Thursday, October 19, 2017

HNG: "Focus on Value for Robust Referrals and Better Job Interviews."

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by a speaker, Tad Mayer. The facilitator for this week will be Gil Krispien. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Important Note: Please make a serious, concerted effort to arrive before 10:00 AM. We are going to start the meeting on time at 10:00 AM. In the second hour, Tad will talk about "Focus on Value for Robust Referrals and Better Job Interviews."

Very important: We must be out of the Parish Hall by 12:30 PM because the scouts will be entering the Parish Hall shortly after 12:30 PM to start their function.

Focus on Value for Robust Referrals and Better Job Interviews

How do you get a robust referral for a job interview when you don’t know anyone connected to the decision maker? And, what’s going to convince the hiring manager to give you the job?

To get the referral, what if you understand what’s important to that connector and can offer something of value to him or her? Instead of a rejection or a simple one-off meeting, you can create the foundation to gain valuable information, build a partnership, and gain a strong referral. And what about if in the job interview you demonstrate how you can not only do the job, but also help the decision maker achieve his or her aspirations beyond the job description? You’ll standout from other candidates.

This session will focus on understanding what’s valuable to the other person—be it an informational or job interview—and what to do about it. We will discuss how to figure out what interests connectors and decision makers have and how to bring them into the discussion. We will also look at your own interests and how to get them met. This workshop will change the frame of both informational and job interviews to how you and connectors can work together, and how you can focus on meeting the broader aspirations of decision makers.

Tad Mayer

Tad Mayer is president of Career Negotiations. As a career coach, trainer, and speaker, as well as an executive coach, he empowers professionals to move forward. As a career coach, he has co-authored the forthcoming book Own the Job Hunt. Tad uses the OJH model to create relief, hope, direction, and results in the form of fulfilling trajectories for people new to the workforce and frustrated professionals feeling stuck in their careers. As an executive coach, he helps leaders identify roadblocks and figure out how to surmount them. In addition to his work with individuals, Tad works with companies to provide employees with the skills they need to manage their careers within the organization. Tad has conducted workshops and webinars on career development for organizations such as General Assembly, MIT, Harvard University, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Primerica, Hult International Business School, Women in Sustainability (Boston), Ocean State Business Expo, and various career centers and networking groups. As an adjunct professor, Tad has taught negotiation courses at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. He has been quoted in online venues like USNews and his writing has been featured in books such as Money Talks: 100 Strategies to Master Tricky Conversations about Money. Tad has been Manager of Domestic Pricing at Northwest Airlines, Director of Partner Marketing at Sheraton Hotels, and Director of Commercial and Corporate Programs at Mediation Works Incorporated. He has an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College, and a BS in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.

Recap of HNG Meeting of October 6, 2017

Our 198th meeting had 25 people, this is 1 less than the previous meeting; seven signed the New Member list. Ronaldo Lu was our facilitator. There were seven introduction speeches:

1. Jim Burns Sales & Operations Manager
2 . Richard Morris Product Mgr. - Energy
3. Michael Jenkins Supply Chain Management
4. Cindy Cantin IT Support
5. Adam Mintz HR; Employee Relations; Training & Development
6. Sheri Norred Higher Ed transitioning to HR
7. Dhiren Limbanee Software Development

We had one landing:
Diane Tamagno Starts Oct. 16th for QBS - Quality Behavioral Solutions in North Attleboro as Regional Sales and Marketing Account Exec.; full time position;
out 11 months

We had a speaker, Katy Tynan who talked about "The Career Jungle Gym – A New Model for Managing Your Career."
This comprised the following:
There’s no such thing as a straight line in career development anymore. Over the course of four (or more) decades in the workplace, people are now changing jobs an average of 15 times. While there are more opportunities in today’s marketplace than ever, it’s also more complicated. In this talk she described a new model for managing your career, and gave tips and tricks for successfully navigating the complexities of today’s career paths.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

October 20, 2017 Tad Mayer Focus on Value for Robust Referrals and Better Job Interviews
November 3, 2017 Stephen Trudeau Oasis Systems

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 the first and third 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:
* Welcome
* Landings (with doughnuts)
* Announcements
* New member introductions
* Needs and Leads
* Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group
* Cleanup

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
* Name
* 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.

Directions:
Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. CVS 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

Regards,
Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Emilia Gordon emiliagne@gmail.com
Gil Krispien g.krispien@verizon.net
Ronaldo Lu ronaldo.lu@comcast.net

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Career Jungle Gym – A New Model for Managing Your Career - Oct 6

Hello Everyone,

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by a speaker, Katy Tynan. The facilitator for this week will be Ronaldo Lu. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Important Note: Please make a serious, concerted effort to arrive before 10:00 AM. We are going to start the meeting on time at 10:00 AM. In the second hour, Katy will talk about "The Career Jungle Gym – A New Model for Managing Your Career."

The Career Jungle Gym – A New Model for Managing Your Career

There’s no such thing as a straight line in career development anymore. Over the course of four (or more) decades in the workplace, people are now changing jobs an average of 15 times. While there are more opportunities in today’s marketplace than ever, it’s also more complicated. In this talk I’ll describe a new model for managing your career, and give you tips and tricks for successfully navigating the complexities of today’s career paths.

Katy Tynan

Katy Tynan is the Managing Director of CoreAxis Consulting. A technology and operations strategy advisor to companies large and small, Katy works at the intersection of technology and people. Bestselling author of Survive Your Promotion: The 90 Day Success Plan for New Managers, and Free Agent: The Independent Professional’s Roadmap to Self-Employment Success, Katy’s management guidance has been published in Harvard Business Review and the American Management Association (AMA) blog. She has been advising businesses and educational institutions on how to leverage technology for operational efficiency, growth, and strategic advantage for over 20 years.

She has a new book coming out in November of 2017 from ATD Press called "How Did I Not See This Coming? A New Manager’s Guide to Avoiding Total Disaster."

Recap of HNG Meeting of September 15, 2017

Our 197th meeting had 26 people, this is 13 more than the previous meeting; seven signed the New Member list. Gil Krispien was our facilitator. There were six introduction speeches:

1. Myra Astorga Client Sources
2 . Abbas Bagasra Product Management
3. Amy Berfield Department Coordinator
4. Paula Cavalcanti Tech person
5. Nancy Haskins-LeBlanc Med. Tech.
6. Lisa Pedulla HR Business Partner
7. Donna Hall Project/Program Manager

We had a speaker, Linda Waters who talked about "Interviewing With Confidence."
This comprised the following:
* Interview preparation tips
* Using the Myers-Briggs to improve your communication style
* Tips to feel less nervous in the interview
* Interview follow- up tips
* How to stay positive during the interview process

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

October 6, 2017 Katy Tynan The Career Jungle Gym – A New Model for Managing Your Career
October 20, 2017 Tad Mayer Focus on Value for Robust Referrals and Better Job Interviews

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 the first and third 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:
* Welcome
* Landings (with doughnuts)
* Announcements
* New member introductions
* Needs and Leads
* Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group
* Cleanup

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
* Name
* 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.

Directions:
Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. CVS 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

Regards,
Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Emilia Gordon emiliagne@gmail.com
Gil Krispien g.krispien@verizon.net
Ronaldo Lu ronaldo.lu@comcast.net

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

“Job Search for the Mature Worker”

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by a Panel of Professionals led by Robert Dandrade. The facilitator for this week will be Marcia Kasilowski. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs and Leads. Important Note: Please make a serious, concerted effort to arrive before 10:00 AM. We are going to start the meeting on time at 10:00 AM. In the second hour, Robert and his Panel will talk about "Job Search for the Mature Worker." The Panel consists of Rob Dandrade, Rick Frazier, Wende Malster, Jaemie Sibbald, and Donelle Wright.

“Job Search for the Mature Worker”

This discussion panel is comprised of professionals who have a wide range of diverse experiences as well as knowledge in the job search and hiring: a former HR Director and now a Personal Coach, a former Sales and Marketing Executive who has his own business, a Recruiter for Human Resources Executives, now Principal of her own firm, a retired Operations executive and a State of Massachusetts Career Advisor and Coach. The target audience is those > 50.

Rob Dandrade (Moderator) robert.dandrade@yahoo.com

For over 42 years he has worked in many roles in multiple industries, hiring hundreds of people. He has also had unexpected job loss twice. In 2012, as part of a 30,000 workforce reduction, he accepted early retirement and transitioned from being an Engineering Program Manager in Hewlett Packard. Rob’s experience also includes Fidelity Investments, Compaq Computer and Digital Equipment Corp, Pepsico and Carrier Corporation.

At one point, with Fidelity, he was unexpectedly laid-off. Working with their out-placement agency he realized that his past job searches were based on many incorrect assumptions. Rob applied their recommended practices and he experienced success. Some of the teaching points of the non-profit, Job Search Workshops for MetroWest, which he co-founded, emphasize what he learned. This faith- based organization, provides FREE workshops. It started as a consortium of churches and has helped almost 800 participants, serving 19 event-hosting organizations throughout MetroWest and the Blackstone Valley.

Rick Frazier rick.frazier@comcast.net

In the workplace for 40 years, he has personally experienced job turmoil with corporate downsizing, mergers, acquisitions and restructuring at Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard. Most recently, Rick worked for the Hewlett-Packard Americas Server Groups as Installed Base Program Manager and Partner Business Development Manager. In early 2013, Rick departed Hewlett-Packard and formed Wayside Group. This new business focuses on providing customer insight and sales enablement services and deliverables to help high technology suppliers and resellers better serve and sell to their installed base customers.

For 44 years, Rick has been husband of Dianne and father of three daughters 29, 19 and 17. Originally from Northeast Ohio, he has lived in Sudbury Massachusetts near the Wayside Inn for the last 17 years. An active member of Grace Baptist Church in Hudson MA, he has served as Elder, teacher and long-time men’s small group leader. He has also served as workshop facilitator and developer with Job Search Workshops for MetroWest, which he co-founded.

Wende Malster wmalster@m2-partners.com

Wende has over two decades of search and placement experience in Human Resources and Financial Services. She is a meticulous “detective,” uncovering the real needs of each client and developing a detailed picture of the requirements for each position. Her proven discernment and genuine commitment to client satisfaction has resulted in exceptionally high rates of retention and advancement for her clients. Prior to starting her own practice, she was a Vice President at Gatti & Associates where she recruited HR professionals for companies such as GE, Fidelity Investments, State Street Bank, Sonesta, Voyager Therapeutics, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Wende is a founder and Managing Director with M2 Partners. She is considered to be one of the most successful executive search professionals specializing in Human Resources in the New England area. She finds outstanding HR leadership for high-growth Fortune 500 companies as well as start-up ventures. Her placement track record is exceptional: over 90% of her candidates are retained for more than one year and over 70% are promoted within three years. She is active in several Human Resources associations and regularly participates in volunteer opportunities through her church. The content she developed for a Job Search Workshop in 2009 has been incorporated into the curriculum used today in the Job Search Workshops for MetroWest.

Jaemie Sibbald Jaemie.Sibbald@massmail.state.ma.us

Jaemie Sibbald has a diverse employment background having worked in fund raising, retail, interviewing, hiring and training as well as in manufacturing, distribution and customer service. She currently works at the Employment Training Resources Career Center in Framingham presenting the Career Center Seminar, which is a mandatory part of receiving unemployment benefits. She also completes the second part of unemployment’s program which involves one-on-one counseling for individuals relevant to their particular job search circumstances. She works in the Resource Room as a facilitator interacting with customers on an individual basis to help them to find and apply for appropriate positions. This involves reviewing resumes, developing job search strategies, as well as following up on processes. “The challenges in this field can be intimidating but the rewards of seeing a person find their next adventure are terrific.

Donelle Wright donellebwright@charter.net

Donelle Wright is a professional certified coach with a specialty in personal and organizational effectiveness, leadership, and faith and spirituality in life and work. Most recently she was a Director of Human Resources at EMC where she was the HR Business Partner for two global sales organizations--strategic alliances and global accounts for 5 years. Prior to that, Donelle worked for the legacy Hewlett Packard Company for 18 years holding a number of positions in Human Resources at the regional, national, and corporate level.

Recap of HNG Meeting of May 26, 2017

Our 190th meeting had 13 people, this is 4 more than the previous meeting; five signed the New Member list. Emilia Gordon was our facilitator. There were six introduction speeches:

  • Sue Beauregard Business Development Rep.
  • Marcus Sherwin I.C. Layout Mask Design (EE)
  • Andy Kuruvilla I. T. Business Analyst
  • Lisa Dudek I. T. / Software
  • Josephine Voisinet Project Planning/Mgmt./Marketing


We had speaker, Barry Rosenbloom, who talked about "TechSandbox of Hopkinton."
This covered the following areas: Introduce TechSandBox, a non-profit, startup technology company incubator, located in Hopkinton MA, and its Military Veteran Entrepreneurs in Technology meet up program.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

July 7, 2017 TBD

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 the first and third 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:
* Welcome
* Landings (with doughnuts)
* Announcements
* New member introductions
* Needs and Leads
* Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group
* Cleanup

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
* Name
* 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.

Directions:
Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. CVS 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

Regards,
Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Emilia Gordon emiliagne@gmail.com
Marcia Kasilowski mkasilowski@gmail.com
Gil Krispien g.krispien@verizon.net
Ronaldo Lu ronaldo.lu@comcast.net

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Revised HNG Meeting Schedule - no meeting May 5

Hello Everyone,

There is no Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting this Friday, May 5, 2017 because the schedule was modified to allow the Parish Hall floor to be cleaned and waxed for the Bishop’s visit.

Revised HNG Schedule For May and June:

  • May 12, 2017 The first and third meetings were rescheduled because the Bishop is visiting and the Parish Hall floor will be cleaned and waxed
  • May 26, 2017
  • June 30, 2017 The first and third meetings were cancelled because of the Rummage Sale preparation, actual event, and teardown and cleanup of the Parish Hall


Regards,
Gil Krispien

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting schedule for April, May and June

Hello Everyone,

The Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting is cancelled for April 21, 2017 because the flooring in the hallway of the Parish Hall is being replaced and there is no access to the bathrooms.

Revised HNG Schedule For April, May, and June


  • April 21, 2017 Cancelled.
  • May 12, 2017 The first and third meetings were rescheduled because the Bishop is visiting and the Parish Hall floor will be cleaned and waxed
  • May 26, 2017 The first and third meetings were rescheduled because the Bishop is visiting and the Parish Hall floor will be cleaned and waxed
  • June 30, 2017 The first and third meetings were cancelled because of the Rummage Sale preparation, actual event, and teardown and cleanup of the Parish Hall


Regards,
Gil Krispien

Thursday, January 19, 2017

"Tools for Effective Communications/ Developing an Outbound Sales Strategy No Matter What Your Profession."

Hello Everyone,

We are in the winter months, so if the Hopkinton schools are cancelled on the day of our meeting then we do not meet; however, if there is a delay, then we do meet. Even if the schools are not closed, if the weather is bad, it is best to stay home then risk an accident. Here is the link to see whether the Hopkinton schools are closed: http://www.hopkinton.k12.ma.us/

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by a speaker, Ray Mascola. There will also be a brief 5 - 8 minute talk by Bob King, a representative for Renewal by Andersen in Northborough, who is looking for people with a desire to work part-time at trade shows on weekends. The facilitator for this week will be Ronaldo Lu. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs & Leads. Important Note: Please make a serious, concerted effort to arrive before 10:00 AM. We are going to start the meeting on time at 10:00 AM. In the second hour, Bob will give his brief talk, then Ray will talk about "Tools for Effective Communications/ Developing an Outbound Sales Strategy No Matter What Your Profession."

Tools for Effective Communications/ Developing an Outbound Sales Strategy No Matter What Your Profession

Ray will discuss the approach of using open-ended questions, with empathetic listing, as an effective strategy for relationship building. In addition, when we are networking as job seekers, we are all in sales. He will discuss this mindset and how to use it in your search.

Ray Mascola

As a sales strategist, Ray helps companies pinpoint how their products and services impact their customers’ businesses.

Then, we work together to develop a strategic plan and a go-to-market campaign with a clear message that describes how my client will help their customers’
businesses.

Targeting Sales Growth is a business development consulting practice. We help start-up to $10m companies get to their next level of sales growth. Previously,
he worked in sales management in the corporate world for several soft companies.

He also coaches individuals, helping them with their strategy and a plan to connect with decision-makers of their targeted companies.

Renewal by Andersen Part-time Work

Bob King will give a brief talk on work available for people with a desire to work part-time at trade shows on weekends. Most events are one or two weekend days,
but there are some events that will span three, four, or five days. The agricultural fairs are often multiple weeks. Events start to ramp up this month, and there are
events of various types throughout the year. The hours of events vary widely, but are often in the 10 AM to 10 PM range. Typically, an individual would work a
6-hour shift at a 12-hour event. If an individual was only available to work one weekend day, we could accommodate such a schedule. This gives you an idea
of the scope of this opportunity.

Recap of HNG Meeting of January 6, 2017

Our 182nd meeting had 19 people, this is 5 more than the previous meeting; eight signed the New Member list. Pat Rosenthal was our facilitator. There were seven introduction speeches.

We had a speaker, Gil Krispien, who presented slides on Hopkinton Networkers Group 2016 Year In Review, and it was well received. We received fantastic feedback from those who attended on suggestions on speakers, topics, discussions, and exercises for the 2017 meetings. Here is the feedback Pat recorded on the whiteboard:

Proposed Topics for 2017 Meetings:
* Negotiating the Offer
* Handling an offer that is lower than expected
* Other options (vacation, stock, shorter review period, etc)
* Resume Reviews / Critiques
* Linked in Updates / Changes / Tips & Tricks
* How to Get Noticed
* Business Cards
* Branding Statement
* Critiques
* Cold Calling
* Target Companies
* Interview Practice
* Interactive Role Play
* Video Interviews
* Phone Screen Interviews
* Storytelling – Skill for interviewing
* Photo Session (for Linked In Profiles)
* Open Forum – share ideas, questions, experiences
* Ex: Has anyone done a seasonal part time job with UPS?
* Anyone familiar with Tech Sandbox startups?
* Job Search Jam Session
* Odd and Really Different Interview Questions
* Top 10 Interview Questions
* Filling the Gap Jobs
* What jobs are out there that can help pay the bills during your job search
* Working with Recruiters
* Alternate Meeting Location Idea
* Field Trip / Ice Cream

Schedule for HNG Meetings:

February 3, 2017 Denise Zazzera Networking and Buddy Groups

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 the first and third 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:
* Welcome
* Landings (with doughnuts)
* Announcements
* New member introductions
* Needs and Leads
* Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group
* Cleanup

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
* Name
* 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.

Directions:
Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. CVS 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

Regards,
Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Emilia Gordon emiliagne@gmail.com
Gil Krispien g.krispien@verizon.net
Ronaldo Lu ronaldo.lu@comcast.net
Pat Rosenthal pat.rosenthal@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Year In Review

Hello Everyone,

We are in the winter months, so if the Hopkinton schools are cancelled on the day of our meeting then we do not meet; however, if there is a delay, then we do meet. Even if the schools are not closed, if the weather is bad, it is best to stay home than risk an accident.

The agenda for this Friday's Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) meeting will be featured by a speaker, Gil Krispien. The facilitator for this week will be Pat Rosenthal. We will devote the first hour to the following agenda: Welcome, Landings, Announcements, New Member Intros, and Needs and Leads. Important Note: Please make a serious, concerted effort to arrive before 10:00 AM. We are going to start the meeting on time at 10:00 AM. In the second hour, Gil will talk about the “Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) 2016 Year in Review.”

Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Year In Review

This will be a brief slide show summarizing the significant statistics occurred during the 2016 year of the HNG group. This will include attendance, total money collected, expenses, gifts to St. John's church, landings, new members, HNG fund, speakers and proposed gifts to St. John's for 2017. At the end a discussion will take place setting the direction about the HNG meetings for 2017 in regard to speakers, network exercises, and open forum topics. Hopefully, the attendance will be high to provide input.

Recap of HNG Meeting of December 16, 2016

Our 181st meeting had 14 people, this is 7 less than the previous meeting; two signed the New Member list. Emilia Gordon was our facilitator. There were two introduction speeches.

We had 14 Eskimo types who battled the cold temperature, and we put two round tables together and had an Open Forum Discussion on Various Topics. It was a lively discussion and we didn't finish until 12:25 PM.

Schedule for HNG Meetings:
January 20, 2017 TBD

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 the first and third 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:
* Welcome
* Landings (with doughnuts)
* Announcements
* New member introductions
* Needs and Leads
* Speaker(s), Workshop, or Focus Group
* Cleanup

For those new members who give their introductions, this is what we would like to know:
* Name
* 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

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Directions:
Take Rt. 495 North/South and get off Exit 21A. Go through three traffic lights. CVS 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

Regards,
Hopkinton Networkers Group (HNG) Coordinators:
Emilia Gordon emiliagne@gmail.com
Gil Krispien g.krispien@verizon.net
Ronaldo Lu ronaldo.lu@comcast.net
Pat Rosenthal pat.rosenthal@gmail.com
Bill Wilson bill@williamjwilson.com