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  • 10 Apr 2014 2:24 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    Upcoming Programs

    Susanna Opper of Shawenon Communications Presents
    "Writing for the Web"
    Friday, April 11th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register
    Members pay $20; Late Member Registrants pay $25
    Non-Members pay $25 Late Non-Member Registrants pay $30



    In a mere 300 to 500 words you can tell an organization’s story, promote an event, describe a product or process and provide value to your reader at the same time. Writing tight, easy-to-read copy takes practice, and you’ll learn some important principles in this session. Discover how to make your message distinctive and how to use graphics for enhancement. Explore the writing process, finding the right topics and cultivating the discipline of regular online communication.  Before you come, gather your thoughts about something you want to promote onlineundefinedin a newsletter, blog or website.

    Susanna Opper has over 40 years’ experience in business communications for top Fortune companies and small businesses. Today she specializes in helping businesses, non-profits and solopreneurs with their messaging requirements. A pioneer in online communicating, she published the seminal work Technology for Teams: Enhancing Communication in Networked Organizations in 1992. Her newsletter Web Words reaches nearly 1,500 subscribers monthly and has been published on time for more than seven years.


    Mix & Mingle
    Thursday, April 17, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    The Standard (Crossgates Mall), Albany
    Click Here to Register
    Members & Guests pay $10


    Robert Braathe, Past President of the Consulting Alliance, invites you to mix and mingle with other consultants for an informal night out at The Standard at Crossgates Mall in Albany.  We will meet in the area near the bar at The Standard.   $10 includes appetizers that will be ordered as guests arrive.  Drinks available but not included.

    Peter Coombs of FRONTLINE Training & Consulting Presents
    "Sales Call Reluctance"
    Friday, April 25th, 7:30 am to 9:30 am (Members Only)
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register
    Members pay $15; Late Member Registrants pay $20
     

    Program Details to follow.

    President's Message


    Do you make the best use of your time? For all of us, but especially solo entrepreneurs, this is a continuing question. What tasks should we outsource to allow us to spend time doing what we do best? At the March members meeting, the Consulting Alliance helped our members make that decision by having our own experts in the fields of Marketing and Web Design (Craig Shufelt), Administration (Nancy Reilly), Legal and Contracts (Michael Tommaney), and Bookkeeping (Alan Krieger), answer questions related to outsourcing these tasks. This evening event was well attended and we were well fed by the Italian-American Community Center.

    Once a quarter, the Alliance will hold our Members-only meeting in the evening. This schedule adjustment enables those who cannot attend the usual breakfast meetings to experience the community and learning always available at this event.

     
    Clare A. Monteau, Ph.D., President
    Consulting Alliance
    clare.monteau@gmail.com

    Welcome New Member

    Phil Harnden, Ph.D. was been accepted as a member at the Professional level. The contact information for Phil is:
     
    Phil Harnden, Ph.D.
    Saratoga Center for High Performance Organizations. Inc.
    21 Deer Run Gansevoort, NY 12831
    518.265.2899
    Email address: pharnden@highperformanceorg.com

    Phil founded his practice in 1999, has his Ph.D. from RPI, and he is currently serving as an adjunct professor in the Lally School of Management in addition to his consulting clients. His consulting specialties are Performance Improvement, Organizational Development/Change, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Planning, Individual Development, Executive coaching 360-Feedback Instruments, Problem Solving and Decision making. Phil is connected through a network of individuals who offer the same or similar services. His work has been primarily through federal and local governments.
      

    HMASTD Workplace Learning & Performance Conference

    When: Friday, May 16, 2014 @ Albany Marriott, Wolf Road - 19th Annual Workplace Learning & Performance Conference - a premier event that draws interest from Syracuse to New York City. It will showcase top training, performance and organizational development experts in the Northeast. This year’s keynote is John Robinson, President & CEO, Our Ability, Inc., who is a motivational/inspirational speaker. John will discuss the ability within all of us. He’ll explore leadership in many shapes and sizes and help us to understand that no matter the hurdle, we can achieve. To Register: Contact the HMASTD Chapter Administrator, Nancy Reilly to get the discount code.

    Member Presentations & News

    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC spoke to members of the Up In Your Biz Lunch Club on the topic, “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.”  At the recent Up The Biz Job Fair, he gave a seminar on, “What You Need to Know About Resumes, Cover Letters and LinkedIn.” Dr. Tom gave a talk at the New York Power Authority’s Visitor Center on “Climbing Devils Tower.” Dr. Tom’s 2014 Charity Climb this year is Mt. Baker in the Northern Cascades. So far he has raised $1,700 toward his goal of $5,000 to benefit the Alport Syndrome Foundation. Alport Syndrome is a rare and sometimes fatal kidney disease that impacts his daughter, Rachel.  He would really appreciate your donation at AlportSyndrome.org.

    Steven M. Egna, CBA, CVA, ABAR, CM&AA, Director of Business Advisory Services at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte CPA’s, P.C. will be presenting a webinar for the Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) organization on April 9th, with a focus on business and transition planning strategies. Mr. Egna is a Certified Business Appraiser accredited by the Institute of Business Appraisers and a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor accredited by the Alliance of Mergers & Acquisitions; his focus is on business valuation, litigation support, economic damages analysis, and CFO advisory work as well as mergers and acquisitions.

    Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. donated public relations services to the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center for the organization's 50th anniversary.

    Ellen G. Lahr of EGLahr PR & Media launched a new website for the Berkshire-based Aston Magna Music Festival, the nation's longest running early music festival. Check out the new site at http://astonmagna.org. EGLahr PR & Media also supported Berkshire Health Systems' communication strategy related to the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital, and launched a 50th Anniversary and PR for Cain Hibbard & Myers, one of the region's oldest law firms.


    Learn more about the Consulting Alliance at www.consultingalliance.org

    Committee News 

    Seeking Consulting Alliance Member for Program Chair

    Interested in crafting topics for Member Only programs? Contact Clare Monteau.

    On-line Orientation

    If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.

    Claim Your 7 Minutes of Fame

    If you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance.  If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Lynne Bunnell to claim your spot.

    Submit Your News for the May Newsletter

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 20th
    SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO:
    Nancy Reilly
     

    Consulting Assignments, especially collaborations with other Consulting Alliance members
    Committee Updates - from committee chairs
    Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
    Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
    Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
    Member Presentations - news about upcoming presentations and workshops by members

     
                 
     Connect with Us Join our LinkedIn group    Follow us on Twitter



     

  • 10 Mar 2014 1:56 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Web Design. Marketing. Accounting. Administration. Legal. Tech support. PR.

    At our February Members Only program, these were CA members answers to the question: “What do you currently, or would you like to, outsource?”

    At our March 27 Members Only After-Hours gathering, 5:30-7:30 at Italian-American Community Center, we will stay on these topics. Our own CA member experts will host “table talks” on each of these topics, so bring your questions for our pros to learn what -- and how -- you can begin to outsource. Free yourself up – so that you can concentrate on what you do best.

    For more on this topic, check out “When to Outsource: 5 Decisions” by Michael Alter.

    Also in February, the Consulting Alliance hosted a public program by member Kat Koppett entitled “Save the World by Speaking: Lessons from a Ninja Speaker Coach". Through true stories and a live coaching demo with an attendee, Kat gave us tools to make our own communication more potent and authentic. And there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Join us this month for more great networking and powerful ideas. Visit Kat Koppett’s website.

    It was wonderful to see BessTech CEO Fernando Gomez-Baquero recognized as one of Albany Business Review’s 40 under 40. The Consulting Alliance had the pleasure of working with Fernando in 2013 when BessTech won the Alliance Roadmap to Results award. Congratulations Fernando.  

     
    Clare A. Monteau, Ph.D., President
    Consulting Alliance
    clare.monteau@gmail.com

    Welcome New Member

    Welcome to our newest member, Chris Labatt-Simon.  Chris has a relatively new consulting practice, Tech Valley Consulting.  He is currently an Associate Member of the Consulting Alliance and will be working with our membership team as his practice grows.  Chris has a good deal of consulting experience, and is in the process of launching a full-service consulting firm that provides broad-based consulting expertise to clients. He is looking to build relationships with consultants whom he can use as sub-contractors on projects.  His previous business experience is as the owner of a regional IT consulting firm which he sold and then he held the position of COO of an Internet marketing firm. 
      

    Upcoming Programs


    March Luncheon -  Like. Share. Succeed: The ROI of Social Media and Community Good
    Friday, March 14th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register

    Speaker: Robert Clancy of Spiral Design Studio

    Robert Clancy will discuss how to harness social media to showcase your role in the community, how compassion enhances the bottom line and how you can enrich your leadership through empathy. He will share inspirational quotes and stories from his book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Soul and provide a fun, interactive experience. A book signing will precede and follow the program.


    March Members Only Evening Event: Do You Need Professional Help? Outsourcing 7 Top Tasks
    Thursday, March 27th, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Italian-American Community Center, Albany
    Click Here to Register

    Web design. Marketing. Accounting. Administration. Legal. Tech support. PR.

    At our February Members Only program, these were CA members answers to the question: “What do you currently, or would you like to, outsource?”

    At our March 27 Members Only After-Hours gathering, we will stay on these topics. Our own CA member experts will host “table talks” on each of these topics, so bring your questions for our pros to learn what -- and how -- you can begin to outsource. Free yourself up – so that you can concentrate on what you do best. 

    Member Presentations & News

    Ray Patterson of Capital Consulting Group, llc:  "I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks for all the support, thoughts, and prayers extended to Martha and I and our family, during Martha’s illness and subsequent passing. Even in this time of grief and loss, I continue to receive insights and blessings from literally everywhere. I know that Martha is still with us all and is still sharing the wonderful love that was the core of her spirit. Thank You All!"  

    Joan Heffler of Creative Expressions -- Pictures with Personality has been chosen to be the photographer of choice for the American Red Cross Gala,  Fire & Ice Gala, a signature event benefitting the Adirondack, Saratoga and Northeastern New York Chapters. Joan has also been chosen to photograph Lobby Day for AFSCME, the nation’s largest public services employees union where 1500 state workers will lobby our senators and assemblymen.

    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC spoke to students at Schenectady County Community College on the topic, “Networking Beats NOTworking.”  Members of the Friendship Club of the First United Methodist Church of Delmar heard Dr. Tom speak on “Climbing Half Dome.”  Dr. Tom’s 2014 Charity Climb this year is Mt. Baker.  He will attempt to raise $5,000 to benefit the Alport Syndrome Foundation.  Alport Syndrome is a rare kidney disease that impacts his daughter, Rachel.  He would really appreciate your donation at AlportSyndrome.org

    Lisa Giruzzi of Transformational Conversations will be a keynote speaker at the American Society for Association Executives Springtime Expo CMP Breakfast in Washington, DC on May 15, 2014. Lisa's presentation Influence Without Arm Twisting was chosen from over 600 submissions. Lisa will also be a featured speaker at the Business in the Raw: Your Success Revealed conference on March 20 in Malta.

    Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. has launched the first phase of her promotional campaign for the spring 2014 publication of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition). Throughout this year – the 75th anniversary of the film – she is chronicling on her blog the behind-the-scenes stories of the making of Gone With the Wind and the film’s Atlanta premiere. Recent posts have included “Vivien Leigh’s Casting as Scarlett O’Hara,” “Gable Waltzes With Leigh on His 38th Birthday,” “Director George Cukor Fired!” and “Ashley’s Farewell.” Follow Pauline’s Gone With the Wind postings.

    Committee News 

    Seeking Consulting Alliance Member for Program Chair

    Interested in crafting topics for Member Only programs? Contact Clare Monteau.

    On-line Orientation

    If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.

    Claim Your 7 Minutes of Fame

    If you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance.  If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Lynne Bunnell to claim your spot.

    Submit Your News for the April Newsletter

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 20th
    SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO:
    Nancy Reilly
     

    Consulting Assignments, especially collaborations with other Consulting Alliance members
    Committee Updates - from committee chairs
    Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
    Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
    Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
    Member Presentations - news about upcoming presentations and workshops by members

     
                 
     Connect with Us Join our LinkedIn group    Follow us on Twitter



     

  • 12 Feb 2014 12:01 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    President's Message

    For February, I would like to issue a challenge to get the blood flowing in this coldest of winters..... For our members only:
    Would you like to play a part in ensuring the growth and vitality of the CA continues by reviewing applications for new members? Contact Nancy@nancyschultzconsulting.com.
    Does working on a team to increase business and visibility for our members sound like something you can get your teeth into? Contact Tim Maniccia at tmaniccia@policyinnovation.com.
    Would you love to use your creative spark to develop our Member Breakfast topics? We are looking for a Program Chair who would have responsibility for crafting the morning programs and can leave the Public programs in the capable hands of Peter Coombs.
    Does promoting the Consulting Alliance appeal to your talents? Ellen Lahr (Ellen@ellenlahr.com) and Liz Kodela (lizk@capitaldistrictdesign.com) would love to hear from you.

    And for members and non-members alike:
    Can you invite people, colleagues, clients, friends to our Public meetings? Who do you know that could benefit from our February 14th Public Program, Save the World by Speaking: Lessons from a Ninja Speaker Coach?

    Join me on Tuesday, February 18th for President’s Coffee from 7:30-8:30am @ Perfect Blend in Delmar, an informal gathering of members and friends of the Alliance.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your thoughts. 

     
    Clare A. Monteau, Ph.D., President
    Consulting Alliance
    clare.monteau@gmail.com

    Developing (Y) our Future-The Consulting Alliance in 2014

    At the January Members breakfast, a group of early risers gathered to listen and contribute to the plans for the CA in 2014. One of the first things presented were the key goals for 2014:
    Focus on the basics
    Increase membership
    Recruit in skill gaps
    Increase attendance at public and member meetings
    Improve our “public face”

    To that end, each of the committees presented the specific ways they plan to reach those goals.

    The Program committee is committed to bringing in high quality programs that enhance the skill and wisdom of the CA community. By examining past popular topics, increasing our social media reach and publishing summaries of events, we hope to increase attendance in our Public offerings. We also plan to hold a couple of evening events in March and June in place of our Member Breakfasts, and vary the style of the meetings to include speed networking and other ways to increase our expertise of each others' business. 

    Our new Business Development committee, lead by Tim Maniccia, plans to ensure that there are many ways for us to better understand what each other offers. This way, we can always know who can fix a client's problem, even when it isn't ourselves.Building current and new relationships with other organizations is also a target for this committee.

    Marketing and Strategic Positioning’s focus for this year will be to position the CA as a business, both internally and externally, by improving our outward facing profile, improving the website and better leveraging PR opportunities.

    Our Membership committee will likely be busy this year, ensuring the reputation of the Alliance through application screening while filtering some into the new Associate category of members. Along with attracting new members, we also want to keep our current members engaged. If you haven’t attended an Online Orientation yet, even if you have been a member for a while, this valuable introduction to the Alliance and it’s benefits should not be missed. Contact
    Nancy@NancySchultzconsulting.com to hear when the next ones are scheduled. 

    Thank you to all who took part both live and on the phone. If you missed it, please review the slides and meeting notes.  

    What do you believe will help us achieve our goals? Contact Clare at Clare.Monteau@gmail.com or post on the member forum.
     

    Upcoming Programs

    February Luncheon -  Save the World by Speaking: Lessons from a Ninja Speaker Coach
    Friday, February 21st, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm  NEW DATE!!!
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register

    Speaker: Kat Koppett of Koppett & Company

    Kat Koppett will share stories, tips and tools to help expand your range and power as a presenter.


    March Luncheon -  Like. Share. Succeed: The ROI of Social Media and Community Good
    Friday, March 14th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register

    Speaker: Robert Clancy of Spiral Design Studio

    Robert Clancy will discuss how to harness social media to showcase your role in the community, how compassion enhances the bottom line and how you can enrich your leadership through empathy. He will share inspirational quotes and stories from his book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Soul and provide a fun, interactive experience. A book signing will precede and follow the program.

    Member Presentations & News


    Rose Miller, SPHR of Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC has been asked by Times Union to write a monthly HR column. The column appears each first Tuesday of the month in the WorkLife section and online.
      

    Lisa Giruzzi of Transformational Conversations has been chosen to be the keynote speaker for the NYC Metro Chapter of the Medical Group Managers' Association. She will be presenting one of her signature programs, Influence Without Arm Twisting. Additionally, Lisa will be keynoting two upcoming conferences in March and April. One for the NYS WIC Association and the other for the Family Child Care Association of NYS.

    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC gave a speech to the ServU Credit Union in Western New York on the topic, “The Secret to Peak Performance”.  Dr. Tom addressed the Adirondack Mountain Club on his passion, “Rock Climbing to the Top of Devils Tower”  In addition, he spoke to the Bethlehem Business Builders on the subject, “Why We Don’t Achieve Our Goals and What We Can Do About It?”

    Bill Polk of Business Advisory Services is leading a six week workshop in Dalton, MA under the auspices of the Elder Services of Berkshire County's "Healthy Living" programs.  This program is "Chronic Disease Self-Management".

    Committee News 

    Seeking Consulting Alliance Member for Program Chair

    Interested in crafting topics for Member Only programs? Contact Clare Monteau.

    On-line Orientation

    If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.

    You're Invited to the Hudson-Mohawk ASTD Conference

    Motivational & inspirational speaker and executive producer on numerous award winning productions for PBS and the web, John Robinson will keynote the Hudson-Mohawk ASTD chapter’s annual conference on May 16, 2014 at the Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany.  John will speak about "Overcoming Obstacles in Life".  Consulting Alliance member Peter Coombs will facilitate the last general session, entitled "Tabletalk & Takeaways". Visit the chapter's website to register.  (Consulting Alliance members may email Nancy Reilly to get a discount).

    Passings

    Martha Patterson, wife of long-standing Consulting Alliance member Ray Patterson, passed away on January 23rd. We express our deepest sympathy to Ray and family.

    Robert Pasciullo
    , a co-founder & Past President of Consulting Alliance passed away on February 4th. Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Josie and family.

    Claim Your 7 Minutes of Fame

    If you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance.  If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Lynne Bunnell to claim your spot.

    Submit Your News for the March Newsletter

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 20th
    SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO:
    Nancy Reilly
     

    Consulting Assignments, especially collaborations with other Consulting Alliance members
    Committee Updates - from committee chairs
    Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
    Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
    Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
    Member Presentations - news about upcoming presentations and workshops by members

     
                 
     Connect with Us Join our LinkedIn group    Follow us on Twitter



     

  • 07 Jan 2014 11:13 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    President's Message

    I'm delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the Consulting Alliance as President in 2014, in service to all of you, and to follow in the footsteps of Robert Braathe who has contributed so much to the Alliance in the past 12 months.

    I came to my first Consulting Alliance event at the end of 2012, having recently left the corporate world and started my business. I was immediately impressed with the caliber of the members and knew that I wanted to be a part of that. I applied to the group because I wanted to spend time with people who knew the challenges and the joys of being a consultant, who might be able to offer advice when I came across new situations, and who I could build friendships with based on these similar experiences. In this upcoming year I want to serve the CA by fostering an environment of this kind of support for each other, delivering great professional development programs, stimulating public programs, and other as yet undefined activities that help each of us deliver our skills and talents at our highest level, achieve what we want to achieve, and become what we want to become.

    I hope to see all of our members and friends of the Alliance at our 2014 programs. In the meantime, have a wonderful Holiday season, and as you are planning your goals for 2014, ponder how the Consulting Alliance might support you in achieving those goals.

     
    Clare A. Monteau, Ph.D., President
    Consulting Alliance
    clare.monteau@gmail.com

    Consulting Alliance Introduces New Member Level

    As of January 1, 2014 the Consulting Alliance will be accepting members for two specific member levels with differentiated benefits.

    The ‘Professional Member’ level is applied to consultants with several years’ successful experience as a full time consultant or extensive consulting experience during previous employment. Applicants must provide positive recommendations from consulting clients. Professional Members will participate in Consulting Alliance professional development and business development activities.

    The ‘Associate Member’ level is applied to those who are new consultants or those aspiring to become consultants in the near future. Applicants must receive positive recommendations from professional references who can attest to their skill in the subject area in which they propose to provide consulting services. The Consulting Alliance will co-develop a customized self-navigated development program with Associate Members to enable them to meet requirements for the Professional Member level . Associate Members will not be included in Consulting Alliance business development activities until sufficiently skilled to qualify as a Professional Member.

    According to Consulting Alliance President Clare Monteau, “The Consulting Alliance has traditionally sought to mentor those who are new to the consulting field. The new Associate Member Level enables us to provide a more structured approach to admitting and nurturing new and aspiring consultants to achieving the Professional Member level.”

    Upcoming Programs

    January Luncheon -  The Power of Body Language 
    Friday, January 10th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register
    Speaker: Denise Horan of Integrated Management & Sales Consulting

    Within the first minute of meeting someone, only 7% of their impression is based on words!

    This program is designed for professionals who want to learn what it takes to understand the process of communicating through conscious or unconscious gestures or movements.  Learning to read body language is an art and a science.  Come and learn about this interesting topic.

    January Members Only Breakfast -  2014-Developing Y/Our Future
    Friday, January 24th, 7:30 am to 9:15 am
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register

    Facilitator: Clare A. Monteau (Stevenson) Ph.D., Clare Monteau LLC

    This first member only event of the year will focus on the Who, Why, How and What of the 2014 Consulting Alliance.  Take part in the conversation about our programs, membership, strategic positioning, marketing and business development, to create a year of success for ourselves and our clients.

    February Luncheon -  Save the World by Speaking: Lessons from a Ninja Speaker Coach
    Friday, February 14th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register

    Speaker: Kat Koppett of Koppett & Company

    Kat Koppett will share stories, tips and tools to help expand your range and power as a presenter.

    Member Presentations & News

    Tim Maniccia of Policy Innovation, Inc. wrote a pair of columns for Municipal Finance Today relating to the crisis that is afflicting not just the federal government in Washington, but many (some might say most) public, not-for-profit and private sector organizations today (Hint: the problem and solution relates to leadership).
    The Real (and Preventable) Crisis - Part 1
    The Real (and Preventable) Crisis - Part 2 (The Solution)

    For the culminating event of the YWCA of Northeastern New York’s 125th anniversary year celebration, Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc., created “A Downton Abbey Tea” that was held on Sunday, December 8 at the YWCA’s Schenectady headquarters. Attendees enjoyed viewing festival of holiday trees and listening to carolers, while hostesses, garbed in period costumes, served tea and cookies. A photographic display shared details about the YWCA’s strides and achievements for area women from 1912 to 1920, the time period in which the British drama is set. The Countess of Grantham and Mr. Carson would have approved.       

    Ellen Lahr of EGLahr PR & Communications has recently published "Treat Your Annual Report Like the Prime PR Opportunity It Is" in the December 2013 issue of Berkshire Trade and Commerce (page 21 of the pdf). EGLahr has also signed a lease for commercial office space in Great Barrington, Mass., in a historic mill overlooking the Housatonic River. The company name has been expanded to include "PR" for some improved brand recognition. EGLahr PR&Comm also signed a contract with the Aston Magna Music Festival, which holds summer classical concerts at Brandeis University, Bard College and in Great Barrington, Mass., at the Mahaiwe Theater and Simon's Rock College. Ellen Lahr has also been named president of the board of Greenagers, a nonprofit vocational training program for teens who interested in learning skills in farming, trail clearing and maintenance, and building backyard gardens for families.

    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC recently taped a show for TV17 Colonie on the topic “10 Reasons Why You Still Don’t Have A Job.”

    Committee News 

    2014 Committee Chairs:

    Ray Patterson of Capital Consulting Group, llc - Membership Chair
    Liz Kodela of Capital District Design - Marketing Chair
    Kenneth Clough of Kenneth Clough Consulting, LLC. - Program Chair
    Tim Maniccia of Policy Innovation, Inc. - Professional Development Chair
    Ellen Lahr of EGLahr PR & Media - Strategic Positioning Chair

    New Member Spotlight Coordinator

    Lynne Bunnell of Travel Health 101 LLC, has volunteered to be our new Member Spotlight Coordinator. 

    On-line Orientation

    If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.

    Claim Your 7 Minutes of Fame

    If you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance.  If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Lynne Bunnell to claim your spot.

    Submit Your News for the February Newsletter

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 20th
    SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO:
    Nancy Reilly
     

    Consulting Assignments, especially collaborations with other Consulting Alliance members
    Committee Updates - from committee chairs
    Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
    Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
    Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
    Member Presentations - news about upcoming presentations and workshops by members

     
                 
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  • 04 Dec 2013 11:46 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    President's Message

    It has been a tremendous year leading this great organization. We've had another successful year of attracting new projects for our members, solidifying our relationships with other local organizations who we partner with on projects and events, and bringing together a diverse group of thinkers and consultants who think differently and creatively.

    As I look back upon the year I have been president, and my year ahead as past president, I am excited at the virtual connections we've made and the ones we will be making between our meetings and the greater awareness of our organization in the community.

    We look forward to bringing you more innovative events and opportunities to interact with us, whether you are a member, a visitor, a partner or a potential member.

    Please save the date of January 10th, which is our first public lunch of the year, and look for announcements soon of exciting Consulting Alliance initiatives and events to connect with the startup community in addition to existing businesses and organizations who need trusted resources.

    Have a great holiday season and keep in touch.

     
    Robert Braathe, President
    Consulting Alliance
    robertjbraathe@gmail.com

    New Officers for 2014

    The 2014 Elected Slate of Officers for the Consulting Alliance is:

    President - Clare Stevenson Monteau, Ph.D.
    Vice President - Nancy Schultz
    Treasurer - Alan Krieger
    Secretary - William Sorel
    Past President - Robert Braathe

    With over 50% of the membership voting, we are pleased to welcome Clare and her leadership team.

    Welcome New Members

    We welcome new members Janet Sanders of Sanders Copy LLC and Kenneth Clough of Kenneth Clough Consulting, LLC.

    Janet specializes in message development and copywriting. Clients include businesses and non-profits of all sizes. She helps businesses clearly express their story and strengths in words, answering the reader’s question, “How does this benefit me?”

    The mission of Kenneth Clough Consulting, LLC is to guide organizations and leaders to innovate for success by using the transformational tools of strategy, action, training, and data analysis.

    Upcoming Programs

    Holiday Gathering - Members Only (Plus 1) Event 
    Tuesday, December 10th, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    The Desmond, Albany
    Click Here to Register

    Make sure to join us for the Consulting Alliance's holiday-time networking event at this specially-scheduled, Members-only (Plus 1*) gathering. Spend time with old colleagues, get to know new ones better, all while eating, drinking (cash bar) and being merry.

    January Luncheon -  The Power of Body Language 
    Friday, January 10th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register
    Speaker: Denise Horan of Integrated Management & Sales Consulting

    Within the first minute of meeting someone, only 7% of their impression is based on words!

    This program is designed for professionals who want to learn what it takes to understand the process of communicating through conscious or unconscious gestures or movements.  Learning to read body language is an art and a science.  Come and learn about this interesting topic.

    January Members Only Breakfast -  2014-Developing Y/Our Future
    Friday, January 24th, 7:30 am to 9:15 am
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany

    Facilitator: TBD

    February Luncheon -  Topic TBA
    Friday, February 14th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany

    Speaker: Kat Koppett of Koppett & Company

    Member Presentations & News

    Bill Polk of Business Advisory Services recently concluded a project which comprised of developing a product pricing model for a servicing organization within the Farm Credit sector. He was an instructor in Finance in the recently concluded Entrepreneur Boot Camp at the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce. He also was a panelist on their Business Plan competition. For the third consecutive year, this program was voted the best in New York State.

    Joan Heffler of Creative Expressions -- Pictures With Personality! has been contracted by Triple Play of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for the 4th season to photograph their annual convention of 10,000 real estate agents for a week in December at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

    Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. has been engaged to develop a comprehensive business anniversary strategic plan for the 50th anniversary of the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center in 2014.     

    Robert Braathe of Braathe Enterprises will be holding weekend business retreats in Saratoga Springs in 2014.  March 21-23
    & April 4-6 are the confirmed dates, with another set for June/July. The events will build off of one another, but attendees are welcome for the entire weekend or for specific days/times during the events. If you are
    interested in being a guest speaker or contributor for part of these events, or would like to attend, please email retreats@braatheenterprises.com for more information. 

    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC spoke to students at SCCC on the topics “How NOT to Blow an Interview” and “High Touch and High Tech Networking”  Dr. Tom also gave a presentation to staff members of the New York State Department of Labor on, “Work/Life Balance: Screw You I’m Going Home.”  He also was a featured speaker at the Association of Fundraising Professionals annual conference and discussed “Workplace Winners: How to Find One and How to Be One.”  Dr. Tom was also interviewed by PBS for an online article on the topic, “When does the workday end?” 

    Committee News 

    Looking for Member Spotlight Coordinator

    We would like to thank member Susanna Opper of Shawenon Communications for all her hard work and dedication in this role. After 5 years, Susanna is stepping down as the coordinator, and we are looking to fill this position for 2014 and beyond.  Please contact Clare Stevenson Monteau if you are interested.


    R2R Recap

    Thank you to all the members and guests who attended our interactive symposium on October 29th "Innovation Matters".  Along with great dialogues around how to increase Innovation in our own environments, we heard from
    Jerry Shaye and James Spencer, who shared their expertise on Global Innovation and Innovation in Technology.  We also announced the winner of the second annual Roadmap to Results event, the very deserving "Commission for Economic Opportunity". They will be receiving $24K in free consulting services from Consulting Alliance members to help them achieve their goals of serving the parts of the Capital Region community who need it most, empowering people to rise out of poverty by their own strength and hard work.  http://www.ceo-cap.org/.

    As an output from the event, the many great ideas shared were collected and will be published soon, so that both the Consulting Alliance and our members can benefit from hearing answers to the questions posed at the event:

    1. What might the CA do to promote innovation in this region?
    2. What actions might you take to remove barriers to innovation in the workplaces you are involved in?
    3. What do you need to be more innovative?
    4. How might we leverage this regions assets to create more innovative and healthy communities?

    Stay tuned!

    Clare Monteau Stevenson, Ph.D.

    On-line Orientation

    If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.

    Claim Your 7 Minutes of Fame

    If you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance.  If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Susanna Opper to claim your spot.

    Submit Your News for the January Newsletter

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 20th
    SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO:
    Nancy Reilly
     

    Consulting Assignments, especially collaborations with other Consulting Alliance members
    Committee Updates - from committee chairs
    Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
    Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
    Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
    Member Presentations - news about upcoming presentations and workshops by members

     
                 
     Connect with Us Join our LinkedIn group    Follow us on Twitter



     

  • 06 Nov 2013 3:47 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Tuesday October 29th we held our 2nd Roadmap to Results evening event.  75 attendees enjoyed dinner, networking and activities and talks around innovation.  Dr. James Spencer from RPI and our very own Jerry Shaye of Shaye Global provided unique insight into the local and global impact of innovative thought followed by action. 

    We awarded our Faughnan Award to Nancy Schultz for her amazing strength, spirit and leadership to our organization.   Nancy has built project opportunities for our members, collaborated on strategic initiatives inside the Alliance, and given us all an example to follow as our most recent past president.

    We will be working with CEO, our winner of the R2R consulting prize, over the coming weeks to provide them with strategic advice and guidance to grow.

    As I look back on R2R, I especially look back fondly on the project leadership of Bill Sorel who made R2R possible, Liz Kodela and Pauline Bartel for promoting our event and organization, and for Clare Monteau, Newell Eaton and Nancy Reilly for organizing an amazing evening. 

    We look forward to seeing you at our events in the future and hope you engage with us as well on one of our online discussions on LinkedIn or via one of our upcoming virtual events and webinars.


    Robert Braathe, President
    Consulting Alliance
    robertjbraathe@gmail.com

    Upcoming Programs

    November Luncheon -  Brain Business: Use Your Brain for a Change 
    Friday, November 8th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register

    Our speaker will discuss brain and memory, including how predisposition can stop the conversation before it starts, how memory is fluid and therefore cannot be trusted, and how to use your brain to effect change in your business.

    November Members Only Breakfast -  Effective B2B Communication-A Conversation 
    Thursday, November 21st, 7:30 am to 9:30 am
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register

    What to do when your emails go unread, or your client HATES texting? Join us for a discussion of best practices in this ever changing arena.

    January Luncheon -  The Power of Body Language 
    Friday, January 10th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register

    Within the first minute of meeting someone, only 7% of their impression is based on words!

    This program is designed for professionals who want to learn what it takes to understand the process of communicating through conscious or unconscious gestures or movements.  Learning to read body language is an art and a science.  Come and learn about this interesting topic.

    Member Presentations & News

    Kat Koppett of Koppett & Company was thrilled to have the opportunity to coach speakers at the recent Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting. In the wake of that peak experience, and as part of her certification process in a new coaching methodology, she is building her coaching practice and offering discounted coaching sessions to CA members. If you are interested in developing yourself as a speaker, leader, team member, or generally want to feel more fulfilled, contact Kat at 518.847.9882 or kat@koppett.com

    Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. unveiled a new website in October 2013 thanks to Consulting Alliance member Jeremy McGowan of Network Experts of New York, Inc. “Jeremy and his team did a terrific job with the site, and I’m thrilled with the results,” says Pauline Bartel, President and Chief Creative Officer of Bartel Communications.  She encourages readers of the Alliance newsletter to check out the site (www.paulinebartel.com) and share their impressions.    

    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC spoke to members of the SUNY Research Foundation on the topic, “How to Get the Most Out of Mentoring.”  Dr. Tom gave a three part webinar to members of InternBridge.com entitled, “Teaching Students How to Job Search, Interview and Manage Their Career.”  He is the Director of Career Counseling Initiatives for InternBridge.com.  Dr. Tom also volunteered his time and expertise helping job candidates at the Saratoga Job Fair and Times Union Fall Job Fair.  He also gave a presentation at the CapitalAreaHelpWanted.com Job Fair on the subject, “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.”  Dr. Tom presented at the annual NYSUT Professional Development Conference on “Maximizing Your Career Tool Box.”

    The best leaders are constantly on the lookout for new and better ways to get things done. They know that the way things are being done today (or the way they have always been done) may not be the most effective way. They also know that more effective processes can save time, money and maximize the desired outcomes. On November 6 in Albany, Nancy Schultz of Nancy Schultz Consulting will present a Business Process Improvement Workshop where participants will learn to use process maps and other simple tools to continuously improve their organizations. To register go to http://cpd.suny.edu/.

    Deborah Mackin of New Directions Consulting recent co-author of Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive, will host a seminar and reception on November 8 at the Northshire Bookstore of Manchester, VT. The event will focus on the new book’s release starting at 5pm with a presentation by the authors followed by a Q&A session.  After the presentation both authors and illustrator will take part in a book-signing reception with light hors d’oeuvres served. The event will end at 7pm. RSVPs can be made with the Northshire Bookstore by calling Mary Allen at 802.362.3565 x154.

    EGLahr Communications and PR has launched a new website for QSM Associates, a software project estimating company based in Pittsfield, Mass. and doing business around the U.S. Check out the our design and content at www.QSMA.COM.  We also handled PR for the business launch in September of  Hook & Loom Rug Company, which sells rugs made of recycled textiles. We handled web content development, media outreach and a PRNewswire distribution. We're now at engaged with with Albany-based Carma Systems to develop a strategic communications plan for the company's new vehicle/driver monitoring technology, and handing PR for a nonprofit social services agency: year-end PR, annual report and media relations.

    Community Service-Dress for Success

    Have work clothes you no longer wear? How about donating them to a project that helps women get into the workforce? You clean out your closet, get a tax deduction, and help the community in one fell swoop!

    Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. They provide their clients with clothes and accessories for job interviews and then with a week’s worth of professional clothing to get them started.

    You can help Dress For Success by donating new or gently-used professional women’s attire (clothes, shoes, accessories). Donations are accepted every Tuesday from 9-12 at 333 Sheridan Ave., Albany, or by appointment. Items should be laundered or dry cleaned and on hangers. Contact Jennifer Stoner, program coordinator, at 518.463.3175 x 131 or jstoner@albanycap.org. Further information about the organization is at www.dressforsuccess.org/albany.  Or contact Consulting Alliance member Bonnie Edelstein at bonnie@peoplework.com.

    On-line Orientation

    If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.

    Claim Your 7 Minutes of Fame

    If you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance.  If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Susanna Opper to claim your spot.

    Submit Your News for the December Newsletter

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 20th
    SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO:
    Nancy Reilly
     

    Consulting Assignments, especially collaborations with other Consulting Alliance members
    Committee Updates - from committee chairs
    Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
    Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
    Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
    Member Presentations - news about upcoming presentations and workshops by members

     
                 
     Connect with Us Join our LinkedIn group    Follow us on Twitter



     

  • 06 Nov 2013 3:46 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Greetings from Saratoga Springs,

    As fall has arrived, I've been reflecting more on how to stay engaged with the Consulting Alliance and other groups I belong to, and have been giving some advice to others on how to do so.  Whether you are an active member or a regular guest at the Consulting Alliance events, it's important to us that you keep in touch.  Here are some great ways to stay engaged with the Consulting Alliance, or any other group you belong to or frequent.

     1.  Attend our monthly lunch, held the second Friday of every month at Wolferts Roost
     2.  Participate in regular discussions on our LinkedIn Group, Consulting Alliance between meetings
     3.  Come to one of our free coffee events, held at a member's office every 4-6 weeks
     4.  Join our member forum for member discussions on topics such as business development, RFP's, etc
     5.  Visit our member directory or speaker directory and call or email one of our members
     6.  Schedule coffee chats with our members to learn more about what each other does
     7.  Join a committee to help bring greater awareness to your business and give back to the community for an hour a month
     8.  Use our GoToMeeting account (members only) to hold a virtual meeting or webinar

     These are just a few ways to stay connected, engaged and build community.

     We hope you reconnect with our community this month at our October 11th lunch or October 29th dinner!

     All the best!


    Robert Braathe, President
    Consulting Alliance
    robertjbraathe@gmail.com

    Upcoming Programs


    October Luncheon -  From Hard Rock to Exceptional Hospitality
    Friday, October  11th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany

    Click Here to Register

    The program “From Hard Rock to Exceptional Hospitality” features Tom Werman, owner of Stonover Farm in Lenox, MA. He will share his success journey from scouting and developing new talent for a major record label to renovating and operating a luxury bed and breakfast. Attendees will gain an understanding of the importance of choosing a career that allows you to do what you enjoy doing most – the money will follow – and the secrets of preparing for “second acts” in your career.

    Featured Event:  Innovation Matters - A Creative Exploration
    Tuesday, October  29th, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    Italian-American Community Center, 257 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany
    Click Here to Register

    Engage in creative dialogues around the topics that impact the success of our business community.  Featuring short talks by Jerry Shaye, Consulting Alliance member and President of Shaye Global & James Spencer, Director of Real Estate and Business Development and the RPI Innovation HUB (RPiHUB) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    Announcement of Winner - $24,000 Free Consulting Services!

    November Luncheon -  Brain Business: Use Your Brain for a Change 
    Friday, November 8th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
    Click Here to Register

    Our speaker will discuss brain and memory, including how predisposition can stop the conversation before it starts, how memory is fluid and therefore cannot be trusted, and how to use your brain to effect change in your business.


    Committee News

    Roadmap To Results

    Help spread the news to your lists. Information, registration, and sponsorship info can be found on http://www.consultingallianceevents.com

    Call for R2R Sponsors

    New This Year - Color Ads! Purchase a Program Ad and get a FREE ticket to
    the event.  Deadline for Art is October 11, 2013 by 5 pm.

    • ¼ page (2” x 5”) $125
    • ½ page (5” x 4”) $250
    • Full page (5” x 8”) $500
    Includes back cover and inside covers.
    • Name-only Listing $50 (not eligible for free ticket)

    For Sponsorship Opportunities and forms go to:
    www.ConsultingAllianceEvents.com

    For questions contact:

    marketing@consultingalliance.org
    socialmedia@consultingalliance.org

    Or, contact our Administrative Assistant Nancy Reilly and get your Ad placed.  We appreciate your support! 
     

    Member Presentations & News

    Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. worked with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce for its year-long 27th business anniversary celebration. The Chamber re-branded its image (e.g., developing a 27th business anniversary branding message, designing and unveiling a new Chamber logo); launched a membership recruitment campaign; and promoted anniversary-year events and activities through a publicity campaign that generated three front-page news stories. As a result the Chamber grew its membership by 28 percent, adding 115 new members. The frosting on the anniversary cake was being named 2013 Chamber of the Year by the Business Council of New York State – the first-ever honor in the Chamber’s history. Pauline is also putting the finishing touches to the manuscript for the second edition of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book that will be published in spring 2014 by Taylor Trade Publishing (a division of Rowman & Littlefield) in time for the Academy Award-winning film’s 75th anniversary. Pauline’s publisher is planning an extensive promotional campaign for the best-selling book. 

    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC was one of the featured speakers at the American Payroll Association’s conference on the subject of “Networking Beats NOTworking. He taped a show for TV-17 Colonie on “The 3 Things I Can’t do Without as a Professional.”  Dr. Tom also volunteered his time and expertise helping job candidates at the Times Union Tech Job Fair.

    Tim Maniccia Founder of Policy Innovation, Inc. wrote a new column for Municipal Finance Today.  It is titled "Is Performance Measurement Worth It?"
    http://www.munifinancetoday.com/news/insights-opinions/is-performance-measurement-worth-it-189-1.html

    Alan Krieger of Krieger Solutions, LLC is partnering with the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) this fall to present two multi-day leadership programs focused on line supervisors in manufacturing.  One program is being done in-house for a local manufacturer.  The other is open to the public. It begins October 24 in Albany – for more information go to www.KriegerSolutions.com.  In October, Alan is also presenting a workshop on Conflict Resolution at the Albany County Visitors Bureau’s Directors of Sales meeting and a second workshop on Fiscal Literacy for Non-Profit Leaders at the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition’s annual state conference.  Alan continues to collaborate with members of the Consulting Alliance on a number of projects.  This year he has partnered with 5 other members on 4 different projects.  These partnerships have been very successful. Being a member of the Alliance has allowed him to get to know other members’ strengths and talents. 

    Lisa Giruzzi of Transformational Conversations, in collaboration with Robbie MacCue, paramedic and president of Sand Lake Ambulance will be conducting communication and leadership workshops through the Regional Emergency Medical Organization (REMO) for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel in October and November.  More information is available at http://remo-ems.com/education/remo-courses/

    On-line Orientation

    If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.

    Claim Your 7 Minutes of Fame

    If you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance.  If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Susanna Opper to claim your spot.

    Submit Your News for the November Newsletter

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 20th
    SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO:
    Nancy Reilly
     
    • Consulting Assignments, especially collaborations with other Consulting Alliance members
    • Committee Updates - from committee chairs
    • Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
    • Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
    • Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
    • Member Presentations - news about upcoming presentations and workshops by members
     
                 
     Connect with Us Join our LinkedIn group    Follow us on Twitter



     

  • 05 Sep 2013 6:56 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    President's Message

    Greetings!

    Now that fall has arrived, we hope you spring into action and take the opportunity to join the Roadmap to Results 2013 Initiative, where we are awarding a $24,000 value consulting engagement to an organization seeking an extra push that they desire.

    The ROADMAP TO RESULTS Competition is open to any for-profit, not-for-profit or public organization. The consulting site (main office, facility or headquarters of the winning organization) must be within 60 miles of downtown Albany, NY.

     The top prize is a consulting engagement valued at $24,000. This complimentary engagement includes:
     (1) a formal review and assessment of the organization’s business challenges and opportunities
     (2) a full-day briefing session with the senior management team
     (3) a half-day meeting during which a set of strategic recommendations (or roadmap) is presented that shows the organization how it can achieve its objectives

    The ROADMAP TO RESULTS consulting engagement is delivered by a team of seasoned, professional consultants hand-picked from members of the Consulting Alliance to match the winning company’s specific needs.  Additional complimentary consulting engagements may be awarded to runner-up organizations based on their needs that fit with Consulting Alliance member expertise and availability.

    We have extended the deadline to apply to September 16th knowing that so many of us have been away for the summer.  Our applicants so far have been very competitive and if history repeats itself, we will have a very tough decision to make when it comes to the grand "prize".

    To apply, visit http://www.consultingallianceevents.com

    On a personal note, I've noticed how much I enjoy the spirit of fall and how it seems to bring out new ideas and new opportunities.  Our September speaker, Ed Mitzen from Fingerpaint, embraces the spirit of entrepreneurship and hope you join us for his presentation.  Fingerpaint's new offices in the old Borders in downtown Saratoga have added new life to the already vibrant community I call home.

    See you soon,


    Robert Braathe, President
    Consulting Alliance
    robertjbraathe@gmail.com

    Upcoming Programs

    September Luncheon -  How I Started My Career as a Serial Entrepreneur
    Friday, September 13th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany

    Click Here to Register

    Appropriately referred to as the serial entrepreneur, Ed Mitzen of Fingerpaint Marketing has built four marketing companies totaling over $200 million in combined revenue. Ed is a frequent lecturer on the topics of advertising and marketing at several top colleges and universities, including the University of Rochester and Skidmore College. He is also an active member of the local community, serving on the board of directors of various not-for-profit organizations including The Hyde Collection, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Union Graduate College, Double H Ranch, and formerly the Saratoga Care Foundation and the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs.

    September Members Only Breakfast -  Professional and Business Development Breakfast 
    Tuesday, September 24th, 7:30 am to 9:30 am
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany

    Click Here to Register

    Watch for program announcements.

    October Luncheon -  From Hard Rock to Exceptional Hospitality
    Friday, October  11th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany

    Click Here to Register

    The program “From Hard Rock to Exceptional Hospitality” features Tom Werman, owner of Stonover Farm in Lenox, MA. He will share his success journey from scouting and developing new talent for a major record label to renovating and operating a luxury bed and breakfast. Attendees will gain an understanding of the importance of choosing a career that allows you to do what you enjoy doing most – the money will follow – and the secrets of preparing for “second acts” in your career.


    Committee News

    Roadmap To Results

    Deadlines for the $24,000 FREE Consulting Package Competition:

    Deadline for the ROADMAP To RESULTS Competition Application is now September 16, 2013. Send 'your name' and 'company name' to applications@consultingalliance.org by September 6, 2013 if you wish to compete.

    Help spread the news to your lists.

    Forms, information, registration, and sponsorship info can be found on http://www.consultingallianceevents.com.

    Call for R2R Sponsors

    New This Year - Color Ads! Purchase a Program Ad and get a FREE ticket to the event.

    • ¼ page (2” x 5”) $125
    • ½ page (5” x 4”) $250
    • Full page (5” x 8”) $500
    Includes back cover and inside covers.
    • Name-only Listing $50 (not eligible for free ticket)

    For Sponsorship Opportunities and forms go to:
    www.ConsultingAllianceEvents.com

    For questions contact:

    marketing@consultingalliance.org
    socialmedia@consultingalliance.org

    Or, contact our Administrative Assistant Nancy Reilly and get your Ad placed.  We appreciate your support! 

    On-line Orientation

    If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.

    Member Presentations & News

    Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. represented Bartel Communications and the Board of Directors of The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Tracy’s Dessert Tray in Waterford. Also attending the event were Congressman Paul Tonko, State Senator Kathy Marchione, Waterford Village Mayor J. Bert Mahoney, representatives from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office and the University at Albany, Waterford business owners, members and staff of The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County/Waterford Community Business Alliance and Waterford residents and supporters. 

    Robert Braathe of Braathe Enterprises recently delivered a 35 hour project management course in the Albany area, and is now developing a combination classroom and online format available on dates in September, October and November.  For more information, visit http://projectmanagementprep.eventbrite.com

    Joan Heffler of Joan Heffler Photography -- Pictures With Personality! is exhibiting "People and Places with Personality," a compilation of 14 years of her works at the Guilderland Library the month of September.

    She also has signed a contract with Whitney Young Healthcare Foundation and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region.
    Information?  www.joanhefflerphotography.com.

    Tim Maniccia Founder of Policy Innovation, Inc., wrote his first column for Municipal Finance Today. The column, entitled "Is the Local Government Business Model Broken?", discusses the most critical skill local government leaders need to possess, namely, the capacity to lead organizational change.

    Steven M. Egna, CBA, ABAR, CM&AA, Director of Business Advisory Services at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte CPA’s, P.C. will be speaking at the Southeast Chapter of Business Appraisers’ 14th Annual Regional Conference in Atlanta. His presentation will focus on business and transition planning strategies.
     
    This year’s conference will focus on some of the major issues faced by appraisers outside the estate and gift tax arena.  The application of theory or the choice of techniques used to develop an
    appropriate deliverable may take different twists as we step away from these traditional engagements. All business valuators, CPA’s, and attorneys are welcome to attend.
     
    Mr. Egna is a Certified Business Appraiser accredited by the Institute of Business Appraisers and a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor accredited by the Alliance of Mergers & Acquisitions;
    his focus is on business valuation, litigation support, economic damages analysis, and CFO advisory work as well as mergers and acquisitions.

    Ellen Lahr of EGLahr Communications
    was hired for rebranding and new website construction for QSM Associates, a software project management company doing business nationally and around the world.
    Here's a sneak-peek at the "before" and "after" home page (in development).

    www.qsma.com (old)
    qsma.com/wordpress (view home page only)

    For more information about EGLahr Communications, visit our new website: ellenlahr.com|

    Lynette Seawall of Performance Plus has entered into a contract with NYS Information Technology Services working as a project manager on the statewide data center consolidation to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

    Lisa Giruzzi of Transformational Conversations, Best Selling Author, Accomplished Speaker and Award Winning Trainer has been selected to deliver a workshop for the 19th Annual Reading and BEP Summer Colloquium at  Nassau County Community College on August 29. Lisa will be presenting a program entitled, "Influence Without Arm Twisting:  Practices and Strategies for Engaging Students and Unlocking Their Potential."

    Jerry Shaye, President of Shaye Global, LLC, will serve as a panelist at the September 12 "Power Breakfast" sponsored by "The Business Review".  The topic will be Global Business and the
    event will be held from 7:30 - 9:00 am at The Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. The other panelists include F. Joseph O'Connor, Senior Vice President Sales, Corporate Accounts and International, Mohawk, and Sam Sylvetsky, Vice President Sales, Fortitech. Jerry is also drumming up business for clients of Shaye Global in 4 South American countries. In less than one month, Mr. Shaye will carry out a series of business meetings in Lima, Peru, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Santiago, Chile and Caracas, Venezuela. Many of these meetings have been facilitated through the foreign offices of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Several Shaye Global clients will soon be selling into these markets.

    Claim Your 7 Minutes of Fame

    If you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance.  If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Susanna Opper to claim your spot.

    Submit Your News for the October Newsletter

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 20th
    SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO:
    Nancy Reilly
     
    • Consulting Assignments, especially collaborations with other Consulting Alliance members
    • Committee Updates - from committee chairs
    • Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
    • Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
    • Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
    • Member Presentations - news about upcoming presentations and workshops by members
     
                 
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  • 06 Aug 2013 11:47 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    President's Message


    Greetings!

    I hope you are enjoying your summer. For me, summer is often busier than the fall; preparing lectures for fall classes, booking speaking engagements and appointments for September and October and visiting cities on "work-ations" - a few days of fun around a few days of business development.

    Speaking of business development, I suggest you make contact with organizations you know and encourage them to apply for our ROADMAP TO RESULTS competition. There is nary a business, agency or organization that can afford to miss out on $24,000 worth of professional consulting services. The contact you make is a great way for you to rekindle interest in your business as well. Keep in mind that the FREE consulting services are awarded to the applicant that best meets the criteria. Applications will be accepted starting August 6 for the 2013 ROADMAP to RESULTS Competition. Download your application now.

    For more information, visit http://www.consultingallianceevents.com

    We hope you mark your calendars for our September 13th lunch, and keep an eye out for announcements for our next "President's Coffee", where I'll be hosting members of the Consulting Alliance as well as potential members and guests for coffee before work at my office in Latham, NY.

    See you soon! 


    Robert Braathe, President
    Consulting Alliance
    robertjbraathe@gmail.com


    Upcoming Programs

    Members Only (Plus One) Summer Casual Networking Event
    Friday, August 9, 12 noon to 2:30 pm
    Brown's Brewing Company, Troy
    Click Here to Register

    Each year, the Consulting Alliance celebrates in August and December with Members Only Social Gatherings.

    This year, to encourage more participation, we are making our August and December outings "Plus One" events.  Bring your spouse, significant other, colleague or a potential new Consulting Alliance member to mix and mingle in a social gathering. Please register your guest at the same time you register.

    September Luncheon -  How dropping my one-year-old son on his head led to my life as an Entrepreneur
    Friday, September 13th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany

    Click Here to Register

    Appropriately referred to as the serial entrepreneur, Ed Mitzen of Fingerpaint Marketing has built four marketing companies totaling over $200 million in combined revenue. Ed is a frequent lecturer on the topics of advertising and marketing at several top colleges and universities, including the University of Rochester and Skidmore College. He is also an active member of the local community, serving on the board of directors of various not-for-profit organizations including The Hyde Collection, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Union Graduate College, Double H Ranch, and formerly the Saratoga Care Foundation and the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs.


    Committee News

    Roadmap To Results

    Our competition for Roadmap To Results will open August 6th and the Application deadline to submit will be September 6, 2013. Check out the great Roadmap to Results webpage: www.consultingallianceevents.com to learn about the competition, sponsorship opportunities, last year's winners, and information about the award ceremony to be held Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Italian-American Community Center, Albany.

    Program Coordination: Bill Sorel
    Marketing and Advertising: Liz Kodela
    Media Relations: Pauline Bartel
    Photography: Peter Thomas
    R2R Oct 29 Showcase Event Planning: Clare Monteau, Nancy Schultz & Nancy Reilly

    Marketing Committee News

    Marketing Chair, Liz Kodela of Capital District Design developed www.consultingallianceevents.com, a special event web site launched for Consulting Alliance to promote Consulting Alliance Events, Special Consulting Opportunities, and Sponsorship Opportunities. First Feature Event: ROADMAP TO RESULTS. Visit the site to learn how you can support this event by becoming a Sponsor. For more information contact Liz Kodela.

    Goal for August: Active social media team is needed for Consulting Alliance special events.  Interested?  Contact Liz Kodela.

    On-line Orientation

    If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.

    Professional Development Program Review: Creating Effective Videos

    If you don’t think you need to know about creating effective videos, you would have learned differently at Will Ryan’s July 26 member only professional development program. In addition to the obvious use, posting video on your
    website, our discussion led us to ideas about making our training programs more engaging and other applications for video. We saw effective animation in action and learned about simple tools available on the internet to develop animations. We learned that member Lynne Bunnell has used video effectively and is also willing to advise other members. Will has posted a number of creative ideas and resourcesStay tuned! In the near future, Will will be announcing a great opportunity for Consulting Alliance members to make low cost videos in an area studio.

    Member Presentations & News

    Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. is a charter member of the Waterford Community Business Alliance, an initiative of The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County. The mission of the Waterford Community Business Alliance is to work together to attract customers to Waterford businesses; to encourage collaboration between and among Waterford businesses for the purposes of marketing and promotion; to leverage heritage tourism to generate new business for Waterford businesses; and to foster positive relationships with both public and private stakeholders to achieve those ends.

    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC was one of the featured speakers for the smAlbany 2013 Small Business Expo on the topics “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind” and “Networking Beats NOTworking.” Dr. Tom also spoke at the Rotterdam Sunrise Rotary, “Climb for a Cure” where he profiled his efforts to raise money and awareness for the Alport Syndrome Foundation, a rare kidney disease that impacts his daughter. He also spoke to members of the Over 40 Females organization on “Maximum Marketing on a Shoe String.”  Dr. Tom was interviewed on TV-17 Colonie on the subject “Analyzing a Potential Employer.”

    Joan Heffler of Joan Heffler Photography -- Pictures With Personality! has been contracted by Pioneer Bank to create a pictorial branding for the bank and photograph all their senior staff in points of interest places around the capital region. For more info, go to
    www.joanhefflerphotography.com.

    New Directions commemorates 29 Years of Leadership Services. The firm, started in 1984 by Deborah Mackin out of her spare bedroom with a $500 loan from her mother, now is a global firm that works with vast array of local and global organizations looking to build people-centered, high-engagement workplaces including Coca-Cola, the U.S. Navy, Alcoa, SI Group, Alcoa, Sanofi Pasteur and locally Kaman Composites, CAP COM Federal Credit Union, KAPL and The Albany Vascular Group. 

    Mackin set out to create a company that partnered with organizations to increase leadership and strategy, while also providing professional development courses. New Directions provides services in facilitation management, employee training and development, staff and customer surveying, leadership and executive coaching, and organizational strategy and assessment. The firm now boasts a handful of highly talented, successful international consultants, trainers, authors and presenters. Mackin, author of the Team-Building Tool Kit series, first published in 1994 and now in its second edition, recently collaborated with her son, Matthew Harrington, a consultant at the firm, on her fourth book Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons from a Beehive.  Mackin and Lisa Dunbar, senior trainer and consultant with the firm, are working with Goal QPC and the MemoryJogger series on a MemoryJogger focusing on teams due out in 2014. “Show up, on time, ready to go,” states Mackin as she reflects on what has made New Directions so successful and long-standing. “We just continued to provide exceptional service and care for our customers and clients over the many years we’ve been in business.  We showed up when we were needed, ready to roll up our sleeves and get into the workplace trenches with our clients.  I think we provide a worry-free, get-it-done service for many of our long standing clients – they appreciate that.” Asked what she’s excited about moving forward, Mackin says, “The amazing amount of knowledge, talent and experience this firm and its collaborators have.  We are seeing a shift in the way firms like ours are structured. I believe it will be much more of a partnership and collaboration model moving forward – working with many resources and people to come along side clients to get the work done - as opposed to a go-it-alone model which is how I started.  Having written on teams for almost 20 years, I’m always excited to see a group of highly-talented people coming together to achieve a common goal. That’s the era of consulting I think we’re heading towards and that’s exciting.”

    Rose Miller, SPHR of  Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC is now offering the ability to take on your Family Medical Leave/NYS Disability/Workers Compensation claims for you! Medical leave management regulations require cumbersome documentation and information tracking, which can take a significant amount of time.  Pinnacle Human Resources has invested in a proprietary web-based management system, to easily and effectively automate our clients’ medical leave workflow and alleviate your documentation burden. Our system can be linked to your current HRIS system.  Even with an HRIS system, your team must still be knowledgeable in making the correct FMLA/Disab/WC determinations. Pinnacle Human Resources’ expert Medical Leave team documents every communication related to an employee’s case, providing an extensive trail of information. This documentation trail is successful in favorably resolving many Department of Labor (DOL) challenges. Contact Rose for more information at
    518.486.8151.

    She  just wrote an article which will be published in the Saratoga Business Journal and the Glens Falls Business Journal.

    Claim Your 7 Minutes of Fame

    If you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance.  If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Susanna Opper to claim your spot.

    Submit Your News for the September Newsletter

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 20th
    SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO:
    Nancy Reilly
     
    • Consulting Assignments, especially collaborations with other Consulting Alliance members
    • Committee Updates - from committee chairs
    • Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
    • Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
    • Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
    • Member Presentations - news about upcoming presentations and workshops by members
     
                 
     Connect with Us Join our LinkedIn group    Follow us on Twitter



     

  • 29 Jul 2013 10:24 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    President's Message


    July 12th marks our final lunch until September at the Consulting Alliance.  Keeping with the theme of our lunch, "How to Stop Killing Good Ideas", I encourage you to keep your good ideas rolling over the summer by keeping engaged with us at The Consulting Alliance.

    1.  Submit your application in August for the Roadmap To Results Competition to be eligible for entering our initiative to win consulting time from our consulting teams.  http://www.consultingallianceevents.com

    2.  Stay engaged with us on our LinkedIn Group

    3.  Keep in touch with our members through our Member Directory and Speaker Directory

    4.  Schedule a time with me at http://www.meetme.so/RobertBraathe to chat about the Consulting Alliance

    Have a great summer, and we look forward to seeing you at our July 12th lunch!


    Robert Braathe, President
    Consulting Alliance
    robertjbraathe@gmail.com


    Upcoming Programs

    July Luncheon - How to Stop Killing Good Ideas
    Friday, July 12th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany

    Click Here to Register

    Speaker: Newell Eaton, East/West Leadership Coaching

    Participants will discover experientially how to override the part of our brains that kills new ideas; the power of evaluating ideas with praise first; and the mind shift that results when issues are converted into open-ended questions.

    July Members Only Breakfast - TBA
    Friday, July 26th, 7:30 am to 9:30 pm
    Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany

    Click Here to Register

    Members Only (Plus One) Summer Casual Networking Event
    Friday, August 9, 12 noon to 2:30 pm
    Brown's Brewing Company, Troy
    Click Here to Register

    Each year, the Consulting Alliance celebrates in August and December with Members Only Social Gatherings.

    This year, to encourage more participation, we are making our August and December outings "Plus One" events.  Bring your spouse, significant other, colleague or a potential new Consulting Alliance member to mix and mingle in a social gathering. Please register your guest at the same time you register.

    Committee News

    The Roadmap To Results in 2013!

    Stay Tuned...our competition for Roadmap To Results will open August 6th - The Application deadline to submit will be September 6, 2013.  Ceremony to be held Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Italian-American Community Center, Albany.

    On- line Orientation

    If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.


    Member Presentations & News

    Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. created a 125th anniversary strategic plan for a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of Capital District women. The plan includes tactics to spread awareness of services, highlight contributions to the community and increase current fundraising efforts. One event that was rebranded for the 125th anniversary celebration raised a record $23,000. 

    Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC was the featured speaker for the InternBridge.com Webinar Academy in May on the topic, “Teaching Students the Career Development Process.”  Dr. Tom also spoke at the Adirondack Health Information Management Association Conference on “Networking beats NOTworking”  Dr. Tom would like to thank all the members of the Consulting Alliance who so generously supported his 2013 Charity Climb to benefit the Alport Syndrome Foundation.  Over $5,000 was raised this year.  He successfully made it to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and is grateful to be home.  He will announce his 2014 Charity Climb in January.

    Best selling author and speaker Lisa Giruzzi of Transformational Conversations has been chosen to be one of the featured speakers at the Round the Willow Tree, Women, Wisdom, Wiawaka retreat being held at Wiawaka Holiday House in Lake George, N.Y., Friday August 9, 2013, 8:30-4:30. This unique one-day retreat will offer workshops to enrich and enhance your life, to inspire women to gather, give and grow in a peaceful and beautiful setting on the lake.  Space is limited.  For more information please contact Johnna Joly at 518-744-8508 or at barberry8@juno.com.

    Deborah Mackin of New Directions Consulting and Matthew Harrington released their new book, Survival of the Hive: 7 Leadership Lessons From A Beehive published by Authorhouse Publishing.  Survival of the Hive harnesses the essentials of the new leadership paradigm needed in organizations.  Learn 7 valuable leadership lessons through the eyes of the world’s most industrious and successful creatures, the honey bee. Survival of the Hive follows Zync, a queen-in-waiting, as she is suddenly thrown into the leadership position of Queen and needs to learn the 7 valuable leadership lessons of every honeybee hive. Through the leadership experiences of Zync we are taught seven important leadership lessons by her mentors - Vision, Belief, and Strategy - including the Front Porch Accountability Philosophy, the Bee-2-Bee Communication Waggle Dance, the all-important Leadership P-Factors (Footprint, Resourcing, Calming, and Unity), the Honeycomb structure and the Perfect Product Honey System.
     
    Deborah and Matthew, in a creative yet practical way, use the bee colony as an entertaining allegory to illustrate leadership in an organized community. Throughout the book, the hive provides a working illustration of cultural complexity, leadership clarity, and the importance of trust as a foundation for excellence.  At the end of each chapter is Reflections for Today’s Leaders, as well as Group Discussion Questions.  To learn more visit www.SurvivalOfTheHive.com, get a free downloadable chapter, follow on Facebook and on Twitter (@QueenBeeZync) and be sure to pick up a copy in hardback or as an eBook.

    Rose Miller, SPHR of  Pinnacle Human Resources, LLC was awarded the “HR Executive of the Year” award from the Capital Region HR Association.  CRHRA is the Albany chapter of the national Society of Human Resources Management.  The HR Executive of the Year award recognizes a CRHRA member who has made outstanding contributions to their organization and the HR professional through leadership in Human Resources.  This award recognizes an HR leader who exemplifies and communicates the increasing importance of a strategic role in HR in business today.

    She  just wrote an article which will be published in the Saratoga Business Journal and the Glens Falls Business Journal.

    Claim Your 7 Minutes of Fame

    If you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance.  If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Susanna Opper to claim your spot.

    Submit Your News for the August Newsletter

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 20th
    SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO:
    Nancy Reilly
     
    • Consulting Assignments, especially collaborations with other Consulting Alliance members
    • Committee Updates - from committee chairs
    • Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
    • Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
    • Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
    • Member Presentations - news about upcoming presentations and workshops by members
     
                 
     Connect with Us Join our LinkedIn group    Follow us on Twitter



     

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