Leadership Institute Events

Maryvale Alumnae Career Seminar Series:

If your New Year’s Resolution is to get ahead professionally or make a career switch, then we have the event for you! Maryvale is thrilled to announce the launch of a Career Seminar Series through the signature Leadership Institute

Created specifically for Maryvale alumnae, the complimentary Career Seminar Series consists of two different programs to meet a wide range of your career needs:

Building Your Career Foundation 

  • Part One: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Rodriguez Center @ Maryvale*
  • Part Two: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Rodriguez Center @ Maryvale*
  • Part Three: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Rodriguez Center @ Maryvale*

Making the Most of Career Transitions

  • Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Rodriguez Center @ Maryvale*

Both programs will be led by Denise Cortis, a renowned human resources consultant and former human resources business partner manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation. Before moving to Northrop Grumman Corporation, Denise served as the chief human resources officer for DLA Piper LLP. She has more than 35 years of experience in career coaching for professionals and executives. 

1. Building Your Career Foundation - REGISTER HERE

Manage your career using techniques provided in the Maryvale Alumnae Career Seminars. The first offering will be a three-part series, “Building Your Career Foundation." Participation in all three seminars is encouraged, and participants are urged to bring questions in order to enable meaningful discussion to compliment materials and information presented. 

Part One: Your Brand and Profiles

  • Identify and align your career profiles. 
  • Refresh your brand with professional strengths, accomplishments and brand by leveraging your “defining moments.”
  • Capture your strengths, accomplishments and brand on your profiles (in writing) using “STAR” statements.
  • Refine accomplishment statements with measurable elements and know your numbers, i.e., organization size, costs and budgets, schedule, quality, customer expectations, etc.

Part Two: Talking About YOU

  • Prepare "get-acquainted" and "accomplishment statements and practice using a conversational style.
  • Use websites, annual reports, news releases and news reports to gather current information and data so you can link your strengths to the organization needs. 
  • Talk about you in many forums, i.e., interviews, business meetings, business lunches and dinners, while networking with colleagues.
  • Express WHY you do WHAT you do – use this to differentiate you from others.
  • Fielding interview questions using "STAR" statements.
  • Practice interviews with feedback.
  • Demonstrate your organization/business knowledge with meaningful questions to open a networking conversation or use as a talking point during an interview. 

Part Three: Job Offers and Compensation

  • Respond to job offers with appropriate timing and method of correspondence
  • Understand a job offer by clarifying what job and manager, direct and variable compensation, benefits, office space, travel required, schedule and start date are being offered.
  • Negotiate compensation, schedule, computer equipment and start date you need and understand limits of offers.
  • Assess multiple offers.
  • Accept an offer and give resignation notice at a current job.
  • Ask for future assignments and associated compensation, schedule and expectations with career growth.

2. Making the Most of Career Transitions - REGISTER HERE

Whether you landed a new assignment and want to do your best, you are planning to make a job change or you are returning to the job market, the Maryvale Career Seminar, “Making the Most of Career Transitions,” will help you develop your personal plan with proven techniques and participant Q&A. Participants are urged to come to this one-night event with questions in order to enable meaningful discussion to compliment materials and information presented.

Areas covered include:

  1. Bringing your brand to the new job

    • Articulate what differentiates you from others in a compelling way: a) why you do what you do; b) know your “defining moments” and update them with each transition; c) align your brand with the new organization.
    • Update and manage career profiles that are in the public eye. 
    • Match your talents and strengths to an organization while adapting to the organization culture. 
  2. Learning your new organization 

    • Customize a checklist of who’s who and what they do, e.g. executives, thought leaders, internal and external business partners, co-workers, etc.
    • Learn the business and stay current by using organization charts, industry publications, websites, annual report, news releases and news reports, attending staff meetings, and listening to your team and business partners, etc. 
    • Offer ideas and avoid critical statements to managers, peers and business partners.
  3. Learning what's expected of you by your new boss, business partners and team

    • Organize expectations and goals by using the “four box model” of Start, Turn-around, Sustain and Realign.
    • Set performance goals with your manager and deliver on commitments.
    • Acknowledge that performance is evaluated on what you do and how you do it.
    • Learn the stated and unstated culture and know how you need to adapt and where to leverage your talents.
    • Accept straight talk and demonstrate resiliency.
  4. Building a network of peers, mentors and champions both internally and externally

    • Differentiate mentors and champions (confide in mentors; listen to champions). 
    • Communicate your brand; adapt to new requirements; accept straight talk and demonstrate resiliency.
    • Networking techniques including opening a conversation, finding a common mission, gathering contact information and following up.
  5. Maintaining a mindset of lifelong career progress 

    • Monitor your performance, image and exposure (PIE) and refresh your image and brand as you progress.
    • Exposure to broader products, customers, teams, etc. today may lead to an assignment later (internal and external; paid and volunteer); assess compensation, schedule and expectations with career growth aspirations.
    • Build confidence asking for and accepting future assignments. 
    • Mentor others when you reach 10 years of experience in an industry or field. Mentoring newcomers will help you understand the next generation of colleagues and help them learn the field/organization. 

Enter Maryvale from Falls Road. When the driveway splits, go to your left. There is ample parking in front of the Rodriguez Center. Enter the main door, which is marked with a red awning.

*Inclement weather dates for Building Your Career Foundation are Feb. 14 and Feb. 28. The inclement weather date for Making the Most of Career Transitions is March 14. Please refer to the main calendar for scheduling updates. 

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