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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MBA Leadership Summit

Thursday, October 23, 2008

9:30 am – 4:30 pm – Program at Pitney Bowes, World Headquarters, Stamford, Connecticut

Make Your Mark:
How partnerships facilitate being a Catalyst for Change

RSVP by October 17, 2008 (Space Is Limited)

PROGRAM AGENDA

Welcome (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)

Morning Workshops (10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.):
Networking in 2008: What’s New?
Traditional networking involves attending conferences, participating in professional organizations, reviewing direct mailings and attending events and programs in the workplace. The internet has opened up new possibilities pertaining to professional networking. This workshop will provide recommendations, best practices and potential pitfalls to using internet sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn as vehicles to network and connect to other people. Practical advice will be offered on how the internet can be used as a means to foster networks and facilitate expanding your network access across the globe.

Leading Change Initiatives: A Proactive Versus Reactive Approach
Change initiatives are usually driven by some external force requiring the organization to change in order to remain competitive. Most individuals take a reactive approach and wait for a downturn before they look at potential solutions or necessary adjustments for themselves or the business. This workshop will provide participants with tools to properly forecast changes in the environment and successfully implement change initiatives.

Is it Advantageous to be a Minority Entrepreneur?
The trends in business are reflected by the market place, whether the basis is supply & demand, disposable income, technology and the demographic of the market place. The population growth of the multicultural community, Hispanic American, African American and Asian American are certainly a confirmation that the market place is changing opening up many opportunities for minority entrepreneurs.

Our workshop will explore the growth of the multicultural community in relationship to minority entrepreneurship. Presentation and discussions will focus on available market opportunities with respect to services and products that would be most needed to for a growing cultural demographic. Discussion will also focus on due diligence needed in exploring these opportunities and experience needed for market entry.

Luncheon (12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

Afternoon Workshop Descriptions (2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.):
Advocating Change through Resistance, Opposition and Economic Challenges
All businesses are challenged with addressing how the current economic climate impacts their employees, programs and ultimately the bottom line. But how do you actively participate in necessary changes when there is opposition? Who in the organization is supporting these changes and who is constantly resisting change and how do you align yourself with the right team? Learn from experienced change agents how to navigate opposition and advocate change despite external and internal challenges.

Looking at Your Career as Your Own Business
It is important to remember that companies hire employees who offer them the best results and value for their money. Employers are in the market for team-players and problem-solvers. Successful businesses win customers by developing a unique selling proposition. To give yourself a competitive advantage, analyze what other employees in your field are offering. It is not enough to emulate them; you must strive to differentiate yourself by offering something extra, something unique.

“Looking at Your Career as Your Own Business” will help you to view yourself as a company with a product or service to sell, as well as, understand your market and devise a marketing campaign. This workshop will also aid you in identifying your skills, qualifications, and accomplishments, while addressing the following questions: What benefits and results can you offer employers? Are your skills marketable and up-to-date?

Evolution of an Employee Resource Group (ERG) to a business resource group
Employee Resource Groups are a growing trend within most major US businesses. These groups have mainly focused on recruitment, retention and development of employees with similar backgrounds and common interests. Today corporations are realizing the full potential of the ERGs, and are using them as business resource groups to strategically position themselves in growing markets. This workshop will provide participants with an overview on how strategically align and integrate an Employee Resource Group into the all aspects of the business.

Closing Session (3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

1 comment:

NSHMBA - New York Chapter said...

Due to a technical problem with the email function, we have extended the deadline to register. The new deadline is October 22. To register click here: http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/survey-intro.zgi?p=WEB228BJ5FRUDL