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Become a Leadership Champion at any Stage of Your Employment: How Excelling in Workplace Relationships Can Bolster Your Success

Originally presented on October 12, 2016

What makes a person more engaged at work? Think it's financial rewards? It's surprising for many to learn that only 30% of workers across industries are engaged in their work, and that the key to their engagement is not financial rewards. Their engagement is the result of something more significant: relationships. Not only have workers identified relationships as one of the most significant elements of their engagement at work, but they have tied their engagement directly to their manager.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How your specific social style can positively and negatively impact your relationships – from an initial interview to your role on a team to your work as a supervisor.
  • How to work effectively with different types of styles to maximize others’ and your strengths. By recognizing your style, you can develop stronger, more fulfilling relationships and reap rewards in your workplace.

Karen Graziano, J.D., is a graduate of Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English and American University Washington College of Law (WCL), Washington, DC, with a Juris Doctor.

Find out Your Strengths and How to Use Them Successfully

Presented by Megan Webster, Assistant Director of Leadership & Professional Development, Fairfield University Career Planning Center

Can you name what your strengths are? Can you talk about them in an interview? Do you know how to take advantage of your natural strengths when it comes to networking and the job search?

Join us for a webinar focused on just that! In the last few years, Fairfield has become a strengths-focused campus that utilizes the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment tool. Over 25% of the Class of 2016 has taken the assessment. Plus a number of companies have embraced StrengthsFinder as an approach to evaluating individual employees and teams alike.

The webinar itself will focus on:

  • What your "results" mean
  • How to translate them into an effective "elevator pitch"
  • How to best maximize and utilize them in a professional sense

Megan Webster, your webinar instructor, works as the Assistant Director of Leadership and Professional Development in the Career Planning Center at Fairfield University. She has worked with Strengths throughout her career in Higher Education and became a certified instructor in Strengths-Based education by Gallup in 2015.

Strategic Networking: How to Identify and Cultivate the Workplace Relationships That Count

Originally presented on May 17, 2016

Presented by Bonnie Marcus M.Ed

Do you go to a networking event, collect business cards, and think you are helping your career? Think again! Join this webinar to understand how a building a strategic network will help you achieve your career goals faster.

Learn how to identify the decision makers and influencers in your organization and build critical relationships of trust and confidence.

In this presentation, attendees will learn:

  • The importance of building a power network for their career
  • How to create their web of influence in the workplace
  • How to leverage relationships for their career advancement

Bonnie Marcus M.Ed. is a certified executive coach, speaker and author. A former corporate executive, Bonnie founded her firm, Women’s Success Coaching, in 2007 with the mission to help professional women promote and position themselves for success. Her latest book, The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead, provides a road map for women to navigate the complexities of their workplace to get the promotion they deserve.

Wellness Wins: What's Good for Your Waistline is Good for Your Bottom Line

Originally presented on April 19, 2016 

Presented by Linda Gottlieb '99 MA

The research is in: Your health & wellness is business relevant. Having a vibrant career or thriving business is directly related to your personal energy management, stamina and fueling your "internal power plant".

Get the edge you need to perform at your best today and for years to come. In this webinar you will:

  • Discover what the top C level executives won't tell you (but I will...)
  • Review the research and ROI of being fit and how to generate Miracle Grow for your brain.
  • Learn how to create and rate your energy strategies immediately, to ensure peak performance.

Linda Gottlieb '99 MA is a Certified Wellness Consultant and Master Fitness Coach with more than 30 years’ experience helping individuals (and the organizations they work in), improve their energy to impact their life. She believes as your health and fitness goes, your business goes. She is the author of No Ifs Ands or Butts: How to Turn the Top 10 Fitness Excuses into Fitness Triumphs. Visit Linda's website for more information: www.Fittraining.net

Want to Increase Your Productivity & Gain More Control Over Your Professional Life? Learn the Best Practices in Business Today!

Originally presented on February 17, 2016

Presented by Karen Graziano '93, Graziano Career Works, LLC

How can you be more productive and efficient while improving your work relationships in the process?

Join Karen Graziano '93 to learn:</p

  • Best business practices today for working on in-person and virtual teams
  • Best practices for participating in and running meetings, and developing your professional skills in the workplace
  • As a new or seasoned employee, find how you can be a more effective employee and colleague and raise your leadership profile
  • For job seekers, learn the questions you should be asking at your next interview
  • As a manager, learn how you can improve productivity and satisfaction with your team by implementing the latest research

Karen Graziano '93 is a college professor and a consultant for her recently launched business, Graziano Career Works, LLC.

Engage and Mobilize: Helping Leaders Become Better Mentors

Originally presented on September 22, 2015

Attracting, engaging, developing and retaining top talent has never been more critical for organizational sustainability. Over the next decade, Baby Boomers will be leaving the workforce in droves, exposing a shortage of appropriately experienced leaders ready to take over the helm.
Join Kevin McMahon ’99, Founder and President of McMahon Resource Group, a leadership coaching firm as he discusses:

1) The importance of mentor and coaching programs in the workplace and how they increase production, retention and leadership development.
2) How to become better mentors and/or coaches in your place of work
3) How to start developing a program or improve upon one that’s in place and how to measure success

Presented by Kevin McMahon '99, Founder and President of McMahon Resource Group

Setting Yourself Up For Success - Women Negotiating Salary

Originally presented on June 16, 2015

Presented by Cath Borgman, Director Career Planning & Steph Gallo, Associate Director Career Planning

Women are far less likely than men to negotiate at work, which typically costs women more than half a million dollars in earnings over the course of their careers. Fairfield University’s Career Planning Center is interested in stopping this trend and equipping alumnae with the tools necessary to begin to negotiate effectively. Please join Cath Borgman and Stephanie Gallo as they tackle this topic for a one hour webinar during your lunch break.
This webinar is ideal for young alumnae.

Leading with your Strengths: Learn how to create your professional development plan

Originally presented on May 19, 2015 

Presented by Karen Graziano '93, JD

In this webinar you will learn how to:
• Find your strengths
• Lead with your strengths
• Create a professional development plan with authentic goals
• Maximize your strengths so you can be more “involved in, enthusiastic about and committed” to your work

While the concept of strengths seems to be simple, most employees report neither realizing nor capitalizing on their strengths in their daily work lives. According to a Gallup Poll of 1.7 million employees, when asked “At work do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?” only 20% surveyed responded that their strengths are even employed every day. “The real tragedy of life is not that each of us doesn’t have enough strengths, it’s that we fail to use the ones we have,” explains Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton, authors of Now, Discover Your Strengths. The weekly Gallup Poll regularly reports that only about 30%-35% of employees are “engaged at work,” meaning they are “involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.” How can we change this? How can we lead with our strengths? And why is it so important?

Getting Noticed: The Power of Employee Recognition

Originally presented on April 21, 2015 

Presented by Claire Chandler '93

It’s been said that the beautiful sound to a person is hearing his or her own name. That’s because we all want to be recognized. Especially at work. But how do we make sure we are being recognized for the RIGHT things?
In this presentation you will learn
• Why recognition is so important to employers
• Why recognition is important to YOU
• How to gain recognition at work – pick up tips for how to get noticed in positive ways

Claire Chandler, President of Talent Boost, LLC, has more than 20 years of experience in corporate and consulting roles, ranging from communications and marketing, to customer relations training and leadership development. She has extensive experience in various areas of organizational effectiveness, including talent and succession management, leadership training and professional development, communication strategy and branding, executive and career coaching, employee onboarding and engagement, customer relations, and human capital planning.

Change Management, Stress and Resilience

Change is one constant we all have to confront. Some time ago, we used to think of change as an event. Now, it viewed as an ongoing process. As a result, we are susceptible to stress which can induce interpersonal, health, and organizational difficulties. We need, therefore, to develop techniques for coping with stress and developing resilience.

Dr. Paul Maloney has designed this webinar program to assist participants in understanding and managing change and dealing with its impact.
In this webinar we will discuss best practices to:
• manage change
• identify crisis stages
• focus on stress and stress reduction methods
• examine the factors involved in resilience

Making the Most of Your 20's: Career Development, Change, and Advancement

Originally presented on June 17, 2014

Presented by Stephanie Gallo and Meredith Tornabene, Associate Directors, Fairfield University Career Planning Center

Are you a young alumna/us looking for direction and ways to succeed in your current position and beyond? This Career Webinar is for you! Join Stephanie Gallo and Meredith Tornabene, both experienced Career Counselors and Associate Directors in the Career Planning Center at Fairfield University for a one-hour webinar during your lunch break!

They will discuss the following:

  • Why your 20's matter
  • How to build your network for when you need it
  • Making the next career step (change, advancement, etc.)
  • Taking initiative and avoiding pitfalls

Fundamentals of Negotiation
Originally presented on May 20, 2014

Presented by Dr. Paul Maloney, Program Director of the Applied Psychology Program at Fairfield University

Are you new to the world of negotiating? Do you find yourself uncomfortable when asked to negotiate a better price or better deal? This Career Webinar is for you! Join Dr. Paul Maloney as he reviews the fundamentals involved in the negotiation process  and the common errors many negotiators make before, during, and after the negotiation.

Participants will also have the opportunity to:

  • Examine various negotiation styles, including their own
  • Review the pros and cons of these styles
  • Learn the "tricks of the trade" and strategies for dealing with them effectively

This Webinar is perfect for recent graduates and those who want to learn negotiating skills. 

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