Anna Shenk was a dedicated career and workforce development professional who made a deep impression on the many clients and colleagues who had the pleasure to know and work with her.
Anna was a Career Counselors’ Consortium member for many years, and a strong advocate for individuals whose voices were not always heard.
In her memory, the CCC is offering a Professional Development Seminar scholarship to one deserving member of the community who expresses the need for financial assistance.
Please speak with Amy Mazur (email@example.com) if you are:
Donations can be made payable to the Career Counselors’ Consortium with Anna Shenk Memorial Fund noted in the subject line of the check, and sent to:
39 Woodward Street
Newton Highlands, MA 02461-1536
“Keep my words positive. Words become my behaviors. Behaviors become my habits. Habits become my values. Values become my destiny. There is no dress rehearsal. This is one day in our life.” -- Mahatma Gandhi
“I believe we are destined to meet the people who will support, guide and nurture us on our life’s journey each of them appearing at the appropriate time accompanying us at least part of the way. I think specific human beings, sometimes only in spirit, will present themselves in such a way that their presence will shape and reshape our hearts until we are more fully who we are. This particular magic or synchronicity is activated by something both simple and profound: we must adhere to our own peculiar way, that is the only chance we have to meet those spirits who wander along our road; we must persist in being true to our most individual soul.” -- Alice Walker
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places – and there are so many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” -- Howard Zinn
(Some quotes that Anna liked)
Testimonial from Anna Shenk Scholarship Fund recipient...
"Career Counselors' Consortium provides a great network of support for my growing career as a Workforce Development Consultant. Meeting with members who have various degrees of experience has made each gathering fresh, invigorating and profound.
The Career Counselors' Consortium workshops are as comprehensive as they are eye opening. The workshops challenge you to think outside of your own experiences and ideas as to how you assist your clients.
The opportunities to develop my abilities as a Workforce Development Consultant are invaluable. I cannot thank Career Counselors' Consortium enough and I highly encourage other workforce professionals to join."
Professional Development Seminar: "Helping Clients Take Charge of their Employment"
Date: Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Northeastern University
As a career counseling professional, you spend your time and energy helping others navigate jobs and the changing landscape of work. Yet the landscape is changing so quickly, new tools and skills are needed to stay current in this fast-changing world. This workshop will teach you the new skills needed today to help your clients and students take charge of their careers.
Do you want to teach your clients how to deploy more of their professional passion in their current organization? Are they feeling stuck in their life or job? How can they take advantage of today’s uncertainty and ambiguity to jumpstart their own career development?
Through this half day workshop, learn how to help clients boost their own career self-direction and better navigate their careers from their current jobs. As career ladders fade and organizations move at breakneck speed, it is more important than ever for everyone to learn how to manage their own career development, so they become and remain employable and retainable. Today, it’s up to the individual to direct their own career trajectories. This workshop will show how to do just that through a series of practical exercises.
Learn new tools and skills for helping clients to:
Unlock the secret of how to create meaningful, win-win work situations, so they can grow their careers from their current job.
Learn to “Scan the Horizon” to discover career opportunities right in front of them.
Help them discover their “Nextivity,” a professional development opportunity that benefits them and the organization.
Learn to “Recruit Your Boss” and other champions to be an ally in their career development journey – they just may reveal to them, their own potential.
Leave with one concrete practice, something they can do often, to take charge of their career and create work that they love.
A refreshed sense of purpose and mission in their work
One draft “Nextivity”
A draft “discussion guide” for recruiting their boss and other champions as allies in their career development
An action plan for moving their vision forward
Facilitator: Author, coach and consultant Lisa Prior, founder of Prior Consulting and author of Take Charge of Your VIEW: Career Advice You Won’t Get From Your Boss, you’ll zoom in on practical ways you can learn that will help your clients create the life and career they love without leaving their job. Lisa will draw on the latest research and more than two decades of experience in the learning and development field. Lisa’s book has been endorsed by Susan Crandall at the Center for Social Policy, UMASS Boston; The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL); featured in Forbes online; and is being used by major employers such as PAREXEL and Harvard University. In addition to her work with corporate leaders, Lisa‘s experience includes designing programs, coaching leaders and offering workshops for clients in non-profit organizations, including the Women’s Educational and Industrial Union (now Crittenton Women’s Union), The Private Industry Council, and Harvard University’s Ed Portal Monday Job Seekers.
Location: McLeod Suites, 3rd floor (Curry Student Center)
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
CCC Professional Development Seminar: "Career Coaching: Insights and Strategies for Professional Practice"
Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
The coaching movement is widespread across many fields of endeavor, there are life coaches, fitness coaches, executive coaches, lifestyle coaches, you name it. And of course, there are career coaches. However, what distinguishes career coaching from career counseling and how can we borrow from each approach to best serve our clients?
We will begin with an impressionistic assessment of career coaching and counseling, then trace some of the theoretical foundations that inform our practice. We will try out some coaching techniques and discuss how they might apply to our work with clients and explore principles of good practice, quality and ethics. Participants will gain insight into the complementarity of coaching and counseling, and takeaway some tips and techniques to apply in their work with clients.
Steve Koppi is executive director of the Career Development Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). A member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) career coaching faculty, Koppi participated in one of NACE’s early Career Coaching Intensive programs offered in 2007 and has intentionally practiced this approach in working with clients over the years. Previously, he served as director of career services at Mount Holyoke College, Gallaudet University, and American University. His professional experience includes work with students and employers at institutions such as Middlebury College, Johns Hopkins University, and Brown University. Koppi also headed the alumni relations office at his alma mater, Catholic University of America, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in religion. He also holds a master of arts degree in college student personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCC Professional Development Seminar: "Building or Enhancing a Thriving Business from the Inside Out"
Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Maybe you have thought “I should build my own coaching or consulting business” but aren’t sure where to begin or how to improve what you already have. Building a thriving business is primarily an inside job – especially in the beginning. Being clear on what you want, what you bring and who will find your goods or services of unique value are foundational components of business success.
In this program, Paula Goudsmit, President and Founder of High Impact Coaching and Consulting, LLC, will guide participants through a series of exercises to feel clear and confident on steps and strategies to build and own a successful business. Paula will share some of her own advice yet more importantly, tap into each participants’ wisdom on how they envision their business in the market, and the quality of life they want it to afford.
Some of the components of the program will include
Building your authentic business brand
Understanding your strengths and ambitions as they relate to your business plan/goals
The practical and tactical sides to business success
Building a framework to ignite the momentum to launch your business.
If you’ve dreamed of owning your own business or looking for ways to develop an existing business , this program will solidify your conviction, inspiration and confidence to make it happen!
Pre-work assessments will be provided to participants to take prior to the program.
Facilitator: Paula Goudsmit, CEO, High Impact Coaching and Consulting, LLC. Paula’s High Impact methods have set her apart as a top executive coach to over 500 clients and over 100 global leadership teams. She delivers customized coaching engagements with a genuine, straight-talk and honest approach – a sought-after differentiatior for c-suite executives and leadership teams at Fortune 500 companies. Authenticity and integrity are the cornerstones of every coaching engagement.
Professional Development Seminar: "Get Creative! Impactful Communication and Improvisation Strategies for Working with Individuals and Groups"
Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Traditional strategies for interviewing, public speaking and job searching focus on planning for the expected - preparing answers to commonly asked questions, for example. This is an essential step for success but does not include the unexpected, which can make us feel anxious. In a job interview, employers are increasingly asking unexpected questions to see how we think on our feet – questions like “What superhero would you be and why?” or “What song best describes your work ethic?” As career professionals, our role is to help students to be prepared for an interview and job search process which is constantly evolving. This session will change the way you approach this topic with individuals and groups.
This improv workshop will address the unexpected and can be paired with more traditional preparation. the training and development background drives workshop content and is paired with his improv training. In workshops, the facilitator uses improv and interactive activities to simulate the unexpected and then apply those experiences to enhance skills in interviewing, public speaking, teamwork, leadership and job searching. Participants will be led through a variety of activities that can be added to their workshop facilitation toolbox. Takeaways from the facilitator's experiences with students and how to apply improv training to career and professional development in groups and individually will be discussed.
Since 2015, Jake Livengood has created and facilitated more than 50 improv workshops with more than 700 attendees at 14 institutions to enhance communication and leadership skills. He also won the MIT Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity as Senior Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services.
Jake has worked in higher education since 2002 as an instructor, career advisor and administrator. He is currently Director of Career Services and partners with graduate students at Tufts Public Health & Professional Degree Programs for career and professional development. While at MIT, he received the MIT Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity for developing and facilitating improv workshops to help with training and professional development.
He is a graduate of the Improv Asylum Training Center in the North End of Boston. With the last name "Livengood," this career path is quite fitting. He has a PhD in Higher Education Leadership, thereby making him Dr. Livengood. (But please call him Jake). Jake has a Master of Social Work degree, and his mental health counseling background helps others feel comfortable in stepping out of their comfort zones during workshops and individual advising.
CCC Professional Development Seminar: "Modernize Your Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles: Advanced Writing Strategies for Career Professionals""
Date: Friday, June 7, 2019
Despite growing competition from LinkedIn and other online sources and services, the resume remains the primary document for anyone seeking to find or change employment. But resume writing, format, and design have evolved and changed. If your knowledge of resumes and your advice to clients are based on strategies and practices from ten, five, or even two years ago, it’s time to update your expertise and learn what works today.
Topics to be covered:
Using ideas and content from her latest book, Modernize Your Resume (2nd Edition), Louise will provide the most critical and up-to-date information to help career counselors and coaches guide their clients in creating powerful career marketing documents.
One of the leading resume writers and trainers in the United States, Louise Kursmark has been helping job seekers and career professionals create compelling and meaningful career marketing documents for more than 20 years. In her Boston-area private practice, Best Impression Career Services, Louise works with senior executives in career transition. She also co-founded Resume Writing Academy, the world’s first comprehensive resume training program, and has written or co-written more than 20 books on resume writing and career management.The first person worldwide to earn the Master Resume Writer credential, Louise is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, Certified Job and Career Transition Coach, and Credentialed Career Master. She was a founding board member of Career Thought Leaders and has also been a member and volunteer with Career Directors International, National Resume Writers Association, and Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. She speaks frequently to both career professionals and job seekers.