Archive for Upcoming Events

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!