From Money to Meaning – Chris Packard to Share on His Career Transition to Nonprofit – March 4th

Chris Packard moved from a highly financially rewarding career as owner/operator of five successful McDonald’s restaurants, the career he started at the age of 17 with only one semester of college. Years later, while extremely successful, he knew he wanted to do something different. He contacted me and we explored this possible next step.

Chris Packard - Career Transition from Franchise Owner to Non-Profit

Chris Packard’s Career Transition from Franchise Owner to Nonprofit

Chris realized that his earlier success was built on his keen management ability. He explored the nonprofit arena and soon realized that those in nonprofits did not have strong management training skills. So his goal became teaching management to nonprofit personnel. He returned to school and completed a masters at the University of Texas and is currently teaching one class, Economic Development for Municipal Staff for those in the nonprofit industry.

Attend this meeting and learn more about Chris’s midlife career change, which is now taking him to the top of the nonprofit world!!

Location: CDA offices in Garland. (Get our address and directions here.)

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm

Come learn how you too can have a highly successful career change from money to meaning!!

Email or use this contact form to RSVP .

Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic to Share on the Life of a Grower – February 24th

Are you a grower? Would like to know more about growing food and flowers then translating it into a full time highly satisfying and successful career?

Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic - Barking Cat Farm

Hobbies Can Turn into Your Future Career

Kim Martin and Laurie Bostic started Barking Cat Farm, a small acreage specialty farm, in 2004, thereby ruining a perfectly good hobby and opening up unexpected career paths. Barking Cat Farm focuses on growing high quality crops in an organic and sustainable manner.

Find out how two engineers walked away from their technical careers and developed a full-fledged career growing, selling and consulting on organic produce and flowers!

Location: CDA offices in Garland. (Get the address and directions here.)

Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time: 3:30 pm

Email or use this contact form to RSVP.

More About Our Speakers

In addition to regularly teaching horticulture classes, Kim is responsible for crop planning, variety selection, forecasting production, propagation, disease and pest control, soil health, marketing and more.

Laurie is the chief tractor mechanic, irrigation specialist, small equipment and fencing expert, insect identifier, and groundskeeper. She also helps with growing and sales.

Both Laurie & Kim have their Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Course. Both have studied under Dr. Elaine Ingham and are working towards becoming Certified Soil Life Consultants. They offer permaculture design and soil biology consulting services to other growers and gardeners.

Do come, bring friends, ask questions and be ready to learn!

John Murray Presents on Maximizing and Protecting Your Wealth

Career loss resulting in financial chaos strikes when least expected! So become financially prepared! You need a plan, a process and a system for saving, investing and keeping out of debt!

Former CDA client, John Murray of 818 Group, LLC, and special guest Keith Chapman of Chapman Wealth Management will present.

Maximizing and Protecting Your Wealth
Using the Innovative Ideas of the LEAP SYSTEM®

They will discuss the following critical points and much more:

  • How stock market volatility may erode your wealth
  • How we are taught to transfer away much of our wealth
  • Why traditional financial planning strategies may fail

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Career Maturity Workshop – January 22 & 29, 2017

Dr. Harkness and staff are providing a two-session career workshop to help teenagers determine their future career direction based on their interests, skills, and current and future workplace needs.

Career Maturity Workshop for Teenagers

CDF2-5-600These seminars – for children and their parents (the final session) – are designed to teach children and their parents about the critical importance of mapping student education/interests to future jobs. The seminar, which is underwritten by the Career Design Foundation, introduces students and their parents to the concepts of Career Design Associates, a leader in re-careering for adult workers. For the Career Design Foundation classes, Dr. Harkness and her associates are soliciting students and their parents – usually recent high school graduates or incoming high school seniors – to participate in the career workshop series at the Career Design offices in Garland. Read More→

PathFinder Meeting – April 28: Mary Louise (ML) Dubay

CDA PathFinder Meeting – Confectionary Entrepreneur Mary Louise (ML) Dubay

ML_Toffee BiteCDA’s Pathfinder for the Future series is designed to help people move forward in their future careers. Our April speaker is Plano small business owner Mary Louise Dubay, founder of Toffee Treats. Mary Louise is an example of someone who made a 180-degree-shift, leaving the corporate world to volunteer in a non-profit and found her own business.

Her story is based on a family tradition. The holiday season always found Mary Louise with her Grandmother watching the pot as the secret family recipe toffee cooked away. Throughout the years she continued the family tradition of making holiday toffee, adding a few of her own special ingredients to the golden, buttery candy along the way. Out of this experience – and with inspiration from those who tasted her holiday treat – a business was born. Read More→

Sara Agritelley Discusses Re-engaging Her Career at Midlife

Sara Agritelley to Present at CDA Pathfinders Meeting

Helen-SaraA1300Former CDA client Sara Agritelley currently serves as a Supervisor of Benefits Service Center at Milliman – an international actuarial consulting firm specializing in employee benefits.

Sara is using her knowledge of – and passion for – the investment & financial planning fields to coach & inspire others to do the same. She started as a Benefits Representative assisting individuals with their 401k accounts & quickly moved through the ranks to be promoted to a leadership role within the division.

Sara spent 12 years raising her family, and was able to utilize Dr. Harkness’ knowledge and services to relaunch her career. Prior to taking time off to raise her family, Sara spent 17 years in the financial services industry. Read More→

HR Expert and Coach Dr. William H. Behrendt to Present

Behrendt_2011_3307Our February speaker is noted human resource executive and coach Bill Behrendt, who joins us to talk about re-careering in his own life. He’ll also talk about futures in the health care field. Dr. Harkness met Bill when he took her Career Coaching class at UTD.  He has completed this certification and moved to a very high level in the field. He is now planning the next step in his career.

Bill most recently served as Vice President for Human Resources at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he was responsible for all “people” issues at the Medical School, and its University Hospitals and Clinics.

Bill’s recent accolades include the 2015 “Talent Development Champion of the Year” by Skillsoft, and the “Top 10 Breakaway HR Leadership” Award from the Global HR Summit in 2011. He also received the 2014 Strategic HR Leadership Award from Strategic HR Excellence, and was winner of the 2012 “PRISM” award for Excellence in Coaching from the International Coach Federation – N. Texas Chapter. Read More→

Anne Barr: Expert in Franchising and Business Ownership

Anne-Barr-modDate & Time: Thursday, January 7th, 6:30 pm

Location: CDA Offices in Garland

All are invited at NO CHARGE to gain this very timely information!

Anne Barr presents a seminar called “Business Ownership Options”, and Anne believes her seminar would be of benefit to anyone looking to explore business ownership and how to go about it. In addition, it is educational in nature and not sales oriented.

The seminar is jam-packed with information on all three options, and Anne will go over questions to ask – do’s and don’ts, how to find the right fit for your personality, personal and financial goals and your available funds. She’ll also talk about how to find funding for the acquisition. Read More→

It’s Time to Re-Career and Replace Retirement

I changed careers in a time when career change didn’t exist. Before it even had a name. Get a glimpse into my story now.

Re-Careering is Achievable

The necessity for me to Capitalize on Chaos, both personally and professionally, and to re-career and forget retirement, and make a living for myself and three children started in 1970 when my occupation as a full-time mother and physician’s wife ended.

I had sent my husband to medical school instead of going myself, demonstrating the 1950’s Silent Generation wife syndrome. I immediately dashed back to chase a Ph.D. in English, and the dream that I had since I’d read in the 1960’s that if a woman got a Ph.D., she could become a university president! Wow – that was a real challenge to aim for!

However, after six years of part-time graduate classes, while teaching at a private college, which later closed with a bang and a whimper, and within six hours and a dissertation, I realized that with a dime and a Ph.D. in English, that I could get a cup of coffee!

Read Moving from the Mindless Myths to Meaning and Money at Mid-Life today.


Why Having a “Sharp Crap Detector” is Essential is Today’s Workworld!

When I was writing the book, The Career Chase 15 years ago and was explaining the necessity to become a Change Catalyst to learn new skills for the new rapidly upcoming age, I listed what I thought those new skills would be. Very quickly I said it would take courage, and confidence to change. We would have to make a commitment and take the challenge. It would require creativity, cooperation, curiosity, competence and this would result in compensation and gaining career control. Then I added common sense and noticed when I listed these traits somehow, automatically, they all started with a C. “Aha”! That’s when I realized I had learned something from that Ph.D. in English! If nothing else, I could alliterate.

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