Beginning with its weekly Wednesday morning meeting on January 6, 2016, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry in Allen, TX will present a new six-session Expert Speaker Series that probes the psychological aspects of employment searches and career growth. The DFW Metroplex-based speakers at these programs will provide tips on handling job loss and age challenges as well as resume & interview psychology and emotional intelligence. There will also be tips on "how to" incorporate LinkedIn into employment searches and career strategies.

The new six-session Expert Speaker Series will include:

JANUARY 6, 2016

Topic:     Finding Joy in the Middle of Life's Struggles

Speaker: Angela Gwinn, Director of Pastoral Care at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Ms. Gwinn holds a Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University (Garland, TX) and a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from Oakland University (Rochester, MI).  After a 25-year career in Industrial Sales & Marketing, Ms.Gwinn decided to pursue her passion for helping others through their life's challenges. A licensed professional counselor, Ms. Gwinn's experience to date includes work in a behavioral hospital on the adolescent unit, with a local school district, and with public mental health counseling adults and children. 

JANUARY 13, 2016

Topic:     Jump Start Your Job Search

Speaker: Jeff Morris, Founder, and In 2008, Mr. Morris founded, a website created to assist the unemployed and under-employed in the DFW area.  In 2012, he launched, a website to help those outside the DFW area.  Also in 2012, Mr. Morris published his first book titled What I've Learned about YOUR JOB SEARCH That You May Not Know.  In addition, Mr. Morris facilitates the North Dallas/Plano Career Focus Group which meets every Friday.  Over 850 people have found their next great opportunity while attending this group.

JANUARY 20, 2016

Topic:     Your Career, Your EQ & the Rapid Pace of Change - Are You Ready?

Speaker: Jane Ryan, Owner and Master Coach, Jane Ryan & Associates. Before starting Jane Ryan & Associates in 2007. Ms. Ryan became a certified emotional intelligence coach.  After years of consulting in the areas of developing and engaging global human capital to Fortune 50/500 and small high growth companies, Ms. Ryan draws upon her experience with more than 100 clients, and her extensive training with scholarly experts in human psychology, neuroleadership, emotional intelligence and organizational/individual development. Ms. Ryan is currently a 2016 PhD Psychology candidate at Walden University and her research focus is on gender equality, leadership and creating positive social change.  Today, Ms. Ryan enjoys helping those in career and life transitions identify and achieve optimal goals for success.

JANUARY 27, 2016 

Topic:     Turning the Job Search Process Upside Down, Including How to Manage Age Challenges.   

Speaker: Gary Spinell, Internationally Sought-After Speaker and Local Business Executive. Mr. Spinell has a unique and different perspective from his years in the corporate world combined with nuances of human behavior that attract and generate success.  His book, It Was YOU, All Along, has received excellent reviews on Amazon.  Mr. Spinell's new book, Beyond Intent: Crossing the Threshold to Your Dreams, has become a recommended guide for getting un-stuck in career challenges while pushing through to complete goals. In addition, he has developed a job search program - titled 40 Unique and Powerful Keys to Land Your Next Job Now! - that has proved to be a must-have for people in transition.  Mr. Spinell has been a guest on over 50 radio shows in the US, the UK and Australia.  Mr. Spinell also has over 25 years of extensive experience in the business world that included roles such as Vice President at Blockbuster, VP/Treasurer at and Expedia, and Senior Vice President Finance at Mannatech.

FEBRUARY 3, 2016

Topic:     Interview Preparation Attracts Offers - A Four-Point Approach to Understanding the Interviewer's Needs: What to Express, Listen Carefully, How to Answer Questions and What You Need to Master.

Speaker: Dirk Spencer, Corporate Recruiter.  Mr. Spencer is a corporate recruiter with expertise in direct sourcing, inbound social media techniques and screening of candidates. He is the author of Resume Psychology Resume Hacks & Traps Revealed - Beat the Machine. Be Seen. Get Hired! A fact-based approach to modern resumes, this book is available on  Mr. Spencer has presented Resume Psychology to several ecumenical and professional groups from Dallas to Denver, including:  Pikes Peak Recruiter Network, Inter-
City Personnel Associates (IPA), Executive Search Owners Association, American Society for Quality Conferences, National Investor Relations Institute, International Institute of Business Analysis, Intuit Women's Network, Texas Workforce Commission and Dallas Fort Worth Texas Recruiters Network (DFWTRN).

FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Topic:     Unique Strategies for Employment Search & Career Growth on LinkedIn.

Speaker: Cindy Baccus, Social Media Consultant. For the past 21 years, Ms. Baccus, who earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, is a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer, coach and mentor and holds a Hootsuite Ambassador title. She is the marketing guru for Outta the Box Marketing, a company that trains clients in successfully using all aspects of social media marketing.  In February 2014, Ms. Baccus launched her first book, titled Facebook Made Easy - A Quick-Start, Step-by-Step Guide to Facebook, about Facebook personal profiles.

The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping college students, career builders and those who are unemployed to develop individual career strategies that meets at 9:00 AM every Wednesday at St. Jude Parish in Allen, TX. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge.

St. Jude Catholic Church is located at 1515 North Greenville Avenue, between Exchange Parkway and Stacy Road.  Attendees should park in the northeast lot and use the entrance between the church and the parish offices.

In addition to speakers and presentations at weekly Wednesday morning meetings, the ministry offers training in job search skills, support groups and job hunting resources.

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