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Professional Development for Women and Minorities

No one is more responsible for your professional development than you. Career Communications Group (ccgmag.com) makes that possible by bringing you cutting edge management seminars with the nation's leading corporations and agencies executives.Slides for this presentation can be found here: https://www.slideshare.net/ccgmag

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No one is more responsible for your professional development than you. Career Communications Group (ccgmag.com) makes that possible by bringing you cutting edge management seminars with the nation's leading corporations and agencies executives.Slides for this presentation can be found here: https://www.slideshare.net/ccgmag

A Conversation with Dr. BJ Johnson

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Recently, Lango Deen and Rayondon Kennedy sat down with CEO of Clearflame Engine Technologies, Dr. BJ Johnson, for an in-depth conversation. Topics range from explaining what Clearflame is, Dr. Johnson’s STEM background, the importance of diversity, and much more. Stay tuned for CCG Media’s presentation of “A Conversation with Dr. BJ Johnson,” featuring Lango Deen and Rayondon Kennedy.

Oct 23 2020

31mins

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Mastering Winning Test Taking Strategies

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Mastering Winning Test Taking Strategies
 
Jerrod Henderson - Instructional Associate Professor - University of Houston Nicole Toler - Electrical Engineering Manager - Raytheon Company Cheryl Moo-Young - Executive Director, Business Transformation Office - DTCC
Learning Objective: Investigate test-taking skills to achieve higher assessment scores Being prepared for tests is not an easy process.

Even if you are prepared, tests can still make you feel anxious. Why is being a good test taker so important in college? In colleges and universities, much of a student’s grades are based on quiz and test performance. Doing well on these tests is typically a major indicator of your subject matter knowledge and a good indicator of how you would perform in the workplace. Having good test scores will jumpstart your career. In this seminar, we will address test-taking and test preparation tips and strategies for college-level tests. Applying helpful test-taking and test preparation skills addressed in this seminar, such as writing down everything you remember, reading the directions, browsing the test questions, putting together a plan, and making an educated guess, will teach you how to prepare for and perform well on any test so that you feel confident that you’re bringing your testing A game.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the factors that limit achieving higher college assessment scores.
  2. Identify practices for dealing with test anxiety.
  3. Measure the validity of current test-taking methods.
  4. Generate more efficient techniques for improving assessment scores.

Slideshare Presentation: Mastering Winning Test Taking Strategies

Sep 17 2020

1hr 1min

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Leadership and Excellence in Diversity: Sustaining the Diversity Momentum in Changing Times

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Leadership and Excellence in Diversity: Sustaining the Diversity Momentum in Changing Times
Dr. Tara Phelps-Jones - Assistant Inspector General - Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Drew Valentine - Vice President, People & Culture - IBM Corporation Col. Timothy Holman - Chief Diversity Officer - U.S. Army

Jasmine Brennan - Inclusion and Diversity in Corporate Social Responsibility Business Partner - Aerotek

Learning Objective: Diversity leaders create a brand and image that supports and reflects competence and business value

What does it mean to be a diversity leader? Over the past several years, diversity has been a hot topic. However, as times change and business challenges increase, the term has become a stale reference to check off a list of politically correct requirements. As leaders in diversity, we are challenged to educate, energize, and excite our organization around diversity initiatives.
These initiatives build the foundation of creativity, innovation, and transformative results. Diversity and inclusion leaders are key players on the executive leadership team with the specific responsibility of ensuring that human resources are honored, embraced, and ready to contribute great value. Diversity and inclusion leaders are trusted advisors who fundamentally create strategies that result in corporate cultural transformations to effectively support the mission and vision of the organization. To continue to be successful and safeguard the great work and efforts of those before you, you must create a brand and image that reflects high integrity and strong leadership capacity. This workshop will arm you with the skills you need to change your leadership image and effectively function as a vital part of the leadership vision.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Explore key diversity and inclusion leadership and management skills.
  2. Understand strategies for building the right brand and image.
  3. Examine what it means to transform organizational culture.
  4. Create a plan for excellence in diversity and inclusion leadership.
  5. Explore business challenges that impact diversity and inclusion leaders.

Slideshare Presentation: Sustaining the Diversity Momentum in Changing Times

Sep 15 2020

1hr 13mins

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Study Smart, Study Less – Improving Your Study Skills

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Study Smart, Study Less – Improving Your Study Skills
 
William Wright-El - Adjunct Professor - University of Pennsylvania Carl Moore - Assistant Chief Academic Officer - University of the District of Columbia Nichelle Grant - Head of Diversity Equity & Inclusion - Siemens USA

Learning Objective: Assess methods for improving study skills Learning to study effectively is a skill that benefits everyone, even the smartest in the class.


When polled, most college students would agree that when they started college, they did not know how to properly study. In this seminar, we will address preparatory study principles, such as setting goals, knowing your learning style, being an active reader, participating in study groups, organizing your notes and study materials, and writing drafts of papers, that can help all students improve their study skills and perform better.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the traits of successful studying candidates.
  2. Generate methods for achieving successful studying habits.
  3. Outline methods for implementing successful studying techniques.

Sep 10 2020

1hr 2mins

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Want a Security Clearance? This is What You Need to Know

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Want a Security Clearance? This is What You Need to Know
Doretta Boazzo - Industrial Security Officer - General Dynamics Corporation Robbin Johnson - Senior Information System Security Engineer - National Security Agency Anita Hawkins - Program Manager for Continuous Evaluation - U.S. Intelligence Community

Learning Objective: Examine the process of achieving a U.S. security clearance

As you create your master plan for success, consider the variety of tools needed to gain a competitive edge in your industry. By familiarizing yourself with the extensive U.S. security clearance process, you can prepare to access opportunities that help you excel. This seminar will guide you through the process of getting and keeping a U.S. security clearance. We will also explore the future and emerging career opportunities that require various clearance levels.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify a series of career paths and associated tools to improve job marketability.
  2. List a series of certification and association options.
  3. Understand the security clearance process and associated misconceptions and mistakes.

Slideshare Presentation: Want a Security Clearance?

Sep 08 2020

1hr 11mins

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Lessons in Leadership: Essentials for Becoming a Successful Government Contractor - A Blueprint for Success

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Lessons in Leadership: Essentials for Becoming a Successful Government Contractor - A Blueprint for Success

Deidre Windsor - President & CEO - Windsor Group

Dwight Deneal - Director - DLA Office of Small Business Programs

Staci Redmon - Founder - Strategy and Management Services, Inc.

Jimmy Smith - Director - Small Business Programs Department of the Navy

LTC Allan Thomas - President - Thomas Solutions Incorporated

Maria Asuelimen - Managing Partner - AMA Consulting LLC

Dynamic panel of leaders discussing the opportunities in supplying services and products to the U.S. Government. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Address the best strategies for engaging with federal contracting.
  • Discuss the people to know on the fed side; how to engage with them; how to identify opportunities; bid/no-bid decisions;
  • Examine pitfalls, successes, failures, and more

Sep 03 2020

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Making More Minutes - Time Management for Pre-Professionals

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Making More Minutes - Time Management for Pre-Professionals

Tammy Jones - Senior Recruiter - Federal Aviation Administration

Lisa Valle - IT Senior Manager - The Boeing Company

Marcos Purty - Plant Executive Director - General Motors

Candace Cox-Wemberley - CEO - I Am A Genius

Learning Objective: Develop time management skills for better organization and productivity

Students who’ve learned how to effectively manage time during high school are better prepared for the rigors of college study. Regardless of preparation, it takes time to adjust to college. Improve your time management skills by setting goals and not deviating from them. Even students who managed time well during high school often struggle when they begin college. Students are overwhelmed with large course loads, extracurricular activities, and other social activities. Although being in college can be overwhelming, it’s possible to complete everything that must be done in a timely and efficient manner.
Developing time management and organizational skills is the key to working efficiently. The best way to better manage time is to develop daily schedules. Most organized people plan daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. This seminar will show you how to be self-motivated, leading to better organizational skills, productivity, and efficiency.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Outline long-term goals and a plan to obtain them.
  2. Obtain detailed plans for each day and how to deal with delays.
  3. Break large projects down into several simpler projects.
  4. Cultivate a flexible schedule.

Slideshare Presentation: Making More Minutes

Sep 01 2020

1hr 7mins

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Lessons in Leadership: 4 Stars, America STEM 2020

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Lessons in Leadership: 4 Stars, America STEM 2020

(Ret.) Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell - Vice President of Public Sector Strategy - World Wide Technology, Inc.

(Ret.) Gen. Vincent K. BrooksDirector - Gary Sinise Foundation

Strategic discussion with senior leaders from the Army, Air Force, and/or other Department of Defense organizations about the opportunities and threats faced by our nation in the STEM arena.

Aug 27 2020

1hr 2mins

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Lessons in Leadership: Acquisition and Supply Chain

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Lessons in Leadership: Acquisition and Supply Chain

(Ret.) Maj. Gen. Cedric George - CEO - George Consulting Group

Kevin Bostick - Director, Operations and Readiness, G-3 - U.S. Army Materiel Command

Michael Johnston - Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer - U.S. Coast Guard

Director of Logistics and Installations - U.S. National Guard Bureau

Acquisition, Logisticians, Supply Chain experts, and senior civilians will discuss the top issues facing 21st war-fighting and defense of our nation.

Aug 25 2020

57mins

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Project Management Professional- A Path to Freedom and Government Opportunity

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Project Management Professional- A Path to Freedom and Government Opportunity

Michele Jones - CEO - The Bones Theory Group, LLC

Dr. Anthony Junior - President - Strategic Consulting Network, Inc.

Eric Watson - Project Manager - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Andre Smith - Engineering Project Manager - Science Systems and Applications

Top leaders in the field of project management will lead an in-depth discussion in the current market along with critical trends and insights affecting talent acquisition, retention, and promotion. Learn about the best practices and the model agencies to pursue a government career and leverage your PMP certificate.

Aug 20 2020

1hr 4mins

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Men2Men: My Brothers' Keeper

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Men2Men: My Brothers' Keeper

Ted Imes - (Ret.) Program Director - Northrop Grumman Corporation

Learning Objective: Facilitate candid dialogue by men about men in the new decade and the changing roles they encounter in today’s world. 
 
The BEYA Men2Men session offers supportive round-table conversations about conditions that impair quality of life and contribute to problems related to stress. The discussions will provide participants with a humanized platform to network as well as to share positive practices for overcoming these challenges. The discussions will give men a secure environment to share their journey; to explore self-discovery and recovery; to create space within their chaotic life; and to let down their guard to accept support in their struggles.   
 
At the end of this seminar, participants will:  
 

  1. Understand how culture influences workplace encounters and perceptions.  
  2. Learn successful strategies employed by their peers.  
  3. Understand the importance of sharing and celebrating life-lessons in order to overcome challenges.
  4. Gain practical tips for responsibly demonstrating their value to their families and organizations.  
  5. Create a network of like-minded men who support breaking down the walls men build.  

Aug 18 2020

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A Conversation with...RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams

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Recently, Lango Deen sat down with the 2020 Women of Color STEM Conference Technologist of the Year, RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, for an in-depth conversation. Topics range from the recognizing achievements and acknowledging challenges, how she helped improve healthcare services in different communities, her experience in Hampton University’s nursing program, and much more. Stay tuned for CCG Media’s presentation of “A Conversation with RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams,” featuring Lango Deen.

Aug 13 2020

41mins

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A Conversation with...RADM Dr. Adam Robinson

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Recently, Lango Deen sat down with VADM Dr. Adam Robinson, for an in-depth conversation. Topics range from the importance of Global Health Security, his introduction to COVID-19, tips and suggestions on how to improve global health security, and much more. Stay tuned for CCG Media’s presentation of “A Conversation with VADM Adam Robinson,” featuring Lango Deen.

Aug 13 2020

42mins

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Job Ready Certification/Fast Track - Behavior and Business: Best Practices in Business Etiquette

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Job Ready Certification/Fast Track - Behavior and Business: Best Practices in Business Etiquette

Talia Fox - CEO - KUSI Global

Learning Objective: Examine methods for successfully understanding corporate etiquette

Professionals understand that etiquette in business is a critical factor in making decisions. Success in any industry relies on relationships, whether with coworkers, clients, suppliers, or investors. When you are well-mannered and considerate in dealing with others, you create engaging, productive, long-lasting relationships. In this course, we will discuss accepted business behavior and its importance in business correspondence.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the definition of etiquette?
  2. What are the guidelines to making effective introductions?
  3. What are the three Cs associated with making a good impression?
  4. What are the three steps in giving a handshake?
  5. What is one technique you can use to remember names?
  6. What are two ways to minimize nervousness while in social situations?
  7. What are the two differences between a formal and an informal letter?
  8. What color connotes dominance and power? Vitality and harmony?
  9. Etiquette can help businesses improve in what four areas?
  10. What is (are) the difference(s) between a formal and an informal letter?
  11. What are the differences between these dress codes: dressy casual, semi-formal, formal, and black tie?
  12. What are the basic guidelines in international etiquette?

Aug 13 2020

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Turning Information into Reliable Data: Tools and Techniques to Interpret, Organize, and Increase Reliable Business Results

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Turning Information into Reliable Data: Tools and Techniques to Interpret, Organize, and Increase Reliable Business Results

Jeannice Fairer Samani - Executive Leader - Fairrer Samani Group

Kristy Bridges - Systems Engineer Manager - Lockheed Martin

Nancy Morgan - Assistant DNI for Information and Data - U.S. Intelligence Community

Learning Objective: Increase professional effectiveness, data management, and analytical skills

With evolving technology, many people are overloaded and overwhelmed with information and data. Businesses now have access to large amounts of feedback from internal and external sources. How do we make sense of all the information? Is the data reliable? How can we manage and utilize the data in order to impact business goals, visions, and mission? This seminar will help you turn your information overload into powerful and reliable data that you can use to meet organizational goals.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Assess and categorize data and information.
  2. Identify tools and techniques to organize and interpret data.
  3. Explore productivity tools and techniques.
  4. Examine common data management challenges and solutions.

Slideshare Presentation: Turning Information into Reliable Data

Aug 11 2020

58mins

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Think, Act, Achieve Extraordinary Results- Winning Executive Coaching Strategies for the Leader and the Coach

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Think, Act, Achieve Extraordinary Results- Winning Executive Coaching Strategies for the Leader and the Coach

Learning Objective: This seminar provides a vault of pioneering concepts, tools, and resources that move leaders from innovative thought to strategic action.

Leadership is about moving toward important goals and embracing the potential and growth power of people. Whether you are a top CEO, federal executive, director, team lead, or beginning your career, you should be asking yourself one critical question: “How can I grow and achieve personal excellence?” Executive coaching is a strategic partnership that maximizes performance and growth potential to drive enhanced business outcomes. Get ready to be challenged, take risks, and achieve extraordinary results.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Create a plan and vision that supports their business, professional, and life mission.
  2. Use leadership techniques and communication strategies that support their vision.
  3. List tools to overcome resistance, act, and make strategic decisions.
  4. Examine coaching competencies that support the success of future leaders and team members.
  5. Use strategies to get out of their comfort zone, generate ideas and expand their vision.

Slideshare Presentation: Think, Act, Achieve Extraordinary Results

Aug 06 2020

1hr 11mins

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The Path to Being the Best Leader: How to Lead with Charisma, Integrity, and Conviction

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The Path to Being the Best Leader: How to Lead with Charisma, Integrity, and Conviction

Karmyn Norwood - Vice President - Lockheed Martin Corporation

Mariama Beemer - Advanced Technical Content Developer - NetApp Inc.

Olu Bolden - Director - Raytheon Company

Toya JacksonManufacturing Engineering Director - General Motors

Learning Objective: Discuss methods that increase leadership skills

The quality of an organization’s leadership and management is critical to its success.
This is true at team, department, and organizational levels. However, what’s the secret to that quality? How do you ensure it throughout the organization? How do you become an excellent leader and manager yourself? As with any professional skills, the skills of leadership and management can be learned and practiced. This course is specifically designed to help you do just that, whatever your role in the organization.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the skills needed to be a successful leader.
  2. Understand ways to manage staff performance.
  3. Evaluate their own style.
  4. Develop skills that help deliver their objectives.

Slideshare Presentation: The Path to Being the Best Leader

Aug 04 2020

1hr 15mins

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Information is Power! Using Defensive Solutions in Cyber Security

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Information is Power! Using Defensive Solutions in Cyber Security

Aaron Ferguson - Technical Director - National Security Agency

Carl Jackson - Director - Lockheed Martin Corporation

LaNaia Jones - Deputy Chief Information Officer - Office of the Director of National Intelligence

LaLisha Hurt - Sr. Director, Deputy CISO - General Dynamics

Jason Harrell - Executive Director - DTCC

Learning Objective: Learn and explore benefits and opportunities in cybersecurity

Living and work environments have been revolutionized by technology. And, it seems the possibilities are endless. From social networking to homeland security, impact of technological advancements is massive. However, as technology is used to capture every corner of our world, the terror of cyber threats and abuse remains an ongoing battle. Join us in this seminar where a panel of cybersecurity professionals discusses approaches to protect critical intelligence and design practical solutions for defending against and avoiding cybercrime and attacks before they happen.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. List strategies for building a safe and secure cybersecurity environment.
  2. Explore strategy and policies that impact cybersecurity.
  3. Examine the impact of cybersecurity in diverse industries.
  4. Explore advances and opportunities for STEM professionals.
  5. Identify ways to get ahead of the threat.

Slideshare Presentation: Information is Power!

Jul 30 2020

1hr 6mins

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Licensure as a Professional Engineer - Its Value and the Steps to Take

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Licensure as a Professional Engineer - Its Value and the Steps to Take

Eric Fonville - Development Engineer - General Motors

CDR LaKeeva Gunderson - Operations Officer - Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic

Learning Objective: Examine the methods and reasoning for obtaining the professional engineer license

A professional engineer (P.E.) is a person who is licensed to practice engineering in a particular state or U.S. territory after meeting all the requirements of the law. This seminar will give you the information you need to obtain the professional licensure and an understanding of the responsibilities that must be fulfilled to keep it.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the reasoning behind being a licensed professional engineer.
  2. Identify the procedures for completing the licensed professional engineer registration process.
  3. Identify the responsibilities for maintaining the professional engineer license.
  4. Outline the Principles of Standard Care.

Slideshare Presentation: Licensure as a Professional Engineer

Jul 28 2020

1hr 1min

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Re-Engaging Employees: Getting Your Team Back On Track

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Re-Engaging Employees: Getting Your Team Back On Track

Regina Evans - Engineering Program Manager - NetApp

Shanquetha (Shawn) Caggins - Area Manager Outside Plant Planning & Engineering Design - AT&T Technology Operations

Nicole Denson - Consumer Lending Portfolio Planning Transformation Lead - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Learning Objective: Discuss methods for increasing team productivity

Research has shown that there are a lot of reasons why employees leave a company, including burnout, boredom, less recognition, conflicts in the workplace, etc.
Employee retention can save a company thousands of dollars and improve company morale. Working with your team on tasks such as brainstorming can show creativity, ranking their attributes can help you complement their strengths, and discussing employee career goals can add a lot of value to the project as it allows the team to flourish and meet company goals. This leads to employee satisfaction and feeling rewarded in their work and, most of all, appreciated. Making work fun and identifying accomplishments cures disengagement in the workplace.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify factors that lead to employee disengagement.
  2. Devise methods to engage employees and increase creativity and productivity.
  3. Classify employee strengths to complement task assignments and discuss career goals.
  4. Share methods for keeping employees engaged and feeling appreciated.

Slideshare Presentation: Re-Engaging Employees

Jul 23 2020

1hr 3mins

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