Adventure Unlimited 60th Reunion Career Speaker Resources

The Albert Baker Fund was delighted to help plan the Career Networking Connection Hub at Adventure Unlimited’s 60th reunion event on August 21-24. ABF Outreach Director Harve Kaufmann hosted the breakout sessions and ABF Career Coordinator Robin Glenn Jones provided information on the ABF Career Alliance.

Tom Denison delivered a dynamite presentation on Characteristics of an Entrepreneur, and then hosted breakout session on this topic. Other break­out sessions included speakers on entrepreneurship, workplace culture, encore careers, women in business, and building a career community for Christian Scientists (through the ABF Career Alliance!).AU-60th-IMG_0609

We’re sharing speaker resources and recommendations here in the ABF Career Alliance Resource Center.

Session: The Changing Landscape of Workplace Culture: Moving from Hierarchy to Collaboration and Teams
China Gorman, Host

Recommended books:

  • The Trustworthy Leader, by Amy Lyman, 2011
  • No Excuses, by Jennifer Robin, 2013
  • Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh, 2010
  • Conscious Capitalism, by John Mackey, 2013
  • Uncontainable, by Kip Tindell, 2013

Session: Encore Careers: Crafting Your Own Definition of Retirement
Todd Herzer and Rich Clarke, Hosts

Recommended books by Todd Herzer: 

  • The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 years after 50, by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Recommended books by Rich Clarke

  • Don’t Retire, Rewire, by Jeri Sedlar & Rick Miners–one of the two best I’ve read, asks good introspective questions, makes you think, very helpful
  • From Making a Profit to Making a Difference, by Richard M. King–the other best one, gets to the question of which types of non-profits among other things, would suit you best based on personal interests/values
  • The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life, by Marci Alboher–comprehensive “nuts and bolts” guide to planning a career transition and making a difference, well regarded.
  • Repacking your Bags, by Richard J. Leider & David Shapiro–good, easy read, helpful
  • Best Practices of Effective Nonprofit Organizations: A Practitioners Guide, by Philip Bernstein–helpful to read before beginning the job.
  • Careers in the Nonprofit Sector; Stephanie Lowell: HBS Guide: lists a number of non-profits by category, reading list, resources, good to have for reference purposes.
  • 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For; Leslie Hamilton & Robert Trager–the title says it all
  • Jobs and Careers with Nonprofit Organizations, by Ronald L. Krannich & Caryl Rae Krannich, Ph.D’s–strategies, helpful reference material, also list of non-profit orgs and associations.
  • Managing the Non-Profit Organization – Principles and Practices, by Peter F. Drucker–somewhat dated but still applies.
  • Leap, by Sara Davidson–haven’t read it but heard about it on the Today Show when they talking about career transitions and were interviewing author
  • Do What You Love, by Nancy Whitney-Reiter–good, practical guide that surfaces a number of things to consider in making the transition

Recommended websites:

Recommended recruiters who specialize in non-profits:

For a full listing of recruiters who specialize in non-profits, Rich recommends the Kennedy Directory of Recruiters. He adds that most major recruiters such as Korn Ferry, Heidrick & Struggles, and Spencer Stuart have practices that include non-profit executive search. Some have jobs posted as well. If you may google “non-profit jobs,” you’ll get additional non-profit recruiters, as well as links to other resources and websites.

Session: Women in Business, Engineering, and Tech: Opportunities, Challenges, and Experiences
Lara Shisler, Tracy Van Houten, and Diane Witters, Hosts

Resources for women (and men) in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Careers:
Recommended by Diane Witters, Colorado School of Mines

Salary negotiation:

Start Smart and the Wage Project offer seminars for women on salary negotiation. It provides practical tools and background reasoning for salary negotiation skills. Diane attended a training session and found it “eye-opening.”

Recommended books:

  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocation, by Parker J. Palmer, 1999
  • The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, by Valerie Young, Ed.D
  • Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want, by Linda Babcock, 2008