian, VA 23113

Agenda

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.

This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and network with new ones whether you are currently employed or in transition.

Attire: Business casual

Directions

www.google.com/maps/place/Tavern+19/@37.5437376,-77.6868187,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89b16ef629ba4e7b:0x4e039746cdea221c!8m2!3d37.5437334!4d-77.6846246

Chicago (Suburban), IL Jun 27, 2017

Time

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Rosemont Park District Building
6140 Scott, 2nd Floor
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
(847) 823-6685

Agenda

Abby Kohut "Absolutely Abby"
Topic: Exposing the Hidden Job Market

Exposing the Hidden Job Market

Although the economy is improving - this still isn't your Grandma's job market! Many of the jobs are hidden from plain view and unless you learn about the new way to job hunt, you'll be left out in the cold. Absolutely Abby will teach you how easy it really is to uncover the hidden job market. You will learn:
• Why the job market is hidden in the first place
• 3 ways to hobnob with CTOs, CFOs and other C-suite members
• How working for free can be the best idea you ever had
• How to solve problems for companies who don't know that they have them
• 3 ways to use social media to generate opportunities you didn't know existed

Abby Kohut, "Absolutely Abby", is the President of Staffing Symphony, LLC and author of Absolutely Abby's 101 Job Search Secrets.

In the past 22 years, Abby held corporate recruiting positions in a variety of industries and is responsible for helping 10,000 people get hired. Her website AbsolutelyAbby.com, which was selected as one of the Top 100 Websites for Your Career by Forbes, teaches candidates secrets the Absolute truth about the job search process that other recruiters won't tell you.

AbsolutelyAbby.com was also mentioned on CNBC as one of three top websites for career changers. Abby is one of the Top 100 Influential People Online according to Fast Company Magazine and is known as Ask Abby on LinkedIn. She has provided job search tips on Fox 5, NBC, CBS, ABC, Monster, Real Simple, The Ladders, Bloomberg Radio, and Forbes. Recently, CEOWORLD Magazine rated Abby "One of the Top 25 Women for your Job Search" and Business News Daily rated @Absolutely_Abby as "One of Top 10 Twitter Accounts Every Jobseeker Should Follow". Since 2012, Abby has been on a mission to help one million job seekers and is currently driving around the USA on a nationwide tour to accomplish that goal.


Doors will open at 6:00pm and we will have pizza delivered shortly after 6:00pm.

There will be a $5 charge to cover cost of the room and the pizza. Dress is business casual.

- 6:00pm to 6:30pm: We will have informal networking, if you can, be there for this part of the meeting, some people have said they enjoy this the most – it is a great opportunity to meet new people, catch-up with old friends and discuss any issues you have on your mind.

As always, be sure to bring 15-20 copies of your resume or handbill; a supply of business cards may come in handy for networking as well. Please polish your 90-second presentation! Your networking time is a value added activity for you and your peers; practice your 'elevator speech' and try it out with your friends at FENG, compare contrast and revise it until you hear it in your sleep. This platform skill will serve you long after you land your next assignment.

Alumni members are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in the discussion - it is a great way to give back to the group, and to maintain and build your network.

Directions

From 90 or 294 take the O'Hare exit, and then exit again on Mannheim Rd. North.

Take Mannheim north to Higgins Rd.

Turn right on Higgins and go to the first light.

On the right you should see entry to Village of Rosemont. Take this entry to the guard gate.

Tell the guard you are going to the park district building. Proceed south from the guard shack and the road will curve to the left and then intersect with Kirschoff. Go south (right) on Kirschoff several blocks and it will go straight into the parking lot at the back of the Rosemont Park District Building (you will need to enter at the front of the building).

Free parking is available both in the back and the front (Scott Street) of the building.

Our meeting will be in the upstairs meeting room.

Houston (The Woodlands), TX Jun 28, 2017

Time

7:15 AM to 9:00 AM

Location

One Hughes Landing Conference Center
1800 Hughes Landing Boulevard, 1st Floor
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Agenda

Topic: Comp & Payroll Common Pitfalls

Speaker: Courtney Sheaffer, Associate Attorney, Stibbs & Company

Presentation:
Common Employer Mistakes and Pitfalls: This presentation focuses on the common mistakes made by companies and organizations when hiring and compensating their employees, and upon termination. Specifically, the presentation will concentrate on issues regarding Offer Letters, Employment Agreements, Commission Structures, Bonus and Incentive Programs, Compensation During Leaves of Absence, Separation from Employment, and Common Causes of Litigation.

Speaker's bio:
Courtney is a commercial litigator who is uniquely qualified to practice law in two states – Texas and Louisiana. She is a committed attorney and a fierce defender in the courtroom.

Litigation and Corporate Practice:
Courtney Sheaffer practices business and commercial litigation. She takes pride in providing her clients the high level of attention and personal service they may not often find with larger firms. Also, Courtney enjoys being able to grant clients the unique advantage of representation in both Texas and Louisiana.

General Business Litigation for a variety of domestic and international business entities including litigation involving the energy industry, contract disputes, collections, defamation and employment matters, as well as assisting businesses with contractor and subcontractor agreements, indemnity agreements, master services agreements, and trademark & copyright applications.

Employment Law and Employment Litigation for various business entities including breach of contract, misappropriation of confidential and propriety information, as well as the defense against FLSA, DOL and EEOC claims, discrimination claims, and unemployment claims. Courtney also assists businesses with the preparation of employment agreements, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, employee handbooks and policies & procedures.

Education
- Louisiana State University Law Center
J.D., 2009
- Louisiana Tech University
B.S., Finance, 2005 magna cum laude

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
- State Bar of Texas, The Woodlands Bar Association

Agenda:
- 7:15 am – 7:35 am: Networking, coffee and light breakfast
- 7:35 am – 7:50 am: Chapter Announcements and Self-Introductions
- 7:50 am – 8:40 am: Speaker Presentation
- 8:40 am – 9:00 am: Networking

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/One+Hughes+Landing/@30.1720425,-95.4723102,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x864736ce2e6a1433:0x97dcfd50d599cb51!8m2!3d30.1720379!4d-95.4701162

Tampa, FL Jun 28, 2017

Time

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Vaco Tampa
4030 Boy Scout Boulevard, Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33607

Agenda

Topic: Mastering Excel: Essential Excel Data Analysis Tools

Speaker: Kyle Chastain, CFO for PACA Foods

Our June meeting will be something a little different. Please join us for Mastering Excel, with Kyle Chastain, CPA, CMA and earn 1 hour of CPE.

During this seminar you will learn the ins and outs of Microsoft Excel and gain professional confidence in the best practices and techniques.

You will learn the following:
- Big Data: Pivot table groupings
- Charts: Getting your point across
- Top Excel errors & review tools to avoid them

Speaker's bio:
Kyle is a professional with 20+ years of expertise in financial management and reporting, internal controls, forensic accounting, and information systems. Proven record of increasing profits by implementing financial and operational improvements that improve control.

Please join us for what will be an extremely useful event.

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/4030+W+Boy+Scout+Blvd,+Tampa,+FL+33607/@27.9661694,-82.5123212,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88c2c3ae1043065b:0xc9acb3ed8ff38c54

Susquehanna Valley, PA Jun 28, 2017

Time

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

Murray Securus
39 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17608

Agenda

LANCASTER

1. Each attendee will get a chance to deliver their two-minute elevator speech.
2. Share recent successes and failures.
3. Present networking requests.
4. Discuss job search questions and concerns.
5. Apprise the group of any new searches, requests, etc. that they have become aware of.

Preparation:
1. Please bring your "one pager" (twenty-five copies).
a. This should provide your contact information at the top.
b. Followed by a brief overview of you and your background.
c. Finally your target company list and a list of people you would like to meet.
2. One Pager should be handed out to the attendees just before you make your presentation, thus helping them to provide you with targeted assistance and advice.
3. Please have copies of your resume available to hand out 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.
4. Bring a name tag to wear and a "name" tent card to place on the table in front of you.
5. If you represent a business, please bring business cards and/or flyers.

Attire: Business casual


Thanks to Pete Wengrenovich for providing the location.

Directions

Parking: There is parking in the rear of the building if you take the Grant Alley back behind the Murray Insurance building. The entrance is in the back also.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/39+N+Duke+St,+Lancaster,+PA+17602/@40.0391756,-76.3034399,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c624ed07e01471:0xc5337a9fe4fec9de

Indianapolis, IN Jun 29, 2017

Time

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location

OfficeWorks
12000 Exit Five Parkway
Fishers IN 46037-7940

Agenda

Title: What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. 

Speaker: Michelle Sybesma, Owner, Professional Skills Consulting, Inc. 

Agenda:
- 6:00 - 6:45 pm: General Networking
- 6:45 - 7:15 pm: Welcome and Introductions
- 7:15 - 8:00 pm: Our Program
- 8:15 pm: Adjournment

Our speaker will be Mrs. Michelle Sybesma, long-time owner and lead consultant of Professional Skills Consulting, Inc., and a long-time Fishers resident and community stalwart (Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, etc.). For this evening, however, her message is not primarily professional in nature, but deeply personal.

You see, on August 29, 2015, her husband, Bryan, was involved in a bicycle accident, suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which changed their lives dramatically from that day forward. Michelle and Bryan’s story of the accident, his medical treatment, rehabilitation and recovery (Michelle calls today’s Bryan “Bryan 2.0”), the support network which allowed Michelle and her family to cope and function and the lessons learned from their experience provide meaningful insights for us all as we proceed through life, and face life’s inevitable ups and downs, twists and turns, bumps and bruises. For many of these events and happenings in the road of life, there is no roadmap to follow as we cope, adjust and adapt. Perhaps the best teacher is the experience of others who have faced daunting obstacles and challenges. Although the specific traumatic event is certainly unique to the person, time and place, Michelle and her family’s experience is living proof of the old adage that “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” In this case, literally.

So, come hear the story of a modern miracle in recovery and adaptation. It will be an evening you won’t regret attending.

Please note: This meeting is not open to the general public. Only current or potential FENG members with approximately 15 years of finance experience are invited to attend.

Please help me thank our chapter sponsors:

For a combined 50 years, we've done all the worrying for you. VACO Indianapolis has the experience, resources and connections to find even the most specialized talent. Our tenure in the market means we’re always in the loop - gauging the pulse of Indianapolis businesses, industries and trends. We live and breathe a partnership mentality and go the extra mile to add value in all that we do. We also partner with the community and are involved with the Financial Executives International (FEI), Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG) and SEC Pros.

From a small office in the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, to the Capital Center, the canal and currently our Fishers facility, OfficeWorks has been a leader in delivering tailored solutions to business, government, learning, and healing environments for 32 years. From entrepreneurial startups to large corporations, the OfficeWorks team of 57 employees including 17 dedicated furniture installers, is here to help customers become more successful and help them create great places to work, learn, and heal.

Directions

www.google.com/maps/place/12000+Exit+5+Pkwy,+Fishers,+IN+46037/@39.9636771,-86.0029171,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8814b4655fc3dc71:0x1e027073acac8221!8m2!3d39.9636771!4d-86.0007284

Reno (Northern Nevada), NV Jun 30, 2017

Time

7:00 AM to 8:30 AM

Location

Swill Coffee and Wine
3366 Lakeside Court
Reno, NV 89509

Agenda

It has been a while since the Reno Chapter has met. Please register and join us for breakfast (BYOB – buy your own breakfast).

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

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Swill+Coffee+and+Wine/@39.4930912,-119.8094248,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8099408bcd29be11:0xdf89af897e921cb0!8m2!3d39.4930912!4d-119.8072307

Monmouth/Ocean, NJ Jul 1, 2017

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

Minneapolis, MN Jul 3, 2017

Time

7:15 AM to 9:00 AM

Location

Near Pickerman's Deli, Room 140, 701 Xenia Ave, Golden Valley, MN. The meetings are held in a meeting room that is adjacent to Pickerman's Deli

Agenda

First Monday FENG / FEI Minneapolis Career Transitions Group Networking Meeting

Objective: To connect financial executives who are in transition from different industries, for the purpose of networking toward gainful employment for all attendees. Attendees are all working to find the next opportunity (all jobs are temporary) and we like to encourage everyone who attends to offer up to the group any opportunities that you know about which do not fit your background, or that you have no interest in pursuing.

To-Do's: Please prepare a brief summary of your background to present to the group. Please be prepared to discuss your target industry, size, whether private or public, location preferences; and describe your goal for your next opportunity.

Who Should Attend? This meeting is open to all financial executives including the directors, managers and above that report to the office of the CFO.

Directions

The Deli is located in the Golden Hills Office Center Building - Two blocks North of 394 and Xenia.


London, United Kingdom Jul 3, 2017

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

AGENDA: please see “Notes” lower down this message for additional details

1. Introductions (15m)
- News about past members
- Scope of this and future meetings
2. Elevator pitches – 30 seconds (45m) (1)
3. Job Search Metrics (15m) (2)
4. Networking, sharing leads (10m)
5. Focus topics (20m)
6. Round up with Paul (15m)
7. AOB/Items for next agenda (5m)

Notes to agenda:
(1) Elevator pitches – (eg telecon with recruitment agent. Each member gets 5 mins which allows for c. 3 - 4 minutes feedback. (I will keep the stop-watch)

(2) Metrics - As well as your backward review, we are incorporating targets for the next two weeks. This will help give you an added incentive to press on with your search.

A spreadsheet will be sent to those members who register to be filled out with instructions to return prior to Monday’s meeting. David Levenson will collate the results for circulation at the meeting.

Please RSVP: by WEDNESDAY, June14th 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

Miami (Palm Beach/Treasure Coast), FL Jul 5, 2017

Time

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

Palm Beach County Library 
3650 Summit Boulevard 
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Agenda

Topic: "Seven Strategies for Peak Performance"

Presenter: Eric Stoller, President of the Les Brown Institute

Eric Stoller Bio:
Prior to becoming President of the Les Brown Institute, Eric was president of Strategic Seminars and Training.

Eric has specialized in creating memorable events and training programs designed to increase personal performance, make new contacts and help companies and individuals reach their goals and dreams.

Eric has over 25 years of expertise in producing seminars and training programs. He has created events such as the Champion Mindset events and the Personal Power Expo. He has delivered over 5000 presentations and seminars in his career.

In addition Eric has worked with the top experts in the field of personal development. Including Brian Tracy, Denis Waitley, Herb Cohen, Jim Rohn, Og Mandino, and Omar Periu and Les Brown.

As president Eric’s goal is to assist new members in building their business and realizing their dreams and to use the experience of the faculty to help members leverage their success.

Les Brown and the Les Brown Institute:
As one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers, Les Brown is a dynamic personality and highly-sought-after resource in business and professional circles for Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, non-profit and community leaders from all sectors of society looking to expand opportunity. For three decades he has not only studied the science of achievement, he’s mastered it by interviewing hundreds of successful business leaders and collaborating with them in the boardroom translating theory into bottom-line results for his clients.

Les Brown and his Team at The Les Brown Institute are committed to motivating and training today’s generation to be achievers and leaders. Bringing together the most powerful group of Professional Speakers, Trainers, and Coaches WORLDWIDE to make a difference across the globe today.

Please bring:
- Name Badge
- Personal Contact cards
- Resumes
- Your 90-second elevator speech

Attire: business casual

Your chapter leadership will be delighted to see you there.

Directions

From I-95: Take I-95 to Southern Blvd. (Exit 68), go west to Congress Ave., then south to Summit Blvd. Turn right on Summit Blvd., Library is midway between Congress Ave. and Military Trail on the left.

From Florida’s Turnpike: Take the Turnpike to Southern Blvd., go east to Jog Road, then south to Summit Blvd. Turn left on Summit Blvd. to Library on right.

Philadelphia-Downtown, PA Jul 6, 2017

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

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

Agenda

OPEN Networking

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

Please bring about 15 copies of your one-pager to hand out to all attendees as we work together to find new job opportunities, helpful information, and new networking partners to assist you in your career transition.

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


About the chapter:

Our goal is to give each member an opportunity to meet with peers, share job leads and create a sharp focus of your career search target in the minds of our members so they can provide you with job leads and networking contacts.

When arriving, please check in with security in the lobby and indicate that you will be attending the FENG meeting on the 36th floor with KPMG. Take the elevator bank furthest to your left to the 36th floor.

Dress is business casual.

Directions

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.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:

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.

St. Louis, MO Jul 8, 2017

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.

Chicago (Downtown), IL Jul 11, 2017

Time

7:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Location

Salo LLC
560 West Washington Blvd., Suite 230
Chicago, IL 60661


Salo LLC plans to have someone stand by the door towards the beginning as guests are arriving, but will have directions on the window on how to call to get up here as well.

Agenda

Topic/Speaker -

“Incorporating LinkedIn into your Financial Executive Level Career Transition Strategy for Today and for Tomorrow”
• 2 Hour PowerPoint Presentation and Web Demo

Key Areas Addressed:

♣ Understand the basic to advanced features of LinkedIn.
♣ Learn how to build a powerful individual profile to highlight your industry/finance/accounting expertise, and how define your leadership role from your previous company(s).
♣ Leverage LinkedIn to reconnect and network more effectively with fellow peers, business partners, service and product providers.
♣ Build a world class network through LinkedIn by networking more effectively and efficiently.
♣ And learn more to leverage immediately after the demo and presentation…

LinkedIn Speaker Bio:

Larry Kaufman is the Managing Director for the Midwest Central Region at Experis Finance, Senior Sales Leader and Rainmaker. Larry has been a Global Published LinkedIn Public Speaker/Trainer for over 9 years. He is a past presenter to FENG and he has presented to CEO Associations, CEO Roundtable of Chicago, Vistage (Vistage Approved Speaker), Renaissance Executive Forums, FEI, CFOLG, TMA (Turnaround Management Association), AM&AA (Alliance for Merger & Acquisition Advisors), M & A Firms, Private Equity Firms, The Real Estate Industry, Hospitality/Hotel Industry, REIA (Real Estate Investment Association). He has also presented to Board Members, Human Resource Executives, ITA (Illinois Technology Association), the Manufacturing and Distribution industry, Construction Companies, Engineering Firms, Electrical Contractors, Commercial Flooring Companies, Banks, Insurance and Law Firms.

Larry has been in sales and sales leadership roles for the past 28 years. He has hired and developed inside and outside sales forces in healthcare, banking to consulting firms in the BPO and the accounting industry as well. Larry has also worked on his own helping small, mid-market to larger companies recruit talent to their organizations and helping them with corporate introductions to expand their client base.

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

We share 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.

Details are as follows:
(1) Business Casual attire is appropriate.
(2) Host is providing beverages and snacks as well as name tags (be sure to thank our gracious hosts!).
(3) Parking –The train is the best option as the meeting location within blocks of Ogilvie and Union Stations. There are two parking lots near the offices: Presidential Towers garage – located on Madison and Jefferson or an open lot at Washington and Des Plaines.
(4) Suggested donation: $0.00 (again, be sure to thank our gracious hosts!).
(5) Bring 35-40 copies of your resume/handbill.
(6) RSVP deadline is Monday, July 10, 2017 at Noon CT.

Please Register:

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

Guests of members are welcome. Register on this link:
http://www.thefeng.org/chapters/rsvp.php?tid=10134

Members are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in the discussion - it is a great way to give back to the group, and to maintain and build your network.

We hope to see you at the FENG meeting. If you have any questions please contact:

Downtown Chicago Sub-Chapter Chairs:

Steve Eschbach
SPEschbach@gmail.com
(312) 550-9965

Matt Oey
mattoey@hotmail.com
(312) 255-1887

Directions

San Diego, CA Jul 11, 2017

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/Speaker: TBA

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.

Breakfast and Meeting Sponsor: As usual, we will have breakfast refreshments for all attendees.

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.

Los Angeles (Orange County), CA Jul 11, 2017

Time

8:15 AM to 9:15 AM

Location

Webster University
32 Discovery, Suite 250
Irvine, CA
Please park behind the building in deference to the tenants.

Agenda

Speaker TBA

NOTE: Doors open at 8AM

Directions

San Francisco, CA Jul 11, 2017

Time

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Location

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

Agenda

Food and refreshments will be provided by Robert Half Management Resources.

One (1) hour of Accounting and Auditing (A&A) CPE Credit will be granted to all attendees of the presentation.

Agenda:


5:30-6:00 PM – Networking
6:00-7:00 PM – Presentation
7:00-7:30 PM – Networking

Directions

Houston, TX Jul 11, 2017

Time

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location

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

Agenda

TOPIC: Networking for Introverts, Extraverts and In-Between Verts
SPEAKER: 'Absolutely Abby', Abby Kohut, Staffing Symphony

Do you attend networking meetings or company events and walk away feeling like you could have been more successful
in meeting more people? Do you wait for others to approach you? Do you feel anxious when you try to start a
conversation? In today’s world networking isn't just for those NOT working. It’s a powerful personal and professional tool
we can all use to leverage relationships. To advance in your project management career, it's imperative that you get
comfortable with networking. But why just be comfortable when it can actually be fun??? Walk away from this interactive
event knowing:
• How to explain what you do so people will remember you
• Why being specific when asking for help is important
• How to identify the right networking opportunities for you
• What “paying it forward” is all about
• Why networking is simply making new friends
• How to turn your networking magic into long term relationships

Abby Kohut, who is known in the job search world as Absolutely Abby, is the President of Staffing Symphony, LLC and author of "Absolutely Abby's 101 Job Search Secrets." In the past 18 years, Abby held corporate recruiting positions in a variety of industries and is responsible for helping 10,000 people get hired. Her website www.AbsolutelyAbby.com, which was selected as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career” by Forbes, teaches candidates secrets the Absolute truth about the job search process that other recruiters won't tell you. AbsolutelyAbby.com was also mentioned on CNBC as one of three top websites for career changers. Abby is one of the “Top 100 Influential People Online” according to Fast Company Magazine and is known as "Ask Abby" on LinkedIn. She has provided job search tips on Fox 5, NBC, CBS, ABC, Monster, Real Simple, The Ladders, Bloomberg Radio, and Forbes. Recently, CEOWORLD Magazine rated Abby “One of the Top 25 Women for your Job Search” and Business News Daily rated @Absolutely_Abby as "One of Top 10 Twitter Accounts Every Jobseeker Should Follow". Since 2012, Abby has been on a mission to help one million job seekers and is currently driving around the USA on a nationwide tour to accomplish that goal.

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 Abby Kohut

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. Park in the hotel car park on the south side of the property.

New Orleans, LA Jul 11, 2017

Time

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Location

Puccino’s Coffee
Lakeside Shopping Center
3301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70002

Agenda

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

Directions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Puccino's+Coffee/@30.0084526,-90.161005,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x8620b02464c658fb:0x8503b43d54c87227!8m2!3d30.008448!4d-90.158811

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