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December 1, 2011

Avoiding the Funk - December 6th Webcast

Posted by Panelist - Lin Coughlin

Maya Angelou wrote, "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude!"

A blunt statement of perspective, easier said than done to be sure, but advice to be taken seriously. Our state of mind determines our circumstances to, in turn, realize the outcomes we seek. The possibilities are infinite if we can embrace mindset shifts when disappointment, if not shock occurs - change that we may have little if any ability to influence or alter.

Losing a job and the challenges that abound in today's world involving the search for employment are, for most, a mind bending experience, where a core aspect of our identity is called into question. Among other outcomes, we may lose a sense of community and, for many, a comfortable, predictable routine and structure to our day to day living experience.

The bad news may be that we have lost a validating sense of community. The good news is that if we are open to its presence, "community" is all around us, whether it is fellow colleagues and friends who are working through similar situations, our loved ones, or an abundant number of communities of individuals that we have never had the presence of mind to seek out.

An unplanned disruptive change to our personal status quo almost always signals that it is time to take the plunge and go for a context shift that involves the framing or re-framing of our personal 12 to 24 month vision.

My advice, having "been there and done that," and with the validation of having had the privilege to coach many individuals through significant departures from the status quo, is that you "be with" the free fall you might be feeling. Give yourself permission to thoughtfully and creatively answer the following question: How do I really want to "show up" to myself, my loved ones and new communities of influence in the next 12 to 24 months? Avoid forcing into your thinking process the constraints of your life's structure and boundaries up until now.

If you can resolve to commit to Maya's "change in attitude" by committing to your own personal 12 to 24 month re-visioning exercise, here are five suggestions:

1) Seek out perspective from a variety of sources, including individuals and communities of individuals that you don't know. If, for example, in the course of your work you have been exposed to and experienced a curiosity about the technology sector, join a community of individuals with like interests.

2) Become a mentor - perhaps to an individual who is experiencing a similar challenge or perhaps to an individual who has an entirely different need that a mentoring relationship would support. In addition to the benefits of personal fulfillment and validation the experience will help to clarify the nature of your shifting mindset.

3) Get involved, if not seek out a leadership role, at a not-for-profit organization whose mission resonates for you. The outcome will reinforce and build upon that which you commit to as a mentor.

4) List your leverageable technical and leadership skills and competencies that up until now you assumed were relevant.

5) Take advantage of the above mentioned relationship focused experiences to continuously assess your technical skills together with your leadership competencies. You will likely be surprised. In almost every case, an honest and thoughtful assessment, together with the perspective of others, yields a different outcome than what you will have expected.

A philosopher wrote, "The only way to make sense out change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance."

To dancing toward a context shift that will change you for life!

Register for the upcoming Lawyers in Transition Webcast on December 6, 2011 on "Avoiding the Funk" at www.nysba.org/December6thWebcast

December 6, 2011

Bottomless Closet - Volunteer Opportunities

The mission of Bottomless Closet is to help disadvantaged New York City women become self-sufficient through a comprehensive program that begins with business attire and interview preparation and continues with professional development, financial management and personal enrichment. Using the model of women helping women and our network of dedicated volunteers, Bottomless Closet enhances our clients' self-esteem and self-confidence in order for them to enter and succeed in the workforce and improve the quality of their lives.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED: Bottomless Closet was founded by a group of volunteers and to this day operates in large part thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers. There are many opportunities to volunteer including the following: Clothing Consultation & Coaching: select interview appropriate clothing, review resumes and help women prepare for job interviews; Workshops & Programming: develop the curriculum and facilitate workshops on topics including Financial Management and Professional Development; Fundraising Activities: make a financial contribution, organize events to benefit Bottomless Closet; Career Days: host an event to introduce women to employment opportunities at your company. Clothing Drives: organize personal or corporate sponsored drives to collect women's new/gently worn business appropriate attire.

For more information or to get involved, go to www.bottomlessclosetnyc.org

December 12, 2011

JumpStart NYC Information for unemployed, mid-career professionals

Are you unemployed, mid-career professional living in NYC?

Attend a JumpStart NYC information session.

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December 13, 2011

Tax Issues Facing Lawyers in Transition | Free Program January 9, 2012

Tax Issues Facing Lawyers in Transition
2011 Career Development Free Live Webcast Series
Committee on Lawyers in Transition

The program is free to all attorneys, but pre-registration is required.

Register online at www.nysba.org/January9thWebcast

A Panel with Tony Garbuio, CPA; Segan & Garbuio, CPAs, PC and
Robert L. Fischbein, CPA; Partner Bederson & Complany LLC

Many lawyers in transition are used to being W-2 employees and are now having to wrestle with 1099 and K-1 income, the records they need to retain in connection with such income, classifying varying expenses which may be business, job search or both, among other tax questions and issues that are new to them. Our panelists will address these and other related matters to help prepare you with the right questions to ask and information to provide to tax preparers in anticipation of filing your 2011 returns.

  • · What records do you need to maintain and the best way to maintain them
  • · When do you need to get/give a 1099 and what do you do if you do not get one
  • · How to categorize expenses that can be either job search and/or business development
  • · When can you write off portions of your home, computer, etc. and how much

This program is part of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Lawyers in Transition series of free, live webcasts on Career Development to help lawyers better manage their careers during this tough economy.

Attend in person or view the live webcast online.

Please note: This program does not carry MCLE credit.

If you are looking to make a career change, leave your current job, or transition back to the workforce after time away from the profession, the Committee on Lawyers in Transition is here to help. Designed to help attorneys in transition, the career development series of programs offer advice and resources to increase the odds of finding rewarding work.

The weblink to view the program along with any program materials will be forwarded to all registrants. Participants will be able to ask questions of the presenters using the online weblink.

If you are unable to participate in the LIVE webcast, the recorded archive will be available online and posted at the Committee's website - www.nysba.org/LawyersinTransition.

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