Narrative

The Workforce Show brings you stories of men and women who are doing something extraordinary to make their careers meaningful. You will hear tales of failures, successes and a desire to ultimately be the best they can be whether a head of a corporation, entrepreneur or someone whose profession drives them to a purposeful life.

Camille Stewart, senior consultant at Deloitte & Touche LLP

Camille Stewart, senior consultant at Deloitte & Touche LLP

On this episode of The Workforce Show, Cynthia Gurne talks with Camille Stewart about Cyber, Intellectual Property, law, and upcoming trends in the IT field. Camille Stewart is an attorney for Deloitte & Touche LLP and has experience working with complex technology, cyber, and national security issues. This episode also touches on issues that affect the technology world today, such as Cyber Attacks.
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Government Contracting Today with Louis Montgomery, Jr. Featuring Jim Lawler, Executive Vice President and Human Resource Officer at ICF

Jim Lawler-Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at ICF

On this episode of Government Contracting Today Jim Lawler shares his story of how he got into Government Contracting. Lawler touches on many aspects of Human Resources including recruiting, cultivating talent, and developing a great workplace. Lawler discusses what kind of jobs are in demand within the Government Contracting field, and offers advice on how those who have an interest in the field can get involved.

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Science and Technology Sector with host Francesca Molinaro. Featuring: Al Naqvi

Interview with Al Naqvi, President of the American Institute of Artificial Intelligence

On this episode of The Workforce Show we introduce guest host Francesca Molinaro. Molinaro invites Al Naqvi, CEO of the American Institute of Artificial Intelligence, to discuss the constant evolution of AI. Al Naqvi brings experience and insight to an area that continues to be affecting the professional world. Naqvi touches on many topics of Artificial Intelligence including: autonomous cars, robots taking jobs, and the importance of knowing the bridge between technology and business.
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SECRET SAUCE SEGMENT HOSTED BY JIM THOMAS: Ian Cook, November 20.

Ian Cook

In this episode of the Secret Sauce Ian Cook and Jim Thomas discuss team building, finding your passion in the work place, and how to find a direction for your career that will make you more successful.





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SECRET SAUCE SEGMENT HOSTED BY JIM THOMAS: Laurent Amzallag, November 6.

Laurent Amzallag

In this episode of the Secret Sauce Laurent Amzallag discusses how he started his business Yala Fitness, how he met Oprah, and his approach to fitness and health. Laurent discusses why he thinks the body affects the mind.
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Government Contracting Today with Louis Montgomery, Jr. Featuring Greg McCarthy CEO of AOC Key Solutions

Greg McCarthy CEO of AOC Key Solutions

This is the inaugural episode of The Workforce Shows new segment entitled: "Government Contracting Today" with host Louis Montgomery, Jr. In this informative episode Louis Montgomery sits down with Greg McCarthy to discuss how McCarthy got started in the industry, AOC Key Solutions, and the modern trends that affect the world of Government Contracting.
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Phil Rogofsky- Director of the Maryland STEM Festival

Phil Rogofsky

On this episode of The Workforce Show we are joined by the Director of the Maryland STEM Festival Phil Rogofsky. Rogofsky discusses the upcoming Blue Collar STEM Conference happening November 6, 2017, in Baltimore Maryland. Rogofsky shares information on Blue Collar Jobs and encourages students of all ages to explore all opportunities and avenues.
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Science and Technology Sector-Valerie Perlowitz

Valerie Perlowitz

Ms. Perlowitz is an individual that brings more than thirty years of expertise in the oversight, development, and management of major system integration companies that deliver software and hardware components. Currently as the Founding Partner of International Holding Company, LLC (IHC), Ms. Perlowitz and her team assist companies across industries and sectors to achieve breakthrough growth by utilizing their proprietary “4 Quadrant Methodology” that bridges the gap from strategy to tactical and creates metrics that communicate to all shareholders how the company grows through repeatable execution types. This week on The Workforce Show Perlowitz joins Cynthia Gurne to discuss her path from Employee to being President of her own Company. Perlowitz discusses what she's done since selling her own company, and her role in the Technology community; from driving business success to monitoring the leaders of the future.
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SECRET SAUCE SEGMENT HOSTED BY JIM THOMAS: Tatjana Farr, October 9, 2017

Tatjana Farr

Tatjana Farr is the proud founder of The Coyote Grille in Fairfax Virginia. In this episode Farr joins Jim Thomas to discuss being apart of the restaurant world. Farr discusses how she left her career in Telecom and went on to follow her true interest by starting the Coyote Grille. Sharing her story of leaving a 12-year career in sales, sales training, and sales operations to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Farr displays her passion for community, customers, and building the right team.











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Chris Bruno Making Changes in Fairfax City, VA, Oct 2, 2017

Chris Bruno

Christopher Bruno was appointed Director of Economic Development for the City of Fairfax in May of 2016. In this capacity, Director Bruno serves as the City liaison to the Economic Development Authority and is responsible for coordinating the economic development priorities of the City’s leadership with the Authority’s strategic plan.

Prior to joining the City of Fairfax, Director Bruno served as Agency Counsel for the New York City Department of Small Business Services. At SBS, Director Bruno was responsible for working with the City’s network of over 70 business improvement districts, and for coordinating the legal components of the commercial revitalization programs as part of the City’s community development block grant program administration. Additionally, from 2012-2014 Director Bruno served as a senior member of the Avenue NYC team and played an integral role in the City’s response to Hurricane Sandy by forming two community based development organizations in the hardest hit commercial areas of New York City. Director Bruno holds an undergraduate degree in history and a master’s degree in political science from Fordham University in New York. He obtained his juris doctor degree from New York Law School and is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
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Sep 25, 2017

Francesca Molinaro

Consultant with Decode and co-founder of Hacking HR
Francesca Molinaro is a co-founder of Hacking HR. She brings her passion for people to everything she does. She has nearly 20 years of HR experience with deep expertise in organizational and leadership development and Diversity & Inclusion. She is a tech start-up investor, tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, and founder of Decode Leadership, a leadership coaching and consulting firm. She believe's that an organization's tech strategy should also be a human one. She cares deeply about how tech will shape the future workplace experience and transform organizational cultures. She is passionate about working with startup leaders, women in tech and Gen Z, who will be the workforce of the future.
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Secret Sauce segment hosted by Jim Thomas: Titan of Industry, Sep 18th, 2017

Dr. J. Phillip “Jack” London

Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of CACI International Inc (NYSE)
Founded in 1962, CACI is a $4.3 billion IT solutions company with nearly 20,000 employees in 130 offices worldwide. London served as CACI’s President and CEO (1984-2007). Dr. London is known today as the founder of the modern-day CACI, growing the company from a small professional services firm to become a world leader today. In his over 40 years of senior leadership within CACI, London designed the company for primary support to the U.S. armed forces by providing the most advanced information technology and network/communications solutions for high priority national security missions. He currently oversees CACI’s major strategic initiatives and transactions, including a highly successful M&A program, which he began in 1992.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and George Washington University, London served 12 years during the Cold War as an officer, naval aviator, and carrier helicopter pilot (1959-1971). He then served 12 years as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer and commanding officer of reserve units within the Naval Air Systems Command. London is a retired captain.

Dr. London was inducted into the Washington Business (2010) and the Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards (2012) Halls of Fame. A nationally recognized authority on organizational ethics, the Ethisphere Institute named him one of the Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2014. Dr. London serves on the boards of the Navy Memorial Foundation, the Naval Historical Foundation, and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial. He is a founding board member of CAUSE (Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services), which provides rehabilitation and recreation programs to those wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Dr. London is the author of Character: The Ultimate Success Factor and Our Good Name.
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Secret Sauce segment hosted by Jim Thomas: Korn Ferry’S Executive Search: From The Smallest To The Biggest, Sep 11 and 14, 2017

Louis Montgomery, Jr.

Louis Montgomery, Jr. leads Korn Ferry’s HR Executive Search Practice for the Mid- Atlantic and South. He also co-leads the Chief Diversity Officer Practice. He is a member of the firm’s Global Human Resources Center of Expertise. He specializes in placing senior corporate function leaders including Marketing, Legal, Human Resources and Investor Relations. He also works with CFO and Legal Staff. Previously, Mr. Montgomery was Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Serco Inc. a global government services provider. Earlier in his career, Mr. Montgomery worked in a variety of Human Resources roles encompassing manufacturing, sales, talent acquisition and diversity ad inclusion including: IBM, Celanese, Pepsico, Kraft Foods, Altria and the AES Corporation where he developed a strong track record of building relationships and supporting business strategy. He graduated from Cornell University where he majored in Industrial and Labor Relations.
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Careers in Environmental Science: Re-airing, Sep 4 and 7, 2017

Dr. Ruth Kelty

Dr. Ruth Kelty discusses a broad range of jobs in environmental sciences. Dr. Kelty has her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Coral Reef Technology. She currently works for NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Science, Oxford, MD. Dr. Kelty also coordinates an internship program between NOAA and Washington College, funded by Washington College.







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Re-airing, Aug 28, 2017

Charles Britt

My Career from Internships on
Charles Britt is a STEM Education Outreach Coordinator at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), who spent over 12 years serving in both technical and executive support positions with the Central Intelligence Agency, In this role as STEM Education Outreach Coordinator, he is responsible for developing public-private partnerships and programs which expand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused co-curricular and enrichment learning opportunities for K-12 students to create a pipeline of highly skilled workers to meet the region’s growing workforce demands. Charles is also founder of Destined2Succeed, LLC where he provides college and career coaching services to youth and young adults looking to succeed in the technology workforce. Charles is passionate about improving the community through volunteerism.
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A Woman Interrupted: Re-airing, Aug 21, 2017

Megan Rummler

Aspiring Social Entrepreneur
Saigon-born and American made, Megan is the epitome of a refugee inspirational story in the making. Currently she is in the process of launching a digital media company that leverages storytelling to effect social change for Asian Americans. A bi-coastal career woman, Megan is uniquely fusing her two career disciplines—corporate strategic communications and voice narration—to create, through digital storytelling, original and meaningful content that is impactful and authentically reflects the current experiences of what it means to be Asian American today. When Megan is not doing communications or voice narration consulting work she can be found at American University in Washington, DC., pursuing a Masters in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. She is also a soon-to-be Fellow at the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), a Washington, D.C. innovation lab and research center that creates, studies and showcases media for social impact. Megan’s voice narration work is showcased online at meganrummlervoice.com. Megan resides in the Washington, D.C. area along with her husband and two children.
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Secret Sauce segment hosted by Jim Thomas: 30 Years in the Military and Now the President of a Non-Profit, August 14, 2017

Rear Admiral Christopher W. Cole

U.S. Navy (Retired)

Chris served in the United States Navy for thirty two years. A Naval Aviator, he commanded two helicopter squadrons and two amphibious warships. As a Flag Officer he commanded Navy installations in the Republic of Korea and the five-state Mid Atlantic Region. His final assignment was as the Director of Ashore Readiness for the Chief of Naval Operations.

Since retirement from the Navy in 2004 Chris has worked as a consultant to private industry and the Department of Defense in energy, environment, facilities, and management fields. He now serves as President of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, and is chairman of the Board of Directors for the Military Bowl Foundation.

His wife Kathy and he reside in Vienna, Virginia.

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August 7 and 10, 2017

Cynthia Butler, MSOL, HCS

Senior Internal Consultant Special Assistant, for Employee Engagement and Innovation
Cynthia Butler brings over 33 plus years of Federal experience concluding with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the areas of human resources, human capital strategic planning, employee engagement and career sustainment expertise. Her strategic planning and facilitation expertise include Special Assistant and internal consultant to the Chair, for Employee Engagement and Innovation. She previously served in four Cabinet level agencies to include the Departments of the Navy, Justice, Homeland Security and Education As one of the first Human Capital Strategists (HCS) working on the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), Ms. Butler’s vast experience in organizational action planning and facilitation provided leading practices across government agencies. She has a Masters’ degree in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) and utilizes the theoretical insights and data to inform the practical, by providing internal agency consultations, conflict management education, team enhancement training, as well as issue-specific focus groups. Ms. Butler is a Master Crucial Conversations trainer, as well as a certified administrator of the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) Assessment for individuals and intact teams (She retired in 2017 and is a principal consultant with the Merrick Group)
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July 31, August 3, 2017

Matt Caywood

Technologist
Matt Caywood is a technologist with a passion for transportation and design. He founded TransitScreen to make cities easier for people to use -- with real time information and directions available at a glance -- and ultimately to enhance the sustainability of cities themselves. Before founding TransitScreen, he worked on brain-computer interfaces and computer vision applications at a national lab. Matt has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California San Francisco, and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Harvard.



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Moving From Corporate Marketing to CEO of a Start-Up: My Story, July 17, 2017

Michael H. Kaplan

CEO of Taivaco
Michael’s professional career spans three continents, five languages, and leadership positions in both private and public sectors. Based in Arlington, VA, and Taipei, Taiwan, Mr. Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Taivaco LLC, where he is responsible for the company’s management and growth. Formerly, Michael was the Director of Marketing at Sanyo, where his clients included Sony, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Panasonic, Bose and Nissan. In Taipei, Mr. Kaplan was the Director of Business Development for ICON, Taiwan’s preeminent branding and licensing firm, where his clients included 3M, Nokia, KFC, Pfizer, Fendi, LG, and KnightWorks, a Tim Burton Award Winner. By mayoral appointment, Mr. Kaplan served on the San Francisco Bay Waterfront Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands, and completed graduate programs at George Mason University in Virginia and Chinese Culture University in Taipei.

michael@taivaco.com

linkedin.com/in/michaelhkaplan

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Secret Sauce segment hosted by Jim Thomas: What it Takes? A Career Journey of the CEO of CIT, July 17, 2017

Ed Albrigo

President and CEO
Ed Albrigo is President and CEO of the Center of Innovative Technology (CIT) in Virginia. Ed leads CIT in its mission to accelerate innovation commercialization, entrepreneurship and economic growth across the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is responsible for overall strategic planning, financial management and employee engagement for the organization. He also leads outreach and collaboration activities with the business, education and government communities to devise ways to propel economic growth through innovation. Prior to joining CIT, Ed was COO of The Hilltop Companies, a group of financial servicesandtechnology consulting companies in McLean, Virginia. Ed joined Hilltop after 15years as a senior executive with Freddie Mac. Prior to Freddie Mac, Ed held a variety of management and marketing positions with companies such as the Booz Allen & Hamilton and CSC. He started his professional career launching spacecraft for NASA.
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A CIO Career Reflections, July 11, 2017

Kimberly Hancher

Executive
Kimberly Hancher is a tech-savvy executive with an impressive record leading government IT organizations. She was Chief Information Officer at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (2008-2015), Deputy CIO at the Federal Communications Commission (1998-2008), and Branch Chief at the VA (1987-1998). She has expert capabilities in strategic sourcing, technology leadership, program management, relationship building, strategic/tactical planning, project management, and IT service management. She was Vice-President of the Government IT Executive Council (GITEC), Chair of the ACT-IAC Excellence.gov Awards, and is a frequent speaker at IT events. She was a trail blazer in establishing one of the first Federal "Bring Your Own Device" programs and a key contributor in publishing the Federal BYOD Toolkit and Guidance. After retiring in 2015, she was engaged by the State Department to assist the Directorate for Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) with its IT Modernization program. She is a recognized Federal IT “thought leader” and a frequent speaker at IT events. She now works part- time as a consultant with Deep Water Point and has continued her commitment to community service. She supports The Angels Network (www.theangelsnetwork.org), a group that raises funds for transitional housing and homeless.
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A Woman Interrupted, July 3 and 6, 2017

Megan Rummler

Aspiring Social Entrepreneur
Saigon-born and American made, Megan is the epitome of a refugee inspirational story in the making. Currently she is in the process of launching a digital media company that leverages storytelling to effect social change for Asian Americans. A bi-coastal career woman, Megan is uniquely fusing her two career disciplines—corporate strategic communications and voice narration—to create, through digital storytelling, original and meaningful content that is impactful and authentically reflects the current experiences of what it means to be Asian American today. When Megan is not doing communications or voice narration consulting work she can be found at American University in Washington, DC., pursuing a Masters in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. She is also a soon-to-be Fellow at the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), a Washington, D.C. innovation lab and research center that creates, studies and showcases media for social impact. Megan’s voice narration work is showcased online at meganrummlervoice.com. Megan resides in the Washington, D.C. area along with her husband and two children.
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Secret Sauce segment hosted by Jim Thomas, June 28, 2017

Alan Croll

Alan Croll is a solutions-focused Senior Executive and Board Member with over 45 years of success in the high tech industry. As CEO and Chairman of eknow, Inc. for the past 15 years, he has been leveraging his extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, leadership development, cyber security, succession planning, organizational development, portfolio shaping, and business process improvement. eknow M&A Tools are being used by Global 2000 companies to manage all phases of the M&A process. Alan’s change management and organizational transformation and leadership skills were honed during 21 years at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was instrumental in the growth of the global professional services business to over $2B. After leaving Digital, Alan served in a series of executive roles including VP of Professional Services at SAGA Software, President of CSSi, a subsidiary of Nichols Research Corporation, and COO at eMotion, Inc. Alan’s passion for quality and integrity in leadership led him, along with two colleagues, to launch a monthly executive Leadership Breakfast group that has operated for more than 22 years and includes over 1,400 subscribers in the Washington, DC area. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and his MS in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed executive programs at Columbia University Graduate School of Business and “Management of Service Operations,” a Harvard-based program sponsored by Digital Equipment Corporation. Alan serves as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Capital Area Chapter. He is also Treasurer of the CXO Forum, a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and a Lifetime Member of IEEE. Alan can be reached at alan.croll@eknow.com or 703-875-0653.
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The Secret Sauce for June 20, 2017

Alice Waagen

Alice Waagen, PhD is president of Workforce Learning LLC, a management consulting company that provides business leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to build organizations that are productive and healthy. Dr. Waagen is passionate about helping her corporate clients and the missions that they serve. She strives to make every engagement produce tangible value by helping business executives discover better, faster and more efficient ways to lead their workforces to business success. Dr. Waagen’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, trade associations and government agencies. She has built her expertise in knowing what behaviors and actions yield success for business leaders, managers and teams. Dr. Waagen’s common sense approach to solving managerial and leadership challenges can be found in her weekly column in the American Cities Business Journal (http://tinyurl.com/n83c9lx ) as well as in her articles and newsletters posted on her website, www.workforcelearning.com. Alice earned a PhD in education from the Pennsylvania State University. She is certified in the DiSC Interpersonal Behavior Assessment and in MHS EQi Inventory. Giving back to the community is also important to Alice. She serves on the Advisory Board for Marymount University and also is a video conference instructor for the Smithsonian American Art Museum Artful Connections Program.
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June 13, 2017

Jeff Goldstein

Conversation with the owner of EvoFurnitureGallery in Washington DC on what it's like to have a dream: optimism, fear, challenge.

See them at: http://evofurnituredc.com





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June 6, 2017

Carrie Rich

Carrie Rich is the co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund. Built by and for social entrepreneurs, The Global Good Fund was created in 2012 based on the belief that growing leaders is the best strategy for solving complex social problems and achieving global good. Carrie tested the theory behind The Global Good Fund while working as Senior Director of Vision Translation at Inova Health System and teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. There she co-authored, Sustainability for Healthcare Management: A Leadership Imperative, a Handelsblatt's Top 5 Business Book.



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The Secret Sauce for May 31, 2017

Dottie Brown

As the Alexandria Local Office Manager of the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) located at 5520 Cherokee Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia, it is with passion that she promotes the VEC services and resources. She began her VEC journey in October 2005 at the Prince William Local Office.. Her employment journey lead her to the Employer Relations Specialists position at ManTech International In May 2009 she returned to the VEC as the Business and Economic Development Specialist for the Northern Region which consisted of Alexandria, Prince William, Fredericksburg, Culpepper, Charlottesville, Fishersville, Harrisonburg and Winchester Local Offices. In October 2011 she became the Manager of the Local Office where she successfully leads her staff and oversees several Department of Labor Federal Programs. To include: Wagnor Peyser Act (job seeker/employer services) Unemployment Insurance Veteran Program Trade Act, and others She rejuvenated and reenergized the Northern Virginia Employer Advisory Committee (NVEAC) which is a Committee that consists of Board members to communicate with local employers on how to utilize the VEC resources and services and address employment concerns. Ms. Brown has over 25 years of extensive management, leadership, workforce development, human resources and customer service experience. She gained valuable knowledge and skills working with the private industry (ManTech International Corporation, Northrop Grumman, TRW and DuPont). She has degrees from Regent University and Phoenix University.
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The Secret Sauce for May 4, 2017

Jim Thomas, CEO

Secret Sauce
Jim Thomas is an accomplished business executive with extensive years of successful experience at varied and notable companies and organizations. He has been requested on many occasions to be a guest panelist and keynote speaker on numerous human capital and career coaching and transition topics. In addition, he has been a requested guest on many radio shows. He has been providing executive career coaching to clients, conducting workshops and presentations to professionals, and coaching hundreds of professionals in transition.



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April 28, 2017

Charles Britt

My Career from Internships on
Charles Britt is a STEM Education Outreach Coordinator at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), who spent over 12 years serving in both technical and executive support positions with the Central Intelligence Agency, In this role as STEM Education Outreach Coordinator, he is responsible for developing public-private partnerships and programs which expand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused co-curricular and enrichment learning opportunities for K-12 students to create a pipeline of highly skilled workers to meet the region’s growing workforce demands. Charles is also founder of Destined2Succeed, LLC where he provides college and career coaching services to youth and young adults looking to succeed in the technology workforce. Charles is passionate about improving the community through volunteerism.
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April 21, 2017

Jason Green

Entrepreneurship: My Story
Jason is the co-founder of Skillsmart a new company that provides an employer driven hiring platform. He discusses his career as an Attorney in the White House to one that keeps him on the road meeting employers nationwide.



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April 14, 2017

Paul Konkel

Title What’s Happening in the Federal Government and its Impact on Jobs
Paul is a journalist for NetGov a subsidiary of Atlantic Monthly, He talks about how he became a journalist and what he sees happening in the Federal Sector that will impact jobs.



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Mar 30, 2017

Tiffany Norwood, President of Tribetian

Serial Entrepreneur, Speaker
Tiffany Norwood is a serial entrepreneur, including seven start-ups, two IPOs and a patent. As a social entrepreneur, she was a co-founder and corporate vice president of Ethiopia Healthcare Network (EHN), a non-profit that provides full-service healthcare to low-income women and children. Currently, Tiffany is the Founder and CEO of Tribetan.In this role, Tiffany speaks around the world on the currency of faith and the science of turning imagination into reality- her dream is that the entrepreneurial skill of manifesting ideas is as well known as reading and math. Tiffany has an MBA from Harvard and a Bachelor’s in Economics with a concentration in statistics and electrical engineering from Cornell. She has lived, worked and visited nearly 50 countries.
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April 7, 2017

Shira Harrington

Shira Harrington, Chief Engagement Officer of Purposeful Hire, is committed to finding the “higher purpose” in every hire. Within her career coaching, recruiting and generational diversity practices, Shira creates highly engaged workplaces by focusing on the mutual purpose of both employers and job seekers. In her career coaching practice, Shira’s expertise is in helping job seekers define a powerful career brand, craft a recruiter-friendly resume, create a compelling LinkedIn profile, and prepare for interviews that land the offer. Shira has a special heart for her Baby Boomer clients, helping them in the next stage of their careers. She is launching a nonprofit entitled “BoomerWorks” to support their transition into the gig economy.
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Mar 22, 2017

Jim Thomas, CEO

J E Thomas and Associates
Jim Thomas is an accomplished business executive with extensive years of successful experience at varied and notable companies and organizations. He has been requested on many occasions to be a guest panelist and keynote speaker on numerous human capital and career coaching and transition topics. In addition, he has been a requested guest on many radio shows. He has been providing executive career coaching to clients, conducting workshops and presentations to professionals, and coaching hundreds of professionals in transition.



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Mar 15, 2017

Karen Okulicz, Author

Books: “Try! A Survival Guide to Unemployment”
Stand Up for You Karen discusses her newest book and what it means for self-esteem in the brutal world of job search. Karen Okulicz is the author of “Try! A Survival Guide to Unemployment,” “Decide! How to make any Decision,” “Attitude! For your best lived life” and “Stand! Choosing to be Self-Reliant.” She makes her home in New Jersey at the Beach where she lives when she’s not giving speeches. Her degree is from Fairleigh Dickenson University.



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Mar 8, 2017

Brian Mahoney and Jon Powell

Co-founders of Look Up Media
Is Virtual Reality —Real Look Up Media is a Virtual Reality company. We will discuss their start in VR from gaming and the arts to building a business that allows people to truly experience a location. They see lots of jobs and opportunities for the person who likes this form of communications.
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Feb 16, 2017

Alessandra Colia, Executive Director

Urban Alliance
After working at Urban Alliance as Director of Employer Partnerships for 2 years, promoted to Executive Director of Northern Virginia program to serve more youth in Arlington and Alexandria • Work with corporate and government leaders to secure sponsored internships for under-resourced youth in Northern Virginia • Maintain relationships with key partners and stakeholders • Use business and non-profit experience to create and implement a strategic plan for job partner recruitment • Manage Northern Virginia Urban Alliance staff to ensure successful delivery of program • Secure additional partnerships each year to grow Northern Virginia footprint.
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Jan 21, 2017

Jim Thomas, CEO

J E Thomas and Associates
Jim Thomas is an accomplished business executive with extensive years of successful experience at varied and notable companies and organizations. He has been requested on many occasions to be a guest panelist and keynote speaker on numerous human capital and career coaching and transition topics. In addition, he has been a requested guest on many radio shows. He has been providing executive career coaching to clients, conducting workshops and presentations to professionals, and coaching hundreds of professionals in transition.



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Jan 13, 2017

Victor Hoskins

Director of Economic Development for Arlington County
Victor Hoskins was appointed Director in January 2015. He brings more than 25 years of experience in economic development and executive leadership. Mr. Hoskins came to Arlington from Prince George’s County in Maryland, where he was the Deputy Chief Administrator for Economic Development and Public Infrastructure. In this role, he led efforts to bring a $123 million conference center and hotel at University of Maryland College Park and attracted the first Foreign Directed Investment from China to build a $63.5 million mixed use project in College Park for professors and graduate students.



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Jan 9, 2017

Dave Remick, Executive Director

Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council.
The Council is responsible for overseeing approximately $1 million annually of federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act services to the region’s two American Job Centers, Alexandria City’s Workforce Development Center and Arlington County’s Employment Center. These services include financial support for tuition and credential attainment, internships and supportive services, such as subsidies for transportation, childcare, books and fees while in school, and uniforms for employment. https://workforcecouncil.arlingtonva.us/2016/12/public-comments/.
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Careers in Environmental Science, Jan 3, 2017

Dr. Ruth Kelty

Dr. Ruth Kelty discusses a broad range of jobs in environmental sciences. Dr. Kelty has her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Coral Reef Technology. She currently works for NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Science, Oxford, MD. Dr. Kelty also coordinates an internship program between NOAA and Washington College, funded by Washington College.







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