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10-24-2012 Workshop: Moving Up-Moving On "Getting the Edge: A New Perspective to Advance Your Career"10-24-2012 Workshop: Moving Up-Moving On "Getting the Edge: A New Perspective to Advance Your Career"

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This program offers a rare opportunity to hear from three executive level women whose respective areas of expertise and years of accumulated knowledge, insight and wisdom uniquely combine to address and show you how to advance your organization, your career and your well-being by focusing on these key areas:

**  Non-Profit Culture: Melanie Brandston will offer ways to identify and understand organizational culture, ways to incorporate this understanding into your job search, and how to improve your effectiveness in your current work environment.

** Emotional Intelligence: Donna Schwarz will offer an approach to help you understand social exchanges, evaluate the connection between behavior and professional success, and give you practical tools to help you grow your career and support high levels of productivity, energy and happiness.

** Creating/Finding a Good Fit: Sarah Holland will offer career-building strategies based on identifying, developing, and integrating effective leadership behavior with personal goals and organizational mission.


Melanie Brandston, President M.M. Brandston Co., Inc. has been in nonprofit development for her entire 32-year career.  Her experience ranges from building major gifts programs and managing capital campaigns to overseeing multi-faceted development departments. She has served on both sides of the desk as a chief development executive and as a senior executive of the international fundraising consulting firm, Brakeley Briscoe. Organizations served include colleges, prep schools, museums, human service organizations, disease charities, and international development causes.

Having worked with over 43 organizations nationally, Melanie has realized how organizational culture has a significant impact on nonprofit leaders’ effectiveness, especially in development. For this reason, Melanie enrolled in Skidmore College’s Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies program two years ago to study organizational behavior and the role of philanthropy.

Melanie will offer ways to identify and understand organizational culture. She will offer ways to incorporate information about organizational culture into your job search as well as how to improve your effectiveness in your current work environment.


Donna Schwarz, Founder, Schwartz Consultants is a leadership coach with a wealth of experience guiding the growth and development of corporate and nonprofit professionals. Her areas of specialization include Emotional Intelligence, leadership development programs, and customized training programs. She has helped senior leaders create and maintain an environment that supports high-level productivity, effectively communicate their vision and values, and understand how their behavior impacts others and the performance of the organization. Some of her clients include senior partners of global law firms, executive directors of global nonprofit foundations, chief officers of leading advertising agencies, and senior executives of consumer goods organizations.

Donna’s dual background in business and psychology uniquely equips her to pinpoint key issues and help individuals and groups understand the connection between behavior and professional achievement. Prior to her career in executive and leadership coaching, Donna worked as a financial executive and business consultant. In one dynamic startup company, she created and led the financial and human resources functions, leading to an increase in revenue and personnel of over 300% for three consecutive years. These results led to a $40 million acquisition by a multi-billion dollar international holding company.

Donna received a MA in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a BA in Humanities from New College of California. She is a licensed psychotherapist, certified in the Bar-On EQ-I, ESCI, Hogan Assessments and the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator. Donna is a sought-after spokesperson, has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine, and regularly speaks to business associations and groups.


Sarah Holland, CPC, President, CareerFix is a strategic consultant and certified professional coach. Now in her third career, Sarah began professional life as a fundraiser, morphed into a diversity consultant, and ended up a strategic coach. Here is the quick version of her path. Three decades in non-profit fundraising and management led her to Catalyst where she spent seven years securing the resources to shine a national spotlight on advancing and expanding opportunities for women and business.

Buoyed by her Catalyst success and committed to further leveling the workforce playing field, Sarah founded the Visibility Project to focus on issues of sexual orientation. In this capacity, Sarah consulted on the role of identity in building effective organizational leadership and is published in The Psychology and Management of Workplace Diversity (2004: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.)

Along the way, Sarah’s focus shifted to the integration of effective leadership behavior with personal goals and organizational mission, regardless of identity group, and without intending to become a coach, she did. Today, Sarah coaches organizations on creating high-functioning workplaces where people are welcome and valued, and individuals on creating strategies to find work where it is possible to be fulfilled, be yourself and yes, be happy.


The Program will be moderated by:

Susan Shattuck, Principal, Special Events Unlimited, Inc.


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Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be included.  Seating is limited, so please register early.

This program has been selected for inclusion in NYWA's 20th Anniversary Celebration.

October 24th, 2012 6:00 PM   through   8:00 PM
Con Edison
4 Irving Place (betw. 14-15th Sts.)
19th Fl. Auditorium
New York, NY 10003
Late Registration
Member $ 40.00
Non-Member $ 50.00

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