Recent Events at CDA

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Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

PathFinder Dr. Diane DeSimone, a professor of Construction Engineering Technology at the University of North Texas will discuss construction as a career. As a teacher and former homebuilder, Dr. DeSimone, will help you understand how to make connections with professional construction groups.

“The Coming Revolution in Construction”, an extremely interesting article on the future of construction in Trends Magazine will be made available to all who attend.

No charge to attend this Pathfinder meeting.

CDA’s Pathfinder for the Future series is designed to help people move forward in their future careers. This program normally runs monthly or every-other month, and features speakers from among former clients or close business associates who can illuminate their choices in career and life change.

Dr. Helen Harkness with participants in her book chapter on wisdom.

Dr. Helen Harkness with participants in her book chapter on wisdom.

Recently, the April speaker was 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.

ML shared here story about leaving the corporate world after more than 20 years as a senior executive at a Fortune 500 hi-tech company to found Toffee Treats, a largely mail-order business. The candy is made in small handcrafted batches, without additives, preservatives, or fillers.

On a personal note, ML is a cancer survivor and a portion of Toffee Treats proceeds go toward a non-profit foundation that supports others who are fighting cancer.

A Woman’s Story of Survival and Sweet Success (a DFW 5 – NBC Newstory)

Past CDA PathFinder Meetings

CDA PathFinder Meetings – Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. – 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 Louis 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.

Come hear ML talk about leaving the corporate world after more than 20 years as a senior executive at a Fortune 500 hi-tech company to found Toffee Treats, a largely mail-order business. The candy is made in small handcrafted batches, without additives, preservatives, or fillers.

Please RSVP to attend, just so we have a head count, or call 972-278-4701.

Click here to get directions from various locations in the metroplex.

NOTE: When using Google Maps/Apple Maps, be certain to type in Career Design Associates Inc. Typing in the address has taken several clients to the wrong place!!

On a personal note, ML is a cancer survivor and a portion of Toffee Treats proceeds go toward a non-profit foundation that supports others who are fighting cancer.

A Woman’s Story of Survival and Sweet Success (a DFW 5 – NBC Newstory)

Past CDA PathFinder Meetings

Sara Agritelley Discuses Re-engaging A Career
at Midlife

Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m.

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.

February 18 with HR Expert and Coach Dr. William H. Behrendt


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.

Prior to coming to Dallas in 2003, Dr. Behrendt served as Vice President for Human Resources for CareGroup Health System and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston Massachusetts. He previously held the role of Senior Vice President for Human Resources at the BJC Healthcare System in St. Louis, Missouri. He also served as President of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in St. Louis. In these positions, Dr. Behrendt gained extensive knowledge and experience in Organization Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, Change Management, Strategic Planning and Executive Coaching.

Dr. Behrendt began his career in retailing with the May Department Stores Company headquartered in St. Louis, where he held positions in consumer research, strategic planning, executive development and human resources. He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University in New Orleans, and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed a psychology internship at UT Southwestern in Dallas. He is also a graduate of the Certificate in Executive Coaching Program at University of Texas at Dallas, and an Professional Certified Coach member of the International Coach Federation. Dr. Behrendt has held faculty positions at Simmons College in Boston, UT Southwestern, and UT Dallas, and has served as a board member for the Barnes and Jewish Colleges of Nursing, the Picker Institute, LaunchAbility, and HealthPartners of the Midwest.

Anne-Barr-modJanuary 7: Franchising and Business Ownership expert Anne Barr.

Time and Place:Thursday, January 7th, 6:30 pm at
Career Design Associates
2818 South Country Club Road
Garland, Texas 75043

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

She 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.

Her seminar details the difference between

  • independently owned businesses
  • start-ups
  • franchises

Anne has more than 30 years experience in sales and marketing, with six years as a franchisee. In her career, she has assisted more than 475 business owners and purchasers to achieve their goals in career change, transition and exit strategy.

She is a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI), a Certified Broker, a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) and is a Texas Licensed Real Estate Broker, a Registered Business Broker and a Franchise Consultant Broker.

Anne assures us that she always leave some time at the end of the presentation for Q & A.

Past CDA PathFinder Meetings

Entrepreneurship: Do You Have What It Takes?

By 2020, forty percent of American’s are predicted to become freelancers, self-employed, part-time workers or work in portfolio career. Is this for you?

Want to know more? Attend this CDA PathFinder Meeting!

Hear the details of becoming a Tiny House entrepreneur from BA Norrgard who created A Bed Over my Head. You’ll also meet Leigh Ellen Key, who with Matt Warmuth, founded Jigsaw Ticket, LLC, designed for young adults to achieve a satisfying career and avoid overwhelming college debt!

Career Design PathFinder for Your Future
Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Location: 2818 S. Country Club Road
Garland, Texas 75043

Attendees may choose to take the “Traits of an Entrepreneur” quiz created in 1995 by Dr. Harkness for the World Future Society all day seminar. You can view the 100 Characteristics test here.

CDA October 11 Pathfinder Presentation: Carl Hunt
Learn more about an Effective Job Search


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This Sunday, October 11th at 2:30 at our next CDA Pathfinders open meeting we will feature a highly experienced recruiter, Carl Hunt.

In 1991 – after going through the Career Design program – Carl made a transition from a sales career to recruiting in healthcare. This was an excellent match for his exceptional drive and ability to connect, communicate and engage people for career opportunities.

Currently he is recruiting for IBM Kenexa a global HR outsourcing firm recruiting IT professionals for GM.

In addition, Dr. Harkness is mentoring Carl Hunt to help him facilitate Career Design’s 4th Career Step, where his expertise is invaluable due to his 24 years interviewing, coaching and placing candidates.

This session will be a conversation and Q&A’s about the vital 4th step for landing a good job.

Please come to meet former client Carl Hunt this Sunday, October 11 at 2:30. Invite others and bring questions! Call 972-278-4701 to RSVP.

Location: 2818 S. Country Club Road

Read more about this event here.

Scott Spreier: Rethinking Your Leadership Identity

scott-spreier2-edCurrently an outstanding leadership authority in our country, Scott Spreier, a CDA client decades ago, has special insight on what it takes to change careers. From personal experience, Scott understands how to move forward from the familiar to a new direction providing opportunities to gain a strong career focus. He moved from managing editor of a rapidly declining newspaper (Dallas Times Herald) to a noted national author and experienced executive coach for top executives. His success demonstrates first hand knowledge of the challenges and pressures faced by leaders in our current volatile times! Do attend!

Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00 PM
Location: 2818 S. Country Club Road

‎Read more about Scott Spreier.