CTCN/AICN Workshop: Employee, Consultant, Entrepreneur – Skills for a Multi-Faceted Career: an IEEE Workshop


The Consultants Network promotes the development of members' careers through professional and social networking, including publicizing members' skills and sharing potential professional opportunities, and supports the IEEE Central Texas Section. Website: http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cn/

Hosted by CTCN & AICN
Co-sponsored by CAS/SSC, CEDA, COMSOC/SP, EdSoc, TMC, and WIE

%{color:darkblue}Today's most successful engineers likely will perform many and varied roles during the course of a career. Regardless of the career stage you are in, personal interaction skills enhance your ability to accomplish your goals. Everyone benefits by staying abreast of emerging technical markets. Wise men and women learn from the experience of others before making transitions among the roles of employee, consultant, and entrepreneur. Whether you are a student, new graduate, or seasoned professional, attend this workshop and sharpen the talents you need to enjoy a flexible, fulfilling, lifelong, career. During this full-day workshop six nationally recognized speakers will share experiences and knowledge gained during their individual, wide-ranging, careers. The workshop will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7700 West Parmer Lane.%

Register in advance for a reduced rate. Advance registration ends midnight Saturday, September 6th.

Cost for this workshop (in advance/after Sep 6th or walk up):

$35/$45 IEEE Members (except Student and Life Members)
$15/$15 IEEE Student Members and IEEE Life Members
$40/$50 Non-IEEE Members

The registration fee includes lunch delivered from Jason's Deli, and snacks.
Please register at the "Registration" link below.
IEEE members choose your specific grade from the "Registration Fee" menu pick. For instance, "IEEE Senior Member" is not the same as "IEEE Member."

*Cancellation request must be received in writing by midnight Saturday, September, 6th. Refunds will be by check, and subject to a 20% administration fee.* Send cancellation requests to Bill Martino at bill.martino@ieee.org.

Walk-ins please pay at the event with cash or check payable to "IEEE-CTS." No credit cards at the door, please.

The IEEE-USA AICN website is http://www.ieeeusa.org/business/default.asp

The IEEE Central Texas Circuits and Systems/Solid-State Circuits Chapter website is http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/cas_ssc/

The IEEE Central Texas CEDA (Council on Electronic Design Automation) Chapter website is http://ewh.ieee.org/r5/central_texas/ceda/

The IEEE Central Texas Education Society Chapter website is http://sites.ieee.org/ctx-edsoc/

The IEEE Central Texas Austin Communications / Signal Processing Joint Chapter website is http://sites.ieee.org/ct-comsp/

  Date and Time




  • 7700 Parmer Lane Business Park
  • 7700 West Parmer Lane
  • Austin, Texas
  • United States 78729
  • Building: A - Auditorium (formerly Freescale Auditorium)
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  • Bill Martino (bill.martino@ieee.org)
  • Starts 06 August 2014 09:50 AM
  • Ends 12 September 2014 10:00 AM
  • All times are US/Central
  • Admission fee ?
  • Register


8:30am -- 9:00am

Registration, Coffee, and Muffins

9:00am -- 9:15am

Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Gary Blank, IEEE-USA President

Bill Martino, CTCN Chairman

*9:15am -- 10:05am

How to Stimulate and Hone Your Network Skills*

Bob Krause, IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consulting Networks' Coordinating Committee (AICN)

The purpose of this workshop is to stimulate and hone networking skills. The session will cover the importance of networking, understanding the fundamentals of networking (who, basic process), strategies for networking (how to get what you want, Dos & Don’ts) and the ethics of networking.

The session will include three exercises and audience participation will be required. Also, you will need to have business cards to participate in the final exercise.

%{color:#006699}*Biography:*% Mr. Bob Krause has over thirty years’ experience in analysis of accounting, economic, rate making, regulatory, and contractual matters for electric and water utilities. His international consulting experience includes technical assistance and capacity-building in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt and Kosovo. He is skilled in negotiations, analysis, management, deregulation, planning, contracts, seminars and training, and problem solving.

As a Life and Senior Member, his IEEE activities include chairing various national IEEE-USA Committees and serving as Vice President IEEE-USA – Member Activities.

%{color:#006699}*Email:*% "b.krause@ieee.org":mailto:b.krause@ieee.org

10:05am -- 10:20am


10:20am -- 11:10am

Start-up Tactics

William R. Kassebaum P.E., IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee

This consultant turned entrepreneur will share his experience of going through this process. He will address:

How to build a start-up company

• Financing

• Raising Money

• Book Keeping

• Valuation

He will also cover issues like hiring/recruiting, dealing with employees, dealing with board members, business development, sales & marketing and What not to do!

%{color:#006699}*Biography:*% William R. Kassebaum, P.E. is co-founder and Vice President of Algaeon Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors. With over 28 years working in the private and government sectors. He holds an MSEE from Purdue University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana. He currently serves on the IEEE-USA Board of Directors as Vice President Career & Member Services, and is a Founder and Co-Chair of the Central Indiana Engineering Consultants’ Network.

%{color:#006699}*Email:*% "Will.Kassebaum@IEEE.org":mailto:Will.Kassebaum@IEEE.org

11:15am -- 12:05pm

Employee to Consultant, How Can I Do It?

Gary Blank, IEEE-USA President

IEEE-USA President Gary Blank will speak to you about one of his most favorite topics, how to move from being an employee to becoming a consultant. Dr. Blank will share with those interested in becoming full-time independent consultants how he got started in consulting, things you should consider before becoming a consultant, and what you will need to become a full-time consultant. So, if you're concerned about losing your job or if you're considering just making the transition from a full-time corporate position to a full-time independent consultant, this presentation is for you. Experienced consultants may also find this session useful as a refresher course on things you could be doing to improve your practice.

%{color:#006699}*Biography:*% Dr. Blank worked in industry in the areas of controls and electronics, while teaching part-time. He then moved to full-time teaching as a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Northern Illinois University, Marquette University, and U.C.L.A. He started consulting part-time while teaching. Dr. Blank received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Ford Foundation Fellow), M.S. from the University of Idaho (Kaiser Corp. Fellow), and B.S. from Illinois Institute of Technology. All degrees are in Electrical Engineering.

%{color:#006699}*Email:*% "g.l.blank@ieee.org":mailto:g.l.blank@ieee.org

12:05pm -- 1:05pm


1:05pm -- 1:35pm

Co-sponsor Remarks

Seth Wilk, CAS/SSC

Zhuo Li, CEDA

Fawzi Behmann, COMSOC/SP

Deepika Sangam, EdSoc

Leslie Martinich, TMC

Stacy Shook, WIE

*1:40pm -- 2:30pm

A Sea of Changing Waters - HealthCare Technology - The Perfect Storm*

David Smith, CEO of Strategic Pathways, President of Social Care

The pace of change has never been greater and no industry is as ripe as Healthcare to take advantage of it. Many of the major systems in use today in healthcare can trace their roots back to the mainframe and client server technologies. In addition, most of the systems are closed systems and will not work with others. Technology, Regulatory, Demographics, Social Media, and Industry change are creating a perfect storm where change and transformation will create a new future and will transform the HealthCare Industry.

This presentation will walk through the issues and some of the opportunities this perfect storm will present.

%{color:#006699}*Biography:*% David Smith is a recognized global futurist with over 30 years of experience working in the private and public sectors. He is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists. Mr. Smith is a senior research fellow at UT’s IC2 Institute, and holds a bachelor degree in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of Texas at Austin.

%{color:#006699}*Email:*% "dsmith@socialcare.com":mailto:dsmith@socialcare.com

2:30pm -- 2:45pm


2:50pm -- 3:40pm

Selling Doesn't Cause Buying

Sharon Drew Morgen, Visionary, Author, Consultant

This talk highlights the causes of resistance and explains what stops people from buying in to change or implementations. Through a discussion on systems, change management, and decision facilitation, Sharon Drew will lead attendees to discover what has stopped them from having the success they desire and offer a few tips on how to get buy-in for any change.

%{color:#006699}*Biography:*% Sharon Drew Morgen is an original thinker and visionary behind the Buying Facilitation® model,and author of 7 books on helping buyers buy including the New York Times Business Bestseller 'Selling with Integrity'. She is a coach, consultant, speaker, and inventor.

%{color:#006699}*Email:*% "sdm@austin.rr.com":mailto:sdm@austin.rr.com

3:45pm -- 4:35pm

Focus Your Career

Leslie Martinich, Founder and Principal Consultant at Competitive Focus

This workshop will help you focus your efforts to bring your work to the next level, one that combines your skills, your passions and your unique contributions. Whether you love building things, helping others, solving puzzles or creating better solutions, we’ll tease out what makes your offering exceptional, and help you to find and define your competitive advantage.

%{color:#006699}*Biography:*% Leslie Martinich, founder and principal consultant at Competitive Focus, has worked in industry as a software engineer, working with both large and small companies. She received her Master’s Degree from UT Austin in distributed systems, and helped architect RPC (Remote Procedure Call) technology in the 1990s, used today to allow cloud computing. In 2012, she was selected to be the IEEE-USA Congressional Fellow, advising Congress on Science and Technology Policy. She is an active volunteer with IEEE, and a consultant and trainer to technology and engineering companies.

%{color:#006699}*Email:*% "lmartinich@ieee.org":mailto:lmartinich@ieee.org

The Consultants Network meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the Consultants Network meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. by experts in technology, marketing, sales, advertising, financial or legal needs of small businesses and special needs of consultants.