Career Advancement Mini-Conference: Get Ready To Snag That Great New Job or Promotion!

  • 10 Jul 2013
  • 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Founder's Hall, GMU's Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201-4426 1 1/2 blocks from Virginia Square-GMU Metro stop on Orange Line. Parking for a fee


  • Been meaning to join the DC Chapter of ASTD and would like to attend the Career Mini-Conference? Join now for $115 and attend free
  • If a student with a valid student ID, you can join the DC Chapter of ASTD now for $50 and attend the Career mini-conference free

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Select from among any of the 24 mini-workshops in three topic areas below, and have a one-on-one coaching session if desired.

Take away a career roadmap, guidelines for an effective social media presence, and 2-5 tips for strengthening how you present yourself in person and remotely.

Targeting and Managing Your Career - Persons with career goals are much more successful than those without them. In partnership with the George Mason University, this event will help you to identify your career goals and a strategy for meeting those goals.  Go further scheduling regular work on your career such as optimizing your profile on LinkedIn, Google(+) and other sites, and checking weekly to see who has reviewed your profile.  You'll learn why it's necessary to have a mentor to work with over time.  Select from among our nine mini-workshops and start handling your career strategically.

Presenting Yourself Well In Person - What is it about how we look, sound, and act around others that matters?  We humans are visually-oriented.  When we see someone very well put together, dressed, in a nice car, with good posture and bearing, we assume s/he is effective, responsible, a strong contributor.  When you have a conversation (could be on the phone) and the other person has a persuasive pitch about him or herself and what they are doing, we are influenced.  Give yourself an advantage in seeking jobs or at work by investing in how you present yourself.  Attend some of our seven sessions and “make over” how you come across.

Presenting Yourself Well Virtually – Increasingly we present ourselves remotely, by resumes, job applications, cover letters, our profiles on social media sites, in blogs, and especially in emails.  The photo(s) you use in those profiles and with your emails are important.  If you come from a military background, it is essential to describe your skills and experience in civilian language.  If your education and experience has been mostly academic or you are changing from one industry to another, how you describe yourself in writing is key.  Attend some of our seven workshops on Presenting Yourself Well Remotely and raise your “remote presence” to the next level.

Workshops and one-on-one coaching on:

Targeting and Managing your Career Efforts

  • Matching your strengths to your career goals
  • Skills important in the training industry today
  • Applying the sales process to your job search 
  • Using Appreciative Inquiry for Your Career
  • Taking advantage of ASTD resources
  • Putting your career on your calendar
  • Creating your career roadmap
  • Using job sites effectively
  • Having the right attitude to secure a job
  • Developing mentors
  • Relationships – your trainer friends
  • Education and certifications useful in Training and Business Management

Presenting Yourself Well In Person 

  • Image matters – Success starts with how you present yourself
  • Networking in the flesh
  • Elevator speeches
  • Handling virtual meetings well
  • Effective phone conversations - Learning how to win over people on the phone
  • Interviewing, 2013-style

Presenting Yourself Well Virtually

  • The ultimate resume
  • Optimizing your social media presence
  • Working smart with job sites
  • Doing great applications and cover letters
  • Blogging, articles, books, videos
  • Emails and texting
  • Translating your military skills & experience into understandable civilian language 


  Lorraine Barclay Nordlinger, MBA, CPLP ® of the Nordlinger Consulting Group 

Lorraine works with organizations and individuals to institute positive change. She combines her extensive experience with diagnostic models that align strategy, structure, process, rewards, and people to maximize mutual benefit to stakeholders and desired results.


Ann Rosser

As an experienced coach, mediator and facilitator, Ann utilizes her 20 years of executive experience to improve the performance of organizations and individuals through leadership development, conflict resolution and goal achievement. She is the CEO and founder of Finding Resolution.  She helps organizations find the courage to communicate about what they want to change.

 Neal Henderson

Founder and President of Front Row Performance Coaching (FRPC).  Neal, an experienced coach helps organization gain the most from their Human Potential, and navigate the challenges of implementing change.   Tapping into his extensive leadership experiences, Neal guides his coaching clients to increased self-awareness and to the accomplishment of their goals.  As a retired Navy Master Chief, he brings his unique perspective to helping organizations to hire and retain veterans, and veterans to create strategies to make a smooth transition to the civilian market place.

  Laurie Morrison

As an Image Consultant and President of YOU AT YOUR BEST, we counsel individual and corporate clients on appearance, behavior and communication skills through individual consultations, coaching, presentations, seminars and workshops.

  Richard Brown 

Rich is Director, Metro DC Chapter of ASTD’s Career Services, a training consultant, and President of Connected Training, Inc., which does business development for small to medium-sized training companies, particularly with U.S. Federal Departments and Agencies.  As a training consultant, Rich hosts webinars for presenters using Adobe Connect.  Rich is an expert facilitator, increasing employee and member engagement, talent management, mentoring, developing leaders, and emotional intelligence.  Rich emphasizes participant involvement.  See more about Rich's training consulting at and 

George Mason University Professor Tojo Thatchenkery

Director of Organizational Development & Knowledge Management, School of Public Policy, GMU - Tojo Thatchenkery (Ph.D. Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University) is Professor and Director of M.S. in Organization Development and Knowledge Management at the School of Public Policy.  He is also a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science ( and the Taos Institute ( Professor Thatchenkery has over twenty five years of experience in teaching at various Public Policy, MBA, Organization Development, and executive development programs in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Linda Greene is an instructional designer and trainer.She has over 15 years of experience in the airline industry, including operations management and training.  Linda has provided development, delivery and assessments of various training programs for the commercial aviation industry.  Linda recently completed a Masters' in Distance Learning from the University of Wisconsin. She is currently working with Connected Training, Inc. on webinar hosting and production for businesses and organizations, specializing in the use of Adobe Acrobat.  See more about Linda at 

Over the last decade, Neil Paz-Cruzat has worked in the employment recruiting field for both the public and private sectors.  Currently Talent Acquisitions for George Mason University, he recently partnered with DC Department of Employment services for a Path2Work event, and the US Chamber of Commerce, NBC4, NBC News, and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) for the Hiring Our Heroes career event.  Neil uses his knowledge of recruiting to help job seekers polish their interviewing skills, channel their potential, and present themselves to the best of their ability.

Cynthia Huheey, Office of Continuing Professional Education, George Mason University

Pam Egner and Colleagues, Arlington Employment Center, Arlington, Va