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Gary Spinell, local motivational speaker and business executive, will be the expert speaker at the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry meeting on Wednesday, October 22.  Mr. Spinell's October 22 presentation will examine why the unemployed have needed skills as well as the real value behind being proficient in basic job search fundamentals.

Mr. Spinell has spent over 25 years examining why some people achieve success consistently while other often struggle.  Mr. Spinell's approach to success is understanding the impact human behavior has on results. "Our beliefs, thoughts, actions and words are the main drivers in achieving our goals," said Mr. Spinell.

An internationally sought-after speaker, Mr. Spinell has been a guest on over 50 radio shows in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.  He enjoys working with groups that are in-transition, individuals who are looking for personal growth as well as corporations looking for a new perspective to succeed in today's competitive environment.

Mr. Spinell has a unique and different perspective from his years in the corporate world combined with his understanding of the nuances of human behavior that attract and generate success and happiness.  He is the author of two self-help books:

  • It Was YOU, All Along; and
  • Beyond Intent: Crossing the Threshold to Your Dreams

Mr. Spinell has also developed a job search program titled 40 Unique and Powerful Keys to Land Your Next Job Now!  This program is available in audio; interested parties can either listen to it or read it on their computer/iPad, etc.

In addition to being a writer and a motivational speaker, Mr. Spinell has over 25 years of extensive experience in the business world that includes roles such as Vice President at Blockbuster, Vice President/Treasurer at Hotels.com and Expedia, and Senior Vice President/Finance at Mannatech.  Mr. Spinell's responsibilities have included Finance, Treasury, Investor Relations, Public Relations and Human Resources.  He holds Master of Business Administration degrees in finance and marketing from Babson College in Babson Park, Massachusetts.

The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping hob seekers that meets from 09:00 to 10:30 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 closest to the three flag poles.

In addition to speakers and presentations at Wednesday morning meetings and Saturday morning seminars, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry offers training in job search skills, support groups and job hunting resources.

For more information, visit www.CareerAlliance.StJudeParish.com or email jbick@stjudeparish.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cindy Baccus, Dallas-based social media consultant, will be the expert speaker at the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry meeting on Wed., Oct. 15.  Ms. Baccus's October 15 presentation will provide insider tops for using LinkedIn for a positive career change.  These tips include:

  • Finding a job using LinkedIn;
  • Using LinkedIn recommendations as  great work references;
  • Creating a positive professional profile online; and
  • Achieving LinkedIn network success

For the past 21 years, Ms. Baccus has been dedicated to sales and marketing with a special focus on social media marketing.  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.  She has successfully trained more than 5,000 people in positions of Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, entrepreneurs, upper level managers and more.

The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping job seekers that meets from 09:00 to 10:30 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 closest to the three flag poles.

In addition to speakers and presentations at Wednesday morning meetings and Saturday morning seminars, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry offers training in job search skills, support groups and job hunting resources.

For more information, visit www.CareerAlliance.StJudeParish.com or email jbick@stjudeparish.com.

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Terri Martinez, Owner, Etiquette North Dallas, will be the expert speaker at the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry meeting on Wednesday morning, October 8.  Ms. Martinez's October 8 presentation will provide guidelines on professional image & interview techniques.

Utilizing over 20 years of training and customer service experience in various service-related industries, Ms. Martinez knows the importance of understanding the basics for social situations in personal and professional settings.  After receiving her degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University, Ms. Martinez enjoyed a successful human resources and training career. 

As a certified professional in human resources, Ms. Martinez saw the need for etiquette coaching in the corporate segment.  "Etiquette coaching is definitely beneficial for the individual," Ms. Martinez said.  "Proper training of this type also helps increase value and loyalty to the companies that provide such coaching for their associates."  Etiquette North Dallas classes can be customized to fit the needs of any organization.

Ms. Martinez is also certified by The Manners Partnership, which consists of a premiere group of manners instructors specifically selected for their ability to always rise to the occasion. "Members of The Manners Partnership are considered to be the crème de la crème of the manners industry.  We are a selected group of professional individuals trained and certified to provide national manners and etiquette training programs to individuals of all ages," Ms. Martinez concluded.

The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping job seekers that meets from 09:00 to 10:30 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 closest to the three flag poles.

In addition to speakers and presentations at Wednesday morning meetings and Saturday morning seminars, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry offers training in job search skills, support group and job hunting resources.

For more information, visit www.CareerAlliance.StJudeParish.com or email jbick@stjudeparish.com.

 

 

  

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Janice Almeida, Senior New Hire Development Specialist, will be the expert speaker at the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry Wednesday morning meeting on October 1.  Ms. Almeida's October 1 presentation will examine the significance of listening & interview skills.

In her role as Senior New Hire Development Specialist, Ms. Almeida supports the assimilation and development needs for the Ricoh sales job family through the delivery, coordination and execution of new hire sales training programs.  Ms. Almeida works with the Ricoh field sales development team as well as with the regional and area management to execute a new hire learning and development plan that supports the achievement of Ricoh business objectives and leverages the learning opportunities available through Ricoh Americas Corporation.

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Ms. Almeida has spent all of her post college years in the office automation industry.  In 1987, she joined IKON Office Solutions as an aftermarket manager and worked her way up to becoming a major account sales manager.  In 2007, Ms. Almeida moved to the IKON sales training organization.  When IKON Office Solutions was purchased by Ricoh Americas Corporation in 2008, she joined the New Hire Development team to help meet the needs of new hires across the country.  Ricoh Americas Corporation is owned by Ricoh Company, Ltd., a Japanese multinational imaging and electronics company. 

If asked what value she brings to the table, Ms. Almeida's answer will be "Passion for the new hire."  She believes that by sharing her real life experiences, she is able to bring the best potential forward in every person with whom she has the opportunity to impact, directly r indirectly.  "My goal is to create the vision for a rep of what every manager wishes they had on their team, then challenge them to achieve that vision," Ms. Almeida said.   

The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping job seekers that meets from 09:00 to 10:30 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 closest to the three flag poles.

In addition to speakers and presentations at Wednesday morning meetings and Saturday morning seminars, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry offers training in job search skills, support groups and job hunting resources.

For more information, visit www.CareerAlliance.StJudeParish.com or email jbick@stjudeparish.com.

 

   

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Marta Gomez Frey, Director, Collin Small Business Development Center (Collin SBDC), will be the expert speaker at the September 24, Wednesday morning meeting of the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry in Allen, TX.  Mr. Frey's September 24 presentation will provide guidelines for being one's own boss.

 

The Collin SBDC in Plano, TX is a grant-funded program that provides free consulting and training to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Collin and Rockwall counties.  Funding is provide by the U.S. Small Business Administration, State of Texas and Collin College. 

 

As Collin SBDC Director, Mr. Frey leads a team of consultants in the execution of a $400,000 grant program.  She and her team help create and implement programs designed to increase economic impact within the Collin and Rockwall county business communities.  These management consulting programs include financial analysis, marketing strategy assessment, business development, and capitol expansion planning.

 

A graduate of Texas A&M, Ms. Frey began her small business development and management consulting career with Hector Gomez Engineers, Inc., her family's engineering design firm.  Ms. Frey's work with the family business led her to volunteer with various small business and minority business organizations.  These experiences brought her to the Collin SBDC, where she started as a part-time consultant in 2000.  In 2002, Ms. Frey joined Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business as assistant director of the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, continuing her role of consulting new and growing businesses in North Texas.  While at SMU, Ms. Frey also developed and enhanced education and recognition programs dedicated to small business owners.  She returned to the Collin SBDC in 2006 as interim director and she was named director in 2007.

 

The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping job seekers that meets from 09:00-10:30 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 closest to the three flag poles.

 

In addition to speakers and presentations at Wednesday morning meetings and Saturday morning seminars, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry offers training in job search skills, support groups and job hunting resources. 

 

For more information, visit www.CareerAlliance.StJudeParish.com or email jbick@stjudeparish.com.

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Dan Bowman, Executive Director/CEO of the Allen Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), will be the expert speaker at the Wednesday morning meeting of the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry on September 17.  The Allen native's September 17 presentation will focus on company recruiting. 

During his 10 years with the AEDC, Mr. Bowman's achievements have included the recruitment of Cisco Systems to build a $500 million data center, recruitment of KONE Elevators and Escalators to invest $26 million and employ 125 engineers, and facilitating a land sale and incentive package to support the development of Allen's first Class A office building.  Mr. Bowman has also assisted in the recruitment of key retail developments, including the Allen Cabela's store, Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, and the 6,500-seat Allen Event Center.

Mr. Bowman is an Allen native and a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio.  He is also a graduate of Leadership Allen Class XVII and an ex officio member of the Leadership Allen Steering Committee through the Allen Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Bowman is a Past President and current member of the Allen Kiwanis Club.  He received his MBA Degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and completed training through the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.  In March 2013, Development Counsellors International honored Mr. Bowman as a winner of its 40 under 40 awards, the first-ever competition to identify the economic development profession's rising stars.

The AEDC is a Nonprofit Corporation that works on behalf of the City of Allen to recruit businesses and jobs to Allen, Texas. The AEDC uses creative marketing and competitive incentive to promote Allen to the business community and build on Allen's already stellar reputation.  With a multi-million dollar budget and access to a variety of tax, training and infrastructure incentives, the AEDC is a one-stop-shop for major corporate locations.

The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping job seekers that meets from 11:30 AM to 1 PM 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 closest to the three flag poles.

In addition to speakers and presentations at Wednesday morning meetings and Saturday morning seminars, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry offers training in job search skills, support groups and job hunting resources. 

For more information, visit www.CareerAlliance.StJudeParish.com or email jbick@stjudeparish.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

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The St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry in Allen, TX will be offering a career management seminar on Saturday morning, September 13.  The guest speaker at this Saturday morning seminar will be Dallas-based executive recruiter Elizabeth Lions.  Ms. Lions' presentation is designed to help participants understand that landing a new job is not enough: they need to consider the life-cycle of their career, whether they are 25 or 55 years old.

 

In her September 13 presentation, Ms. Lions will cover every aspect of career management including marketing oneself, choosing the right job and negotiating the next salary.  Ms. Lions will also stress that job seekers need to recognize that searching for and landing a new job involves a maze of crucial career decisions. 

 

Ms. Lions is president of Elizabeth Lions Consulting, LLC.  Her client list includes leaders of Intel, eBay, Microsoft, Wells Fargo and Fiserv.  Ms. Lions also has her own radio show titled "Leadership Lessons from the Lioness" on Plaid for Women.  She is the author of two books:  (1) Recession-Proof Yourself (2009); and (2) I Quit, Why Working for You Isn't Working for Me (2012). 

 

The September 13 St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry Saturday Morning Seminar will be held from 9 to 11:00 AM at St. Jude Parish in Allen, TX.  This seminar is open to everyone and there is no charge.  Participants should bring a note pad and pen.  

 

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 closest to the three flag poles.

 

In addition to speakers and presentations at weekly Wednesday morning meetings and Saturday morning seminars, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry offers training in job search skills, support groups and job hunting resources.

 

For more information, visit www.CareerAlliance.StJudeParish.com or email jbick@stjudeparish.com.

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The St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry in Allen, TX today announced that Steve ("Zip") Zipkoff, internationally recognized business motivation & leadership expert, will be the special guest speaker at its Wednesday morning meeting on September 10.  Mr. Zipkoff's September 10 presentation will focus on business & personal success.

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 its 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's accomplishments have included:

  • Creation of the Sears DieHard battery national marketing introduction;
  • Development of the "We Do Chicken Right" national strategy for KFC Corporation;
  • Establishment of the "Value Menu" for Taco Bell;
  • Sustainment of two years of monthly same store positive sales comps as the Chief Marketing Officer at la Madeleine Bakery & Café;
  • Spearheading the introduction of the "Battle of the Burgers" competitive strategy for Burger King; and
  • Leadership of an Internet company (One-and-Only.com) to increased revenue and sustained profitability that led to an outright company purchase for over $40 million.

Mr. Zipkoff is also an instructor at the SMU Cox Graduate School of Business where he earned the prestigious Teaching Excellence Award 26 times for his course on "Delivering Customer Delight(TM)."

The St. Jude Career Alliance is a ministry helping job seekers that meets from 11:30 AM to 1 PM 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 closest to the three flag poles.

In addition to speakers and presentations at Wednesday morning meetings and Saturday morning seminars, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry offers training in job search skills, support groups and job hunting resources.

For more information, visit www.CareerAlliance.StJudeParish.com or email jbick@stjudeparish.com.

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The St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry in Allen has announced that - beginning at its weekly Wednesday morning meeting on August 6 - it will repeat its "fast track" curriculum for the seven-step series based on the Crossroads Career(R) Network Program which is a nationwide Christian-based job-search process.  The new format consolidates the seven-step series into four three-hour sessions to speed up job search success.  The St Jude Career Alliance Ministry Crossroads Career "fast track" program is open to all job seekers.  Participants will be required to purchase a Crossroads Career workbook for $5; this workbook normally retails for $18.

"We have been assisting job seekers via the Crossroads Career seven-step series since November 2010.  After carefully analyzing our success history, we realized that the participants who landed new jobs were the ones who followed the seven-step curriculum workbook closely," said Jack Bick, St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry volunteer coordinator.  "Consequently, we have made two noteworthy changes: (1) the time required to complete the seven-step series has been shortened to help ensure all participants are ready sooner to aggressively look for new jobs with successful results; and (2) the overall curriculum now has a proactive 'hands-on' approach that requires all participants to complete the workbook assignments."

The repeat of the four-week Crossroads Career "fast track" curriculum will be presented at St. Jude Parish in Allen on four successive Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, beginning on August 6 and ending on August 27.  The seven steps and their corresponding topics to be discussed during each of the four three-hour sessions will be:

WEEK 1 (Wednesday, August 6)

Step 1-----Upward - Hear  Follow God's Calling

Step 2-----Attitude - Reach Forward

WEEK 2 (Wednesday, August 13)

Step 3-----Aptitude - Discover Your Best

WEEK 3 (Wednesday, August 20)

Step 4-----Altitude - Target Opportunities

Step 5-----Searching - Seek to Serve

WEEK 4 (Wednesday, August 27)

Step 6-----Sorting - WOW Interviews

Step 7-----Selecting- Walk in Good Works

Each weekly session will include homework assignments, individual weekly progress reviews and networking as well as one-on-one opportunities to consult with speakers and leaders.  In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in the Christ Centered Career Group peer meetings which follow the regular Wednesday weekly meetings.  Participants are welcome to bring snacks or a sack lunch.  "The St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry's new Crossroads Career 'fast track' curriculum is a two-way partnership that provides the tools to enable participants to have a successful job search," concluded Mr. Bick.   To date, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry has helped approximately 200 participants land new jobs.

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 closest to the three flag poles.

In addition to speakers and presentations at weekly Wednesday morning meetings and Saturday morning seminars, the St. Jude Career Alliance Ministry offers training in job search skills, support groups and job hunting resources.

For more information, visit www.CareerAlliance.StJude Parish.com or email jbick@stjudeparish.com.