In Case You Missed It: I am my Sister’s Keeper💞 PODCAST 5: Professional Development – Attending Educational Conferences and Learning new Skills

Today is

Monday March 5th 2018

Segments plan
This podcast will consists of 4 segments. We will talk about:

  • Attending educational conferences, and learning new skills.
  • Trending news from last week
  • Sister of the week
  • my closing last words

Segment 1:

Attending Educational Conferences and Learning new Skills

In my professional experience, I’ve attended many educational conferences. Conferences to learn about new data processing, new programmings, new funding, problem-solving and effective communication in the workplace, and organizational skills that work. I always make it a priority to develop my professional skills or attain new ones. Attending conferences is another way to reinforce career goals, network with people in the same field, and learn about new trends and views. Moreso, it’s more skills set to add to your resume, while at the same time, bringing valuable ideas to your company. And if conferences are recommended by your employer, most likely they will pay for it. It’s okay to take the initiative to attend conferences on your own. Today, with the internet they are a bevy of ways to learn about conferences on your own. By using your resourcefulness you can find low cost to free educational conferences to grow your professional career. For example, you may find them in your community colleges, memberships to local industry trade associations, local chapter affiliations, through LinkedIn connections and webinars.

Here are some tips to consider when it comes to educational conferences:

✓ Type of educational conference you need to reinforce your career goals.
✓ Type of educational conferences that offers a certificate at the end.
✓ Is it a one time conference or does it have multiple sessions?
✓ Consider the price, distance, industry and role, and how it fits into your career goals.
✓ Did you research the presenter or presenters?
✓ Did you set up alerts to stay up-to-date on the latest conferences in your field?
✓ Pepare to take notes to review the information later.
✓ Bring your business cards with you, in case you get an opportunity to network.
✓ Find out if your employer can offer reimbursement or sponsorship to cover the cost.
✓ Finally, think of attending educational conferences as a way to take your career to next level, expose yourself to a variety of viewpoints, build new opportunities and collaborate with others in your field. Lastly, educational conferences are not just about learning, some can be fun mixers. Who knows, it might be a chance to find your next career opportunity or client depending on the conference. Gary Burnison, Chief Executive Officer at Korn Ferry, wrote on LINKEDIN that, “The No. 1 predictor of how much you will earn is how much you learn. In every job, ask yourself, “What am I learning?”

Segment 2

Trending news from lastweek

  1. Gun Control/Trump –

Last Wednesday, in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a Parkland, Florida High school, that left 17 dead and injured more than a dozen others,
Trump and a bipartisan group of legislators met at the White House to discuss guns law reforms. Trump declared that he would consider raising the age limit for someone to be allowed to buy assault rifles from 18 to 21. He called for a bill on better background checks and promised to address mental illness. By Thursday, it turned out that all that talk was just talk and nothing else. In other gun news, Kroger and Walmart are raising the minimum age on gun and ammunition purchases to 21, and Dick’s Sporting Goods will also stop selling assault-style weapons.
2. Russia

In Russian news, it was reported that Trump had come ‘undone’ amid news that Hope Hicks, the White House Communications Director, had resigned from her post. Ms. Hicks gave her resignation after eight hours of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, during which she admitted telling “white lies” on the job, but, insisted that it was never about Russia. Of course, when it rains, it pours. It was also reported, that Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner’s White House activities was under scrutiny by the special Counselor Mueller’s team. The team is looking into improper dealings at the White House, where he met top Executives from two financial firms, Citigroup and Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance. According to federal filings, the two entities lent two of Kushner’s family ventures more than half a billion dollars, which could be a violation of federal conflict-of-interest laws. That’s not all. The Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence agencies have learned that officials in at least four foreign countries, the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel, and Mexico, have been discussing ways of exploiting Kushner’s complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience.

3.Immigration –

Some 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children are currently in legal limbo as the Supreme Court declined to step into the legal fight over DACA. The Justices declined to hear the appeal brought on by the Trump administration back in January that challenged an injunction by a Federal Judge, who ordered that the program should remain in place amid legal challenges. It should be noted that the program is set to expired today March 5.

Segment 3

Sister of the week

  1. This segment is called sister of the week. This is when we pick a sister that is doing it, kicking butts, and taking name. We can have multiple sisters, because why not.

Four years ago, I met a woman who took one look at me in the worst time of my life and told me that I had what it took to be whatever I wanted to be. What she said utterly took me aback because, at the time, I didn’t feel that way about myself. I was going through a rough time in my life where I stop believing in myself. When I met her, I had an epiphany. What she did not know at the time, and myself included, was that I wanted to be just like her. So, it is with great privilege that I announce the sister of the week, Ms. Jessenia Silverio.

Ms. Silverio is currently the Spanish Language Program Coordinator for Rising Tide Capital. Before that, she was the Program Manager for Suit for Success Inc. The Home of Dress for Success Hudson County, in Jersey City where we met. In her role at SFS Inc., she reached out to low-income men and women in the community to register them for the work readiness program, financial literacy, and guide them in their career path. But, she did more than make sure that they showed up for class. She empowered them with the tools they needed to change the trajectory of their life. Her door was always open to those who needed help beyond the suit, and the classroom. She reached out to community partners to help those who were homeless, needed childcare, and food to feed their family. You see, Ms. Silverio, was the wind beneath my wings, because before she left her post at SFS, she called me into her office, and told me she was going to recommend me for her position. She said I had what it took, and she believed in me. So you see, I owe a huge thanks of gratitude to Ms. Silverio, because if it weren’t for her, I never would have found my true calling in this journey call life. For that and many other reasons, I applaud my sister, and I say keep up the great work. The community needs you!

Segment 4

Closing – last words

Last but not least, as I say goodbye to you: Remember the bible says: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”
This is from me, a quote by Phillip Sweet: “Never give up. Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Never give up, and be confident in what you do. Never, never, never give up. even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not cliches but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.”
With that said:
Leave me an audio of who your sister of the week is and what you are doing or have done to increase your professional development.
In the meantime for those of you who want to stay in touch throughout the week you follow me on Twitter @Jackie 227 or on Instagram at desmanglessumpter.


In the meantime, take care of yourself , be good to you and don’t forget to smile. Live everyday as if it was your last because tomorrow is not promise. I hope you come back next week. Good bye.


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