50 Days to 50 Years, Day 04: Breakfast at Bea Bea’s with Larry Oya

28 07 2016

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Bea Bea’s appears to be the favorite in-between spot for this Los Angeles city-dweller and my West San Fernando Valley friends. And why not? I can always go for some Thai Tea pancakes!

Larry Oya, his wife Shirley, and kids Jennifer and Allison are also longtime friends from the Congregational Church of Northridge. Larry was a pivotal part of Tuesdays with Transitioners, the career group I ran at CCN until 2014. He had weathered that particular career transition, and now he was going through another. Larry recently went through major spinal stenosis surgery, and was in the midst of rehab/recovery. He had attempted to go back to work, but corporate workplaces are all types of interesting when you’ve suffered a setback; so he stepped away again in order to continue his recovery. He had some time to come out to Burbank and hang for the morning, and it was delightful spending  Day 4 of my 50 Days to 50 Years over coffee, pancakes, and conversation.

We talked about his surgery and recovery, being on disability, and his career plans once he is able to get back at it. Larry is very wise, creative, and sagacious, and gave me some good insight into the male psyche and how to approach it.

We brainstormed about some entrepreneurial ideas that he had brewing, and I put on my Tuesdays with Transitioners/Reinvention hat to encourage him to pursue these avenues, especially since he had some space to explore.

Bea Bea’s was starting to develop it’s usual lunch crowd, and we had occupied the seats for some time. I had to prepare for one more class to teach, as well as pack for my fun weekend, so we said our goodbyes and headed to the different poles of the city.

Thanks, Larry, for being a pivotal part of my life, and helping me celebrate 50 Days to 50 Years!

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50 Days to 50 Years: Day 12, SweetSalt with Susan Baker and Mihret

20 07 2016

“Treat every connection, communication and collaboration as part of a continuous relationship.” ― Kim Chandler McDonald, Flat World Navigation: Collaboration and Networking in the Global Digital Economy

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It was so great on Day 12 to reconnect with The Escape Hatcher Susan M. Baker, and her little girl Mihret at SweetSalt in Toluca Lake.

I met Susan through Douglas Welch, a friend and new media professional. Both Susan and Doug were pivotal parts of the career group I used to run called Tuesdays with Transitioners, and it was through New Media Mastermind, a group that Doug formed which included myself, Susan, Jennifer “Jungle Jenny” Michaels, Danielle Gruen, and Tracy Pattin, that the first CareerCamp in 2010 was born!

Doug, Susan, Danielle and I were the first co-chairs, and the Congregational Church of Northridge, which sponsored Tuesdays with Transitioners, was the location. That was an exciting time, where we spearheaded three other Careercamps (L.A., South L.A. and Santa Clarita). We had a great time in the Mastermind group learning how to use new media to better promote ourselves and our endeavors, bouncing ideas off each other, and seeing how we could be instrumental in helping each other’s visions come to fruition. Susan also ran a group called Nohopreneurs, which brought local entrepreneurs together for lunch and networking.

Both our lives have changed tremendously over the last six years. In 2010, Susan was in the process of adopting beautiful Mihret from an Ethiopian adoption agency, and had her in arms that next year. So for Susan, careers and reinvention took a back seat to new motherhood (of course). For me, the Yoga reinvention happened, and life has been a series of rollercoaster rides, a few of which I am still on.

Susan was beautiful and glowing, so motherhood definitely suits her. Mihret was energetic and curious, as any six year old is, and exceptionally gorgeous—modeling should definitely be in her future.

SweetSalt was a new find for me, and I will be back! Not only was the Duck Confit sandwich quite tasty, but they have natural sodas that rival any you would find in the grocery store.

We caught up on our lives, discussing Yoga, travel, what was happening with the reinvention industry, writing, relocation, and education. Susan was involved as a volunteer at Mihret’s school, and I discussed my role on the CAAN National Board. She wanted to be an example to Mihret and emphasize through action the importance of education and being involved in its potential to change lives and allow students to flourish.

I enjoyed the meeting of minds, particularly in the area of careers and reinvention. Susan is exceptionally smart and resourceful, and it hearkened back to our time in the Mastermind group—with the addition of interruptions from a bright and bouncy six year old.

Thank you, Susan, for being a part of my 50 years: enriching my life with connection, vision, and also being a shining example of reinvention and new beginnings in the second half of your life. I hope we get the opportunity to collaborate again one day soon.

 

 





In My Orbit: Bryan Cranston’s Advice to Aspiring Actors

7 10 2013
Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

This sage advice from one of my favorite actors can be applied to any profession. Shine. Be who you are. Honor the space. The outcome is not up to you…

Bryan Cranston\’s advice to aspiring actors

via Bryan Cranston’s Advice to Aspiring Actors.





In My Orbit…

6 09 2011

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The Girl has been turning faster than usual lately in the thick of planning two Career events.

The first is a Social Media and Your Career panel on Wednesday, September 21. We are a featured part of Social Media Week Los Angeles this year! The Panel includes yours truly, Douglas E. Welch, Susan M. Baker, and Marla Dennis. We will be moderated by Colton Stenke and Denise “The Oracle” Cook.

Registration opens today (Yay!) and I have linked this Event in the sidebar, or you can click here.

I can’t believe that CareerCamp #5 is about to happen on Saturday, September 24. This brainchild of Douglas E. Welch, founder and Chairman Emeritus, continues to grow, and the Girl enjoys being an active part of it!

CareerCampSFV (San Fernando Valley) is back where it all started, in beautiful Northridge, at the Congregational Church of Northridge. For those not familiar, CareerCamp is an unconference dedicated to “helping you build the career you deserve”. The day will include speakers, ad hoc presentations and breakout sessions on all aspects of building your career.

It doesn’t matter whether you are employed or not–the day is for anyone who wants to build and/or improve their career. However, if you are in between successes, CareerCampSFV is right up your alley!

Registration is in the sidebar, or click here.

This testimonial video was created by Sizzle in the Middle‘s Tracy Pattin. It highlights the unique benefits of CareerCamp from the mouths of the attendees.

And here a link to the video from my CareerCampLA discussion, “Building an enduring Career Reputation” back in March. It’s a taste of what you can expect from The Girl at both the Social Media and Your Career panel, and at CareerCampSFV.

These Events are FREE–so if you’re in Los Angeles, clear your schedule and make your way out to Social Media and Your Career on September 21, and CareerCampSFV on September 24!





In My Orbit..

16 07 2011

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Here with a bunch of great people, discussing “Blogging Effectively” at Career Camp SCV.

Jennifer Oliver O'Connell discusses 'Blogging Effectively'. Photo courtesy of Teresa Howard

CCSCV Attendees listen to 'Blogging Effectively'/ Photo courtesy of Teresa Howard





In My Orbit…

21 06 2011

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The Girl is prepping for a Tuesdays with Transitioners meeting today with Karen Hudson, a Costume Designer and Supervisor who has worked in television, film, theatre, opera, and print.

She’ll talk about First Impressions and Creating the Character you want People to See–a knowledge topic that will benefit the career seeker, entrepreneur, or any average Joe or Jane.  If you have the time, come on by–12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Details are here.

And I find it humorous that everyone is all a-twitter over Jon Stewart appearing on Fox News Sunday. Both the left and the right see it as a coup for their side. Moe Lane writes over at RedstateChris Wallace schools Jon Stewart“, while HuffPo felt the win was in Stewart’s corner as he slammed Fox for wrongly editing his interview. Newsflash: Everyone edits to suit their agenda, CNN does it, ABC does it, and The Daily Show definitely does it–so why this faux outrage?  But I digress…

I read the transcript and saw the interview, yawning over both. I am no fan of either Wallace or Stewart–both are waaay too full of themselves for me to care about their opinions. But a quote that both sides are jumping on is the one Stewart made to prove his “expert opinion”:

“‘Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers?’ Stewart shot back, his voice rising. ‘The most consistently misinformed? Fox, Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.'”

The great fount of hard-hitting journalism, Wallace, failed to challenge him on this. I’m glad that Politifact decided to take up the gauntlet, with interesting results.  Give it a read: The Truth-o-Meter.

My opinion: Fox, The Daily Show, and other outlets get ratings and exposure no matter what they talk about, which three-quarters of the time, isn’t much. Most of it is Echo-Chamber Theater depending on which side of the agenda you’re on. Hey, I’m writing about it, and I rarely tune in to either show!

Stewart is no purist hero representing his side, and neither is Wallace–it’s all about the money and the ratings. So both sides need to step off the soapbox.





D.C. Bound Part 2: The Main Event

25 05 2011

Awesome view of the Capitol!

I arrived safely in Washington, D.C. and find the veneer of the city to be old world professionalism  and polish, coupled with understated modernism. This sense is not dissimilar to my years in Chicago trolling Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. Reagan International Airport is quite stylish, but in an understated way, without a flash or corporate overkill. Most of the food kiosks are regional (no Chili’s Too or Starbucks that I could see!), and since I have to be at the airport quite early tomorrow for my return flight, I plan to stop by one of them for breakfast!

The people of D.C. are quite friendly and helpful, exhibiting a practical, about business sense of style; from their sensible shoes (because, like Chicago, you walk most everywhere) to understated dress. A total antithesis to Los Angeles on a number of fronts.

Our gracious lodging hosts

My lodging hosts, Rev. Paul and Mary Sherry have been more than gracious, and we have had great conversations about the state of the employment market and the importance of the work done through Tuesdays with Transitioners and other job clubs. Steve Colella, who runs a job club in Rhode Island, is also staying at the Sherry’s home, and we got a chance to get better acquainted as we walked from their Capitol Hill brownstone to My Brother’s Place, a well-known D.C. pub, which was the chosen place for a Monday night mixer for all the job club leaders.

Rev. Phil Tom, Director of the Department of Labor’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Associate Director Ben Seigel, and Coordinator Ashley Gerwitz hosted this great opportunity to get acquainted outside of the conference calls that had been conducted over the past month or so. I appreciated getting more inside baseball on the Center’s vision for partnering with the job clubs, as well as the opportunity to hear what fellow coordinators Joy Maguire-Dooley (Lisle, IL), Ken Soper (Grand Rapids, MI) and David Mackoff (Washington, D.C.)  were up to in their groups.

Joy Maguire-Dooley, Steve Colella, Tracy Washington and the DOL team

The DOL’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Team

Vera Hurst, Diana Miller, and Tracy Washington

Today’s main event was beyond expectation, as we all got to meet and network with other Department of Labor personnel. Diana Miller, Vera Hurst, and Tracy Washington (job club coordinators  and speakers who came in that morning from Ohio), presented further opportunity to hear about the joys and challenges of helping others get back to work. Diana created a powerful video featuring stories from members of her group, and the work she is doing through the Stow Community United Church of Christ Community Job Club is quite inspiring!

And what a privilege to meet U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and Assistant Secretary Jane Oates. Secretary Solis presented us with a gift of a pin featuring the official seal of the Department of Labor, then spoke briefly about how important the job clubs are to the work the DOL is trying to accomplish. That is an honor I never would have imagined, and it will be a cherished memory.

The Live webinar has been posted at the Department of Labor website, and I encourage you to give it a listen, as there was so much information and wisdom shared. To see the magnificent work and commitment that so many in our faith communities and nation are employing to see their fellow Americans locate work is both encouraging and energizing.