Networking is the best thing you can do for your own professional development! Share, learn and grow from other professionals in the Fredericksburg area.
This event takes place monthly, with themed discussions led by local leaders, and all are welcome. Interested in a topic below? Please join us! Walk-ins are always welcome.
2023 Coffee Talks:
January 10 – Beth Williams, Executive Director for Human Resources, University of Mary Washington – What’s Your Vision for 2023? Head into the new year focused on your priorities and ready to take action that will move you forward!
February 14 – Kaisha McCrea, Career & Leadership Coach and Consultant is the owner of Growing Perspectives Career Consulting LLC – Networking & Making it Work For You! Discussion on networking and how to make it work best for you. Tailoring it to best fit your personality and communication style. Work smarter not harder!
March 14 – Kimberly Young, Associate Provost for Career and Workforce at the University of Mary Washington — The Power of Rest! – explore the power of planning rest into your schedule and discussion on the downside of ignoring our need for rest.
April 11 – Dr. Keyanna Hawkins, Interim Director of Equity Advancement at Germanna Community College — Speaking Power Over Your Life. -our words are powerful. Are you harming yourself by talking yourself down? Negative self-talk, as well as our words when communicating with others can have a huge impact on our success
May 9 – Wendy Zelazny, Vice President of Membership for the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce — The Art of Negotiation. You’ll never know what you can get if you don’t ask for it!
June 13 – Juanita Myers, Resource Development for Rappahannock United Way — Courage & Taking Risks. We all have fear, but understand there is something more important than fear! Have Courage & Take the Risk!
July 11 – Linda Clevenger, Professional Organizer, Organization Direct — Decluttering Your Life. Minimize the chaos in your life by organizing your thoughts, your closet, and your home. By doing so, you give yourself the grace to not only have more physical space, but more mental clarity as well.
August 15 – Barbara Gustavson, Founder, Discover Next Step — Emotional Intelligence. Equip yourself with actionable insights and strategies to enhance our Emotional Intelligence, enabling us to navigate challenging situations with grace, forge meaningful connections, and foster an inclusive and supportive environment for ourselves and others.
September 12 – Dr. Alexandra Dunn, Professor of Management at the University of Mary Washington — Imposter Syndrome – the condition of feeling anxious and not experiencing success internally, despite being high-performing in external, objective ways.
October 10 – April Peterson, Co-Owner & General Manager, River Rock Outfitter. — Entrepreneurial Mindset – If you agree with the statement “Failure is Success in Progress” then you might have an entrepreneurial mindset! Explore the common traits of entrepreneurs and how you can cultivate continued opportunities that will set you up for business success.
November 14 – Tina Lance, Dean of Professional & Technical Studies and Workforce Development at Germanna Community College. — Change Management – Business and organizations must constantly evolve and change to meet a variety of challenges that come from changes in technology, competitors, laws, or regulations and economic trends. Many people within our organizations are reluctant to change, so it’s important to help our teams understand and embrace change. During this session, we will discuss the 4 P’s of Change Management that will help guide team members through change.
December 12 – Susan Spears, President and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.- Creating a Culture of Gratitude –Sometimes it feels like everything around you is a challenge. There is never enough time to get everything done. You were late on an important deadline. The negative self-talk begins and before you know it, you are finding it difficult to find goodness anywhere. If you have ever struggled with moments like these, it is important to know you are not alone. The good news is: a few intentional shifts can make a world of positive difference! During this interactive session we will share tips to shift our mindset to positive thinking and an outlook rooted in gratitude.
The 2024 schedule will be announced soon. Please check back!