Program Committee News
The Consulting Alliance announces two lunch programs open to the public and two breakfast programs for members only. October program information is within this newsletter. For November, the lunch program is the 1st Friday, November 4th with a Speed Networking presentation by Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC. On November 18th (3rd Friday) Lynette Seawall, Performance Plus will continue our communication theme and present a program called Cut through Communication Chaos.
For more information or to register for any of these, go to http://consultingalliance.org/events
Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications and Florville Catalyst, a Westchester, NY, branding, marketing and design firm, have formed a strategic alliance. The partners offer marketing, public relations and branding-solutions for the cornerstones, stepping stones and milestones of the business journey.
Cornerstones include creating corporate identity and marketing materials to help companies establish a customer base and a market presence. Stepping stones include developing strategic marketing and branding initiatives to help companies launch innovative products and services and move into new markets. Milestones include crafting public relations and business anniversary campaigns for companies approaching leadership transitions, mergers and acquisitions and significant business anniversaries.
Alan Krieger, Krieger Solutions, LLC has again partnered with the Capital Region Theological Center to offer a series of workshops designed for non-profit agencies in the Capital Region. The programs are open to the public. There are three programs still to come in the fall series:
Building and Leading Strong Work Teams -- Webinar – October 18, 2016, 10:00 am
Communicating to Connect -- Workshop – November 1, 2016, 9:00 am – noon
Fiscal Management -- Workshop – November 10, 2016, 8:30 – 10:00 amAlan will present: Tips For Trainers: How to Teach Leaders to Build and Lead Successful Work Teams at Hudson-Mohawk ATD’s meeting on October 21st from 8:30-10:30 at the Carey Institute in Rensselaerville.
Clare Monteau, Ph.D., Clare Monteau LLC is partnering to present a Train the Trainer program Essential Skills for Today’s Leaders: Context & Communication, a one-day classroom training which gives experienced educators and facilitators proven practices and leading edge tools to bring to their organizations to build cultures of trust and accountability. Details can be found here.
Clare presented her interactive 1-day workshop "Introduction to Lean" at the NYS Office of the State Comptroller in August.
Lynette Seawall, Performance Plus will be presenting Cut Through Communication Chaos to IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysts) on Tuesday, November 1st. Lynette, in conjunction with her strategic partner, Target Training International, is providing complimentary Talent Insights assessments to participants. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to become more self-aware, understand others better, and work more productively in teams. Learn more about yourself and take a complimentary assessment on the science of self
Kat Koppett, Koppett and sister company the Mopco Improv Theatre are beginning a new chapter in their history. Over the summer they welcomed three new employees (Elizabeth Russell as director of operations as well as Alex Timmis and Livia Armstrong as improv program coordinators) and this fall marks the opening of their new theater and office space at 10 North Jay Street in Schenectady. Koppett is looking forward to offering new and expanded programing to the Capital Region and beyond.
Dr. Tom Denham,Careers in Transition LLC spoke at The Sage College in Albany on the topic, “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.” Dr. Tom recently celebrated his 11 year anniversary in full-time private practice.
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In last month’s column, I told you about our efforts to better serve our members. CA VP Bill Phillips has been torturing the event participation data. He has learned that about 40% of us attended roughly 40% of the CA events during the Jan 2015-June 2016 period.
Is this healthy? At this point, I do not think we have a way of knowing for sure. Because we do not know how we have done in prior periods. Nor do we know how we compare to other organizations like us. Anecdotally, those that have been members for some time recall broader levels of engagement.
What we do know is that the public lunch has become a challenge. As I type on Saturday, October 8, registration for next Friday’s lunch on Cybersecurity for Small Business Owners featuring Reg Harnish of GreyCastle Security (https://www.greycastlesecurity.com) stands at ten curious souls, six of whom are CA members. Click here if you are attending but have not registered yet.
We would love to better understand why members do not appear to be ‘hiring’ the CA for these type of learning, networking and social opportunities any longer. We think the best way to do this is with a short phone conversation. Our instinct is to learn why those in the 40:40 category I mentioned above value the CA enough to regularly participate. We would also like the chance to talk with the other CA members to better understand what keeps them away and what, if anything, the CA should do differently.
As I also mentioned last month, please do not be shy and wait for someone to call you. If you have an insight to share, we want to hear or read it. If we do not receive it, the Program Committee will make a recommendation for 2017 for the Board to consider. I feel pretty confident in saying it will differ from what the CA has offered in 2016 and prior years.
Along those lines, consider this the first call for those willing to serve as an officer (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) or committee chair (Marketing, Membership, Program) in 2017.
President Harry Truman reportedly said “decisions are made by those who show up”. It is now time for all CA members to weigh in on decisions crucial to our future.
Until next month …
Cybersecurity Survival Guide for Small Business
Reg Harnish, author and CEO for GreyCastle Security
October 14, 2016 @ 11:30 am
Wolferts Roost Country Club
The pace of cybersecurity breaches has reached epic proportions. Small businesses are falling victim to hackers, hacktivists and nation states. Intellectual property, data and bank accounts have never been at greater risk - it's not if, but when your organization will be victimized. And while security clichés continue to be overplayed we see organizations learning the hard way every single day. Join Reg Harnish CEO of GreyCastle Security for a fresh and candid look at cybercrime today. This session will discuss the latest threats and solutions for security challenges in 2016, beginning with an analysis of cybercrime trends. Attendees will walk away with actionable advice for securing their businesses.
Reg Harnish is an entrepreneur, speaker, author and the CEO for GreyCastle Security, a leading cybersecurity consulting firm headquartered in Troy, NY. Reg has been practicing security for nearly two decades. Reg brings a thought-provoking perspective to the industry and strives to promote awareness, security "thinking" and practical application of security fundamentals. Reg attended RPI in Troy, NY, and is a certified CISSP, CISM, CISA and ITIL. Reg is a fellow of the National Cybersecurity Institute, serves on numerous security association boards and is currently an advisor to several educational institutions focusing on cybersecurity. Reg is a nationally-recognized speaker and has presented at countless industry and security events, including BSides, ISSA, ISC2, ISACA and InfraGard. Reg is a contributor to numerous security publications and has co-authored several books on cybersecurity awareness.
GreyCastle Security is a leading service provider dedicated exclusively to cybersecurity and the practical management of cybersecurity risks. GreyCastle was established to counter rapidly evolving cyber threats and to deliver cybersecurity solutions effectively, practically and continuously. GreyCastle Security provides Risk Assessment, Awareness, Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing, ISO and Incident Response services to businesses throughout North America. Their team is comprised solely of certified professionals and former security officers who bring a client perspective to everything that they do.
Member registration: $20 Guest registration: $25
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Awkward! How to Not Freak Out When Conversations Get Tough
Kat Koppett, Founder of Koppett
October 28, 2016 @ 7:30 am
Wolferts Roost Country Club
What do you say when the conversation around the conference table takes an inflammatory turn? Or how about when your client comes in too low on price? What happens when you have to give feedback on poor performance? In that moment: do you sink into your shell, or stick out your neck? We all want handle these moments with grace and authenticity. How can we get better at managing our discomfort in these touchy moment? Much like building muscles at the gym, we can exercise our communication skills and mindsets to prepare for these unpredictable, but inevitable moments. Kat Koppett, a specialist in blending the techniques of improvisational theater and traditional development skills will guide us through activities and discussions to help us expand our in-the-moment performance choices and better manage difficult conversations.
Kat Koppett is the founder of Koppett, a consulting and training company specializing in the use of improvisation and storytelling to enhance individual and organizational performance. Koppett has designed and delivered programs for such diverse clients as Apple, Facebook, Chanel, Prezi, Kaiser-Permanente, GE, St. Peters Hospital, JPMorgan Chase, Eli Lilly, and the URJ in places such as India, Brazil, Paris, Budapest and Oklahoma. Her book Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, and Learning, is considered a seminal work in the field of Applied Improv and is used by professionals around the world. Kat holds a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and continually seeks to combine the wisdom and strengths of both disciplines to create programs that are both practical and transformative.
To learn more about Kat and Koppett, visit www.koppett.com
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