Submitted by Linda Dulye, Founder and President of the DLE and Dulye & Co. in Pittsfield, MA
“We can’t do this without the young people cooperating,” declared Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at Tuesday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force press conference. (You can watch the briefing here.)
“This” according to Dr. Fauci, is beating the COVID-19 virus.
By practicing social distancing and relying on social media for connecting with friends, Dr. Fauci insisted that “young people can help us succeed.”
“This” is a leadership challenge for our Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) Community to embrace.
Millennials and Gen Zers—the “young people” that Dr. Fauci references—represent the vast majority of the DLE Community. Core to the DLE Mission and the DLE Retreat curriculum is taking action to give back and support the vitality of the communities where we live and work, in the Berkshires and beyond.
To that goal, I am asking the hundreds of rising leaders in our fast growing, vibrant and caring DLE community to heed this urgent appeal. You have a paramount, pivotal and purposeful role in mitigating this monstrous virus.
Doing so is the ultimate test of being selfless. It is, to borrow the title of The Fray’s emotion-swept song, “How to Save a Life.”
We have a common enemy–COVID-19. Let’s step up and rally.
Submitted by Sophia Romeu, DLE ’19 and Marketing and Community Relations Manager at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield, MA
As a natural people person, how the heck am I going to survive social distancing?
How do you look people in the eye and engage in conversation? How do we hold ourselves accountable and continue our routines?
I don’t know about you, but the DLE Breakfast Club is something I look forward to every week! I love coming to the table at Otto’s and sharing a meal. I see the value in OG FaceTime in real life.
However, given the current pandemic that is COVID 19, we must practice social distancing and restaurants are offering take out only.
So how do we find a solution? It starts with having a problem. I challenge you, my fellow DLE mates, to join me in keeping the Breakfast Club alive.
This Friday–and every Friday until this pandemic is over–let’s come together in social media. Take a photo of your breakfast, whatever it may be, and tag @dulyeleadershipexperience. Also tag a friend whom you miss from breakfast or a friend you want to bring to breakfast. Then share a work from home tip. Here’s my first conversation starter (see photo right).
Let’s keep our conversation and community going. Not even a virus can hinder us.
Thinking of you and sending you good vibes from Lenox, MA.
PS: My Instagram handle is @soph_pia
DLE ALUM STEPS INTO WINNERS’ CIRCLE AT MIT HACKATHON
Submitted by Tom Buchanan, DLE ’15-‘17 and Chief of Product at Contact CI in Cincinnati, OH
Back in January, I was fortunate to be accepted to participate in the MIT Reality Hack, a hackathon that MIT has held for the past several years for developers, artists, creators, etc. to come together and build things using some of the latest VR & AR technology.
I brought a pair of the Virtual Reality (VR) gloves that my company, Contact CI, builds and teamed up with fellow entrepreneurs to create a climate change awareness experience called Rising Tides.
Using a brand new Varjo headset to visualize realistic flooding and our haptic gloves to actually reach out and touch the water, our team aimed to elevate the senses to increase the urgency around combating climate change. Our efforts proved successful.
We won the “Wild West” division of the MIT Hackathon, which came with an invitation by event sponsor Volvo to work with their development team to build realistic car simulations.
With this as my first hackathon experience, it’s difficult to describe how much of whirlwind the event was, but I am so incredibly glad to have been there and make an impact.
DLE NETWORK STRIKES A CHORD AT TOP INSURANCE SCHOOL
DLE Advisory Board Member and 2019 retreat alum, Cam Besse, recently completed two weeks at the Hartford School of Insurance in Connecticut, where he earned a Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist designation and a degree from the prestigious insurance school.
Cam, who is an Account Executive at Berkshire Fairfield Insurance in Pittsfield, MA, says the experience delivered big networking dividends as well with his 20 fellow participants, who were insurance professionals traveling from as far as Texas and all of various ages and industry experience.
“The education was amazing and the relationships I made were priceless,” he notes. “Everyone came away with at least one new connection that will pay off in the long run.”
One key topic of conversation at the program, notes Cam, was how people network and other methods to build professional connections. In response, he shared the value of the DLE to others and suggested others to join or even create their own networking groups in their hometowns.
“Most of the class seemed to have difficulty finding a consistent outlet to meet like-minded professionals,” he adds. “It was another reminder of how grateful I am to have the DLE as a constant source for networking, education and entertainment.”
Submitted by Jesse Noll, DLE Alum ’16, ’18, ‘19, Manager, Integrated Planning & Custom Content & Experiences at Wavemaker, New York, NY
This month (actually, year) has been stressful. We’ve experienced a lot of chaos, turmoil, and panic over our current state of affairs. Amidst all the madness though, I hope you’re all taking care of yourselves, maintaining your routines as much as possible, crushing goals, and finding the little things in life that make you happy.
For me, I’m escaping through music (and I will admit, a glass of wine in the evening here and there).
But we will get through the craziness of the Coronavirus. In the midst of all of this, I hope this month’s playlist provides a little positivity to your everyday life, quarantined or otherwise. I made this mix with the idea of spring arriving and the desire to dance and have fun, but it’s definitely transformed to something more.
Be safe, and make sure you’re taking care of yourself and others. If anyone is feeling nervous about the current situation, I’m always here.
Submitted by Frank Fuentes, DLE ’16 and Architectural Designer at Array Architects in Hollywood, FL
I recently started my new position at Array Architects, a firm that primarily designs healthcare architecture (meaning hospitals, outpatient facilities, urgent care facilities, ambulatory facilities, etc.). Designing a hospital is arguably the most difficult building type because of the more stringent design requirements not just from the state but from the American Healthcare Agency.
In addition, the projects are more complex, complicated, and truly deal with life safety at a higher level than previous ones I’ve worked on prior to Array. I’ve got a lot to learn here, but I’m confident I’ll sort through it as I gain more experience in this new building type. It’s exciting!
My career path since graduating from Syracuse University in 2016 has been varied and exciting. I’ve worked at four companies: Stantec, Amicon Management, Kaller Architecture and now Array Architects. Each position allowed me to grow and learn more about the architectural and construction industries.
Currently, I am taking my professional licensure exams. There are 6 exams in total. So far I have passed 3 of them. The way the exams work, once you’ve passed the first exam, you have 5 years to complete the remaining 5.
I have slightly over 4 years to complete my remaining 3 exams. I’m hoping by August to have completed them all and finally be allowed to legally call myself a Registered Architect.
Regarding taking my professional exams, I occasionally think about what I would tell myself when I graduated in 2016. At that time, I knew immediately that getting a job and proving myself at my new job was very important to me–not just because I wanted to start my professional career with a strong foundation of ambition and grit, but also because I had financial responsibilities of paying back my student loans. I had a strong feeling that having a stable career was more important than taking the exams immediately after graduation.
By comparison, most licensed architects don’t start taking the exams until 10-15 years after graduating college. However, I began to observe my millennial coworkers take the exams and start to pass them. At the time, I felt “behind,” and so when I began to take the exams, I rushed my studying, didn’t study long enough or hard enough because work came first.
Unfortunately, I realized I needed a balance between my professional studies, personal hobbies and career. It’s very difficult and I can empathize with others trying to balance it all and succeed. There is a constant pressure that we put ourselves under in order to succeed as licensed professionals and in the workplace.
If I could give advice to others in the process of taking their respective exams it would be to acknowledge that the studying period is a portion of your life that you’re investing in order to become a licensed professional and establish yourself in your career.
In addition, take time to write out a strategy on how you plan to study, for how long each day, or estimate the number of hours you’d like to study per week. Commit yourself wholly to the exam process. If you fail, it’s not the end of the world. Of the 6 total exams to pass, I’ve taken 9 and passed 3 so far.
Remember, no one will ask you how many times you’ve failed the exam, only whether you’ve passed it.
Thanks to multi-year DLE Alum Jesse Noll (who shares his home office in the photo at left) for submitting this article with tips for creating a productive new norm if working from home is a new practice.
Little things matter: Move. Shower. Say “HI” to co-workers. Practical advice from a LinkedIn executive for finding work happiness at home.
TRY TIMETABLING TO KEEP YOUR FOCUS
Another technique for staying in the game amidst the distractions of a new home office is timetabling, reports this Forbes article. Create a disciplined scheduling process by chunking your time into 30-minute increments for completing tasks.
MEET THE DLE ADVISORY BOARD: MICHAEL LAUREYNS
Each week, the DLE Hub spotlights a member of the DLE Advisory Board, the newly formed group of nine DLE Retreat Alumni working closely with DLE Founder Linda Dulye to chart the program’s expanding course and outreach in 2020. Meet Michael Laureyns.
Michael is President at Four Seasons Heating and Cooling in Dalton, MA, where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s budgets, installation, sales and engineering staff, assessing the values and direction of the company and meeting with board members to evaluate the company’s financials, direction and goals, field surveys and designs of HVAC systems, meeting with clients, subcontractors and vendors and overseeing projects.
Prior to joining Four Seasons, Michael was a fluid dynamics engineer at Kadant Solutions. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University and continues his professional development through American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers meetings and courses. At present, he is studying for a professional engineering license.
Michael is a 2018 and 2019 Dulye Leadership Experience Retreat Finalist. In his free time, you can find him hiking, biking, sculling, hunting and playing with his dog Winnie. He has started hiking the Colorado 14ers and has a goal of completing Longs Peak in 2020.
Recognizing the increasing severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fast-changing requirements for gatherings, the March 20th DLE Breakfast Club and DLE Culture Chat WILL NOT BE HELD. Both events will go on hiatus until further notice. Additionally, the April 8th Own Your Calendar Workshop will be rescheduled.
Stay tuned to the DLE Hub for more information about programs and events.
OWN YOUR CAREER: LEAD BY EXAMPLE WITH VIRTUAL ACCOUNTABILITY
Submitted by Linda Dulye, Founder and President, Dulye Leadership Experience and Dulye & Co.
One of our Dulye Leadership Experience Alumni contacted me from her newly-established home office on Monday–the start of her WFH (Work from Home) week–to air her frustrations about collaborating with co-workers.
Here’s what she told me, “I am frustrated because I do not have the most reliable team and need face-to-face interaction to hold them accountable. Relying on an email or instant message they can ignore is not ideal.”
When I asked her, what do you think could change the situation, she replied, “It would be great if people knew the impact of their actions on the rest of the team.”
Situational awareness is indeed a leadership skill, especially during unpredictable times, for preserving work rhythm and teamwork. Dissing a colleagues’ question or delaying delivery of data only revs up angst in an already emotionally-supercharged situation.
Lead by example by taking these three actions to let team members know you’ve got their backs: 1. Be responsive. Promptly acknowledge receipt of a correspondence as you process through your inbox. 2. Be respectful. In your acknowledgement, if you can’t respond to a team member’s question or request, let them know why and when expect to follow up. In a time-pressing scenario, suggest an alternate source, if appropriate. Don’t keep them waiting and wondering. 3. Be mindful. Everyone is on this roller coaster. Adding to the agitation has no redeeming benefits. A touch of kindness by being considerate in word and deed can simmer some of the stress that is hijacking normalcy from our lives.
4 DLE ALUMNI EARN 40 UNDER FORTY HONORS
The eagerly anticipated finalist roster for the 2020 40 Under Forty Award in the Berkshires includes four DLE Retreat Alumni: Shannon Ashcroft, Alison Brigham, Lindsay Codwise and Abby Powers.
A March 11 special insert to the Berkshire Eagle announced our DLE dynamic foursome and other honorees earning recognition for their impressive achievements at work and in their communities.
More than 235 nominations were received for the hallmark 5th year of this annual award, showcasing outstanding young leaders “who are movers and shakers in our community and leading us into the future” – as cited in the 40 Under Forty special publication.
Shannon is the owner of Pittsfield-based Ashcroft Workplace Wellness & Radiance Yoga. Alison is Lee Bank’s Marketing Manager. Lindsay serves as Foundation Program Manager at Berkshire Bank. Abby is 1Berkshire’s Member Services Coordinator.
The Dulye Leadership Experience is a sponsor of the 40 Under Forty Awards Event for the second consecutive year. And so, it is doubly exciting to have Shannon, Alison, Lindsay and Abby honored for their ingenuity, inspiration and impact.
Well done, ladies! Thank you for demonstrating in word and action the DLE’s mission of advancing rising leaders and economic vitality in the Berkshires and beyond.
The date of the 2020 40 Under Forty Awards Event is pending. The original date of March 26 has been cancelled due to the COVID 19 virus. Event organizers have announced they “will work with all necessary parties to reschedule” —and when that happens the DLE Hub will carry the news.
CALL TO ACTION: TAKE THE DLE NETWORKING CHALLENGE
Submitted by Kevin Pink, DLE 2019 Alum and Economic Development Coordinator at 1Berkshire in Pittsfield, MA
Have you ever felt completely alone in a crowded room?
I think most of us have. It’s no fun in general, but in the business world, it can be an especially tough spot to be in. As a young professional or someone new in a community, it can be absolutely daunting trying to make inroads; it may seem like everyone knows everyone, except for you.
This topic surfaced at the March 6 DLE Culture Chat, and it reminded me of an experience I had when I was new in my current role.
Although I’ve lived in the Berkshires my entire life, I haven’t always worked in roles that saw me attending networking events or working with other members of the business community. After being in my current role just a couple of months, I walked into a packed holiday party, looked around, and saw nobody I knew personally. There were plenty of CEOs and vice presidents whose names and faces I recognized, but nobody I really knew. It’s not as if I was being shunned, but feeling so anonymous in a sea of people can be the kind of thing that makes you wonder if you really deserve to be in that room.
Fortunately, within this crowd was a former supervisor of a friend of mine. We’d met a few times, and although we weren’t exactly golfing buddies, he walked over to me and offered to introduce me to other people he knew in the room.
That may not have taken a lot of effort from him, but it made a big difference to me. I went from knowing very few people to feeling like I was actually part of the business community – like I actually belonged in that room. It was an incredible confidence boost as I began a new role, and it has allowed me to build my network and approach similar situations with significantly less trepidation, and find more friendly faces in just about any crowd.
Reflecting on this experience at the recent DLE Culture Chat, I was reminded of something I first heard when I was in college. A friend of mine was a bartender, who was quite used to introducing people. He always used to say, by way of introduction, “good people should know good people.” It’s something that has stuck with me over the years (in fact, it came up during a podcast conversation with my fellow DLE alum Steve Rogers, recently featured in the DLE Hub).
Kevin and fellow participants at the March 6 DLE Culture Chat held at the DLE HQ in Pittsfield, MA. The next DLE Culture Chat is scheduled for March 20. The topic is the role of power in leadership. To find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you introduce people that way, you’re pre-vetting them for each other. It’s impossible to know what will unfold from there, but you’ve set both parties off on the right foot, each knowing that you have vouched for the other person.
All this in mind, I posed a challenge to my colleagues at the Culture Chat: introduce good people to other good people.
In a place as small as the Berkshires, I’m always amazed when I find out that two people I know somehow don’t know each other, and I’m always happy to help connect them. The networking challenge, however, isn’t unique to the Berkshires. It can be just as hard to meet new colleagues in a large metropolitan area, or at a bigger company.
Wherever you are located, if you have a new coworker who has just relocated to the area, or is temporarily assigned to your facility or project, you can take up this challenge too! Take the time to find out what they like or need, and then introduce them to other people you know who like the same things, or who can help them.
It’s not rocket science, but it matters. You could visit a public place (coffee shops are great for this, as are networking gatherings, obviously) and introduce them to contacts of yours that you spontaneously run into. You never know what meaningful connections you’ll be facilitating!
It’s often said that your network is your net worth. I challenge you to share the wealth.
Dan Bailey, DLE 2019 Retreat Alum and Systems Engineer at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, MA, recently returned to his alma mater, Wentworth Institute of Technology, to join a panel discussing the merits and challenges of graduate school.
Dan Bailey visiting his alma mater
Recapping his return to the Boston campus, Dan says that he fielded questions from 15 undergraduates. Students were interested to know how his experiences at Wentworth benefited him and gave a competitive advantage in grad school. Dan went on to earn double masters degrees from Drexel University.
Notes Dan, “Wentworth is working on expanding its graduate school offerings, and is making a push to get current students the information and resources they need to make the graduate school process more accessible. It was great to be back and have the opportunity to do some one-on-one coaching.”
MEET THE DLE ADVISORY BOARD: ADELLE EBERHARDT
Each week, the DLE Hub spotlights a member of the DLE Advisory Board, the newly formed group of nine DLE Retreat Alumni working closely with DLE Founder Linda Dulye to chart the program’s expanding course and outreach in 2020. Meet Adelle Eberhardt.
Adelle Eberhardt shifts into a daily commute on weekdays from her Berkshire home to New York’s Capital Region, where she is a Quality Control Supervisor at Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI) Global. In her role, she supports the production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients for late stage clinical trials and commercial products.
Adelle earned a B.A from Maryville College with a specialization in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is a DLE 2018 Retreat Alum and served on the event support team for the DLE 2019 Retreat.
Away from the office, she enjoys soccer, science fiction books and cooking.
YOUR CAREER–YOU CAN HAVE IT YOUR WAY
Submitted by J.T. Compeau, DLE Retreat Alum 2009-2011 and founder, speechwriter and presentation consultant at The Content Interpreter LLC in New York City, NY.
It has been an interesting couple of weeks if your mind has at all been on retirement. Coronavirus fears have sent the major U.S. stock indexes plummeting.
J. T. Compeau
I recently heard a great podcast interview with personal finance expert Suze Orman, and as she talked about how retirement has changed over the decades. It triggered a memory for me.
Full disclosure: I’m not yet 35. However, I distinctly remember the adults in the room discussing retirement back in the mid-90s. It was during that time that my grandfather retired early because of an offer that his employer made him: either retire now with full benefits or roll the dice on whether it would be there when he actually reached retirement age.
I believe that personal anecdote represents a turning point. Not only had retirement changed; careers – the way they are built, sustained and evolved – necessarily also changed.
I filed this away, and when I started my own career, I correctly thought that the current paradigm presented a number of exciting opportunities. Depending on where you are in your career, you might have as many as 50 great working years ahead of you. Wouldn’t it be great if you could build a career that is not only lucrative, but also fun and reflective of you – the person and the professional?
As the saying goes, it’s a journey, not a destination. As I see it, these opportunities come in a variety of flavors, and there are three guidelines that have always helped me:
1. Stockpile your skillsets. It was at the DLE Retreat that I learned from a faculty member how important it is to be well rounded, particularly early in one’s career. Still, it was not an explicit goal of mine to hold roles that would touch media research, strategy, media planning, adtech and, now, entrepreneurship in the form of speechwriting and presentation consulting. They were all interesting to me at the time (and still are), and I made a bet on my own capabilities.
Sometimes careers evolve in ways that you cannot predict, but it’s important to take stock of what you have in your professional toolbox. We all have to adapt and pivot in today’s world, so learning a new skill is never a bad move. It may even make you CEO one day!
2. Seize opportunities. There are times in your career when you’re legitimately, truly not ready to take on a task or project. However, in my experience, these times numbered far fewer than I would have expected. I suspect the same is true for you.
If a colleague or a supervisor offers you a chance to do something that is outside your comfort zone, it’s at least worth evaluating. I would argue that even more important than receiving opportunities is making sure that you’re putting yourself in the position to receive them This is done primarily through networking.
3. Know your own story. But you shouldn’t just do it for the power or the money, or just to do it. To decide which opportunities are best for you, you have to ask yourself, (1) “will this increase my professional value?” and (2) “when I retire, will I regret not having pursued the opportunity?”. These may seem diametrically opposed, but the balance of your two answers will help you decide what is right for you.
That’s really the overarching theme – this is your career. Knowing what is best for your professional story – no one else’s – will help you make decisions that seem impossible on the surface.
HOT LISTENS & READS: IMPOSTER SYNDROME & REMOTE WORK
A popular topic discussed at the DLE 2019 Retreat—imposter syndrome–continues to make headlines. Fast Company recently offered advice for building confidence on the job in its Secrets of the Most Productive People podcast featured here. Listen for ways to beat imposter syndrome and generate positive vibes about yourself.
If the coronavirus has made working from home your new norm, this article from The Verge provides helpful tips for getting set up and started. Step one is finding the right workspace that helps you stay focused. Equally important is to adopt the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes look away from your computer screen and focus your eyes on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: CINTAS CORPORATION
Submitted by Sean Purcell, General Manager, Cintas Corporation, Lee, MA
Cintas is looking for an ideal candidate to serve as Service Supervisor at its Lee, MA facility. For more than 45 years, Cintas Corporation has offered such highly specialized services as uniforms, facility services, safety supplies, fire protection solutions, flame resistant clothing, cleanroom resources, and promotional products to large and small businesses throughout the world.
Key responsibilities for the Service Supervisor include recruiting, training, and developing a team of Service Sales Representatives to assure Cintas customers receive the highest level of customer service and product quality in the most safe and efficient manner. The successful candidate will work closely with General Manager Sean Purcell to learn the operations and organizations of all departments at the Lee facility.
A salary range of $52,000 – $60,000 is offered, based on experience. The preferred candidate will have a college degree and a couple of years professional experience.
Cintas also offers a 401K, ESOP, profit sharing and a health benefits package.
For more details about the Lee position, contact Leigh Boyd, HR Manager, at BoydL@cintas.com.
OH, HENRY. HELLO!
Submitted by Ben O’Shaughnessy, DLE Breakfast Club regular and leadership consultant in Canaan, NY
Welcome to the world! Henry James O’Shaughnessy arrived March 11 at 2:27 AM at Bellevue Hospital in Schenectady, NY. He was born happy and healthy.
Henry is the first child for my wife, Bryanna, and me—and he’s got us entering a new career chapter as parents. We are all looking forward to being home for some much-needed rest!
MAKING HISTORY AT THE BERKSHIRE INNOVATION CENTER
The DLE Community presence was front and center at the Feb. 28 historic opening of the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC).
Lenny Light and Krystle Blake
Among the hundreds watching Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker lead the ribbon cutting ceremony were Lenny Light, Vice President at Lenco Armored Vehicles, and Krystle Blake, Project Manager at General Dynamics Mission Systems—both frequent DLE Friday Breakfast Club attendees. (photo left)
Prior to speeches by state and local officials and the ribbon cutting festivities, Krystle and General Dynamics co-worker Anna Worley, a Systems Engineer and also DLE Advisory Board Member, were invited to attend a special welcoming session with the Governor. (standing far right in photo below)
With the focus on mentorship, a panel discussion—featuring two DLE advocates—received an enthusiastic response from the more than 55 members and guests attending the March 2 meeting of the Berkshire Business & Professional Women (BBPW).
Invited to share their mentor-mentee experiences were Linda Dulye, DLE Founder and President, and Kate Lauzon, DLE 2020 Retreat Alum and EforAll Project Coordinator.
Linda Dulye (left) and Kate Lauzon
Kate’s DLE retreat experience last November prompted her to ask Linda to guide her as a mentor in her professional development and career pursuits.
She recalls, “When I met Linda, I instantly knew that I wanted what she had. One thing I’ve learned is that I have to get uncomfortable to grow.”
Kate and Linda meet weekly, in-person, for an hour with an agenda that addresses skills, networking and other development needs based on goals set at the onset of their mentorship relationship. Agendas are developed by Kate and sent at least 24 hours prior to meeting to enable preparation by both.
A cheerful crew of DLE alumni and friends attended the panel discussion, including (kneeling, left to right) Liana Toscanini of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires; Kalee Carmel of 18 Degrees; also (standing, left to right) Linda Dulye, Stephanie Bosley of the Berkshire Community Action Council, Kate Lauzon, Anna Worley and Krystle Blake, both of General Dynamics Mission Systems; and (back, left to right) Alison Brigham of Lee Bank, and Melanie Rowe of Raytheon.
Liana, Kalee, Stephanie, Kate, Anna and Alison all attended the DLE 2019 Retreat. Kalee and Anna are DLE Advisory Board members.
CAREER AND CROSS-COUNTRY MOVES: MARCUS COLEMAN AND VICTORIA KIM, DLE 2019 RETREAT ALUMNI
Marcus Coleman at the DLE 2019 Retreat
Marcus Coleman has made the move from Philadelphia to the Berkshires, joining Park Square Financial Advisors of Raymond James, a Wealth Management Practice in Pittsfield.
His new role is a Registered Client Service Associate with key responsibilities of providing administrative and operational support to the firm’s team of financial advisors. Marcus says his goal “is to provide an exceptional client service experience, allowing the firm’s financial advisers to acquire new client investment portfolios and accounts.”
Networking within the DLE community opened the door to this new opportunity. Earlier this year, Marcus’s new boss—Paul Fortini, Vice President, Investments/Branch Manager at Raymond James—attended a DLE Friday Breakfast Club to announce the position opening and provide job descriptions. Word reached Marcus, who at the time was working for a financial investment firm in Philadelphia, and the rest is history.
Marcus reflects, “The entire DLE community presents opportunities across diverse industries and offers advice and insights on how to step forward, get out of your comfort zone and take on new challenges. I’m excited to discover the Berkshires while learning a new company, organization and role.”
Relocating from an urban setting to a small town, close knit community also has Marcus stepping out of his comfort zone. He credits the friendships and camaraderie he has carved with the DLE community for helping him through one of his biggest life changes. “Having grown up and lived in a city for all of my life, I’m in a very different environment now. Through my DLE ties, I’m meeting new people and quickly learning about the local newspaper, where to grab a sandwich or coffee, places to visit and things to do that help you get settled in.”
At Toyota Lexus Financial Services, Victoria Kim began her career almost three years ago as a Field Leadership Development Participant in northern New Jersey. She quickly earned a series of promotions as Wholesale Analyst and Wholesale Supervisor that moved her to New York’s Hudson Valley.
Late last year, she was named a Dealer Lending Analyst—a new position that also brought another relocation to Texas. This month, Victoria moves up again with her company and also packs up. She is heading to Buffalo, NY to work as Area Sales Manager for Toyota Lexus.
Reflecting on her advancement, Victoria credits “performing well at work, willing to relocate and networking” for accelerating her career.
She particularly underscores the value of networking, noting that making meaningful professional connections “helped me to identify my interests, strengths, development needs and goals.”
“Networking within my organization allowed me to expand my understanding of the industry. It also increased the career opportunities available to me because I developed relationships prior to job postings.”
Her words of advice: “Preparation + luck=opportunity.”
SOFT SKILLS GIVE YOU A SERIOUS COMPETITIVE EDGE
The future of the tech industry relies heavily on people skills. That’s a major finding in LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report. Here’s why: As automation becomes more widespread the “demand for soft skills is likely to increase.”
Principal Economist at LinkedIn Guy Burger sheds light on the research. “Skills like communication, creativity and collaboration are all virtually impossible to automate, which means if you have these skills you’ll be even more valuable to organizations in the future.”
He continues, “If you have these skills, make sure they’re on your LinkedIn profile so hiring professionals can find you for relevant opportunities.”
MEET THE DLE ADVISORY BOARD: KALEE CARMEL
Each week, the DLE Hub will spotlight a member of the DLE Advisory Board, the newly formed group of nine DLE Retreat Alumni working closely with DLE Founder Linda Dulye to chart the program’s expanding course and outreach in 2020. Meet Kalee Carmel.
Kalee is the Executive and Office Manager at 18 Degrees, Family Services for Western Massachusetts (formerly Berkshire Children and Families) based
in Pittsfield. There she is the Board Administrative Contact, and serves on the Inviting Environments Task Force while making sure the office is operating efficiently, assisting the senior team and supervising the reception staff. Previously, she was the Compliance Coordinator for Baystate Elevator Company and a Head Teller at TD Bank.
In addition to serving on the DLE Advisory Board, she is a member of Berkshire Business and Professional Women and serves on the organization’s Membership and Scholarship Committees. She also is an active member of The Junior League of Berkshire County and on their Fundraising Committee, a weekly volunteer at the Berkshire Humane Society and an Ambassador for 1Berkshire.
Kalee is a 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat Alum, a graduate from the City of Pittsfield’s Citizen’s Academy and a 2019 Berkshire Leadership Program participant.
In her free time Kalee enjoys reading, exploring the outdoors and spending time with her family. Her favorite accomplishment is being a fur mom to her dog Bobina and rabbit Sammy.
HOMERUN CAREER ADVICE FROM JACK WELCH
The legendary GE Chairman Jack Welch, long admired for his visionary leadership and business strategies, passed away earlier this week. His timeless and proven teachings fill books, articles and videos, like this clip from CNBC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTgdpSQR_r4
Hear straight from Jack on these 10 tips for a homerun career:
1. Overdeliver: Do more than you are asked for.
2. Get out of the pile. Do something that’s different.
3. Be authentic.
4. Learn from everybody.
5. Be yourself.
6. If your boss isn’t recognizing your contributions, ask how you can improve.
7. Be candid. Develop a dialogue.
8. Going around your boss is a losing strategy.
9. Make your boss smarter.
10. Winning is good.
WORKPLACE WELLNESS: HOW TO PREVENT BURNOUT
It’s a definite phenomenon. But workplace burnout is preventable according to this Entrepreneur article. If you are at the helm of a project, team or department, these tips can help you keep team members engaged and productive. Spoiler alert, regular two-way communication matters! A lot.
DLE AND GREYLOCK TEAM UP ON OWNERSHIP WORKSHOP
With the spotlight on personal finances, the DLE’s first Ownership Workshop was launched this week with partner, Greylock Federal Credit Union.
Twenty-five DLE Retreat alumni and friends attended the Own Your Budget Workshop on Feb. 26 to learn budgeting strategies from Greylock Financial Wellness leaders Cindy Shogry-Raimer and Stephanie Martin at Greylock’s new Community Empowerment Center in Pittsfield, MA.
Cindy, who is Vice President, Director of Community Development, opened the door to this new learning and networking opportunity—working closely with DLE Advisory Board members Kalee Carmel and Jonn Semexant, co-leads of the DLE’s Planning and Events Committee.
Young professionals from more than a dozen Berkshire companies and organizations completed worksheets and interactive exercises to help them get a grasp on their current spending and saving practices, and gained advice for setting and achieving financial goals.
Notes Cindy, “Greylock Federal Credit Union is proud to partner with the Dulye Leadership Experience to promote financial wellness. Financial education and the support of our products, services and coaching will help you define your path to success. We look forward to this productive collaboration and we are happy to partner on more Ownership Workshops. After all, you see your doctor every year for a physical wellness checkup, so why wouldn’t you see your financial coach for a fiscal checkup?”
The event was a pilot workshop of a learning and networking series being readied to support the personal and professional development of young professionals in the DLE community. Through their feedback, topics of interest and importance have been identified.
With this week’s enthusiastic endorsement by attendees, plans are underway for a time management workshop—titled Own Your Calendar—this Spring. Look for details in the DLE Hub.
Celebrating a successful start to the DLE Ownership Workshop series are (left to right) DLE Alumni and Advisory Board Members Kalee Carmel and Jonn Semexant, DLE Founder Linda Dulye, and Greylock leaders Stephanie Martin and Cindy Shogry-Raimer.
AIRING HIS VOICE AND VIEWS: STEVE ROGERS TAKES ACTION THROUGH PODCASTS
When Steve Rogers left the 2019 DLE Retreat, his action plan included starting a podcast series. Check that box as Steve has launched Keep Talking.
Driven by a clear purpose for stimulating more and more genuine conversations, Steve says he had becoming increasingly concerned “with how discourse is trending with people trying to win conversations instead of trying to get a more complete perspective.”
Steve Rogers (right) and Kevin Pink, DLE Retreat buddies, wrap up their podcast
Steve’s first episode, “Good People Should Keep Talking to Good People,” features fellow DLE Retreat alum Kevin Pink, the Economic Development Coordinator for 1Berkshire. The duo candidly exchange views on a variety of topics including, how to meaningfully connect with people, maneuver social media and find truth in news coverage of the 2020 election.
Steve commends his DLE experience—firmly stating that it helped propel him to get behind a microphone and press record. “I’m not sure I would have ever actually posted this without the experience I had at the retreat. I want to thank all the people that encouraged me through that entire process.”
Although he admits being nervous about listeners’ response to Episode One, he shares that his DLE connection provides a boost of confidence. “One thing I’m fairly confident in is that the DLE alumni crowd will continue to provide each other with unrelenting positivity. Thank you to anyone who takes the time to listen, I know an hour can feel like a big commitment these days.”
While listening, be sure to catch Steve’s shout out to the DLE around 29:30 into the podcast. Away from the microphone, Steve is a Branch Manager/AVP for Pittsfield Cooperative Bank in the Berkshires. Contact him at email@example.com
VICTORIA’S THREE TIPS FOR BUILDING A NETWORK WITH EXECS
When Victoria Kim left the Berkshires last November on the final day of the DLE Retreat, her action plan set new goals for building her network with senior leaders at Toyota Lexus Financial Services in Plano, TX.
Victoria Kim at the DLE 2019 Retreat
Since then, Victoria—who is a Dealer Lending Analyst—has stepped out of her comfort zone to personally connect over coffee and in-person conversations. She notes, “I’ve been focused on learning my role and as part of committing to my action plan. I’ve been continuing to network with executives and other mentors to build relationships. It’s been a great start to 2020 and I have the DLE to thank.”
She enthusiastically shares three networking tips and a personal story that have brought her success:
1. Identify executives or mentors that align with your professional goals and that you can see yourself connecting with personally. Then find a way to request a few minutes of their time for coffee to learn more about their careers. This will allow you to learn about their journey, potentially begin a mentor/sponsor type of relationship, and put yourself on the radar for future opportunities. I’ve found that having a connection with them first has helped me. If you do not have a connection, request to be connected or introduced through a mutual colleague. I’ve been most successful when I request a meeting in person but if that’s not possible then LinkedIn or e-mail has worked as well.
2. Have confidence and visualize yourself achieving your goals. Then take the steps necessary to achieve them. The brain isn’t able to differentiate between real memories and visualizations, so visualize yourself connecting with executives/mentors.
3. Discover ways to differentiate yourself especially if you work for a large organization. Become more interesting. Have a hobby that you enjoy doing in your free time that you can talk about. It’s not always about work. You can also connect with what you do outside of the office.
Each week, the DLE Hub will spotlight a member of the DLE Advisory Board, the newly formed group of nine DLE Retreat Alumni working closely with DLE Founder Linda Dulye to chart the program’s expanding course and outreach in 2020. Our kickoff profile features Cam Besse.
Cam is relentlessly dedicated to building community and propelling others towards their personal and financial goals. As an Account Executive at Berkshire Fairfield Insurance/Scarafoni Financial Group in Pittsfield MA, he solves his client’s complex business insurance and risk management needs.
Previously, Cam was an Insurance Professional at Liberty Mutual. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
A devoted supporter of his clients and Berkshire County, Cam is a 2019 Dulye Leadership Experience Gen Now Retreat Finalist, a Mentor for the Entrepreneurship for All initiative, and serves on the Membership Committee for the Country Club of Pittsfield.
Away from work, he spends time in the community–enjoying local businesses, connecting with fellow young professionals, and golfing with family and friends.
Incidentally, the new issue of DLE Community Connection includes a feature on Cam in his volunteer role as a business start-up mentor.
INTERESTED IN JOINING A DLE COMMITTEE?
The newly formed DLE Advisory Board is actively recruiting volunteers for five committees that will bolster year-round programming, the DLE brand and marketing, and our outreach in the Berkshires and beyond.
Committees and key contacts for information are:
Programming and Events Committee / Key contact: Kalee Carmel
LIVE FROM LA: DLE ALUM HELPS LAUNCH NEW IKEA CAMPAIGN
Submitted by Jesse Noll, DLE Alum ’16, ’18, ‘19, Manager, Integrated Planning & Custom Content & Experiences at Wavemaker, New York, NY
As a Manager of Content & Experiences, I create custom media programs for clients that range from a custom video series like our team did last summer with National Geographic to the partnership that we’re rolling out this week with IKEA.
I wanted to share with the DLE community a sneak peek at the IKEA campaign. IKEA will be activating a 3-pronged program that features influencers Sam Tsui and Casey Breves to help prove to sleep-deprived American’s that IKEA is on a mission to #SaveOurSleep!
This week, I’m in LA on the IKEA set shooting with our campaign talent, managing and communicating client feedback, providing creative suggestions, and ensuring we stick to our schedule.
So here’s what’s happening: Starting this week, Sam is posting a variety of different social posts across his Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook that showcase his sleep challenges and encourage his followers to share theirs across social media. On March 4th, this will culminate with a fun stunt on IKEA’s Instagram Story where we’ll take these user sleep stories and develop custom lullabies with Sam and Casey to share the ways that IKEA can help save the day.
I’d love it if my DLE family followed along in the fun, see what it is that I do (at least for this project) and potentially get a shout out next week! As Sam will be mentioning in his posts, post your sleep challenges along with #SaveOurSleep and make sure to tag IKEA and/or Sam on social media (handles included below). Sweet dreams!
• IKEA’s Twitter: @IKEAUSA
• IKEA’s Instagram: @IKEAUSA
• Sam Tsui’s accounts:
o Twitter: @SamuelTsui
o Instagram: @thesamtsui
o Facebook: SamTsuiMusic
Incidentally, if you happen to be in the NY or LA markets, keep watching on IKEA’s Twitter and Instagram for a chance to get involved with IKEA’s mission on the ground on March 6th!
HOT READ: BECOME A BETTER LISTENER
If you tune out a viewpoint because it doesn’t align with your thinking, it’s time to work on your listening skills. Polished listeners lean in to learn from alternate opinions, and “treat all data as worthy of consideration,” notes this Inc. article with seven practical tips for improvement.
Pick one and practice it over the next week as a self-development exercise.
COMMUNITY MATTERS: DLE ALUM CREATES BUSINESS IMPACT
DLE 2019 Retreat Alum Auric Enchill stepped behind the microphones at Pittsfield City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 18 to talk about the growth of his family’s business, Elegant Stitches, at a high-profile press conference announcing the launch of a business-centric website.
Auric (left) and Al Enchill address attendees at Tuesday’s press conference
Auric (left) and Al Enchill address attendees at Tuesday’s press conference[/caption]Auric, who manages sales at the multi-generation embroidery and custom printing business started by his father, Al, joined municipal and business leaders at the official reveal of www.businesspittsfield.com, an online magnet for attracting new and existing businesses to plant roots in Pittsfield.
With a smiling crew of DLE alumni on hand lending applause, Auric explained how significant upgrades to Elegant Stitches’ website have expanded capabilities and contributed to double-digit sales growth. “Our website was really outdated. We needed something new that would give customers the ability to design products and place orders online.
The father-son duo applied for and received a technical assistance grant from the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation to create their new website. Their success story is featured here.
DLE alumni join city and business leaders at the launch of www.businesspittfield.com. Here are (left to right) Sophia Romeu, Kevin Pink, business owner Kacey Boos of Shire Acupuncture, City of Pittsfield Community Development Specialist Laurie Mick, Auric Enchill, Linda Dulye and Cam Besse
TAKING ACTION ON GROWTH GOALS
Submitted by DLE ’18 & ’19 Alum and DLE Advisory Board Member Abby Powers, Membership Services Coordinator, 1Berkshire, Pittsfield, MA
In 2018, one of my DLE goals focused on my networking. Specifically, it was to develop a stronger professional network that I could help and also turn to for help when needed. I have made a good deal of progress on my goal over the past year.
Abby (left) with fellow DLE Alumni Sophia Romeu (center) and Hannah DeLisle-Stall
While participating in the 2019 DLE Retreat, I decided to dig in deeper to my goal. I fine tuned my target to meetup with at least one DLE community member per week, face-to-face. Conversations from these meetings have covered all sorts of topics, from handling difficult supervisors, to sharing event planning resources, the challenges of being a working parent and even recommendations on the best places to get lunch in the Berkshires.
I’ve found a group of great individuals to share ideas with, source feedback from and connect with, in person and on an ongoing basis. I’d like to share a quote from this article “…because as most of us forget, physical face-to-face interactions is one of the most important determinants for our bodies to keeping us happy as well as for our mental health. It’s something essential and irreplaceable, creating the bond between relationships that one can trust and hold on to which you cannot get by simply conversing overs social media.’
I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and reach out to me or any other DLE community member for a face-to-face get together soon!
You asked. We are answering. Questions from our fast-growing community made evident the need for more visibility of the DLE’s mission.
Captured below is the DLE mission statement which serves as a riveting guidepost for our learning and networking programs—those launched in the first two months of 2020 and those in the works thanks to the DLE Planning Committee.
REGISTER NOW TO EXPLORE GIVING BACK OPPORTUNITIES
Registration is underway for the Give Back Berkshires Volunteer Fair where you can learn first-hand about opportunities to support the more than 1,000 Berkshire non-profits. You can sign up online at npcberkshires.org.
Last year’s Give Back Fair attracted hundreds
According to DLE 2019 Retreat Speaker Liana Toscani, founder and executive director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC), advance registrants will receive a welcome packet at the April 23rd event with a tote bag, a copy of the Giving Back guide, a map of participating nonprofits, a skills checklist, and tips for being a good volunteer. Registrants will also receive a passport and be encouraged to visit four or more volunteer stations at the fair for the chance to win door prizes.
The NPC is teaming up with Age Friendly Berkshires, Berkshire United Way, and OLLI to host the Give Back Fair on April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center at 165 East Street in Pittsfield. The fair is underwritten by Berkshire Bank and the Massachusetts Service Alliance, and is free.
Notes Liana, “The fair provides opportunities to meet face-to-face with representatives from more than 30 local nonprofits needing volunteers. This is a terrific venue for DLE community members to explore how they can boost the capacity of our local nonprofit organizations with their volunteer time and talent.”
1. LET YOUR PERSONALITY COME THROUGH IN YOUR TONE
Gain confidence and composure speaking before a group by practicing your vocal control. How you sound can dilute even the best message you convey. This SmartBrief article offers helpful advice for gaining vocal control by letting your personality shine.
2. EYE ON WELLNESS
Stress reduction tips comprise a three-step approach in this Forbes article for dodging the crisis mode that can quickly creep up on the job. Open communication goes a long way—for example, be honest with your boss about a tight deadline or communicate with your partner about needing time to work on a project.
3. HOW TO MAKE BETTER USE OF LINKEDIN
Stop using buzzwords and awkward angled photos on LinkedIn. Read how you can spruce up your image and the impression you cast in this helpful blog.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: SHERYL OWEN’S SECOND LEAP TO LONDON
Submitted by Danielle Waugh DLE ’10, ’12 & ‘13, Emmy Award Winner and Investigative Reporter at WPEC, West Palm Beach, FL
Sheryl Owen, DLE ’13 alum, loves the architecture career she has built in the United States, but she can’t shake the feeling that she’s meant to work in London.
Without a job lined up in England, she’s already made up her mind: in a few months she will quit her job at HLW International in New York City and fly across the pond, with plans to network, interview, and job hunt for the next six months.
“I am from New York and grew up here, and similar to how a lot of people leave their hometown and come to New York looking for a new environment, I am looking for a new environment,” Owen said. “I love the hustle and bustle of New York and I need a city with the same thing.”
She’s looking forward to living in a city with diversity, and old history — a place where she can get energy from the busy city, and escape to the quiet countryside to recharge.
Making this leap of faith to London a little easier is the fact that she’s done it before. In 2017, Sheryl left her job and spent two months job hunting there. For years, it’s been her goal to work internationally.
A frank conversation with a friend recently gave her the push she needed to seek adventure again. “My friend kept it real and said, ‘Sheryl, I don’t see you focusing on London anymore. What’s going on? Do you even want it anymore?'”
She knew if she didn’t go back, she would always regret it and wonder “What if?” Her next flight to London is booked for this August.
Sheryl plans to hit the ground running again, attending networking events, reaching out to recruiters, setting up interviews and coffee dates.
“I’ve done the whole looking for a job online, reaching out to recruiters,” she says. “Honestly it doesn’t work. You have to be in their face, you have to say ‘Hey let’s get coffee. I’m in London. Let’s make this happen,’ so they can put a face to a name.”
Her advice to anyone who has the same sense of adventure as she does is to not give up on your dreams, make a plan to give it your all, and have an idea for your next steps if it doesn’t work out.
Read more about Sheryl’s career adventure in the DLE Community Connection, coming your way this month. You can contact Sheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org
CAREER MOVES: AMANDA DINICOLA
DLE Community Member and Friday Breakfast Club regular Amanda DiNicola recently joined Berkshire-based Lenco Armored Vehicles as a purchasing representative. In her new role, Amanda is involved with purchasing services and parts for trucks in production.
She explains, “We enter purchase orders and work with different vendors to get best pricing on products and services. This is a big change to go from buying fashion/apparel at my past positions with TJX to the armored vehicle industry. So far so good. Still learning everything and very happy with my career advancement.”
New faces are the staple at the DLE Friday Breakfast Club. More than 20 participants exchanged information about programs they are working on in and out of the office at the most recent gathering, last Friday at Otto’s. Newcomers included Cassandra Houle, Accountant at Adelson & Co.; Ben O’Shaughnessy, Associate with Maverick & Boutique; and Logan Malik (standing in photo below), Berkshire County Program Manager for Alex Morse for Congress. Breakfast Club hours are Fridays, 7-8 am, at Otto’s in Pittsfield.
Also growing in interest and participation are the DLE Culture Chats, held bi-weekly at the DLE HQ at 100 North Street in Pittsfield. Topic for the Feb. 7th lively exchange was “What makes you feel engaged at work?”
Shown in photo below, Evan Hickok, Engineering Operations Manager at General Dynamics Mission System, kicks off discussion with DLE alumni and other Berkshire based young professionals from a variety of organizations including Berkshire Fairfield Insurance, the Hotel on North, 18 Degrees, the Berkshire Immigrant Center and General Dynamics Mission Systems.
Finally, the DLE is gearing up to launch an “Own Your” Workshop Series. Details for the first session, Own Your Budget, are being finalized and will appear in HUB updates this month. To find out more about DLE programs contact DLE Advisory Board Member Kalee Carmel at email@example.com.
COMMUNITY MATTERS TO THE DLE
A hearty group of DLE Retreat Alumni were on hand to support 1Berkshires’ Chamber Night on Feb. 13th, held at the Berkshire Museum. All smiles in networking are (left to right, photo below) Abby Powers of 1Berkshire, Sophia Romeu of Hotel on North, Linda Dulye/DLE Founder, Alison Brigham of Lee Bank, Auric Enchill of Elegant Stitches, Cam Besse of Berkshire Fairfield Insurance and Michelle Lopez of the Berkshire Immigrant Center.
Michelle Lopez (second left, photo below), DLE Advisory Board Member and Berkshire Immigrant Center Executive Director, joined Linda Dulye were guest speakers at the North Adams Rotary Club on Feb. 11th, engaging members in a lively discussion about the DLE’s mission to provide professional development and networking to advance rising leaders and economic vitality in the Berkshires and beyond.
JESSE’S MUSIC MIX
Submitted by Jesse Noll, DLE Alum ’16, ’18, ‘19, Manager, Integrated Planning & Custom Content & Experiences at Wavemaker, New York, NY
Did January feel like a whole year to anyone else?
It was a productive month, and I really got a great start on some of my 2020 personal goals. Additionally, I listened to some amazing music. There is so much amazing music that I actually couldn’t narrow down my mix this month to the standard 19 songs I’ve tried to limit it to for two years.
Oh well, more music won’t hurt anyone. Enjoy this month’s mix and follow along. Also feel free to reach out directly to me with any song recommendations. Maybe you’ll see it in a future playlist!
FORGET IOWA. 100% DLE POLL RESULTS IN FOR OPEN FORUM
Results of the Open Forum Poll, which closed earlier this week, indicated the Jan. 27th event was a clear and undisputed winner!
The forum earned high marks for being informative (86% of respondents gave strongly agree responses) and fostering engagement (86% of respondents replied very likely when asked if they would attend a future Open Forum).
When asked if the event motivated them to get more informed in local government, 66% responded strongly agreed, and 43% percent strongly agreed when asked if they were more motivated to step up and get involved in local government.
Canvased for topics for future Open Forums, respondents’ recommendations ranged widely from recycling education to how to run for elected office to learning more about Pittsfield’s police school and fire departments.
Thanks to everyone who helped to prepare for this sold-out event, who enthusiastically attended and who provided candid feedback on the poll to support planning for future Open Forums in 2020.
“It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.”
• Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Yes, this is a nerdy way to start a post, but now that the character of Picard is back in the spotlight with a new series, it’s appropriate to revisit some of what this character can teach us – whether you’re a sci-fi fan or not.
I always think of this quote when I think of Picard. It lies at the heart of what I am writing here.
Here’s a message that you don’t often hear: potential is not promised. It’s probably because it’s blunt, uncomfortable. The idea that everything for which you have worked so hard, all of the dreams that you seek to fulfill, may not come to pass is unsettling for anyone. How many other TV shows, movies, books, songs, and great works have centered on a protagonist for whom it has all gone terribly wrong?
We all have a tendency, particularly when we are young, to think that it or that (you fill in the blank) could never happen to us. The reality is, though, that no one is invincible. Your job or even your career can be swept away, even when you’ve done everything “right”.
The things that might scare you most are those over which you have no control. Ever-shifting corporate strategies and ambitions, and the impact of automation and AI on jobs immediately come to my mind. However, it is not productive to dwell on these external forces, so here’s what I recommend:
1. As soon as you’re done reading, file this blog post away somewhere. Remember where you put it, but don’t read it again until it’s needed. I never thought I’d say this to a reader, but I hope you don’t have to look at these words a second time.
2. Remind yourself that whatever titles, degrees or certifications you’ve earned have little to do with the core of who you are. These trappings only enhance the value you bring, but they don’t create it. You create it. You sustain it.
3. It is not only possible, but likely, that you will have to reinvent yourself professionally speaking at least once in your career anyway. Do not look at this as an obstacle to be overcome in the face of turbulent events, but rather an opportunity to truly engage with your inner value. Personally, I worked with a career coach to identify the multiple ways in which I provide value to others, and from that time, my business was born. Who knows what greatness might be extracted?
As I said in my last post in the DLE Hub, don’t stay in your lane. Your true promise lies in the action you take and what you can achieve when the whole world seems to be telling you “no”. Don’t take “no” for an answer.
DLE FLEXES COMMUNITY COMMITMENT
DLE alumni and community members are giving their time and talent to support the success of countless diverse civic and non-profit organizations. Just this past week, they hoisted bid paddles at the Pittsfield Rotary Annual Auction, cheered budding entrepreneurs at the EforAll Berkshires Pitch Competition and welcomed new members to the Berkshire Business & Professional Women organization.
Kalee Carmel (send to left in photo above), a member of the DLE Advisory Board who works at 18 Degrees, stepped up to the microphone at the Feb. 1 Rotary Auction to announce a scholarship to the 2020 DLE Gen Now Retreat that had been donated by Dulye & Co. Joining Kalee at the event were (left to right) are Justin Powers, Adelle Eberhardt, Anna Worley, Bobby New, Alison Brigham, Jenn Gomez, Abby Powers, Michael Laureyns, Linda Dulye, Krystle Gallo, and Melanie Rowe.
Attending the Berkshire Business & Professional Women’s Feb. 3 meeting are (left to right) Linda Dulye, Kalee Carmel, Krystle Gallo, Allison Loring, Hannah Delisle-Stall, Lauren Russo, Heather Sheline, Lindsay Bleau, Alison Brigham and Kate Lauzon.
Encouraging the new business ideas of emerging entrepreneurs at EforAll’s Feb. 5 Pitch Contest in North Adams, MA are (left to right) Oneil Carter, Linda Dulye, Anna Worley, Dan Bailey and Cam Besse.
MARATHON BUDDIES–AND IT ALL STARTED AT THE DLE RETREAT
After meeting and becoming fast friends at the DLE 2019 Retreat, alumni Allison (Allie) Loring and Sophia Romeu began training together run a relay marathon on Jan. 19 in the Bahamas.
Sophia (left) and Allie celebrating their marathon finish.
As Sophia describes, guided by our fearless leader Tricia McCormack, a well-know, Berkshire-based business entrepreneur, we began holding each other accountable for weekly outdoor workouts—yes, outside in the winter temps—plus indoor training at TK-Fit classes and, of course, the Friday morning DLE breakfast club.”
Even though they committed to being a part of the TK-Fit Trip with their girlfriends back in September (they didn’t know each other at the time), they instantly hit it off at Gen Now Retreat and continued to nourish their friendship and hold each other accountable for classes and breakfast.
Here’s the big takeaway says Sophia: “Be vulnerable, take a risk, and find yourself an accountability buddy.”
Both running buddies work in the Berkshires—Sophia is Marketing Manager at the Hotel on North; Allie as Pittsfield Cooperative Bank’s Commercial Loan Officer.
CAREER MOVES: CAM BESSE
DLE 2019 Retreat Alum and DLE Advisory Board Member, Cam Besse is making a major leap in his career. Aiming to become a more knowledgeable and well-rounded professional in the insurance industry, Cam is joining Berkshire Fairfield Insurance, a Pittsfield-based firm known for their personalized Insurance and risk management services, and their commitment to building Berkshire County. This new career path will put him on course to become a Commercial Insurance Consultant – a career goal that Cam set when he entered the industry.
Cam says that he is well on his way to conquering his learning curve. He explains, “Berkshire Fairfield takes pride in their staff’s expertise and personalized customer-service. So, to ready me as soon as possible, I have enrolled in the Hartford School of Insurance to gain essential technical skills for my new position.”
Cam credits attending every DLE event last year and, so far, this year—including the 2019 Retreat–for opening up this new opportunity. “There wasn’t a job posting for this position. It came to me from networking at DLE and other community events,” he explains. “The firm’s leadership loves that I am involved with so many people and groups in our community. The DLE is the launch pad I needed to get me where I am.”
CAREER OPPORTUNITY: GREYLOCK FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
Submitted by Nicole Mancivalano, DLE Alum ’18-’19, HR Representative at Greylock Federal Credit Union in the Berkshires. Contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Greylock Federal Credit Union, we are guided by our IDEA principles – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility – to support a workforce that reflects our community. Our principles support Greylock’s mission and our goals of building a diverse workforce – reflecting multiple identities – and supporting the diverse communities we serve. Currently, there are several exciting job opportunities.
Greylock Federal Credit Union has an opportunity for a Community Support Specialist. This position is perfect for someone who wants to help serve their community and has event planning experience. This position requires flexibility with schedule, and reliable transportation. Read more here:
Greylock Federal Credit Union is looking for an AVP, Controller. Are you a CPA looking for your next career move? This position could be for you. To be successful in this role you should show strong leadership skills, be an analytical thinker, and be willing to roll up their sleeves and dig in. Find out more here:
This week’s Open Forum: The Big Reveal-How Pittsfield Government Works earned accolades from a sold-out room for DLE advisory board members and alumni who stepped up as MC, moderators and event facilitators of an evening of lively learning and networking with top leaders from Pittsfield city government.
Advisory Board Members Kalee Carmel, Jonn Semexant, Anna Worley, Bobby New, Cam Besse, Adelle Eberhardt, Michael Laureyns and Michelle Lopez, and DLE 2019 Retreat Alum Alison Brigham kept the two-hour event on-schedule and lively as they engaged more than 60 attendees through stimulating, insightful conversations.
The event received major news coverage in the Berkshires’ daily newspaper—the Berkshire Eagle, as well as countless compliments about its professionalism, punctuality and substance from attendees responding to a post-Forum assessment.
“The questions were designed to produce quick and informative answers, so everyone had a chance to speak…The set-up was excellent, having both prepared and live questions and a good moderator.”
“I’m more motivated to understand and get involved in city government.”
“The forum exceeded my expectations. Really wonderful. Great job!”
“If you weren’t clear what specific city departments did, you are now.”
“Thank you for connecting us and putting your heart and soul into uplifting Pittsfield.”
“This was another very well executed Open Forum.”
The Jan. 27th forum was made possible with teamwork—a partnership with Mill Town, an investment firm based in the Berkshires, and planning support from Catherine Van Bramer in the Pittsfield Mayor’s Office.
Equally vital were those in the spotlight of the panel and break-out sessions: Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer and fellow city leaders Pete Marchetti, Lisa Lewis, Ricardo Morales, Sheila Irvin, Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Alex Reczkowski, Deanna Ruffer and Matt Kerwood, who shared their time, experiences and actionable steps for getting involved in local government.
The event was the DLE’s Third Open Forum, which is a magnet for multi-generational learning and networking on topics of civic and community importance. Feedback from the forum assessment will spark future DLE programming for 2020.
Submitted by Tess Kohanski, DLE Alum 2010, Economic Development Planner for the City of Everett, MA | Real Estate Agent & Developer (REthink39 | LAER Realty Partners)
The built environment is immensely complex – from the physics and engineering that allow us to build bridges and skyscrapers to the even more nuanced challenges of creating equitable, sustainable and just communities. These are the challenges and questions that I sprint towards.
Most of us spend our days living in a physical environment that has been hammered, welded, poured, assembled, and built by someone other than ourselves. Where we live is arguably the single most influential factor in our lives and has a profound impact on our future – from our earning potential to our health.
The work that I do as an urban planner and real estate developer has the potential to impact (positively and negatively) generations of individuals and communities. It’s an awesome responsibility. The weight of this responsibility is foundational to the work that I do in my full-time role as a local government employee and my side-hustle work as a real estate professional.
I lead economic development efforts for the City of Everett, Boston’s neighbor to the north, a working-class Gateway city on the rise. We are at an historic inflection point as we balance intense development pressures with providing an equitable, healthy community for our residents. Everett’s proximity to Boston, vibrant urban fabric, and the economic pressures of the largest private development in the history of the Commonwealth – the $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor Resort – make working for the City of Everett equally challenging and exciting.
Rolling around in my head for sometime have been ambitions of becoming a real estate agent, developer and investor. Recently, I had the opportunity to join a mission-driven real estate team. Rethink39, a team out of LAER Realty Partners the largest independently owned brokerage in New England, is dedicated to reducing the 39% of carbon emissions that are produced by the built environment. We are changing the expectations and perceptions around how people value their homes.
The Dulye Leadership Experience was a kick-start to my personal and professional development. The formal sessions at the annual retreat and ample opportunity for informal networking taught me the importance and power of connecting to people. Until that point, I understood the importance of networking, but dreaded the execution.
In the 10 years since I participated in the DLE Retreat, I have grown to truly enjoy meeting new people. I look forward to learning about an individual’s story and motivations – professional and personal. It’s an opportunity to stretch the bounds of my own perspective. The DLE provided the launch pad.
DLE 2019 Retreat Alumni Auric Enchill and Stephanie Bosley have been named to the board of the NonProfit Center of the Berkshires (NPC), announces NPC Founder and DLE 2019 Retreat Speaker Liana Toscanini.
“Their fresh perspectives and energy can enhance the capacity of a small staff so we can continue to grow as the nonprofit sector demands,” says Liana, who led a session on how young professionals can get involved in leadership roles with non-profit organizations at last year’s retreat.
“Infusing the board with younger and more diverse members is a great way to creatively tackle some of the issues coming our way.”
Auric is Sales Manager at his family business, Elegant Stitches, in Pittsfield, MA. Stephanie, who also works in Pittsfield, is Community Connector Partnership Coordinator at the Berkshire Community Action Council.
Reflecting on her new role, Stephanie notes, “As someone who has based their career in the nonprofit sector, I have personally witnessed how board members and volunteers can positively affect an organization. Working for a Berkshire based nonprofit, I have participated in many events and workshops hosted by the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires and have seen how vital their organization is to the region. I am honored and excited to serve on the Board of Directors as their organization continues to grow and respond to the needs of the nonprofit sector.”
Auric credits his DLE experience to boosting his interest and actions in community engagement. “”Going into last fall’s retreat, I wanted to become more involved in my local community, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. My fellow DLE attendees were able to connect me with people who shared mutual passions in the nonprofit sector. The DLE and its’ strong network helped this become a reality.”
In addition to the NPC board, Auric recently was appointed to the Berkshire Immigrant Center board of directors. He notes, “These are two organizations that positively impact the livelihood of people in the Berkshires.”
Incidentally, fellow DLE 2019 Retreat Alum and DLE Advisory Board Member Michelle Lopez is the Executive Director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center. That’s the strength of the DLE network that Auric credits.
WHO’S LISTENING TO VINYL?
Fresh from leading and participating in discussion sessions at this week’s DLE Open Forum, community members attended a 1Berkshire Entrepreneurial Meet-Up at Rogers High Fidelity in North Adams (MA). Recently relocated from New York’s Hudson Valley, Rogers High Fidelity handcrafts high performance audio amplifiers in its new Berkshire-based HQ.
Joining in for a Jan. 28th tour and listening session about the distinctive sounds of vinyl and reel-to-reel recordings were (left to right in photo below) DLE Retreat alumni Sophia Romeu, Kalee Carmel and Cam Besse, DLE Speaker and Rogers High Fidelity Founder/President Roger Gibboni (also a former DLE Retreat Speaker), DLE Founder Linda Dulye, DLE community newcomer Gemma Verdelli, and DLE Retreat Alum Kevin Pink.
DLE BREAKFAST CLUB SERVES UP INSTANT CONNECTIONS
Less than a month after DLE 2019 Retreat Alum and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Quality Assurance Specialist Deven Roberts suggested to his co-worker, Oneil Carter, that he attend the DLE Friday Breakfast Club, Oneil has forged fast friendships and a genuine connection with the DLE community.
Oneil sporting the DLE’s signature orange and purple colors.
Now a weekly Breakfast Club regular, he participated in this week’s Open Forum and is joining the DLE Sponsorship Committee to advance 2020 programming.
Enthusiasm oozes from Oneil when he describes the DLE’s welcoming environment. “My first impression of the DLE was legitimately cosmic. The people are so warm and encouraging. Every interaction offers a new lesson on how to effectively thrive in and navigate the working environment.”
He adds, “I now look through a new lens on how I can add more value to my company through my position as a pharmaceutical project manager at Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing. There has been a noticeable change in how I operate at work and the level of growth is remarkable.”
Oneil sums up, “The DLE allows you to meet the experts and practice their techniques, so that you can become experts yourselves. This is the best thing to have happen to me since the start of 2020 and I look forward to contributing my best.”
You can contact Oneil, who commutes from his Springfield, MA home to Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing’s HQ in Lee, MA, at email@example.com .
CAN YOU IMAGINE—A NO SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY?
Submitted by Jesse Noll, DLE Alum ’16, ’18, ‘19, Senior Associate, Integrated Planning & Custom Content & Experiences at Wavemaker; New York, NY
Over the next couple weeks, I want to implement a social media hiatus during work hours. Like many of you I assume, there are often times where I’m waiting for deliverables and it’s “slow” at work, so I give myself a little social media break during the day.
Nothing productive gets done, and since everyone else is working there really isn’t that much to consume anyway. So, I’m going to use these little 5-minute breaks I usually give myself to be more productive either by doing a little more work or getting my body moving and taking a quick loop around the office.
That’s Jesse with black turtleneck and crossed arms at the DLE 2019 Retreat with fellow alumni and speakers.
Knowing the next couple months at work for me are going to be very busy between a complex project I’m working on for a client as well as helping out on a new business pitch, there is something that can be done and frankly eliminating any little distractions during the day will help ensure I make the most of my time and leave at (or maybe even a little before) close of business.
Submitted by J.T. Compeau, DLE Alum 2009-2011, and Dave Kelly, DLE Alum 2010. JT is the founder, speechwriter and presentation consultant at The Content Interpreter LLC in New York City. Contact J.T. at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The DLE is like any great business, piece of art – any entity that has vision. No matter how big your imagination for what it could be, others will find things in it that you wouldn’t have seen.
In the case of the DLE, that is 100% due to the terrific people who come together. As a young faculty member in 2010, it happened for me on the second night of the weekend retreat, when Dave Kelly introduced himself and we discovered we were both from the great state of New Hampshire.
Truth be told, I don’t remember much else about that first conversation. That’s OK because it was actually our second conversation that really sticks with me: a couple of months later, he called me to ask for advice. I did my best, but that was only a small part of what we discussed. We agreed to get together once he had moved to NYC.
That summer, a real friendship formed. Dave is the most generous, genuine, curious and all-around great guy I have ever known. He has been there for me to share a beer, through career triumphs and struggles, as best man at my wedding and as godfather to my eight-month old son. Until you meet him, you cannot know how good he is. It’s that simple.
J.T. (left) at his wedding ceremony at Wagner Cove in Central Park, NYC with his best man and DLE buddy Dave.
Ten years after the DLE Retreat, we’re still the best of friends, and the DLE is still going strong. The DLE is there to create opportunities, but the best opportunities there will be are those that you create for yourself.
Dave, who lives in San Diego, is General Manager of SendFox & KingSumo (part of AppSumo). He adds this: “The DLE changed my life — in a unique way. Besides being the reason that I landed my first job out of college, it also introduced me to one of my best friends in the world. J.T. has been a HUGE help in my life.
“From my career to my personal life to my relationships, I am a better person because of J.T. And if it wasn’t for the DLE, I would have never met him! Thank you to everyone who had an impact on my in the DLE class of 2010.” Connect with Dave at email@example.com or on the blog dmkthinks.org.
HOT READ: CREATE A MEMORABLE FIRST IMPRESSION
What should you wear to convey professionalism, respect and my inner self? This Forbes article provides tips for using your wardrobe to stay on employers’ radar screens.
CAREER OPPORTUNITY: GREYLOCK FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
Submitted by Nicole Mancivalano, DLE Alum ’18-’19, HR Representative at Greylock Federal Credit Union in the Berkshires. Contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Greylock Federal Credit Union, we are guided by our IDEA principles – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility – to support a workforce that reflects our community. Our principles support Greylock’s mission and our goals of building a diverse workforce – reflecting multiple identities – and supporting the diverse communities we serve. Currently, we have two exciting job opportunities.
Submitted by Paul Fortini, DLE Advocate and Vice President, Investments/Branch Manager, Raymond James in Pittsfield, MA
Raymond James is looking for a talented candidate to step up as a Client Services Associate with their Pittsfield, MA team. Key responsibilities are to assist the firm’s Financial Advisors and provide clients with quality service. The position offers routine contact with internal and external customers to obtain, clarify or provide facts and information.
A relationship forged at the DLE 2019 Retreat has led to a powerful community project.
DLE Dynamic Duo Alison Brigham (left) and Kate Lauzon
Alison Brigham, Marketing Manager at Lee Bank, and Kate Lauzon, Lead Collaborator at the Tyler Street Lab (TSL), forged an instant connection at the retreat that has sparked a partnership to promote environmental awareness and action.
Alison explains, “Kate and I sat next to each other during the first full day of the DLE retreat. It was clear from our initial introductions that we were going to have many opportunities to continue to work together to benefit our community. “
Their partnership kicks off on Feb. 13th with a Zero-Waste Workshop hosted by TSL on the Move! that teach attendees how to make beeswax wraps for use in place of plastic wrap. Two sessions will be held at Dottie’s Coffee Lounge at 6-7 pm and 7:30-8:30 pm. Space is limited to 15 people per session. The event is free, and you can register on the TSL Facebook through Eventbrite.
“It would be terrific to have our DLE community members take part,” notes Kate. “Relationships like the one Alison and I began has made the mission of TSL possible. It takes everyone from our greater DLE community to make a difference.”
The following week, February 17th-21st, all Lee Bank branches will host re-usable bag making activities to support the Pittsfield Chapter of BagShare Project and their work to assist residents and businesses as we all transition to making our community plastic bag-free. According to Alison, the event coincides with Lee Bank’s Community Appreciation Week, when all branches have stations set up to make reusable bags, the bags are all made from up-cycled materials including grain, seed, and feed bags and irrigation tubing.
“Rather than being sent to the landfill or incinerator, these materials will now be given a new life as a re-usable bag,” she notes. “”Banking is not traditionally seen as a zero-waste industry, but Lee Bank is trying to do their part to change that with upcoming collaborations involving both the Pittsfield Chapter of BagShare Project and Tyler Street Lab (TSL on the Move!).”
WHAT’S THE BUZZ WITH THE NUMBER 1 APP IN THE WORLD?
Submitted by Katrina Cardillo, DLE ’19 alum and Director of Marketing at BFAIR in Pittsfield, MA
Not only is this company harder to get into than Harvard, you’ll feel like a Harvard grad, or maybe some of you already are, when you start digesting all of this daily info! What’s this app, you ask – Blinkist – download it in the app store.
There is a free, and paid version, of this app but it will help you cultivate your reading list as well keep you updated on what’s hot, voted one of the best apps in the world, and winning awards from Apple, Google, and the UN!
A goal that many of us, including myself, at the 2019 DLE Retreat expressed was to read more. Hence, the Retreat featured a terrific book swap from which everyone took a book home.
The Trending section of the app I’ve found to have some good tips on what to read such as:
• Presence by Amy Cuddy – Bringing Your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges• The 3-Minute Rule by Brant Pinvidic – Say Less to Get More from Any Pitch or Presentation• The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – Learn the habits of those who achieved everything
Register today while seats remain for the Jan. 27th DLE Open Forum where you can support eight DLE 2019 Retreat alumni as they moderate conversations with Pittsfield’s top leaders.
Presented in partnership with Pittsfield-based private investment firm Mill Town, the DLE’s third Open Forum–The Big Reveal: How Pittsfield Government Works –takes an up-close look at the structure, operations and financials of Pittsfield’s municipal government.
DLE alumni serving as panel and break-out moderators are Alison Brigham of Lee Bank, Anna Worley of General Dynamics, Bobby New of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, Cam Besse of Liberty Mutual, Jonn Semexant of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, Kalee Carmel of 18 Degrees, Michael Laureyns of Four Seasons/Laureyns United and Michelle Lopez of the Berkshire Immigrant Center.
They’ll be asking questions and engaging break-out group discussions with these top leaders:
• Linda Tyer, Mayor, City of Pittsfield• Peter Marchetti, City Council President• Ricardo Morales, Interim Commissioner, Department of Public Services and Utilities• Deanna Ruffer, Director of Community Development• Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services, Office of the Mayor• Alex Reczkowski, Director, Berkshire Athenaeum• Matt Kerwood, Finance Director• Lisa Lewis, Tax Collector• Sheila Irvin, Chair, Community Development Board
Registration and networking begin at 5:30 pm in Shire Hall on the second floor of the Hotel on North. A panel discussion will open the program at 6:00 pm, followed by interactive break-out sessions that explore:
• How Pittsfield Government is Structured: Beyond the Org Chart• The Budget Process: All About the Numbers• Who Do I Call First with Questions/Problems?
Due to limited seating, advance registration is required and on a first-reserved/first-served basis. Register here by Monday, Jan. 20th.
Your $5.00 non-refundable, registration fee will be donated to the Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC). DLE 2019 Retreat alum Stephanie Bosely, who is BCAC’s Community Connector Partnership Coordinator, will briefly speak about her organization’s mission.
CAREER MOVES: NEW YEAR, NEW CAREER
Adelle Eberhardt recently began a new position as a Quality Control Supervisor at Albany Molecular Research Inc. (AMRI Global) at their Rensselaer (NY) facility supporting the manufacture of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, excipients, and drug product intermediates for late stage clinical and commercial products.
AMRI is a contract research and manufacturing organization that provides drug discovery, development, cGMP manufacturing and aseptic fill and finish to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Adelle attributes the DLE community for encouraging her to make the leap explaining, “Coming into the DLE Retreat, I was very burnt out at my job at the time and after listening to the speakers and discussing with attendees, I was reminded that I need to take better care of myself and inspired to find a new challenge that would accommodate that goal. I found that in going to AMRI I will be able to expand both my knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and to achieve my personal goals.”
NEWCOMERS ALWAYS WELCOME AT FRIDAY BREAKFAST CLUB
Newcomers are a staple part of the DLE Friday Breakfast Club at Otto’s.
Last Friday’s 7:00 am gathering welcomed Oneil Carter of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing (who made the drive to Pittsfield from Springfield), Amanda DiNicola and Megan Hill, both of The Annie Selke Companies.
Thanks to DLE 2019 Retreat alumni Deven Roberts at Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing and Heather Sheline of Greylock Federal Credit Union for bringing their buddies to our DLE table.
All DLE Retreat and Community Members are encouraged to join in and bring a friend, co-worker, mentor or leader.
JESSE’S 1st PLAYLIST OF 2020
Submitted by Jesse Noll, DLE ’16, ’18, ‘19, Senior Associate, Integrated Planning & Custom Content & Experiences at Wavemaker; New York, NY
Happy New Year DLE Family!
As many of you know, I do monthly playlists and with the new decade that trend is going to continue! Entering my third year of doing this, I have SO much fun creating these mixes to provide my music findings and recommendations to friends. Outside of my work in media, I personally LOVE music and it’s a passion point that I really need to lean into more.
This month’s playlist is meant to serve as an energetic start to 2020. Looking at my personal and professional goals for the year, they all sort of fit under a common theme of “making momentum”, so I wanted to create a list of songs that also fit that theme.
Check out this month’s mix, follow it (the same link updates every month!) and let me know if you have any recommendations of songs I should listen to!
Submitted by Abby Powers, DLE ‘ 18/’’19 and Member Services Coordinator at 1Berkshire in Pittsfield, MA
Feeling overwhelmed? Struggling to prioritize? Eat the Frog! The frog is that one thing you have on your to-do list that you have absolutely no motivation to do and that you’re most likely to procrastinate on. I’ve found that eating my frog and doing my hardest task first sets my day up for success! Here are two quick articles to help you get started.
Submitted by Erika Allison, DLE Advocate and Assistant Vice President at Willow in Pittsfield, MA
Berkshire-Based Willow – Investments for Loving Change is hiring for an Investment Compliance and Operations Specialist.
Willow, a women-led for-profit organization, is a Registered Independent Investment Advisory firm with a small, nimble, and innovative team looking to disrupt the finance industry. We are wealth managers and financial planners uncompromisingly focused on socially- and environmentally-responsible investing. Our amazing clients are our benevolent force for good, and together we are bringing empowerment, education and awareness to both investors and the businesses in which we invest.
We are looking for a special person to join our growing team in the role of Compliance and Operations Specialist. This position reports to the CEO. The Specialist is a hybrid position addressing compliance monitoring, client services, investment operations, and office management for a small, but growing conscience investment firm. For a detailed list of responsibilities and essential skills click on this link: https://investwithwillow.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/JD-Operations-and-Compliance-Revised.pdf
Your application should include a resume, cover letter, and three professional references. In your letter, please be sure to speak to both your relevant professional experience and to the ways in which you personally grow, challenge yourself, and embrace change.
Submitted by Ken Pouliot, DLE ’12-’19 Speaker and SVP Global sales of Percolate, a division of Seismic, in New York City
Seismic, is a Cloud software company that has grown by over 100% annually for the last 6 years. It is on the hunt for Client Development Representatives to join its group of competitive individuals who always find a way to win while having a blast doing so in Boston.
Seismic is a leader in the software space of Sale Enablement. Their software platform enables companies to deliver content to potential clients at the right time in the right channel (Web, Social, Email, Ads etc.). Client Development Representative is a great entry position to get into a software company on the rise. The position is fast-paced and demanding but has huge upside for career development.
A new dynamic was added to the 2019 DLE Retreat. Inspired by the supportive culture of the immersion weekend, a Retreat Reunion and Recalibration event was held Jan. 7th – bringing together alumni and speakers for a progress check and coaching on Personal and Professional Action Plans developed during the early November retreat.
Designed to keep accountability and energy strong for implementing Action Plans into the new year, the Retreat Reunion fired up an “unrelenting torrent of positivity” as described by Kevin Pink, one of nearly 40 attendees.
Detailed planning by Retreat alumni Anna Worley, Kalee Carmel, Hannah DeLisle-Stall and Jacquelyn Schneider made interaction and engagement staple elements of the evening. Alumni received genuine encouragement and concrete ideas for staying focused on their goals.
Noted Kevin, who works as the Economic Development Coordinator at 1Berkshire, “The feeling that we are all pulling for each other is wonderful, especially in our society, which sometimes encourages a less-collaborative and more-competitive spirit.”
Incidentally, Kevin and fellow alum Steve Rogers, Branch Manager/AVP at Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, teamed up as Double Entendre providing a round of trivia competition to cap the evening. Recommendations for future DLE programming, in particularly topical workshops on essential skills for career and personal success, were collected and will be reviewed by the DLE Advisory Board at its Jan. 15th meeting.
KEEP GOING AND GET OUT OF YOUR LANE
Submitted by J.T. Compeau, DLE Retreat Alum 2009-2011, is the founder, speechwriter and presentation consultant at The Content Interpreter LLC. Based in New York City, he works with thought leaders, C-suite members and entrepreneurs to maximize their message—and is always amazed by how the DLE enriches its alumni, speakers and community members. Contact J.T. at email@example.com
It’s a new year, a new decade, and you’re probably thinking about ways that you can improve yourself. That’s admirable and necessary for real growth.
However, there is more to that than some authors and experts would have you believe. Articles with titles like “X actions you should take to achieve y results in z days” are pure tactics. In my latest blog post, I suggested an alternative: “Keep Going”. Wherever you’re headed, you likely already know the correct path, and the decision to keep going is not spontaneous. It’s a decision borne from a mindset of curiosity.
I’m not inclined or even qualified to give you the best piece of advice on any subject, but I can give you the worst: Stay in your lane. It’s 2020.
We live in a time where the pursuit of anything – whether it’s acquiring skills, reaching out to people near and far, or learning one new thing each day – is easier than ever before.
So, this year, make room on your list of resolutions to be more curious. This is your career and your life, and you can shape it to resemble whatever you like. Speaking from personal experience, this has led to successes and stumbles in my own career, but I have never regretted wondering why or asking the question.
Here’s to you, DLE community – Happy New Year!
DLE’S FIRST ELECTED MUNICIPAL LEADER TAKES OFFICE
Submitted by Linda Dulye, DLE Founder
2020 just arrived and the Dulye Leadership Experience celebrates another historic first (after opening our first office) with the Jan. 6th swearing in of DLE Community Member Patrick Kavey as Pittsfield (MA) City Counselor. Patrick makes history as our DLE’s first elected city government official AND Pittsfield’s youngest city counselor.
It was an honor to share the moment with Patrick’s parents and DLE alum Sophia Romeu (photo at right), who teams with Patrick at work as the dynamic duo leading operations and marketing at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield, and to hear Patrick give an appreciative shout-out to the DLE during his remarks at the morning ceremony in City Hall.
Incidentally, if you missed details about the DLE’s Berkshire office opening this month, keep scrolling through the Community Hub.
GROWING PRESENCE IN BERKSHIRE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
In just a few months, DLE alumni have doubled their presence at the monthly Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s meetings. Attending the Jan. 6th meeting to hear bestselling author Sally Helgesen share research from her latest book, How Women Rise, was our largest and most diverse group.
Catching a photo opp with the author (far left) are DLE 2019 Retreat alumni (second from left to right) Anna Worley of General Dynamics, Linda Dulye, Deborah Ferro Burke of Burke+Okrent, LLC, Michelle Lopez of the Berkshire Immigrant Center, Jacquelyn Schneider of Greylock Federal Credit Union, Kalee Carmel of 18 Degrees, Jenn Glockner of the City of Pittsfield, Alison Loring of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank and Allison Brigham of Lee Bank.
A YEAR OF NEW BEGINNINGS! THE DLE OPENS FIRST OFFICE
2020 opens the door to the Dulye Leadership Experience’s first office—located in downtown Pittsfield (MA) at 100 North Street on the top floor of the historic Agricultural Bank Building. And for DLE Founder Linda Dulye, it is a dream come true.
“We’ve come a long way since 2008, and the time is right to have a home base for our innovative programs and exceptional people. The enthusiastic support and engagement of our Gen Now Retreat alumni and diverse professional community—in the Berkshires and beyond—have propelled our reputation and reach.”
She expects the DLE office to be a mecca of activity. “It will host meetings for our newly formed Advisory Board as well as current and forthcoming committees planning special events—such as the Jan. 7th DLE Retreat Reunion, our Open Forums, networking exchanges and other programs that promote high-impact learning and networking.”
She also sees the office serving as a catalyst for connecting community members—in person and virtually–through formal and impromptu coaching sessions that support career ownership, professional development, community activism and self-care.
Appreciative and thrilled by the awareness, interest and respect that the DLE has received–locally in Berkshire County and nationally, Linda anticipates 2020 will be a hallmark year.
“It has been incredibly rewarding to hear from so many community members, who want to be involved—whether attending our Friday Breakfast Clubs, contributing to our online news and learning outlets or recruiting a friend or co-worker to our network. It’s their energy that is fueling DLE 2020 momentum.”
Update your contact information with the DLE’s new address: 100 North Street, Suite 402, Pittsfield, MA 01201. And stop by when you are in downtown Pittsfield.
Making history by holding the first official meeting at the new DLE office are members of the Jan. 7th DLE Retreat Reunion Planning Committee (left to right) Hannah DeLisle-Stall, Jacqueline Schneider, Linda Dulye, Kalee Carmel and Anna Worley.
DLE ADVISORY BOARD CONVENES FIRST MEETING
As noted in the article above, concurrent with opening its first office, the DLE has activated its first Advisory Board. This new group will work closely with Linda Dulye on developing and managing a 2020 operating strategy, as well as establishing formal committees to plan and coordinate new and existing programs, marketing, member recruitment and community engagement
Attending the board’s first meeting on Dec. 18th were (left to right in photo below) Bobby New of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, Abby Powers of 1Berkshire, Anna Worley of General Dynamics, Jonn Semexant of Pitttsfield Cooperative Bank, Linda Dulye, Michael Laureyns of Laureyns United, Kalee Carmel of 18 Degrees, Cam Besse of Liberty Mutual and Adelle Eberhardt of Albany Molecular Research —all DLE Retreat alumni from 2018 and 2019.
Updates on the Advisory Board’s monthly meetings will appear right here on The DLE Community Hub.
CAREER MOVES: SCOTT SMITH
The new year brings a career transition for DLE 2019 Retreat speaker Captain Scott Smith. Scott announces, “I will transfer to our Surface Warfare Officers School where we train every person that drives a ship in the Navy, from those that are just starting to those that we call “major commanders” who operate groups of ships or single ships of great value, like the USS Michael Monsoor. My assignment is the Head of Command Training, responsible for preparing every person going to command (be the CEO) of one of these ships.”
Inspired by his experience at the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat, Scott has set a goal of building a strong community with his new team. “I look forward to interacting with these elite professionals, learning from them, and hopefully being able to share some experiences that might be helpful to them as they continue on.”
He adds, “What I would most like to do is create a sense of community that you have been able to foster with the Dulye Leadership Experience. By doing so, I think it would really encourage the next generation and prevent some of the sense of isolation that we often feel as the head of the ship.”
He sees his new role as “an amazing opportunity to help forge the future of our Navy.” Noting that “for the surface Navy, command of a ship is the pinnacle of our profession – the connection to our lineage beginning with the Continental Navy. The population of afloat commanding officers represents less than 1% of our Navy.”
Scott, who currently serves as Chair of the Joint Operations Department at the Naval War College, will continue to be located at the Newport (RI) Naval Base. Our DLE community salutes you!
MORE CAREER MOVES: JESSE WILSON
In his new role as Ads Measurement Lead at Pinterest, DLE 2013 Retreat Alum Jesse Wilson says he’s excited by the opportunity to “consult clients who invest in advertising and help them find the right solutions to measure the success of their programs, while keeping their business objectives in mind.”
Reflecting on the DLE’s inspiration in his career, Jesse—who lives and works in New York City–notes, “I can thank the DLE for putting me on solid footing and giving me the tools to evaluate new career opportunities. The DLE is the gift that keeps on giving—and a special shout out to 2013 Retreat alumni!”
Submitted by DLE 2019 Retreat alum Jacquelyn Schneider, Senior Teller/Williamstown (MA) Branch, Greylock Federal Credit Union
Greylock Federal Credit Union’s Holiday party at the Dalton (MA) Stationary Factory was a great time employee and their guests to celebrate the holidays together. Throughout the night I found myself apply DLE coaching to really come out of my comfort zone and connect with people I’ve never really had the chance to connect with before.
I personally feel that the DLE has impacted my relationships even within my company just by bringing together these five women. See photo below, left to right: Heather Sheline, Alyssa Reed, Jacquelyn Schneider, Dani Toomey, and Nicole Mancivalano—all DLE Retreat alumni from 2018 and 2019.
Submitted by DLE Founder Linda Dulye
It was wonderful to celebrate the new decade’s arrival with DLE community members at the Hotel on North’s holiday party, splendidly planned by DLE Alum Sophia Romeu and Patrick Kavey — their first major event since joining the Hotel’s management team just weeks ago.
Here’s to a magnanimous 2020!
Ringing in the new year are (left to right) Justin Powers, Kalee Carmel, Patrick Kavey, Sophia Romeu, Linda Dulye, Anna Worley, Bobby New and Adelle Eberhardt.
GOT AN EVENT? SHARE IT WITH THE DLE COMMUNITY
Submitted by 2019 Retreat Alum Hannah DeLisle-Stall, Manager of Supplier Quality and Development, Collins Aerospace
The DLE Facebook page is a great way to inform other members of the DLE community of events that you’d like to share! As community members, we love to share and support one another by attending events in the community.
If you are involved in local organizations or just heard about an event you’d like to share with the community, simply post the details to the DLE Facebook page. By showing our support for each other at events in the community, we can unleash the true power of our DLE community!
DLE 2019 RETREAT REFLECTIONS: STEPPING OUT OF HIS COMFORT ZONE
Submitted by Rachene Crump, DLE 2019 Retreat Alum and Assistant Program Director, Hillcrest Educational Centers, The Berkshires
The Dulye Learning Experience was just that, a learning experience. Even with some of the material being a refresher to some things that I have experienced in my career path, the delivery and style of the keynotes and break-out sessions were like no other.
I was immediately taken out of my comfort zone, so much in fact that I started to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. It was helpful to know that other folks were just as nervous as me but at the same time very welcoming.
Rachene creating strong new connections at the DLE 2019 Retreat.
The speakers did an excellent job keeping us engaged and informed. They were very open to keeping in touch through multiple outlets outside of the DLE Retreat.
The DLE is a program where real professional connections are made. It is a community where everyone wants you to work and live to the best of their ability. I feel like everyone encourages and motivates you to be better than the best YOU that you can be and they will get you the tools to do so.
One goal in my Action Plan from the Retreat was to find something outside of my career that I may be interested in doing, without a paycheck attached. I am very committed to my company and I am busy most of the time running a campus of 55 young men. At this point, I wouldn’t think of taking on a second job, but I would love to see what else is out there that I might like to do.
Two weeks after the DLE Retreat (on Nov. 1-3), I stepped up to volunteer as a youth basketball coach for the first time. I owe this decision to the DLE for showing me that it’s totally fine to be taken out of your comfort zone. Matter of fact, I learned that if you are not taken out of your comfort zone every so often, you are not living, and maybe even passing up on some great opportunities.
Lastly, something I would like to share is how quiet and reserved I have been for much of my life. So much to the point that I remind myself that I may have missed out on some great things by not initiating a conversation or being super short. I have work with, lived next to, and shared youth sports teams with folks that I never thought to introduce myself to.
The very first activity at the DLE Retreat was based around networking. We went around the room and introduced ourselves to complete strangers, asking them questions and answering others about ourselves.
This one exercise will stick with me for life. It took me well out of my comfort zone, it helped me get past the fear of letting others know who I am, and it gave me the courage to be proud of who I have become.
Thank you to the entire DLE Community!
DLE’S DYNAMIC NETWORK MAKES CAREER DREAMS COME TRUE
A DLE favorite networking spot—the trendy Hotel on North in Pittsfield, MA–is benefiting from the talents of DLE Community members Patrick Kavey and Sophia Romeu, who started new positions there earlier this month.
As the 45-room boutique hotel’s Operations Manager, Patrick oversees multiple departments on property. He is responsible for the financial management and oversight of two major revenue-generating departments: the Front Desk, which encompasses hotel rooms, and Food and Beverage, which encompasses all restaurant and bar activity. In his new role, he manages daily operations of hotel staffing, including recruitment, employee orientation, onboarding, development, training and scheduling.
DLE connections and networking opened the door for Patrick to learn about the Hotel on North job opportunity and advance his career. He explains, “I am so appreciative for the DLE, not only for the DLE community’s continued support of my political career (as newly elected Pittsfield City Councilor) but also for their help finding this amazing opportunity and their continued guidance throughout my professional career. None of this would be possible without the DLE.”
Sophia and Patrick at The Hotel on North
Sophia is stepping up as the hotel’s Marketing and Community Relations Manager. In this role, she is responsible for creating strong connections between the Hotel on North and community partners, civic leaders, local businesses and area institutions. Incidentally, she and Patrick will team up on event planning, branding and community engagement activities.
Super excited about her new job, Sophia says she can’t wait “to dive into the property and its social media brand aesthetic. I look forward to being part of this exciting venture in the heart of downtown Pittsfield. I sincerely hope my work and enthusiasm will ripple across and beyond Berkshire County.”
Reflecting on takeaways from her DLE 2019 Retreat experience, she notes, “I’m deeply grateful to have been a part of the DLE this year. It feels serendipities to be a part of a class just in the cusp of my next career move. I look forward to continuing to nourish the connections that began only a few weeks ago at the Retreat.”
Both Patrick and Sophia are team members of Main Street Hospitality, a hotel management company based in the Berkshires, which operates The Hotel on North and several other properties in Western Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
DLE MAKES A PRESENCE IN THE BERKSHIRE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
DLE Community members were flexing their connections and great smiles at the 1Berkshire Annual Meeting on Dec. 5th at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. Attending were (left to right in photo below) Patrick Kavey of The Hotel on North/Main Street Hospitality Group, Abby Powers of 1Berkshire, Stephanie Bosely of Berkshire Community Action Council, Sophia Romeu if The Hotel on North/Main Street Hospitality Group and Kevin Pink of 1Berkshire. Not pictured but also there were Katrina Cardillo of BFAIR and Allison Loring of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. Thanks to Ben Lamb of 1Berkshire for providing this great photo.
DLE Community members are energizing the Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s programs. Attending the organization’s Dec. 9th year-end meeting at Methuselah in Pittsfield, MA were (left to right in photo below) Allison Loring of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, Sophia Romeu of The Hotel on North/Main Street Hospitality Group, Hannah DeLisle-Stall of United Technologies and Kalee Carmel of 18 Degrees.
JUICE JACKING: WHAT IS IT? HOW TO AVOID IT?
Submitted by Dana Johnson, Service Manager at CompuWorks, Pittsfield, MA and 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat alum
Juice Jacking happens when you charge your phone in a public outlet/charging station and your data is compromised through the charging cord and/or power brick. How could this be? Luckily, the answer provides a clear solution.
Juice Jacking is made possible by a USB cord or USB Jack/Power Block having additional hardware built in to access your phone’s data. Current articles say DO NOT use any charging cords already plugged into an outlet, as well as to avoid free cables and power blocks from untrusted vendors/individuals.
We are in the early phases of understanding Juice Jacking, which means it doesn’t seem like a widespread threat yet. Because of this, it generally makes the public less aware and cautious until the problem has grown out of control. If we take control of this problem now, it won’t become a popular method used by people with malicious intent. There isn’t enough data to support targeting a particular phone vendor or operating system. We do know there have been examples of both Apple and Android phones being compromised.
While plugging your own power brick into an outlet should be safe, it’s recommended you purchase a portable charging bank. They have a wide range in price, size and charging capacity. There are ones that can charge your phone over ten times before needing to be recharged. Fear not, they also have very tiny ones that can charge your phone twice in case you’re looking for maximum portability.
Owning one of these removes any chance of being a victim of juice jacking. Additionally, you’re not tied down to wherever the outlet is, you can now continue about your business while your phone recharges. If you can’t bring yourself to carry an extra item, then consider a case that increases your battery capacity like Mophie.
Stay cyber safe this holiday season!
CAREER MOVES: CHRISTINA FIENI
Within a month of speaking at the 2019 Gen Now Retreat, Christina Fieni is moving up in her leadership role at New York City-based Droga5. She shares news of her latest career move to a Group Data Strategy Director role and accomplishing one of her Action Plan goals from the Retreat:
“It’s the most senior position before becoming head of the department. Basically, I’m now in the front lines of how the agency drives and grows its business, working closely with other Group Directors across departments and C-Suite executives.”
In the last 8 months I’ve gradually taken on more responsibility in leading and growing one of our largest accounts, Harley-Davidson, while managing roughly a quarter of our Data Strategy team to work on it (5 people) across global brand, social and digital work streams. Moving into this new role, I’m excited to continue to build out our custom research (qual, quant and UX focused) expertise within the department and for the agency at large, alongside the challenge of working with new accounts coming into the agency.
And as a side note, after returning from the DLE Retreat, I ended up accomplishing my goal of speaking at more conferences by leading a breakout presentation for students interested in Data and Analytics at the AAF Advertising Student Career Conference which had over 220 college students in attendance the weekend of Nov 24th. The session was a hit and I had representatives from the host college reach out about a potential adjunct professor role which got me even more thrilled for what’s to come!”
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HOLIDAY MESSAGE: IGNITE YOUR GIVING SPIRIT
Submitted by Linda Dulye, DLE Founder and Chief Passion Officer
The giving spirit is a core dynamic of leadership. Like all leadership skills, it needs to be regularly practiced. Opportunities to make a difference—either through an established program or your own initiative—are abundant.
For those in search of ideas, visit your local chamber of commerce, municipal agencies or community clearing houses, like the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, which publishes a robust Giving Back booklet with listings of hundreds of organizations, their missions and contact information.
Once you’ve found an ideal match, set a goal for your gift. If time is what you decide to give to a cause or organization, reserve it. That’s right! The act of blocking off—in writing–an hour or two on your calendar will positively contribute to you doing it. I have a recurring commitment on Wednesdays, when I volunteer as a eucharistic minister at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield (MA). Seeing my ‘shift’ already saved for next week or next month helps me (and others) consciously plan meetings and projects around it.
As a DLE Community, we can have tremendous impact on our communities with our giving spirit in 2020—individually and collectively. A newly formed DLE Advisory Board is exploring group volunteer activities to be included in a formal DLE 2020 Calendar of Events they are developing. The DLE Hub will keep you updated. For those heading out on highways or runways, may safe travels guide you. To all, may Thanksgiving Day bring cherished memories to savor well into the new year.
TAKE ACTION AND NOMINATE DLE ALUMNI FOR 40 UNDER FORTY AWARD
Feedback from the past three Friday Morning Breakfast Club gatherings and the Nov. 14th premiere meeting of the DLE Advisory Committee has generated an impressive roster of eight DLE alumni as candidates for the 2020 40 Under Forty Award in the Berkshires.
Thanks to Alum Cam Besse of Liberty Mutual for spending many hours over the past week compiling and creating a DLE 40 Under Forty Nomination Guide with details about our accomplished nominees: Alison Brigham of Lee Bank, Abby Powers of 1Berkshire, Shannon Ashcroft of Radiance Yoga/Ashcroft Workplace Wellness, Princewill Abanulo of Spectrum Plastics Group, Patrick Kavey–newly elected Pittsfield City Councilor, Alyssa Reed of Greylock Federal Credit Union, Jonn Semexant of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank and Michael Laureyns of Four Seasons.
This link connects to a PDF of the DLE Nomination Guide. You’ll see pertinent information about each DLE nominee for completion of the online 40 Under Forty nomination form.
Let’s all rally together and showcase the amazing talents of our DLE community. Ideally—before your Thanksgiving festivities take over–please make time to submit nominations for our DLE crew. Here’s what you need to do:
2. Answer all questions on the nominee form using the DLE 40 Under Forty Nomination Guide as a reference. You’ll be asked the following:
Nominee’s name, employer, title
Nominee’s mailing address, phone, email
Nominee’s date of birth
Next, provide your contact information
Finally, answer three questions about the nominee:
Provide a brief description of the nominee’s accomplishments and community service
Provide a few words that best describe the nominee
How long have you known the nominee and what is your relationship?
3. Press submit and look for confirmation. You will receive a follow-up email for each nomination that you submit for our eight DLE 40 Under Forty candidates.
The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Dec. 5 at 4 pm EST.
The annual 40 Under Forty awards recognizes the accomplishments of Berkshire based young professionals, under the age of 40, who have “shown their support for the region through leadership, community and a deep dedication to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the community.”
The DLE is a sponsor of the 2019 40 Under Forty Awards. AJ Enchill, an alum of the 2019 DLE Retreat who participated in Nov. 2nd break-out sessions at this year’s retreat, earned one of last year’s 40 Under Forty awards. AJ is a District Aide to MA State Senator Adam Hinds. You can read about his achievement on the DLE Website under the Our Network tab.
If you would like to be considered as a DLE 40 Under Forty nominee, please quickly contact Cam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Cam as well if you experience any problems submitting nominations.
DLE NEWSLETTER SPOTLIGHTS ALUMNI GIVING SPIRIT
Arriving before the Thanksgiving holiday is the latest issue of the DLE Community Connection newsletter with stories about DLE alumni flexing their giving spirit. Check your inbox for your invitation to read about our caring community—or upload the newsletter on the DLE Website.
DLE ALUM INVITES YOU TO SPECIAL HOLIDAY EVENT
Kate Lauzon, Tyler Street Labs Lead Coordinator and 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat finalist, invites the DLE Berkshire community to ring in the holidays with Ornament Making and Desserts at Dottie’s on North Street, Pittsfield, on Thursday Dec. 12th at 6:00 pm.
This event will launch a series of second Thursday program sponsored by the Tyler Street Lab at Dottie’s featuring a menu of different activities. Says Kate, “The ornament making is free. We’re making snowman ornaments.” For more information contact Kate at email@example.com
WEEKLY BREAKFAST CLUB IS ON FOR BLACK FRIDAY
The DLE Friday Morning Breakfast Club at Otto’s on Park Square, Pittsfield, has genuine gusto. With DLE community members bringing friends, the circle keeps growing wider.
Welcome to newcomers Jessica Rufo of Dottie’s – and baby Sailor, Casey O’Donnell of EforAll Berkshires and PJ Danahey of #R3SET who joined our breakfast crew on Nov. 22. The Breakfast Club perks up again on Black Friday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 am.
RETREAT FEEDBACK TRIGGERS DLE 2020 PLANNING
Official discussions have begun for 2020 DLE programming! In conjunction with a recognition dinner held on Nov. 14th for community members who volunteered to support the 2019 DLE Retreat, alumni attending had the opportunity to review and discuss feedback from the 2019 DLE Retreat Assessment. That discussion has triggered momentum for planning topics and formats for special events, workshops and social gatherings to keep the DLE community connected and growing in 2020. Stay tuned to the DLE Hub for more info.
The Retreat Assessment delivered an amazing gift of feedback. 95% of finalists attending the retreat submitted ratings and remarks—that’s 41 out of 43 eligible respondents.
For a brief summary of results, keep reading through this HUB update.
CAREER MOVES: HANNAH DELISLE-STALL
2019 DLE Retreat alum Hannah DeLisle-Stall announces an exciting career move that starts Dec. 16th: “I have accepted a new role as Manager of Supplier Quality and Development with Collins Aerospace. In this role, I will be responsible for the rollout of a new supplier development program, promoting conformance to strict aerospace quality requirements for the Power & Controls division in Windsor Locks, CT.”
“I’ll be working remotely from the Berkshires, but I will be traveling regularly to supplier manufacturing sites to provide coaching and guidance toward achieving zero defects for products shipped to Collins. I am so excited to bring my skills to a new industry and to have the opportunity to drive continuous improvement in a variety of manufacturing processes.
The exposure to multiple suppliers will help me to learn and network within the industry, and the move to a larger company will bring new opportunities for growth.”
Hannah, who recently shared her good news with DLE community members at the Friday Morning Breakfast Club, has received an outpouring of enthusiastic support. She reveals, “I am awestruck by the support and encouragement that I’ve received from the DLE community, even just two weeks after the retreat. When I announced my news at the Breakfast Club, I was met with congratulations and well wishes, which continued throughout the day as the news spread. I am so thankful for the power of this community, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”
SPEAKING OF THE FRIDAY MORNING BREAKFAST CLUB
DLE alumni and newcomers are keeping the community spirit and morning java robust at the weekly Breakfast Club, held every Friday at 7:00 am at Otto’s on Park Square in Pittsfield. It’s a great time for catching up with new friends, meeting new faces and sharing personal and professional stories (as Hannah mentioned in the prior article).
Attending the Nov. 15th Breakfast Club are (left to right around the table) Shannon Ashcroft, Hannah DeLisle-Stall, Sophia Romeu, Dan Bailey, Dorothy Smith, Heather Sheline, Allie Zaffanella, Cam Besse, Kate Lauzon, Michael Laureyns, Roger Gibboni, Kevin Pink, Lenny Light, Anna Worley, Linda Dulye and John Semexant.
Join the DLE Breakfast Club this Friday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 am at Otto’s in Pittsfield.
DLE IN THE COMMUNITY: AMERICAN SOCIETY OF QUALITY
DLE alumni learned the secrets of Tanglewood’s perfect lawns at the Nov. 19th meeting of the American Society of Quality (ASQ) Berkshire Section’s Nov. 19th meeting, featuring guest speaker Bruce Peoples, who has been Tanglewood’s Grounds Manager since 2012. Attending are (left to right) Bobby New, Anna Worley, Deven Roberts, Linda Dulye, Hannah DeLisle-Stall, ASQ Berkshire Section President Ben Bonnell, Adelle Eberhardt and Prince Abanulo.
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY: ALYSSA REED
DLE’19 Retreat Alum Alyssa Reed, Branch Specialist for Greylock Federal Credit Union’s Lanesborough (MA) office, is the recipient of her Berkshire-based organization’s prestigious Good Neighbor Award. The award recognizes Greylock employees who demonstrate exceptional community service by volunteering at community events, serving on local non-profit boards or participating in charity fundraising efforts.
In presenting Alyssa with this special award, Greylock leaders cited, “When an opportunity comes up to get volunteers from Greylock, Alyssa is one of the first ones to raise her hand and always jumps right in to help out the team. She volunteered on a hot humid Saturday to be part of the Greylock Volunteer team for the Tanglewood in the City on the Common this past summer. For the Pittsfield 4th of July Parade Greylock was looking for Balloon Handlers for the parade. Alyssa once again volunteered to help with the balloon on a very hot, hot day. ¾ of the ways through the parade Alyssa stepped into a pothole on North Street and twist her ankle causing a bad sprain, but being the trooper that she is, she continued to finish out the parade with balloon and the group to the end.”
Alyssa, who has found a place on her desk to prominently display her beautiful trophy, says community service is in her DNA. “I am proud to tell our members that I am always looking to help out our wonderful Berkshire County in any way that I can, and I look forward to continuing to do so in 2020.”
She adds, “I have recently accepted a nomination to become a chairman for our Greylock Employee Community Giveback Program where I will be organizing fundraising activities for Greylock employees to participate in throughout the year. I am grateful to be nominated and recognized for my efforts for our community and hope for a great year of giving back.”
2019 GEN NOW RETREAT ASSESSMENT: RESULTS RECAP
Here’s a brief summary of ratings and remarks provided by the 41 finalists and 10 speakers who responded to the DLE Retreat Assessment. Thanks to everyone who made time to openly share their takeaways and ideas.
Topics & Sessions
Keynotes, breakouts and discussion topics overwhelmingly received superb ratings for being relevant to professional development, providing actionable information, keeping interest, and addressing challenges that finalists had personally experienced (all 3.8 out of a highest rating of 4.0)
Newly added topics of Imposter Syndrome and Put Stress in Check, plus Saturday stretch and Sunday Yoga, were crowd pleasers that triggered widespread introspection. As summed in one response, “When asked what I like to do to relax I didn’t have an answer. I don’t know what free time is. (The session) made me realize how important it is to make sure that I am taking care of myself to ensure a better future.”
Creating an Action Plan brought both struggles and smiles. Struggles: As more time spent providing concrete steps to meaningful goal setting was requested in feedback. “I could have used some clearer structure…and more time for collaboration.” Smiles: As the open, lively conversations struck up during Action Planning break-outs offered meaningful “moments where I was able to hear from others, their struggles as well as provide/give feedback. It was a humbling moment.”
Sunday’s closing session with every attendee publicly declaring 2020 personal and professional goals was a grand finale. “It was inspirational to see people open up like that,” wrote one respondent. Another said the session gave them, “goose bumps.” And this comment, “To have the speakers stand up and share goals just like the finalists was really grounding.”
Another chart topper. Speakers overwhelmingly received stellar ratings for being well prepared, knowledgeable about their topics, responsive to questions and comments, approachable and interested in helping finalists achieve personal/professional goals (all 3.9 out of a highest rating of 4.0). In their comments, finalists celebrated speakers for their “authenticity and humble attitude”, for being “incredibly inspiring and fun,” as well as “vulnerable and relatable.”
Every speaker was mentioned in comments. Collectively, their genuine interest to be part of the weekend experience—during day sessions and evening networking receptions–was closely observed and greatly appreciated by finalists. “I loved how the speakers were participants…. In other programs, the speakers just kind of do their thing then leave, but this really gave the whole weekend a feeling that we’re all in it together working toward similar goals.” Added another, “The moment I realized that everyone is just a person no matter what their title is when I felt more comfortable speaking with everyone.”
Speakers, in turn, commended the mutual learning experience. “As a speaker, it was great to have a chance to connect with the attendees and shed light on goal setting and how to zero in on the right goals.”
Asked to compare the Gen Now Retreat with other professional development programs, 90% said it “far exceeded” or “exceeded” programs they had attended. “There is no close second to the experience and learning opportunities provided this weekend.”
Deliberately called an experience—rather than a conference—for the depth of impact through meaningful connections, an inclusive culture and gritty, provocative topics, the Gen Now Retreat was a catalyst for personal and professional growth. Here’s how some described the change:
“I returned to my people leading role and addressed issues with my team upfront rather than pushing them aside and allowing discontent to fester. I asked my team more questions about issues they were experiencing and we worked together to come up with solutions and a plan to address them as a team….Just a weekend after the DLE and I approached my role differently and aspired to provide my team with the guidance, tools and support they need to excel in their positions.”
“On the last day, I said that my goal was to volunteer in the community. Not even a week later, I have signed up to coach a youth basketball team. When I was asked to join, I almost said no due to my busy schedule. Then suddenly I thought about the goal I set at the DLE and told them to sign me right up, with the biggest smile on my face.”
“Before the retreat, I had fallen into a rut, where I was isolated and had sort of lost my “mojo” around career motivation and confidence. Meeting other (young, career-focused) people like me from other industries and with other skill sets allowed me to open up, re-energize and find the confidence I need to make my next career step.”
“I walked into work on Monday with a new outlook and motivation for my future career. I was challenged…. This showed me my true potential in ways that I didn’t know existed.”
“Getting out of my comfort zone is new to me and this really gave me the push to get myself out there.”
“I now find myself going out of my way to shake someone’s hand and introduce myself.”
The gains of friendship, mentors and camaraderie over one remarkable weekend make the Gen Now Retreat experience profoundly unique and priceless. Every respondent commented about how rapidly they moved from small talk to really getting to know attendees and form genuine connections. Networking skills were honed through a steady flow of small and large-group conversations, and a new group of enthusiastic DLE ambassadors unleashed.
“I definitely see myself as part of this DLE community and want to help others experience what I experienced.”
“No one was a spectator. Everyone was willing to be vulnerable. It contributed to a fantastic bonding experience.”
“I met so many great individuals and it’s my hope to stay in touch with every single one.”
“There are very passionate young professionals in the Berkshires. I hadn’t really grasped that concept until this past weekend.”
“I imagine that the impact will continue to unfold in coming weeks and months as friendships blossom and grow…I am refreshed by the opportunity to mentor and be mentored, for the learning was flowing in all directions.”
“I have never found a network that offered such supportive services and space such as the DLE.”
“The retreat has given me a greater sense of belonging to the Berkshire community and a network to bounce ideas off of and collaborate with.”
“I was all so great, but probably connecting more deeply with everyone during social networking events was my favorite–having greater conversations about personal life, work life and aspirations to move forward in life. It was empowering!”
RING IN THE HOLIDAYS BY VOLUNTEERING
With the holidays approaching, opportunities for giving back are surfacing everywhere.
In the Berkshires, 35 nonprofits and municipalities will provide information and answer questions at a Volunteer Fair on Friday, Nov. 15th at Saint James Place, 352 Main Street in Great Barrington, MA. The program runs 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
“This is a great opportunity for the Dulye Leadership Experience community to shop the market and make good on your plans to get involved and give back to your community. Nonprofits really do want YOU!,” explains 2019 DLE Retreat Speaker Liana Toscanini, founder and executive director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires
“We are promoting volunteerism as an effective way to stay active, healthy and engaged in community life. The event highlights the good work of local non-profits and municipal boards and committees – all of whom need to recruit smart, active adults to help them fulfill their missions. At the same time, doing good for one’s community is good for the body and soul of the volunteer.”
Participating organizations include: AARP Massachusetts, Alzheimer’s Association, Barrington Institute, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Berkshire Center for Justice, Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Berkshire Historical Society, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Berkshire United Way, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, Clinton Church Restoration, Community Health Programs, Construct Inc., Dewey Memorial Hall, E for All, Festival Latino, Flying Cloud Institute, HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Jacob’s Pillow, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired, MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at BCC, Railroad Street Youth Project, Riverbrook Residence, Saint James Place, Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Ventfort Hall, Villages of the Berkshires, Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires, and WAM Theatre.
The event is free but registration is required on eventbrite.com — search for “Don’t Just Stand There, Volunteer!”
Attendees will receive volunteer tips and a Skills Checklist for matching personal talents, interests and values with local volunteer opportunities.
12 YEARS OF STEADFAST SUPPORT: THANK YOU KEATOR GROUP
From the first year when the Dulye Leadership Experience was in a pilot stage back in 2008, the Keator Group has been an ardent supporter—believing in the mission to provide profound learning and networking opportunities for next generation leaders. In addition to Matthew Keator’s speaking and coaching commitments over the years, the Keator Group has sponsored networking receptions at every retreat.
A view of the mantel at their Lenox, MA offices well captures that unique bond with photos of DLE Retreat alumni from the past 12 years, including the 2019 Gen Now Retreat (latest addition to the collection on the far left). Need more space!
STAYING CONNECTED THE DLE WAY
Submitted by Jenna Parezo, DLE ’15 and Regional Sales Manager for Otis Elevator in Chicago, IL
It has been almost three years since Kristyn Lao and I were last together! After meeting at the DLE and graduating from college, we used to be nearby each other in Stamford, CT. Being from California, Kristyn and her husband, Tin, were like the family I didn’t have on the east coast.
When I moved to Chicago to take a job with Otis Elevators, it was around the time that Kristyn was diving headfirst into med school. We were overdue for some quality time together!
Something we loved to do back in Connecticut was go out to eat, so, I happened upon some tickets to a Gala in support of the Trotter project (more info can be found here: www.thetrotterproject.org). The gala featured a six-course meal by four Michelin Star chefs in the Chicago area. We were surrounded by great company and had a night full of good food and good wine of course! It felt as though we saw each other yesterday.
I am so happy to have reconnected with Kristyn. Our time together was a friendly reminder of why I look up to her and see her as a role model in my life.
It seems like yesterday we were at the DLE in the Berkshires sharing our stories when I had my “aha” moment after hearing Kristyn share her story. Since that day, we have shared a bond unlike any other. I am so incredibly thankful for my DLE role models and friends and know that I always have someone who will listen and offer unsolicited advice, even when I don’t think I need it.
(Kristyn, a DLE ’08 and ’09 Retreat Alum, is a 4th year medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.)
RESPECT IN THE WORKPLACE: HOW TO GET IT
What can you do to earn respect on the job? Learn and use names. Speak up. Say thank you. Plus 30 other tips await in this Inc. article recommended by 2019 DLE Retreat Speaker Wendy Healy, who is Chair of the WAM Theatre Board of Directors.
Wendy shares, “I remember learning at different points “Leaders show up”. “Leaders do what they say they are going to do”. And “Always admit it when you are wrong or if you don’t know the answer”. These tips and more are all here, along with some of my other favorites like scheduling tips and being willing to move on. I’d love to hear from the DLE community whether there are any here they would like to try, or any they use that aren’t on the list? Here’s to RESPECT!!”
MGM TOP EXEC HERALDS DLE IMPACT ON TALENT DEVELOPMENT
Mike Mathis, MGM Springfield President and COO, who so generously shared his expertise, advice and time with the 2019 Dulye Leadership Experience Retreat finalists on Nov. 1-3, has given this enthusiastic endorsement of the DLE’s substantive impact on young professionals:
“The Dulye Leadership Experience increases the value of an organization’s greatest assets–its people–through the professional and personal development accelerated through innovative programs like the Gen Now Retreat. I plan to be back every year and to bring key members of my team to experience it for themselves.”
“I feel very fortunate to have been invited to this event and to meet Linda (Dulye) and this extraordinary community of rising young professionals, corporate executives and established business owners.”
“They all share a desire to learn and grow by openly sharing their challenges and tools in a way that is refreshingly genuine and collaborative.”
BLOW-OUT ELECTION VICTORY FOR DLE DEBUT CANDIDATE
By a landslide! That’s how Patrick Kavey of our DLE community earned his first political win on Nov. 5—earning 67.5% of the vote for the hotly contested Ward 5 City Council seat in Pittsfield.
Pictured with 2019 DLE Retreat alum Anna Worley just hours before polls closed, Patrick will be the youngest member of the Pittsfield City Council when he takes office in January 2020. Patrick met Anna in October when she interviewed him for an article in the DLE Communication Connection newsletter. Since that meeting, Anna has been an active supporter on Patrick’s campaign trail.
A major factor contributing to Patrick’s blow-out victory was a face-to-face communication strategy that included knocking on voters’ doors and having one-on-one conversations about their concerns, ideas and interests.
Patience and persistence also factored in as he explains, “At the beginning of the campaign, I would knock on a door and really have to sell myself, going into details about who I am and what I stand for. After the preliminary election, people already knew who I was and mainly asked me policy questions. Closer to the general election, people welcomed me into their homes, hugged me, and told me that I was the positive change they believed the city needs.
“I went from complete stranger to someone who was welcome on properties that had no trespassing signs posted.”
2019 DLE RETREAT INSPIRES, CHALLENGES AND UNITES A NEW ALUMNI COMMUNITY
Rave reviews have lit up office conversations and social media platforms as the 44 DLE Gen Now Retreat finalists—now alumni—are sharing their profound experiences with colleagues, bosses and friends.
Here’s how the Nov. 1-3 immersion weekend has been life changing, personally and professionally: “I walked away with a whole list of goals, a plan to make them happen, and some new friends”-Alison Brigham, Lee Bank
“The DLE retreat was the refresh I needed to feel inspired again and to continue working on developing myself personally and professionally. Being surrounded by other motivated professionals and hearing about their work experiences helped me realize how similar our challenges and successes have been. No matter how different our journeys, we are all on our own paths toward career advancement and we now have each other to lean on if we ever need another perspective. The lessons I learned throughout the weekend will be remembered as I put my action plan into practice.”-Victoria Kim, Toyota Lexus Financial Services
“My 4th DLE Retreat did not disappoint. The DLE did not disappoint. I haven’t been to a professional development program where you spend 36 hours learning how to be a better leader from executives in nonprofits, fortune 500 companies, and our US Military. I was challenged to look at myself critically and evaluate if my habits are going to help me accomplish the goals in my 2020 action plan.”-Marcus Coleman, FS Investments
“The DLE was a life-changing experience and blew my expectations out of the water. It was an honor to be given the opportunity to share a room with such a diverse group of professionals and leaders. I will forthright implement everything I learned into my career and personal life.”—Bobby New, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing
“It was nothing short of exceptional. The lessons and tips I gained from not only the speakers. but the other attendees, are ones I will remember and use for the rest of my career. Being among this community is inspirational and has changed my life.” -Kalee Carmel, 18 Degrees
“I am energized and inspired by the people, the learning and the love that was flowing all weekend. Berkshire employers take note: this is not “Leadership Training” as usual. This retreat focuses on everything you are not able to within your own corporate programs.”– Wendy Healey, WAM Theatre
RAISING THE DLE’S COMMUNITY PRESENCE
One day after heading out from their transformative learning and networking weekend, alumni of the 2019 DLE Retreat kept their connection vibrant by attending the Nov. 4th meeting of the Berkshire Business and Professional Women organization in Pittsfield, MA.
Joining in the evening’s conversation were DLE Retreat alumni (left to right) Kalee Carmel, Kate Lauzon, Linda Dulye, Deborah Ferro Burke, Hannah DeLisle-Stall and Allison Loring. Kalee has stepped up to a key role on the organization’s Membership Committee. Kate, Allison and Hannah have recently joined as new members, and Linda serves on the organization’s Mentorship Committee.
COULD THERE BE A DLE EMMY IN THE HOUSE?
Investigative reporter and DLE community member Danielle Waugh, a correspondent for DLE’s Community Connection and a 3-time DLE Retreat attendee, has been recognized with two regional Emmy nominations, one of the highest professional awards in the industry. This is the first time in Danielle’s eight-year career she has been nominated.
An investigative reporter at WPEC in Palm Beach, FL, Danielle is in the running for an education reporting award for a series of stories about changes since the Parkland school shooting and for a consumer and business reporting award for an investigation into a South Florida moving company accused of fraud.
Winners are decided by journalists across the country and the coveted award is sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Suncoast Chapter. Danielle is competing with reporters from the Southeast US in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Puerto Rico.
Danielle’s station, CBS12 News in West Palm Beach, received a total of 14 nominations, the most out of any station in the region. Winners will be announced in December.
LEVERAGE CO-WORKERS’ STRENGTHS / FOCUS ON INCLUSION
What skills are in demand by the elite finalists gathering in the Berkshires Nov. 1 for the start of the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat? Two Berkshire-based young professionals share their goals. Submitted by Allison Loring, Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer at Pittsfield Cooperative Bank in Pittsfield MA
1. EXPAND MY NETWORK. I grew up in the Berkshires and after spending most of my adult life in metropolitan areas, I recently chose to settle here. I love my personal community here plus the access to nature and am excited to now build a professional network in the Berkshires and learn more about the business world in the county.
2. OVERCOME “NEWBIE” FEARS. I recently started a new job in the Berkshires. For me, starting something new allows fear to creep in – fear that I won’t succeed or won’t fit in. In hindsight, I see that previous new experiences have worked out. But I would love tips on integrating into this new role and with this new team more quickly and with more ease.
3. LEVERAGE CO-WORKERS’ STRENGTHS. In many ways, being an independent worker has been an asset for me, but it has also been a detriment. I know my co-workers have a great deal of knowledge, experience and creativity I can learn from but, in the past, I haven’t always known how to ask for help and leverage it while problem solving. In this new position, I am looking to learn and grow from those around me without losing my strength as a strong individual contributor.
Submitted by Kevin Pink, Economic Development Coordinator at 1 Berkshire in Pittsfield, MA
1. EFFECTIVE, EQUITABLE COLLABORATION: Even when we make our best efforts at distributing a workload according to bandwidth and proficiency, balance can still be an elusive target. I’m interested in learning how to better assess partners’ abilities and bandwidth, articulate my own, and arrive at an equitable apportionment of responsibility.
2. FOCUS ON INCLUSION. Throughout my career, I have largely worked with people very similar to me. I’m at peace with knowing that I don’t have all the answers, and I believe in honoring lived experience and the varied perspectives it can bring. Differences are assets, not liabilities. I’m excited to learn about building new connections with inclusion and creating opportunities to bring more voices into the conversation.
3. NOW WHAT? When you begin your career in the teeth of a recession (tip: avoid if possible), you need to focus on the challenges immediately in front of you. As your career advances and you find your feet, it can be easy to stay focused on that triage mindset and miss the career forest for the job trees. I’m eager to learn best practices around defining ambitious long-term goals and building a strategy that leverages existing and new career assets to meet those goals. I’m thrilled about the opportunity to work with DLE colleagues and speakers to create and activate a Development Action Plan!
With young professionals representing 29 companies and organizations, the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat offers its greatest industry diversity yet. And, that number increases to 42 when speakers are added in.
Finalists earning one of the 45 exclusive seats are traveling from as far away as Plano, TX for three days of riveting keynote, break out and coaching sessions on topics ranging from networking to effective communication to imposter syndrome to stress & self-care. Click here to look at the Nov. 1-3 Retreat Schedule.
Here’s an alphabetical list of the organizations where Retreat finalists and attendees work:
Berkshire Community Action Council
Berkshire Immigrant Center
Berkshire Innovation Center
Berkshire Institute for Action Learning
Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing
City of Pittsfield
Dulye & Co.
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Greylock Federal Credit Union
Hillcrest Educational Centers
John Dewey Academy
Lenox Library Association
Naval War College
Miss Hall’s School
Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires
Pittsfield Cooperative Bank
Royal Property Group
The Keator Group
Toyota Lexus Financial Services
Youth, Education and Sport (YES) Initiative, INC
IMPROVE MYSELF AND MY COMMUNITY / BECOME A CEO
What skills are the 45 elite finalists readying to attend the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat eager to build? Two Berkshire-based young professionals share their goals. Submitted by Jonn Semexant, Network Administrator at Pittsfield Cooperative Bank:
1. GAIN KNOWLEDGE. At its most basic is the facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. The average American spends there first 18 to 26 years acquiring facts and information through a standardized format. A world where textbooks are gospel and professors are orators on loan from a higher power. Though information is important like a rue in good gumbo, I don’t believe true knowledge comes from facts and information alone. We need points of connection to the real world. We need that information to help lead us to the fulfillment and success we seek. I hope to be talking with fellow finalists, seeing how they’ve applied to knowledge in their own lives will help me do so in my own experience.
2. GAIN EXPERIENCES. I view new experiences as not only to a way to open up my own understanding of the world but also as little paths that could help me on my own road to success. Learning how other professionals and successful individuals in the Berkshires and beyond conquered a given trial or tribulation can give me the insight require to solve issues that come about in my own professional life.
3. GAIN A NETWORK. I want to network with like-minded individuals striving for ways to make themselves and the community they live in a better place to live. By interacting with one another we gain a better understanding of how we interconnect on a professional level and how it affects our community on a personal level. I’m excited to learn, excited to grow as an individual, and excited to get to know everyone.
Submitted by Heather Sheline, Online Account Opening Specialist at Greylock Federal Credit Union:
1. NEW CONNECTIONS: I’m hoping to network with as many people as possible. Knowledge is power and I love to learn from new people with new perspectives.
2. LEADERSHIP QUALITIES: I want to develop my skills so I can become a CEO. It has always been a goal of mine. My background has taken me from retail, education, ecommerce, and now finance. I’m not sure what’s next but I hope someday that I’ll reach my goal of CEO. With this goal in mind, I need to enhance my public speaking skills. While in the position of CEO, I would need to engage large rooms and focus attention. My worst fear would be to have a room full of people yawning.
3. COLLABORATIVE TECHNIQUES: I would like to strengthen my collaboration skills to work more in unison with teammates. When I talk about collaboration with my team, I really want to hone my communication skills. I think to be a strong leader and communicator, you need to possess a special quality in the way you convey your thoughts. It’s not what you said but how you say it. That really resonates with me because I want to make sure I come across as a manager and not as a boss.
DLE OPEN FORUM MOVES TO JANUARY
With election season in full swing, the DLE Open Forum: The Big Reveal: How Pittsfield Government Works has been rescheduled from November 18th to Monday, January 27th at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield, MA.
True to the Open Forum format, this will be an informative, interactive evening with top elected, appointed and selected leaders discussing the structure and operations of Pittsfield government. The event is presented by the Dulye Leadership Experience and Mill Town Capital.
Stay tuned for more details on THE DLE COMMUNITY HUB.
INTERVIEW PREP: WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK HERE?
Tips for attention grabbing responses to the timeless interview question—“Why do you want to work here?”–await in this Forbes article.
Advance prep is a must. The article advocates that you “arm yourself with knowledge” about the organization and its leadership. Equally important is to “spend an equal amount of time talking and listening for the duration of the interview.”
PLAY TO OTHERS’ STRENGTHS
What skills are the 45 elite finalists readying to attend the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat eager to build? Michelle Lopez, executive director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center in Pittsfield, MA, reveals her top three:
1. GREATER SENSE OF COMMUNITY. Being new to the Berkshires I’m very eager to meet people and form both professional and personal relationships. I love that my position as executive director makes me visible in the community, but I want to learn more about local initiatives and what’s important to my neighbors. I want to get into the microcosm, instead of always being focused on casting a wide net. I look forward to hearing about how others find that balance and integrate more into their local culture.
2. FIND MEANINGFUL WAYS TO GIVE BACK. Having been in international education for almost ten years I tend to be wary of community service projects. Did they come out of a grassroots initiative? Who is really benefiting more, those volunteering or those being helped? Is the impact long-lasting, does it inspire real change? I know that there are many community programs that have achieved wonderful outcomes, so I look forward to learning more about volunteerism and intentionality from the DLE speakers at the retreat!
3. IMPROVE MY DELEGATION SKILLS. I have been told by my colleagues in previous roles that delegating is my weakest skill. I try to not burden others so that they don’t get burnt out, but then I can get overworked. I want to play to people’s strengths so that everyone stays motivated and continues to work together as a team. Sometimes our positions can feel isolated when we are all working on siloed projects, so I’d like to figure out how to bring everyone together more often than just for team meetings.
BET ON YOURSELF: COACHING FROM MGM PRESIDENT & DLE RETREAT SPEAKER MIKE MATHIS
Written by Danielle Waugh, DLE ’10, ’12 & ‘13, Investigative Reporter at WPEC in Palm Beach, FL—and featured in the October DLE Community Connection newsletter.
When Mike Mathis was in law school, he never imagined his career would take him to the casino. After he settled down and started a family in Las Vegas, he didn’t think he’d end up moving to Massachusetts a few years later. And he never predicted—or asked for—a promotion to President and COO of MGM Springfield Casino Resort and Hotel.
But Mike has never second-guessed his skills, passions, and career path that led him to this unexpected place.
“I think one thing that’s been true throughout my career is some of the best opportunities are ones that you’re not necessary looking for,” he explained. “It’s always a balance of being goal oriented and open minded. Be open and well-positioned to walk through any doors that open for you.”
When he was in law school, he remembers a professor saying the average attorney would have seven employers throughout their career. Mike thought he’d be the exception to that rule and assumed he would get into criminal law and stay with one firm until he retired.
Instead, his career path has taken many unexpected turns. Mike went from criminal to commercial trial work, from corporate to transactional work, and then started to develop an interest in business.
A few years into his career, he was seeking a change in geography and lifestyle. While visiting an old classmate in Las Vegas, he learned more about gaming and imagined how his skill set could apply to that industry.
He took a job as an in-house lawyer and eventually went from corporate legal work to operations, project development, and government affairs.
All of these moves could have been a gamble—but Mike let his passions and interests lead the way. When he was tapped to lead MGM’s new casino in Springfield, MA, it was a big decision for Mike and his family, but he accepted—in part, because of how passionate he was about the project.
“I did not lobby for the job internally, but because of the time I spent on the ground, my management thought it would develop me professionally. They knew I had seen Springfield’s plans since day one, when it was just a pile of dirt and a pencil sketch,” he said.
Today, a few years into this unexpected leadership position, Mike says he “couldn’t be happier”—but that doesn’t mean it’s been without challenges. In its first year in business, the casino fell short of its projected gross gaming revenues. It was a disappointment, but Mike realized, “it’s important for me to stay positive to lead the team through it.”
Looking ahead to year two, Mike is working to gather as much information as possible. “There are areas we are over-performing in, and areas where we are under-performing,” he explained. His plan now is to speak to customers, get feedback about the business, and ultimately better understand the market trends and the competition.
When you’re dealt a bad hand, facing an unexpected disappointment, Mike’s advice is to never fold—use it as an opportunity to learn and grow.
As he advises, “All you can do is take in all the data, all the feedback, to try and improve. Then, you do more of what’s working, less of what’s not. Recalibrate. Learn from your customers. The whole time, stay really positive.”
Mike Mathis will speak at the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat on the topic, How to Set, Communicate and Achieve Goals.
WHERE WOMEN FALL BEHIND AT WORK
Surprising key findings await in the fifth annual Women in the Workplace study conducted by Lean In and McKinsey. The report is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the career experiences of working women and men. A major finding: Women move up the career ladder in smaller numbers than men at every stage—and they lose the most ground early in their careers. Read the report and this Wall Street Journal analysis.
ASPIRE TO BUILD RICH RELATIONSHIPS
Real wealth comes through the quality of relationships, states this CNBC report. Read why individuals who nurture rich relationships don’t always have big bank accounts (though they know how to save money and spend wisely), but they do have lofty goals and aspirations — that they actively try to achieve.
NO LONGER “THE INTERN”
What skills are the 45 elite finalists readying to attend the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat eager to build? Bobby New, Staff Accountant at Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee, MA, reveals his top three:
1. ESTABLISH MY ROLE: After participating in three internships, I have been hired as a full-time employee. I am excited to learn through the DLE how to maximize my opportunities and establish my role as something other than “The Intern.” I am constantly around upper management the owners of the company. At times, I feel like a little fish in a big pond and want to learn how to further establish my identity and role as an employee.
2. STAY MOTIVATED: Working for a small company has its difficulties. You see the same people every day and it is easy to fall into habits. I am eager to learn strategies on how to keep my energy and motivation high when work has become routine.
3. MAKE CONNECTIONS: Networking is vital to all young professionals who are entering the work force. The DLE will be instrumental in educating me further on the importance and concepts surrounding effective networking.
SKATING TO A HIGHER LEVEL ON ICE AND IN THE WORKPLACE
Submitted by 2019 DLE Retreat finalist Dan Bailey, Systems Safety and Human Factors Engineer, General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, MA
Last weekend, I was part of a training program at the Albany Academy in upstate New York to complete my USA Hockey Level 2 Coaching certification. The class was part of the Coaching Education Program led by Corey Rosoff (left in photo with Dan), who is the Coaching Education Section Coordinator /North Section for New York State USA Hockey.
A year ago, I completed Level 1 training at Madison Square Garden, where staff and coaches from the New York Rangers, as well as doctors from New York University presented. Although I am taking a year off from coaching, I wanted to continue my certification process as I feel that leadership qualities come in many different forms and these are another opportunity to expose myself to them.
Hockey is a family tradition. Last year I coached a high school hockey team with my father Chuck Bailey–who was the head coach and I was the assistant. Growing up, my dad always coached my travel teams. Now he is taking the time to coach me on how to coach. Also, my uncle Mike Bailey is the Head Coach for Framingham State University. (Dan—center in photo—with father on the left and uncle at right.)
This photo, taken in April 2017, is extremely memorable. That day was my first time in nearly five years to be back on the ice, after receiving a severe concussion that ended my hockey career. My decision to get into coaching was triggered by my love for the sport and a desire to give back in a way that I am skillful.
These types of classes can get very technical, getting into the fine details of the sport, but I have found that there are always several concepts that you can take away and translate into other aspects of your life.
The first and most impactful concept came from the main guest speaker, Gavin Rosoff. Gavin is currently a Vice President for USA Hockey as well as the International Council Chair, where he has been successful and influential asset in the develop of the men’s and women’s programs. During his presentation, he emphasized that you cannot build the perfect athlete/hockey player. You can’t force someone to do anything.
He noted, however, that you can make the experience fun and give others the opportunity to succeed. On the surface this translates very easily into coaching, but I feel this translates into leadership and management techniques. Culture and environment are crucial to a company’s success. As an aspiring leader, I want to create a place where people want to be and come back to every day, while working towards the same goal.
Another concept that came up were the keys to coaching. These include building relationships with your players, making everyone be and feel like a valuable member of the team, and the communication and language used with your players. I believe this applies to any leader. Using these concepts will help maximize the efficiency of an organization, develop workplace culture and increase the chances of success for your group.
Several speakers talked about habits, both good and bad. They discussed how it is essential to develop good habits and break bad habits early in a player’s development. As the player grows, it becomes much more difficult to break habits years down the road.
The first thing that came to mind for me was onboarding new employees and team members. This topic touches upon one of the reasons why I wanted to get involved with hockey again. I want to work with athletes to not only develop their on-ice skills, but also skills that translate off the ice. Many skills that athletes of all sports learn are translatable to their jobs and careers. From a very early age, players learn about responsibility, accountability, time management, leadership, work ethic, competitiveness, and creativity.
Next year, I plan on attending another course and completing the requirements for my level 3 coaching. However, I plan on working these concepts immediately into my leadership techniques as they are being developed on the job.
HOT READS: PREPARATION MATTERS
Lessons learned from a Jeopardy contestant that apply to the job interview process are captured in this Seattle Times article. Practical tips for being comfortable, composed and captivating in your answers.
WHY FEEDBACK MATTERS
The risk of working in an echo chamber is extraordinary, as the Wall Street Journal recounts in this article about Boeing’s communication culture. Read why two-way communication is a workplace essential.
CAREER MOVES: DRIVING INNOVATION AT ANHEUSER-BUSCH
DLE 2018 Gen Now Retreat alum Lexi Aruck talks about her recent experience moving up at Anheuser-Busch InBev. Starting next month, Lexi leaves her current position of Packaging Quality Manager at the company’s Baldwinsville (NY) Brewery and heads to St. Louis to drive innovation.
I’m moving to our zone corporate office to be a project manager for innovations, with the title of Management Systems Specialist. I’ll manage our new product roll outs from the highest viewpoint.
The interview process was a great learning experience for me. I’ve known for a while that I wanted to make a change and get out of the brewery and out of direct manufacturing. I saw a position listed internally with the title, Innovations Acceleration Project Manager. I met nearly all of the qualifications, with the exception of direct brewing experience.
I interviewed for the position, and two weeks later was asked to interview with a different set of people within the Innovations department. To my surprise, this interview was for a different position entirely.
My internal career profile lists my interest to move into field marketing/commercial; something that I’ve been very vocal about. Because of that, among other things, the Innovations Team presented me with a different position that they thought better suited my goals. The position would nurture a relationship with the commercial team and could make the transition between the supply and commercial functions a little more seamless.
In my new job, I will be managing our new product creation and deployments from a supply perspective, interfacing with the commercial team and managing at the highest level at the beginning stages of the projects. The best part of this move is that I will have direct exposure to the senior leaders of the company, and I’ll be a contributing member of the fastest growing team within it: Innovations.
Moving to a new city by myself is incredibly nerve wracking, but also so exciting. I’m lucky to have lived in St. Louis previously, so I know which neighborhoods to target, and understand generally what kind of vibe the city has. I’ll be leaving my family and boyfriend in New York, but they’ve all been so incredibly supportive that the transition was an easy decision; one that I was certain I needed to do for my career and overall happiness.”
LOOKING FOR ADVICE TO BUILD A DREAM CAREER
What skills are the 45 elite finalists readying to attend the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat eager to build? Cam Besse, Insurance Agent with Liberty Mutual in Western Massachusetts, reveals his top three:
1. Career Planning: Everyone attending is in the same position – wondering “how do I build my dream career?” The retreat will let me learn from individuals who are miles ahead of me professionally. Their successes, failures, and perspectives are GOLD for someone trying to make a mark on their industry.
2. Networking: I’m looking forward to meeting the attendees. The DLE brings together people of different interests, backgrounds and professional status. This type of opportunity shouldn’t be taken lightly because you never know who you will meet and how they will change your trajectory.
3. Innovation: When you put 45 individuals in a room together, all with diverse industry perspectives and backgrounds, you are bound to have interesting conversations about the future of an industry. I’m looking forward to hearing about those innovations. Who knows? You might be able to use that information to disrupt your own industry.
CAREER MOVES: TAKING A LEADERSHIP ROLE AT UMASS
Dale Osef, a DLE 2018 Gen Now Retreat alum, has moved to a new role as Assistant Director of Career Development at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dale says his responsibilities include supporting informatics and computer sciences students with career development using resume reviews, cover letter reviews, networking (LinkedIn) consultations, salary negotiation consultations, mock behavioral based interviewing, and mock technical interviewing
He also will be involved with employer networking and recruitment efforts, co-supervising a team of student career developers.
ARE YOU A HIGH POTENTIAL EMPLOYEE?
Does your company view you as a high potential employee? Do you even know for sure? Discover the answers in this Fast Company must read.
DITCH THE COMFORT ZONE, GAIN NEW FRIENDS AND PERSPECTIVES
What are the 45 talented finalists getting ready to attend the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat looking to gain? Anna Worley, Systems Engineer at General Dynamics in Pittsfield, MA, shares her top three vote getters. Here’s Anna’s list:
1. Networking: As much as I have loved growing up in the Berkshires, it adds a level of difficulty when it comes to networking with young professionals in the area. Many of the young people at my office are classmates from high school, friends from sports growing up, etc. I am excited for the opportunity to meet with young professionals from all over and develop new friendships.
2. New Perspectives: At work, I am surrounded by the same, sometimes “old-school” perspectives on certain issues and situations. The DLE is an opportunity for me to bring these issues to people from all types of employers and backgrounds and hear new ideas on how to handle them.
3. Uncomfortable Situations: As crazy as it seems, I am excited to be taken out of my comfort zone into situations that I am not used to. I am looking forward to using these difficult situations as a way to grow and develop my skills as an individual and as a professional.
LISTEN AND LEARN: DLE ROOTS
DLE Founder Linda Dulye joins Brave Girls Podcast creator and host Tracy Imm in a lively and provocative discussion of ROOTS–Linda’s and the Dulye Leadership Experience’s.
Listen here and discover the past, present and future course of the groundbreaking learning and networking dynamics that distinguish the DLE.
Brave Girls is heard in 48 countries and continues to grow audience for its’ value-packed, high vibe content. Linda joins an elite group of 51 Brave Girls that have stepped forward to share their stories and wisdom with Tracy and the world.
DLE RETREAT SNEAK PREVIEW: IMPOSTER SYNDROME
Watch Christina Fieni preview strategies for gaining self-confidence and overcoming imposter syndrome that she’ll be discussing at the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat.
Promoted to the youngest female director at internationally acclaimed ad agency, Droga5, based in New York City, Christina admits that she was initially haunted by feelings of not being worthy or ready to tackle her new assignment.
Reflecting on her DLE experience, Christina—a 2014 DLE retreat attendee–calls the weekend learning immersion “one of the most groundbreaking experiences I’ve had” and looks forward to getting “a refresher” on Nov. 1-3 in the Berkshires. This is the retreat’s 12th year.
Christina is teaming up with Andrea Lein Ph.D., Head of School at the John Dewey Academy in Great Barrington, MA for their retreat presentation, Beating Imposter Syndrome.
CAREER MOVES: CHRIS SMITH
DLE 2018 Retreat alum Chris Smith takes on a new career challenge as the Associate General Counsel at the Cannabis Control Commission, moving from the Berkshires to Natick, MA. Chris says he’ll be straddling work assignments in Boston and Worcester.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Read how longtime DLE Retreat faculty member Matthew Keator (photo, third from the right), a partner in The Keator Group in Lenox, MA, makes dreams come true with the gift of citizenship. Matthew will be speaking on the topic of Financial Wellness: Staying in the Green Zone at the upcoming 2019 Gen Now Retreat on Nov. 1-3.
DLE Community Member Patrick Kavey won the first victory of his political career earning 46% of the vote cast for Ward 5 City Council in Pittsfield (MA)’s preliminary election on Tuesday (Sept. 17). For Patrick (sharing the victory in this photo with his mom and campaign treasurer, Tina Archambault), who has been non-stop in his community outreach, the campaign trail has provided continuous learning and personal growth.
“Throughout the campaign I have learned a great deal,” he admits. “My background in management has aided me in leading my dedicated staff of volunteers, handling campaign finance with ease and efficiently scheduling time. What I have learned the most about is the specifics of starting a campaign. There are many hurdles to overcome when becoming a candidate for office.”
Only taking a quick breather, Patrick is gearing up for the November election and facing a longtime incumbent. He calls his victory “outstanding,” adding, “I am so appreciative for the voters who believe in my vision and are giving me the opportunity to serve them. When you lead with honesty and integrity and work hard, anything is possible. On to November!”
By the way, Patrick intends to share his lessons learned! He makes this campaign promise: “In the future, I plan on making information readily available to those who wish to run and hosting a campaign 101 boot camp.”
SIMPLY UNFORGETTABLE DLE LESSONS LEARNED
Submitted by Sean Fernandez, Senior Analyst, Licensing Finance at Spotify, New York, NY
I recently accepted a job offer at Spotify! I’ll be joining their Licensing Finance team and I couldn’t be more excited to get started. As I went through the interview process, I kept thinking back to the lessons learned during the DLE and it paid off immensely.
In particular, one of the main areas of benefit that the DLE provided was the creation of the “I am” statement that defined my personal brand and how to express it. When I was preparing for my interviews, I kept thinking about the story line of the early stages of my career and how it has shaped my skill set and background. Simplifying these types of answers was very helpful in me articulating why I was a strong fit for the role.
Our team provides analysis and insights on the deals and royalty contracts between Spotify and the music labels and publishers. This has been a steep learning curve, but I am learning so much about the music industry and its truly been a great change of pace.
CAREER OPPORTUNITY AT PERCOLATE
Submitted by 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat Speaker Ken Pouliot, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Percolate
Are you passionate about building great brands? Are you seeking a career that allows you to work with the world’s fastest-growing companies? Percolate is looking for high-energy, driven professionals with a strong work ethic, technical aptitude, and natural sales instincts to join our Business Development organization.
The Business Development team is the first point of contact for our future customers, responsible for generating opportunities for our greater sales team. Ideal candidates are creative, passionate, go-getters who enjoy the day-to-day hustle, seek out big challenges, and thrive in a fast-paced and innovative work environment.
Since 2011, Percolate has addressed the enormous challenges presented by enterprise marketing operations and has been foundational in the development of new categories of marketing technology – Content Marketing Platforms (CMP) and Marketing Resource Management (MRM). The company has been recognized as the only consensus leader in these emerging categories by analyst firms like Forrester, Gartner, and SiriusDecisions – a growing space that represents more than $4 billion in potential annual revenue.
Today, Percolate serves over 600 brands. Some of the world’s largest companies — including Microsoft, Cisco, Cigna, Electronic Arts, and Bosch — use Percolate to help them deal with one of the fundamental challenges facing all marketers – orchestrating their marketing processes and enabling the best possible customer experiences.
Our Business Development Representative (BDR) Program prepares entry-level candidates for an exciting and rewarding career. You’ll be surrounded by smart, ambitious, and caring leaders and colleagues who are invested in your personal and professional growth. You will get the best of both worlds – hands-on training, paired with the freedom to work independently. Percolate will provide you with the building blocks to give you a competitive edge and advance your career.
HOT READS FOR GIVING PRESENTATIONS AND LEADING OTHERS
IMPROVE YOUR NEXT PRESENTATION: What hand gestures can help you create a solid connection during your next presentation? Click and learn.
WHAT GREAT LEADERS DON’T DO: Whether you are the boss or aspiring to be one, here are 8 actions to avoid if you want to motivate team members to give their best from Harvard Business Review.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO FINISH BIG IN 2019
Submitted by DLE Founder and Executive Director Linda Dulye
Halfway into our 45-minute weekday spin class, my former Coast Guard-helicopter-pilot-turned-instructor Rick barks out, “challenge yourself,” as we kick up the resistance to climb an imaginary mountain and “feel the burn.”
Stretch moves like that—whether in a gym or on the job—are essential for building new capabilities to grow and improve. With the fourth quarter of 2019 looming, what are you doing to finish big?
Nine months ago, I challenged myself to expand the footprint of the Dulye Leadership Experience with new programming that would connect and grow a vibrant young professional community, particularly here in the Berkshires where under-40 talent is essential for the region’s economic revitalization.
Through the introduction of topical Open Forums, Coffee & Coaching Sessions, Social Get-Togethers and the super active DLE Portal, our DLE community has vastly grown by hundreds and our reputation has garnered broad respect for quality, relevance and impact.
At a special ceremony last week, surrounded by members of our DLE community, I received the Berkshire 25 award for the learning and networking accomplishments that this program has made. Without question, this recognition is truly awesome. As is the accompanying challenge it brings to keep innovating.
And we will as the DLE forges a new partnership with the Berkshire Innovation Center, now nearing completion, where our 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat will launch on Nov. 1.
With fall’s looming arrival, challenge yourself to new possibilities and finish big in 2019. As spin guru Rick would say, “keep pushing.”
See more photos from the Berkshire 25 Award Ceremony
CHECK OUT THE LATEST SCHEDULE FOR THE 2019 DLE GEN NOW RETREAT HERE
CAREER MOVES: RISING TO NEW CHALLENGES
Submitted by DLE Retreat Alum Tiffany Chu, Senior Operational Technology Project Manager, McKesson, Dallas, TX
After almost 3 years working at Hilti and advancing my role to a Project Management Team Lead, I decided I needed a different challenge. Shortly after, I was contacted by McKesson about an opportunity in their Operational Technology Project Management Organization to be part of building a new team while working on a 5+ years Cyber security initiative.
I decided to challenge myself to a side of technology I haven’t worked in yet while being able to build a team from the ground up as I’ve done with Hilti.
My new role also allows me to grow within a Project Management Organization that uses Agile practices which is something I was looking for as both of those are my passion as well.
McKesson distributes pharmaceuticals while providing health information technology, medical supplies, and care management tools.
Submitted by DLE Retreat Alum Andrew Diamond, Manager/Sports Partnerships and Marketing, SiriusXM, New York, NY
I’m now working on various partnership and sponsorships, ranging from brands to teams to leagues, across these sports channels on SiriusXM: Barstool Sports, ESPNU, NCAA Conference Channels, Fantasy Sports, Fight Nation (UFC/MMA), Fox Sports, Mad Dog Radio, MLB Network Radio and NASCAR.
HOT RESOURCE: SAY IT SUCCINCTLY!
Submitted by 2019 DLE Retreat Finalist Marcus Coleman, Advisory Associate, FS Investments, Philadelphia, PA.
This Harvard Business Review article about giving a great presentation was meaningful to me because we can all develop into great public speakers with great technique.
People often assume great public speakers don’t get nervous or know how to manage their nerves really well. This all may be true. However, public speaking is like any other skill—with great technique and repetition we can become better public speakers.
SELECTION WEEKEND HELD FOR DLE GEN NOW RETREAT
DLE alumni and speakers in three locations conducted separate reviews of the 51 applications to the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat. United by specific guidelines for evaluating and rating applicants, Candidate Review Team members in the Berkshires, Connecticut and Pennsylvania made final selections for the 45 retreat seats over the Labor Day Weekend.
The robust applicant pool included young professionals representing more than 35 companies and organizations, based in the Berkshires and as far away as Plano, TX. “There is tremendous diversity in their experiences, career paths, interests, developmental needs and professional accomplishments,” notes DLE Founder Linda Dulye. “I am deeply appreciative of our Review Team members who generously gave their time over a holiday period to thoroughly read hundreds of answers to the application’s questions and make their thoughtful selections. As exciting as it is to gain insight into each applicant, it is also very difficult to determine final cuts.”
Applicants earning a seat to the Nov. 1-3 Retreat in the Berkshires will receive their congratulatory correspondence by Sept. 9.
Stay tuned to the DLE Portal for updates about who’s attending and what’s happening throughout the retreat weekend, starting with a history-making Day 1 program at the brand-new Berkshire Innovation Center. The DLE is gearing up to be the first group to attend a program at the center, which is nearing completion in Pittsfield, MA.
The 2019 Gen Now Retreat runs Nov. 1-3 at various locations in the Berkshires. This is the 12th year for the annual retreat.
SAYING GOODBYE TO TANGLEWOOD’S 2019 SEASON—DLE STYLE
DLE community members were among thousands under the stars on a perfect late August evening listening to the big, bold, brass sounds of Trombone Shorty and Ben Harper at one of Tanglewood’s final concerts of the 2019 summer season.
Beaming with smiles are (left to right) Andrea Lein of the Dewey Academy, Bobby New of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, Anna Worley of General Dynamics, Justin Doyle of Choate, Stephen Boyd of Boyd Technologies, Dan Bailey of General Dynamics, DLE Founder Linda Dulye, and Adelle Eberhardt of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing.
TIPS TO PRESENT YOUR BEST SELF ON LINKEDIN
Steer clear of political rants, sales pitches and inflammatory remarks on your LinkedIn posts and messages. Reports Forbes contributing writer Robert Glazer, “Focus first on establishing a relationship or authentic rapport. Trying to sell to people who don’t even know you may work in some instances, but in many cases it rubs people the wrong way and can make them distrustful of your entire organization.”
Glazer offers five things to stop doing to boost the quality of your LinkedIn image and professional connections.
LINDA DULYE SELECTED TO ELITE BERKSHIRE 25 FOR CREATING IMPACT
Recognized for her innovative and vital programming with the Dulye Leadership Experience and her extensive community engagement, Linda Dulye—founder and president of Dulye & Co. and the Dulye Leadership Experience—was selected to this year’s Berkshire 25 by Berkshire Magazine.
As featured in the September 2019 issue, the magazine touts, “The Berkshires is not just the expansive forests, verdant mountains and refreshing springs that bolster its bucolic charm; it is the abundance of hardworking residents, so many of whom pour their passion in to everything they do for the region.”
Here’s the summary that appears about Linda: Linda Dulye is the founder and CEO of Dulye & Co., an employee engagement and workplace communication consultancy. Linda manages the Dulye Leadership Experience, which offers learning and networking programming for personal and professional development.
She also runs open forum workshops for young and old alike to gain essential skills and take action to support civic, community, and business vitality. As an active member of the community, Linda serves on the board of the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, volunteers as a Conte Community School academic tutor, is an African Catholic Community leader, and is a local radio announcer.
Commenting on her prestigious honor, Linda cheers, “I am thrilled to be selected for Berkshire Magazine’s Top 25 Award for creating impact through the innovative, immersive, engaging programming of the Dulye Leadership Experience and our rapidly expanding community of motivated young professionals, whose energy and ideas are essential for our region’s economic vitality.”
2019 DLE RETREAT DEADLINE IS DAYS AWAY
Procrastination gets you nowhere, so step up and apply for an unforgettable learning and networking experience at the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat. August 31 is the due date for applications.
Everything you need to know and do to apply for one of the 45 select retreat seats is available here.
And just in case you’re still wondering if the Nov. 1-3 retreat is right for you, click and watch DLE alumni share their compelling reasons to apply and own your career.
NEW DATE FOR DLE OPEN FORUM #3
The DLE’s third Open Forum has been rescheduled to Monday, Nov. 18th. Promising to be informative and interactive, the forum will bring top elected, appointed and selected leaders to discuss The Big Reveal: How Pittsfield Government Works. Registration: 5:30 pm/ Open Forum: 6:00 pm-7:45 pm at The Hotel on North, Pittsfield, MA.
Panel and break-out sessions with be facilitated by DLE community members serving as facilitators. The information exchange will shed light on Pittsfield government’s structure and operations.
The event is presented by the Dulye Leadership Experience and Mill Town Capital. Stay tuned to the portal for registration details.
MOST SOUGHT LEADERSHIP TRAIT? DO YOU HAVE IT?
Research reported in Inc.com elevates compassion as essential for workforce and business success. “One prolific study found that organizations characterized by higher levels of compassion (and other virtuous behaviors, like forgiveness) increased performance, innovation, customer retention, profitability, and quality,” indicates the article, The 1 Rule of Leadership that Will Make Others Want to Follow You.
Showing appreciation is a major act of compassion that you can do daily. That means making time to verbally and visually thank co-workers and colleagues for support they’ve provided and success they’ve contributed to. Handwritten notes of recognition and posts on old-school whiteboards and bulletin boards, as well as company portals, also boost relationships.
EXPANDING THE DLE NETWORK AT SUMMER GET-TOGETHER
A diverse group of DLE alumni, 2019 retreat applicants and DLE friends swapped ideas, experiences and laughs at a DLE Summer Gathering on Aug. 19th at Proprietor’s Lodge, home base for the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat, in the Berkshires.
New friends were made in the splendor of Pontoosuc Lake with attendees (first row, left to right) Abby Powers, Kalee Carmel. Enrique Bouvier, Kevin Pink, Adelle Eberhardt, Linda Dulye, Alison Brigham, Anna Worley and Gina Basiliere; (second row, left to right) Auric Enchill, Cam Besse, Ben Meisl, Michael Laureyns, Bobby New, Patrick Gordon, Dan Bailey and Allan Gonzalez.
WHY APPLY? BE MY BEST SELF
Submitted by 2019 DLE Retreat Applicant Victoria Kim, Wholesale Supervisor, Toyota Financial Services, Plano, TX
I enjoy investing my time in professional growth and expanding my network. I hope to participate in this year’s 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat to become the best version of myself for my team
and our customers.
Step up like Victoria—and act now to crush 2020. If you want to seize learning and networking to crush it—professionally and personally, act now by applying to the 2019 DLE Gen N
ow Retreat! The August 31st application deadline is fast approaching.
Earn one of the 45 exclusive seats that gives you access eminent executives, hard charging entrepreneurs and illuminating thought leaders plus a community of diverse, motivated young professionals from our Berkshires home base and far beyond.
Compelling presentations, case studies, best practices and interactive sessions unfold in a dynamic, unforgettable two?and?a?half?day program that will change you for the better. Apply here.
COACHING: HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN TO PICK YOUR BATTLES?
Thanks to multi-year DLE Retreat Alum Charles Lerner of TAO Cares for asking the question AND to 2019 DLE Retreat Speaker Captain Scott Smith of the Naval War College for providing this advice:
The first step is to know yourself – what are you willing to accept, and what can you
not tolerate. With that knowledge, one can evaluate the situation with clear boundaries. Next, differentiate whether the situation is a choice or a dilemma.
A choice is between right and wrong. The vast majority of people are good, so this situation does not present itself too often. If it does, seek greater context. Perhaps you are not fully aware of all of the information; alternatively, the decision maker may be missing a piece of the puzzle that you can provide. Help them.
Good followership – an understated part of leadership – requires a sense of loyalty to the organization’s mission or goal. When a decision is inconsistent with that firm’s goal, you have the duty to point it out.
DLE LEADERS MAKE HEADLINES
The latest issues of two prominent Western Massachusetts business publications showcase DLE leaders and 2019 Gen Now Retreat speakers. Michael Mathis shares insights in a BusinessWest cover story on year-one operations, outcomes and learnings at MGM’s $960-million facility in Springfield, MA, where he serves as President and COO. And, Berkshire Trade and Commerce features an indepth interview with Linda Dulye about the past, present and future course of the Dulye Leadership Experience, including opportunities to partner with the soon-to-open Berkshire Innovation Center.
INCREASE YOUR MORNING PRODUCTIVITY
Try the 50-30-10-10 formula featured on the NBC News Better Blog. Says productivity blogger Jason Gutierrez, the winning combination is 50 percent determination, 30 percent preparation, 10 percent execution, and 10 percent luck.
WHY APPLY? BECAUSE IT’S TIME!
August 31st is the deadline to apply to the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat at dle.dulye.com.
Jump out of your comfort zone. Gain lasting confidence. Get focused on making 2020 your best year, professionally and personally. Click here and hear the straight scoop from DLE Retreat alumni and applicants.
COMING SOON: BIG NEWS ABOUT THE 2019 RETREAT. DAY 1 ON NOV. 1 WILL BE HISTORIC!
OPEN FORUM #3 HAPPENING SEPT. 23
The DLE announces our third Open Forum! Mark your calendar for Monday, Sept. 23rd to attend The Big Reveal: How Pittsfield Government Works. Registration: 5:30 pm/ Open Forum: 6:00-7:45 pm at The Hotel on North, Pittsfield. An informative, interactive evening with top elected, appointed and selected leaders about Pittsfield government’s structure and operations. Learn and get involved locally! Presented by the Dulye Leadership Experience and Mill Town Capital. More details about registration in next week’s portal update.
BEFORE SUMMER FLEES: DIVE INTO ONE OF THESE READS
While you’ve still got a few weeks of summertime bliss left, tackle one of these blockbuster books that will help you recalibrate and reengage post vacation season. Four DLE community members give their recommendations and the reasons that make these must reads.
Range by David Epstein. Discover why those who have a wide range of experiences are finding more success in the knowledge economy. The 10,000 hours to expertise model appears to focus more on “kind” domains where patterns emerge or physicality is required (e.g. sports or chess). A broader range of experiences seems to provide better results in “wicked” environments or domains where structure is lacking. Recommended by Captain Scott Smith, 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat Speaker and Department Chair/Naval War College.
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. The consummate guide to meaningful networking. If you’ve applied to the DLE Gen Now Retreat, this is a must advance read. The book is filled with practical tips for breaking the ice with ease and authenticity, and creating lasting, positive impressions. Recommended by Abby Powers, DLE 2018 alum and 1Berkshire Member Services Coordinator.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu. The importance of building an effect and cohesive unit is a central theme of the ancient military strategy text. I find it is a helpful exercise to translate concepts from the text into the everyday habit, communication and actions that define a company’s culture. Another theme I admire is the emphasis on preparation and timing–preparation is in your control, timing is out of your control. Focusing on what one can control and reading the situation for the right moment is a skill I am constantly trying to improve. Recommended by Patrick Gordon, DLE 2019 applicant and Co-Founder/Executive Director, Youth, Education and Sports (YES) Initiative.
Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop. Personal development books usually get a bad rep with the “Guaranteed 5 Steps to Unlimited Happiness” mantras. However, this book rips them down and provides the no-nonsense, tough love that I need when I hit a rut in life. The author keeps it simple: if you want something – you better be willing to do what it takes. Recommended by Cam Besse, DLE 2019 Retreat applicant and Liberty Mutual insurance agent.
WHY APPLY? TO SHOWCASE WHO YOU ARE
Submitted by Paulina Colon, DLE 2016 Retreat Alum, World Language Teacher, Teach for America DC Region
Before I attended the DLE Retreat, I was lacking a lot of confidence to share my story and find my why. The DLE really helped me put into words WHY I wanted to help others. After I was able to verbalize my WHY, it all started making sense.
Hiring managers want to know what sets you apart and what motivates you to work with their community. Being able to express yourself and position yourself in a unique perspective is very important to succeed in any space. You have to show them who you are!
DON’T STAND FOR SILENCE
Heed these tips from the Washington Post to help you take initiative to create a connection when your boss doesn’t communicate with you.
SLEEP HAS BEEN SAVED!
Submitted by Jesse Noll, Senior Associate, Integrated Planning, Custom Content & Experiences at Wavemaker, 2018 DLE Retreat attendee/2019 DLE Retreat speaker
One of my favorite things about working in advertising and working at Wavemaker is when you get to see something you and your team have been hard at work with finally go live. I’m super proud to announce that my team’s branded content partnership between IKEA (our client) and National Geographic has officially launched!
Check out Bedroom Habitatshere –which spoofs the nature documentaries that National Geographic is known for and highlights common sleep issues and how IKEA is on a mission to save our sleep from extinction
Our team is responsible for activating custom branded content partnerships and experiences for Wavemaker clients. We were tasked with developing a program to help launch IKEA’s 2020 Catalog, which focuses primarily on bedroom furnishings.
Three more videos will be launching on the microsite linked above as well as on National Geographic’s Facebook between now and September. Additionally, since Nat Geo is now owned by Disney (which also owns ABC), IKEA will also have an integration on Jimmy Kimmel Live in early September.
So be on the lookout for that!
WHY APPLY? A COMMUNITY TO RELY ON
Submitted by Jane Hong, Producer at Westbrook Media, who attended DLE 2015 and 2016 Retreats
The Dulye Leadership Experience is the most extraordinary journey of self-discovery. It’s unfathomable to those outside of this community to understand how much it holds a mirror up to you, revealing more of your abilities, power, and passion that you may have doubted in the past.
Coupled with the utilitarian advice from experts throughout the DLE Retreat, you’ll be equipped with a better understanding of your professional and personal aspirations.
But above all else, you’ll leave the weekend retreat with the comforting knowledge that no matter what challenge lays ahead — whether it be in your personal or professional journey — you will always have a community to rely on.
FAILURE HAPPENS. FACE IT!
To move forward, get comfortable talking about failure. Stats in this Harvard Business Review article show that failure is no stranger to change initiatives. Transparent communication is essential for rallying team members to get on board a new project. Find three tips for leading change when the deck is stacked against you in this insightful article.
CREATE GENUINE CUSTOMER CONNECTIONS
Submitted by Brandon Williams, Member Service Representative, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat applicant
The three things that I use to build a strong customer/member relationship are being honest, genuine, and human. For me, those matter more than anything. When someone steps into my office, I want them to know that they’re my priority, and I care about their problem. They are going to get a solution and recommendation that benefits them the most. Also, when I know that someone is coming into my office, I put my phone on silent and put it in my drawer so that it’s out of sight and out of mind.
A story I like to share is from when I was out car shopping a few years ago with my parents. I was at the dealership working with the salesman and my mom mentioned that she was going to be looking for a new vehicle in a few months. During this time, he talked me out of a more expensive model that had features I wouldn’t need or use and was able to work out a deal with my mom for a new car as well.
Recently, we went back and see the same salesmen, who again talked my mom out of a sale because it wouldn’t work out for her in the end and told her to come back and see him in a few months when it would.
I appreciate these types of interactions the most because the salesman acted in our best interest. And for that, he has earned two customers for life who recommend anyone we know looking for new vehicles to see him directly.
WHY APPLY? COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
Submitted by Marcus Colman, Advisory Associate, FS Investments, and 2018 DLE Gen Now Retreat alum who has applied for the 2019 Retreat
The DLE is a family. The difference between the DLE and other professional development programs is that the 72 hours that you spend in the Berkshires is just the beginning of your journey.
The access to top talent across the United States from non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies creates a competitive advantage that will propel you to achieve your personal and professional goals.
AUG. 2 DEADLINE: EARLY CONSIDERATION FOR DLE RETREAT
2 days and counting! Friday, Aug. 2 is the initial deadline for earning a seat with MGM President Mike Mathis, Berkshire Innovation Center Executive Director Ben Sosne, SVPs Ken Pouliot of Percolate and Wendy Healey of Lee Bank, Captain Scott Smith of the Naval War College, Droga5 Director Christina Fieni, and other dynamic national and local executives at the exclusive Dulye Leadership Experience 2019 Gen Now Retreat, Nov. 1-3 on Pontoosuc Lake in the Berkshires.
Why act now? Early consideration. That means applications submitted at dle.dulye.com by Aug. 2 will receive advance review by our 2019 DLE Retreat Selection Committee. That means, if approved, your application secures you one of the retreat’s 45 choice seats BEFORE the general application period begins. The general application deadline is Aug. 31.
Curated sessions, interactive exercises and one-on-one coaching deliver immediately applicable strategies and tools for like-minded, motivated young professionals to improve their communication, collaboration and everyday performance.
Hot topics include networking, verbal and written communication, imposter syndrome, inner bias, stress relief, first-time boss, service excellence, financial fidelity, lifetime learning, diversity and inclusiveness, difficult conversations, community engagement and a personal 2020 Development Action Plan.
Stressed about your career, your job and your job satisfaction? Before you decide to quit and start applying to different jobs, take some time to figure out what you really value and what kind of impact you want to have. This CNBC blog offers tips for overcoming job frustration.
TAKE TIME FOR A MID-YEAR SELF-REVIEW
A recent article in The New York Times titled “How to Live Your Life” featured a compilation of sage responses from readers about how to navigate the world. More than 800 responded, and guideposts included:
Give back by helping others…Take leadership roles
Put yourself out there…Expect the unexpected.
Become a good communicator…It’s not about being perfect
Don’t take on other’s baggage…Own your mistakes …and so many more.
Each response merits reflection and application—a worthy exercise when summertime vacations offer opportune moments of downtime for self-assessment.
Take inventory on your where you’ve been the past six months—in your career and life. Honestly evaluate what has gone well, what hasn’t and why. With those answers at hand, build an action plan for your own “How to Live Your Life” for the remainder of the year. Use these questions to guide your reflection:
1. Where do I want to go?
2. Where do I need to go?
3. Where do I dream to go?
Be true to yourself. A mid-year review will help you step forward with greater clarity and purpose for making good on your 2019 commitments.
WHY APPLY TO THE 2019 GEN NOW RETREAT?
Submitted by Dana Johnson, Service Manager, CompuWorks, Pittsfield, MA
I applied to the DLE 2019 Gen Now Retreat for the opportunity to meet with and learn from experienced leaders of various industries. The opportunity to meet and network with tenured leaders of various industries is an experience I couldn’t afford to miss.
Outside of the DLE Retreat it is wonderful to be part of various DLE gatherings (Open Forums). Each gathering has a great and unique take away, all while providing an opportunity to network with other professionals.
COMMUNICATE LIKE A PRO: BUSINESS WRITING TIPS
Keep it simple and concise! Two important tips for writing correspondence to colleagues and customers. Apply guidelines from this article. and improve the quality of your emails instantly.
MOON DREAM MADE POSSIBLE BY UNDER 30 NASA CREW
Think about it. The average age of a NASA flight controller working on the historic Apollo 11 mission was—27!
Celebrate the Moon Landing’s 50th anniversary by listening to the BBC’s riveting podcast series, 13 Minutes to the Moon.
Hear the live exchanges between astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and the young professionals of NASA Mission Control.
IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH BY VOLUNTEERING
Submitted by April Roche, DLE’ 18, Director of Clinical Services at Hillcrest Educational Centers
Regardless what you call it – volunteering, community involvement or public service — giving time in the service to others makes you feel good. Benefits include improved emotional and physical health, higher self- esteem, increased stress management and finding meaning after a difficult life experience.
It can be overwhelming to take that first leap because it pushes you out of your comfort zone. However, if you take a mindful approach, you can find something really meaningful that does not feel like you are diving into the deep end of the pool.
Here’s how to get going:
1. Be clear on your intentions for volunteering. What are the benefits to gain? What type of impact do you want to have on your community? And most importantly… what is your WHY for volunteering?
2. Start small. Find something nearby in your community where you will feel comfortable joining. Volunteer where someone else you know is already involved.
3. Find something that will support your own stress management and work-life balance. If you are looking to get outdoors more, volunteer for an organization that is going to get you out in the sunshine (or rain!). Most importantly, don’t worry about having a huge impressive list for your resume, just find something meaningful and watch it grow!
April’s Recommended Read: Discover 11 life-changing benefits for volunteering in this great article.
STILL TIME TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT: DLE AT JACOB’S PILLOW
Make your weekend plans now, and join the DLE community at Jacob’s Pillow, where we have a special invitation to Young Professionals Night on Saturday, July 20th.
The evening of dance begins at 5:30 pm with a free performance on the Inside/Out stage, featuring artists from the Contemporary Program at the School at the Pillow.
Jenn Lofgren, Founder of Incito Executive and Leadership Development, provides tips for how to approach tough conversations “with courage and vulnerability.” She shares effective approaches with different people, including direct reports and supervisors.
HOW DOES MGM DRIVE PERFORMANCE? FIND OUT AT THE DLE RETREAT
Our WHY APPLY campaign continues with more compelling reasons to APPLY NOW to the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat scheduled for Nov. 1-3 in the Berkshires.
WHY APPLY? PREMIER CASE STUDIES
-Michael Mathis, President of MGM Springfield (MA) and 2019 DLE Retreat Speaker
“Leaders define company culture. It will be my privilege to share real-life stories of how we drive performance, build trust, and break down silos to support brand initiatives at MGM Resorts.”
WHY APPLY? EXTRAORDINARY RELATIONSHIPS
-Abby Powers, Member Services Coordinator, 1Berkshire, Pittsfield, MA, who attended the 2018 Gen Now Retreat and helped coordinate DLE Open Forums this March and June
“The Gen Now Retreat was just the start of my experience with the DLE community. The weekend pushed me far outside my comfort zone in an engaging, inspiring, environment filled with like-minded young professionals.
The retreat was the catalyst for a new approach in networking which has resulted in not just a growth of the number of people I know, but the depth of those relationships and the formation of a deep and diverse network of people that I trust and can turn to for support.”
JACOB’S PILLOW INVITES DLE TO YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NIGHT
DLE community members are invited to Young Professionals Night at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA on Saturday, July 20.
The evening of dance begins at 5:30 pm with a free performance on the Inside/Out stage, featuring artists from the Contemporary Program at the School at Jacob’s Pillow.
“These are apprentices, advanced pre-professionals, and early-career professionals from leading dance companies and training centers around the world. Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jae Man Joo, and Didy Veldman—three of today’s most sought-after, and stylistically diverse, contemporary choreographers will create new work with the ensemble of dancers,” explains Aki Blackshear, Marketing Assistant at Jacob’s Pillow and the DLE liaison for Young Professionals Night.
Click here for details about the July 20th performances.
IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH REMOTE CUSTOMERS AND TEAM MEMBERS
Just a few minutes of advance preparation will go a long way to deliver more productive and impactful exchanges. Develop agendas that include start and end times. Discover more practical tips from SmartBrief that bring out the best in Skype and phone conversations with colleagues and customers who aren’t in the office with you.
PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITY: DREAM MAKER!
EforAll – the entrepreneurship program with a track record of success in supporting transitioning Massachusetts communities – will launch in Berkshire County this fall and is currently recruiting an executive director and program manager. Job descriptions appear here: https://eforall.org/about/headquarters/hiring/
The organization provides support and mentorship for under-networked and under-resourced residents to translate their ideas (and dreams) into successful businesses—a boost to their local communities. EforAll started in the Massachusetts cities of Lowell and Lawrence, and has expanded throughout the Commonwealth to Cape Cod, New Bedford and Fall River, Holyoke and Lynn.
The initiative continues to grow nationally and recently opened a new office in Greater Denver. Since 2013, EforAll alumni have created 23 new startups and 431 jobs, raised $11.4 million and generated $9.9M in revenue. An impressive 83% of these entrepreneurs are still active in their communities
FIVE STAR COMMUNICATION: A GREAT SUMMER READ
Increase your value exponentially by committing to hone your communication skills every day—and you can do so with tips and examples from Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great by bestselling author Carmine Gallo.
“No matter what form technology takes in the future, the value of communication skills will only go up,” affirms Gallo.
For creating consummate customer connections, Gallo sites an example from the Sanctuary Hotel in South Carolina, one of only 154 hotels worldwide to earn a Forbes five-star rating. Every resort employee completes training for personalizing interactions, including memory tricks to remember customer names.
No different than meeting a new team member or boss, the first few seconds of a new customer interaction at the resort set the foundation for the rest of the experience, writes Gallo. Sanctuary employees are taught to “beat the greet” by initiating “hello” or “good afternoon,” a technique that earns more accolades than the plush sheets and towels.
DLE AT HISTORIC TANGLEWOOD RIBBON CUTTING
History was made on June 28, when world-renown Tanglewood in the Berkshires expanded to year-round programming with the official opening of the Linde Center for Music and Learning. This state-of-the-art, $33-million complex offers performances, rehearsals and special events in interdisciplinary arts experiences, enabling active engagement and learning.
Among invitees to a special ribbon cutting event were DLE community members A.J. Enchill, top, along with (left to right) Linda Dulye, Abby Powers and Auric Enchill.
Summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Institute, Tanglewood—established 82 years ago–encompasses 524-acres and welcomes hundreds of thousands of music enthusiasts from across the world annually.
Over the next few months, applicants for the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat will be featured on the DLE Portal giving their answers to the question. Why apply to the DLE Gen Now Retreat?
Speakers, as well, will chime in with their reasons for driving or flying from their geographically dispersed offices to share their expertise, success tips and real-life experiences.
Our series kicks off with DLE veteran Marcus Coleman and DLE community newcomer Jacquelyn Schneider, who have both applied to the 2019 Retreat on Nov. 1-3 in the Berkshires.
Why Apply to the DLE Gen Now Retreat? Goal setting.
-Marcus Coleman, Financial Analyst, FS Investments, Philadelphia, PA/2018 DLE Retreat alum and 2019 Gen Now Retreat applicant
“The DLE Retreat is a 48-hour journey outside of your comfort zone that will challenge your views for the better in every aspect of your life—professionally and personally. The program has positioned me well to achieve my ambitious goals, as well as, provided an exceptional network of support and relationships that keeps growing.”Dynamic. Diverse. Distinguished.
Why Apply to the DLE Gen Now Retreat? Difficult conversations.
– Jacquelyn Schneider, Senior Teller, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Williamstown, MA/2019 Gen Now Retreat applicant
“Having difficult conversations with coworkers can often be very stressful. Without being able to appropriately manage this stress, it can often come off “bossy” or “uninterested”. I want to learn how to better myself to help both myself and my coworkers.
VALUE-ADDED LEARNING FOR BOOSTING YOUR ORGANIZATION AND CAREER
Strategies for goal setting and having difficult conversations are takeaways that Gen Now Retreat attendees can put into action when they return to work.
Through keynote, pop-up and break-out sessions gains will be made in skills, knowledge and confidence for tackling these pressing challenges:
• Communicate like a superstar
• Networking crash course
• Overcome imposter syndrome
• Manage your inner bias
• Put stress in check
• Step up as a first-time boss
• Create a superior customer experience
• Give and receive meaningful constructive feedback
• Everyone’s got something to give: Build an inclusive team
• Failing forward: Learning and rising from setbacks
• Financial fidelity: How to stay in the green zone
• Know or go: Strategies and sources for continuous learning
• Accountability, authenticity and other leadership essentials for life
• Beyond the job: Find passion and purpose by giving back
Take a minimalist approach when preparing your next presentation, advises the author of Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great.
Gallo, in a recent article from Inc., says to be instantly memorable follow the rule of one. Heralding the presentation techniques of past and present leaders at Apple, he explains, “Most speakers create slides that look more like documents…This is exactly the wrong way to present information that’s intended to be recalled and acted upon. According to neuroscientists, our brains are energy hogs. The brain evolved to be as efficient as possible and to save energy. If it has to work too hard to figure out a slide, it tunes out. Stick to one theme–one number–per slide. Your audience will thank you.”
SEEDING THE 2019 GEN NOW RETREAT TEAM: WHO’S SPEAKING?
Dynamic. Diverse. Distinguished.
These are shared assets in the preeminent lineup of guest speakers at the DLE”s 2019 Gen Now Retreat on Nov. 1-3. Traveling to the Berkshires to connect with an exclusive group of 45 young professionals are Michael Mathis, President and COO of MGM Springfield (top photo); Christina Fieni, Data Strategy Director at elite advertising agency Droga5 (middle photo), and Ken Pouliot, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Percolate (bottom photo).
Through keynote sessions, interactive break-outs and pop-up panels, Mike, Christina and Ken will join other illuminating speakers in sharing strategies, stories and some secrets for gaining confidence, meaningful career direction and a powerful support network.
This 12th anniversary retreat is powered by the theme Create Success for You and Your Organization. Sessions are crisply organized to promote lively interchange about pressing workplace challenges and the most-desired skills for career and personal success. Topics include:
• Communicate like a superstar
• Networking crash course
• Overcome imposter syndrome
• Manage your inner bias
• Put stress in check
• Step up as a first-time boss
• Beyond the job: Find passion and purpose in giving back
• Expertly maneuver difficult conversations and constructive feedback
• Everyone counts! Build an inclusive team
• Failing forward: Learn and rise from setbacks
• Financial fidelity: How to stay in the green zone
• Strategies and sources for continuous learning
• Accountability, authenticity and other leadership essentials for life
Look for more announcements about the 2019 Retreat’s All-Star Speakers on the DLE Portal.
Submitted by Mark LeBeau, Consumer Sales Manager at the Berkshire Eagle and Chair of the 2019 Berkshire Pride Organizing Committee
Berkshire Pride gets better and better every year. Earlier this month, over 50 vendors and Community Resource Fair participants joined over 1,000 people in attendance on The Commons in downtown Pittsfield.
2019 marked the third anniversary of Berkshire Pride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. This event is so important because it’s an opportunity to mark our place in the community, as well as celebrate and remember the struggles queer people have gone through to gain and maintain our rights, while reflecting on the challenges that still face the LGBTQ community.
Mark (at right) and his partner, Matt Rose, at 2019 Berkshire Pride with official DLE pooch Adele
LEAVE A PLACE BETTER THAN WHEN YOU FOUND IT
That’s sage advice from DLE alum Blake Berg, WeWork’s Director of Construction Technology, featured on construction software firm Bangert’s latest podcast.
Blake shares authentic, engaging insights for saving time and money in everyday work tasks, while building value for yourself, your team and your customers. He talks about the importance of open communication for building trust and getting team members aligned.
“I trust the team no matter what they are….and I trust that if I share information such as a laser scan that has real measurements that’s going to make someone’s life a lot easier.”
CATCH THE PHOTO GALLERY OF THIS MONTH’S DLE OPEN FORUM
Great photos await on the DLE Website from the June 10th Local Politics Distilled Open forum, which attracted an overflow crowd of more than 80—including nine state and local political leaders from Western Massachusetts.
Expertly planned and moderated by DLE community members, the program was designed to give everyone a say in 90 minutes. No small task! As one attendee summed up, “the energy in the room was electric.”
DLE-ers stepping up to facilitate the verbal buzz were Nicole Mancivalano, Alison Brigham, Brandon Williams, Josh Weatherwax, Anthony Pultorak, Patrick Gordon, Kevin Pink, Auric Enchill, and Abby Powers.
The event was the first DLE program presented in partnership with 1Berkshire, a region-wide economic development organization in Western Massachusetts, and sponsor Lee Bank. Said Wendy Healey, Lee Bank’s Senior Vice President of Community Banking, “Lee Bank was very pleased with its sponsorship of the DLE Open Forum. We received significant exposure at the event, and were thrilled to be associated with the DLE, 1 Berkshire, and Hotel on North to make it possible. Unique partnerships like this are very much the way Lee Bank likes to get our name out and we were delighted with how everything worked out,”
North Adams (MA) City Councilor Ben Lamb, one of the nine guest leaders participating, shared, “It was a real pleasure to have been invited to speak and engage at the Local Politics Distilled Forum. Thanks to everyone who attended and participated fully and authentically.”
Other leaders joining Ben were State Sen. Adam Hinds, State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, North Adams City Councilor Ben Lamb, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, Former Adams Town Administrator Jonathan Butler, Great Barrington Select Board Member Kate Burke, Pittsfield City Council President Pete Marchetti, Chair of Lee School Committee Andrea Wadsworth, and Former State Rep. Candidate Stephanie Bosley.
DLE OPEN FORUM ATTRACTS POLITICAL ALL-STARS AND BIG BUZZ
The DLE’s second Open Forum—Local Politics Distilled—was simply off-the-charts successful!
All 9 guest political leaders and more than 70 attendees had their say!
As photos show, the enthusiastic buzz of face-to-face conversation was made possible by a disciplined event plan guided by 9 DLE community members who stepped up as panel moderators and breakout facilitators. As one attendee proclaimed, “The energy in the room was electric.”
Generously giving their time, access and expertise were nine active and former political leaders in the Berkshires (pictured from right to left): State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, North Adams City Councilor Ben Lamb, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, Former Adams Town Administrator Jonathan Butler, Great Barrington Select Board Member Kate Burke, Pittsfield City Council President Pete Marchetti, Chair of Lee School Committee Andrea Wadsworth, Former State Rep. Candidate Stephanie Bosley, and State Sen. Adam Hinds.
Through a combination of large-group panel and small break-outs—all moderated by DLE young professionals, guest leaders answered questions, gave advice and shared laughs with attendees. DLE community members stepping up to take the helm in facilitating the panel and breakouts included (from left to right in photo) Nicole Mancivalano, Alison Brigham, Brandon Williams, Josh Weatherwax, Anthony Pultorak, Patrick Gordon, Kevin Pink, Auric Enchill, Linda Dulye and Andrea Lein. Not pictured is Abby Powers, who was managing the registration table.
The event marked a momentous first! This was the first DLE program presented in partnership with 1Berkshire, a region-wide economic development organization, and sponsor Lee Bank. Noted DLE Founder Linda Dulye, “Collaboration to create and deliver premiere professional development programs for the Berkshires’ professional community—especially for the under 40 professional community—is core to the region’s economic revitalization.”
Chimed in Wendy Healey, Lee Bank’s Senior Vice President of Community Banking, “Lee Bank was very pleased with its sponsorship of the DLE Open Forum. We received significant exposure at the event, and were thrilled to be associated with the DLE, 1 Berkshire, and Hotel on North to make it possible. Unique partnerships like this are very much the way Lee Bank likes to get our name out and we were delighted with how everything worked out,” North Adams (MA) City Councilor Ben Lamb exclaimed, “It was a real pleasure to have been invited to speak and engage at the Local Politics Distilled Forum. Thanks to everyone who attended and participated fully and authentically.”
More accolades were sounded in feedback to the post-event poll including:
“The program was phenomenal especially being a young professional. In the short time talking to panel members it showed me how important it is to be informed especially at the local level and how important involvement is even if that is just voting.”
“The speakers were awesome, and the round-table discussions were so informative. Such a successful evening!”
“The overall enthusiasm in the room was intoxicating!”
“Very informative. It’s nice to know that we have good people out there fighting for us…I’m not a big political follower, but I really enjoyed this forum. Interactions were great.”
Feedback from the Local Politics Distilled Poll will ignite plans for future DLE programming.
APPLY NOW FOR DLE 2019 RETREAT
Get inspired to give your best—to your organization, your career and your community—with powerful strategies for professional development, illuminating speakers, and a dynamic, diverse cohort of motivated young professionals at the 12th annual DLE Retreat set for Nov. 1-3 in the Berkshires.
The application period is underway. Don’t delay in submitting yours.
Access info on topics, sessions and the application form right here.
MORE DISCONNECT TO CONNECT
After you’ve read tips in this month’s DLE Community Connection for disconnecting from technology to make meaningful connections, tap to this Harvard Business Review online article. Authors claim that your creativity and effectiveness will flow if you dodge the temptation of checking for new texts. Minimize distractions and maximize your impact.
BRIAN TREMBLAY’S KEYS TO EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Submitted by Alum Danielle Waugh, Investigative Reporter, WPEC, Palm Beach, FL (Danielle’s full interview with Brian will be featured in the June DLE Community Connection newsletter)
With decades of experience in corporate finance, it goes without saying that Brian Tremblay knows how to work with numbers. Over the course of his career, he’s also learned the power of words.
Whether he was working in a small startup or a major corporation, Brian, an enthusiastic supporter of the DLE community, says the best teams are the ones that have a culture of open communication and transparency.
“I have always tried as a leader to be very open,” he explains. “I know the impact that has on the team. Arming people with as much information as possible makes them that much more effective.”
Brian’s finance career has taken him across the country, working in businesses of all sizes. He started his career with an entry-level finance program through GE, then worked as a financial analyst for a start-up business. He eventually made it to 30 Rock in New York City, working for NBC Universal as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the News Division.
Now, he’s his own boss: Managing Director at Berkshire Fairfield Financial Services & Insurance in Pittsfield, MA.
“Whether large or small organization, the most important thing is to be as open as possible,” advises Brian. “I think that makes the team feel very included, makes them feel informed, and is better for the business. The more that everyone understands what you want to accomplish as an organization and how you’re going to do it, the more they can help do that.”
To promote a culture of open and honest communication, he recommends speaking to co-workers in-person as much as possible. Recognizing that face-to-face communication isn’t always possible, Brian’s next choice for connecting are phone conversations.
He warns that Email, while quick and seemingly easy, can lead to inefficiencies and miscommunication. “It leaves too much open to interpretation” and emphasizes the importance of reading body language or hearing the tone in a person’s voice.
Read more of Brian’s tips in the June DLE Community Connection arriving next week in your inbox.
SOLD OUT! LOCAL POLITICS DISTILLED OPEN FORUM HITS THE MARK
All 72 seats for the June 10th Local Politics Distilled Open Forum have been claimed! A wait list has been started to join in lively conversation with nine state, local and former political leaders from Berkshire County, who will share experiences, answer questions and offer advice for getting informed, involved and talking about local politics.
The event is presented by the DLE in partnership with 1Berkshire and generously sponsored by Lee Bank. Members of the DLE community will serve as moderators for a panel discussion with the nine guest leaders and facilitators of small-group conversations. Thanks to Abby Powers, Alison Brigham, Kevin Pink, Anthony Pultorak, Patrick Gordon, Josh Weatherwax, Brandon Williams, Nicole Mancivalano, and Auric Enchill.
To get on the waitlist, contact Abby at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event begins at 5:30 pm at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield.
Photos and coverage will appear on the DLE Portal Update, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
MIND THE LITTLE THINGS—THEY DRIVE RELATIONSHIPS AND JOB SATISFACTION
Interactions with colleagues can be stressful and confusing. You can, however, take little actions that can smooth things out, say the authors of this Harvard Business Review article. How you relate to coworkers can make or break how you feel about your job.
HOW I LANDED MY DREAM JOB WITH WILL AND JADA SMITH (HINT: NETWORKING!)
Alum Jane Hong, Producer at Westbrook Media, tells her story
Three years ago, I saw someone Tweet about job openings at a startup media company I was interested in. I sent him an e-mail with my resume attached, and a few weeks later, landed my first job out of college.
In the two and half years that I worked at that company, my contact went from a verified stranger on Twitter to a respected colleague and mentor. When I decided to leave my first job, he said he hoped we’d work at the same company again in the future.
That came much sooner than I anticipated when, three months later, he asked me if I would be interested in a new career opportunity.
In a week, I’ll be starting my new job as a Producer at Westbrook Media in Los Angeles: a joint venture from trailblazers and Hollywood veterans Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. I’ll be responsible for developing and producing everything from their social content to linear and film concepts that we can sell to streaming services or distributors.
My first six months especially will be spent producing specifically for Jada so that her audience and fans can see her beyond the host of Red Table Talk. Above all of my job responsibilities, though, is the oath that I’ll be creating with the company’s mission in mind — to inspire, motivate, and bring a little bit of love to our audience.
Given that the company has about 20 employees, it’s inevitable that my role will be ever-changing as we grow, learn, fail a few times, and keep pushing through. As with any startup, I’m expecting to struggle through the growing pains while simultaneously applauding a small team for moving mountains. Because my career started in this intimate environment, it makes sense that I’d continue thriving as a big fish in a small pond.
When my colleague was hired to be a CEO of Westbrook Media, he knew he had to grow his team and grow it quickly. He thought about the people he trusted that he worked with before and I was lucky enough to be one of the names that came to mind. I would have never gotten this unique career opportunity had I not fostered a meaningful work relationship with him. The power of networking!
I’m going to be honest; when I attended the DLE retreat four years ago, I took networking advice from the weekend retreat with a grain of salt. I had yet to really understand the value of networking — not to mention, networking made me nervous as hell. You hear things like, “Your network is your net worth,” and “Never burn bridges because you never know where they’ll lead.” You hear them so often that you start to think they’re overplayed exaggerations, trite sayings that don’t communicate anything new or revolutionary.
Today, three years into my professional career and I am still learning the incredible validity and value of networking. Applying to jobs without knowing someone at each company is taking a complete shot in the dark. Missing out on networking happy hours or even getting to know your coworkers is ignoring the very resources that are in front of you. And not investing time into relationships with other professionals in your industry is doing a huge disservice to you and your potential future.
Jane shares more networking experiences and advice in the June issue of DLE Community Connection.
ACT NOW! LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE FOR JUNE 10TH FORUM
Seats are going fast for the June 10th Local Politics Distilled Open Forum presented by the Dulye Leadership Experience in partnership with 1Berkshire.
Act now to join in lively conversation with nine state, local and former political leaders from Berkshire County, who will share experiences, answer questions and offer advice for getting informed, involved and talking about local politics. Location is Hotel on North in Pittsfield. The evening begins with registration and networking at 5:30 pm.
RSVPS RACKING UP FOR JUNE 10TH LOCAL POLITICS DISTILLED FORUM
If you want a seat at the table with political leaders from Berkshire County, act fast. Reservations are racking up for the June 10th Local Politics Distilled Open Forum presented by the Dulye Leadership Experience in partnership with 1Berkshire.
Seating is limited for this evening of lively discussion and meaningful networking at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield (MA) with a diverse group of active and former political leaders from Berkshire County. Guest leaders will share personal experiences, offer advice and answer questions in large and small group sessions that engage Berkshire area young professionals to get informed, involved and talking about local politics.
Thanks to Lee Bank for its generous sponsorship of this amazing evening:
It only takes a few minutes to open the door to a weekend of high-impact learning and networking at the DLE 2019 Gen Now Retreat on Nov. 1-3 in the Berkshires.
Take five and apply for one of the 45 seats that give access to leading edge practices, creative thinking, challenging advice, supportive relationships and discerning resources (like the ever popular book swap captured in this photo) to help you create a better workplace and career.
Submitted by alum Nicole Mancivalano, Human Resources Representative at Greylock Federal Credit Union
Recently, I have represented my company at several local career fairs. Two were structured to be more informational for middle and high school aged students, and one was for recruitment.
Attending career fairs is nothing new for me, as an HR professionals. Most of us bring our laptops to do work on when there is a lull in activity.
I was very excited to attend the recruitment-based career fair, which was located at a beautiful, brand new high school. The timing was during school vacation week.
Prospective employers were asked to be available from 10 am-4pm, with lunch provided. Although the facility was spanking new, it lacked Wi-Fi connection and was in a cellular dead zone. This was by design, as we subsequently learned.
As you can imagine, once news of the disconnect hit, a buzz began. Some participants were downright stunned–they couldn’t believe the circumstances and, in their minds, losing a full day of work.
How with the technology of 2019, could this be happening?
But out of this perceived negative can a big positive. Instead of having faces buried in screens (mostly), with occasional interaction with career fair attendees, we employers would have to be PRESENT, and **gasp** talking with one another.
The concept of communication not via technology is starting to get lost. I regularly see it during interviews and phone screens. And, at this event with over 60 different employers, I saw and heard people uncomfortable with being in the moment, and having face-to-face conversations.
I made the most of the situation. I walked around and met representative from the various companies. I picked up some cool tchotchkes and arranged meetings with two local colleges to discuss opportunities to work together.
Human interaction made the day go by fast.
Since my experience, I have challenged myself to disconnect more from tech at work. Rather than email a question to a coworker, I’ll pick up the phone or visit them in their office. Sure emailing is easy and fast. But in-person interaction is key for building working relationships.
Think about how many times a day we send out emails and stay sequestered spend behind a desk. I challenge you to get up stretch your legs, save your wrists from carpal tunnel, and reconnect with a coworker the next time you have a question.
DLE FEEDBACK INSPIRES LOCAL POLITICS DISTILLED FORUM
Many responding to a Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) poll after last March’s debut Open Forum event said they felt stumped about local politics. They didn’t feel informed or involved or comfortable with talking about local politics.
Those comments have inspired our second Open Forum event and it’s being presented in partnership with 1Berkshire, the official Regional Economic Development Organization and Regional Tourism Council of Berkshire County.
The LOCAL POLITICS DISTILLED Open Form is set for Monday, June 10 starting at 5:30 pm at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield, MA. A diverse group of active and former political leaders from Berkshire County will share personal experiences, offer advice and answer questions in an interactive program of learning and networking.
Guest leaders participating include:
State Senator Adam Hinds
State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier
Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer
North Adams City Councilor Ben Lamb
Former Adams Town Administrator Jonathan Butler
Former State Representative Candidate Stephanie Bosley
Chair of Lee School Committee and former Lee Select Board Candidate Andrea Wadsworth
Pittsfield City Council President Pete Marchetti
Great Barrington Select Board Member Kate Burke
Registration and networking begin at 5:30 pm, followed by the Open Forum discussion from 6:00-7:45 pm. Advance registration at $10 is required by May 31, and can be completed at http://bit.ly/LocalPoliticsDistilled. Seating is on a first-reserved/first-served basis.
Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar is available. The event is generously sponsored by Lee Bank.
For more information Abby Powers, 1Berkshire Member Services Coordinator and DLE alum, at (413) 499-1600 x126 or email@example.com
Interest in this topic and our exceptional panel is keen, so don’t delay!
NOTICE POSITIVE FEEDBACK
To become your best self, seize the power of positive feedback, encourages this Harvard Business Review article. It takes practice, which you can do with the Reflect Best Self Exercise provided by the authors. Read about the five ways to notice and capitalize on everyday personal and professional opportunities.
MAKING STRIDES FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT
What does a 10K race have to do with career advancement? Alum April Roche says plenty.
April, who works as Director of Student Services at Hillcrest Educational Centers, approached the St. Patrick’s Day 10K event in Holyoke, MA with a new mindset: seeing it as a great analogy for career advancement. Her first strategy is to PREPARE AND SHOW UP.
Advises April, who was part of the pack of 6.000 runners, “Know your trade and practice your skills. Get involved with the initiatives and projects going on at your company. Don’t hide in the back of the pack waiting for someone to clear a path for you.”
Catch all four of April’s strategies in the May DLE Community Connection newsletter arriving this week in your email.
APPLICATIONS ARRIVING FOR THE 2019 GEN NOW RETREAT
Since launching the exclusive application period for DLE alumni, friends and colleagues last week, applications are arriving for the 2019 Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) Gen Now Retreat, scheduled for Nov. 1-3 in the Berkshires.
The official application form is available on the DLE website, along with details about topics, sessions, registration fee, schedule and logistics.
Fueled by the theme of Be Inspired! Create Success for You and Your Organization, this powerhouse learning and networking immersion unites 45 select, motivated young professionals with corporate executives, emerging entrepreneurs and respected thought leaders from diverse industries and geographies in sharing strategies and stories for workplace challenges and most-desired skills.
Take advantage of this early and exclusive application period, which runs through May 31. Starting in June, retreat marketing and applications go beyond the DLE community. The cut-off date for applications is July 1.
DLE BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY INVITED TO SOUND OUT ON REGIONAL SURVEY
Ben Lamb, who joined our Community at the first DLE Open Forum last March, is encouraging Berkshire area alumni and friends to share their views on a survey with big impact on the region’s future.
Explains Ben, who is the Director of Economic Development at 1Berkshire, “We are excited to announce that we are working with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) and the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Skills Cabinet to collect a new data set to help better understand the landscape and needs of the regional workforce.”
“With that in mind, we have joined forces and created an updated survey. The more participants, the better the data will be in terms of informing and guiding ongoing work to support economic growth and development here in the Berkshires,” he encourages.
Grow your leadership presence by watching what you say. This Forbes article advises on words to avoid that make you look weak.
GET INSPIRED AT THE 2019 DLE GEN NOW RETREAT
Here’s a first glimpse at the 2019 Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) Gen Now Retreat, scheduled for Nov. 1-3 in the Berkshires, where your confidence, capabilities and connections will climb to Create Success for You and Your Organization.
That’s the theme of this year’s dynamic learning immersion, which unites a select group of 45 motivated young professionals with highly respected corporate executives, emerging entrepreneurs and thought leaders from diverse industries and geographies.
The retreat’s comprehensive curriculum satisfies a range of developmental needs from high- potential individual contributors to first-time managers to managers in need of a refresh. Sessions are crisply organized for lively interchange about pressing workplace challenges and the most-desired skills for career and personal success.
Attend and enhance your skills and knowledge to:
Create Success for You
Communicate like a superstar
Overcome imposter syndrome
Manage inner bias
Expand professional networks
Put stress in check
See a team of personal coaches
Find passion outside of your career
Design a meaningful career path
Success for Your Organization
Motivate others to speak up and take action
Create an inclusive team environment
Project your brand with a captivating voice
Ask great questions for listening and learning
Give and receive constructive feedback
Make decisions that deliver high-impact results
Hold others accountable—and yourself too!
Accept change as a workplace constant
Leave the retreat with:
An expanded network – diverse, accessible, receptive headline speakers from C-suites, start-ups and hard-driving organizations nationwide.
Meaningful relationships and new friendships!
A self-developed 2020 Leadership Action Plan including strategies, tools and advice from the weekend. The motivation, excitement and tools to take your career to the next level
How to Apply:
Applications for the 2019 retreat’s exclusive 45 openings will be accepted through July 1. The online application form is available here.
The Berkshires’ premiere event venues: The Lake House and Proprietor’s Lodge on Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, MA.
Who Should Apply:
High-impact professionals from organizations of all sizes and diverse industries who are motivated to advance in their professional and personal development.
Participants should be naturally curious, eager to broaden their leadership skills and network, and have some experience managing projects and/or people.
$850 Registration Fee Delivers:
• Full access to all sessions/all days
• Meals and special receptions
• Networking with a nationwide, professional community
• Membership to the DLE’s extensive, online learning resources
• A personalized Action Plan for achieving 2020 work and career goals
• Personal coaching opportunities
Seize the Full Retreat Experience:
Maximize the DLE’s extraordinary networking experience by staying with speakers and attendees at the DLE Lake House Compound, conveniently and spectacularly located on Pontoosuc Lake just a few minutes from Proprietor’s Lodge. Overnight accommodations for Nov. 1 and 2 are available at a special retreat rate for a limited time.
The DLE’s History of Success
Since 2008, the Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE)’s premiere professional development and networking program has inspired emerging leaders in diverse industries to confidently and positively contribute to their company, community and personal career.
Thousands have benefited from DLE year-round learning and networking opportunities, that include topical DLE Open Forums, online podcasts, newsletters and other learning resources, on-demand coaching, and a nationwide alumni network.
Now in its 12th year, the program’s signature Gen Now Retreat—held at the lakeside Proprietor’s Lodge compound in the Berkshires–delivers actionable strategies and gritty advice for career success from a dynamic, diverse network of executives, entrepreneurs and thought leaders from the corporate, nonprofit and private sectors.
INTRODUCING DLE PODCASTS
Driven by alumni feedback and a commitment to expand developmental opportunities, the DLE has added another valuable resource to our online program portfolio for inspiring personal and professional growth.
The DLE Podcast series has debuted on the DLE website (see the Learning Resources tab)! This series features subject matter experts discussing topics of importance and interest for personal and professional growth.
The first installment–Nonprofits Want You–shares expertise from Liana Toscanini, the founder and executive director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, for finding meaningful volunteer activities and community service. As you’ll hear from Liana, nonprofit organizations not only want young professionals to help them plan and attend special events, these organizations need millennial talent to join their boards.
You too can be a podcast guest! Share your comments about this first installment and ideas for future ones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEAD FROM THE BENCH
A-players aren’t the only one who can step up and make something happen. Olympic Gold Medalist Abby Wambach and author of the current best seller Wolfpack explains how to lead from the bench and be in the game.
After being benched in her final season with US Women’s Soccer Team, Wambach says she truly learned the essence of leadership. “In 2015, I came off the bench for our Women’s National Team and my final World Cup. We ended up winning this World Cup, and I think that there was a reason. And it wasn’t just because of the players on the field – it was because of the support that they were given by those players that were sitting on the bench and that came off the bench to close out those games.”
Constantly challenging your perspective will broaden your thinking and boost creativity, claims this Harvard Business Review article. “Stop seeing the world in the familiar way and start seeing it in unfamiliar and generative ways. When we look at the world, we should not just examine, but examine with a deliberately different perspective.”
SECURITY: A NEW ERA FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Submitted by DLE 2019 Gen Now Retreat Candidate Dana Johnson, Service Manager, CompuWorks
While security has always been a concern in the digital world- it has not until recently seen this level of awareness, concern or scrutiny.
The individuals creating the demand for digital security investments are no longer “some kid in their parent’s basement.” They’re teams of people, some who even work for companies overseas focused on extorting American consumers and professionals. There are no excuses for poor password management or digital due diligence.
In my work, I’ve seen that the ways these groups create mayhem are endless. This year, the two most common methods are social engineering and ransomware. Both are easily avoidable with proper end user education.
Ransomware is a virus that will try to encrypt as many files as it can access. From one PC to the entire network it will make the files unreadable and unusable. Without a backup you are left with paying the ransom or losing all your data. Costs for a total company hijack could exceed $100,000.
No matter how busy you are, never aimlessly click a link in an email, always hover over it to confirm it’s taking you the location you believe it should. Emails that look like they’re coming from a trusted source could be spoofed.
Every day, millions of fake emails appearing to be from USPS, Facebook, PayPal are sent out trying to get you to enter confidential information. The odds of you getting a fake FedEx email the same day you’re expecting a package are far greater than you would think. It only takes two seconds to confirm with a Vendor, Client or Coworker that they, in fact, sent that email.
Avoid using the same password on multiple platforms, all it would take is one breach for someone to have access to multiple accounts. Additionally, if just one of those sites is compromised you must change several passwords, running the risk of forgetting one. A better method is a well trusted password management software platform.
Google Chrome has one built in that ties in with your Google account, it even generates passwords far more secure than you could come up with. It will save them in your account, adding convince and leaving no excuse to not step up your password game! The only risk now is that all your passwords are stored on one central location. Google has remedied this with notifications of odd logon locations. Your phone will prompt you if Google has noted bizarre behavior allowing you to lock it down instantly.
More and more companies are implementing end user training to keep their employees up to date on current exploits as well as education on password standards. Programs that cover these topics are cheap and require only a few minutes a week to stay up to date.
If these programs stop just one social engineering or ransomware attempt, then the company has saved thousands of dollars in labor, production and most importantly public relations. If your employer does not engage in these trainings, you have the opportunity to help close a massive gap in their security. Step up and sound out. Your feedback can be a lifeline for digital security.
MUST ASK QUESTIONS WHEN STARTING A NEW JOB
Sure there is a lot to prepare for when changing jobs. Harvard Business Review advises to be ready to ask five key questions upon arrival at your new organization. Topping the list is this: “How will I create value?” Get all five questions here.
IN THE BERKSHIRES? GRAB A SEAT AT THIS DLE-INFUSED BIZ PANEL
The Dulye Leadership Experience claims seats at the table for an upcoming Small Business Month workshop on May 9th in the Berkshires.
Auric Enchill, DLE alum and sales manager for Elegant Stitches in Pittsfield, MA, joins panelists from several successful Berkshire-based businesses, to share practical tips for starting and growing a business, plus proven advice for delighting customers.
DLE founder Linda Dulye serves as moderator for the event, which is sponsored by the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation (PERC) and the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation.
For DLE community in the Berkshires, the workshop is free, and kicks off with registration at 7:30 am at Framework, 437 North Street, Pittsfield. Join in and be part of a terrific learning and networking opportunity.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO BE A BETTER COMMUNICATOR
Submitted by Alum Marcus Coleman, Advisory Associate, FS Investments
Being an effective communicator is one of the most sought-after skills in business—and I also believe in your life outside of the business realm.
I recently read an article on interpersonal skills which got me thinking about this fundamental communication concept: “The sender ‘encodes’ the message, usually in a mixture of words and non-verbal communication. It is transmitted in some way (for example, in speech or writing), and the recipient ‘decodes’ it.”
I can safely say that we have all been in situations where we have misread someone’s body language, their tone of voice and vernacular. I’ve been guilty—at work and in social settings. I’ve read meaning into facial expressions, body movement, and comments that – in fact—were opposite of the intended message of the sender.
Self-awareness plays a key role in effective communication. Being aware that your filters—shaped by experiences and biases—can alter a message that you are receiving or sending.
To be an effective communicator, you must know your audience. Getting to know your audience means, networking and breaking bread with people from different economic, social and religious backgrounds.
We can become effective communicators. However, not without working it. Success requires us not to judge one’s culture based on the norms of one’s own culture. I challenge everyone reading this post, to identify potentially one obstacle to effective communication, that may be holding you back from your next business opportunity and seek feedback from family, friends, and co-workers to become a better communicator.
WORK YOUR MENTAL FITNESS
This month’s DLE newsletter, Community Connection, features practical tips from alum April Roche for boosting your mental fitness. April, who is the Director of Clinical Services at Hillcrest Educational Centers, explains, “Rather than giving in to emotional stress, we can train our brains to use techniques that combat fear and self-doubt.”
April’s first tip is to channel fear and anxiety into action steps that move you forward. Sometimes a new challenge is exactly what we need to get us thinking in a new way, rather than getting stuck in old, inefficient thought patterns.
Read more tips from April in this month’s newsletter. If you didn’t receive this latest issue in your email this week, let us know at email@example.com. Current and past issues of Community Connection are available on the DLE website.
KEEP THE OPEN FORUMS COMING
That was the overwhelming feedback from participants at the first DLE Open Forum, held March 26th in the Berkshires. Nearly 70% of the overflow audience gave their feedback to a poll evaluating the debut session on Nonprofits Want You! with guest speaker Liana Toscanini, executive director and founder of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.
95% strongly agree or agree that the program was relevant to relevant to their professional development
100% strongly agree or agree the program provided actionable tips
95% are very likely to recommend the DLE Open Forum to a friend or colleague.
Comments shared included:
“It was great seeing many like-minded professionals come together over a common interest.”
“It was an informative and energetic night.”
“Very positive interactions and left feeling like I learned something that I wasn’t aware of.”
“Great structure and flow throughout the event.”
“Honestly I loved the whole set up.”Among topics recommended for future forums were public speaking, character building, effective communication, professional branding, networking, local politics, adjusting to change, navigating a career change and leadership development.
Plans for future Open Forums are in the works. Stay tuned to the DLE Portal for details. See more photos from the Open Forum here.
SAY SOMETHING MEMORABLE AT YOUR NEXT DEPARTMENT MEETING
Don’t sit in silence at your next department meeting with your big boss. Harvard Business Review offers this guide for when and how to speak up.
TAKING A STAND AND SNOOZE TO SUPPORT THE HOMELESS
Submitted by alum Charles Lerner, Engagement Coordinator/Tao Cares, The Tao Group
“I can’t wait to go home, shower, and get into bed.” That’s what I told my colleague at 2:30 am when we couldn’t fall asleep. As I tried to warm up, it hit me: the youth we spoke with just a few hours before, at some point in their lives, wondered where they would take their next showers or if they would have clean bed to sleeps in.
Homeless youth do not choose to put themselves in situations that lead to homelessness. Yet this year, 4.2 million kids will be homeless in America. With this in mind and heart, five of my TAO Group colleagues and I decided to participate in the Covenant House Young Professional Sleep Out last week in New York City.
During the breakout sessions, where we had the opportunity to learn from Covenant House Youth, it was clear that they are not “bad” youth. Rather they struggle with a variety of issues including family problems, human trafficking, neglect, abuse, and fear. They are left with no choice but to leave their homes.
One story which resonated with me from a previous trip to the Covenant House was about a young girl who was kicked out of her own home on her 18th birthday, as her mother was pregnant again. Her biological father was in prison, and the man that was living with her mother was abusive.
Take 5 seconds and imagine that you were dealt that hand. What would you do?
With no place to turn, these youth are forced to find food and shelter, care for themselves, and plan their lives and careers. And they are forced to do all of this without the resources I, and so many of my friends and colleagues, have been afforded.
I didn’t make the baseball team in High School, but my parents told me I was still good enough. I wanted to go to college–and I worked with a college adviser to prepare my application. I want to take a shower or brush my teeth–and I go home and do so. I was always reassured that everything would be okay – by my parents, by my friends, by my teachers, by my mentors, by my colleagues. And it always was.
Homeless youth need simple reassurance that their hardships are not deserved, but rather unfairly placed upon them. At the ages of 18, 19, 20, and 21, youth are forced to find the resources they need to survive by themselves including food, shelter, hygiene, medical, and education. All of that on top of their homelessness causes a feeling of abandonment.
As we laid on the cold concrete with garbage trucks and fire engines passing, all we could reflect on was how fortunate we are. Not only are we fortunate to have had the necessary positive support systems growing, but fortunate enough to also have the opportunity to sleep outside together in solidarity of the fight against youth homelessness.
And we are fortunate enough to have the network – all of you – who are generous enough to support our mission. (Donations to support Covenant House you can be made at Taogroup.com/CharityCharles through May 4, with all proceeds going directly to the cause.)
MAKING STRIDES IN ONLINE COMMERCE
Alum Auric Enchill has revved up the online capabilities of his Berkshire-based family business—Elegant Stitches, where he manages sales.
The company has launched an interface friendly website featuring a digital design studio with over 13,500+ templates and clipart, featuring many favorite brands.
Auric says the upgrades make this an ideal platform for creating t-shirts and custom apparel for organizations, business teams and special events. “The site is super easy to navigate. Our online guests will be able to create what they want. So, it’s a personal and pleasurable experience.”
He adds, “Our production process is handled by a team of individuals with decades of experience under their belt, meaning items receive special attention to detail.”
Speed matters, and Auric assures orders will be processed and shipped within 10 business days.
More from alum Charles Lerner, who shares this recommended reading from Harvard Business Review about leadership development. Reinforcing a constant DLE theme that is core to the Gen Now Retreat curriculum, the article emphasizes the practice of continuous learning for leaders to be truly effective: “To keep pace with change and avoid disruption, business leaders must become,, infinite learners—those who not only enjoy learning but feel a constant need to acquire new skills.”
The article cites the importance of tapping your professional network for continuous learning. One outcome of any DLE experience—whether at the Gen Now Retreat or our new Open Forums—is an expanded network enriched by senior leaders, emerging managers and workforce newcomers from different industries, interests and experiences. Reconnect this week with one of your DLE contacts and learn something new from and about them.
With the goal of providing ongoing, exceptional learning and networking opportunities—to supplement the annual Gen Now Retreat, the Dulye Leadership Experience Open Forum debuted March 26th with the program Nonprofits Want You!
Guest speaker Liana Toscanini, the founder and executive director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, told an overflow group of DLE alumni and Berkshire-based professionals that their unique skills, perspectives and ideas are exactly what nonprofit organizations want from volunteers and board members.
Liana shared these five tips for finding the right organization for giving back time, talent and monetary donations:
1. Identify your passions, interests, skills, motivation, and how much time/money you have to give
2. Research nonprofits online, via friends and talking with people who have been involved with the group
3. Choose a nonprofit and begin by attending events and/or volunteering
4. Call directly to inquire about board service or have someone make a connection for you
5. Be prepared with a bio, your availability, and some creative ideas for what you can contribute
The DLE Open Forum has been established to provide ongoing, inspiring and informative exchanges on topics relevant to professionals in the workplace, at various career stages, who want to learn, stretch and grow. Topics and speakers are identified from feedback received from DLE alumni and their network.
The top of the debut–giving back and stepping up to a nonprofit board position–was discussed at the 2018 Gen Now Retreat as part of the Action Plan exercise. At that time, many attendees aired questions and comments indicating that they didn’t know how to make that first step.
A podcast of Liana’s presentation is being prepared and will be available shortly on the DLE website. Details will be available in a future DLE Portal update.
DLE alumni Nicole Mancivalano (second on left in photo) and Abby Powers (far right) played an active role in planning the program.
DLE STRONG AT 40 UNDER FORTY AWARDS
The Dulye Leadership Experience community stood proud in the house on March 21st at the 40 Under Forty in the Berkshires awards ceremony, where DLE alum AJ Enchill was among the honorees.
Cheering on AJ’s accomplishments as district aide to (MA) State Sen. Adam Hinds and his active community engagement are his father, Al Enchill, and fiancé, Grace Barlow, plus DLE alumni Lindsay Codwise, Adelle Eberhardt, Nicole Mancivalano, Prince Abanulo and AJ’s brother Auric Enchill.
Kudos to AJ and our DLE community for building strong connections. Keep soaring!
You can’t do it all! Delegation tips from a front-line manager
Submitted by alum Adelle Eberhardt, Quality Control Analytical Manager, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing
“Who are you going to delegate this to?”
“You should delegate that!”
“Ideally you would delegate this to someone.”
I have heard any number of iterations of this lately from senior managers at my company. To be honest if I hear these words again, I’m likely to scream.
As a manager, delegation is a key responsibility for me—particularly with a company that is growing exponentially. I realize that I shouldn’t mind the prodding to share responsibilities—after all, I should welcome the help in getting things done.
Lately, I found that delegation had become increasingly harder to do. With more work and increasing deadlines, I found myself clinging to responsibilities and tasks like a life raft in the sea. The more overwhelmed with work I got the more, I fell back into bad habits.
As a self-proclaimed high achiever and type-A personality, my gut instinct is “Oh I will just do it myself so at least I know it will be done right.” As a manager, that response is a one-way ticket to burn out.
It wasn’t until recently that I realized what was happening and had to make some changes. Here’s what I’ve done:
• Be Conscious Take the time to evaluate the tasks at hand. What are the priorities? What else is there to do? What can be done by another team member? In a fast-paced work environment, you may feel like you don’t have time for this, but the contrary is true. Being attentive helps get things done more efficiently and faster.
• Let It Go You don’t need to do everything. Besides, it’s not possible. Also, everything does not need to be perfect.
• Delegate I’ve learned that getting others to step up and take action is the cornerstone of successful management. Let the people in your group rise to the occasion.
And finally, if all else fails …
• Speak Up Make your boss aware. Have a conversation to review staffing and responsibilities. Evaluate together what needs to be done and by whom.
KEN’S BACK! GEARING UP FOR 2019 GEN NOW RETREAT
DLE faculty favorite Ken Pouliot, cited in this week’s portal call-to-action announcement, returns to the Berkshires as a keynote speaker and coach at the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat.
Ken is the Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Percolate, and he consistently draws rave reviews like these from 2018 retreat attendees about his presentation Ultimate Collaboration: How to Build Trust in a Team:
• “Ken is awesome. He has great energy and spoke on a very relatable topic.”
• “Ken’s presentation really hit home for me. Building trust has always been critical at my job and it was refreshing to hear how managers can successfully create a trustworthy culture with their team members.”
• “Ken’s provided many tips that I immediately began putting into action when I returned to the office.”
Keep reading the portal for more announcements about speakers and sessions at the 2019 DLE Gen Now Retreat on Nov. 1-3 at the spectacular, lakeside Proprietor’s Lodge in the Berkshires.
No Slackers Allowed
Are you working on a project with a team that is operating a half-performance? Along with Adelle’s tips in this week’s portal update, this SmartBrief article offers more practical advice to get team members to increase ownership and make results happen.
DLE ALUM HONORED IN 40 UNDER FORTY
Gen Now Retreat alum AJ Enchill is among the distinguished group of young professionals in the Berkshires to be selected to the prestigious 40 Under Forty community for 2019. AJ, who supports (MA) State Senator Adam Hinds as his district aide, will be honored in a special awards event on March 21.
The DLE celebrates AJ’s accomplishments—his leadership, community service and commitment to make the Berkshires even better– with a special ad created by DLE alum and graphic designer Carleen Leibinger. The ad debuts today in a special supplement to the Berkshires’ daily newspaper, The Berkshire Eagle, and social media.
Reflecting on his award and his DLE connections, AJ shares this: During my time at the Gen Now Retreat, a one-on-one conversation with speaker Sally Roberts, Founder of Wrestle Like a Girl, led to an invitation to be her guest at the People’s Portfolio Award Ceremony in New York City. There, I met Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture–a true gentleman who encouraged me “to pull others up as I climb.”
The experience is one that I’ll never forget, and it was made possible by the DLE’s impressive networking and coaching opportunities. Participating in the Gen Now Retreat opened the door to opportunities and connections that inspire personal and professional growth.
The Dulye Leadership Experience is an offical sponsor of the 40 Under Forty program in the Berkshires.
MOVING UP: CONGRATS TO JESSE!
This month, Gen Now Retreat alum Jesse Noll earned his second promotion within three years at the company, Wavemaker. Moving up to the position of Content and Experiences Manager, Jesse now oversees a team of associates and senior associates in the completion of day to day duties while working with senior leadership to manage client relationships and promote thought leadership.
Jesse credits his genuine passion for what he does with helping him advance. “I love what I do. Passion along with my commitment to collaborate with others has made this milestone possible.”
How has he demonstrated that passion? Jesse cites stepping up to take on extra projects “when I had bandwidth and possessed a willingness to learn and grow every step of the way.”
He also credits his DLE connections for inspiring his career advancement. “When I attended the 2018 Gen Now Retreat, I was at a point where I was unsure about whether or not I wanted to wait for this role or to look elsewhere. Talking over my situation with my DLE family, I received the advice that I needed to know my company had the best intentions for me. It truly has ended up working for the best!
WORTH THE READ: TOXIC WORKPLACE REPAIR PLAN
A toxic workplace doesn’t have to fester according to the authors of this Fast Company article, who provide specific actions for rebuilding trust and teamwork.
WHAT’S THE STATE OF YOUR RESUME?
Submitted by Alum Nicole Mancivalano, Human Resource Representative, Greylock Federal Credit Union
When was the last time you were asked for an updated resume? Did you have to pause to think about whether it was up-to-date?
There are many different reasons to be asked for your resume:
• Your manager may reference it while preparing your performance review
• Your company may use it to write your employee bio
• Programs may use it to compare your skills and experiences to those of other applicants.
For me, the beginning of a new year is the best time to update my master resume. Yes, I said master resume. I have a master resume that is very detailed with my full work history. This format works great for employee bios. It also serves as the foundation to tailor a shorter resume to the needs of any inquiry that may present itself.
In my work, I recently found a new type of resume come across my desk. The applicant withholds the typical list of duties for their positions, and instead replaces it with career highlights and successes from each company they have worked for. I really like this approach. It has facilitated great conversations with applicants who are very excited to discuss their accomplishments.
It also helps me to steer the conversation down a path where the job duties are better aligned. After seeing the benefits of these types of resumes, I now created my own resume using this template.
To save yourself the panic of having to wonder if your resume is up-to-date or not, get into the habit of looking at it at least once a year. Choose a date or milestone that will work best for you. Maybe it’s after attending the Gen Now Retreat or after obtaining a certification or before a performance review.
Your resume needs a little TLC, just like you!
FIT TO LEAD: TAKE ON EMOTIONAL STRESS AND WIN!
Submitted by Alum April Roche, Director of Clinical Services, Hillcrest Educational Centers
Rather than yield to emotional stress, we can train our brains to use techniques that combat fear and self-doubt. Here are two techniques that I use to help me stay mentally fit for career–and life–challenges.
1. Channel that fear and anxiety into action steps that move you forward, rather than convincing you to back down. Research shows that some stress is good for us. It optimizes our reaction time, heightens our awareness, and gets our creative juices flowing. Sometimes a new challenge is exactly what we need to get us thinking in a new and different way, rather than getting stuck in old thought patterns about the work of our organization.
2. Challenge negative self-talk about why we aren’t prepared to take on a new assignment or position. The reality is that someone in our organization believes that we either have the skills and abilities to take on these new challenges OR that we have the skills and resources to grow into these responsibilities. Take stock of your skills, resources, and mentors, and then tap into them!
HOW TO BRING UP A SENSITIVE SUBJECT
Tips to talk about the elephant in the room that has previously gone unmentionable are here for the adapting from this SmartBrief article. Use these tools to “make the undiscussable a bit more discussable.”
MAKING NEWS AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
DLE alum Tom Buchanan, who is Chief of Product at Contact Control Interfaces (CI), is excited to share this article about his firm making news at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show recently held in Las Vegas.
Reports Tom, “For the second year in a row, Contact CI was able to demo our haptic gloves for UploadVR while at CES. Contact CI is continuing to iterate and develop their haptic systems to allow VR users to feel the virtual world around them. Their current focus is on bringing the virtual sense of touch to training exercises.”
He adds, “For example, doctors could virtually train hands on skills in a safe, repeatable virtual environment to better prepare for actual tasks.”
Tom and his company are based in Cincinnati, OH.
New Date For DLE Open Forum
The DLE Open Forum with guest speaker Liana Toscanini, founder and executive director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, has been rescheduled (due to weather) for Tuesday, March 26 starting at 6:00 pm at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield, MA.
Liana will lead an informative and lively conversation on the topic, Nonprofits Want You!. Gain insights and practical tips for how to select the right organization, get involved as a volunteer and step up to a board seat.
Liana has over 20 years of varied volunteer experience in the Berkshires. She served for nine years as Community Access to the Arts Development & Marketing Director. She currently serves on the board of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
This is a very popular topic that generated a wait list for the original forum date. Seating is limited to 30 and reservations are required.
Don’t delay to RSVP to Abby Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 281-8606 by March 15th.
REJECTION WILL MAKE YOU STRONGER
Imagine seeking out rejection! Most of us avoid it. Jia Jiang reveals how he deliberately faced rejection for 100 days and learned to triumph. Discover how to turn “no” into “yes” in this inspiring Ted Talk.
DLE at American Society of Quality
DLE Founder Linda Dulye shared effective communication tips and tools as the guest speaker at the American Society of Quality (ASQ) Berkshire Section meeting on Feb. 19. Here’s Linda shown standing with DLE Gen Now Retreat alum Prince Abanulo (left in photo), Quality Manager at Apex Resource Technologies in Pittsfield, MA, and ASQ Berkshire Section President Ben Bonnell, Quality Manager at Neenah Paper Inc., also in Pittsfield.
Linda’s presentation, Yes, I’m Listening! Communication Essentials for Engaging Teams, earned an enthusiastic response, aptly summed up by Ben: “I can’t wait to start to apply the tools you shared.”
Linda also shared information about the 2019 Gen Now Retreat, scheduled for Nov. 1-3 at Proprietor’s Lodge in the Berkshires, encouraging managers in attendance to recognize their motivated young professionals with the gift of profound learning and networking.
Become a Better Listener with These 4 Tips
Welcome to the people business! That’s what comes with becoming a manager. Building relationships moves up on the priority list.
When talented managers lose that focus, their effectiveness and productivity sink. Research cited in this Harvard Business Review article—Why Highly Efficient Leaders Fail— indicates that the biggest differentiator of effective leaders is “strong people skills, and that six out of ten of their biggest strengths related to people skills such as listening, developing others, and empowering their team members.”
Create a regular routine for improving your listening skills. Here are four tips to try when striking up a conversation with a colleague or friend:
Be aware of body language. Hands, head and posture send powerful non-verbal cues that you need to pay attention to and adjust for when creating conversation.
Curb distractions. Start by silencing your phone and putting it away in a pocket or desk drawer. Taking away a device that so frequently commands our attention will enable you to raise your focus on others.
Signal receipt. Indicate with facial expression, head nods and affirming comments that you are open to and receiving feedback. Jotting down a few, short notes also conveys attentiveness.
Work your patience. Resist the urge to finish a sentence or interrupt. Be aware that visual signals of your body language don’t beam frustration.
Advice for Making Meaningful Connections
Walk into the room with greater confidence to network with tips from this Forbes article. Commit to fully use every department meeting, customer dinner and professional seminar as a rich resource for creating meaningful connections.
AIM HIGH AND DON’T’ WAIVER
Submitted by Gen Now Alum Marcus Coleman, Advisory Associate, FS Investments
The week before Christmas, my colleague, a retired Marine Corp vet, gave me the current best seller, “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins, as a gift. As it turned out, this was one of the best gifts that I’ve received in a decade!
Goggins is the only person in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger and Air Force Tactical Air Controller. He was dealt a horrible hand in the poker game of life–being physically abused as a kid, homeless at times and challenged by a learning disability and stutter. However, he still found a way to preserve and achieve his unbelievable goals.
A theme raised by Goggins throughout the book is that we operate subpar, using only 40% of our capabilities. The reason, he asserts, resonates with a topic discussed at the 2018 Gen Now Retreat: our personal fear factor. Goggins maintains that we are afraid to live outside of our comfort zone because the pain and strain causes us to quit prior to gaining the strength needed to accomplish goals.
He points out that we readily find reasons for not achieving goals—such as feeling like we are not smart enough, born too poor, our race or gender creates a glass ceiling. Yet, the only thing that is holding us back from our goals is “ourselves”.
“Can’t Hurt Me” is a great book for all the go-getters reading this Gen Now Portal post. Life is a poker game and you have to play the hell out of the hand you were dealt.
As one of my favorite athletes—and one of the greatest ever—Bo Jackson would say, “set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there”.
ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT FOR DLE OPEN FORUM
Act now with a RSVP if you want to attend the DLE Open Forum: Nonprofits Want You! on Feb. 27th featuring guest speaker Liana Toscanini, executive director and founder of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires. The program begins at 6:00 pm at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield, MA, and seats are filling fast.
Get answers to your questions about how to get involved in community service, size up the right organization, and step up to volunteer or join a board.
The Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) this month has become an Underwriting Sponsor for the Berkshire County 40 Under Forty Awards, now in its fourth year. The sponsorship marks a first for the DLE and a perfect alignment–the 40 Under Forty Awards recognizes outstanding young professionals in the Berkshire County area.
Some 130 applicants from a host of industries, companies and organization–reflective of the diversity that underscores the DLE–vie for selection to the prestigious awards circle. Applications are reviewed by an 11-member committee, which includes past award recipients.
Winners will receive their awards on March 21st at a special celebration in Pittsfield, MA.
40 Under Forty is presented by Berkshire Community College (BCC) and the BCC Foundation in partnership with 1Berkshire and the Berkshire Eagle daily newspaper. For its sponsorship the DLE will receive visual and verbal recognition during the awards ceremony, and a broad, respected platform to invite current and past award recipients to apply for the 2018 Gen Now Retreat.
Event coordinator Shela Hildalgo, who is BCC’s Director of Development, said “we are thrilled to have (the DLE) as an Underwriting Sponsor.”
SEATS FILLING UP FOR DLE OPEN FORUM
Reservations are coming in! DLE alumni are saving seats for themselves and a friend for the upcoming Open Forum: Nonprofits Want You! with guest speaker Liana Toscanini, executive director and founder of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires. The date: Wednesday, Feb. 27th. Time: 6:00 pm. Location: Hotel on North in Pittsfield, MA.
Get answers to your questions about how to get involved in community service, size up the right organization, and step up to volunteer or join a board. Reservations are a MUST! Only 30 seats available—to enable active discussion—and nearly half are claimed.
RSVP deadline is Feb. 20th—unless seats fill up sooner. Contact Abby Powers at email@example.com or (413) 281-8606.
DLE Open Forum Set for February: NonProfits Want You!
Non-profit organizations really do want your involvement—as a volunteer and even on boards. We talked about it at the 2018 Gen Now Retreat—and you asked for more information to help you make this happen on your Action Plan.
Find out how to pick the right organization for you, how to get involved as a volunteer, and how to step up to a board seat in a lively discussion with Liana Toscanini, Founder and Executive Director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 starting at 6 pm at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield.
Liana has over 20 years of varied volunteer experience in the Berkshires. She served for nine years as Community Access to the Arts Development & Marketing Director. Her corporate marketing background has proven as useful in the Berkshires as it did in New York City. She currently serves on the board of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
Attend and you’ll learn about:
the Berkshire nonprofit sector
skills that nonprofits are seeking
the role of a nonprofit board
expectations for being a board member
how you can make a difference.
If you’ve thought about volunteering your time and expertise by serving on the board of a local nonprofit organization, but don’t have much (or any) experience, then this session is for YOU!
This event is open to DLE alumni and their friends and colleagues. Seating is limited to 30. Make your reservation now by contacting Abby Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 281-8606 by Feb. 20th.
Your cost to attend is based on what you eat and drink.
Strikes. Spares. Splits. Smiles.
The DLE Bowling Shindig on Jan. 26th brought together 28 alumni, their friends and family for an afternoon of cheers, applause, hoots and hahs. Prizes were awarded in a variety of categories for all ages. Smiles far outweighed the gutter balls—and everyone attending gave a thumbs up for another DLE social event. Ideas have been sounded out for roller skating! Share yours at email@example.com.
Check out the DLE Facebook page photo album to see more.
Overcome Email Backlog
Are you constantly being choked by your email inbox? These tips will improve your efficiency and time management for managing your inbox.
Submitted by Gen Now Alum April Roche, Director of Clinical Services, Hillcrest Educational Centers
Lately, I have started up conversations about self-care and work-life balance with people at various stages of their careers. I’ve had responses ranging anywhere from “what does self-care mean?” to reflections of how work-life balance changes over the lifespan. I think my favorite answer was one from a 27-year-old who has a full-time job and is pursuing her nursing degree: “Just say no”.
There is a lot of wisdom in her response. After all, at the core of managing our stress and finding work-life balance, we must set realistic limits and boundaries around our time and the tasks we take on.
In recent years, there has been much discussion about whether we should even consider the concept of work-life balance. Some posit that we should pursue a work-life blend instead. As work moves into the technological era, we can now blend our personal and professional interests. We can read an important contract while running on the treadmill, or we can share our passion for baking by treating our staff to homemade muffins. Ok, so I am oversimplifying. But, overall the idea of work-life blend is that if we manage our tasks and passions creatively, we can find a way to fit it all in while avoiding stress and burnout.
Recently, I had a wake-up call on this topic after a very long day at work when I poked my head into my son’s bedroom to ask how his day was. He is all of 7 years old and when he saw me heading his way, he hopped up to his little desk and grabbed a pencil saying, “Sorry Mom, can’t talk, I’m busy doing paperwork”. Ouch. So much for blending!
I encourage you to take a look and consider the three guidelines she offers in creating your own self care plan.
DLE Musical Interlude
Submitted by Gen Now Alum Michael Laureyns, President, Four Seasons Heating and Cooling
Looking for some new tunes for your next power walk or workout? Try this playlist courtesy of Michael Laureyns.
Explaining his selections, Michael notes, “This is a random mix of some songs that I’ve been listening to over the past few years. There is a mix of some newer, older, throwbacks and classics. Music is an essential part of my day, between riding in the car, working out and throwing on a vinyl after work–one of the best sources of metal therapy after a long day. I am always looking for something new and different to listen too!”
He adds, “Frank Ocean is my favorite artist. Hope everyone enjoys the mix!”
The author of this Harvard Business Review article advocates a strong tie between sleep and leadership. Poor snooze habits negatively impact personal performance and leadership capabilities. See what research reveals: https://hbr.org/2018/09/sleep-well-lead-better
Gutter balls beware!
The first 2019 DLE Gen Now social get-together happens this weekend. Twenty-five DLE Gen Now alumni and friends are heading to Greylock Bowl and Golf in North Adams, MA on Saturday, Jan. 26th for the DLE Bowling Shindig.
Check photos in next week’s portal update.
It’s Never Too Late to Hit that Goal
Submitted by Gen Now Alum Sally Wong, Manufacturing Lead, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing
The year 2018 had brought forth a whole slew of new experiences both welcomed and uncomfortable. But the most significant outcome was the hope that the coming year will prove to be a time of great self-improvement to benefit both work and home.
The recent DLE Retreat in the Berkshires has been a profound experience that helped manifest this desire and motivation to move forward. It was nothing like I first expected. I was even hesitant to attend since I thought it would be really formal and I would seem out of place. I am glad that was not the case. There had been a lot of ideas and concepts for me to take from the experience.
2019 had only just started and it already feels like the year is flying by. Finding the energy to complete the many tasks and goals I’ve set for myself such as going back to school and getting involved with the community seems close to impossible.
In spite of a busy work and home life, I’m not afraid of facing the changes I need to make, and my struggles with motivation and mounting apathy. These are a few things that I’ve learned to remind myself whenever I can:
It’s never too late. Anytime I feel there is something I cannot achieve whether immediately or in the next year or so, I remember that there is still a lot of time left to do something. As long as I am conscious and able to think, I can do anything.
There truly is a support system somewhere out there. It may be support from one’s family or friends that have already been built up, or it may be from the DLE community that everyone here has access to. You’re not alone not matter how much it may feel that way.
Small steps. Anything, no matter how insignificant it may seem, like getting out of bed at a decent time, not skipping lunch, or making sure there is a moment in your day to relax are still a step forward and should always be treated as small successes.
With the risk of becoming a hypocrite, I constantly remind myself that my unachieved goals today may be achieved tomorrow no matter how foreboding the day may seem. While these small reminders are not miracle pills for life, I hope that they may be useful for anyone with similar experiences or difficulties.
Update Your Resume with 2018 Accomplishments
With the new year comes a refresh to your resume capturing accomplishments, new skills and other career enhancements achieved through job responsibilities and community service. Most of all, be sure that you convey the impact that you made on company, department and team goals. These tips will help you project the right stuff and delete what doesn’t add value:
Join other DLE Gen Now Alumni from the Berkshires and beyond for a fun afternoon of catching up and bowling on Saturday, Jan. 26th from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Greylock Bowl in North Adams!
This family-friendly event welcomes your significant other, kids, or friends. Bowling costs $8 per person which includes shoes. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the Greylock Bowl.
RSVP here by Friday, Jan. 18th and provide the total number in your group.
Thanks to the Shindig Planning Team–Abby Powers, Nicole Mancivalano and Josh Weatherwax–for making this social event happen.
Your Comfort Zone is a No-Go Zone
Submitted by Gen Now Alum Joshua Weatherwax, Marketing Project Manager, Annie Selke Companies
To anyone who has spoken to me at either the Gen Now Retreat or our recent meetup, it may come as a surprise to discover that I consider myself a massive introvert. Though I wholly enjoyed coming to both, spending so much time with other people always leaves me drained and seeking the comfort of my home and family.
In fact, up until a few years ago, it would have been nearly impossible to force me to ever attend an event like that. So, how did I manage to change my ways to the point where, in the last year, I’ve attended out-of-state conferences, retreats, and networking events?
Two years ago, after a series of excuses and skipped gatherings with our friends, my wife and I realized that we hadn’t actually spent any real time with them in six months. It was disheartening to realize that we were not really being the ideal friends. Something had to be done.
So, we gave ourselves a set of rules to prevent this from happening again and we’ve applied it both personally and professionally. And here they are:
1. End goals matter more than your feelings!
If you can’t find any reason not to do something other than just not wanting to, you should make yourself do it. Instead of stewing on your feelings, evaluate the actual purpose of the activity or event and how it fits in with your goals. At worst, you’ve wasted a bit of your time. At best, you can make friends, business connections, further your career goals, and even help steer your life in a better direction. No one ever died from having to socialize for a few hours.
2. Only make a rain-check if you’re committed to keeping the follow-up!
It’s very easy to tell someone “maybe next time” without ever actually intending to show up next time. Not only does this work against ever moving toward meeting any of your goals, but it also makes you seem like an unreliable person. There’s only so many times you can leave someone in the wind before they move on. You don’t want to look back and realized you missed out on something personally or professionally because you came across as wishy-washy. Be committed!
3. Pair up if needed!
Sometimes it’s just hard to force yourself to go to something alone. Grab someone who you can fall back on to come with you and it will make it much easier to handle. For personal activities, this might be a friend, loved one, or significant other. It’s very rare that you’ll see me at any non-business event without my wife. Business/networking events can be a bit tougher, but if you have a friend or coworker who doesn’t mind coming, it can make all the difference. Just remember, they’re only there for support not to help you avoid socializing with other people. Push each other to get out of your comfort zone!
Some of you may wonder how this affects you because you don’t have the issue of being an introvert. I think that this philosophy applies to many things that come up in your life that you feel like you don’t want to do. This might be attending meetings, spending time with someone you don’t care for, or even applying for a job that you don’t think you’re qualified for. Just step back, evaluate it objectively, and even act against your own feelings if it furthers your interests.
The best way to be goal-oriented is to avoid excuses and stay focused on what you want in the long-term.
Better Time Management is Possible
Is one of your 2019 goals to improve your punctuality and productivity? You’ll find helpful advice for managing your calendar in this article. Start with a task list, then determine priorities Here’s how: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/324976
2019 Personal Pledge: Be an Active Participant
Submitted by Gen Now Alum Abby Powers, Member Services Coordinator, 1Berkshire
It’s a new year and with that, I’m taking the time to review my DLE action plan, assess where I’ve been and the path forward toward my goals. One step that could help most everyone with their action plan and goals is: Stop being a passive observer and start being an active participant!
One way that I am committing to being more of an active participant is through my relationships. Much of my current job is focused on supporting our local businesses and helping them to grow–and one of the easiest ways I can achieve that is through connections and relationships.
Relationships and relationship building can be one of the easiest and fastest ways to accelerate your success if you become an active participant. Here are some of the things I’ve committed to focusing on to help me be more successful:
Focus on the quality of the people I meet rather than the quantity of people I meet
Focus on creating a relationship more than “networking” Don’t think about what I need out of the relationship and choose instead to focus on getting to know the person and how I can help them.
Focus on small wins!
Put less pressure on myself, don’t overthink every situation I walk into.
Think about who I am, not what I have done or who I want to be
Share articles with people I meet.
It provides them value, it’s a nice touch point that shows I’m thinking of them and they are more likely to remember me.
Be a connector.
Use my current connections to engage and assist the people I meet.
Look for win-win situations that benefit everyone involved.
The DLE Gen Now Retreat was a great way to build more relationships and I certainly left with many more than I entered with. Now it’s a matter of maintaining and fostering those connections.
If you left feeling like you didn’t develop any relationships, it’s not too late! Reach out to me or any of the other alumni and start getting to know one another – you never know where it will lead!
ness culture, I collected a list of takeaways and inspirational quotes. Two in particular stood out:
1. Share Your Accomplishments with Others
I’ve always found myself scrutinizing show-boaters and suck-ups — two personalities I hope to never be. But it’s important advice to practice in a fast-paced doggy-dog world. I often accomplish great projects, establish strong relationships, develop efficient campaigns or innovative strategies, but to what extent is my team, leadership and senior leadership aware? Moreover, how will they remember? Post DLE, I’ve found that including team members on emails when appropriate and beneficial to them, has been a great way to not only share accomplishments and strengthen teams, but a great way to break silos and share “the wealth” of important work.
If there’s one thing that’s more constant than change, it’s meetings. I feel like I’m constantly in meetings, scheduling meetings, dialing-in to meetings or trying to find a way out of attending a meeting. You can’t get work done during meetings and there’s generally lots of work to be done following meetings, so it’s important to make the most of each meeting and participate. While chatting about “participation” with attendees I thought of my 10-year-old son who is graded on participation in 5th grade, just as much as I am “graded” on participation during meetings. A few ways to participate during meetings that were discussed included preparing questions, speaking points, agenda items or an entire agenda. Also, take notes and take ownership with follow ups and confirm completion with the team of your follow ups for accountability.
There are plenty of takeaways and advice I can share from Gen Now 2018, but the importance is in application.
More 2019 Goal Setting
Submitted by Gen Now Alum Jesse Noll, Integrated Planning and Custom Content/Experiences, Wavemaker
And just like that, 2018 has come to an end! And what year it has been. From the exciting adventures that I embarked on from moving into my own apartment to traveling with friends, to getting the chance to deepen my friendships with some truly awesome people, this year has been a journey that had some incredible moments.
On this day a year ago, I committed myself to share more positivity into the world, save money, and focus on my health, and while I believe I did those things I plan to continue those goals into 2019.
While each year is a good time to reset and form new goals, it’s also a good time to recalibrate and reflect on how to push them to the next level. Thank you to the wonderful people I got to spend this year with, here’s to making more memories with all of you in 2019!
Use the new year’s entry to make a personal commitment to get things done, sooner vs. later—even the stuff you don’t want to do. This Harvard Business Review article guides you to move forward by looking beyond the task to the results.
Commit to Participate: Take Notes and Take Ownership
Submitted by Gen Now Alum Alison Grimes, Digital Marketing Coordinator of Search, Aspen Dental
Just before Thanksgiving, facing demands of Q4 goals at work and a laundry list of things to do at home before the holidays — I couldn’t have asked for a greater Gen Now experience, in the heart of the Berkshires.
Having transitioned into a new position eight months ago, I’m well-adjusted to my new corporate culture, brand and growing workload. But, I’ve been unsure of how to take control of my career growth and development, until the Gen Now 2018 Retreat.
During breakout sessions and while chatting with attendees, I talked candidly about my goals, as did others. Speaking about challenges, accomplishments, personalities and business culture, I collected a list of takeaways and inspirational quotes. Two in particular stood out:
1. Share Your Accomplishments with Others
I’ve always found myself scrutinizing show-boaters and suck-ups — two personalities I hope to never be. But it’s important advice to practice in a fast-paced doggy-dog world. I often accomplish great projects, establish strong relationships, develop efficient campaigns or innovative strategies, but to what extent is my team, leadership and senior leadership aware? Moreover, how will they remember? Post DLE, I’ve found that including team members on emails when appropriate and beneficial to them, has been a great way to not only share accomplishments and strengthen teams, but a great way to break silos and share “the wealth” of important work.
If there’s one thing that’s more constant than change, it’s meetings. I feel like I’m constantly in meetings, scheduling meetings, dialing-in to meetings or trying to find a way out of attending a meeting. You can’t get work done during meetings and there’s generally lots of work to be done following meetings, so it’s important to make the most of each meeting and participate. While chatting about “participation” with attendees I thought of my 10-year-old son who is graded on participation in 5th grade, just as much as I am “graded” on participation during meetings. A few ways to participate during meetings that were discussed included preparing questions, speaking points, agenda items or an entire agenda. Also, take notes and take ownership with follow ups and confirm completion with the team of your follow ups for accountability.
There are plenty of takeaways and advice I can share from Gen Now 2018, but the importance is in application.
2019 Emerging Topics for the DLE
At the DLE Berkshire reunion earlier this month, hearty discussion percolated around ideas for future topics at the Gen Now Retreat, newsletter articles and periodic get-togethers. Even if you didn’t attend, you can give your ideas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send your comments that add to or reinforce the list of these emerging topics:
How to build a team
How to keep a team together
Pursuing your dream
What is my leadership style
What do you want in life and how do you get it
How to grow your management style
The Berkshires: Should I stay or Should I go?
How to navigate the pros and cons of career changes
Adapting your communication style
Building in 1-on-1 mentoring time
Career Climbing: Tips for Getting Noticed
Does your DLE Action Plan include a promotion for 2019? Discover how you can improve your chances of stepping up by finding a mentor and sharpening your team focus in this Smartbrief article:
Submitted by Gen Now Alum Brandon D’Agostino, Engineering Consultant and Engineering Student, University of Connecticut
I left the DLE armed with an abundance of advice and practical wisdom learned from the many amazing speakers and attendees, but what stands out the most among my experiences is the invigorating, energizing, and empowering sensation I got from being surrounded by incredibly talented and motivated people.
When reflecting upon some of mankind’s greatest achievements, it’s so easy to look at them in terms of the accomplishments themselves: we turned the imaginative flying machines from early Jules Verne sci-fi stories into that of science-fact; we put a man on the moon; we developed a digital information highway that has connected people all across the world; and we’ve made countless other advancements in the last one hundred years alone that would leave our ancestors in utter amazement.
Yet, by focusing on these accomplishments in isolation, one of the most impressive facets of the human race can be easily overlooked. That is: our ability to work together and inspire each other to reach for and achieve greatness for ourselves, our friends and family, and for the world.
Very few – if any – of those aforementioned achievements were result of one person, but rather, a team of people that fed off and empowered each other to tackle seemingly insurmountable obstacles and perform at their absolute best.
This camaraderie – this resonance – among people working together is so incredibly powerful, and while I haven’t helped put anyone on the moon, I feel like I got a taste of that resonance at the DLE. Every speaker and fellow attendee I encountered left me invigorated and inspired, and I am just so grateful and excited to have been part of that! Personally, I have done my best to capture and apply this energy by expanding my professional network and by cultivating a group of likeminded motivated and capable individuals since returning to campus.
At this point in my life, I’m not entirely sure how my career will manifest, but what I do know is that by surrounding myself with the right people and supporting the team effort the best I can, the stars – and perhaps even beyond – are the limit.
Remember: Teamwork makes the dream work!
Making the Move to Management
Making the shift from team member to manager is a transition that many of you (as new, emerging or aspiring managers) have cited as a key topic for continuing discussions within our DLE community. This Fast Company article is an excellent primer for facing and overcoming the challenges that come with the vertical climb in your organization.
Author Marcus Wermuth speaks from personal experience in offering five critical actions for successfully transitioning upward. Among the gems offered is this:
“Find people who will push you out of your comfort zone and show you a new way of doing things. Surround yourself with people from different backgrounds and with different experiences.”
Regardless if you are moving into management or not, the advice from this article AND the Gen Now Retreat–to get uncomfortable and stay out of your comfort zone—warrants daily attention.
Seize the gift of your Gen Now relationships for frequent calibration from diverse perspectives. Commit to reach out weekly to a different Gen Now attendee or speaker for a five-minute chat about an idea you are gearing up to present or a problem that you are wrestling with. Ask your DLE buddy how he or she would approach the situation. Schedule your first conversation right now.
As the article attests,
“Understanding how others approach problems or find solutions is so key in broadening your horizon.”
2018 Gen Now Reunion: The First of Many
Berkshire members of the 2018 Gen Now community broke bread together Dec. 12th—and also shared updates on their DLE Action Plans, sought out advice and learned more about each other.
The group overwhelmingly concurred there’s great value in meeting up on a regular basis, and gave a collective thumbs up to alternating between fun outings that include family and friends (such as snowshoeing or attending a concert) and informational sessions with guest speakers who discuss their career and business experiences.
Future plans will be posted on the portal and you don’t need a Berkshire address to attend!
Want to know more about last week’s get-together? Contact any attendee: Josh Weatherwax, Carleen Leibinger, Andrea Lein. Cindy Marshall, Nicole Mancivalano, Abby Powers, Linda Dulye, Prince Abanulo, Michael Laureyns, Allison Billard, April Roche, Ryan Lein, Auric Enchill, Sally Wong and Adelle Eberhardt.
CONTINUOUS LEARNING: A CRITICAL TOOL FOR ADVANCING A CAREER
Submitted by Gen Now Alum Eddie Walter, Associate, Jeffries
My key goal for the DLE 2018 Gen Now Retreat was to learn from a strong community of professionals how they balance both the rigor of their daily responsibilities, which can be all-encompassing, while also “staying on track” of one’s long-term career path. The takeaway I took was that you must always be motivated to learn new skills and to seek new expertise.
There are a vast number of ways you can achieve this. Two of the most important being to have the resolve to tackle new responsibilities and to not only be ready to accept change but to actively seek it. For a number of years, I believed I had clarity around my career; do well at the junior level and get promoted, repeat at the next level and so on and so forth until one day finally becoming a top executive. If only it was that simple. Organizations now a days are compelled to change because of disruptions in technology, economics and business demands. For companies, dealing with these shifts are key to their survival so why should it be any different for us as individual employees?
I took this idea to heart earlier this year and decided I needed to make a change. I networked and studied my tail off until I found myself with the opportunity to join a highly competitive team within my current company. I effectively transferred last week and have been utterly and absolutely out of my comfort zone ever since. I have drawn upon what I learned from you all at the DLE Retreat every single day since starting and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.
I encourage you to read up on additional articles about lifelong learning. Here are two that will give you a head start:
Submitted by Gen Now Alum Claire Behar, Natural Gas Analyst, Freepoint Commodities
I left the DLE Gen Now Retreat with the goal to learn how to successfully advance into a new role at my company. After spending 2+ years in my current position, I was starting to feel restless and ready for a new challenge.
At the retreat, we were asked to WRITE down our career goals for 2019 so of course this was the first on my list. I put emphasis on the word “write” because it was a very powerful tool to have to write down a goal. By writing your goal down you are then held accountable to be proactive and take the steps to obtain your goal.
I wrote down my goal, told myself I was going to work towards it. But wait… how exactly do I work towards this gear shift within my company? All of my previous career shifts had come to me. This was the first time I was the one actively seeking out a change. And that’s where the DLE community came in.
This was my first year in the DLE community and it was so refreshing to hear from others that they were either: A) going through the same situation, OR, B) had been in the same situation and successfully geared their way into a new position they wanted. the That’s where I was able to leverage the experiences from the DLE community. The most important advice I received was:
1. you need confidence to step out of your comfort zone
2. leverage your network.
The first step I took was I started networking internally and asking to get coffee with members of the group I knew I wanted to join. Instead of waiting for an opening on the team I took the initiative to start asking if the other team needed a second pair of eyes on current projects or if there was some due diligence that was needed for new projects. The key is you need to take initiative and take your career into your own hands.
I did not wait around for an opportunity to present itself and instead I just created the opportunity. Eventually my work became so important to the new group that they decided they needed me to join their team full time. I got the job I wanted by taking on more responsibility and inserting myself when it was appropriate.
The DLE Gen Now Retreat gave me the confidence to step outside my comfort zone and take a step in a role that was new and exciting. Sometimes the best opportunities are those you make for yourself.
ARE YOU INDISPENSIBLE TO YOUR BOSS?
Finding ways to lighten your boss’s workload can move you into a premiere spot. Read more tips in this Glassdoor article:
Submitted by Gen Now alum Jesse Noll, Senior Associate, Integrated Planning and Custom Content/Experiences, Wavemaker
A lot has been buzzing for me since the DLE Gen Now Retreat. I’ve been feeling more motivated in all facets of life outside of just work, and I’ve been working to make deeper connections with colleagues at all levels. Last week, my team presented a case study to senior leaders as part of an award submission and many complimented us on our presentation afterward. Then, a day ago, my CEO told me she liked our case study. Rather than just say thanks and let her walk away, I made sure to engage with her and have a conversation.
From an action plan perspective, I’ve been actively working toward my community goal of being more sustainable in the New Year. I’ve been composting for the past 6 months and continue to do that. I’ve started to use a coffee mug at work rather than a paper mug. When I remember to pack utensils, I’ve been opting to use metal versus plastic. And for this month, I’m cooking vegetarian (if I’m eating out I’ll eat whatever), and given how easy it’s been so far I may continue to do so after the holidays!
How to Make a Budget – and Stick to It
Submitted by Gen Now Alum Marcus Coleman, Advisory Associate, FS Investments
One of the key takeaways that I left the 2018 retreat with had to do with personal finance. Specifically: How do you be financially prudent and still live life?
The question was asked at the retreat by Jesse Noll during Matthew Keator’s session. And it resonated big with me and many others. In my conversations at the retreat, I heard people tell me that they felt being financially prudent–in this current job market with wages not matching the cost of living–was not practical for maintaining a comfortable life–and still save and invest for the future.
Matt’s advice—which has influenced my take on my own finances—was to invest discretionary income into career development. He talked candidly about things he didn’t do or buy early in his career because the expense really didn’t deliver much for the long run in supporting career growth.
Being in the financial sector, I realize how much money I spend on things that give me temporary happiness, such as going out to a club or buying an overpriced trendy clothing item that I will probably wear once or twice. I’ve been tuning in even more now.
In addition to Matt’s coaching, I found helpful tips in the article How to Make a Budget – and Stick to It. Check out the hyperlinks to other resources that give solid insights into how to budge for living life and planning for future goals.
I truly believe to have a well-rounded life you must invest your time and money into things that allow you to accomplish your personal, professional and financial goals.
Another Provocative Reading
And this too is courtesy of Marcus Coleman. It’s title doesn’t mince words: Millennials are killing countless industries — but the Fed says it’s mostly just because they’re poor.
Submitted by 2018 Gen Now Alum April Roche, Director of Clinical Services, Hillcrest Educational Centers
One key takeaway from my DLE weekend was the focus on self-care. Just like Linda, I firmly believe that self-care is indeed a leadership qualification. In fact, when I interview potential staff, I always ask them about their self-care plan. By managing our own stress and role modelling how to prioritize and tackle MANY competing demands, we become more resilient, more flexible, and more responsive leaders. In short, we avoid burnout, grow stronger teams, and experience increased life and career satisfaction.
I can say that I had to learn the lesson of self-care the hard way. I was prone to citing my busy schedule and the stress of the day as reasons to not practice good self-care. In the mental health field, we use the term “thinking errors” to describe the excuses we tell ourselves to avoid doing the right and/or healthy thing. Once I identified my thinking errors and made the commitment to self-care, my stress level decreased, and I found hours in the day that I had no idea even existed!
I am sharing a link to a great Harvard Business Review article that offers practical and vital tips for self-care in the workplace. Just as Linda set up the DLE experience to offer a variety of ways to feed the professional soul, it’s important to remember there are many avenues to self-care and wellness.
Holiday Shopping, DLE Style!
Submitted by 2018 Gen Now Alum Auric Enchill, Sales Manager, Elegant Stitches
Given the enthusiastic reaction to the DLE wool hat which debuted at the 2018 Gen Now Retreat, an online DLE apparel store has opened–just in time for holiday shopping!
The virtual DLE Holiday Store is operated by my business, Elegant Stitches, which is based in Pittsfield, MA. This family-owned, custom embroidery and screen-printing company was founded in 1997 by my parents– Alfred and Vivian Enchill. after they immigrated to the US from Ghana. I joined the business earlier this year, and I’m proud to say that our business has worked with over 5,000 individual clients and companies.
As the official DLE outfitter since the program’s start in 2008, we are excited to offer a custom line of exclusive DLE apparel. Featured are select North Face and Port Authority premium outerwear customized with the DLE logo. Plus, you have the option to have your name embroidered any item.
One way to gain confidence is to stand tall and feel a connection with the floor. Find more tips for getting comfortable with speaking in front of others in this Fast Company article.
Communication Skills Booster
What’s the ultimate icebreaker for starting a conversation or making small talk? NPR’s superstar interviewer Terry Gross shares 8 powerful tips for making meaningful conversation in this New York Times article
2018 Gen Now Retreat Recap
See and read about highlights from the Gen Now Retreat in the November issue of the DLE newsletter, Community Connection. If you didn’t receive this issue in your inbox, let us know at email@example.com . If you’d like to help a colleague or friend own their career, send their names and email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive future issues of Community Connection.
Whether it’s your first job, you’re a new manager, or you’re the most senior person at your company; the workplace can be a difficult place to navigate. With your DLE network you don’t have to do it alone!
No matter what your situation is, this portal provides you with the tools to succeed in the workplace. Have an idea, article, book recommendation or a model you use share it here!
At the Gen Now Retreat, Nicole described the 9-Box Model that her company uses for succession planning, and performance reviews. “We have found conducting stay interviews with our employees has helped with retention and finding potential opportunities for our employees,” she notes.
Nicole shares this tool plus articles about stay interviews.
In preparation for Sunday’s session with Andrea Lein on bias, please take a few minutes to take a test from the Project Implicit website. You can register or simply log on as a guest, and complete any of the free tests from the Social Attitudes list that appeal to you before Sunday, Nov. 4.