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.
“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.
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.