Professional Development Workshops

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

Leveraging your LinkedIn Contacts to help you refine your next job search;

Morning presentation, Nikita Hardy 10:45a to 11:30a
Afternoon presentation, Miriam Cajuste 1:15p to 2p

Lunch & Learn/Networking for Recruiters: Bridget Kennedy, MED 11:45a to 12:30
This info/networking session is geared for recruiters in any industry who are looking to tap into a qualified and diverse hiring market. INVEST your lunchtime & hear from a group of non-profit Employment Placement agencies, better known as APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment), on how you can create trusting partnerships with community organizations to fulfill your workforce needs.

Nikita Hardy, MPA is a well-respected, service-oriented Executive and Entrepreneur with over 14 years of progressive experience in leadership development, coaching, strategic planning, and diversity & inclusion, including having held dynamic roles within legislative, state and local
government. She is an advocate, educator, public speaker, full-spectrum Doula, and policy enthusiast. Ms. Hardy is the Affirmative Action Manager for the County of Schenectady where she advises the County on workforce procedures and policies related to Diversity & Inclusion and Federal and New York State law compliance as well as investigate ADA and EEO complaints. Ms. Hardy is also responsible for overseeing the County’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Program She wholeheartedly serves her community in various capacities including as a
Commissioner on the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission, on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Northeastern NY, and as Treasurer for the Schenectady Branch of the NAACP. Nikita Hardy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brooklyn College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. For more information on Ms. Hardy please visit