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May 25 – Replay
Ken Lizotte
Consulting Group

What Would Henry Do?

Jun 1
Joe Hart
Dale Carnegie Training
Beyond Technology:
Preparing People for AI

Jun 22
Cathy Riley and
Barbara Applebee

Berry Dunn
Wealth Management

Retirement Issues

Jun 29
Michelle Anderson
Junior Achievement
Financial Education
John Bishop
Hire To Compete
How to NotHire a Turkey



Challenges Women Face at Work

Saturday, September 30, 2017 @10am

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Our Guest:

Melisza Campos
Carnegie Master & VP Operations/Instruction

Dale Carnegie NY

Women in Leadership –

Melisza Campos is the Vice President of Operations and Instruction for the Dale Carnegie Rochester office. She is a multi-course certified Dale Carnegie Master. There are only 25 trainers that have reached this level of distinction. She has been ranked in the Top 10 trainers in the US and the team is always in the top 20% for quality worldwide. Her two main clients are top companies are ranked as top companies to work for in the US. In Melisza’s current position, she is focused on training, innovating solutions for organizations to engage their workforce, training & assessing potential Dale Carnegie Trainers and operational management. She has also been honored to present multiple times at the Dale Carnegie global convention in the past and share best practices the Rochester office has initiated.

Clients have described her as an engaging, charismatic and energetic trainer, coach and speaker. 7 years working with groups in all settings -corporate, small businesses, not-for-profit and government. Melisza is an international award winner in quality instruction and consulting. 

Melisza’s inclusive style enables trust to be built quickly and connect with a wide variety of motivation levels and individuals. Has the capacity to masterly maintain group interaction, participation and energy high. Focuses on application of the learning and getting participants to reflect about the topic, gaps and their impact on others and the organization. Exceptional at coaching people to isolate their obstacles – get “unstuck” and make commitments to change. 

Training/facilitation areas of expertise include: Public speaking, human relations, leadership, motivation, coaching, team member engagement, execution and customer service. We use needs analysis, leadership involvement, & solution deployment with both pre-planning and follow-up as a framework for customers to see tangible ROI from what might be referred to as “soft skills” or leadership, communication, sales, & presentation skills development.

Ms. Campos has been in the performance improvement field for 12 years. 

She knows that Dale Carnegie will make an organization a great place to work and the bigger picture is to make ROCHESTER a great place by improving the performance of people in our community to make us more competitive. Melisza’s background is in communications. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo. In Melisza’s spare time, she volunteers on the United Way board, SUNY Geneseo’s College Council, WXXI Board of Trustees, is the 2016-2017 Minnett Professor for RIT and other task forces and committees.

Melisza recently completed her second term as an elected official as a Commissioner of Education in Rochester and was the top vote getter both times. She is proud to be the youngest female to serve as a Commissioner of Education in Rochester. Melisza worked on the implementation of the district’s wellness policy, customer service initiatives, teacher and administrative tenure oversight process, as well as bringing resources to the district in these tough financial times. Melisza is the recipient of the 2008 Rochester’s Up and Coming Businesswoman, which recognizes women who have demonstrated success and influence in the community, the RBJ’s 40 under 40 award and the 2011 Latinas Unidas Leadership Award, 2016 Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction. She loves the Rochester community and is dedicated to its development and prosperity. Melisza is also a proud wife and mother of three young children.

New Franchising Trends and Career Opportunities

Saturday, September 23, 2017 @10am

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Our Guest:

Chris CynkarChris Cynkar
Franchise Consultant


New Franchising Trends and Career Opportunities –

Chris Cynkar knows the challenges of finding the perfect business opportunity. For the past 15 years, Chris has walked in the shoes of a business owner. With business ownership experience in multiple industries, Chris possesses the skills necessary to help candidates find the perfect franchise opportunity to achieve their specific goals. After beginning his career with a Big 6 accounting firm and earning his CPA license, Chris spent 3 years working in financial management with 2 rapidly growing companies in the healthcare and manufacturing industries. In 1999, Chris made a career shift from employee to owner. Since he chose business ownership, Chris has owned and operated businesses in a variety of industries including commercial printing, medical equipment, professional services, real estate and healthcare staffing services. In all of these businesses, Chris served as both the lead investor and, more importantly, the leading executive of the company.

Since 2006, Chris has been an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. He has worked with hundreds of students to evaluate, plan and start businesses in countless industry segments. In 2011, Chris joined a leading retail franchise as a master franchisee.

Chris has joined FranChoice in order to help candidates benefit from his deep and diverse business ownership experience. Because of the variety of industries in which Chris has direct experience, he is able to assist candidates in evaluating multiple business opportunities with an experienced guide on their side. Chris’ goal is to help every candidate find the franchise opportunity that will help them reach all of their personal and professional goals.

New HRCI Study

Saturday, September 16, 2017

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Our Guest:

Barry Lawrence, MBA, aPHR
Director of Communications

Barry has more than 20 years of experience as a corporate communications pro with a passion for talent management and using internal and external campaigns that drive both employee and customer results.

Barry heads corporate communications and research on emerging human resource management issues for the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), the premier professional credentialing organization for the HR profession for more than 40 years. He has also served as a communications leader at CareerBuilder, the Society for Human Resource Management, Verizon Business, Siemens and the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.

His perspectives on human resource management, the job market and career planning have been featured on Bloomberg News, Fox Business News and in several business publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, and Business Week.

New DOL Commissioner and Updates

Saturday, September 9, 2017

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Our Guests:

John Butera
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.