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Monday Morning Speakers 2018

Monday Speakers meetings are open to the public and free of charge. You are cordially invited to attend.

Each meeting features a speaker who covers topics of interest to those who are involved in or contemplating a job search or career change. The meeting begins with a networking session at 9:45 AM. We ask everyone to be seated by 9:55 AM so that the speaker can start promptly at 10:00 AM.

No reservations are needed. Come network with 40Plus members, other guests, and the speaker. The meeting is also an opportunity for anyone who is considering joining 40Plus to see and experience our organization.

Many of us continue our networking conversations over lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. Plan to join us.

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Upcoming events

    • Mon, August 20, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 1627 K St NW, 3rd fl. Washington, DC
    • 17

    Monday Speaker Series : Alison Cardy



    Conversation with


    Imagine getting up on a Monday morning and being excited and inspired about the day ahead! It’s possible to feel on track with your career, and there are plenty of amazing career opportunities out there.

    This training will give you an understanding of the 5 key practices that you need to create career opportunities.

    Join expert career coach Alison Cardy to  discover:

    • Why you should totally ignore the folks who say things like “most people don’t like their work.” and “you should be happy to have your job.” 
    • Why it absolutely does not matter if the career help you got before didn’t help at all.
    • Why a new resume is NOT the answer (and what is).
    • and so much more!

    About Alison:

    Alison Cardy is a career truth-teller who believes in living a life that actually feels like your own. She and her team have helped nearly 200 professionals find a great career fit through her proven CLARITY process. She is a frequent speaker at universities and alumni groups including Harvard, MIT, Georgetown, and her alma mater, The University of Maryland.

    Alison is the author of the bestseller, Career Grease: How to Get Unstuck and Pivot Your Career. Her work has been featured on Monster, Forbes, The Muse, Undercover Recruiter, and The Washington Post. Her home on the web is at

    Register online: ​


    Plan to join us after the meeting for networking. Admission is free.  Many of us carry our conversations to lunch at a nearby eatery.

    Attire is business casual.

    Doors open at 9:45 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00. 

    1627 K St NW, 3rd fl.

    Washington, DC

    • Mon, August 27, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 1627 K St NW, 3rd fl. Washington, DC
    • 32
    Monday Speaker Series: Edna Figueroa


    Leverage Your Passions to Fuel Your Career Search

    Conversation with
    Edna Figueroa

    Developing a strong self-concept, strengthening leadership skills, and pursuing your passion are essential to creating more positive outcomes in your job search.

    We must proactively devise a system to develop and nurture our definition of self and replace the negative stories we have told ourselves that hold us back. If we isolate ourselves or cut short the journey to developing a strong concept of self, we can sabotage our most important opportunities in life and business, including being able to execute a successful job search.

    Come and learn intelligent strategies to help you identify the leader you “must” become to help create the future you desire, versus the one that would come by default. For instance, LinkedIn’s talent research shows that today’s most in-demand skills weren’t even on the list three years ago.



    Join us to engage in a powerful dialogue and discussion

    • Discover how to ignite the leader in you. Your “self-concept” is the foundation to success and a powerful source to help strengthening your leadership skills.
    • Identify strengths and gaps so you can show up powerfully in life.
    • Cultivate an effective leadership style.
    • Learn more about the interplay of self-concept, leadership traits, passion, and the organization.
    • Stay competitive and motivated to accomplish a successful job search.


    About the Speaker:


    Edna Figueroa is an executive coach and leadership consultant. She is the founder of Elevate Leadership Coaching LLC. The mission of Elevate Leadership is to empower leaders and organizations to foster the emergence of new environments where people and organizations are enriched, resilient and productive by delivering integrated professional development programs and leadership coaching.

    Edna holds International Coaching Federation-accredited executive coaching certification from the executive leadership program of John Mattone, who is recognized as the #1 Authority on Intelligent Leadership (IL) & is the World's #2 Ranked Executive Coach. She also is a graduate from Accomplishment Coaching, an accredited ICF coaching program in Washington DC. She has completed executive leadership programs from Harvard Kennedy School, University of California (UCLA) Management School, and from the Center for Creative Leadership.

    Edna holds a B.S. in Accounting from Pace University in NYC, and her background includes more than 25 years managing strategic business initiatives, organizational development, talent management, diversity & inclusion for Fortune 500 companies. 


    Contact the Speaker:

    Edna Figueroa
    Elevate Leadership Coaching, LLC


    Register online:





    Plan to join us after the meeting for networking. Admission is free.  Many of us carry our conversations to lunch at a nearby eatery.

    Attire is business casual.

    Doors open at 9:45 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00. 


    1627 K St NW, 3rd fl.

    Washington, DC

    • Mon, September 03, 2018
    • 40Plus office closed for Labor Day

    Closed for Labor Day.

    40Plus will be closed on Monday, September 3rd in honor of
    Labor Day. 

    Have an enjoyable and safe holiday! 


    • Mon, September 10, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 1627 K St NW, 3rd fl. Washington, DC
    • 38

    Got Branding? Make Your Resume and LinkedIn POP!
    with Shira Harrington


    Shira Harrington
    Purposeful Hire

    Starbucks. Google. Nike. You can envision their logos in your head, right? These recognizable brands all promise an experience based on a unique value proposition (UVP.) They have determined what sets them apart and they promote that brand…consistently. As a job seeker, what’s your personal brand? In sea of competition, you need to clearly broadcast your value to the right audiences. Knowing WHO you want to serve, HOW you want to serve and even WHY you want to serve, can help you focus a targeted message that compels your target employer to say, “YOU are who we need to hire!”  


    Shira Harrington, Chief Engagement Officer of Purposeful Hire, is a career coach and executive recruiter who believes deeply in her tagline, “For every hire, there is a higher purpose.” Helping employers and job seekers find each other in mutually beneficial ways, her passion is to help people serve the world using their God-given gifts and talents.

     Contact the Speaker:


    Shira Harrington

    (703) 508-9573

            Monday, September 10
    0 am – 11:30 am
    1627 K Street, NW, 3rd Floor
    Washington, DC  20006

    Register online:




    • Mon, September 17, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 1627 K St NW, 3rd fl. Washington, DC
    • 39

    Join us for a new experience - 40Plus Monday Evening Events. Connect with other professionals for a valuable "twilight" networking experience. 

    (Note:  this event replaces the Monday Morning program this week)

        Getting in Front of Fear



    Christa Davis
    Christa Davis Coaching

    We’ve all experienced stress, anxiety, and uncertainty at some point in our careers. However, many times, we struggle with these feelings in silence, believing that we just need to suck it up and work harder in order to be successful. The result: we judge, try to control every outcome, and can’t seem to shake a nagging sense of dissatisfaction. It is often fear that tricks us to remain stuck in this vicious cycle. The good news is that we can break out of fear-based habits to make choices that are in alignment with what we truly want!

    Join career & leadership coach, Christa Davis, for a program on how to get back in the driver’s seat and in front of your biggest career fears. This workshop will reveal the sneaky ways that fear shows up in our lives, share powerful strategies to address it, and provide you with a fresh perspective on how to move forward in your career with authenticity and confidence.


    Christa Davis is a leadership & career coach and the owner of Christa Davis Coaching. She specializes in helping women professionals master their career development and create meaningful careers they love, as well as partnering with organizations to create productive, positive, and engaged work cultures.

    Christa is passionate about elevating professionals to achieve their biggest career goals, and has facilitated career development programming for various organizations including the Women’s Information Network, Publicis Media, United Women in Business Foundation, Society for International Development, Foundation Center, and the Women’s Congressional Staff Association. In addition to coaching, Christa is the founder of the professional development group, DC Emerging Women Leaders, in which she hosts monthly coaching events that bring a community of women leaders together to invest in their self-development.

    Prior to launching her business, Christa worked in the nonprofit industry for over five years in the areas of fundraising and communications. In addition to her coach training through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), Christa holds a B.A. in International Affairs and will graduate with a M.A. in Organizational Leadership & Learning from the George Washington University in 2019.

    Contact the Speaker:

    Tel: 516-429-8534



            Monday, September 17
    0 pm – 6:30 pm
    1627 K Street, NW, 3rd Floor
    Washington, DC  20006

    Register online:






Past events

Mon, August 13, 2018 The Perennial Workforce: Baby Boomers Blooming with Marva Goldsmith
Mon, August 06, 2018 Activate Your Network for Successful Search with Kenny Ames
Mon, July 30, 2018 How to Visualize Your Success with Priya Kumar
Mon, July 23, 2018 Networking Strategies That Work for Job Search and Career Advancement: Marvin Powell
Mon, July 16, 2018 The Importance of Becoming A Psychic
Mon, July 09, 2018 Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way with Bruce Rosenstein
Mon, July 02, 2018 What's the ONE Thing You Can do to Make Your Job Search Easier with Pamela Minor
Mon, June 25, 2018 The First Five Minutes Can Make or Break the Interview with Karen Sadowski
Mon, June 18, 2018 Everyone Communicates - Few Connect with Kevin Coleman
Mon, June 11, 2018 WordPress Websites for Professionals - with Gary Vaughan
Mon, June 04, 2018 Jumpstart Your Career: The Job Seeker’s Holistic Approach with Earnest Robinson, Jr.
Mon, May 28, 2018 40Plus Closed for Memorial Day
Mon, May 21, 2018 The Role of Outplacement Organizations with KAREN SEYMOUR
Mon, May 14, 2018 How Do You Find the Job You Really Want: “Sell” Yourself!
Mon, May 07, 2018 Making the Most of Informational Interviews with BARBARA MITCHELL
Mon, April 30, 2018 The Four Villains of Decision Making with Erik Fromm
Mon, April 23, 2018 Lessons Learned from Outplacement Assistance with BRUCE BARLOW
Mon, April 09, 2018 Finding Career Opportunities in Health Care
Mon, April 02, 2018 Making the Move from Employee to Owner: Your Questions Answered
Mon, March 26, 2018 What IT Takes to Succeed in IT Today - with Dave Thomas II
Mon, March 19, 2018 The Essence of You: The Psychology, Science and Art Behind Your Style
Mon, March 12, 2018 You’re Not Ready to Network Until …… and Other Practical Job-Search Tips with Joan Sherman
Mon, March 05, 2018 Success for the Seasoned Search...The Benefit of Being Overqualified with ABBY KOHUT
Mon, February 26, 2018 Leveraging LinkedIn to Grow Your Visibility and Impact
Mon, February 19, 2018 21 Questions to Career & Soul with Caitlin Magidson
Mon, February 12, 2018 Lost Your Job? Don’t Lose Your Mind! Managing and Overcoming the Emotional Impact of Job Loss
Mon, February 05, 2018 40Plus Open Forum - Discuss Your Concerns, Share Your Ideas with Your Peers in Career Transition
Mon, January 29, 2018 A Marketing Plan For Job Seekers with FRANCINE TOLSON
Mon, January 22, 2018 Leveraging Self Awareness for a Successful Career Transition
Mon, January 15, 2018 CANCELLED!: You’re Not Ready to Network Until …… and Other Practical Job-Search Tips with Joan Sherman
Mon, January 08, 2018 Negotiating Your Job Offer with Susan Borke
Mon, January 01, 2018 40Plus Closed New Years Day

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