Meetings & Events

Monthly luncheon meetings are open to the public and include guest speakers of interest to the general business community. These meetings offer opportunities for networking and meeting other consultants. They are held on the 2nd Friday of each month at Wolferts Roost Country Club, and the cost is $25 for guests and $20 for members. Please register online (below) at least 48 hours before the event; late registrations add $5.

Members-only meetings are also held monthly, with the schedule announced below. These meetings feature a “Member Spotlight”, which provides a member with an opportunity to familiarize attendees with his or her business or a special project of particular interest. The remainder of the agenda features presentations and discussions focused on business development or skill-building. Occasionally we also discuss Alliance business and ways to improve our organization. Fees for these meetings are the same as for the luncheons.

Cancellations:  Reservations are considered firm unless cancelled 48 hours prior to the program. The Alliance has the right to charge the full amount to registrants who do not cancel.

Upcoming events

    • 14 Nov 2014
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    "Succeeding by Failing"  

    Panel: Robert Braathe of Braathe Enterprises, Lynne Bunnell of Travel Health 101, and James McGuinness of James McGuinness and Associates


    From the movie Apollo 13 we learn that for space missions “failure is not an option.” But when running your own business, failure is often unavoidable. You try new things. Some will work and some will fail. The trick is to learn from failures and adjust future actions.

    Join us as our panelists – all successful entrepreneurs – discuss “Succeeding by Failing.” They’ll share the challenges they faced, detail how and why they failed and explain what they learned that helped them succeed. This promises to be a lively, insightful program.

    You’ll gain the understanding that you are not alone when it comes to failing, and you’ll learn strategies for adapting and becoming even stronger as a result of failing. You’ll be encouraged to share your own stories and to ask questions about tough situations you’re facing today.

    Speaker Bios:

    Robert Braathe is the founder of Braathe Enterprises where he serves as a business trainer and leader of the Virtual Internship Program.  After working in management positions with Walt Disney World, Gap and Apple, Robert founded his company in October 2005 in Connecticut. He has taught courses in hospitality, management, marketing and entrepreneurship at Skidmore College, SUNY Delhi and three area community colleges.

    Lynne Bunnell, RN, is chief executive officer of Travel Health 101 LLC. She has been a travel healthcare provider since the mid-1980s with extensive experience in pre-travel immunizations and counseling. She also consults with organizations regarding travel health concerns of employees who travel internationally. Before establishing Travel Health 101 in 2009, she managed International Health at a major New York City corporation for a decade. Prior to that, she developed and ran a travel clinic for a 250-provider health care organization in Madison, Wisconsin. A graduate of Wellesley College and Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, Lynne is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable educator in the area of travel health care.

    James McGuinness is chairman of James McGuinness & Associates, a firm he founded and for which he previously served as president. The company is a computer consulting firm with 35 years of information systems experience integrating custom software applications into business solutions for clients throughout North America and Europe. The firm’s team of developers works to understand clients’ individual needs and then translates them into efficient, reliable, user friendly applications deployed on a variety of platforms. James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from John Carroll University in Ohio and is a graduate of the General Electric (GE) Financial Management Program. 


    Members pay $20; Late Member Registrants pay $25

    Non-Members pay $25
    Late Non-Member Registrants pay $30

    Online payment is required.

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    • 21 Nov 2014
    • 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    "What’s really going on here?"
    How to uncover and use hidden organizational forces to get work done

     (Members Only)


    Facilitator: Deborah Ferro Burke, MBA, Ph.D., The Berkshire Institute

    You and your client have agreed to a project that is right in your sweet spot – an IT upgrade, communication training, process improvement, whatever.  You are an expert; you’ve done this successfully dozens of times. But now things seem off kilter. Your work is not taking hold and you are worried that you will fail.

    Learn how to use stories, frameworks and powerful questions to recognize hidden forces that can block progress.

    Debbie Burke will draw on decades of consulting in high-stakes situations, as well as human and organization development scholarship, so you will have strategies that clear the way for your expertise.

    TBA will be featured in our Member Spotlight presentation this month.

    Members pay $15; Late Member Registrants pay $20

    Online payment is required.
    • 10 Dec 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Fort Orange Club, Albany, NY

    "Holiday Gathering"
    Members Only (Plus One)

    When:  Wednesday, December 10th
    Where: Fort Orange Club
               110 Washington Ave., Albany
    Time:   5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Make sure to join us for the Consulting Alliance's holiday-time networking event at this specially-scheduled, members-only (plus one) gathering.

    Spend time with old colleagues, get to know new ones better, all while eating, drinking (cash bar) and being merry.

    Members pay $20; Late Registrants pay $25.  Online payment is required.

    A business dress code including jacket and tie applies, as required by Ft. Orange Club.

Past events

10 Oct 2014 From Bust to Blockbuster: Business Lessons from the Making of Gone With the Wind
12 Sep 2014 Inspiring Ourselves and Others
08 Aug 2014 Members Only (Plus One) Summer Social
25 Jul 2014 Seeing Your Business from Your Customer’s Perspective
18 Jul 2014 The Art of Saying Yes and Knowing When to Say No
13 Jun 2014 The View from the Business Review
04 Jun 2014 Consulting Alliance Mix and Mingle
23 May 2014 Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind
09 May 2014 Difficult Customers – and How I’ve Handled Them
25 Apr 2014 Are You a Reluctant Salesperson?
17 Apr 2014 Consulting Alliance Mix and Mingle
11 Apr 2014 Writing for the Web
27 Mar 2014 Do You Need Professional Help? Outsourcing 7 Top Tasks
14 Mar 2014 Like. Share. Succeed: The ROI of Social Media and Community Good
28 Feb 2014 DIY or Outsource?
21 Feb 2014 Save the World by Speaking: Lessons from a Ninja Speaker Coach
24 Jan 2014 2014-Developing Y/Our Future
10 Jan 2014 The Power of Body Language
10 Dec 2013 Holiday Gathering
21 Nov 2013 Effective B2B Communication-A Conversation
08 Nov 2013 Brain Business: Use Your Brain for a Change
29 Oct 2013 CA ANNUAL R2R EVENT: Featuring an Interactive Symposium- Innovation Matters, A Creative Exploration
23 Oct 2013 Webinar / Conference Call - The Benefits of Basecamp for Project Management
11 Oct 2013 From Hard Rock to Exceptional Hospitality
02 Oct 2013 Consulting Alliance Coffee Hour - Open to Members and Those Interested in Membership
24 Sep 2013 Professional and Business Development Breakfast
13 Sep 2013 How I Started My Career as a Serial Entrepreneur
04 Sep 2013 President's Coffee and Roadmap to Results Information Session
09 Aug 2013 Members Only Summer Casual Networking Event
26 Jul 2013 What is your video message?
12 Jul 2013 How to Stop Killing Good Ideas
28 Jun 2013 Thought Leadership - 140 Characters at a Time
14 Jun 2013 Marketing Made Simple: Let Your Message Be Heard
30 May 2013 Professional and Business Development Luncheon & Insight from R2R Winners
10 May 2013 Scenic Views of Volunteerism: Enhance Your Business Through Compassion
26 Apr 2013 Professional and Business Development Breakfast
12 Apr 2013 Four Speakers and Their Must-Have Business Tools
22 Mar 2013 Partnering with the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering
08 Mar 2013 Influence Without Arm Twisting
22 Feb 2013 Business Development Opportunities with The Consulting Alliance
15 Feb 2013 Overcoming Obstacles While Growing a Family Business
25 Jan 2013 Members Only - What's in store for 2013?
11 Jan 2013 Promoting You and Your Business!
14 Dec 2012 Holiday Gathering
28 Nov 2012 "Roadmap to Results Roundtable" Event
26 Oct 2012 Bringing it all together: Pooling resources to serve today's Tech Valley
12 Oct 2012 Albany Women Business Leaders Share Their Success Stories
28 Sep 2012 Staying on Message: How to Create Powerful Content
14 Sep 2012 Grow Your Business: Four Exciting Speakers Tell You How
10 Aug 2012 Members Only Summer Casual Networking Event
27 Jul 2012 LinkedIn for the Intermediate or Hardcore
13 Jul 2012 Lessons Learned from a Sales Leader
22 Jun 2012 Sharing How We Go About Generating Business
08 Jun 2012 Achieving Online Success Where The Competition Has Failed
17 May 2012 Tech Talk
11 May 2012 "Turning Life Into a Business"
27 Apr 2012 Networking vs. Relationship Building
13 Apr 2012 "Creating the Capacity for Innovation"
22 Mar 2012 Launching the CA Business Development Initiative
09 Mar 2012 "Our People Make Our Company Great"
24 Feb 2012 Business Ethics
10 Feb 2012 "Success Has a Method"
27 Jan 2012 From Consultant to Acquired and Back: Lessons Learned
13 Jan 2012 "Using the Skills You Have to Build the Business You Want"
18 Nov 2011 Designing the Consulting Alliance’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
11 Nov 2011 "The Leadership Performance: Developing Authentic Strength, Influence and Trust"
28 Oct 2011 Strategic Positioning at the Alliance
14 Oct 2011 "Creativity: The Key to Your Business Success”
23 Sep 2011 New Vision for the Future of the Consulting Alliance
09 Sep 2011 "Ethical Journalism in Challenging Times”
12 Aug 2011 Members Only August Social
22 Jul 2011 Consulting Alliance Comparative Benchmarking Report
08 Jul 2011 "Speed Networking for New Connections”
24 Jun 2011 Is This Still Where We Want to Be Going?
10 Jun 2011 "Hyper-Local Social Media: The Next Frontier”
27 May 2011 Making the Most of Your Web Presence
13 May 2011 "The Truth About Networking”
29 Apr 2011 Simplify SEO & Google Analytics to Get Found, Get Leads, and Get Sales
08 Apr 2011 “Getting Your Website to Complement Your Social Media Efforts”
25 Mar 2011 What Happens when Consulting Alliance Members Collaborate
11 Mar 2011 “More Than Mountains and Lakes: Business Dynamics in the North Country”
11 Feb 2011 "When Generations Collaborate for the Greater Good"
03 Feb 2011 "Why do they do that?"
28 Jan 2011 Creating Your Personal Brand
14 Jan 2011 "Winning Clients: One Businessman's Success Strategies"
19 Nov 2010 Annual Membership and Planning Meeting
12 Nov 2010 "Nursing in the 21st Century"
22 Oct 2010 Round Table Discussion
08 Oct 2010 "Producing the Berkshire Forum"
24 Sep 2010 Tech Talk
10 Sep 2010 "Lessons Learned from Teaching 10,000 Leaders Worldwide"
17 Aug 2010 What’s on Your Phone? Is Your Cell a Friend or Foe?
13 Aug 2010 Members Only August Social
28 Jul 2010 Launching Your Consulting Career: Choosing a Business Type
23 Jul 2010 Members Only Networking Event
28 May 2010 Semi-Annual Consulting Alliance Planning Breakfast
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