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Monday Morning Speakers 2019

Monday Speakers meetings are open to the public and free of charge. You are cordially invited to attend.

Each meeting features a speaker who covers topics of interest to those who are involved in or contemplating a job search or career change. The meeting begins with a networking session at 9:45 AM. We ask everyone to be seated by 9:55 AM so that the speaker can start promptly at 10:00 AM.

No reservations are needed. Come network with 40Plus members, other guests, and the speaker. The meeting is also an opportunity for anyone who is considering joining 40Plus to see and experience our organization.

Many of us continue our networking conversations over lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. Plan to join us.

MISSED A SPEAKER?  Video recordings for all of the recent 40Plus Monday Morning  Speakers are now available on the
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Upcoming events

    • Mon, June 24, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 40Plus of Greater Washington, 1627 K Street, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20006
      A Marketing Plan for Job Seekers


    Businesses conduct extensive research and analysis to identify their product’s competitive advantage in the market place and who is likely to buy it. A job search should follow the same process.

    As a job seeker, it is critical to identify: 

    -What is your unique value proposition that will add value to an employer and solver their business problems?

    -Which potential employers will "Buy You" or put another way, need your skills.

    -Of those indentified companies, who are are a good fit for you in terms of organizational culture, geographic location and size?


    Francine Tolson, Gadgetspace, LLC

    About the Speaker:

    As a volunteer team leader at Career Network Ministry, Francine Tolson co-developed the Marketing Plan workshop in 2011, and since then has co-presented it monthly as one of CNM’s core workshops. In her career, Ms. Tolson specializes in business transformation - the design and deployment of people, process and technology enabling solutions across diverse business enterprises.  She has a broad background in business process reengineering, operations, customer service, financial management and systems implementation in large and small entrepreneurial companies and the non-profit sector. Employers and clients have included: Simplexity LLC, George Washington University, UUNET Technologies, MCI, Three Pillar Global, Washington Chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association, and Compass DC.

    Ms. Tolson holds an MBA from The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and has received training in Lean Six Sigma.

    Contact the Speaker:



        40Plus of Greater Washington
    Empowering Experienced Professionals
     for Successful Career Transitions

    • Mon, July 01, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 1627 K St NW, 3rd fl. Washington, DC
    • 65

    Working with Humans: Using the DiSC® Approach for Stronger Relationship


    Conversation with


    Every day, many of us wake up in the morning and interact with other humans in our homes and in our work. Humans are imperfect! We’re unpredictable! Yet – we interact with each other every single day.

    Often there are people on your team or in your organization that you just don’t “get”. Maybe it’s someone who approaches everything so differently from you that you struggle to have even a simple conversation.

    Have you ever wished you had your own survival guide just to communicate with the various types of individuals we see and talk with each day? A “Tips” manual might be helpful – something that could offer clues to the unique personalities and behaviors exhibited by our colleagues, prospects, and clients.

    Having a framework or model through which to view the interaction is certainly a start.

    The DiSC® model is a simple, yet powerful model, that describes four basic behavioral styles that help us better understand the dynamics of certain relationships and develop strategies for improving our interactions with our colleagues and teams.

    Our objectives for this session include:

    • Learning the key characteristics of the behavioral styles that make up the DiSC® model
    • Identifying your own style and exploring how your style influences your priorities at work
    • Discovering similarities and differences among the DiSC® styles


    President of Howard Consulting, LLC

    Linda Howard, PMP, CMC, is the principal consultant and President of Howard Consulting, LLC.  Linda helps nonprofit leaders build stronger businesses so they can grow and be more sustainable. She specializes in helping organizations that want to see better performance from their projects and teams.

    Ms. Howard has helped nonprofit executive and Board teams develop goals and strategies to improve organizational sustainability, establish and improve project and program management processes, strengthen team cohesion, develop new business models, create business capture and proposal development strategies, and define strategic and functional requirements.  As a presenter, she conducts seminars, workshops and webinars on applying the principles of project management to operational challenges. Her clients have shared that they have learned how to get projects started faster and are better able to keep projects from getting off track.

    Ms. Howard has facilitated workshops and retreats focused on process and performance improvement, project planning, team-building, requirements gathering, strategic planning, and communication planning. 

    Ms. Howard has over 20 years of experience in project management, facilitation, training, strategic planning, organization management, workflow analysis, outreach and communication. She has developed and mentored new employees, supported new manager development programs, and developed new employee on-boarding materials. She has led full software development lifecycle project management activities in commercial, state, and federal government sectors. A sample list of her clients includes Maryland Department of the Environment, National WIC Association, Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, Energy Innovation and Reform Project, Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, PNC Bank, CGI Technologies and Solutions, American Bird Conservancy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NatureServe, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, John Snow, Inc, and Maryland Institute College of Art.

    Ms. Howard serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Management Consultants National Capital Region chapter (IMC NCR). She recently received IMC’s Chapter Presidents Council Leadership Award. She is also a member of Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network (MAFN) and the Project Management Institute (PMI). Ms. Howard is one of only a few people in the country who has been awarded both the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC) certifications. She is a Certified DISC Workplace facilitator.


    Mobile: 703-307-4497 | Office: 703-307-6048 


    Plan to join us after the meeting for networking. Admission is free.  Many of us carry our conversations to lunch at the nearby eatery.

    Attire is business casual and we ask all Monday Speaker attendees to contribute to the professional standards and objectives of this important networking meeting.

    Doors open at 9:45 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00. at our new location:

    1627 K St NW, 3rd fl.

    Washington, DC

Past events

Mon, June 17, 2019 Networking as Adventure-Embark on Your Journey Today with Jill Marshall Annitto!
Mon, June 10, 2019 Effective Time Management during Career Transitions with Terry Monaghan
Mon, June 03, 2019 Inside the Mind of the Hiring Manager with Jim Thomas
Mon, May 27, 2019 40Plus Closed for Memorial Day
Mon, May 20, 2019 The Role of Emotional Intelligence in a Successful Job Search with Karen Sadowski
Mon, May 13, 2019 Career Search Land Mines: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Efforts and Find Your Ideal Job with Renee Emery
Mon, May 06, 2019 Set-Up a Franchise with Someone Else's $$$ with Faizun Kamal & Brian Seliber
Mon, April 29, 2019 Speed Networking: Refine Your Message and Build Your Contacts
Mon, April 22, 2019 Turning Conversations to Connections-Creating a Follow-up System with Lori Saitz
Mon, April 08, 2019 Staying Positive during your Job Search using Self Awareness with Dr. Dennis Humphrey
Mon, April 01, 2019 New Ways to Approach Financial Issues during the Job Search with Ilene Slatko
Mon, March 25, 2019 Careers in the Association and Nonprofit Sector with Jennifer Baker
Mon, March 18, 2019 The 3 Key Laws for Personal/Professional Growth with Kevin Coleman
Mon, March 11, 2019 Discover Your Brand: How to Sell Yourself for a Job by Confidently Telling the Truth with Maggy Sterner
Mon, March 04, 2019 Project Management Tips & Tricks for Managing Your Job Search with Linda Howard
Mon, February 25, 2019 The Job Search and Career Transition with Tom Morris
Mon, February 18, 2019 Making the Most of Informational Interviews with Barbara Mitchell
Mon, February 11, 2019 Finding the Job You Really Want by Marketing (Selling) Yourself! Lynn Smith
Mon, February 04, 2019 Set-Up a Franchise with Someone Else's $$$ with Faizun Kamal & Brian Seliber
Mon, January 28, 2019 Strategies for Minimizing Your Time in Transition with John Wilhelm, Jr.
Mon, January 21, 2019 Time to Consider 1099? Explore New Income Streams Through Self-Employment! with Shira Harrington
Mon, January 14, 2019 CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER & HAZARDOUS TRAVELING CONDITIONS -Finding the Job You Really Want by Marketing (Selling) Yourself! with Lynn Smith
Mon, January 07, 2019 Strengthen Your Career Confidence with Diane Kern

Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions

1627 K Street, NW, Suite 300
 Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-387-1582

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