Friday, November 21, 2014

Employee Learning Week: Hot Topic Round Tables 12/8/14

ASTD =>atd  Southern Connecticut's
Employee Learning Week Celebration
Hot Topic Round Table Discussions 12/8
Join us for an interactive forum to learn and share best practices around trends in workplace learning and performance:

Flipping Out In A Very Good Way!  – The Flipped Classroom Explained
Easily one of the most provocative and progressive trends in learning today, the term ‘Flipped Classroom’ is tossed about by those in the know AND those who would like to be!
Facilitator: Samantha Zarrini, Content Management Specialist, GE Corporate Digital Learning and Technology 

Mergers AND Healthy Employee Engagement? Mission POSSIBLE!
Mergers affectively create one brand new organization, and most often result in reduced employee engagement…but not with the right dose of prevention planning!
Facilitator: Rondi Frey, Director Leadership and Employee Development, Western Connecticut Health Network

Building Brand You! – Making Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn Work for You
What do CEOs, consultants and job seekers have in common? All three (and virtually everyone else in the world today) need to protect and build their personal and professional brand!
Facilitator:  Sandra Long, Owner, Post Road Consulting, LLC

Humans and Data and Analytics, Oh My! – Human Capital Analytics Basics
Human Capital Analytics is an important emergent discipline for learning professionals, yet many of us are woefully unaware of WHAT IT IS, much less WHY IT MATTERS
Facilitator: Richard A. Montanaro, PhD, Director Career and Self Awareness, Post University and Chair ATD SCC CoP

Up Your Coaching Impact Factor! – Add Assessments to Your Coach’s Toolkit
Explore the range of assessments coaches employ to help their clients expand self-awareness, understand perceptions of others and create readiness for change. 
Facilitator:  Karen Kirchner, Executive Coach, Karen Kirchner Consulting and Chair ATD SCC CoP

Come engage with learning and development leaders, share your expertise and learn about the latest trends.  You will have the opportunity to participate in two different topic discussions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to build your network and expand your expertise!

Monday, Decemebr 8, 2014
5:45 - 8:00 PM
Norwalk Inn and Conference Center


To register or for more info, visit

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gilda Emcees WBDC Business Breakfast Attended by 700 People

by Gilda Bonanno LLC

It was an honor to serve as Emcee for the Women's Business Development Center's 13th Annual Business Breakfast, held November 13 in Stamford, CT.  We had over 700 people in attendance for a fascinating panel discussion of "Entrepreneurship is the New Women's Movement."

On stage with Panel Moderator, journalist Paula Zahn and panelists:
Carla Harris, the President's Appointed Chair of the National Women's Business Council (NWBC) and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley
Amy Millman, Founder and CEO of Springboard Enterprises
Rose Wang, Founder and CEO of the Binary Group and named one of Fortune's 2013 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs

 With Kim Rodney (Chair of the WBDC Board of Directors), Rose Wang, Amy Millman, Paula Zahn, Carla Harris and Fran Pastore (WBDC CEO and Founder)

 I began the morning with the story of how I came to WBDC when I first started my business, to take advantage of the classes and resources that helped me launch and grow my business.  
Realizing the value that WBDC provides, I wanted to contribute and so I became a volunteer instructor and then a Board Member. 

I am proud of my affiliation with WBDC and continue to work with the organization, watching as it grows and evolves and continues to educate and train women entrepreneurs and business owners throughout CT at all stages of growth.

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient. WBDC is the leader of entrepreneurial and financial training for women in Connecticut and has been educating, empowering and promoting women through entrepreneurship, financial education and expanded career opportunities for 17 years.

For more information about the WBDC, please visit

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

How to Network at Holiday Parties

by Gilda Bonanno LLC 

'Tis the season for holiday parties! Whether you're looking for a job or just looking to make contacts in your field, holiday parties are a great way to build your professional network.  

Here is the link to one of my most popular posts, How to Network at Holiday Parties, which provides five guidelines for how to communicate and network successfully at holiday parties: 

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

12 Don’ts for Presenting With Slides

by Gilda Bonanno LLC

1.  Don’t clutter the slides with everything you know

2.  Don’t say to the audience, “I know you cannot read this, but…”

3.  Don’t include information on your slides that is irrelevant  to the one message you are trying to convey

4.  Don’t write out your script in your slides

5.  Don’t put anything on your slides that you can’t explain

6.  Don’t turn your back to the audience in order to face the big screen

7.  Don’t manually advance the slides, thus forcing you to remain tethered to the computer

8.  Don’t fill your slides only with text – also use graphics

9.  Don’t present someone else’s slides

10. Don’t let arbitrary limits on the number of slides you can have prevent you from using as many slides as you need to convey your content clearly within your time limit

11. Don’t forget that you are the presentation and your slides are only the visual aid

12. Don’t let the slides get in the way of your presentation or interfere with your ability to connect with your audience

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Monday, November 3, 2014