Online Programs Webinar with Blaine Hanson – LinkedIn April 16 2020

Thank you to all who joined us for the live session on Thursday.

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Here is some additional insight and tips from Blaine

When Making any Career Transition it is Important to Figure out if Making the Change is the Right Decision for Yourself:

–  The first thing you need to ask yourself is the WHY.   WHY do you want to make a career change?   You need to examine your motivations.  Make a change when you have identified something that you truly want to do, and not when you’re experiencing something you want to escape.   You should be running towards something exciting, not running away from something.  Be honest with yourself as you don’t want to make any changes too hastily.   Will making a career change make your life better?    What might the associated risks be?

–   Get clear on the WHAT – What does this new career look like?   What does it take to be successful in this new career?   Who do you know in this field that can help you gain a better understanding of the role?    What expectations do you have of this new career?  Do your expectations align with reality?

–  Figure out WHAT’S IT’S GOING TO TAKE:  Do your research. Understanding the industry and the new job is vitally important.  What does it take to be successful in this new career?  It’s important to understand if it’s right for you.  Can you leverage existing career capital or are you interested in something entirely different?  Do you need more training, education and/or support?   If you need more support, how will you get it?  Do the financial and emotional math.   How ready are you to make the change?

–  Get IN with the RIGHT people – you MUST get to know people that have been working in that field of interest and are successful.   Network with people within this career to understand it and help inform your decision.  What are they doing to be successful and how can you learn from them?

–  Shift your BRAND – the easier you make it for someone else to “get” you, the better the odds that they’ll want to know more.  How will you brand yourself in a way that makes taking a risk on you seem logical versus those who might look good on paper (experience in category)?   You have transferrable skills that will be needed in the new career, make sure you can articulate them.   Be confident in your professional story – own your past experiences and be proud of them.  Take control over your personal branding.  Perfect your Pitch.  Can you clearly articulate why you want to make a change and why someone else should take the risk?

–  Accept CHANGE – Change is daunting. Fear of the unknown can be terrifying.  Fear of failure is awful.  The secret to the other side?  Take one small deliberate and brave step towards it every day. And then the steps get easier.  And faster.  Believing that you have the ability to make a career change is half the battle.  Building your confidence and being willing to step out of your comfort zone are major and necessary factors.

–  It will be tough in the beginning.  But you must believe the BEST IS YET TO COME.  You will have a lot of learning to do.  Know that will not be easy.   Changing careers is a commitment.    Taking on the stress of a major life change is not easy.   You can’t make a significant career change without significant effort, time, commitment, and dollars.  Be proud of yourself for even trying to go through a career transition, no matter the outcome.

Online Programs Webinar with Julie Bartimus – Telling Your Story During A Interview (March 19 2020)

Thank you to all who joined us last night for the conversation with Julie Bartimus about Interviewing.

Webinar Power Point Slides

Julie is a certified career coach and if you have additional questions for her please reach out to her directly.


Online students have access to the Beyond B School platform.  I encourage you to use this further and explore this resource to continue to improve your Interviewing skills.


Online Programs Webinar with Laura Bellis – You Can’t Avoid Career Transition (March 5 2020)

Thank you to all the students who joined us last night for the Career Transition conversation with Laura Bellis

The webinar includes slides and audio.

Click here to access the slides: You Can’t Avoid Career Transition – UofI

Click here for Laura’s Bio: LBellis Bio 2020

If you have questions for Laura or would to talk about career and professional development she can be contacted at

Activate Your Career – Webinar with MBA Career Expert Libby Marshall

Watch the one hour webinar with Libby Marshall from January 30th 2020

Activate Your Career, Take Control and Design Your Future January 2020

STEAM Connect MBA Information

Use the above links to review the slides from the webinar.

If you are interested in Libby’s Steam Connect Program you can visit this website:

Libby Marshall can be contacted at

Executive Presence with Jan Erkert (October 30 2019)


Grad studio interview:

Session Description: Presence is a state of being in which all parts of self are attending to the moment.  What is the role of the body in communicating your presence?   Whether you are in a job interview, delivering a presentation to a large group of people, or working within an executive board room… listening to the internal cues coming from your body (breathing, stance, energy, feelings) while also attending to the external messages coming from other people, are the primary skills of establishing embodied executive presence.  In this inter-active workshop, participants will learn how to attend to both internal and external cues, focus on their intention, and “tune” into others to create situations in which communication flows.

Presenter: Jan Erkert is a dance-maker, teacher of dance and yoga, author and currently Professor and Head of the Department of Dance at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  As Artistic Director of Jan Erkert & Dancers from 1979 – 2000, she created over 70 works, critically acclaimed for their lush, evocative imagery.  Ms. Erkert’s work has been seen throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Asia, the Middle-East and South America.  Ms. Erkert and the company were honored with numerous awards including a Fulbright Scholar Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.

As Head of the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she has led a transformation of the department that the New York Times described as a “…hotbed of choreographic innovation.” In ten years, she has quintupled donations, doubled the budget and tripled the diversity of students and faculty.  In 2014, the University honored her with the Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Leadership in Diversity.  Ms. Erkert has been a national leader in dance, presently serving as the President of the Council of Dance Administrators (CODA), a coalition of some of the top schools of dance in the USA. Serving as a commissioner for the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), she has been a frequent consultant and reviewer of dance programs. In 2014-15 she was an Academic Leadership Fellow for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and in 2017, she was a guest speaker at the Leadershape Institute.

Ms. Erkert recently completed a manuscript titled, Drink the Wild Air, A Sensorial Journey through Leadership. When she took on a major leadership position, she found that there was no book out there that helped her understand how to bring her human, sentient being, and her artistic, creative practice to the job of leadership. Drink the Wild Air, A Sensorial Journey through Leadership shares her auto-body-ographies and brings the voices of body/mind thinkers and embodied practitioners to the discourse on leadership.  It is Ms. Erkert’s fervent hope that these collective stories and ideas will inspire all who want to create a new form of leadership that integrates life/work/play, and ultimately teaches us how to lead embodied lives.