Friday, November 5, 2010

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) - Friday, Nov 5

Hello Everyone,

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by our speaker, Bill Bean. The facilitator for this week will be Daren Canfield. We will devote the first hour, from 10 to 11 AM to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Please arrive early, so we can make every effort to start on time. In the second hour, Bill will talk about "Reinventing Your Career in the Green Economy."

"Reinventing Your Career in the Green Economy"
The recent economic collapse has caused untold numbers of mid-career professionals in their 40's, 50's and 60's to lose not only their jobs, but their careers and their confidence. In a search to find a new professional path many have targeted the "green economy". It is one of the few market sectors that exhibit growth, energy, hope and opportunity, and even offering a further bonus in the personal satisfaction of doing the right thing for society and the planet.
This presentation outlines the breadth of potential opportunities in the green space but focuses on 1) how to chose the right niche for you, 2) how to decide between working for others and starting your own entrepreneurial venture and 3) the importance and process of creating a plan to increase the likelihood of focus, action and results in either of those choices.

This will be a highly interactive session with ample time for Q&A and the content is applicable to non-green career planning as well.

About Bill Bean:

Bill Bean is a Strategic Business Consultant in the Green space. As President of Green Planning & Coaching (GP&C) he helps companies and individuals “Capture the vision for their Green careers and business initiatives and build better plans faster to achieve them”.

Bill began business planning in 1975 in the Strategic Planning department of International Paper Company’s Wood Products Division at their corporate headquarters in Manhattan. He then gained over 16 years of field experience in territory sales, sales management, and a $150,000,000 responsibility in division management in the US and Canada with Trus Joist Corporation (now iLevel, a division of Weyerhaeuser). That was followed in 2000 by 5 years in the tech sector and over 4 years in independent business consulting with for profit and nonprofit organizations focused in the green and sustainability space (planning, coaching, training and speaking). His work includes building strategic business plans with entrepreneurs and green businesses, and professional coaching with mid-career professionals, displaced in the recent economic downturn, who are working to reinvent their careers in the “green” economy. In 2010 GP&C added an offering for sustainability planning for companies that have a CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) or other designated “green” champion who has the responsibility for developing a sustainability plan but without the planning tools or experience to do so.

Bill has a BBA and MS (Wood Technology) degree from UMass, Amherst and has combined that formal education with “green” designations of “LEED AP” from the USGBC and “Green Consultant” from the Green Business League. He has also successfully completed a “Green Auditor” certification program and a CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) Master Class through Strategic Sustainability Consulting. Bill has professional certifications in Executive Coaching, Career Coaching and Retirement Career Coaching and is an Adjunct Professor in the Green Building program at UMass Amherst, teaching students the process of “Building a quick convincing plan for your green business initiative”

A Massachusetts native, Bill works throughout North America and lives with his family in the Berkshires of western MA and in Palmetto, FL.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

November 19, 2010 Joellyn Schwerdlin "Overcoming Negative Self-Talk Which Sabotages Job Search Success"
December 3, 2010 William Lippincott
December 17, 2010 Workshop

General Information:

The networking group meets in Hopkinton, at St. John the Evangelist Church parish hall. The meeting occurs, from 10 to 12 noon, and will meet the first and third Friday of the month. The parish hall has a capacity for 250 people and there is plenty of parking spaces in the parking lot and on the street. Around the perimeter of the parish hall are rooms to allow us to have focused network groups or for any other purpose we need. We chose every other Friday to allow everyone to attend the Acton Networking Group or any other networking group, if they wanted, on the Friday we do not meet.

We will maintain our close affiliation with Acton Networkers by using the same list-server to share information between the groups. Any e-mails specific to the Hopkinton Networking Group (HNG) will be indicated in the subject line either by "Hopkinton Networking Group" or "HNG"; this way anyone attending these meetings will know the e-mail is intended for them.

We will follow the following agenda items:
Landings (with doughnuts)
New member introductions
Needs and Leads
Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
Skills and Value Statement
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Your title
Your target companies
Geography of search
Name and e-mail address

If anyone wants to join our team, please let one of us know; we could always use the extra help and input for ideas.

Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. Colella's Supermarket is on the right at the third traffic light. The first street after the third traffic light is Church Street, take a right turn. The church is on the right. Go around to the left of the parking lot and go into the side entrance of the parish hall.

Depending upon where you live, perhaps you may want to use Mapquest for a more direct route. The address of the church is:
St. John the Evangelist
20 Church Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Daren Canfield
Patricia Centola
Gil Krispien
William Lam
Mario Tardif

Andrea Haber (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Christine Hurley (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Marilyn Johnson (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Laura Nelson (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Del Richmond (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; he is employed now)
Diane Shelley (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Steve Sherlock (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; he is employed now)
Nancy Spadorcia (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Qing Ye (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)
Denise Zazzera (HNG Coordinator Emeritus; she is employed now)

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