Meetings & Events

Monthly luncheon meetings are open to the public and include guest speakers of interest to the general business community. These meetings offer opportunities for networking and meeting other consultants. They are held on the 2nd Friday of each month at Wolferts Roost Country Club, and the cost is $25 for guests and $20 for members. Please register online (below) at least 48 hours before the event; late registrations add $5.

Members-only meetings are also held monthly, with the schedule announced below. These meetings feature a “Member Spotlight”, which provides a member with an opportunity to familiarize attendees with his or her business or a special project of particular interest. The remainder of the agenda features presentations and discussions focused on business development or skill-building. Occasionally we also discuss Alliance business and ways to improve our organization. Fees for these meetings are the same as for the luncheons.

Cancellations:  Reservations are considered firm unless cancelled 48 hours prior to the program. The Alliance has the right to charge the full amount to registrants who do not cancel.

Upcoming events

    • 24 Apr 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    "Learn More About your Consulting Alliance Benefits"

    (Members Only)

                                    

    Facilitator: Ray Patterson, Capital Consulting Group, llc

    Come to this breakfast session to learn more about your Consulting Alliance member benefits.  Ray Patterson will show us some of the internal features of the CA website and will provide a tutorial on how to use the CA’s GoToMeeting subscription which is available to all members. Ray will show you how to set up a "Go To Meeting" session, invite people to your session, launch your meeting at the appropriate time, and some points on the "control panel" for conducting your sessions. Ray will also show us where the procedures and instructions are on the CA Member's Only section of our website. Bring your technology, your questions, and your experience to share!

    Ray Patterson is a business advisor, consultant, educator, and entrepreneurial catalyst to corporations, companies, organizations and individuals, who want to thrive during change. His areas of expertise include strategic thinking, planning, and decision implementation at the organization/enterprise, as well as the individual level. Ray is an exceptionally proficient facilitator, collaborator, innovator and motivator of individual and organizational accomplishment.

    Ray is a native “Buckeye” who moved to the Capital Region in 1977 as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  He served 5 years active duty at the Watervliet Arsenal, being promoted to Captain before leaving active military service.  He converted to civil service and served an additional 13 years with the Army and DoD.  Ray then joined the Agility Forum, an industry & academia collaborative think tank focused on how organizations and individuals deal with change.  He became a full time consultant in 1996 with his company, Capital Consulting Group, llc.

    Ray has been an active member of The Consulting Alliance since 2006.

    NEW BREAKFAST ITEM:  Along with fruit, waffles and omelettes, we’re now serving up Peer Coaching! The member spotlight has moved to lunch and in its place we’re including a 10 minute slot for someone to bring a business issue and get feedback from your colleagues. Limit one per breakfast – first come, first served.  Contact Alan Krieger at alan@kriegersolutions.com if you’d like to get in this month.


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         System Requirements for GoTo Webinar   

    To attend the meeting using a PC:

        Internet Explorer® 6.0 or newer, Mozilla FireFox® 3.0 or newer, (JavaScriptTM and JavaTM enabled)
        Windows® 7 or newer, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000 
        Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
        Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB or RAM (recommended) and 2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista
        For the audio portion, participants can dial in by phone.  Those wishing to connect to audio VoIP will need a fast Internet connection (384kbps or more recommended), a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).

    To attend the meeting using a Macintosh®:

        Safari® 3.0 or newer, Mozilla FireFox® 3.0 or newer, (JavaScriptTM and JavaTM enabled)
        Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger® or newer)
        PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
        Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
        For the audio connection, participants can dial in by phone.  Those wishing to connect to audio VoIP will need a fast Internet connection (384kbps or more recommended), a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).
     


    You can also log on using your tablet or smartphone.


    Members pay $15; Late Member Registrants pay $20

    Online payment is required. Remote participation is free to Members only.

     

     

     

    • 08 May 2015
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    The Accidental Sales Executive
     


    Speaker: Deb Best, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Owner and Principal of Deb Best Practices


    According to Entrepreneur Magazine, entrepreneurship is “80 percent sales and marketing.” Join Deb Best, owner and principle of Deb Best Practices, as she shares her experience, strength and hope as an entrepreneur who has discovered and embraced sales and marketing as a path to authentic engagement and relationship-building with her clients, prospects and the business community. Entrepreneurs will learn that:

    •    You must do sales and marketing your way in order to be authentic.
    •    Identifying and solving prospects’ and clients’ pain points is not only good business and good professional practice but also the definition of authentic selling.
    •    Relationship building and sharing information in your areas of subject-matter expertise to help prospects and clients whether or not they work with you is sales and marketing.


    Deb Best, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has more than 25 years of business, change management and human resources leadership experience for Fortune 5, technology, manufacturing, consumer and supply-chain publicly and privately held companies, including General Electric, Trans World Entertainment and Boston Scientific, as well as for non-profit, academic and public-sector organizations, including New York State. Central to her work as a practitioner is partnering with leaders at all levels to define and leverage both talent and challenges to meet needs that, in turn, maximizes success for both the organization and the individual. Her growing practice, a NYS certified Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE), provides outsourced human resources (HR), corporate recruiting and third-party employee complaint investigation services; strategic planning; change and project management; workplace dispute resolution; career/leadership coaching and social media/reputation advisement services for leaders, businesses and nonprofit organizations locally and nationally. Her diverse client base includes employers ranging from 5 to more than 13,000 employees. Visit www.DebBest.com for further information.
       

    Michael Tommaney, Esq. will be featured in our Member Spotlight presentation this month.   

    Members pay $20; Late Member Registrants pay $25

    Non-Members pay $25
    Late Non-Member Registrants pay $30

    Online payment is required.

      
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    • 29 May 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    "Create a Hook with Your Book: A Consultant’s Guide to Publishing"

    (Members Only - 5th Friday of the month)


                                    

    Facilitator: Pauline Bartel, Bartel Communications, Inc.


    Consultants publish books to gain credibility as experts, build their brands and turbocharge their businesses through speaking gigs, workshops and webinars. If such a book is burning inside you, join Pauline Bartel as she explores two publishing paths for aspiring consultant-authors:  self-publishing and traditional publishing. She’ll outline the advantages and disadvantages of each, explain how to offer your book idea to agents and publishers and discuss the steps from pitch to publication.  

    Pauline Bartel is an award winning writer and author of seven traditionally published books, including her recent work The Complete GONE WITH THE WIND Trivia Book (2nd edition). She has also ghostwritten three books for business experts. Pauline is president and chief creative officer at Bartel Communications, an award-winning corporate communications firm. Visit her website at www.paulinebartel.com


    NEW BREAKFAST ITEM:  Along with fruit, waffles and omelettes, we’re now serving up Peer Coaching! The member spotlight has moved to lunch and in its place we’re including a 10 minute slot for someone to bring a business issue and get feedback from your colleagues. Limit one per breakfast – first come, first served.  Contact Alan Krieger at alan@kriegersolutions.com if you’d like to get in this month.


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    System Requirements for GoTo Webinar   

    To attend the meeting using a PC:

        Internet Explorer® 6.0 or newer, Mozilla FireFox® 3.0 or newer, (JavaScriptTM and JavaTM enabled)
        Windows® 7 or newer, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000 
        Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
        Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB or RAM (recommended) and 2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista
        For the audio portion, participants can dial in by phone.  Those wishing to connect to audio VoIP will need a fast Internet connection (384kbps or more recommended), a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).

    To attend the meeting using a Macintosh®:

        Safari® 3.0 or newer, Mozilla FireFox® 3.0 or newer, (JavaScriptTM and JavaTM enabled)
        Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger® or newer)
        PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
        Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
        For the audio connection, participants can dial in by phone.  Those wishing to connect to audio VoIP will need a fast Internet connection (384kbps or more recommended), a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).
     


    You can also log on using your tablet or smartphone.


    Members pay $15; Late Member Registrants pay $20

    Online payment is required. Remote participation is free to Members only.

     

     

     

    • 12 Jun 2015
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    “Economic Development in Albany with Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan”
     


    Speaker: The Honorable Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of the City of Albany


    Mayor Sheehan will discuss the challenges of future economic development in Albany and the steps she is taking to generate a strong business climate in New York’s capital city.

    On January 1st 2014, Kathy M. Sheehan became the 75th mayor in Albany’s history and the first woman elected to the post in the City’s history. She brought an impressive resume to the position.

    In 2010, after winning a city-wide election, Kathy became Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer, modernizing the City’s tax collection system and overhauling its scandal-plagued parking ticket system. She was also a founding member of the Albany Promise, a coalition of community members, educators, service providers and business leaders working to ensure that every child in the City succeeds academically.

    Kathy grew up in a large family that valued hard work and community service. She put herself through college and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. After a five-year career in communications, Kathy attended Albany Law School on an academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in 1994.

    In 1996, she joined Intermagnetics General Corporation, a leading medical device manufacturer based in Latham. As vice president and general counsel, Kathy helped grow the company from 500 employees to more than 1,200 and from $90 million to more than $300 million in sales.

     

    TBA will be featured in our Member Spotlight presentation this month.   

    Members pay $20; Late Member Registrants pay $25

    Non-Members pay $25
    Late Non-Member Registrants pay $30

    Online payment is required.

      
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    • 26 Jun 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 9:15 AM
    • Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany NY

    "Breakfast with Mark Eagan, CEO of the Albany-Colonie Chamber"

    (Members Only)

                                    

    Guest: Mark N. Eagan, CCE, President and CEO at the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber


    Mark will be meeting with Consulting Alliance members at this breakfast. This will inaugurate a new feature of our member only meetings: “Breakfast with a Regional Leader”. We will have 2-3 of these breakfasts each year.

    Mark will be talking about the affiliation between the Albany-Colonie and Schenectady Chambers, opportunities for consultants as members of these chambers, and his sense of the business climate and what opportunities there might be for consultants with larger employers in the region. Consulting Alliance members will be able to give Mark a better sense of who we are as an organization.

    Due to an anticipated larger turnout at the breakfast and/or on-line, we may limit the dial in connection to a “listen only” mode. It may be difficult to facilitate a mixed media discussion if the group is large.

    Mark N. Eagan, CCE
    , serves as president and CEO of the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber, which represents 2,200 member organizations that employ more than 110,000 residents from throughout the Capital Region. Prior to assuming his current position in 2008, he held executive posts with chambers in Mansfield and Brockton, MA, followed by a decade of leading the chamber of commerce in South Bend, IN.

    Mark holds a Bachelors degree from Stonehill College and a Certificate in Executive Management from the University of Notre Dame. His is also a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Delaware and the Center for Creative Leadership. He has earned the professional designation of Certified Chamber Executive.  Mark was named Chamber Executive of the Year by the New England Chamber Association in 1996 and by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association in 2006.
       

    NEW BREAKFAST ITEM:  Along with fruit, waffles and omelettes, we’re now serving up Peer Coaching! The member spotlight has moved to lunch and in its place we’re including a 10 minute slot for someone to bring a business issue and get feedback from your colleagues. Limit one per breakfast – first come, first served.  Contact Alan Krieger at alan@kriegersolutions.com if you’d like to get in this month.


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    System Requirements for GoTo Webinar   

    To attend the meeting using a PC:

        Internet Explorer® 6.0 or newer, Mozilla FireFox® 3.0 or newer, (JavaScriptTM and JavaTM enabled)
        Windows® 7 or newer, Vista, XP, 2003 Server or 2000 
        Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
        Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB or RAM (recommended) and 2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista
        For the audio portion, participants can dial in by phone.  Those wishing to connect to audio VoIP will need a fast Internet connection (384kbps or more recommended), a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).

    To attend the meeting using a Macintosh®:

        Safari® 3.0 or newer, Mozilla FireFox® 3.0 or newer, (JavaScriptTM and JavaTM enabled)
        Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger® or newer)
        PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
        Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
        For the audio connection, participants can dial in by phone.  Those wishing to connect to audio VoIP will need a fast Internet connection (384kbps or more recommended), a microphone and speakers (a USB headset is recommended).
     


    You can also log on using your tablet or smartphone.


    Members pay $15; Late Member Registrants pay $20

    Online payment is required. Remote participation is free to Members only.

     

     

     

Past events

16 Apr 2015 Webinar: Using LinkedIn to Build Your Business
10 Apr 2015 Listening 3.0 - Enhancing This Super-skill for Increased Sales and Relationship Building
27 Mar 2015 Planning for What’s Down the Road (Members Only)
13 Mar 2015 Discover the Big Reward in Writing a Little Book for Your Business
10 Mar 2015 Webinar: Being Confident in a Sales Situation
13 Feb 2015 Get Your Piece of the Local Economic Development Pie
27 Jan 2015 Webinar: Time Kills Sales
23 Jan 2015 What to Charge?
09 Jan 2015 Your Memory: How to Easily Transform an Embarrassing Liability
10 Dec 2014 Holiday Gathering
21 Nov 2014 “Thanksgiving Think Tank"
14 Nov 2014 Succeeding by Failing
10 Oct 2014 From Bust to Blockbuster: Business Lessons from the Making of Gone With the Wind
12 Sep 2014 Inspiring Ourselves and Others
08 Aug 2014 Members Only (Plus One) Summer Social
25 Jul 2014 Seeing Your Business from Your Customer’s Perspective
18 Jul 2014 The Art of Saying Yes and Knowing When to Say No
13 Jun 2014 The View from the Business Review
04 Jun 2014 Consulting Alliance Mix and Mingle
23 May 2014 Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind
09 May 2014 Difficult Customers – and How I’ve Handled Them
25 Apr 2014 Are You a Reluctant Salesperson?
17 Apr 2014 Consulting Alliance Mix and Mingle
11 Apr 2014 Writing for the Web
27 Mar 2014 Do You Need Professional Help? Outsourcing 7 Top Tasks
14 Mar 2014 Like. Share. Succeed: The ROI of Social Media and Community Good
28 Feb 2014 DIY or Outsource?
21 Feb 2014 Save the World by Speaking: Lessons from a Ninja Speaker Coach
24 Jan 2014 2014-Developing Y/Our Future
10 Jan 2014 The Power of Body Language
10 Dec 2013 Holiday Gathering
21 Nov 2013 Effective B2B Communication-A Conversation
08 Nov 2013 Brain Business: Use Your Brain for a Change
29 Oct 2013 CA ANNUAL R2R EVENT: Featuring an Interactive Symposium- Innovation Matters, A Creative Exploration
23 Oct 2013 Webinar / Conference Call - The Benefits of Basecamp for Project Management
11 Oct 2013 From Hard Rock to Exceptional Hospitality
02 Oct 2013 Consulting Alliance Coffee Hour - Open to Members and Those Interested in Membership
24 Sep 2013 Professional and Business Development Breakfast
13 Sep 2013 How I Started My Career as a Serial Entrepreneur
04 Sep 2013 President's Coffee and Roadmap to Results Information Session
09 Aug 2013 Members Only Summer Casual Networking Event
26 Jul 2013 What is your video message?
12 Jul 2013 How to Stop Killing Good Ideas
28 Jun 2013 Thought Leadership - 140 Characters at a Time
14 Jun 2013 Marketing Made Simple: Let Your Message Be Heard
30 May 2013 Professional and Business Development Luncheon & Insight from R2R Winners
10 May 2013 Scenic Views of Volunteerism: Enhance Your Business Through Compassion
26 Apr 2013 Professional and Business Development Breakfast
12 Apr 2013 Four Speakers and Their Must-Have Business Tools
22 Mar 2013 Partnering with the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering
08 Mar 2013 Influence Without Arm Twisting
22 Feb 2013 Business Development Opportunities with The Consulting Alliance
15 Feb 2013 Overcoming Obstacles While Growing a Family Business
25 Jan 2013 Members Only - What's in store for 2013?
11 Jan 2013 Promoting You and Your Business!
14 Dec 2012 Holiday Gathering
28 Nov 2012 "Roadmap to Results Roundtable" Event
26 Oct 2012 Bringing it all together: Pooling resources to serve today's Tech Valley
12 Oct 2012 Albany Women Business Leaders Share Their Success Stories
28 Sep 2012 Staying on Message: How to Create Powerful Content
14 Sep 2012 Grow Your Business: Four Exciting Speakers Tell You How
10 Aug 2012 Members Only Summer Casual Networking Event
27 Jul 2012 LinkedIn for the Intermediate or Hardcore
13 Jul 2012 Lessons Learned from a Sales Leader
22 Jun 2012 Sharing How We Go About Generating Business
08 Jun 2012 Achieving Online Success Where The Competition Has Failed
17 May 2012 Tech Talk
11 May 2012 "Turning Life Into a Business"
27 Apr 2012 Networking vs. Relationship Building
13 Apr 2012 "Creating the Capacity for Innovation"
22 Mar 2012 Launching the CA Business Development Initiative
09 Mar 2012 "Our People Make Our Company Great"
24 Feb 2012 Business Ethics
10 Feb 2012 "Success Has a Method"
27 Jan 2012 From Consultant to Acquired and Back: Lessons Learned
13 Jan 2012 "Using the Skills You Have to Build the Business You Want"
18 Nov 2011 Designing the Consulting Alliance’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
11 Nov 2011 "The Leadership Performance: Developing Authentic Strength, Influence and Trust"
28 Oct 2011 Strategic Positioning at the Alliance
14 Oct 2011 "Creativity: The Key to Your Business Success”
23 Sep 2011 New Vision for the Future of the Consulting Alliance
09 Sep 2011 "Ethical Journalism in Challenging Times”
12 Aug 2011 Members Only August Social
22 Jul 2011 Consulting Alliance Comparative Benchmarking Report
08 Jul 2011 "Speed Networking for New Connections”
24 Jun 2011 Is This Still Where We Want to Be Going?
10 Jun 2011 "Hyper-Local Social Media: The Next Frontier”
27 May 2011 Making the Most of Your Web Presence
13 May 2011 "The Truth About Networking”
29 Apr 2011 Simplify SEO & Google Analytics to Get Found, Get Leads, and Get Sales
08 Apr 2011 “Getting Your Website to Complement Your Social Media Efforts”
25 Mar 2011 What Happens when Consulting Alliance Members Collaborate
11 Mar 2011 “More Than Mountains and Lakes: Business Dynamics in the North Country”
11 Feb 2011 "When Generations Collaborate for the Greater Good"
03 Feb 2011 "Why do they do that?"
28 Jan 2011 Creating Your Personal Brand
14 Jan 2011 "Winning Clients: One Businessman's Success Strategies"
19 Nov 2010 Annual Membership and Planning Meeting
12 Nov 2010 "Nursing in the 21st Century"
22 Oct 2010 Round Table Discussion
08 Oct 2010 "Producing the Berkshire Forum"
24 Sep 2010 Tech Talk
10 Sep 2010 "Lessons Learned from Teaching 10,000 Leaders Worldwide"
17 Aug 2010 What’s on Your Phone? Is Your Cell a Friend or Foe?
13 Aug 2010 Members Only August Social
28 Jul 2010 Launching Your Consulting Career: Choosing a Business Type
23 Jul 2010 Members Only Networking Event
28 May 2010 Semi-Annual Consulting Alliance Planning Breakfast
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