May 2020 Virtual Transition Support Meetings

Photo credit to Stuart Miles


Virtual Networking Meetings 5/17/2020

Still trying to work out the kinks – future email should be coming from

Members of the Tri State Transition Community:

Due to the Corona Virus and the state’s social distancing mandate, all live meetings have been temporarily canceled for the duration of the pandemic. That said, many  groups have ingeniously started holding virtual meetings via: WebEx, Zoom, GoToMeeting, Facebook Live, or other electronic mediums.

Listed below are the virtual meetings that I am aware of. As more become available, I will share this information with you. One of the great things about these virtual meetings is that yesterday some meetings appeared too far away to travel to, but today they are just a click away. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore, make new friends, and learn from them.

In addition, some previous live meetings were recorded for future use and these Podcasts can be viewed 24/7, when time allows. Check them out; I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of helpful information awaiting you.

Meeting organizers, since all of these virtual meetings are now being telecasted, consider recording them for future use. Especially for members who, for some reason or another, could not attend the live telecast, but would like to view them at a later date. The information presented in these Podcasts is timeless, and should be preserved for future viewing.

On behalf of the transition support community, we are most thankful to all the talented individuals who have so quickly transformed these live presentations into virtual meetings. Without your knowhow and willingness to help, the meetings listed below would not be possible.  Again, thank you very much for your help during this world wide health crisis.

If you are aware of another  group that was receiving the Thomas Donohue Meeting updates, and are no longer receiving them, please be advised that the email from which this email is sent, has changed to Please add this new email to your  group. Feel free to share this Networking Meetings email with anyone, or any  group that can benefit from the information.  If your  group’s updates are not included in this email, it is probably because the new email address has not yet been approved. This means that this email will not be received by that  group, and the  group’s email updates are not getting to me.

I have applied for membership to all of the  groups that received the Networking Meetings email from Thomas Donohue.  I am still waiting for membership approval from many of the  groups. What can you do to help me? If you have any influence over your  groups membership approval process, I would appreciate a prompt acceptance of my request for membership.

Updates will be sent out on Saturday or Sunday, so please email them to transition by that time. 

Individuals wishing to receive the Networking Meetings updates should join one of the  groups that receives the Networking Meeting email. Most of these  groups allow free membership. I am listing the  groups’ membership links. You may have to answer some questions to obtain membership.  At this point in time, confirmed recipients of this email are:

rjswt <>;;;
nnj_pit <>;
newjerseynetworkers <>;
hillsdalenetworkinggroup <>;
upcoming_networking_events <>;
Emmaus Work Connectors <>;;;

I am still waiting to hear back from:

careernetworking group <careernetworking group@yahoo>

psgcnj <psgcnj@yahoo>

psgmorris <psgmorris@yahoo>

nj-seng <nj-seng@yahoo>

psgtechnology <psgtechnology@yahoo>

MonmouthNetworkingGroupCC <MonmouthNetworkingGroupCC@yahoo>

hillsdalecareernetworking group <hillsdalecareernetworking group@yahoo>

smcng <smcng@yahoo>

stcajetan <>

Logistics_Operations_Group <Logistics_Operations_Group@yahoo>




Wishing everyone good health and stay safe,

Tom Donohue

Adrienne Roman (Networking  groups general email) (personal, non-networking  groups)


NOTE: If you would like your meeting to be included in our meeting announcement list, and/or you would like your  group to be included on our distribution list – please forward your requests to me at: transition If you are an individual, please join one of the  groups above to receive the Networking Meetings email. We are not distributing to individuals at this point in time.

 Sundays from 9:00 – 9:30 am: George Pace, an IT Technology Leader, in Partnership with TBCNJ, will start holding a weekly FACEBOOK LIVE Webinar every Sunday until this crisis is over. The purpose of this Webinar will be to:

  • 1.   CDC Decision Trees – The CDC just published a series of 1 page guides as to the reopening decisions that need to be considered
  • 2.  Work From Home (WFH) happenings – Numerous new articles on Company and Individual perspectives
  • 3.  Several interesting articles on establishing Contactless Environments (Could be job opportunities here)
  • 4.  Google Meet – the New free Webinar Tool from Google
  • 5.   New upcoming Virtual Conferences (which are Educational AND Free !!) 

To access the webinar go to, In the left-hand column click on Videos, then click on the Video that says LIVE.  If you don’t see the LIVE Button, it hasn’t started yet. For questions, please contact George Pace at:

Mondays in May, Every Monday in May from 10-11am, The Elder Law Department at Mandelbaum Salsburg will be hosting a Caregivers Peer Support Group Zoom call for all caregivers or those who have lost a loved one. See below for more info and to register. If you’re in touch with Clelia, please tell her I sent you. SG 

Sara Greenhouse

NNJ PIT – Marketing Partner


Monday, May 18th 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Westchester Networking Organization

Loation:  Online – Session:  Marketing You: Promoting Your Brand on LinkedIn

Guest Speaker:  Melissa Capellan

Abstract:   Whether you are a few years into your career, in the middle of it or perhaps trying to reskill or upskill, it is important to be intentional about your online identity. In this session, you will learn how to build and manage your personal brand and strategies to effectively promote your professional image on LinkedIn.

Credentials:   After returning from DePauw University in Indiana on a Posse Scholarship, Melissa landed back in NYC determined to begin a career in the television production and documentary industry. That plan was altered when she was inspired to accept an offer to join the second corps serving in Miami with Teach For America.

Over the years Melissa has had the great honor of working alongside some of our nation’s top leaders in education which for ten years included serving in leadership capacities at The Posse Foundation and KIPP NYC where she refined her ability to community build, manage projects, coach others and facilitate. Since 2016, Melissa has deepened her impact in higher education working with Westchester Community College’s Division of Workforce Development and Community Education to design and facilitate innovative programming for a diverse student population. She also works with city and government agencies such as the City of White Plains, foundations like Newman’s Own, and a variety of non-profits guiding them to develop cutting edge programming in workforce development, alumni engagement, and professional coaching.

Melissa, a product of NYC Public Schools is driven by the teachers who pushed her to reach her full potential. She is currently pursuing a graduate program in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and children in their Westchester community.


  • A preliminary attendance sheet will be e-mailed to all registered attendees the weekend prior to the meeting. Please do not share or distribute the list out of respect for the privacy of the other attendees. We hope that the list is helpful both for you and for you to help others.
  • Make your evening a success – come prepared!
  • Please ensure you’re attending from a quiet location.
  • Please keep your microphone muted except when speaking.
  • See other best practices.

Find a variety of job-transition-related information on the WNO site:

Tuesday, May 19th, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Navigating Uncertainty: Implications for Business Strategy and Culture Online Class: May 19, 2020; 3:00 PM -4:00 PM EDT Moving an organization from where it is today to where it needs to go is rarely easy. Join us for this webinar with Tammy L. Madsen and Jo-Ellen Pozner from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business as we discuss typical organizational and strategic constraints in navigating uncertainty and how organizations overcome challenges in executing strategic change. Register Here.

Wednesday, May 20th, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm : Communicating to Thrive, Especially During COVID-19 Online Class: May 20, 2020; 1:00 PM -2:00 PM EDT This webinar will focus on understanding our basic interpersonal needs of inclusion, affection and control, and cover how to effectively communicate our needs to others, as well as understand and accommodate others’ interpersonal needs, and how to best create immediacy and connection over screens in personal and professional contexts. Register Here. 

Thursday, May 21st, from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Emmaus Work Connectors (EWC) is a “Net-Working” Group. We join together to help each other work on our work journey together. We take the things we’ve learned from material and presentations at other  groups and apply them together. We have a monthly meeting open to all.Participants can also join a small team to meet weekly. We also encourage members to join with a work buddy to meet every day or two during the week.

Our next meeting will be the Third Thursday in May: Thursday, May 21, 7 PM. More details and RSVP at this link (so we can send reminders and let you know of any changes)

Henry Will IV, PMP

Tuesday, May 26th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Professional Service Group of Central NJ will host a virtual meeting featuring Loraimy Kendall, Dress for Success

Pre-Recorded Podcasts

The New York Science, Industry and Business Library, located at 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street, New York, NY 10016-4314, offers an extensive series of weekly programs pertaining to job search, training, and career advice. In addition, the library has numerous training classes on Microsoft Office, including: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Check it out; you will be glad that you did. Inquiries about programs may be made by calling 917-275-6975, Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.  Click on their link at: for a detailed list of upcoming classes.  In addition to these great in-person classes, the library also recorded some of the presentations and they are available 24/7 on-line at:  Check them out; I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of helpful information awaiting you.

Westport Public Library, located at 20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880 offers an interesting series of weekly programs pertaining to job search, training, and career advice. Click on their link at: for a detailed list of upcoming events. In addition, many of these informative presentations are recorded and the podcasts can be viewed 24/7, when time allows, at: This is a time saving and cost-effective way of seeing a great presentation, from the comfort and convenience of your home. Isn’t technology great!

Microcasts featuring Win Sheffield, a certified career coach, consisting of 71 assorted Power of You Microcasts.  These 5-minute Microcasts answer various career questions, such as: 

  • I have just been laid off and don’t know where to turn; what do I do
  • I am frustrated by my progress even though I am pursuing a variety of job options. What can I do to improve my results
  • Networking, I have very little idea who I should be meeting with or what to ask them. Can you help me get started

For the entire list of 71 five-minute Power of You microcasts, please click on the following link:

Teleconference featuring Abby Kohut, President of Staffing Symphony, and author of Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets, give a teleconference call titled: Keeping Your Career on Track During the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you weren’t able to join the live call, we invite you to listen to the replay at:

Career Wake Up Call #99A Replay.  We invite you to listen to the replay here: The resource guide to accompany the call has been posted here:

In addition to listening to this replay, send an email to Abby at This will add you to the invite list for the next call and the resource guide from this call. 

Zoom: If you want to learn how to use Zoom, copy this link: and paste it into your browser. This will take you to your LinkedIn account and then to videos to instruct you to use Zoom. Good Luck, Marty Latman

PSG of Mercer County website has now grown to 35 eLearning sites. Many are free, but not all.  Check out some of these eLearning sites at:


The New Start Career Network is working with the NJ Department of Labor to gather information about the questions and concerns you have about job loss,unemployment insurance, sick leave, and benefits or resources that may be available to help at:

The New Start Career Network (NSCN) is also providing free access to webinars, podcasts, and other job search resources. To help jobseekers during the coronavirus outbreak, the NSCN resources and services are available to everyone. To learn more, visit the NSCN website at or email us at “Ask NSCN” if you have questions.