Professional Development Workshops

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

PRESENTATIONS (8:00am – 2:45pm)

8:00AM – 9:45AM – Successful Workforce Transitions & Retention Practices   
                                                          This presentation is a Special Offering for Employers only 

  Social Enterprise and Training Center (SEAT) – Jennifer Lawrence

   Schenectady Community Action Program, Inc  (SCAP) – Rick Caplan

  Schenectady Works – Tahyna Brown

  SCCC Workforce Development – Mary Kohan

Employee recruitment, on-boarding, training, engagement, and retention have been ongoing workforce issues, but many organizations and individuals have strengthened their position by using agencies that support targeted populations in transition.  This session will highlight best practices and business partnerships that have generated long term results.  Panel Discussion & Activity Session.

Additional agency representatives may be represented in the audience to be part of the discussion.

10:00AM – 10:45AM – Emotionally Intelligent Interviewing      
Jaye Holly – Executive and Workplace Consultant

 Interviews are times that we want to project confidence and calmness, but sometimes our nerves get the best of us. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize and manage our feelings. This workshop will look at the importance of Emotional Intelligence and discuss some strategies for raising your EQ in interviews.


11:00AM – 11:45AM –Feeling Stuck in Your Job? This workshop is about moving forward! 
Marsha Lazarus, Career Coach and Trainer, Your Career Fit Matters

You will leave feeling energized, with greater clarity about your goals and motivated to begin to identify and take those next steps.  



12:00PM – 12:45PM – Worksite Well-Being – Best practices and building a culture of well-being
Megan Wegener, MS, CWPM – Well-Being Account Manager, MVP Health Care

Understand the impact and dimensions of well-being and how to integrate it into your workplace.

MVP Healthcare will highlight how you can integrate an effective wellness program into your personal and work life with limited resources and time.


1:00PM – 1:45PM – Connecting Your Talents – Your Way – to Your Audience
Michael Roach, Creative/Marketing Consultant – Michael Roach Creative

Since new opportunities are most often discovered through personal connections, I will outline and help you practice effective communication approaches that will match your own personal style with the audience in front of you.



 2:00PM – 2:45PM –What Do You Bring to the Table? Discover and Utilize Your Strengths to Expand Your Professional Network and Opportunities
Jennifer L. Bashant, Ph.D, LMSW – Founder of Building Better Futures, LLC

This session will begin with an informal assessment of your work style and preferences using the DiSC model. You will learn about your own style, as well as the other three styles, and how to connect and communicate effectively in a way that showcases your strengths.


(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).


  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! Geni Rivers and Louie Nowak are the FALL 2018 Schenectady Job Fair $100.00 Gift Card Winners!

CONGRATULATIONS! Linda C. and Debbie H. are the FALL 2018 Saratoga Job Fair $100.00 Gift Card Winners!


Office Stewart’s Ice Cream Party (For staying until 3:45PM)