Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Storytelling at Work: 3/20 ASTD So. CT Meeting

Monday, March 20, 2017

Story Telling at Work
(How to tug at heart to sell your idea)
With Guest Speaker 
Ann Marie Morris,
President of 
As learning professionals, we need to create training that sticks and that gains the support and budget we need for our work. Training should provide experiences that not only tug at the heart strings, but also tug at the purse strings.  We all remember our favorite childhood stories, such as The Cat in the Hat.  There, we rooted for the hero, laughed at his antics, and held our breath as he wreaked havoc.  Others, such as Little Red Riding Hood, left us spellbound with its threats and rescues.  All these stories grabbed our imaginations and taught us life lessons.

Stories retain their magic for adults, and make learning come alive, as they motivate and instruct. Come to our session and learn how to use a story to create engaging learning, or to sell your idea, product or service to your client, boss or even a reluctant spouse. 

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:
• Learn the three steps for any great story
• Tell an old story a new way
• Craft a story that tugs at heart strings and purse strings

Ann Marie Morris is President of Train-Your-Talent, an L&D consulting firm based in NYC.  Her 20 years of experience has encompassed an array of industry sectors covering financial services, media, entertainment, technology the non-profit sector and start-ups.  Clients have included JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse, Sony Music, Fairway and Interpublic. Ann's specialties include training, talent mobility, career pathing, executive coaching, team-building, succession planning and employee engagement. An engaging and dynamic speaker, she has served as the VP for The HR Alliance and on the Board of The OD Network of NY, along with being active in SHRM and ATD.
Date:  Monday, March 20, 2017
Time: 5:45 PM Networking/Registration
6:15 PM Dinner and Program
Early Bird Registrations through Friday, 3/17, midnight:  $37 Chapter Members; $50 Guests;       $25 Members In-Transition; $20 Students
Regular Registrations and Walk-ins:  Member $45; Members In-Transition $35; Non-member $60
Reservation Deadline: Friday, March 17th, 2017
No refunds can be granted within 48 hours of event.
Meeting Location: Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, 99 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Interactive, used humor & got audience members involved

"Gilda Bonanno presented a personal branding session that we (Center for Women & Business at Quinnipiac University) co-sponsored with the CT Women’s Business Development Council. To sum it up in one word, she was outstanding. 

Gilda provided an interactive presentation that engaged all who attended. Her ability to use humor while imparting valuable tips on developing a personal brand was a great way to get audience members involved. The common feedback from attendees was that they wished Gilda’s presentation was longer. We would not hesitate to recommend Gilda. Her passion and knowledge are truly motivating."
-Professors Kathleen Simione, Judy Gedge and Trish Kelly, Center for Women & Business at Quinnipiac University Leadership Team

Gilda Bonanno LLC www.gildabonanno.com 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Gilda to present at Yale Entrepreneurial Institute 2/28/17

Personal branding defines you to the community and allows you to be perceived as the go-to expert. Now you can learn how to build your brand through clear and consistent in-person communication and gain the principles you need to apply to social media too!
Join WBDC’s communication expert, Gilda Bonanno, and learn how to:
  • Identify what makes you unique and communicate that to others
  • Overcome the fear of speaking with confidence about yourself
  • Use powerful body language to connect to your audience
  • Develop memorable content that helps set you apart from the crowd

Pre-Registration Required/No Charge
*** This program is being offered in partnership with the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute as part of the Yale Women Innovators Series.***


New Haven


Tuesday, February 28, 2017


8:30 am - 9:30 am


Yale Entrepreneurial Institute


254 Elm Street, 3rd Floor