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  • 09 Oct 2014 1:50 PM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
    Business Lessons Luncheon 10/10
    Collaborations and Connections 10/22
    Member News


    October 2014

     

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    MEMBER  NEWS
     
    Congratulations to the women who will be honored at The Capital Region YWCA Resourceful Women’s Luncheon.  Denise Horan, Integrated Management & Sales Consulting will join the list of honorees in the category of Entrepreneur.    
    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers in Transition LLC, formally announced the establishment of a new subsidiary of Careers In Transition LLC called, Dr. Adventure on September 1st.  The mission of Dr. Adventure is to inspire people to go outside their comfort zone for personal growth by providing quality consultation services about outdoor recreational activities.

    Dr. Tom’s ten areas of expertise include: biking, hiking, kayaking, mountaineering, nature walks, rock and ice climbing, running, skiing and snow shoeing. As a Career Counselor, he will continue to provide career advice; as an Adventure Consultant, he will provide outdoor recreational advice.  Dr. Tom appreciates the support of the Consulting Alliance as  he extends the services of Careers In Transition LLC to encompass the whole person.

    Learn more about Dr. Adventure at www.MyAdventureConsultant.com
    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    completed “Foundations of Business Strategy,” a six-week business management course offered through the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business at Charlottesville. This course for consultants explored the underlying theory and frameworks that provide the foundations of a successful business strategy, introduced five tools for conducting a strategic analysis and provided the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained through case study analysis.

     
          
                         
     

    From Bust to Blockbuster: Business Lessons from the Making of Gone With the Wind

    Presented by
    Pauline Bartel

     

    October 10, 2014 @ 11:30 am
     Wolferts Roost Country Club

    During Gone With the Wind’s production, endless months of trouble and turmoil nearly doomed the film to failure. Following its 1939 premiere, the movie broke box-office records, swept the Academy Awards and today celebrates its 75th anniversary. Discover the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of the making of a film that went from bust to blockbuster. You’ll gain inspiration for overcoming enormous business challenges and learn lessons for achieving great success in your own enterprise.

    Pauline Bartel will sign her book, The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition) before and after the luncheon. 
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                
                                   

        Members pay $20; Not-Yet-Members pay $25
    Member Late registration: $25
    Not-Yet-Member Late Registration: $30

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     Collaborations and Connections

    Members Only
    October 22nd @ 5:30 - :7:30 p.m.
    The Standard, Crossgates Mall


    Attendees will partner up and spend 2 minutes each explaining their business; they then get a further 2 minutes to explore ways to collaborate and make connections. Ding-time's up! And then they move on to the next potential collaborator. Join us for this creative event which will encourage you to look at your business through new eyes, and find new partnership potentials.  This is a Member plus one event: members are encouraged to bring other entrepreneurial spirits to this event. (Cash bar available)

    Members pay $20; Member Late Registration pay $25

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    President's Message



    One of the great attractions to me for being in the Consulting Alliance is having easy access to inspiration, whether it be learning something new at one of our public programs, hearing a member speak about a client they fixed a problem for, or getting advice from one of our expert members on an issue I'm having. I am always looking for ways to up level myself and my business and being in this community offers plenty of opportunities for that. Take this Friday's public program for example, learning tactics used by the makers of a hugely successful movie, and how to apply them to our own challenges so that we create a 'blockbuster success' of our own.

    Having the opportunity to see your business through the eyes of peers, and expert ones at that is another huge benefit to being a member of the Consulting Alliance. The evening Members program this month is designed to make you look at your business in new ways by co-creating an idea for a collaboration with another member or guest.  Many of our members are already collaborating, combining their expertise to create programs and services that transform organizations. The Blue Sky committee, kicking off this month will be examining data and the recent member survey results to create a vision for the Consulting Alliance for the next few years, answering the question "How do we continue to add value for our members and community?" Their examination and reporting help inform all the activities of the CA in the coming years.

    I hope to see you soon.


    Clare Monteau,
    President

     
    What you may have missed

    Allie Middleton of Integrative Leadership Practices inspired us at last month's luncheon by helping us learn how to increase self-awareness.  Allie specializes in transformative and productive learning techniques using creative and critical thinking skills as well as mind-body techniques grounded in the new findings in emotional intelligence, neuroscience and health. 
     
     
                                       Allie Middleton                                                Tim Maniccia

                No Members Only Breakfast in October
           An evening program will be in held
            in it's place.
    (see above 10/22 event)

    About the Consulting Alliance

    The Consulting Alliance
    is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

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  • 10 Sep 2014 10:29 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
    Inspiring Ourselves and Others 9/12
    From Bust to Blockbuster: Business Lessons From
    the Making of Gone With the Wind 10/10
    Member News


    September 2014

     

                           
                                                           
      
    MEMBER  NEWS
     
    Joan Heffler Photography was contracted by Siemens Industry, Inc., Infrastructure and Cities Sector to photograph 51 engineering consultants. She also photographed Time Warner Cable TV anchors, reporters and administration in the Hudson Valley and Albany stations. For more information on what she can do for your company, check out www.joanhefflerphotography.com.

    Bill Polk, Business Advisory has just completed an engagement for a consortium of Farm Credit Banks based in Wichita, Kansas.  He recently appeared at Siena College to work with a group of young entrepreneurs and is now looking forward to the September kickoff of the entrepreneur Boot Camp at the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce.                                                                        

    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers in Transition LLC, gave a seminar at the FBI in Albany on “The Big Three: Resumes, Cover Letters and Interview Skills.”  Dr. Tom also spoke at the 8th annual smAlbany Business Expo on the topic, "Work/Life Balance: Tips and Techniques.  He also recently taped a show for TV-17 Colonie entitled “50 More Interview Questions.”  He was also interviewed on WNYT News Channel 13 for his 2014 Charity Climb of Mt. Baker that benefited the Alport Syndrome Foundation.  Dr. Tom was also featured on the front page of the sports section of the Times Union for his Charity Climb entitled, “Denham man on a mission.”
    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    completed “What’s Your Big Idea?” a six-week course for entrepreneurs and consultants offered through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The course detailed systematic methods for identifying entrepreneurial opportunities and their sources, vetting ideas in the marketplace, developing sustainable strategies and  leveraging resources for idea iteration.


    Ellen Lahr, EGLahr PR & Media has been retained by Travaasa Experiential Resorts of Denver, Co., a division of Amstar, to provide strategic communications and outreach related to a hotel/resort project proposed for the historic Elm Court estate in Stockbridge, MA. ellenlahr.com   

     

    Jeremy McGowan, Network Experts of New opened its second office in NYC in June, at L40, 17 State Street, New York,  10004 ,Tel : 1.212. 739.0742. NETXNY has also been approved for the Checkpoint Systems and Juniper Networks state contracts. This will allow the company to expand its reach into state government consulting and services.  In addition to expanding the company’s reach, NETXNY has hired two new employees: 

    Mr. James Michel, a Network Technician, who is Cisco certified, assists clients with network, security and server applications and support. Mrs. Anne Grignon has been hired as office manager and client liaison. Mrs. Grignon, will assist with the management of accounting and project management, as well as keeping constant contact with NETXNY clients to ensure their satisfaction.                      
                                                                   

     

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    Success Stories, Updates, Biz Tips and more

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    Inspiring Ourselves and Others


    Presented by
          Allie Middleton, Integrative Leadership Practices

     September 12, 2014 @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
      Wolferts Roost Country Club

     

    Optimal performance is directly tied to reduced stress. Well-being measures such as positive mental state, emotional intelligence and physical acuity help us achieve new levels of professional competence and satisfaction. 

    Through an interactive group experience, you’ll explore research-based practices that reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance creativity and expand the capacity to do better work. You’ll identify ways to inspire yourself and others, practice these new tools in a safe environment and establish methods for gaining new business and feeling good while doing it.

    Allie Middleton is a leadership coach and organization transformation consultant, specializing in integrative embodiment practices for purposeful innovation. With over 35 years of leadership experience, she has an international consulting practice serving leaders and teams from all sectors. She is a frequent workshop facilitator and speaker at creativity and behavioral health conferences globally.
     
    Following careers in law and marketing, she completed her doctoral studies in leadership and organizational change at SUNYA. She is a certified NLP Master Practitioner and yoga and meditation instructor. In addition to her work as a partner in East West Leadership Coaching, Allie is actively involved with the Presencing Institute, the Creative Education Foundation and the Kripalu Consulting Collaborative.

                                                                                                                          
                                                                                           
                                                                   

        Members: $20; Late Registration: $25
    Non-Members: $25;  Late Registration: $30
    Online payment is preferred.

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     From Bust to Blockbuster: Business Lessons From the Making of
    Gone With the Wind


     

    Presented by
      Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.

                                  October 10, 2014 @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
                                           Wolferts Roost Country Club
     

    During Gone With the Wind’s production, endless months of trouble and turmoil nearly doomed the film to failure. Following its 1939 premiere, the movie broke box-office records, swept the Academy Awards and today celebrates its 75th anniversary. Discover the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of the making of a film that went from bust to blockbuster. You’ll gain inspiration for overcoming enormous business challenges and learn lessons for achieving great success in your own enterprise.

    Pauline Bartel is the author of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition), newly updated for the film’s 75th anniversary. She is also president and chief creative officer of Bartel Communications, Inc. (www.paulinebartel.com), an award-winning corporate communications firm, specializing in marketing, public relations and business anniversary consulting services. She will sign copies of her book both before and after the program.

                               
    Members: $20; Late Registration: $25
    Non-Members: $25;  Late Registration: $30
    Online payment is preferred.

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    President's Message



    I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful transition into fall. Taking advantage of a welcome change of pace in my work, I have been taking regular walks these recent morning before starting my 'real work'. My business coach has recommended this for years, as a way to increase creativity and connect to our own genius, but I have adorably ignored his advice until now. It is so easy to stay in the hamster wheel of doing, keeping busy with our to-do lists, that to take a brain break can seem luxurious or even irresponsible when there is so much to do. I have so many conversations with friends and colleagues on this topic, and it seems we all KNOW that people have their best ideas in the shower, or other occasions when their brain is on 'idle', but we often fight gifting ourselves with that time. I am investigating the idea that my morning walk, or any other mental break I give myself is actually part of my work, is keeping me in a state where I am more likely to bring my best ideas and best self to my clients. This month, we have a topic at our public meeting that is also about bringing your best, most creative self to your work, and I'm looking forward to learning more and seeing many of your faces there.

                                                            
                            


    Clare Monteau,
    President

                            
       Seeing Your Business
          from the Customer's Perspective

    By Janet Sanders, Principal, Sanders Copy, LLC


                                  
    Your marketing message is not about your business; it’s about what your business can do for your customers. As eager as you may be to tell visitors to your web site how wonderful your consulting practice is, your readers simply don’t care. They only care about what you can do for them.

    To make your copy more engaging to your readers:

    • Address readers directly with sentences beginning with “you,” not “we.”
    • Answer their burning question, “What’s in it for me?”
    • Focus on benefits, not features.
    • Know your audience; know their problems. Clearly communicate how you can solve those problems for them.

    If you are not sure what the benefit is, try this simple exercise: “We help businesses do xyz so they can…” Whatever you add to the end of that sentence is your benefit. Put that up-front in your marketing copy, use features to support that promise, and end with a call to action. You will motivate more prospects to take the next step, and contact you to find out more.

    Janet Sanders is a marketing copywriter and sole proprietor of Sanders Copy, LLC.  She recently joined the Consulting Alliance.
     
                                 


                   

    About the Consulting Alliance
    The Consulting Alliance is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.

    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

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  • 15 Jul 2014 9:36 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
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    COMING UP IN JULY & AUGUST
     

    * JULY LUNCHEON *

    "The Art of Saying Yes and Knowing When to Say No"

    July 18, 2014
    @ 11:30-1:30
    Wolferts Roost

    Lisa Ryan and Kathleen Pingelski
    MicroKnowledge Inc.

    Lisa Ryan

    Kathleen Pingelski

    Members $20/$25 Late Registration
    Non-members $25/30

    REGISTER

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     * MEMBERS BREAKFAST *

    Friday, July 25, 2014
    @ 7:30-9:15

    "See Your Business From Your Customers' Viewpoint"

    Janet Sanders
    Sanders Copy LLC

    Janet Sanders

    Members $15
    Late member: $20

    REGISTER

    ~~~

    SUMMER SOCIAL LUNCHEON
    Member (Plus 1)

    Friday, Aug 8, 2014
    @ 11:30-2
    New World Bistro Bar

    Join us at the New World Bistro Bar, voted Best Restaurant in the
    Times Union 2014
    'Best of the Capital Region."

    Chef Ric Orlando is creating a lunch buffet of fresh, seasonal fare, including cold salads, "small bites" appetizers featuring local produce, and more.

    $25 + cash bar
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    PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE



    Dear Colleagues,

    I am a big believer in the "if it scares you, you should probably do it" philosophy. Pressing into discomfort is one of the ways I feel most alive, and encouraging others to do that is also thrilling to me.

    Many times, a business leader who brings in a consultant is afraid of something: Scared that if s/he doesnt 'do something' about the particular problem that it will get worse; scared of external changes that feel out of control -- even scared of growth, because that may bring even more pressure. The role of a consultant is often to gently press the organization and its leaders into changes that seem uncomfortable. Taking action -- whether hiring a consultant or making a change yourself -- is the best way to counteract the fear that can paralyze us and our organizations.

    The Consulting Alliance is moving into action to counter fear of the future! If you want to  create a vision and plan for CA's next five years, please contact Pauline Bartel (Pauline@PaulineBartel.com) for details of the Blue Sky Initiative.

    Many of us, in our effort to please, or the belief that 'we may not get another chance' have a deep fear of saying NO. In our public lunch this month, we explore, with the guidance of Microknowledge's Kathleen Pingelski and Lisa Ryan, when it is most beneficial for us to turn down an project or partnership offer. My experience is when I say no to something that doesn't feel like a right fit, I make space for something that is.

    Here's to a summer of YES, and some well selected NOs!

    Clare
     
    *** BIZ TIPS ***

    Communicating
    "Six Most Effective Types of Email (Inc.)


    Money

    "Determine What to Charge as a Consultant" (Business Week)


    MEMBER NEWS

    Lisa Giruzzi,
    Transformational Conversations

    was given the "Chamber Champion" award at the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce's Annual dinner on June 11 at Pine Haven Country Club. The Chamber Champion award is given to an individual who promotes and supports the chamber, its programs and members. Lisa has been an active member of the Guilderland Chamber for more than 8 years, serving in many capacities. Most recently Lisa served as the chair of the First Friday Business Breakfast.

    ________________________________

    Ellen G. Lahr,
    EGLahr PR & Media

    recently launched two new client websites...


    Aston Magna Music Festival | astonmagna.org
    Berkshire Children & Families | berkshirechildren.org

    ________________________________

    Robert Braathe,
    Braathe Enterprises

    Recently delivered a talk to 40 seniors who were attending an Empire State College Seminar Series.  Braathe presented a topic called "The Magic of Disney" and discussed his career at Disney and what makes Disney so magical.  Earlier in the month, he did a talk on "The Value of Virtual Interns" at SEFCU Headquarters to small business customers.  For more information, or to book Robert to speak at your upcoming lunch, company meeting or event, email info@braatheenterprises.com or schedule a call at http://meetme.so/RobertBraathe
    ________________________________

    Pauline Bartel,
    Bartel Communications, Inc.

    was a guest blogger for the Public Relations Society of American Capital Region NY Chapter. Her post discussed ways to transform a business anniversary into a sell-abration (http://prsacapitalregion.org/news).


    ________________________________

    Dr. Tom Denham,
    Careers In Transition LLC

    Was recently quoted in two magazines. These included College News in an article entitled, ìThe Job/Internship Prep Planî and Women@Work in a story called, ìShould I Stay or Should I Go? Dr. Tom is now in a tent on a glacier with temperatures in the teens, eating freeze-dried food and fulfilling his dream of climbing Mt. Baker in the Northern Cascades. He surpassed his goal of raising over $5,000 to benefit his daughter's charity, the Alport Syndrome Foundation. He is grateful to all  CA members for their emotional and financial support.


     
     
     
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  • 24 Jun 2014 10:17 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)

    CA Mix & Mingle 7/7
    Next Luncheon: 7/18
    Member News


    June 2014

     

    NEW MEMBERS
     

    Bill Phillips

    We are pleased to introduce Bill Phillips, our newest CA member, who has been accepted at the Professional Level.


                                 
    Bill has more than 40 years’ experience in the government, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors, both as a leader and consultant.  His most recent role was as Associate Commissioner for Outcome Management and System Information for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).  His primary focus areas as a leader and consultant center on three main areas:

    Designing and installing performance frameworks for non-profits and government organizations;
    Leading internal development processes with line staff, management and policy makers aimed at improving strategy development; Helping managers and line staff utilize low cost techniques to improve operations by introducing innovative solutions.

    Bill has a Master’s Degree in Social Work Research and Management from the University at Albany as well as a bachelor’s degree in sociology also from that institution. 

                                  
     

    MEMBER  NEWS
     
    Joan Heffler Photography has been chosen to photograph a statewide conference for PERMA, Public Employer Risk Management Association, Inc. at the Sagamore. PERMA is the largest self-insurnace poll for public entities in NYS.  For your photography needs contact Joan at www.joanhefflerphotography.com

    Stephen, Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C., and CDWBA’s Women's Health and Caregivers Committees have joined forces to ride in the Tour de Cure and support the mission of the American Diabetes Association in hope
    of putting an end to diabetes.  

    Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte, CPAs, P.C. is once again sponsoring all TBC participants in CDPHP’s Workforce Challenge. TBC has about 20 employees registered, the Business Advisory practice’s own Johanne Floser, Bonnie Halkenhauser and Michela Paniccia are joining in the fun this year to support health and wellness.        

    The Business Advisory and Forensic practice’s very own Steve Egna, Johanne Floser, Pamela Wickes, and Michela Paniccia are participating in this tremendous event and are very excited to fundraise for this cause.  Both Johanne and Pam are co-captains for this year’s event!

    Steven Egna will be presenting at NACVA and the CTI's 2014 Annual Consultants' Conference in Las Vegas, NV.  His presentation titled, “Transition Planning: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” will focus on succession planning and detail various case studies for discussion.

                                   

    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers in Transition LLC, spoke to young professionals at the Credit Union Association of New York Conference on the subject, “Purpose and Passion in Your Personal and Professional Life.”

    Dr. Tom’s 2014 Charity Climb this year is Mt. Baker in the Northern Cascades.  So far he needs only $1,268.84 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. 
    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.
    welcomed the debut of her latest work The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition), published by Taylor Trade Publishing, in honor of the film’s 75th anniversary.  Find information about Pauline’s upcoming author appearances and book signings at www.paulinebartel.com/resources/upcoming-events

    Find information about Pauline's upcoming programs and personal appearances at her website.

    Michael J. Tommaney, Esq., Law Office of Michael J. Tommaney: 

    "I am very happy to be the newest member of the Consulting Alliance. I heard about the Alliance from a colleague who told me that it was a great group of professionals, and he was right. I attended several of the meetings that were open to the public and found the members to be welcoming, the programs interesting and the speakers both interesting and well versed in the topics they discussed."
          
                         
     


    Save the Date

    CA Mix and Mingle
    July 7th @ 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    The Standard
    Crossgates Mall

    Join your colleagues and bring a guest
    for an informal after-hours get together.

    Register Here

     

     

    The Art of saying Yes and knowing when to say No!

    Speakers:
    Kathleen Pingelski and Lisa Ryan,
    MicroKnowledge, Inc.

     

    July 18th (3rd Friday of the month)
        Wolferts Roost Country Club

    (Open to the Public Luncheon)

    3 key points the audience will “take away” from their talk:

    Understanding when to say no to a project
    Knowing when to partner with competitors
    Creative marketing to get your name out in the market

                                                                                                                        
             Members pay $20; Not-Yet Members $25

    Register Here

     

    President's Message



    One of the best things about being the President of the Consulting Alliance is the opportunity I get to meet people doing interesting things in the world. Our newest addition to our calendar, the monthly, open to the public Mix and Mingle, has been an enjoyable and informal way to meet fellow entrepreneurs in many different fields, many of whom have never attended our Public lunches.

    Our member meeting this last month featured our very own Dr Tom Denham, who, as part of his efforts helping people figure out what they want to be when they grow up, is a super user of LinkedIn.  I came away with 3 ways to improve my use, and the Consulting Alliance LinkedIn page has been more active since the event. Make sure you join our community where members and friends can post links to articles or events of interest.


    Dr. Tom Denham
    CA LinkedIn Group

    The editor of the Albany Business Review, Mike Hendricks, was our feature speaker at our public event this month.  Along with a fascinating commentary on the twists and turns of the Capital Region in the past, and all the potential for this area, he also let us in on where he believes the casino will be built.....

    Mike Hendricks

    We are delighted to have you as a member or friend of the Consulting Alliance.  Please keep us in your circle, either by attending our events, or joining us on social media.

    Happy Summer!


    Clare Monteau,
    President

     
    Business Development
    Committee News

    Chair Tim Maniccia worked with VP Nancy Schultz to include a few questions about sales activities in the upcoming CA member survey.  Once the results are in, the Business Development Committee will analyze and use the data to identify ways it can assist CA members with their business development activities." 
     
                                 

             No Open to the Public Luncheon in the month of August.

    About the Consulting Alliance

    The Consulting Alliance
    is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

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  • 15 May 2014 10:36 AM | Nancy Reilly (Administrator)
    Get LinkedIn! 5/23
    CA Mix & Mingle 6/4
    Member News


    May 2014

     

    NEW MEMBERS
     

    Mike Tommaney Esq.

    We are pleased to introduce attorney Mike Tommaney, our newest CA member, who has been accepted at the Professional Level.

    Mike is a sole practitioner working in the areas of business startup and formation, estate planning, elder law and real estate.

    Following 38 years of practice with two law firms, Mike opened his own office in 2009, at 421 New Karner Rd. Suite 2, Albany, NY, 12205. 

    www.mtommaneylaw.com

    MEMBER  NEWS
     
    Jim McGuinness, of James McGuinness & Associates, Inc., has been named chairman of the Schenectady-based custom software and information technology consulting firm he formed 35 years ago. He most recently served as president, and the company has assembled a new management team posed for growth. The company has more than three decades years of information systems experience integrating custom software applications into business solutions for clients throughout North America and Europe.
    www.jmcguinness.com
    Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, presented a workshop at the Capital Region Human Resources Association annual conference in Saratoga called ìWhy Do They Do That?î  More than 80 people attended that session.

    Alan also presented a webinar for the Healthcare Association of NYS, "Making Decisions That Work in an Era of Change." He also and completed a five session leadership program for manufacturers sponsored by the Center for Economic Growth.

    Krieger Solutions

    Dr. Tom Denham, Careers in Transition LLC, spoke to members of the Executive Lunch Club on the topic, "YOU Are Your Brand." At the CapitalAreaHelpWanted.com Job Fair, he gave a seminar on "Networking Beats NOT working."

    Dr. Tom gave a talk at the First United Methodist Church of Delmar on "Achieving Peak Performance."  In addition, he gave a workshop to members of the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce on "The Secrets to Personal Productivity." 
    Rose Miller, President of Pinnacle HR, LLC  is now a columnist for The Times Union. She is writing a monthly HR column that appears in the WorkLife Section of the newspaper on the first Tuesday of each month. Rose's first column appeared in November, 2013 called, "Tailor Communication To Fit Situation."  Her columns focus on HR issues from both the employer and employee side.    

    Her columns can also be accessed online by searching under her name or Pinnacle HR.  The April article titled "Finding a Job a Job Itself"

    Rose welcomes your feedback at rmiller@pinnaclehrllc.com.

    Susanna Opper, Shawenon Communications, delivered sound advice for those of us communicating on the web at the CA public luncheon meeting in April.

    We discussed the differences between a blog and a newsletter, how to develop the discipline and process for creating regular content and took part in a great paired exercise to help us develop the "why?" of our communications.

    Did you miss it? Make sure you join us for one of our gatherings soon.

    Shawenon Communications
     

    Get LinkedIn
    or Get Left Behind!

    with Dr. Tom Denham
    Careers in Transition LLC


    May 23, 2014 @ 7:30 a.m.
    Wolferts Roost Country Club

    (Members Only)

    Every 12 days, 1 million people join LinkedIn. It is your electronic resume, Rolodex and your Club of Professionals. LinkedIn can help you learn about and reach out to clients, partners and employers. You may be saying to yourself, “I have LinkedIn, but I don’t do much with it.” 

    LI is an enormously powerful tool for establishing your brand, enhancing your visibility, building credibility and managing your career. Having a static and dull profile is not the online reputation you want to project. If you are not leveraging LI, it's guaranteed your competition is. This seminar demonstrates the features of LI and how to use it as your professional Internet image. If you are serious about building your business, you must be serious about LinkedIn.

    Dr. Tom Denham is a Career Counselor, motivational speaker, athlete and accomplished mountain climber. Many in the higher education and business community regard Dr. Tom as a leading authority and much-sought-after speaker on career development, entrepreneurship marketing, and work/life balance. His enthusiasm helps him to quickly connect with people and inspire them to take action.

    He founded Careers In Transition LLC, a private practice in career services, which focuses on career counseling for individuals and consulting services for institutional clients in business, education and government.  Dr. Tom also founded Northeast Public Radio’s award winning talk show, The Career Forum

        Members pay $15; Late registration: $20

    Sign up online

     Save the Date

    CA Mix and Mingle
    June 4 @ 5:30-7 pm.
    The Standard
    Crossgates Mall
    Join your colleagues and bring a guest
    for an informal after-hours get-together.

    Register here


    President's Message



    I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the lunch meeting of the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce on the topic of the Consulting Alliance.

    After sharing the many specialties that CA members offer, I had them take part in an exercise. Each attendee received a slip of paper which either stated an issue faced by businesses, or a service offered by a Consulting Alliance member. The task was for each table to match up the issues with potential solutions.

    One table came up with a packaged solution for all the problems their table had: they decided to form an association of consultants who could offer a one-stop shop for the issues facing the businesses.


    I couldn't have said it better myself.


    Clare Monteau,
    President

     
    Members in the Community

    Dr. Tom's 2014 Charity Climb this year is Mt. Baker in the Northern Cascades. So far he has raised $2,096 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.Dr. Tom would really appreciate your donation at AlportSyndrome.org.

    Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications Inc., launched the second phase of her promotional campaign for the spring 2014 publication of The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition). She taught the course "Frankly, My Dear: The REEL Story About Gone With the Wind" at Hudson Valley Community College on April 26, which is Confederate Memorial Day in many Southern states.

    Find information about Pauline's upcoming programs and personal appearances at her website.

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    is an association
    of leading independent consultants with diverse regional and national experience and proven success
    in solving client challenges.

    We are the ideal resource for organizations
    seeking to hire a consultant with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.

    Membership in the Alliance, at the Professional and Associate level, provides consultants with a vibrant and collaborative community where they can grow their businesses and advance their skills.


    Visit the Consulting Alliance for more information.

     

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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

     
                 
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