I’m a huge advocate of investing in your career, In my book, Navigating The Career Jungle: A Guide For Young Professionals I emphasize the importance of joining professional organizations, subscribing to industry publications, and attending conferences. Attending conferences can be costly however, the benefits can catapult your career. Networking, increasing your industry knowledge, and developing new skills are what savvy professionals do when they attend conferences. If you don’t know where to begin here’s a list of seven conferences worth checking out.
- Forté C2B Leadership Conference New York: April 10, 2015 • Atlanta: April 15, 2015
- Inc Women’s Summit New York: September 17, 2015
- Leadercast Live Atlanta: May 08, 2015
- Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit Fort Lauderdale, Fla., March 2-4, 2015
- AICPA CFO Conference Denver: May 13-15, 2015
- AMA 2015 Annual Conference: Inspired Marketing! Austin, TX September 27-29 2015
- SHRM ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPOSITION Las Vegas June 28 – July 01
If you’re looking for an industry specific conference search for professionals associations ( just google it). Let me know what conference you’re attending this year. ~ Jacqueline
Having a team to help you achieve career growth is not only a trend, it’s actually a pretty good idea. After-all, we’ve heard for years that two heads are better than one. I’ve taken some time to consider the types of people I would recruit to be on my personal board of directors (PBOD).
A STRAIGHT SHOOTER The person who doesn’t sugar coat anything. The benefit of having a straight shooter on a PBOD is because you need the raw honesty especially, when you’re in a slump. A good kick in the butt will keep you pushing toward your goals.
AN ENCOURAGER The person who encourages you, listens to you complain and then tell you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The encourager can also be referred to as the cheer leader.
A CONNECTOR The person who is a master at networking. The benefit of the connector is that they can put you in contact with just about anyone.
A Jack Of Trades The person who wears many hats can help you bootstramp your way to achieving your goals. For example, need a website they can build a basic one. If you need a furniture,they can build something basic. You get my point.
When selecting members for a your Personal Board of Directors be strategic and don’t rush to fill spots. You’ll spend a vast amount of time with these individuals, be sure that you trust them and you’re comfortable sharing all of your goals. You should also consider each person’s career path when making your decision. Good Luck and keep me posting on your success.
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