Professional Development Workshops

Our workshops are designed to inform employers, employees and job seekers on relevant topics related to career and workforce development issues. 



9:15 am-9:45 am – “Letting Go To Do More” – Presented By:  Sue Vazal and Teri Bruce     Does the day get you down sometimes?  Feel the stress in your shoulders and lower back? Learn simple 5 minute techniques to help you make it through the day.                                                                                            This workshop is open to Recruiters.

Susan is co-founder of the Reiki Room located in Scotia NY. Since 1994 the Reiki Room has provided Reiki Therapy and Training, Meditation classes, Yoga classes and offers a variety of holistic wellness workshops. Sue holds an MA in Transpersonal Psychology and undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Business Administration/Management. She is a Reiki Master Teacher in four styles of Reiki and a Certified Yoga Instructor.

Teri graduated in 2012 from the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy and is a Licensed Massage Therapist.   She is also a Reiki Master Practitioner, is studying for her certification in Energy Medicine and is working towards becoming a Certified Aromatherapist.

10:00am-3:00pm – “Resume Critique”- Presented By: Courtney Schingledecker and Marjorie Adams  Have your resume professionally critiqued by professionals to ensure you are presenting your credentials in the best way possible.

Marjorie is a Workforce Readiness Committee Member of the Capital Region Human Resource Association

 

 

 

Courtney is the Workforce Readiness Committee Chair of the Capital Region Human Resource Association

10:15am-10:45am – “Putting Your Best Foot Forward” – Presented By: Kimberly Rainey Interviews are anxiety causing for everyone. Find out how to do it better. How to make the best impression you can!

 

Kimberly is Vice President, Branch Manager at Saratoga National Bank & Trust Company 

 

 

11:15 am-11:45 am – “You Are The Best” – Presented By: Dr. Lisa LaVigna – We all practice self talk, those little conversations in our head about ourselves. Turn those conversations into your own pep rally. Be the best you and share that with prospective employers.

Lisa is the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships at Excelsior College, a nonprofit regionally accredited distance learning institution whose mission is to help working adults complete a degree. Lisa has spent over 20 years helping adult learners complete a college degree or gain a certification enabling them to enter the workforce at a sustainable wage.  In her current role, she works with corporations, academic institutions, and associations with the goal of building stronger workforce development programs and enabling adult learners to advance their careers.  Lisa has a Bachelors in Public Administration from the State University of New York in Albany, a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (completed at age 30), and a Doctorate in Management in Community College Administration from University of Maryland’s University College (which she completed at age 55). 

12:15 pm-12:45 pm – “Best Employment Practices for LGBTQ Inclusion” Presented By: Jen Maley-Wheeler  A discussion about LGBTQ inclusion in your employment practices. Real answers for real questions. (EMPLOYERS ONLY)

Jen is Director of Case Management and Training at the Pride Center of the Capital Region

 

 

1:15 pm-1:45 pm – “Great To See You Again” – Presented By: Pamela Hallenbeck     Sometimes it is who you know. Networking and getting your name out there can help make your job search more successful. Learn some tried and true techniques to help you and your name be remembered.

Pam has been an Investment Adviser Representative with Primerica for the last 15 years.  She provides financial education and services to individuals, families and small business owners, specializing in debt reduction, retirement planning, income protection, and college savings. Pamela also recruits and trains qualified candidates to work with Primerica helping Main Street families. On top of being life insurance licensed and Series 6 & 63 investment licensed she is also an appointed Life Licensing Coach. Before Primerica Pam worked as a Post Purchase Counselor at the Albany Housing Coalition for 9 years. There, she counseled individuals on personal finance, homeownership, and landlord services. Additionally, she worked on the many veteran’s assistance programs the not-for-profit offered. Pam has an AAS degree as a paralegal and is also a certified Notary Public. In 2018, Pam redirected her business marketing on networking.  In an effort to grow her business through networking, Pam is a regular member of Urban Co-Works.

2:15 pm-2:45 pm – “Letting Go To Do More” – Presented By:  Sue Vazal and Teri Bruce     Does the day get you down sometimes?  Feel the stress in your shoulders and lower back? Learn simple 5 minute techniques to help you make it through the day. This workshop is open to Recruiters.

Susan is co-founder of the Reiki Room located in Scotia NY. Since 1994 the Reiki Room has provided Reiki Therapy and Training, Meditation classes, Yoga classes and offers a variety of holistic wellness workshops. Sue holds an MA in Transpersonal Psychology and undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Business Administration/Management. She is a Reiki Master Teacher in four styles of Reiki and a Certified Yoga Instructor.

Teri graduated in 2012 from the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy and is a Licensed Massage Therapist.   She is also a Reiki Master Practitioner, is studying for her certification in Energy Medicine and is working towards becoming a Certified Aromatherapist.

WORKSHOP LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

(1) To identify what energizes you as well the strengths and skills that you would like to be using at work; (2) To learn about “alternative” job-seeking strategies to uncover career/job opportunities and to connect you with potential “door openers” and
(3) To begin to identify next steps (actions to take to move forward towards your career goal).

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN FREE PRIZES JUST FOR PARTICIPATING!

HOW TO ENTER IN THE $100.00 GIFT CARD DRAWING:
  1. Sign up at the registration table and receive your FREE Entry Card
  2. Participate in at least 2 of the  Professional Development Workshops (Six offered) to get your card stamped:
     MUST attend the full workshop
  3. Return your stamped Entry Card to the registration table and be entered to win one of (2) $100.00 MasterCard Gift Cards! 

CONGRATULATIONS! Shanon S. and Kashawn S. are the Spring 2019 Schenectady Job Fair $100.00 Gift Card Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS! Colleen T. and Tanya B. are the Spring 2019 Saratoga Job Fair $100.00 Gift Card Winners!