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Women Investing In Women announces summit plans

Women Investing In Women announced that their Inaugural Women Investing in Women Summit, at the Arizona Biltmore on 12/12/12, will bring together over 150 professional women from across the Valley to discuss important issues and opportunities, build new relationships and celebrate our accomplishments in 2012.

Anu Bhardwaj, WIIW’s founder stated, “I appreciate all the support from our valued sponsors, luminary speakers, and community partners that are helping bring the Women Investing In Women Summit to Arizona — by supporting our mission of creating a cohesive platform for women in Financial Literacy, through education, entrepreneurship and providing access to capital markets”.

Kathy Lynn-Cullotta, co-president of 85 Broads Phoenix, said “We are very excited to help support the WIIW mission and be a partner in bringing this wonderful event to the women business owners in Arizona.”

WIIW Summit topics on 12-12-12 will include Impact Investing with guest panel Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder of Pipeline Fellowship; Michelle Mace, ASU Women & Philanthropy; Jackie Sturm, Intel’s global strategic initiatives.

Continuing the WIIW Summit with a luncheon conversation about Board Diversity and women’s participating in the  2020 Women on Boards Campaign which is a national campaign to increase the percentage of women directors on U.S. public company boards to 20 percent or greater by 2020.  Our Arizona Summit keynote speaker Dr. Mary Walshok, founder of Global CONNECT / Dean of the UCSD Extension School and the Summit discussion will be led by Shelly Esque, Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group and include Joanne Flynn, Managing Director, Phoenix Group International.

The One Day summit Educational Track’s will include a variety of speakers and topics including Branding Your Brilliance, Women’s Access to Capital, Women’s Angel Investors in Arizona, Women Entrepreneurs Building New Companies Faster, The Lean Launch pad Way, and Pitching like a Rock Star with Candace Klein, founder of SoMoLend.

WIIW 2012 Summit Sponsors and Partners include Intel, Venture Catalyst Private Equity Partners, 85 Broads Phoenix, Premier Media Service, Nautilus Group / New York Life, 2020 Women on Boards, NetGains America, Quarles & Brady, The Valley Girl Show, Arizona State University, NAWBO, AZBIO, MBAWI, Global CONNECT, Women & Philanthropy, SEEDSPOT, Thunderbird Online.

Sign up today to attend 12-12-12 Women Investing In Women at Arizona Biltmore a Full Day Program is only $175 Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner all the Educational Tracks and Summit Access.

Women Investing in Women is a branded platform of high impact educational programs and public-private partnerships emphasizing financial literacy and entrepreneurship by women for women, globally.  These programs will be held internationally to provide continuing education to address the need for high quality online content and interactive event formats that foster broader access to capital for women and the growth of women-led businesses.

10 Re-careering Tips - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

10 Re-careering Tips

10 Re-careering Tips:

1. Check out the hot — and not-so-hot — fields.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics gives indications of which fields expect to grow versus lose jobs, so keep that in mind when you’re deciding whether or not to become a social worker (should be a good bet) or a television anchor (not so much). But don’t throw a dart and pick a so-called hot job. Read on.

2. Don’t start from scratch.

Re-careering doesn’t have to mean throwing out your years of work experience. If you’re an IT professional laid off from a tech company, you don’t have to become a nurse. Brush up on privacy law, network security or database management, and apply with a health care organization.

3. Follow your heart.

Biotechnology might be the next big thing, but if you find it boring, don’t bother. One of the best predictors of success in a field is your passion for it. Good engineers of any type are usually in demand; mediocre ones are rarely in demand. What interests you?

4. Take into account the work environment and physical requirements.

Do you work well when the pace is fast? Or do you prefer to be introspective and analytical? Do you despise being on your feet all day, or are you miserable sitting in a cube?

5. Do a 360-review.

Call upon peers and colleagues — both former supervisors and employees — to assess your strengths and weaknesses. You might be surprised what others say are your best (and worst) qualities, and what you uniquely bring to a position.

6. Network, network, network.

Whether it’s getting to know fellow students, impressing an instructor, volunteering or doing an internship, it’s essential to make connections with people who can help you with your goals.

7. Seek professional help.

Maricopa County Community Colleges’ career centers are free and open to the public.

8. Go back to school.

It can be as simple as taking one course to earning a certificate or a degree.

9. Look for financial assistance.

Subsidized loans, Pell grants and scholarships are available, especially if you’ve lost a job. Even small scholarships add up. Call professional organizations in your field of interest and check the library for lists of scholarships many people don’t even know exist.

10. Differentiate yourself.

Instead of just earning a teaching degree, look into certificates such as English immersion or special education to make you more marketable and malleable.
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Re-careering tips sources:

Joe Patterson, assistant vice president and executive director of Thunderbird Online at Thunderbird School of Global Management; Ruthie Pyles, director of M.B.A. recruitment and admission, the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University; Scott Schulz, director of career and employment services at Glendale Community College
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Arizona Business Magazine November/December 2011

 

Re-careering - AZ Business Magazine November/December 2011

Unemployed Workers Become More Competitive, Re-careering

Re-careering vs. Education: Unemployed workers can go back to school or re-shape their skill to enhance job prospects

When Ronald Schilling, 54, of Black Canyon City lost his job as a truck driver in July 2008, the future looked bleak.

“I just didn’t see myself at the age I am, getting a job driving a 12-foot box truck and busting my butt for $8 or $9 an hour,” he says.

His uncle suggested he go back to school. Now, Schilling is in the honors program at Glendale Community College with a 3.9 grade point average and is on track to enter nursing school.

Schilling is one of a growing number of returning students who are re-careering after losing jobs, and many are getting training and education to increase their chances in the competitive job market.

Mature students are on the rise in higher education. Between 2000 and 2009, the enrollment of students under age 25 increased by 27 percent, but enrollment of ages 25 and up rose 43 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The majority of online students at Thunderbird Online are ages 38 to 42, says Joe Patterson, assistant vice president and executive director of Thunderbird Online at Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Still, the idea of going back to school can be daunting, especially because of time and cost. Tuition can range from $299 for a two-week bartending course through ABC Bartending and Casino School in Tempe, to more than $86,000 for a 60-credit master’s degree in business administration degree from Thunderbird.

One way to mitigate the cost, say those in higher education, is to take non-degree courses. This can keep up your skill set to ensure “life employability,” said Scott Schulz, director of career and employment services at Glendale CC, one of the Maricopa County Community Colleges.

Online programs allow students to take classes when it’s convenient, and offer accelerated degree programs. Thunderbird Online offers executive certificates for three eight-week accredited non-degree classes, all the way to a full M.B.A in a year. The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University offers multiple ways to earn an M.B.A., including online.

No longer is there a stigma to online education, Patterson says. Even top-tier universities such as Stanford and Cornell offer e-learning.

Whether on campus or online, academic classes are more than ivory tower ideas.

Instructors usually are also connected to and working in their industries, so they not only know what’s needed in the job market, they can make important referrals. Networking with other students is essential, too. You never know who might pass along that integral inside job tip.

Volunteering is another way to get a foot in the door. Schilling, the trucker-turned-nursing student, volunteers each week at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in Phoenix. And Mark Scarp of Scottsdale, a newspaper columnist who was laid off in January 2009, parlayed his 20 years of volunteering with the Society of Professional Journalists into a job as membership director with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

While it’s a good idea to invest in continuing education, career counselors say to assess your strengths, weaknesses, passions and goals first, and keep in mind the idea of career management rather than simply career advancement.

“I think we’ve all heard the term ‘climbing the career ladder,’” Schulz says. “I think what it’s changed to is a career lattice or career web. It’s not as linear. You may have to move sideways or diagonally to get to that next opportunity.”

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Where to take classes if you’re considering re-careering:

Anthem College, (602) 279-9700, www.anthem.edu
Apollo College, (602) 864-1571, www.apollocollege.edu
Arizona State University, (6020 496-INFO, www.asu.edu
Collins College, (602) 997-2166, www.collinscollege.edu
DeVry University, (602) 870-9222, www.phx.devry.edu
Grand Canyon University, (877) 860-3951, www.gcu.edu
Maricopa County Community College District, (480) 731-8000, www.maricopa.edu. Campuses include Chandler-Gilbert Community College; Estrella Mountain Community College; Glendale Community College; GateWay Community College; Mesa Community College; Paradise Valley Community College; Phoenix College; Rio Salado College; Scottsdale Community College; and South Mountain Community College.
Northern Arizona University, (800) 426-8315, www.nau.edu
Midwestern University, (623) 572-3215, www.midwestern.edu
Thunderbird School of Global Management, (602) 978-7000, www.thunderbird.edu
University of Arizona, (520) 621-3237, www.arizona.edu
University of Phoenix, (866) 766-0766, www.phoenix.edu
Western International University, (602) 943-2311, www.west.edu

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Arizona Business Magazine November/December 2011

 

Arizona Technology Council Upcoming Events

Upcoming Arizona Technology Council Events

The Arizona Technology Council strives to connect all aspects of Arizona’s budding technological and business expansion. Producing over 100 events a year, the Arizona Technology Council is driven by its vicious ambition to network.

Arizona is exponentially getting bigger and better and by hosting a wide array of events all over the state, the Arizona Technology Council’s main goal is to work alongside this growth and connect the state with more opportunities. They offer a member-to-member discount program and assist in creating employee plans including health, dental, vision, disability, property/casualty and business liability.

Some of Arizona Technology Council’s upcoming events include:

Women in the Workforce Committee: The Economics of Sustainability from a Fresh Perspective, presented by Infusionsoft

The Women in the Workforce Committee are hosting this lecture, focusing specifically on the importance of being green in Arizona and how you can do it most effectively. Featured speakers include Kimber Lanning (Founder of LocalFirst Arizona), Vanessa Bechtol (Executive Director of Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance) and Greg Peterson (Founder of Urban Farm).

[stextbox id="grey"]When: 10/5/2011, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: SkySong
475 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
How much: Free for members; $25 for non-members[/stextbox]

Lunch and Learn: Leadership Development – Dealing with Bad Behavior at Work, presented by Thunderbird Online

Christine Pearson, Ph.D., Professor of Global Leadership at Thunderbird School of Global Management and an expert on dysfucntional workplace behavior, will be hosting this event. The event is ideal for business professionals who are currently managing employees and/or are looking to enhance their leadership skills in the future. Professor Pearson will also be giving away two copies of her recent book, “The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility is Damaging Your Business and What to Do About It.”

[stextbox id="grey"]When: 10/11/2011, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: SkySong
1475 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
How much: Free for members; $15 for non-members[/stextbox]

Lunch and Learn: Leadership Development – Dealing with Bad Behavior at Work, presented by Thunderbird Online

Christine Pearson, Ph.D., Professor of Global Leadership at Thunderbird School of Global Management and an expert on dysfucntional workplace behavior, will be hosting this event. The event is ideal for business professionals who are currently managing employees and/or are looking to enhance their leadership skills in the future. Professor Pearson will also be giving away two copies of her recent book, “The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility is Damaging Your Business and What to Do About It.”

[stextbox id="grey"]When: 10/11/2011, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: SkySong
1475 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
How much: Free for members; $15 for non-members[/stextbox]

Council Connect: Brand Your Business Like Your Favorite Restaurant, presented by Miss Details Design

Miss Details Design, the leading sensory design firm for service-related businesses with an emphasis in the hospitality industry, has assembled a panel of branding experts to share their secrets on how to create an engaging brand.

The lecture will feature panelists Paul Shashaty, marketing and brand manager of Desert Island Restaurants and Kate Unger, senior marketing VP of Kahala, the franchising company that owns Cold Stone Creamery, Blimpie, and more. Marketing directors, restaurant professionals and business owners looking to up their brand should attend this event.

[stextbox id="grey"]When: 10/19/2011, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Seasons 52
2502 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
How much: $25 for members; $45 for non-members[/stextbox]

VIP Networking Event: Presented by Microsoft Corporation

The Arizona Technology Council and the Microsoft Corperation are hosting the quarterly VIP Networking Event. The VIP Networking Reception will include opening remarks by AZTC President & CEO Steven Zylstra followed by a welcome from the Microsoft Corporation.

[stextbox id="grey"]When: 10/20/11, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Microsoft Corporation
60 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., 12th Floor
Tempe, AZ 85281
How much: $15 for members; $25 for non-members[/stextbox]

Lunch and Learn: How to Secure Your Mobile Devices, presented by Verizon Business

Learn about industry trends, followed by a personal perspective of mobile security as well as an enterprise perspective.

[stextbox id="grey"]When: 10/25/2011, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: ITT Technical Institute
5005 S. Wendler Dr.
Tempe, Arizona 85282
How much: Free for members; $15 for non-members[/stextbox]

Council Connect: How to Use QR Codes and SMS to Increase Your Sales, presented by GottyCode

This event will teach you how to implement SMS messaging and QR codes into marketing tactics of your business.

[stextbox id="grey"]When: 11/2/2011, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Where: SkySong
1475 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85257
How much: $15 for members; $25 for non-members[/stextbox]

2011 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation: Arizona Rising

The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) is the Arizona Technology Council’s annual awards gala that honors technology leaders and innovators from across the state. The event attracts more than 1,000 attendees each year for a night of networking, food and entertainment. For 2011, the awards portion of the event will be a theater-style presentation, followed by a sit down and plated dinner.

[stextbox id="grey"]When: 11/17/2011, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, 100 Level
100 N. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
How much: $15 for members; $25 for non-members[/stextbox]

1st Annual Requirements Conference for Arizona’s Aerospace, Aviation & Defense Community

AA&D industry primes to discuss requirements for their business success, collaboration between Arizona industry stakeholders, and advancing innovation and technology through the SBIR/STTR opportunities.

[stextbox id="grey"]When: 1/25/12 (Networking/Exhibition) – 1/26/11 (Main Conference), Time TBD
How much: $35/75 for members; $45/100 for non-members[/stextbox]


Visit the Arizona Technology Council’s website
for more information. In order to attend an event, you must register.

 

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