Marin Employment ConnectionApril 2014


All workshops are first-come, first-serve, and no cost to attend!  Plan to arrive early. 
If you have any questions call us at 415.473.3300.


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1 to 3 PM  

"Accept Where You Are & Get Where You Are Going"

Jill Williams, JC Williams Group


Unemployment can be a scary place, and fear inhibits our energy to move forward. During this workshop, learn to embrace fear as an ally. Get tips on how to utilize tools to help see where you are in life and accept this reality. Work past these struggles and define where you want to be. You will walk away with some positive and workable goals for the future!


Jill C. Williams is the Founder and President of the JC Williams Group ( Through wellness and life reframing coaching, personal fitness training and facilitating workshops, Jill works with clients who are motivated to move past their roadblocks and reframe and claim their lives going forward. She holds a BA from San Francisco State University in Business and Educational Technology, a Masters from the University of San Francisco in Human Resources and Organizational Development and a SPHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute. 




August 5

9 to 11 AM 

''Applying for Jobs with the County of Marin"

Florence Pattison, Human Resources


Learn about the County of Marin's recruitment and application process, with tips on how to be a successful applicant.


Florence Pattison is a Personnel Analyst in Marin County's Human Resources Department where she has specialized in recruitment and testing since 2005. Firefighters, Deputy Sheriffs, Deputy Public Defenders, Accountants and Park Rangers are some of the varied recruitments and testing she's completed over the years. Florence attended Reid Kerr College in Scotland, College of Marin and Sonoma State University, where she obtained a degree in Liberal Arts and a certificate in Human Resources Management. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and is currently on the board of WRIPAC (Western Region Intergovernmental Personnel Assessment Council).




August 5

1 to 3 PM  

"How to Ace the Interview"

Windi Snearly, Wells Fargo Bank


After this informative workshop, you will know how to master the interview for that perfect job - everything from dressing for success to asking the right questions and appropriate follow up.


Windi Snearly joined Wells Fargo Bank in 2000 and is currently the Senior Recruiting Consultant for the West Coast Business Banking Division. She has over 15 years of experience in talent acquisition, human resources consulting, project management and leadership. She recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and is a dedicated contributor who believes in creating social changes through action. While in Orange County, California she served as a Board Member with The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Santa Ana Career Beginnings Mentorship Program, Banking & Financial Educational Advisor for Orange County School District's Occupational Programs, and volunteer for Second Step/Human Options Abused Women's Shelter. Currently she serves as Secretary and Board of Directors for CAMINAR for Mental Health in San Mateo County, and is a member of the Marin County Workforce Investment Board.



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9 to 10:30 AM

"Dressing for Success"

Jenny Bailey, This Vivid Life


Are you constantly asking yourself, "what do I wear?" Come discover the four key elements of color, fit, lifestyle, and budget to improve your sense of style and develop your personal brand.


Professionally color trained by Color Me Beautiful, Jenny infuses color into wardrobes, teaches clients about fit and style and works with everyone's budget. Today, she inspires clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, presenting business workshops, working with individual clients and volunteering in the community to help people in transition dress for interviews and new work positions. 




August 6

1 to 2 PM 

"Taking Control of Your Finances"

Olivia Beltran, Sparkpoint


Community Action Marin's (CAM) SparkPoint Marin provides knowledge, resources and support to Marin individuals and families who are interested in setting up and achieving their financial goals.

Are you ready to take control of your finances? SparkPoint Marin is ready to help. Come to our free Orientation to learn:

● What problems keep most people stuck

● How to move from breaking even to getting ahead

● The secret to sustaining success over time

● How our approach puts you in the driver's seat


Olivia Beltran has been contributing to the nonprofit sector for over 15 years in capacities ranging from community organizing to management. She works at SparkPoint Marin as a Financial Services Manager supervising the coach team, administrative assistants and daily operations. She played an integral role in EARN's matched savings program in Marin County. Olivia is also a co-founder of the Grassroots Leadership Network of Marin. She holds a Health Care Interpreter Certificate from the City College of San Francisco and an Advance Tax Preparer Certificate from the IRS.




August 7

9 to 11 AM

"Finding the Confidence to Move Forward in Your Job Search"
Ann Moreno & Marilyn Spoja, Reset Go


Are you recently laid-off and challenged by today's stagnant job market? Are you retired and feeling aimless and at a loss? Are you beginning to doubt yourself and what you have to offer? Through this introductory workshop, offered by Reset Go, you can find the direction, focus and motivation to look for the job that you want to do and the confidence to move effectively towards your goal. What you will learn:

  • How to identify your strengths and resources - what you bring to the table
  • How to figure out what you want in life and how to get there
  • How to maintain a positive outlook when the going gets grim
  • How to put your best foot forward in any situation
  • How to thrive, not simply survive

Ann Moreno is a spiritual life coach who supports men and women in finding their life purpose and passion. After 17 years of coaching businesses in the area of marketing and communication, Ann was inspired to get her Masters in Spiritual Psychology, where she learned to facilitate others in clearing old patterns and limiting beliefs so that they can live full, joyous lives.


Marilyn Spoja is a small business and life transition coach who helps individuals, entrepreneurs and creative types find the path to their life's purpose by making the most of their strengths and accessing their resources. For 32 years Marilyn has helped start-ups in various industries get on their feet, helped creative types refine their method of expression and individuals to access their inner resources to deal with current challenges that limit thriving in their lives.


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August 7

1 to 3 PM

"The Keys to Discovering a Meaningful Career"

Ryan Rigoli, Soulful Brand LLC


As a business professional moving through a career transition have you ever asked yourself: 

  • What are my unique gifts?  
  • How do I find a career where I can contribute my gifts in a meaningful way?
  • How do I know when a job or career is truly right for me?
  • How can I just be myself when talking about who I am and what I do?

Whether you are searching for greater meaning in your current job or looking to transition into a whole new job or career, know that you are not alone in asking these deeper questions.


By way of storytelling, Ryan will illustrate how after years of missteps as an entrepreneur and former corporate manager, he discovered some of the keys to finding a career that you can enjoy and that aligns with who you are. Along his journey he learned that, although resumes are important, what truly matters is developing an internal guidance system that can help you navigate the ups and downs of finding a new job or career.


Ryan Rigoli is a co-founder and senior strategist for Soulful Brand, a brand consultancy that helps socially conscious businesses stand out with a unique message in their market, while staying true to themselves. Ryan specializes in uncovering the essence of a brand and ensuring the soul of the organization is infused in all of its communications. He has a unique ability to tune into what people, and organizations are gifted at and use that in the service of others. Ryan also has a business called Rigoli Coaching and supports marketers and other business professionals, who are feeling stuck or uninspired in their careers to gain greater clarity of purpose and contribute their unique talents more fully into their work and life.




August 8

9 to 10 AM

"CoveredCA, Affordable Care Act Updates"

Margaret Ballou, County of Marin


Are you uninsured and confused about the best way to get coverage? Are you a business owner who is interested in providing insurance for your staff but don't know where to start? Come learn everything you need to know about CoveredCA health insurance and health reform. Get tips on how to enroll


Margaret Ballou's first job in the health care field was to recruit first medical techs for lab equipment manufacturers and then nurses for Kaiser Permanente's hospitals and clinics in San Francisco. She then moved into marketing and account services for Kaiser in Oakland, before becoming an account manager in San Francisco and Marin. While California's Health Exchange Board was building its CoveredCA product, Margaret began meeting with people in Marin to learn how the county was getting ready for its implementation. Ultimately, Margaret began working for the county's Health and Human Services Department. She feels immensely fortunate to be part of the effort to make health coverage available to people who could never access it before. 



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9 to 11 AM

"Getting Out of the Job Search Rut"
Malcolm Grissom, Employment Development Department 


Looking for a new job can often be a tiring and frustrating process. Come learn how approaching your job search with humor can make it worthwhile and fun again!


Malcolm Grissom is an Employment Consultant with the Employment Development Department, helping Marin Employment Connection Career Resource Center customers with questions regarding unemployment and disability claims. Malcolm is also an actor, comedian, public speaker and radio personality. He started with The Hilo Community Players on The Big Island of Hawaii. Since then, he has performed in musical theater and ensemble plays. Malcolm delights audiences with his humorous take on the everyday struggles we all face. His stand-up credits range from winning the Laughter Across America Competition to performing at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival to performing on Comedy Time TV. He has performed in numerous comedy clubs, theaters and colleges.




August 12

9 to 10 AM

"How to Apply with Staffing Agencies"
Peter Dempsey
, Express Pros


Want to use staffing agencies but don't know how to get started? This workshop will help you master the whole interview process from start to finish, and provide tips on how to get your foot in the door with one of the leading employment placement firms.


Peter Dempsey is currently the co-owner of the San Rafael branch of global staffing agency, ExpressPros. With 500 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa, ExpressPros has placed more than five million people in employment worldwide. In the past, Mr. Dempsey has also served as Marketing Manager for Simpson Timber Company, and was Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing for JELD-WEN, Inc. 




August 12
1 to 3 PM

"How to Find Your Career Ladder"



Want to quickly become an asset at your new job? Come join Starbucks for this informational workshop on how to climb the professional career ladder to get the promotion you are after. Also learn about the array of benefits Starbucks offers their employees including the new College Education Program.


Starbucks began in 1971 as a roaster and retailer of whole bean and ground coffee, tea and spices, with a single store in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Today, they serve millions of customers with exceptional products in more than 20,000 retail stores in 65 countries. Their mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit - one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.





August 13

1 to 3 PM

"Negotiating Your Best Salary"

Betty Szudy, YWCA


This participatory workshop will discuss the economic value of salary and benefits and how to prepare for conversation and negotiations about this topic. Participants will have a chance to practice discussing salary in an interview setting.


Betty Szudy is a career coach and trainer with 20 years of experience in the field of employment development.  Her background includes working with youth with barriers to employment, women over 50 and a wide variety of job seekers of all ages. She is currently an instructor for the YWCA of SF-Marin's FiftyPlus Employment Program for Women. Betty also has her own business, Career Coaching for Change, where she provides career counseling and training focused on empowering job seekers in their search for successful employment.




August 14

9 to 10 AM

"How To Make Your Resume Stand Out"

Geoffrey Hamernick, Nelson Staffing


Want to craft the perfect resume but don't know how to get started? In this workshop, learn the dos and donts of resume writing and how to get the attention of potential employers.


Geoffrey Hamernick is the Recruiting Coordinator at Nelson Staffing. Geoffrey has a diverse career in human resources, marketing, project management, executive support, practice management and customer service. In his most recent role as manager for a concierge medical practice, he worked closely with the executive team to create their unique customer service approach, marketing strategies, vendor and human resource management allowing for exponential growth in a very short amount of time. In addition, during his previous human resource experience with Spherion, a national staffing agency, he was responsible for recruitment of new candidates as well as interacting with clients and upper management.




August 14

1 to 2:30 PM
"Are You Ready To Be An Entreprenuer?"

Miriam Karell, Renaissance Center Marin


Explore the mindset, skills, abilities and challenges behind becoming an entrepreneur. Also learn about the nuts and bolts of starting your own business, including local resources that provide support on everything from microloans to marketing.


Miriam Karell is passionate about supporting small-medium enterprises as she believes they are the backbone of our society and the leaders in innovation.  or the past eight years, she has worked with over 50 organizations assisting them to communicate authentically, build their leadership capabilities, grow their organizations and develop initiatives/products that create win-win-win scenarios (good for the business, the community and the environment). Miriam has a Masters in "Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability" from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz.



August 15
1 to 2 PM
"Volunteering with Marin County"
Ann Starr & Tara Clark, County of Marin

Want to get your feet wet and hands dirty in your local community? Come learn about the application process and available opportunities, as well as the benefits of volunteering to obtain employment.


Tara Clark is the Volunteer and Intern Coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services for the County of Marin, and has been with the county since 2008. Prior to her work with the county, she had 12 years of development experience in the non-profit sector, working for two health care organizations in Marin (Hospice of Marin/now Hospice by the Bay and the Foundation for Integrative Oncology/now the integrative oncology program at Marin General Hospital). She has a BA from UC Santa Cruz and an MPA from San Francisco State. She is a Marin County native and a life-long volunteer herself.


Anne Starr is the volunteer coordinator for the County of Marin's Civic Center Volunteer and Student Intern Program, which provides opportunities for residents to serve their local government. She grew up in a family of self-employed people who volunteered, so community service seems natural to her. A graduate of UC Davis, she was a newspaper journalist before moving to the nonprofit sector. She led the volunteer tour docent program at the Buck Institute for Research in Aging before joining the county.

About Us
Marin Employment Connection (MEC) is both a catalyst and partner in Marin County's economic growth and vitality, supporting businesses, job seekers, and the community. Powered by the Marin County Workforce Investment Board, the MEC offers the tools and services needed to achieve personal and professional success. Our common goal: to support a thriving, diverse workforce in our community.  For more information, visit our website.




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