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SJCA David Ellis AEDC Portrait-269 08082017.jpg David Ellis, Assistant Director, Allen Economic Development Corporation, will kick-off the new Expert Speaker Series on Wednesday, August 23.

Is your search for a new or improved job going nowhere?  Do you feel you might be doing the same things over and over - with no real results? If so, check out the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry's Wednesday morning meetings August 23 to October 4, 9-10:30 AM at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, TX. The new six-week Expert Speaker Series is designed to provide new insights for landing a career-building job.  Please Note The St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry will not meet on Wednesday, September 6.


AUGUST 23, 2017

Topic:      Uncovering Opportunities in the "Hidden Job Market"

Speaker:  David Ellis, Assistant Director, Allen Economic Development Corporation (EDC).  As the Allen EDC Assistant Director, Mr. Ellis leads programs to attract and retain corporate investment and jobs to Allen.  Previously, he was vice president at Site Selection Group where he supported its industrial, economic development and incentive practices.  He has also worked for Plano Economic Development and has experience with Angelou Economics, an economic development consulting firm.  After experiencing a layoff in the tech industry, Mr. Ellis went through an outplacement program with Dallas-based DBM Employment & Recruiting Consultants. Within two weeks, he became a DBM consultant.  Mr. Ellis uses his experience in marketing to help people articulate their value and uncover opportunities in the "hidden job market."  A native of Oklahoma City, he has a Bachelor's degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and an MBA degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Mr. Ellis is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD).

AUGUST 30, 2017 

Topic:      Resources

Speaker:  Susan Kavanaugh, Member of the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry Committee. Ms. Kavanaugh is a very active member of the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry committee.  In addition to assisting in the coordination of the weekly Wednesday morning meetings, she helps brainstorm and research future presentation topics.  Ms. Kavanaugh is a graduate of El Centro College in Dallas with an associate degree in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 

Topic:      LinkedIn: Got a Job Magnet?  Get the #1 Lifelong Career Tool++!

Speaker:  Lucinda Ruch, President, Link for Success.  Over the past 30+ years, Ms. Ruch has focused on transforming business strategies and plans into operational results.  Ms. Ruch has worked successfully with Fortune 100 and Global 500 clients, including four recipients of the prestigious "Nation's Fastest Growing Businesses" award from Inc. Magazine.  Only 0.02% of businesses ever achieve this distinction.  Integrated Alliances-certified in LinkedIn, Ms. Ruch has spoken about LinkedIn advantages to hundreds of groups and appeared as a Guest LinkedIn Expert on TV shows such as The Dean's List, Business Spotlight, and Diversity in Action, plus several radio shows. LinkedIn has accredited Ms. Ruch as one of the "Top 1% Viewed."  Ms. Ruch is the founder of Social Media Breakfast, the second largest social media group in Texas.  In February 2012, she arranged for Eric Ly, the co-founder of LinkedIn, to deliver the keynote address at her Dallas "Socially Savvy Social Media Seminar."  In addition, in April 2016, the Social Media Breakfast Group was addressed by Shama Hyde, who is globally known as the "Zen of Marketing." 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017     

Topic:      Talent Acquisition Corporate Style

Speaker:  Mark Andrew Zwartynski, Chairman of The Mark Andrew Group & '44 Uprising Productions. Mr. Zwartynski has spent 20 years working in the National Basketball Association with the Indiana Pacers and the Dallas MavericksDuring his tenure with the Dallas Mavericks, Mr. Zwartynski created the $180 million American Airlines Center Naming Agreement and the $7 million+ Ticketmaster Agreement.  He established the first automated sales and marketing staffs in professional and collegiate sports as well as the first Email Blast System in all sports.  Mr. Zwartynski has also produced over 2,000 sports and entertainment national broadcasts over television, radio (satellite and terrestrial) and the Internet. 

SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

Topic:      Grief & Job Loss: What is the Connection?  Using Grief Therapy to Move on to New Possibilities

Speaker:  Angela Gwinn, Director of Pastoral Care at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Plano, TX.  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. 

OCTOBER 4, 2017 

Topic:       Effective Interviewing

Speaker:  Jay Fusaro, Founder and Principal, Eureka Professional Services. A nationally-known interview coach, Mr. Fusaro provides his clients with the skills and techniques necessary to successfully conduct an efficient and effective job search.  A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Mr. Fusaro is a CPA in the State of Texas as well as a Certified SMU Business Coach.  He was Vice President of Financial Planning for Alliance Data during their successful IPO.  Mr. Fusaro has both built and led high performing teams throughout his career and has implemented internal mentoring programs.  The e-book version of Mr. Fusaro's book titled Interviewing from the Other Side of the Desk received a 2017 silver medal from the Independent Publishers Association in recognition as the "Best Adult Non-Fiction Informational Book."  Mr. Fusaro has been a guest speaker at the Texas Society of CPAs Expo Conferences in Houston, San Antonio and Arlington. 

The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping college students, career builders and those who are unemployed/underemployed to develop individual career strategies that meets at 9:00 AM most every Wednesday at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, TX. This Expert Speaker Series is free of charge and open to all people of any faith, ethnicity, age, etc.  Everyone is welcome!

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 St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry offers training in job search skills, support groups and job hunting resources.

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