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Speakers/Workshops

Upcoming events

    • 14-Jul-2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester 14618
    Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Our Amazing Brains

    Presenter: Suzane Choma

    In today’s world, most people are constantly trying to keep up with the dizzying array of changes coming at them.  Continuous learning is the key to surviving and thriving in an era of accelerating changes in technology, the economy, and mother nature. Every time a person learns something new, their brain changes – new neural pathways are forged and synapses created. It’s an amazing lifelong journey of neural growth and adventure. In this session, we’ll explore some of the key neurological processes involved in learning and strategies we can personally apply to learn better and stay mentally agile throughout our lives.

    Three key learnings the audience will take away from this program:

    1. Every time we learn something new, our brain changes  by forming new connections.
    2. Mental agility is enhanced through physical and psychological fitness.
    3. There are many strategies that can be used by people of all ages to stay mentally agile.

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    Suzanne Choma is a learning and performance consultant who works with client organizations to assess situations, develop performance improvement strategies, navigate change, and successfully implement solutions.  She loves to learn and help others learn so that they can reach their full potential.

    Suzanne has a broad business background with global experience in business and marketing strategy development; business process improvement; and new product commercialization. She has earned the Association for Talent Development (ATD)'s Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential, and has worked with clients ranging in size from 1 person consultancies to multinational corporations. 

    In this session, Suzanne will share what's she's learned about how we can all learn more effectively by consciously and unconsciously using our amazing brains.

    Refreshments will be available.

    Coffee Sponsorships available. Contact Michael Van der Gaag at programs@rochesterconsultants.org for more information.

    Here's a map to Brighton Town Hall.


    • 28-Jul-2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester 14618
    Writing and Living Your Personal Mission

    Presenter: Nancy Steinkamp

    When your personal mission is clear and drives the work you do, the result is a fulfilling vocation. That is why many experts including Stephen R. Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People,” have recommended writing a personal mission statement since it provides a sense of direction, a portrait of “who you are” and identifies your life purpose. However, it is not uncommon to either skip this step or jump ahead too quickly when developing a business or vocational plan. In our quest to find the “right” words, we often seal them in cement without an active process to actually live them.

    This interactive workshop will examine the relationship between personal and business mission statements using a variety of writing techniques. Whether you are writing your own personal or business mission statement or working with clients to develop theirs you will leave inspired and with resources to engage in a process that adjusts to change.

    Three Key Learnings The Audience Will Take Away From This Program.

    Three key learnings the audience will take away from this program:

    1. The difference between personal and business mission statements.
    2. How to write or update personal and business mission statements.
    3. A process for actively engaging and living your personal mission through your vocation.

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    Nancy Steinkamp is a certified journal writing instructor who has studied with the Center for Journal Therapy and the Therapeutic Writing Institute. With an extensive background in human services working with individuals and groups with diverse needs, she founded Wisdom Writing: www.wisdomwriting.org to pursue her personal mission of cultivating wisdom in the individual, the workplace and in the next generation.

    Refreshments will be available.

    Coffee Sponsorships available. Contact Michael Van der Gaag at programs@rochesterconsultants.org for more information.

    Here's a map to Brighton Town Hall.


    • 11-Aug-2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester 14618
    How to Retire While You Consult

    Presenter: Michael T. Chabalik

    ​Michael's talk will cover his own recent transition story and what he learned about himself professionally and personally, and how being fearful can effect your decision making. He will then address the concepts of either being "retired" or "quasi-retired", what the differences are and some key considerations surrounding that including how Social Security effects your income if you're not FRA (full retirement age) and the emotional aspects of continuing to "work" in some capacity. The talk will also cover various types of retirement plans for the self-employed as well as an overview of health savings accounts; including a potentially tax free way to fund one. In closing Michael will provide some insight and motivation regarding how to grow and sustain any business where you are actively seeking clients.

    Three key learnings the audience will take away from this program:

    1. The mindsets of retiring, quasi-retiring and the value of purpose.
    2. Key types of retirement plans for consultants, how to best utilize them as well as health savings accounts.
    3. Ideas for growth of your practice/business.

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    Michael is a NYC native and has been in the financial services industry for over 14 years. He currently runs a 3 person wealth advisory team at UBS in Rochester and is entrusted with over $100 million of client assets. Michael is a professional speaker and is a regularly featured speaker at Rochester Works as well as several local networking groups and colleges. He lives in Perinton with his wife Amy, their 5 year old twins Michael and Madeline, and their labs Dutchess and Maximus.

    Refreshments will be available.

    Coffee Sponsorships are available. Contact Michael Van der Gaag at programs@rochesterconsultants.org  for more information.

    Here's a map to Brighton Town Hall.


    • 25-Aug-2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Ave., Rochester 14618
    Play and Change ~ Using Play as a Tool for Change

    Presenter: Mary Clark

    Learn how play can help you thrive when change occurs in your personal or professional life in this interactive workshop. Participants will consider a change they would like to make, look back on some playful moments they’ve had as adults or children and develop their own recipe for play. I will also share a few of the lessons I’ve learned as a play practitioner and facilitator.

    Why Play? Play is a basic human need, something adults sometimes put on the back burner. It can help us make changes with more ease. It affords us the opportunity to feel safe, engage creatively and focus our attention in healthy ways - sometimes even when we are in uncomfortable situations. Play, as a tool for change, broadens perspective and gives rise to new opportunities, and connections.

    The purpose of this workshop is to give participants an opportunity to reflect on and consider using play literally as a tool to embrace and/or effect change in their lives. Play is a tool that doesn’t have to be downloaded or recharged - it’s ready in your back pocket whenever you choose to use it.

    Workshop participants will have an opportunity to leave with the following take-a-ways:

    Three key learnings the audience will take away from this program:

    1. Play can be used, as a tool, to support personal or professional life changes.
    2. A personal recipe for play that can be developed and used when change knocks at their door.
    3. An understanding of what a play practice is, how to develop one, and a key question, “How can I play with this?

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    Mary Clark is a writer, story and play facilitator, and an oral storyteller working in the field of personal leadership, creativity and change. In 1999 she was unexpectedly offered an invitation to play and tell stories by an imaginary 150-pound beagle - little did she know that both play and story would be an integral part of the equation of her future work. She accepted these invitations and began working primarily as a teaching artist. Mary is now taking her work to new audiences - educators and life long learners, organizations, and writers and creatives - one story, one conversation, one playful moment at a time.

    Refreshments will be available.

    Coffee Sponsorships available. Contact Michael Van der Gaag at mvan@beyondtheinterface.com for more information.

    Here's a map to Brighton Town Hall.


    • 22-Sep-2017
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • To be determined
    The three cures for the 800 pound phone syndrome

    Presenter: Lawrence R. Berger

    In business, we have to make calls to contact clients, get financing, deal with vendors,  etc.  Some folks find it hard to make those important calls. In RPCN, we've come to refer to this as "The 800/1000 pound phone syndrome." It comes up month after month as a question in the business forum.

    Of my thirty year sales career, twenty two have been spent selling over the phone and I've come up with three "Cures"  that can help you making those tough calls. Bottom line: if I can show you how to spend less time having problems and more time getting profits, would you come to the presentation?

    Three Key Learnings The Audience Will Take Away From This Program.

    Three key learnings the audience will take away from this program:

    1. The three cures.
    2. The meaning of S&D and CPR,                                    (NOT what you might think)!
    3. Interactive tips to make making calls easier.

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    Lawrence Berger spent 25 of his 30 years in sales using telesales methods. He is an author with ten books to his credit and has written chapters on the 800 pound phone syndrome.


    Refreshments will be available.

    Coffee Sponsorships available. Contact Michael Van der Gaag at mvan@beyondtheinterface.com for more information.



Past events

23-Jun-2017 Find More Hours in Your Day
09-Jun-2017 Minute to Win It
31-May-2017 Google Your Business
26-May-2017 Leverage LinkedIn for your business success.
12-May-2017 The Millennial Connection
28-Apr-2017 Eight Steps to Solving All of Your Marketing Struggles
26-Apr-2017 "Absolutely Abby" to speak to RPCN on April 26
14-Apr-2017 Navigating Complexity
24-Mar-2017 Fall In Love with Sales & Make More Money Consistently
10-Mar-2017 Leadership Lessons from Half Court - Note Location!
24-Feb-2017 Google Your Business - POPSTPONED! Nick Francesco instead
10-Feb-2017 Navigating Complexity
27-Jan-2017 Branding: Attract Clients and Stand Out
13-Jan-2017 All Aboard the Innovation Ecosystem
09-Dec-2016 How to Find and Get Grants for Businesses and Nonprofits
11-Nov-2016 Time is money: Optimize your sales technique.
28-Oct-2016 Keep all your hats in order: Get Organized!
14-Oct-2016 Gaining Trust Through The Art Of Listening
23-Sep-2016 Google: Get Your Business Online
09-Sep-2016 Google: Office Tools, Drive, And Chromebooks
26-Aug-2016 Using The Library As A Resource To Prospect For Clients
12-Aug-2016 Smart Prospecting – Lead Generation
22-Jul-2016 Launching a consulting practice (or any small business)
08-Jul-2016 Writing for Fulfillment: The Story Within™
24-Jun-2016 Advantages And Applications Of Design Thinking
10-Jun-2016 Write That Blog!
27-May-2016 Smart Sales Strategies
13-May-2016 Blueprint for Financial Success
10-May-2016 Absolutely Abby
22-Apr-2016 Blogging to Grow Your Business
08-Apr-2016 How To Promote Your Services Without Breaking Your Bank
11-Mar-2016 LinkedIn: How to Make It Work for You
26-Feb-2016 Members Showcase Panel Discussion
25-Feb-2016 Economic Development TrendTalk Dinner
12-Feb-2016 Navigating The Financial Roadblocks For Consultants
22-Jan-2016 2016 Tax Update Seminar
08-Jan-2016 New Year Kickoff
11-Dec-2015 So Ya Wanna Consult
13-Nov-2015 Concepts Of Building A Conscious Business & Organization
23-Oct-2015 Health Insurance 2016 Open enrollment: What small businesses need to know
09-Oct-2015 A Taste of Emotional Intelligence AT WORK
25-Sep-2015 Key Do’s and Don’t’s for Patenting Inventions
11-Sep-2015 The Art and Science of Marketing Success
28-Aug-2015 Incubators and Consultants
14-Aug-2015 Estate Planning for Small Business
24-Jul-2015 Three Keys To Position & Sell 5-Figure Contracts
10-Jul-2015 3 Common Myths Consultants Buy Into That Keeps Them Stuck
26-Jun-2015 Running Effective Meetings
12-Jun-2015 Health Insurance Options Available Through the Individual and Small Group Marketplace
22-May-2015 Cyber Security: Critical IT Security Protections Every Business Must Have
08-May-2015 Everything you always wanted to know about intellectual property but were afraid to ask
24-Apr-2015 Enlightened Leadership: The Rising Spirit Of Leadership
10-Apr-2015 Writing a Winning Project Proposal
27-Mar-2015 How to Speak to Grow Your Business
13-Mar-2015 An Introduction to Bitcoin
27-Feb-2015 Refining Your Business Etiquette
13-Feb-2015 The Domain Name System - What It Is and How It Works
23-Jan-2015 Living Authentically: A Business Strategy
09-Jan-2015 Annual Tax Update Seminar
12-Dec-2014 Great Consulting Service, But Who Needs It?
14-Nov-2014 Sales Sucks and What to Do about It
24-Oct-2014 Close The Expert-Novice Chasm To Achieve Positive Outcomes
10-Oct-2014 Improving Profits Through Top-Notch Listening
26-Sep-2014 Transforming Kodak Alaris: A customer-driven approach
12-Sep-2014 Helping Your Clients Understand Theirs
22-Aug-2014 Networking for Introverts
08-Aug-2014 Why and How to Blog
25-Jul-2014 The Skype VOIP Program and How to Use It
24-Jul-2014 Exposing the Hidden Consulting Market
11-Jul-2014 Strategic Foresight: Equipping you for competitive advantage in the now & future
27-Jun-2014 Hit the ground running - Starting a new sales effort.
13-Jun-2014 Franchising as a Business: A practical overview of the pitfalls and advantages
23-May-2014 Microsoft in the Cloud
15-May-2014 TrendTalk: Challenges and Opportunities in Rochester’s Human Services Sector
09-May-2014 Is your Product or Service What Customers Want?
25-Apr-2014 How to Effectively Use Google AdWords
11-Apr-2014 Technology for Consultants: An Overview
28-Mar-2014 The State of the Economy: Current Economic Trends
14-Mar-2014 Improvise your way to successful collaboration -- LOCATION CHANGE
28-Feb-2014 Beautiful Questions to Guide a Consultants Career
14-Feb-2014 The Greater Rochester Region - Poised for Greatness!
24-Jan-2014 Practical Application of Web Technologies for Consultants
10-Jan-2014 Annual Tax Update
13-Dec-2013 Caring for Clients and the Power of Presence
22-Nov-2013 Using newsletters to tell your story
08-Nov-2013 Best Year of your Life - How to Set and Achieve Goals for 2014
25-Oct-2013 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Small Businesses
16-Oct-2013 TrendTalk: Challenges and Opportunities in the Rochester High-Tech Sector
11-Oct-2013 Fraud Busting: Prevention and Detection for your Business
27-Sep-2013 RPCN Survey Results
13-Sep-2013 How Consultants Make Money (Note: Extended Program)
23-Aug-2013 Beyond IRA’s: Retirement Plan Options for Consultants
09-Aug-2013 Genesee County: Regional Opportunities
26-Jul-2013 Patenting Under the America Invents Act (AIA)
12-Jul-2013 Getting the most out of your trade show experience
28-Jun-2013 Pinterest for Business
14-Jun-2013 Demystifying Client Attraction
31-May-2013 OACES Program: Influential Leadership
24-May-2013 OACES Program: Telling Your Organization's Story
24-May-2013 How to Use Your Blog to Build Your Business
17-May-2013 Making Decisions Based on Facts - Excel Business Model
10-May-2013 OACES Program: Team Building - It's More Than a Job!
10-May-2013 Communication using Google
03-May-2013 OACES Program: Grants Workshop: How to Find and Get Grants
26-Apr-2013 OACES Program: Engaging Community Partners
26-Apr-2013 Eastman Business Park
19-Apr-2013 OACES Program: Understanding E-body (Online) Language -- CANCELLED
12-Apr-2013 Generating Evidence-Based Outcomes
29-Mar-2013 No Meeting
22-Mar-2013 7 Steps to Marketing Success
08-Mar-2013 Sandy Parker
22-Feb-2013 Data Visualization
08-Feb-2013 Perspectives on Retiring in Time: for yourself, your clients, your family, your legacy
25-Jan-2013 Google Analytics
11-Jan-2013 The Alliance Consultancy Business Model
14-Dec-2012 Tax Update for 2012
30-Nov-2012 How to Keep Your Computer from Catching a Cold or Flu
09-Nov-2012 Communicating Your Value
26-Oct-2012 Communication 101
12-Oct-2012 Business Success - It's All In Your Head!!
28-Sep-2012 What is Six Sigma? -- Location Change --
14-Sep-2012 Inbound Marketing--Location Change
31-Aug-2012 Get R.E.A.L: Unleashing Your Passion with PRsonality--Location Change
24-Aug-2012 Market Research at the Central Library---Location Change
10-Aug-2012 Business Solutions Forums
03-Aug-2012 RPCN Leadership Retreat
27-Jul-2012 Excel for Business Applications
13-Jul-2012 Pinterest --What Is It?
29-Jun-2012 Cloud Computing--What's in It for You?
22-Jun-2012 Leading With Your Strengths
22-Jun-2012 Advanced Excel Workshop
08-Jun-2012 Cultivate Influence
07-Jun-2012 Career Initiative for 16-24 year olds
25-May-2012 The America Invents Act – How It Alters Your Ability to Patent Your Invention
11-May-2012 Effective Problem Solving
27-Apr-2012 OACES/RPCN Literacy Zone – Professional Development Workshops - Organizing
27-Apr-2012 How to Write a Business Plan
13-Apr-2012 Getting Yourself into Print
30-Mar-2012 Customer 3D: A New Dimension
23-Mar-2012 Take Back Your Life: Using Microsoft Outlook to increase Your Productivity
09-Mar-2012 LinkedIn and Twitter Workshop
24-Feb-2012 Consultant as Leader
10-Feb-2012 Excel Workshop
27-Jan-2012 Quickbooks Workshop
13-Jan-2012 Tax Presentation
30-Dec-2011 No Meeting -- Fifth Friday
23-Dec-2011 No Meeting -- Holiday Week
09-Dec-2011 Create a Sizzling Brand
25-Nov-2011 No Meeting -- Thanksgiving Holiday
11-Nov-2011 How Usable Is Your Web Site?
28-Oct-2011 Impression Management, Skill Lab
14-Oct-2011 Impression Management, Using Your First 3 Seconds to Create a Lasting Impression
23-Sep-2011 The Truth About Grants
09-Sep-2011 2011 RPCN Strategy Session --Location Change
26-Aug-2011 Accountability Groups & RPCN Consultants Incubator
12-Aug-2011 RPCN Incubator: Mentoring
22-Jul-2011 Advanced Mail Merge Workshop--Special Location
08-Jul-2011 RIT "Venture Creations" Business Incubator & RPCN Consulants Incubator
24-Jun-2011 Mail Merge Workshop--Location Change
10-Jun-2011 Messaging That Works!
27-May-2011 WORD Styles Workshop
13-May-2011 Panel Discussion: Networking Techniques
29-Apr-2011 Small Business Expo
22-Apr-2011 Skype II Workshop--Location & Time Change
25-Mar-2011 Profile Marketing and SEO 101
11-Mar-2011 Marketing and Consulting to Non-Profits
25-Feb-2011 Microsoft Office Workshop
11-Feb-2011 Getting the Respect You Deserve, Without Self-Sabotage
28-Jan-2011 Skype Workshop
14-Jan-2011 Annual Tax Update
31-Dec-2010 No Meeting--New Year's Eve
24-Dec-2010 No Meeting--Holiday Week
10-Dec-2010 Marketing in the 21st Century
26-Nov-2010 No Meeting--Thanksgiving Holiday
17-Nov-2010 Social Networking Forum Canceled
12-Nov-2010 Harvesting Your Marketing Efforts--Replacement Event
29-Oct-2010 RPCN Strategy Session II
22-Oct-2010 Windows 7 Workshop -- Special Time & Location
15-Oct-2010 Business Forum -- Location Change
24-Sep-2010 Financial Workshop
15-Sep-2010 Writing Your Business Plan
10-Sep-2010 Take Advantage of the RPCN Web Site
27-Aug-2010 Market Research & Competitive Analysis Workshop
19-Aug-2010 Strategy Workshop
09-Jul-2010 Technology: Tools For Business - Part 2
25-Jun-2010 Excel Workshop
25-Jun-2010 LinkedIn Workshop
11-Jun-2010 Technology: Tools For Business
28-May-2010 Google Collaboration Tools
14-May-2010 Building Trust
30-Apr-2010 Introduction to the New RPCN Website
23-Apr-2010 Facebook for Business Workshop
09-Apr-2010 Branding
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