Upcoming Programs


08/23 Presentation: Bill Belknap – Interview Research

posted Aug 16, 2017, 5:33 AM by PSGMC Staff

Preparing for that long-awaited job interview is vital to success. Learning about the needs and culture of the organization will make it easier to answer questions about your skills and abilities and allow you to demonstrate your value to the company.

Join the Professional Support Group of Morris County on Wednesday, August 23rd, as Bill Belknap, Master Coach for the Five O’Clock Club, shares information about preparing for an interview.

With 30+ years of senior management and human resources experience, Bill is a successful career coach whose clients include managers and executives who are working as well as those in job transition, in a variety of industries including high tech, medical cost containment and financial services. He is the co-author of For Executives Only…Applying Business Techniques to Your Job Search. 

On the personal side, Bill is an amateur magician and fitness enthusiast; he has completed more than 30 triathlons. He is a graduate of Denison University and is a 25-year resident of Ridgewood, NJ.  

Doors open at 9 am for networking, with the presentation to begin at 9:30 at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road.

Photo courtesy of LinkedIn.

08/16 Presentation: Gerard Raho – Financial Planning During Career Transition

posted Aug 6, 2017, 2:23 PM by PSGMC Staff

Cash management and liquidity needs are key concerns when you are between jobs. Join the Professional Support Group of Morris County on Wednesday, August 16th, when Gerard Raho, financial advisor with Edward Jones, addresses the specific financial planning needs of workers in career transition.

Gerard, who has 25 years of financial markets experience, will cover topics including 401K options, retirement plan options for entrepreneurs and consultants, choosing the right time to begin collecting Social Security benefits and special situations when withdrawing funds from an IRA account can be done without penalty.

There will be a question and answer period as well as an opportunity for one to one discussions after the presentation. 

Doors open at 9 am for networking, with the presentation to begin at 9:30 at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road.

Photo courtesy of LinkedIn.

08/02 Presentation: Chip Hartman – Why Do People Say Yes?

posted Jul 28, 2017, 4:00 PM by PSGMC Staff   [ updated Jul 28, 2017, 4:09 PM ]

THESIS:  The essence of marketing is the message. The essence of the message is the value proposition!

SUMMARY:  Put simply, a value proposition is the answer to one critical question: "If I am your ideal customer, why should I buy from you rather than any of your competitors?" The clearly written response to this question delivers two critical pieces of information:
1. For you: It provides the framework for you to develop your "core marketing message"; and
2. For your customer: It offers your customer the bulletproof rationale for choosing YOU above anyone else offering similar products or services (Note: "hiring manager" can be safely substituted for "customer")

Chip is a business owner and published author based in Parsippany, New Jersey specializing in the development of online branding and marketing solutions for a wide range of customers. Chip Hartman.com, LLC helps both individuals and business owners formulate, articulate and deploy their value propositions within their marketing assets to achieve demonstrably higher conversion rates.

08/09 Presentation: Stephanie Mazzeo-Caputo – Power of Personality

posted Jul 24, 2017, 5:50 AM by PSGMC Staff   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 7:16 AM ]

How you process information, make decisions and interact with the world around you can offer insights to help you find the right career or job. Join PSGMC on Wednesday, August 9, for a workshop by Stephanie Mazzeo-Caputo, Please Understand Me: The Power of Personality.

In addition to providing insights to assist in your job search, these tips can also improve your interpersonal relationships at work and in life. As a seasoned coach and behavior change expert, Stephanie helps clients leverage their strengths, improve communication skills, shift perspectives, achieve goals and develop strategies for success. She has coached all levels of employees from entry level to C-suite, is an expert in educational design and has led hundreds of workshops.  Her clients are from all sectors of the corporate world, non-profit organizations and academic institutions.  

She holds a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University, a master’s in nutrition from Penn State and a bachelor of science degree in biology from Brooklyn College/CUNY.  She is certified to Teach English as a Second Language and is a graduate of CoachU’s Core Essential Program.

Through her affiliation with Penn State’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, Stephanie provides career coaching services to help young women determine their career path, learn leadership skills and network with seasoned professionals.

Stephanie is currently an active volunteer for Literacy Volunteers of America.  She has served as a board member of the Northern NJ Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and has volunteered for many health organizations including the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and CancerCare.

The Professional Support Group of Morris County meets most Wednesdays at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road. Doors open at 9 am for networking, with the presentation to begin at 9:30 am.

Photo courtesy of LinkedIn.

07/26 Presentation: Marty Latman - Stepping Out of the Crowd-Making a Powerful Elevator Pitch

posted Jul 22, 2017, 6:31 PM by PSGMC Staff

Join Marty Latman at PSGMC on Wednesday, July26, to learn how to Step out from the crowd by making a 
powerful  elevator pitch.

Well-known to networking groups throughout New Jersey, Marty Latman is the chairman of the Bergen Chapter of Financial Executive Network Group (FENG), which he created in March 2002 with 29 members. Now counting more than 4,800 members, FENG-Bergen Chapter has successfully helped more than 1,250 of its members find gainful employment.


He is also the chairman of NJ Strategic Executive Networking Group (NJSENG) and co-leader at Careers – in- Transition (CIT) networking Group. In April 2016, he founded Latman Advisory Services, drawing on his experience with emerging and middle market employers and his success in organizing start-up companies, turning around organizations, improving product margins, and setting strategic company direction.

The Professional Support Group of Morris County meets most Wednesdays at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Library, 449 Halsey Road. Doors open at 9 a.m. for networking, with presentation to follow at 9:30 a.m.


Photo courtesy of Marty Latman

07/12 Presentation: John Gillen - Job Campaign 202.

posted Jul 10, 2017, 2:50 PM by PSGMC Staff   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 2:58 PM ]

As the world of work continues to change, job seekers must adapt. Join PSGMC on Wednesday, July 12, as Human Resources Consultant John Gillen presents Job Campaign 202.

A founding member of PSGMC, John helps his clients through HR transformation and process redesign, with an eye on the future of work. He combines the hands-on experience of an HR practitioner with the advisory skills of a Human Capital Management consultant.

Doors open at 9 am for networking, with the presentation to begin at 9:30 at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road.

Photo courtesy of LinkedIn.

06/28 Presentation: Janelle Razzino – Get Your Game On!

posted Jun 26, 2017, 10:42 AM by PSGMC Staff

Unless you are focused on your job search, you’ll be sitting on the sidelines while employers choose others for their teams.

Join PSGMC on Wednesday, June 28, as Executive Recruiter Janelle Razzino as she demonstrates the importance of bringing you’re A-game to the competitive job market.

Janelle has been in Executive Search for 27 years, recruiting high level executives to the tristate and greater Metro New York area. Her company, Razzino Associates, is a contingency firm with a retained search process, she understands the client/ candidate needs. Customer service is always at the forefront of each search, the ultimate competitive advantage.

Janelle’s specialties include executive level placements for the Global 2000. Disciplines include finance, accounting and information technology across all industries. Janelle has been featured in the New York Times and CBS World News.

Photo courtesy of Janelle Razzino


06/21 Presentation: Paul Cecala – Life-long Learning

posted Jun 18, 2017, 11:43 AM by PSGMC Staff

Explore the role of life-long learning and education in fulfilling your next career goals at the Professional Support Group of Morris County on Wednesday, June 21st, from  9:30 am – noon at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Library, 449 Halsey Road.

Paul Cecala, certified career coach, explained “Career sustainability includes life-long learning. Everyone should ask and answer, throughout their life, ‘What do I want to be when I grow up?’”

Currently the Coordinator of Career and Professional programs for the County College of Morris, Cecala will talk about CCM offerings for those that want to enhance their skills as well as explore some ways to get direction and guidance for a new career.  He will also do a presentation on background checks. 

Paul has worked for several post-secondary career schools as Director of Career Services. As a Five O’Clock Club Certified Career Coach, he has been coaching since 1999, assisting people in either changing careers or starting their professional lives.

Doors open at 9 am for networking before the program.

Photo: courtesy of Paul Cecala

06/14 Presentation: Mock Interviews – Dale Favia

posted Jun 13, 2017, 7:48 AM by PSGMC Staff

Perfect your interview skills by participating in a mock interview on Wednesday, June 14, from 9:30 am to noon at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Library. Dale Favia, who has used her experience as a hiring manager to teach others to successfully navigate the interview process, will lead the session.

You’ll gain the confidence that comes with practice as well as feedback and coaching to improve your technique and communications skills, including preparing for behavioral questions. Practice makes perfect!

To participate, bring a hard copy of your résumé and job description to Wednesday’s meeting.

05/10 Presentation: Money Saving Strategies During Transition – Bill LaChance

posted May 9, 2017, 3:39 AM by PSGMC Staff

Learn about strategies to help deal with cash flow during career transition on Wednesday, May 10, at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Library, 449 Halsey Road, during a presentation by independent financial advisor Bill LaChance.

Health insurance, taxes, college costs and investment fees are some of the topics he will address beginning at 9:30 a.m.  His presentation will cover a number of strategies which may help with cash flow during a career transition, focusing on those which may not be well known or understood. He will answer questions about medical insurance through the Affordable Care Act, tax implications of 401k/403b rollovers and withdrawals, tax deductibility of job hunting expenses, strategies to take advantage of lower marginal tax rates during a transition and potential adjustments to financial aid.

Bill LaChance is an independent financial advisor based in Chatham, NJ.  Bill offers a unique flat fee program and focuses his practice those going through or contemplating a career transition. Prior to launching his financial planning practice, Bill spent 22 years in corporate finance in the retail industry and before that was a CPA with a large accounting firm.   Bill has a B.S. in Accounting from Bryant University, an MBA in Finance from Indiana University and completed the Financial Planning Certificate program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Bill is also an Enrolled Agent authorized to represent taxpayers before the IRS and provides tax consulting and preparation services. 

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