Two luxurious Signature Suites at the newly-renovated Madison Square Garden set the first-class tone for our NYC Chapter Celebration on December 7th. Throughout the evening, CEO Trustees, spouses, significant others, and invited guests enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow CEOs, plentiful drinks & hors d’oeuvres, and an exciting Devils vs. Rangers hockey match-up. Our members and guests all shared what an wonderful & memorable evening they had catching up with friends and meeting interesting new colleagues.
Upon arrival at the Garden’s 9th floor Signature Suites lobby, guests found themselves surrounded by sports & music memorabilia from some of the most legendary Garden events. Inside the luxury suites, comfortable leather chairs, plush oversized stadium seating, a granite-topped bar with bar stools, and other top-notch appointments greeted guests. A tasty buffet prepared by MSG’s signature chefs included assorted sushi & sashimi, Sicilian croquettes, chicken tenders with dipping sauces, fresh assorted fruit, chocolate-covered jumbo strawberries, and more.
New CEO Trustee Carol Robbins was the lucky winner of our door prize, a $100 gift card from Macy’s. Dwayne Pechet, Practice Manager at CEO Trust’s alliance partner TriBridge, was on hand to present Carol with her prize, which was generously provided by TriBridge. Of course, the highlight of the evening was the exciting cross-river hockey rivalry playing out on the ice below. Though the suites were filled with Rangers and Devils fans alike, the Devil fans emerged triumphant. After losing their lead in the final seconds of regulation play, the Devils scored in exciting fashion on a power play 1:15 into overtime, lifting them to a 4-3 win over the Rangers.
Regardless of the game outcome, all attendees enjoyed a fabulous evening, catching up with old friends and making some new ones.
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Human Resources Executive Online In a recent blog that appeared on Human Resources Executive Online, Marc Effron, president of The Talent Strategy Group, and previous CEO Trust speaker, is highlighted for his pointers on the Insights portion of his website devoted to talent management. "Talent-management practices are too important to our organizations to let them be destroyed by friendly fire," says Effron.
In a recent blog posted by Neal Schaffer, founder of Maximize Social Business and previous CEO Trust speaker, the 10 best practices for boosting the effectiveness of your LinkedIn efforts are highlighted. LinkedIn remains the dominant social networking tool for professionals.
A recent Tribridge blog explains why many security researchers now recommend using 18-character alpha numeric, non-complex passwords. Lengthy non-complex passwords may seem complicated but they can be easier to remember than complex passwords. Use a familiar phrase or sentence. Using familiar phrases as passwords can even reduce the number of help desk calls for password resets.
A recent blog by SFG Wealth Planning Services shares A Smart Strategy: Adopting a written plan for selling company securities can be an affirmative defense against trading on material nonpublic information. You need to be sure your plan for selling company stock meets with current SEC standards and aligns with shareholder interests. Planned trading programs, also known as rule 10b5-1 trading plans, can be put in place to facilitate systematic sales.
Mr. Steege is President of SFG Wealth Planning Services, Inc., SFG Investment Advisors, Inc. (SFG), a fee only financial planning firm. Founded 20 years ago, SFG is dedicated to assisting senior executives and their employees with their complex stock-based compensation and planning challenges.
On November 18th, I had the pleasure of moderating a fantastic panel on “Evaluating & Managing the Ever-Changing Landscape of Technology Risk.” Our expert speakers included:
We discussed and learned quite a bit about some strange and scary terms like Phishing, Pre-texting, Trojan Horse, Malware, Social Engineering, Keystroke Loggers, Spyware and Worms… Lots of new things to be worried about that seem to change all the time. Our speakers were incredibly knowledgeable and informative, helping attendees separate the hype from what is real. They offered great advice appropriate for keeping any sized business safe, and shared useful Data Loss Prevention guidelines, which we’ve added to our member website Library for reference. Handouts included “How to Secure Your Company's Most Sensitive Data,” and “Protecting IP Data from Loss and Theft: The Shortest Path to Prevention and Risk Reduction.”
Stay safe… and enjoy!
-- Joe Tait, CEO Trustee - CIO, Lydall, Event Chair, and Founding Philadelphia Chapter Member
George Strompolos, CEO and founder of Fullscreen, and a previous CEO Trust speaker, is quoted in an article on 4-Traders.com, regarding a new single sign-on feature that unlocks VIP access and benefits with game-changing creative services. "With the launch of Sign In with Fullscreen, we can seamlessly integrate into the Fullscreen Creator Platform a wide range of third-party partners who complement our mission. We're very excited about all the possibilities this opens up for our creators," says Strompolos.
On November 7th, “Workforce 2020 – Colliding Trends and a New Game” was the subject of CEO Trust’s NYC Chapter event at the stylish Terrace Club in midtown, adjacent Rockefeller Center. The event kicked off with a look at the fascinating short video, “How Will the World be in 2020?,” which offered a glimpse into many demographic and technological changes to come.
Our expert panel: Doug Blitzer, Director of Talent Acquisition & Development at Tribridge; Andrew O'Connor, President of A.J. O'Connor Associates, Inc.; and Maureen McGurl (Moderator), Principal at Sutton Place HR Consulting Group. Afterward, participants were invited to test their knowledge on US & global workforce trends during the interactive “Future Work" challenge. Our panelists then discussed evolving trends and methods to handle the challenges of an ever-changing global workforce.
Predictions & projections include that, by the year 2020:
Strategies our panel presented for handling the challenges of this ever-changing global workforce included:
Our panel shared information, ideas, and best practices drawing on their expertise and experience with individuals, teams, and corporations. Attendees gained insight into how to address the changes to come proactively in order to attract, hire, train, and retain the very best team members possible. All on hand came away with concrete strategies for providing productive and satisfying work environments for an increasingly heterogeneous workforce.
This morning, the PA Chapter roundtable spent some time on the impact of the next generation Millennials in the workplace. There are clear cultural differences (there always are) between generations. One question that arose: should the senior generation be retraining the junior or vice versa?
Not trying to answer the question, but here are some interesting blogs and ideas from both sides of the generation gap...
There is a lot to be learned as well as taught. Happy Team Development!
-- RJ Juliano, CEO Trustee
Social Media will find you, you can’t hide! After our recent session on Strategic Social Media, our Trustees can’t say they don’t know this.
The PA Chapter explored the rapidly changing world of strategic social media at an event held at the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia. The agenda focused on how CEOs should approach social media, why they often shy away, and why they benefit from using it. The top-flight panel focused on how social media is part of a wider brand strategy, why a response plan is critical, and how to get involved even with limited resources and knowledge.
Evan Urbania, CEO & Co-Founder – ChatterBlast Media, Michelle Price Taglialatela, President, Certified Brand Strategist – Tag Strategies, and Cass Bailey, Principal – Slice Communications led the lively discussion of this critical and often perplexing topic. Networking time and a lively interchange and Q&A with the audience focused the conversation on the strategic aspects that every business should address.