Do you feel stuck in a rut in your present job? Are you looking to find a new – and better – job that will enable you to redirect your career in a more fulfilling direction?  TheSt. Jude Career Alliance Ministry will kick off 2019 with a new six-week Expert Speaker Series at its Wednesday morning meetings January 2 through February 6, 9-10:30 am, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, TX.  This Expert Speaker Series is designed to provide a fresh look at proven career strategy insights that lead to both business and personal success.    


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 Expert Speaker Series is:

JANUARY 2, 2019

Topic:              Top 10 Mistakes a Job Seeker Makes

Speaker:         John McDorman, Managing Partner, Transition Consulting.  Transition Consulting is a firm that helps its clients move people into, out of and up through their organizations.  Since 1990, the firm has provided search support, outplacement services and professional development to a wide variety of clients. 

Sought after by both local and national media, Mr. McDorman has often been quoted in the press and featured on television.  He appeared in two major video productions from Fortune Magazine titled “Get the Job You Really Want: Proven Job Search Strategies” and “Keep Your Job! The Secrets to Being Indispensable.”  Mr. McDorman is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering and an MBA.  Please Note:  At the December 12, 2018 St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry meeting, Mr. McDorman presented the first five of the top 10 mistakes made by job seekers.  At the January 2 St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry meeting, he will present the remaining five mistakes and how to avoid them. 


JANUARY 9, 2019

Topic:              Speak with Confidence: How to Inspire and Influence Your Audience to Action

Speakers:        George Hendley, Professional Speaker & Trainer, Public Speaking Coach, Business Coach, Mastermind Group Leader, and Mentor 2 Millennials.  Mr. Hendley is the Founder and President of George Hendley Presentations (1992), a training/coaching/consulting firm, as well as the Founder and President of The Speakers Academy (2011), which is designed to help clients become clear, concise, and compelling in delivering whatever messages they want to communicate.  Both firms are based in Forney, TX.  For over 20 years, Mr. Hendley has had an active leadership role in the American Society for Training and Development.  He has authored over 150 articles on presentations skills, listening, leadership, and understanding body language as a form of communications.  He posts frequent tips and insights on his Speakers Academy Facebook and LinkedIn page that are clear, brief, and practical.  Mr. Hendley is a graduate of East Carolina University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a focus on teaching.  Mr. Hendley’s website: www.thespeakersacademy.


JANUARY 16, 2019

Topic:              Unemployed or Under-employed?  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. Mr. Morris’ website:


JANUARY 23, 2019

Topic:                 Making an Impact with Strengths

Speaker:            Brandy Schade, DFW-based Gallup Strengths Coach. As a Gallup Strengths Coach, Ms. Schade helps others to discover and pursue their passions and translate their strengths into successful careers.  Ms. Schade studied Actuarial Science and French at the University of Nebraska.  She then completed her Master’s degree in Information Systems Management at Walden University. After spending years focusing on mathematical models and process efficiencies, Ms. Schade realized that people made the world tick.  She shifted gears and turned her attention to helping others figure out what they do best and getting them into positions where they could execute their best every day. This winning philosophy has given Ms. Schade the opportunity to coach over 1,000 individuals over the past five years.  She officially received her Gallup certification in 2018 and continues to teach individuals, teams, and organizations how to optimize their talents today.  Her goal is to enable happy, productive, engaged, successful people.  When people realize and experience their full potential, they add value; when they use their unique gifts, they contribute to society by making a positive impact on the lives of others. Ms. Schade’s LinkedIn Profile:


JANUARY 30, 2019

Topic:              Getting Referrals – Who Do You Really Know?

Speaker:         Debbie Mrazek, Founder and President, The Sales Company.  Ms. Mrazek’s company helps entrepreneurs, individuals, and large corporations to better assess, understand, and engage in practical, purposeful selling.  She teaches the ways in which the tools, techniques, and talents every individual possesses can be transformed into s-a-l-e-s.  Ms. Mrazek applies this approach as a faculty member for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, a $500 million investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital, and business support services. She is also a consultant, conference facilitator and author of 13 books, including the best seller, Field Guide to Sales.  Ms. Mrazek was selected as an honoree for the Dallas Business Journal’s 2016 Women in Business Awards, which honored exemplary commitments to the North Texas Community in addition to impressive professional achievements.  Ms. Mrazek’s website:



FEBRUARY 6, 2019

Topic:              Life Lesson . . . How to Achieve Business and Personal Success      

Speaker:         Steve Zipkoff, International Business Motivation & Leadership Expert. Mr. Zipkoff is the President/CEO of Richardson-based Zipkoff Solutions, a unique, innovative management education company founded in 1992 that utilizes a “no-box” thinking approach.  Zipkoff Solutions’ mission is simple: To inspire clients to discover, cultivate and capitalize on new capabilities for delighting customers and maximizing returns.  During his more than 40 years in retail marketing, Mr. Zipkoff has included Sears, Roebuck, KFC, Burger King, and Taco Bell (Pepsico) among his clients.  Mr. Zipkoff is also an instructor at the SMU Cox Graduate School of Business where he earned the prestigious Teaching Excellence Award 31 times for his course on Delivering Customer Delight™.  Mr. Zipkoff’s website:


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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