Sunday, May 3, 2015

GE CLO Raghu Krishnamoorty to present at ATD 5/11 in Norwalk, CT


The Southern CT chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) meeting
May 11, 2015, 5:45 PM

Speaker: Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Vice President, Executive Development, and Chief Learning Officer, GE

Raghu Krishnamoorthy is both curious and tenacious in his pursuit of influences and trends that impact the way leaders must lead now and into the future.  Mr. Krishnamoorthy’s findings reflect a profound cultural shift for GE and have sparked a robust evolution of GE’s legendary leadership curriculum and practices.

Those who attend will explore:

  • Insights into the dynamic nature of business and the rapid pace of change,
  • The traits, behaviors and capabilities leaders need to be successful and win in global markets, and
  • How a 130-year-old conglomerate is learning to behave like a lean and agile start-up

Raghu’s purpose and energy are evident in all he does. You will not want to miss the opportunity to hear from one of learning and leadership’s most progressive and compelling voices of our day. 

As vice president for executive development and chief learning officer at GE, Raghu Krishnamoorthy is responsible for GE's global talent pipeline, learning and development, and the Crotonville, NY leadership development organization. Since joining the global conglomerate in 1994, he has held a series of key human resources leadership roles at various GE organizations around the globe. In 2009, he was named among the Top 50 Asian Americans in the business world by the Asian American Business Development Center. Krishnamoorthy received his M.B.A. from the Indian Institution of Management in Ahmedabad. He also attended the University of Minnesota as a Fulbright scholar in 1993.

We anticipate unusually high attendance for this event. Early registration is strongly recommended.

11 May 2015
5:45 PM
Location: The Norwalk Inn, Norwalk, CT

Chapter Member – $37.00 (USD)
Chapter Member In Transition – $25.00 (USD)
Guest – $50.00 (USD)
Student (Full Time) – $20.00 (USD)

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

CT NSA meeting May 7 with Joy Baldridge, CSP

The Keys to Keynote Success
CT chapter of the National Speakers Association Meeting

May 07, 2015
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

105 Technology Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611

Speaker: Joy Baldridge, CPC, CSP

Joy’s first official speaking engagement was at the White House, at the age of 19. She got there by cold calling the president and she has been springing down the path to success ever since.  

In this interactive presentation you will hear how Joy:
  • Makes the connections that lead to keynote bookings
  • Blends keynotes with other elements of her business model
  • Makes her keynotes “highly entertaining, extremely informative and completely customized”
  • Designs her keynotes to bring “immediate, positive, and tangible results” for the audience
  • Leverages publications and media appearances for keynote success
  • And much, much more!

In addition to her keynote presentations, Joy is the author of The Fast-Forward MBA in Selling, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. She also speaks, trains and consults with a wide range of corporate talent both domestically and globally. Her clientele consists of 200+ corporations, publishing/media organizations, associations and government agencies including American Express, 3M, GE Capital Corporation, Time Inc., Toshiba America, Inc., United States Surgical Corporation, Time/Warner, Energizer, National Geographic, GQ, Vanity Fair, Oprah, Newsweek and many others.   Her diverse background as a keynote speaker, trainer, sales professional, manager and vice president, enables her to present information across all corporate levels.


6:00 Sign in Informal Meet & Greet
(A light supper of wraps and a salad will be served)
6:30 Updates and Brags
7:00 Keys to Keynote Success with Joy Baldridge
8:15 Big Issue Networking....Come prepared to have your biggest speaking issue addressed with other NSA-CT Members & Guests
9:00 Adjourn

Advance Registration is Appreciated: 
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Guests (non-members of NSA-CT) may register to attend for a nominal fee of $35

Friday, April 24, 2015

Client Testimonial for Gilda Bonanno

"Gilda provides practical exercises and techniques that empower people to build self-confidence and develop bold communication skills. Gilda cares about her audiences and is able to make a real connection with them. I highly recommend her."

Marian Cicolello, Vice President, Connecticut Women's Business Development Council (WBDC)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

More Murphy's Law of Presenting With Technology

In response to my recent post about how Murphy's Law (whatever can go wrong, will go wrong) definitely applies when presenting with any kind of technology, from a projector to a phone, a few readers sent in comments: 

From LG on the human error side of Murphy's Law: 
"Great examples, and oh so real.  Here are my contributions:
  • Forgetting to plug in the laptop, so it quits during a class, giving a last gasp about a dying battery.
  • Forgetting my power cord back at the home office and having to ask others to scurry around to find one that matches my laptop.
  • Forgetting that I have muted my phone during a web class (while participants are doing a quick exercise), then talking. Participants saw my lips moving on my web cam but couldn’t hear me.
  • Having an earlier, uncorrected version of my presentation on my laptop. This has happened when somehow I saved an open presentation to a flash drive, therefore saving it without the changes. (Can’t quite explain it, but it has happened. I compose on my desktop PC, then use a flash drive to get the presentation to my laptop.)
  • Forgetting my remote, so having to tether myself to my laptop rather than being able to move around as I like to do."

From Michelle: 
"A good follow up would be ways to avoid the Murphy Law effect:
  • I always make printouts of the presentation to avoid any PowerPoint issues. Having two sets of remotes can be handy too.
  • Wirehead set – know how to quickly transition to a regular handset or other means."

Thanks LG and Michelle for your comments!  

What other examples have you seen or experienced of Murphy's Law of Presenting With Technology?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Photos from Women Owned Business Day at the State Capitol

I was honored to serve as Emcee for the Women's Business Development Council's 2nd Annual Women Owned Business Day at the State Capitol in Hartford, CT on April 8.

The event was attended by women entrepreneurs representing nearly 60 towns and cities in Connecticut and more than 30 Connecticut state leaders and elected officials.

WBDC CEO and Founder Fran Pastore with Honorary Co-Chairs: The Honorable Patricia Billie Miller, State Representative and Deputy Speaker and The Honorable Terrie Wood, State Representative and Assistant House Republican Leader

Introducing The Honorable Terrie Wood, State Representative, Assistant House Republican Leader
and Women Owned Business Day Honorary Co-Chair

Keynote Speaker Amanda Brown, Executive Director of the National Women's Business Council (NWBC), spoke about the Council's mission to advise the President, Congress and the Small Business Administration on issues of importance to women entrepreneurs

Special guest Tina Byles Williams, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of FIS Group, shared insights from her trailblazing career in the investment management business

Facilitated breakout sessions included discussions about Access to Capital, Government Contracting, Entrepreneurial Training, & Pay Equity

Other speakers included: 
  • The Honorable Joe Aresimowicz, State Representative and House Majority Leader
  • The Honorable Denise Nappier, Connecticut State Treasurer
  • Catherine Smith, Commissioner, Department of Economic & Community Development 
  • Sharon M. Palmer, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Labor
  • The Honorable Themis Klarides, State Representative and House Republican Leader
  •  Moraima Gutierrez, Assistant District Director for Economic Development, U.S. Small Business Administration - 

Photos courtesy of WBDC

For more information about the WBDC, please visit

Sunday, April 12, 2015

FDR Anniversary

In honor of the 70th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945: 

From Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Four freedoms speech” Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union: 01/06/1941 

For more about the life and legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, visit

Gilda Bonanno's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot,com

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Stop Being a Bad Manager

Stop Being a Bad Manager from Gilda Bonanno

Being a manager is not easy.  It requires you to mobilize your team to achieve results while helping each employee maximize his or her potential.  My latest SlideShare PowerPoint presentation explains how to avoid the common pitfalls and mistakes of the bad manager. 

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