Are you aware that your state of mind has an impact – positive or negative – on your ability to successfully redirect your career in a more fulfilling direction?  The St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry will be offering a new six-week Expert Speaker Series that examines emotional wellness as the key to job search success beginning with its Wednesday morning meeting on April 17 and continuing through May 22, 9:00-10:30 am, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, TX.  This Expert Speaker Series will also discuss five things participants will need to know for their job searches in 2019 along with proven tips on building trust, branded introductions, networking, and finding target companies.


Attendance at this Expert Speaker Series is free of charge.  It is also open to all people of any faith, ethnicity, age, etc.  Everyone is welcome.


The lineup for the upcoming St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry 2Q2019 Expert Speaker Series is:

APRIL 17, 2019

Topic:              Build Trust Quickly 

Speaker:         Yoram Solomon, PhD and Founder, Innovation Culture Institute, LLC.  The founder of the Innovation Culture Institute, LLC, Dr. Solomon has published nine books, 22 patents, more than 200 articles, and was one of the creators of Wi-Fi and USB 3.0.  Named one of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Dr. Solomon has also been a columnist at Inc. Magazine and Innovation Excellence Weekly.  In 2019, he was named as one of the Top Global Thought Leaders on Corporate Culture by Thinkers 360.  Dr. Solomon is an adjunct Professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem.  He was the host of the first TEDxPlano in 2014, and a speaker at the TEDxOakLawn 2018 conference.  In 2015, Dr. Solomon was elected to the Plano Independent School District Board in Plano, TX.  He brings his expertise as a shooter, serving in the IDF 35th Airborne Paratrooper brigade, and as a USAF CAP pilot.  In 2015, Dr. Solomon founded the Innovation Culture Institute with a mission of helping companies build innovation culture and trust.  Dr. Solomon’s website:



APRIL 24, 2019

Topic:              Emotional Wellness – The Key to Success

Speakers:        Dr. Lawana Gladney, Speaker, Trainer, Emotional Wellness Expert, Author, and CEO of Gladney Enterprises, LLC.  Dr. Gladney has a doctorate in Instructional Psychology and Technology that focuses on emotional wellness and the science of the mind.  This degree not only focuses on human behavior but also on how the brain processes information that will lead to change.  Dr. Gladney has spent almost two decades researching, writing, and creating behavior changing programs and products.  She has worked with many of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies and organizations.  The goal for Dr. Gladney is to help create amazing employees and companies through enrichment programs that will ensure engagement, wellness, and inclusion, while creating productivity and helping companies to elevate from good to great.  Dr. Gladney’s website:


MAY 1, 2019

Topic:              5 Things You’ll Need to Know for Your Job Search in 2019

Speaker:         Elizabeth Lions, President, LIONSOLOGY.  Ms. Lions has designed and developed leadership and career courses, webinars and even a radio show titled, Leadership Lessons from the Lioness.  Ms. Lions has been quoted in Yahoo, the Ladders, and the Dice job board.  Her words have reached as far as the front page of the Philadelphia Tribune, PBS, CBS Money Watch, Dale Carnegie, and John Tesh’s blog.  She is the author of three books:  Recession Proof Yourself; I Quit! Working for You Isn’t Working for Me; and Hear Us Roar – Unapologetic Women Leading in Corporate AmericaAll three of Ms. Lions’ books are available through and the LIONSOLOGY website. They will also be available for purchase at Ms. Lions’ presentation on Wednesday, May 1.  Ms. Lions started her career as a recruiter on the west coast, working with leading companies such as Microsoft, Wells Fargo, EBay and Intel.  Ms. Lions’ website:


MAY 8, 2019

Topic:              Branded Introductions

Speakers:        Paula Calise, Principal, Linked Executive Search.  Forbes lists Linked Executive Search in Dallas as the #1 recruiting firm in Texas and the 20th overall in its list of the US Best Recruiting Firms for 2019.  Ms. Calise specializes in filling hard to fill positions, completing over 450 searches since founding Linked Executive Search in 2008.  A frequent speaker and instructor, Ms. Calise gives presentations, workshops, and keynote addresses on the topic of personal branding for professionals.  In her May 8 presentation, Ms. Calise will explain how the concept of branded introductions evolved and why they are important.  A well-conceived professional brand introduction is the old-fashioned elevator pitch polished up to a professional level with a memorable impact.  It differentiates each individual from others.  So simple to recognize when done well, and so hard to make one’s own.  Ms. Calise will provide a three-step method and a set of frameworks that results in each May 8 participant having a professional brand introduction of their own to use, that day.  Ms. Calise earned an undergraduate degree in Human Resources from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Houston.  Ms. Calise’s website:  Ms. Calise’s LinkedIn profile:


MAY 15, 2019

Topic:              Networking: The Old-Fashioned Way

Speaker:         Jay Arbetter, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services Inc.   Mr. Arbetter frequently facilitates his “Networking the Old-Fashioned Way” workshops at the Jewish Family Service where he serves on the board of directors.  In addition, Mr. Arbetter regularly facilitates these workshops for other groups throughout the DFW Metroplex.  For more than 28 years, Mr. Arbetter has navigated his clients through the financial markets. He is passionate about financial planning, wealth transfer and wealth preservation strategies. He serves as Senior Vice President – Wealth Management for UBS Financial Services Inc. where he creates high quality growth and income portfolios for his clients.  A 1975 graduate of the University of North Texas where he earned a BBA degree in accounting, Mr. Arbetter has also earned the designations of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, the Senior Portfolio Manager, and Certified Special Needs Advisor.  Mr. Arbetter’s LinkedIn profile:


MAY 22, 2019

Topic:              Finding Target Companies

Speaker:         Walt Glass, Interview Success Coach.  Mr. Glass retired in 2012 from an information technology career that spanned more than 40 years. He spent 25 years with Electronic Data Systems in a wide variety of roles including systems engineer, financial analyst, managing leadership training and development, account manager and as a member of a special team in winning accounts greater than $1 billion. His industry experience includes financial, retail, manufacturing, and state government. Mr. Glass spent several years as a consultant developing Information Technology (IT) projects for clients and 10 years as an account relationship manager serving over 40 colleges and universities in Texas.  Currently, Mr. Glass volunteers as an Interview Success Coach. His free Interview Success Workshops are designed to help job seekers gain skills and confidence for winning hiring interviews.  He also provides speaking engagements on Distinctive Interviewing. Mr. Glass has an MBA from University of Florida and a B.S. in Math from Florida State University.  He is a Vietnam veteran and served as an officer in the U.S Army.  Mr. Glass’s LinkedIn profile:



The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping college students, career builders and those who are underemployed to develop individual career strategies that meets at 9:00 AM most every Wednesday at St. Jude Parish in Allen, TX.  Attendance at all St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry meetings 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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