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Executive Transition Accelerator Session Dates & Registration Info

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We’re making it easy for you to curate your own Executive Transition Accelerator experience. While we recommend the full ETA program for many, you may only need to brush up on a couple of topics.

When preparing to register, consider your options:

Executive Transition Accelerator – All sessions [includes all 6 ETA sessions plus the wrap-up session]
ETA Individual Sessions – À la carte session selection [choose specific sessions that meet your personal requirements]

Below are the session outlines and corresponding dates that are open for registration.

ETA Sessions


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June 27 – July 13, 2022
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The ETA program consists of six live, virtual, interactive sessions designed to help you compress the time it takes to transition out of your full-time role to embark on a new path of flexible opportunities. The sessions, facilitated by subject matter experts who have successfully made the transition, will help you identify what has changed, discover new areas of opportunity, expand your network and support system, and learn new skills to help you succeed. Each session will conclude with a discussion and question and answer period, and you will receive a set of actionable takeaways and resources to support your pursuit of new opportunities.

Dan Martin will introduce the program. He is responsible for Relationship Management at Eleven Canterbury. He has extensive international experience leading business transformation projects within large corporations, including Schlumberger, Shell, and DEC, and as an external partner to companies like ING, Kvaerner, and Hartford Mutual Insurance. His eclectic career includes work as a professor, a stint in airplane manufacturing, heading software development at a startup, and building systems for commodity futures traders.

The Sessions:

Monday, June 27
11am – 12:30pm ET
Making the Transition: An introduction to building your next chapter

Change is in the air: after a successful full-time career, you have the opportunity to do something new in a different environment. It is an exciting next chapter that offers you the ability to pursue a variety of opportunities, including work that allows for greater flexibility, better work-life balance, and personal growth. Along with new opportunities come new challenges.

This two-and-a-half-hour session will help start your journey with a solid understanding of the tools and skills you’ll need to meet the challenges and successfully pursue new opportunities.

The facilitators will help you identify and communicate your passion and personal brand and explain the importance of continuing to expand your personal and professional networks. Along with the other members of your cohort, you will begin to build a network of support with like-minded executive leaders on a similar journey.

Facilitated by Marie Meliksetian
Marie is the CEO of Reliance Solution Services, LLC, and President of the International Women’s Forum of Connecticut. She was the US Chief Executive Officer for a DXC Company (Xchanging Services) and has held a variety of senior-level global positions at IBM, focusing on Business Process Outsourcing and Procurement.

Marie C. Waugh
Marie C. Waugh owns and operates MACW, LLC., an Executive Human Resources organization.   She served as Chief Human Resources Officer for APTIM, and was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources; Environment; Health and Safety; Facilities and the SUEZ North America Foundation for SUEZ in North America, a subsidiary of SUEZ. She currently serves as Commissioner, Vice-Chair for Broward Health, and Second Vice-Chair for the Urban League of Broward County, FL.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
10:30 am – 11:45 am ET
Your Personal Brand & Digital Presence

Following a successful corporate career, developing a personal brand is a must. Our previous positions securely defined us; shouldn’t it continue to do so? The short answer is no, it shouldn’t, and it won’t! Whether your interests lie in building a board portfolio, taking on interim leadership positions, becoming an expert witness, or pursuing all new opportunities, a well-defined and embraced personal brand will have more impact than words on a resume. The session will help you define your personal brand both on and offline, develop your value proposition and talking points, and understand your target audience. Shifting social norms and moving in-person interactions online is not always easy and many of us have yet to master the art of creating a professional online presence. You will learn how to up your digital game and avoid embarrassing moments, along with best practices for speaking on panels and doing press interviews, especially in the virtual world.

Facilitated by Dr. Joanna Dodd Massey
Joanna is a C-level communications executive and Board Director with over 25 years of experience in the media industry, working at Condé Nast, Lionsgate, CBS, Viacom, Discovery, and Hasbro. She is a corporate speaker, a Board Director for publicly held companies and non-profits, and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. She is the author of Culture Shock: Surviving Five Generations in One Workplace and Communicating During a Crisis: Influencing Others When the Stakes Are High.

Thursday, July 7, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET
The Road to Certified Coaching

Executive coaching seems like a natural path for senior executives leaving full-time positions. Our certified Executive Coach will share experiences and lessons learned in becoming certified and building a successful Executive Coaching business and second career. Differences between mentorship and coaching will be explained, along with various types of coaching, core coaching skills required, and the tools and support needed to build a coaching practice.

Facilitated by Matthew Fairless
Matthew is a certified Executive Leadership Coach and Coaching Supervisor with the UK-based Tavistock Institute. He coaches globally for blue-chip and professional services clients, often working with individuals and teams undergoing major role transitions. He is also a regular coach on the High-Performance Leadership program at IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. Before becoming a Coach, Matthew held several project and operational roles as a Managing Director at UBS, including six years as COO for Cohort Legal in Zurich and three years as COO for the UBS Offshoring Center in India.

Friday, July 8, 2022
11 am – 12:30 pm ET
Working with Private Equity and VC

Roles where executives can use their experience as a foundation to add value abound in the Private Equity (PE) world. Some opportunities are directly with the PE firm, such as assisting with acquisition due diligence. Interim executive, consultant, and Board Director positions also exist within a firm’s portfolio of companies. This session will cover the PE business model, the roles available within PE firms and their portfolio companies, the compensation scheme, and how to pursue opportunities. Highlighted are essential considerations to keep in mind about working in this space and a first-hand account of a successful pursuit of a PE position.

Facilitated by Jeff Steinhorn
Jeff is an Operating Partner at a Private Equity company and currently sits on three company boards.   He was the CIO at Johnson & Johnson, responsible for all aspects of information technology for its pharmaceutical business (Janssen), and the CIO for Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies. Earlier, Jeff was the global CIO of Hess Corporation and CIO of Linens & Things. He has held several board of director and advisory board positions for VC companies, universities, county YMCA chapters, and industry cohorts.

Monday, July 11, 2022
11 am – 12:30 pm ET
Building a Board Portfolio

Many senior executives are interested in pursuing board positions at public and private companies after leaving their corporate roles. For most, the route to the board room is an unmapped trail with a plethora of dead-ends. Today the criteria for board directors is far more nuanced than it was even three years ago. While networking is still critically important, equally important is being clear about your current-day values and skills that will support the growth and sustainability of the company. In addition to critical issues like DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) and ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance), many other areas of expertise are needed like cybersecurity, employee health and retention, and the post-pandemic world of leading a hybrid workforce. The session includes first-hand experiences and highlights the route to securing board positions – from researching and crafting a targeted value proposition to tips on writing a board CV and interviewing for a position.

Facilitated by Melissa Ludwig
Melissa is a Board Member and Executive Leadership Coach & Career Advisor. She held a senior leadership role at Macy’s, managing $600M P&L, an associate base of 3000, has transitioned multiple M&As, and was the architect of multiple companywide initiatives. Melissa was the first woman to lead the iconic Herald Square. She is the Board Chair of NACD Philadelphia, Chair of the Forum of Executive Women Leadership, and Vice-Chair for ALS

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
11 am – 1:30 pm ET
Working as an Expert Witness 

This session delves into the details of what it means to be an expert witness, how to prepare, what to expect, and the all-important do’s and don’ts of serving as an expert witness. With years of experience working with clients and preparing candidates, the facilitator will describe the process from start to finish, including determining whether or not the role is right for you, interviewing for the position, time commitment, due diligence, conflicts of interest, and compensation. Included is insight from Eleven Canterbury network members who will share their experiences acting as expert witnesses.

Facilitated by Dr. Helene Reda
Helene is the Chief Admin & Operations Officer for Eleven Canterbury. She has years of experience working with clients and preparing candidates in the details of being retained and successfully serving as an expert witness. Prior to joining Eleven Canterbury, she was Director and Global Business Manager for FX, MM and Commodities at UBS AG, Assistant Vice President at ABN Amro, and Assistant Treasurer at JPMorgan Chase. She volunteers teaching a My Money session on financial literacy to women residing with the NYS Dept. of Correctional Services.

Friday, July 15, 2022
11 am – 12 pm ET
Wrap-up Session: What happens next?

This final session, facilitated by Dan Martin, is an interactive discussion with the cohort to review the sessions, answer questions and discuss next steps.

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