Speaker Bios – Employment Roundtable

Laurel Patterson of Patterson Presentations Laurel Patterson is owner of Patterson Presentations, a business that focuses on helping people feel good and feel good about themselves. She takes great pleasure in providing a variety of clients with writing, editing, speaking and training services. She is a member of PAPEN, WorkQuest, and Toastmasters, and former Newsletter Editor and Board member of Pennwriters. Laurel has Associate degrees in Word Processing and Humanities and a CTM from Toastmasters. When she takes a breather from Patterson Presentations, it’s quite likely you will find her caring for her cats or birds, roller skating or hiking, gardening or reading. She can be reached through her web site at www.pattersonpresentations.com. With a lifetime of experience, Laurel shares valuable information to help others, as we all work to make a difference.

Chuck Lanigan, resume reviewer Chuck Lanigan has a wealth of experience both conducting and attending workshops on writing a resume (aka the art of creative euphemism). Chuck says, “Even with all the social networking and other online options, the resume is a complementary tool. At least a formality and hopefully a means to get in the door and be noticed as a match for the position based on skills and experience. I think a lot of people just need another pair of eyes to help them think about how to structure and present their particular skills and experience — which is what I briefly hope to do for folks.”

Tim Sullivan of the Pittsburgh Business Times As a Marketing Executive for the Pittsburgh Business Times, I have the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs, small and medium sized business, firms and partnerships to promote effective readership and subscriptions to the publication. In addition to working directly with trade groups, chambers of commerce, partnerships and community organizations I also conduct SmartReader workshops which are designed to teach professionals to develop quality leads from the Business Times as well as other print publications. The SmartReader seminar provide a formula and action plan to aid today’s professionals on a variety of levels, be it pulling sales leads, finding new business opportunities or tracking clients, prospects and competitors.

Description of SmartReader: These presentations entitled, How to Make More Money Using the Pittsburgh Business Times are designed to teach professionals to develop quality leads from the Business Times as well as other print publications in less than a half-hour. We will show them how to get what they need from the paper before the issues pile up in their offices. The seminar provides a formula and action plan to aid today’s professionals on a variety of levels, be it pulling sales leads, finding new business opportunities or tracking clients, prospects and competitors. In today’s exceedingly competitive market, it is important to stay a step ahead of the competition. SmartReader Strategies provide a foundation that will help them quickly and effectively use the paper to achieve your sales goals.

Marty Stahl of Volunteers of America’s Working Order program Marty Stahl, Marketing Director and Business Coach of Volunteers of America’s Working Order program will review the basics of starting a business. The Working Order program provides support for entrepreneurs to develop their own home based business through coaching, shared resources and community connections. Marty will share the vital ingredients of a successful business, including business plans, financial goals and networking tips while considering the question, What do you really need to be self-employed? Brief Bio: Marty Stahl has served as Working Order’s Marketing Director/Business Coach since 2006. Marty earned a B.A. degree in Education and Art from Bethany College in West Virginia and a Design Degree from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. She shares the common experience with clients who become entrepreneurs, having been the sole proprietor of a small business for ten years. Her marketing expertise provides the framework for helping new entrepreneurs develop their marketing and communications strategies as well as functions which are critical to starting and maintaining a small business. Marty is an experienced web-master and graphic designer who has developed media relationships to promote business opportunities for new business owners and to increase awareness in the Pittsburgh community regarding business development opportunities available in the Working Order program.

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