As we approach “the most wonderful time of the year,” clearly the holiday season is undeniably looking different for us all. Regardless, if quarantine and COVID-19 restrictions have taught us anything, it is that the DLE continues to provide a sense of community and support, even in the virtual space.
On Dec. 4, the Breakfast Club will serve up a virtual treat: Holiday Kitchen Traditions from the DLE. This special event features a live demonstration, delicious holiday recipes and breakout sessions with resident cooks, bakers and food entrepreneurs from the DLE community.
Two-time cookbook author and baker Dayna Altman will kick off the program from her Boston kitchen with a live baking demonstration. Dayna is a passionate mental health entrepreneur who has based her ventures on the intersection of baking and mental health storytelling. Her latest book—Mix. Melt. Mend. Owning My Story & Finding My Freedom—was published this summer.
A seasoned dessert enthusiast, Dayna will guide viewers through a three-ingredient Oreo Truffles recipe that promises to be a crowd-pleaser! Bake along with Dayna or watch as she explains the steps of the recipe to you.
Following the demonstration, attendees can choose one of three thematic breakout rooms for recipe sharing and conversation. Choose from: Scrumptious Holiday Baking with Dayna, To-Die-For Holiday Appetizers and Relish with versatile chef Kate Lauzon, or Healthy Holiday Smoothies with BLENDi Founder Jon Katz.
Register now and avoid the last-minute rush by clicking here. Virtual seats will be limited to 30 to ensure interactivity, especially during breakout sessions.
You can get a sneak peek of the recipes that Dayna, Kate and Jon will feature in video vignettes on DLE Social Media. Check out their tasty servings of Snowball Chocolate Chip Cookies, Spicy Cranberry Relish and a Christmas Spiced Cranberry Smoothie. Click to view on the DLE Facebook, DLE Instagram or DLE YouTube Channel.
Giving trees. Toy collections. Winter coat drives. All were mainstay ways to give back during the holidays.
But COVID-19 has changed the charity landscape dramatically. What can you do in your community this 2020 holiday season to help others in need?
Liana Toscanini, Founder and Executive Director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, provides 4 Ways to Find the Right Giving or Volunteer Opportunity at the Nov. 20th DLE Breakfast Club at 7:00 am ET.
This interactive session will help you:
Regardless of your geographic location, Liana will provide links and tips for connecting with non-profit organizations and causes in need of support.
Advance registration is required by clicking here. There is no charge to attend any DLE Breakfast Club program thanks to the underwriting of Dulye & Co.
Liana is steeped in nonprofit leadership. She founded the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires in 2016 after many years of volunteering and a 9-year stint as the Development and Marketing Director for the Berkshire-based Community Access to the Arts.
She is the recipient of Berkshire Magazine’s prestigious “Berkshire 25” Award, a 1Berkshire Trendsetter Award, a board member of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and an Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Her corporate background has proven as useful in the Berkshires as it did in New York City, where she worked in marketing and management in a variety of industries including publishing, cosmetics, fashion, and home textiles.
Find ways to overcome the drain of always being busy at the Nov. 13 Culture Chat, “Recharge Your Battery: Understand Your Energy and How It Relates to Your Time Management,” starting at Noon ET. This is the first of a two-part program to improve your time management practices and get better control of your calendar—and self-care—for 2021.
Consultant Ben O’Shaughnessy, who specializes in time management training, will kick off a two-part program with a look at factors that impede effective time management and strategies for managing them. Following Ben’s 15-minute opening presentation, small-group breakouts will be held with facilitated discussion about minimizing distractions and zapping routines that consume calendars.
Participants will leave the one-hour program with one action item they can use to improve their time management through the month, an assessment for calibrating the impact of their time management on personal energy consumption and a buddy group for staying connected and accountable.
This learn, apply and stay accountable format for the Culture Chat has been designed by program-planning team members Sheryl Owen, Kaled Rocha, Krystle Blake and Marcus Coleman to enhance both the learning and networking aspects of Culture Chat. Part 2 of the program–scheduled for Dec. 11 at noon ET—will address the energy gains achieved from better time management, which directly connect with mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Accomplish a lot in an hour! Register here to enhance your self-care.
There is no charge to register for Culture Chat, thanks to the sustained sponsorship of Dulye & Co.
Treat yourself to the DLE’s expansive curriculum in upcoming October programs. Grow what and who you know by attending our unique, virtual offerings, which are available to DLE members at no charge through the sustained sponsorship of Dulye & Co.
Read below for details and registration links to receive log-in details.
10/16 CULTURE CHAT: TAKING ON TOXIC CULTURE
A provocative discussion is guaranteed at this week’s Culture Chat which explores Taking on Toxic Culture.
Whether in an academic, sports, business or civic organization, toxic culture can paralyze people by causing stress, adversity, and drama. However, it also can inspire courage to face, rather than flee, a daunting situation.
Gain constructive methods for defusing the destructive dynamics of a toxic organizational environment at the Oct. 16 Culture Chat, which begins at 12:00 PM ET. Register here to receive log-in details.
This advance read from Harvard Business Review is recommended for attendees. Please come prepared to share a personal experience of how you addressed a toxic culture.
This program is ideal for current or aspiring leaders, as well as individual contributors, who want to broaden awareness and gain constructive methods for defusing the destructive dynamics of a toxic organizational environment.
Distinctive of Culture Chat, this 60-minute, moderated format engages multiple perspectives from DLE community members representing diverse jobs, industries and organizations.
Discussion leaders for the session are Krystle Blake, IT Manager, General Dynamics, Pittsfield, MA; Kaled Rocha, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Boston, MA; and Aleah Marrow, Professional Tennis Player, Raleigh, NC. The program moderator is Marcus Coleman, Registered Client Service Representative, Raymond James, Pittsfield, MA.
10/23 BREAKFAST CLUB: THE BENEFITS OF TELLING A GREAT STORY
Whether verbal or written, how can you communicate a story that not only gets others’ attention but keeps it?
DLE Member and Author Dayna Altman, a popular speaker who just published her second book, tackles the coveted skill of storytelling at the Oct. 23 Breakfast Club. Dayna will share tips for crafting and conveying a compelling story; whether pitching an idea in the workplace or writing a blog for social media.
Gain actionable techniques to help you:
Celebrated for its friendly, supportive format, the Breakfast Club runs from 7:00-8:00 AM ET. Advance registration is required by clicking here.
Dayna, who recently published Mix. Melt. Mend. Owning My Story & Finding My Freedom, is a bold and authentic mental health entrepreneur, author and public health professional. Based in Boston, she has held several roles in the human services field working with young individuals in mental health settings and women who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. She has also created several of her own advocacy organizations specializing in mental health advocacy.
Her entrepreneurial adventures have helped her become a professional speaker, a documentary filmmaker, and an author of two books, while using food to create a palatable and accessible way for all to approach mental health.
10/28 OWNERSHIP WORKSHOP: IMPACT OF GOING REMOTE ON INNER BIAS
The dynamics of the virtual workplace on implicit bias will be explored by Dr. Andrea Lein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience, at the Oct. 28 Ownership Workshop starting at 5:15 PM ET.
Register now to join an eye-opening exploration of the Virtual Slant: Has Going Remote Affected Your Inner Bias? The conversation will cover:
For a preview, click here and hear from Andrea.
The former Head of School at the John Dewey Academy in the Berkshires, Andrea brings tremendous expertise to this interactive learning experience. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia.
She has worked as a clinician, researcher and educator, writing on an array of topics including parenting, creativity, giftedness, resilience, leadership, authenticity, mental health and well-being. A resident of the Berkshires, she has also served on the faculty of the DLE Gen Now Retreat.
Registration is limited to 40 participants to ensure interactivity. The program runs 60 minutes.
Combat pandemic stress and upgrade your well-being at the DLE Ownership Workshop: Get Grounded in Nourishing Your Best Self on Sept. 30th at 5:15 pm EST. Register now for your virtual seat to this active workshop. Only 35 spaces are available to ensure group interaction.
Popular wellness and executive coach Trinnie Houghton, owner of New Hampshire-based Rippleffect Consulting, will teach well-being practices for gaining energy, focus, creativity and connectivity to your purpose—personally and professionally.
Trinnie assures, “It’s really all about feeling better as a person.” Click and hear directly from Trinnie on this video link.
Participants will learn and practice actual techniques, including:
Supporting your well-being is a necessity, not a luxury, declares Trinnie. “We also know we must gently move out of ‘survival mode’ to sustain our health and well-being. This means focusing on what we can control.”
Give yourself a lifeline by learning how to care for and control your being at the Sept. 30th DLE Ownership Workshop. In return, gain a better relationship with yourself.
Breakfast Club programs are moderated and feature an open exchange among participants on topics that promote personal and professional development. All programs start at 7:00 am ET, and virtual seats are limited to 40 to ensure supportive participation. Don’t wait to register. Check out this month’s line-up:
Sept. 11: Breaking the Ice: How to Talk with Strangers, an interactive conversation.
Are your small talk skills holding you back from striking up conversations with new colleagues or clients? The Sept. 11 Breakfast Club features an interactive conversation to practice breaking the ice with probing questions and other prompts that get others talking.
Inspired by feedback from DLE community members, this high-demand topic responds to the new challenges of creating meaningful connections over video calls which dominate most workdays. Join us to make new connections, learn about others, and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Register here.
Sept. 25: The Power of Curiosity: How One Question Can Change Your Life—and Career with Guest Speaker Lou Alexander.
One question can change your whole life. It did for Lou Alexander, former Division-1 College and NFL football player, who went from jobless to sales rep after striking up an impromptu conversation with a stranger on an airplane.
Lou’s career journey straddles two paths: corporate sales executive and entrepreneur. Like everyone he has hit walls while stepping forward. But his love of communication and insatiable curiosity has kept him “living in greatness.”
Join in the conversation with the Los Angeles-based founder and CEO of BIG A88 JOGGER at the Sept. 25 Breakfast Club and gain practices for unlocking opportunities and growing your network through the Power of Curiosity. Register here.
Lou’s humble beginning in sales started by going door-to-door in the brutal Boston, MA winters selling high-tech roofs and windows, which made him motivated and determined and sparked a level of curiosity and grit that paved the way for his success today.
Currently, he works full time as a Director of Sales for a technology company in Los Angeles where he leads a team of 14 sales professionals. He also manages his company, BIG A88 JOGGER, an apparel brand and social movement.
Lou says through his BIG A88 JOGGER brand, he encourages his audience “to be their biggest selves at whatever they do.” His famous “Chriipppp Chirrppp” call constantly motivates his followers to get up and make the best out of their day!
When quarantine hit earlier this year, Gina DiNapoli and Ali Mitchell did something outrageous. They quit their corporate jobs and followed their passion for fitness.
The two close friends seized an idea that Gina had incubated in 2018 and exploded into a global online business. Today, JABS—a high-octane, kickboxing inspired workout—claims thousands of customers and has garnered high-profile publicity on the TODAY show and other major media outlets.
JABS Founder Gina and former front-row JABER Ali will share their story of taking risks and unleashing their passion at the Aug. 28 DLE Breakfast Club starting at 7:00 am ET. Register here today to reserve a virtual seat. You will get to know Gina and Ali through a lively, moderated, conversation where you can ask questions and make real connections.
JABS began at New York City’s Equinox Gym’s test studio, where Gina had been a freelance trainer during the off-hours from her corporate sales job in cloud systems integration. After gaining traction for its unique blend of kickboxing-dance-strength training and high demand, in-person classes, JABS grew to have six instructors, including Ali, who managed creative accounts at a major ad agency during the day. It became an LLC just as COVID-19 hit.
The stay-at-home order inspired Gina and Ali to leave the corporate world. Gina formed an LLC and Ali tripled her class schedule to become a full-time star instructor. Their risk has taken the online fitness world by storm. Word of mouth plus a growing social media presence has propelled JABS’ customer base from 200 to 2,000 with daily programming of 8-12 classes per day with anywhere from 150 to 500 attendees per class.
Also inspired by quarantine, the virtual DLE Breakfast Club features an enlightening Skills Swap session for professional and personal development. The upcoming Aug. 28 program will percolate experiences and techniques for facing adversity, taking risks and growing your confidence. The Breakfast Club is produced bi-weekly and provided at no cost to attendees thanks to the generous underwriting of Dulye & Co.
If you have thought about becoming a mentor or asking for one OR if you work for an organization interested in starting a mentoring program, advice will be plentiful at the Aug. 21 DLE Culture Chat—Grow Your Leadership Skills through Mentoring.
Registration for the Noon EST program is required. Simply click here.
A diverse panel with hands-on experience in all facets of mentorship will offer tips and answer questions about how to start and stay accountable in the mutual learning exchange that mentoring offers.
Panelists include Aleah Marrow, a Professional Tennis Player, who has dedicated time weekly for six years to mentor teens and youths in her Durham, NC community. Joining Aleah are Ivy Rodriguez Campos and Celia Clancy of the Berkshire Business and Professional Women (BBPW) Mentorship Program, based in Pittsfield, MA. Ivy, a Financial and Administrative Coordinator at Williams College, is among the first mentees participating in the program which Celia started as BBPW’s President.
The DLE Culture Chat attracts professionals from diverse industries, positions and locations around important workplace issues and trends. Underwritten by Berkshire-based Dulye & Co., these no-charge, bi-weekly programs feature a live question-and-answer format that engages and connects participants.
From idea to national contest, the just-launched Fan Call of the Month contest on SiriusXM sprouted from DLE Alum Andrew Diamond’s ingenuity.
Andrew, Manager of Sports Marketing and Partnerships at SiriusXM, will share the paths and tips that made his big dream come true as our Skills Swap guest speaker on the DLE Breakfast Club on Aug. 14. The topic is: Practical Advice for Pitching Your Big Idea. Register here to reserve your virtual seat.
Tracing his steps from the early days of remote life at SiriusXM this spring, when Major League Baseball (MLB) was just starting to consider postponing its season, Andrew reveals, “I thought it could be a good time for us to think of some outside-the-box ideas when it came to marketing our MLB Network Radio channel. I decided to put a variety of new proposals together and present them up the chain—first to my boss, then to our channel’s program director and finally to MLB.”
From eight different proposals, two ideas remained. One was an event to be held on August 13 at The Field of Dreams game that subsequently was cancelled due to COVID-19. The other idea evolved into what became the “Fan Call of the Month.”
Andrew’s big idea went live on Aug. 6. For details on this virtual contest to determine America’s best amateur broadcasting talent, visit SiriusXM.com/MLBFanCall.
One piece of advice Andrew offers is to have a Plan B, C and D. “Don’t just present one idea, present a few. People love options, and by providing a decent-sized volume of favorable ones to choose from, you better your odds at one sticking.”
Another tip is to be flexible in sharpening an idea. “Thinking back to the early days of when this was a mere idea, it looked much different than it does now. The idea took a few twists and turns, thanks to the advice of others on my team and/or logistical challenges that we were presented with along the way.”
“What originated as my own idea,” Andrew adds, “evolved into a team effort, with multiple parties chipping in with different nuances and iterations to it along the way.”
Andrew says his experience in successfully launching the “MLB Fan Call of the Month” taught him a lot about collaboration and teamwork. “While there may be an “I” in “idea,” there is certainly no “I” in “team.” And without a team, an idea can’t evolve into a clear-cut concept that takes shape and can be launched into reality.”
From his New York City remote office, Andrew will offer advice and answer questions in a lively, moderated conversation that will keep you engaged.
As projected return-to-work dates increasingly move into 2021, how are companies introducing and integrating their newest employees?
Rising leaders at two Fortune 500 companies will share their companies’ practices, progress and lessons learned in building virtual relationships among new hires and their teammates, managers and other employees at the Aug. 7 DLE Culture Club, starting at noon ET.
Jenna Parezo, Regional Sales Manager at Otis Elevator, and Krystle Blake, Project Manager at General Dynamics Mission Systems, are guest panelists for the hour-long program, which features an active interchange among a diverse group of attendees.
Registration, which is required, only takes a few seconds. Click here to register.
“Bringing on a new hire without bringing them into an office to meet and interface with team members in person is a daunting challenge facing all companies of all sizes in all industries,” notes Jenna.
“Virtual onboarding requires that we be even more intentional about building connections and helping new employees feel welcomed and supported,” Krystle adds. “Building relationships doesn’t feel as natural or as casual over a computer screen as it does over coffee in the break room or by stopping at someone’s desk.”
The deadline for registration is Thursday, Aug. 6 at Noon ET. Click here to reserve your virtual seat.
Jenna Parezo (left) of Otis Elevator and Krystle Blake of General Dynamics are panelists at the Aug. 7 Culture Club
DLE Culture Chat programs occur bi-weekly, last an hour and attract professionals from diverse industries and locations. Programs are moderated to keep discussion lively and participants engaged.
“Work is a team sport. Annoying bosses always show up.”
That is how popular speaker and author Ilene Marcus describes an all-too-common workplace woe.
Learn how you can build a better relationship with your boss—and keep him or her from getting under your skin—at the July 29 DLE Ownership Workshop: Managing an Annoying Boss. The program begins at 5:15 pm and advance registration is required.
Ilene, who wrote the book Managing Annoying People, will provide techniques and insights on how to glide through these interactions with grace, ease and humor. The topic, she assures, is especially relevant in today’s remote workplace: “an environment where employees are challenged to cope with bosses’ styles and eccentricities that can annoy to no end.”
“With registration limited to ensure interaction, don’t waste time to sign up with this link to change the relationship dynamic and be more effective and happier at work.
Key takeaways you will gain include:
With more than 30 years in executive positions at multi-million-dollar organizations—including running one of the largest social welfare bureaucracies in the country—Ilene has had to deal with her share of annoying people. She is the founder of Aligned Workplaces, a consultancy that trains people to get out of their own way, which is based in the Berkshires.
Her special brand of advice has been widely featured in Glamor, Readers Digest, Fast Company, Huff Post, MSN and HR.com. She has also been featured on numerous podcasts and radio programs. Using humor as an integral part of her management strategy, Ilene’s insights for changing your approach to the workplace are transformative.
She holds two master’s degrees from Columbia University in Social Work and Public Administration and has served as adjunct faculty at Columbia University and at Hunter College in the City of New York.
Thanks to underwriting by Dulye & Co., this exciting program is offered at no cost to promote the DLE’s commitment to premiere learning and networking for professional development.
When your career game plan unexpectedly changes, how do you shake off the stun and start carving a new direction? For former NFL player Derrell Smith, the answer came in a meatball.
Derrell, whose pro-career was snapped by a neck injury, converted his love for meatballs into a bustling culinary business in 2016 that spreads love through food. The founder of 99EATS and Amazeballs shares his insights and tips for seizing your passion and how to overcome personal and professional setbacks at the July 17 DLE Breakfast Club at 7:00 am ET.
Mark your calendar and RSVP here to reserve your virtual seat for the Career Pivot Skill Swap at the Breakfast Club.
Breakfast Club Preview
A leadership essential—networking—is the focus of the highly popular Skill Swap at the June 19th DLE Breakfast Club, starting at 7:00 am EST.
Entrepreneur Jonathan Katz, who started his BLENDI business from his college dorm room, shares his expertise for making small talk and building relationships in his segment, Put Yourself Out There—Tips for Connecting with Others.
Jon, who lives in Boston, admits that making great connections is a personal obsession. “Sometimes people underestimate the power of growing and nurturing their network. However, the effects of doing both these actions can pay dividends. These contacts, especially if nurtured properly, can not only help you get more sales (BLENDI’s connections) but also help you land a job (how I got my Raymond James job). The world and the people you want in it… that is up to you and ultimately, it falls onto you to create that.”
Jon started his personal blender business in 2016, while studying at Springfield College. In addition to overseeing all business operations, he is pursuing series 7 and 66 certifications as a financial services team member with Raymond James. He’s also an active podcast producer, with his latest segment featuring Create A Castle founder Kevin Lane. View at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr2pdASrx4o&t=8s.
He is committed to growing his network by two, new contacts each week dedicating time in his busy calendar to make it happen. LinkedIn is a major platform for making connections, which Jon calls his “best friend.”
Another practice that he subscribes to is to “pick a comment from someone’s post—a comment that you really resonate with. Then comment back and keep the conversation going. You never know where it might lead!”
More to come this Friday at the 7:00 am EST Breakfast Club! See details below on how to reserve your virtual seat and don’t forget your coffee mug.
To join this Friday’s Breakfast Club, please RSVP here. Once you RSVP, you will receive an email with the GoToMeeting details to virtually join the 7:00 am EST program.
Additionally, you will also receive an email reminder prior to the event including that important log-on information.
This sign-up method is debuting this week as part of a streamlined registration and reminder process for DLE programs, like the Breakfast Club and Culture Chat.
DLE Operations & Marketing Manager Bridget Dawson created the new approach to eliminate unnecessary emails, while still keeping registrants informed. Notes Bridget, “We will be on the lookout for any other feedback that you have to help us improve our processes and get you to the information you need!”
Contact Bridget at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culture Chat Recap
“We need to stop hating each other for our differences and embrace each other because of them” – summed up one of several dozen attendees at the June 12th DLE Culture Chat.
Vowing “to continue to have hard conversations and get educated,” many DLE members joined last Friday’s Culture Chat to continue the conversation started in last week’s Hub from DLE Alum Auric Enchill, in his article “You Cannot Be Idle”.
During this respectful and honest conversation, many attendees admitted to feeling overwhelmed by the systemic racism that is deeply embedded in our society.
“I have moments that I feel very hopeful, hearing from younger and older generations, and conversations with family and friends,” shared one attendee. “But then, seeing people outside of my bubble is very disheartening. How do we reach beyond our networks and really get to those who don’t think there is racial injustice in the US?”
As the conversation grew, DLE members offered resources they had used to educate themselves, encouraging each other to stay present in the ongoing conversations about diversity, inclusion, and equity, and how we must act now.
Participants enthusiastically exchanged resources for raising awareness and guiding actions, including videos, articles, virtual workshops, and podcasts. Follow this link to find the list of resources provided. If you have a resource to add to the list, contact email@example.com.
During the one-hour Chat, Bryce DeVaughn, Co-Founder and Lead Project Engineer at RiftPay in Dallas, TX, shared a personal and moving story about his related experience while studying in Japan. Bryce talked about the road to respecting differences—starting with curiosity, interest, and learning from and about each other.
“Being seen for your unique traits, physically or mentally, is much like being given the overwhelming evidence that you can make a huge difference in the world,” raised Bryce. “Everything you do will be much bigger because you will always have the spotlight.”
The DLE will keep this important conversation going as Bryce is recording his story for an upcoming DLE Own It Podcast.
Recognizing that summer season kicks in with June’s arrival and that downtime for vacations, golf and getaways is an increasing priority (particularly with screen fatigue), DLE Friday virtual programming is making some shifts.
Starting this week, the Breakfast Club will shift from weekly to the first and third Friday of the month.
Mark your calendar for all DLE June programs.
Be sure to register ASAP for our Navigating Difficult Conversations Workshop. Virtual seats going fast!
DLE Culture Chat will continue to be held the second and fourth Friday of the month.
The revised schedule runs through August.
Come August, the DLE Programming Committee will evaluate feedback and development needs from participants in creating a fall and winter program schedule.
Mark your schedule for this month:
BREAKFAST CLUB: JUNE 5 AND JUNE 19 @ 7:00 AM EST
CULTURE CHAT: JUNE 12 AND JUNE 26 @ 12:00 PM EST
Reminders will appear on the DLE website at dle.dulye.com/programs and on DLE Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Communication expert Dr. Annie Shibata reveals what’s in store at theJune 24 DLE Own Your Conversations Workshop. Click to view.
Why is it so hard to say the hard things? Bringing up difficult topics, saying NO, giving negative feedback—these conversations are often dreaded because we lack confidence and the right tools.
Registration opens today for the next DLE Ownership Workshop—Own Your Conversations—on June 24 at 4:45 pm EST. Expert Annie Shibata, Ph.D., Professor of Professional Communication at Miami University in Ohio, tackles the topic: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Integrity and Confidence.
Gain coaching and actionable tools from this one-hour workshop for developing a new mindset and skills to:
RegisterHERE by June 23 to guarantee your spot in this free, interactive workshop, free of charge thanks to the sponsorship of Dulye & Co. consultancy in Pittsfield, MA.
Annie is a native upstate New Yorker who recently relocated to Cincinnati, OH. From 1982-1998 she lived and worked in Japan. Annie has worn many hats in her career: in higher education as teaching professor of varied Communication courses and as campus administrator overseeing faculty development and curriculum program management. She has worked at institutions including SUNY (State University of New York), The Culinary Institute of America, the Northeast Ohio Medical School and others in the U.S. and Japan. She currently teaches Advanced Professional Communication to Farmer School of Business students at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
In the corporate space, Annie has worked with global clients for many years as cross-cultural advisor, communication trainer, coach and international business consultant. Clients include Hitachi America LTD, IBM Japan, Shell Oil, State Street Investment Bank, Sanwa Bank, The Campbell Soup Company and many others.
In addition to giving keynote speeches in English and Japanese, Annie has published articles and book chapters on communication, education and international business. She has also been interviewed on 23 radio programs in the U.S. as well as being a weekly guest on TV and radio shows in Japan for more than four years.
Her leadership roles include founding a successful English language and culture school in Japan, serving as President of the AFWJ, an international professional organization of expatriate women in Japan, Board member of the Thompson House, a non-profit residential health facility in Rhinebeck, New York, and Chair of Rhinebeck School District Strategic Planning Committee. Currently she serves as a mentor to students who are in foster care via the Higher Ed Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) in Cincinnati.
Annie is passionate about promoting peace and understanding in the world by helping people to expand their perspectives and to create growth mindsets and stronger relationships by communicating better. As an entrepreneur, she is currently creating online communication skills courses for her new company, Growth Mindset Education.
Hear Justin McKennon’s actionable advice for developing your career roadmap from the May 20th the Dulye Leadership Experience Own Your Career Path Workshop.
Justin, who is an entrepreneur and a Principal Scientist at Electro Magnetic Applications Inc., Pittsfield, MA, provides a concrete formula for becoming career literate. Follow his steps for assessing who you are today, where you need to be and who can help you along the way. He also coaches on ways to overcome the inevitable setbacks that arise.
Click here to listen!
CULTURE CHAT: Friday, May 29 at 12:00 p.m. EST is the next Virtual DLE Culture Chat with lively exchanges among a vocationally and geographically diverse group of young professionals. These 60-minute sessions are topically focused on workplace and leadership dynamics that boost productivity, positivity and career ownership.
To subscribe to the DLE Virtual Events invitation list contact DLE Alum Marcus Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREAKFAST CLUB: Need a boost from your work/life imbalance? The DLE Breakfast Club goes virtual Fridays at 7:00 a.m. EST. Alumni and community members from the Berkshires and beyond share resources, reads, routines and even recipes for boosting physical and mental routines. Also laced in are eye-opening observations about how working from home is changing the business landscape.
PODCAST: The latest DLE OWN IT! Podcast unites six alumni from the DLE 2019 Retreat in candid conversation about their experiences and tips for making the most of quarantine times. From adjusting to the eerie silence outside a New York City apartment to gaining conviction after career devastation, their stories are told from the heart. Click here to listen.
Past podcasts feature subject matter experts discussing topics of importance and interest for achieving career ownership. In the 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.
The DLE’s Jan. 27th 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.
The Dulye Leadership Experience welcomes the new year with our third Open Forum!
Mark your calendar for Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 to attend The Big Reveal: How Pittsfield Government Works. Registration starts at 5:30 pm, followed by the forum program from 6:00-7:45 pm at The Hotel on North, Pittsfield, MA.
This informative, interactive evening features exchanges with top elected, appointed and selected leaders from Pittsfield about the municipal government structure and operations. Learn and get involved locally!
Stay tuned for details about who’s speaking. The Big Reveal Open Forum is presented by the Dulye Leadership Experience and Mill Town Capital.
Open Forums are just one of the innovative year-round learning and networking opportunities sponsored by the Dulye Leadership Experience to promote professional and personal development.
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.
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.
To reserve your seat, contact Aki at email@example.com or 413.243.9919 x133.
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.
The DLE in partnership with 1Berkshire is presenting an Open Forum: LOCAL POLITICS DISTILLED on Monday, June 10 starting at 5:30 pm at the Hotel on North.
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 that engages area young professionals to get informed, involved and talking about local politics.
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 Local Politics Distilled Forum is the first partnership between the Dulye Leadership Experience and 1Berkshire. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Interest in this topic and our exceptional panel is keen, so don’t delay!
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 DLE alumni and Berkshire-based professionals that their unique skills, perspectives and ideas are exactly what nonprofit organizations want from volunteers and board members.
Nearly 70% of the overflow audience gave their feedback to a poll evaluating the debut session—and the results were outstanding. “This session was wonderful,” commented one attendee. “It allowed room for thought and conversation and never felt rushed. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, and Liana shared some exciting, actionable intelligence about serving on non-profit boards.”
Forum-goers found the session highly valuable as:
A podcast of Liana’s presentation, Nonprofits Want You, is available here.
Non-profit organizations really do want young professionals’ involvement—as a volunteer and on boards.
Find out how to step up your community engagement in a lively and informative conversation with Liana Toscanini, Founder and Executive Director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires. The DLE Open Forum: Nonprofits Want You! is set for Tuesday, March 26 starting at 6 pm at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield (MA).
Liana has over 20 years of varied volunteer experience in the Berkshires of Western MA. 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 during her prior career in New York City. She currently serves on the board of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
Attend and learn about:
• the Berkshire nonprofit sector
• the skills most sought by nonprofit groups
• the role of a nonprofit board
• expectations to board members and volunteers
• how you can make a difference.
This event is open to DLE alumni and their friends and colleagues. Seating is limited to 30. This is a very popular topic so don’t wait to save your seat. RSVP to Abby Powers at email@example.com or (413) 281-8606.
Your cost to attend is based on what you eat and drink.