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Professional Development Morning


8:30 am – 9:00 am Networking 

9:00 am – 10:00 am Teddy Burriss

10:00am -11:00 am Absolutely Abby

Early Bird Admission: $10.00 (Sale ends Oct 3, 2020)

General Admission: $15.00 (Sale starts Oct 4, 2020) 

Earn PDU’s 2.00

  • 1 Strategic and Business PDU (Professional Development Unit) 
  • 1 Leadership PDU (Professional Development Unit) 


Career Tune Up

Tune up your career by updating your business knowledge with Teddy Burriss, Virtual Networking and Absolutely Abby, Recruiting. 


Virtual Networking with Teddy Burriss and Recruiting with Absolutely Abby 

These two seasoned and dynamic speakers will be sharing their experience and expertise in Virtual Networking and Recruiting. 

You will learn about Virtual Networking from Teddy Burriss. Social media are tools for us to connect with and get into conversations with people who are relevant to us, of interest to us and whom we can help in some way. In this presentation Teddy Burriss will share a set of best practices and tactics that anyone can use to help them achieve their business or career goals. 

The rules of the job search game have changed dramatically in the last few years. Abby Kohut, a Human Resources professional, will be sharing the secrets of her industry to help the unemployed and career change professionals. Aside from teaching job search skills, Abby also inspires those that are out of work to not lose faith that they will find a job. 

Speaker Bio

Teddy Burris

Teddy Burriss is a LinkedIn Strategist and Trainer, as well as a Certified Career Coach. For 10+ years Teddy has been delivering training programs for business professionals guiding them from around the best practices and tactics of using LinkedIn as a busines tool. 

Teddy uses his Toastmaster, Sandler Training, Dale Carnegie Graduate Coach, and Certified Social Media Strategist skills to guide people in the best uses of LinkedIn. 

Teddy regularly delivers corporate training & coaching, public speeches, seminars, virtual training, and 1:1 coaching to help others master LinkedIn for business. Teddy brings ideas and discussions around Networking, Social Media and how to land your next great job without looking for a job (Hint -it’s done by getting into open conversations).

Abby Kohut, Absolutely Abby

Abby, who is known as “Absolutely Abby” because she tells job seekers the absolute truth, has held positions from corporate recruiter to Senior Director of Recruiting over the past 18 years. In 2009, Abby shifted her focus to concentrate on helping candidates land their dream jobs and has spoken to over 300 job search groups. 

In 2013, Abby launched a 62-city cross country self-funded speaking tour to fulfill her mission to educate 1 million job seekers. Abby’s next successful recruiting project was at Cheyenne Software, where she recruited 500 employees in two years, effectively doubling the said of the company. Following that, Abby worked for Kaplan, Inc., a world leader in educational services. Most recently, Abby managed an expansion project for LEO Pharma and helped them grow from 6 employees to 300 in 2 years.

Abby was selected as one of the top 100 influential people online according to Fast Company Magazine and was named as one of "The Monster 11 for 2011: Career Experts Who Can Help Your Job Search". She has been featured on several dozen television news and radio segments, including Fox News & Fox News Radio, Good Morning Connecticut, and Bloomberg Radio. Her advice has also been featured in newspapers such as the NJ Star Ledger, The Daily News, Inc. Magazine, Urban Male Magazine, and LA Weekly and on top career sites such as Forbes, LinkedIn, Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs, WorkChic, and The Ladders. 

You can always find us at:

Event Date 10-24-2020 8:30 am
Event End Date 10-24-2020 11:00 am
Cut off date 10-24-2020 12:00 am
Individual Price $10.00
Location: Zoom
Event Date 10-24-2020 8:00 am
Event End Date 10-24-2020 11:00 am
Individual Price Free
Location: Zoom
Hosted by Sharon Barrington
When: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Where: Virtual meeting via Zoom (link available on our MeetUp site)
Individual Price: $5 fee waived this month
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
PDU: Technical 1.0
Program: How to Prevent Spectacular Project Failures
Speaker: Avinash Patil
Projects fail at spectacular rates. Do you want to improve chances of success for your project? Do you want to learn to spot problems before they get out of hand?
Join us on Thursday, Oct 15, at 7:00 pm for an interactive presentation with our guest Avinash Patil on how to prevent spectacular project failures. 
Avinash has introduced an innovative risk identification methodology to the software industry which helps identify big problems, fatal flaws in projects, programs, initiatives & improve changes of success of project. This methodology will help you identify risks, which cannot be found with traditional risk identification techniques. With this technique you can find risk and fatal flaws in the plan/project at the beginning of the project so that you will have time to act on those and improve changes of success of your projects. This technique has been used in many industries like oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals and construction which helped save 100’s of millions of dollars. Avinash has used this methodology extensively in the software industry with great success. This easy to use technique can be used in any industry or business and even in your personal life. 

Avinash Patil Bio: 

Avinash Patil possesses 20+ years of experience in managing complex global PMO’s, portfolios, and programs in enterprise and consumer products and services, with domain experience in SaaS, mobile Apps, transformations, and Cybersecurity. A “Stanford Certified Program Manager”, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, Certified SaFE practitioner, and Kanban practitioner, Avinash has a “Master of Technology” degree from Mysore University, India. His corporate experiences include working with Hewlett Packard, Cisco & VMware. He is currently Staff Technical Program Manager, Portfolio & Program Management at VMware. 


  • Stanford Certified Program Manager – Stanford University, USA 2017
    (SAPM – Stanford Advanced Program Management – 1-month intensive classroom-based training)
  • Mini MBA for Tech Executives – Questrom School of business, Boston University, USA 2018
  • MTech (MS) Digital Electronics and Communication systems, Mysore University, Mysore, India 1992
  • BE (BS) Electrical Engineering: Shivaji University Kolhapore, India 1987

Agile Certifications

  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)
  • Certified SAFe Practitioner (Scaled Agile)

You can always find us at:

Event Date 10-15-2020 7:00 pm
Event End Date 10-15-2020 8:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Location: Zoom

Visit our MeetUp page to register for this event and get the Zoom link.

Event Date 10-15-2020 7:00 pm
Event End Date 10-15-2020 8:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Location: Zoom
Event Date 10-15-2020 5:30 am
Event End Date 10-15-2020 7:00 am
Individual Price Free
Location: Zoom