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New DOL Commissioner and Updates

Saturday, September 9, 2017

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Our Guests:

John Butera
Commissioner
Maine Dept. of LaborJulie Rabinowitz

Julie Rabinowitz
Director of Policy,
Operations & Communications
Maine Dept. of Labor

John Butera was sworn in by Governor Paul R. LePage as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor on June 14, 2017.

Commissioner Butera served as Governor LePage’s Senior Economic Advisor from the time the Governor took office in January 2011 until taking office as commissioner. In that previous role, he advised the Governor on economic development and job creation issues. His policy responsibilities included economic and community development, business finance, workforce development and employment issues.

Before joining the LePage Administration, Commissioner Butera was the Executive Director of the Central Maine Growth Council for nine years. His nearly 30-year career in economic development includes positions with the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, a site location consulting firm and public-private economic development organizations.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Commissioner Butera holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Regional Science. He is a former President of the Northeast Economic Developers Association and a past member of the Economic Development Council of Maine and the International Economic Development Council.

Julie Rabinowitz holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied public policy argument, and undergraduate degrees in Communication Arts and History from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

A published author and instructor of college-level communication courses, Ms. Rabinowitz has served as both executive staff and on the boards of numerous non-profits in Maine and beyond. She’s handled internal and external communication as well as managed finances and developed and implemented strategic plans. Ms. Rabinowitz has worked at the FDR and JFK presidential libraries and currently serves as the director of communication for the Maine Department of Labor.

Digital Fast – Replay

Saturday, September 2, 2017

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Our Guest:

Jeff Stern
Media & Cultural Professor
48 Hour Digital Fast

48-Hour Digital Fast –

It wasn’t easy, but Professor Jeff Stern and his students went on a 48-hour “Digital Fast” in which they shut down all their devices and experienced a very different kind of REALITY for a weekend. Jeff will go over his experience in our May series on REALITY.

Jeff Stern is a filmmaker, professor and occasional Luddite who lives in Portsmouth, NH. He earned his MFA in film production from Boston University. His most recent film, The Morning of Everything, has played at numerous national film festivals including the Independent Film Festival Boston, Ashland Independent Film Festival, New Hampshire Film Festival and the Monadnock International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film. Jeff works at Bentley University, where he teaches filmmaking courses in the Media and Culture Program. Stern is a board member at 3S Artspace.

In 2014, Stern required his Bentley University students to go on a 48-hour “Digital Fast”, in which they shut down all digital devices (phones, laptops, TV’s, video games) for a weekend. The students (and Stern) kept a journal of the experience and it formed the basis of their final project in the class. His Digital Fast received press coverage in The Boston Globe and on WBUR. Stern is planning on challenging the city of Portsmouth to embark on a Digital Fast this summer.

You can connect with him at on twitter at https://twitter.com/JeffAStern or on his website at http://themorningofeverything.com.

Lead Your Journey

Saturday, Aug 26, 2017

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Our Guest:

Doug Packard
Author
Lead Your Journey

Douglas A. Packard (CEO/Owner)  gained over 20 years of leadership and management experience before starting his consulting practice in 2001.  He had success in a number of different positions in the information processing industry including Account Manager, District Manager, Domestic Marketing, International Product Management and Strategic Planning.  He was involved in multiple industries, worked with businesses of all sizes, and traveled extensively worldwide.

During one especially rewarding period, Doug helped develop an innovative Customer Relationship Management Process that included  cross-functional/cultural teams.  As a result of this effort, customer satisfaction levels and revenues were increased sharply and Doug became inspired by the breakthrough learning that took place in teams made up of members with diverse backgrounds.  This experience was pivotal to Doug learning that a fresh set of eyes, coming from a different perspective, can make a world of difference when trying to take a relationship, a project, a product line, or an entire business, to the next level of success.

During periods with two different Fortune 1000 companies, Doug held strategic positions in which he managed relationships with numerous outside consultants.  Through this experience Doug formed his beliefs and  values about “The way consulting should be!”

In 2001, Doug opened his practice with Renaissance Executive Forums and dedicated himself to helping top executives and business owners accelerate their success. He organizes and leads custom designed peer groups, provides individual coaching, and helps leaders increase the effectiveness of their management teams.

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Doug writes a column for Mainebiz called “Views from the top – Issues facing top leadership“.  He is a volunteer mentor and resource for MCED (Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development). He also recently participated on a CEO panel at Mainebiz‘ Maine Momentum Convention.

You can find Doug and learn more about him on LinkedIn.

Doug is headquartered in Portland, Maine with his wife Mary, three sons, and their dog Frankie. He enjoys golfing, skiing, and traveling.

Ordinary People: Extraordinary Lessons

Saturday, Aug 19, 2017

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Our Guest:

Karen Friedman
Author
Ordinary People: Extraordinary Lessons

Karen Friedman is an international communications expert who has worked with professionals on four continents. Author of the best-selling book ‘Shut Up and Say Something’ (Praeger Publishing), she heads Karen Friedman Enterprises, Inc. which has been teaching professionals how to become more compelling communicators for two decades.

Her expertise was recognized by former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton who tapped Karen to provide media and political training for women in South and Central America. Since then, her firm has worked across industries, with a specialty in life sciences and pharmaceuticals coaching executives, key opinion leaders and teaching patient advocates how to share their stories with impact.  She has prepared scores of spokespeople for FDA meetings, investor presentations, high profile media interviews, IPO’s, congressional hearings, panel discussions and leadership events.

Karen spent more than two decades as an award-winning major market television news reporter whose breaking coverage of local and national events aired on  ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, the Today Show, Good Morning America and Nightline.  Her last stop was ABC-TV Action News in Philadelphia.  Today, she continues to write as a columnist for the Philadelphia Business Journal and her articles are syndicated nationwide.

Karen is adjunct faculty at Smith College’s prestigious executive education programs for women where she teaches leadership communications.  In addition, she hosts the popular Internet TV and radio series on ReachMD which helps health care professionals improve their communication skills.  She is also the co-creator of Presenters Pal™, the first on-line interactive tool to help professionals present like pros.

smilingFrequently quoted by publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune and CNN Money, Karen is a  professional speaker who has repeatedly received top rated speaker awards. Her articles on leadership and communication techniques are regularly published in business magazines and on-line sites and her popular monthly communication video tips are viewed by thousands of subscribers.

Other published works include “Speaking of Success”, which she co-authored with several best-selling writers including Stephen R. Covey (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People), Ken Blanchard (One Minute Manager) and Jack Canfield (co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul).

Karen earned her degree at the Pennsylvania State University and furthered her studies at the University of Manchester in England. She is a member of numerous organizations including the National Speakers Association, International Association of Business Communicators, Public Relations Society of America, American Society of Training and Development and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association where she consistently receives the top rated speaker award at international leadership conferences.

Karen lives in the Philadelphia area with her family.