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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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."
General Meeting - Counseling Techniques: Simple & Free Self-Assessment Tools
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Location: McLeod Suites, 3rd floor (Curry Student Center) Northeastern University | Boston, MA
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Ever heard these before?
“I’m stuck, this work no longer feeds me, I’m not sure what to do.”
“Help, I can’t choose my major.”
“I’m exploring two different career options, but I’m afraid of making the wrong choice.”
When our clients are struggling with what to do with their lives, we often turn to one of the well-known self-assessment tools including the MBTI, StrengthsFinder, and SkillScan to help them decide what they really want. However, there are lots of other simple, yet effective, techniques, tools, and tips that we can use, many of which are free.
We’ll spend the first hour of this hands-on workshop going through a couple of alternative “paper and pencil” self-assessment exercises. You’ll act as the client, actually completing the exercises for yourself, and then you’ll get to discuss the results with your peers. Many of these tools and exercises will fall under one of these categories: Values, Interests, Personality and Skills (often called VIPS in career development jargon).
After a networking break, we will reconvene at small tables to try out and discuss some additional tools. We will spend 20 minutes on each table, rotating 3 times, so this is sure to be a fun, engaging, and collaborative session!
You’ll leave with new counseling ideas and more tools in your toolkit for helping your clients with their important career decisions. You will also get electronic copies of all the handouts and exercises. And we invite you to bring any of your own self-assessment tools with you to share, informally, with your colleagues.
Facilitator: Sabrina Woods (former CCC board member)
Sabrina is a Holistic Career / Life Coach & Linkedin Trainer in private practice with 15+ years’ experience in the career services field including work at Harvard, Northeastern and the University of London. She regularly facilitates workshops and train-the-trainer sessions on topics ranging from the Meyers Briggs and Mindfulness to Networking and Salary Negotiation. Sabrina's workshops combine her insights, enthusiasm and infectious energy for high-level engagement. As a personal coach, she often draws on mindfulness practices and positive psychology principles to help her individual clients through their career transitions. When she’s not coaching or teaching, you can find her biking, meditating or, on a rainy day, baking brownies. For more info:www.sabrina-woods.com or www.linkedin.com/in/sabrinawoods.
CCC Professional Development Seminar: "Building or Enhancing a Thriving Business from the Inside Out"
Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, Room #348
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
Location: Northeastern University
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.