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    January Dinner Meeting: What’s Harder about Being Smarter? The Challenge of Leading Technical Professionals.

    Date: January 13, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
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    REGISTER & PAY:   Online registration opens up approximately two weeks prior to the event and closes the Thursday before the meeting at midnight.  Walk-ins are always welcome after that time!

    What’s Harder about Being Smarter?

    The Challenge of Leading Technical Professionals

    Presented by Fraser Marlow from BlessingWhite, Inc.

     **The meeting is approved for 1 general recertification credit hours

    by the HR Certification Institute**

    In today's knowledge economy, organizations value education and expertise because they are increasingly dependent on the passion, creativity, energy and engagement of the workforce. Competitive advantage is no longer secured purely through the access to capital or information — but by having employees come up with creative and novel ways of solving clients' problems.


    In order to achieve this, organizations are increasingly dependent on Technical Professionals – those expert employees in finance, R&D, technology or engineering.  These technical experts are among the highest-educated employees — and the most fought-over professionals. They may have some explicit things in common, such as advanced degrees, specific job titles or specific departments. But from a leadership perspective, what unites them is a set of workplace needs which set them apart from non-technical employees. This group of professionals has their own needs – in terms of how they are led and also in how they learn.


    During this session Fraser Marlow, head of research at GP Strategies’ BlessingWhite division, will share research findings and insights into the challenges, required skills and learning preferences of technical professionals and those who aspire to lead them.


    This session will be of benefit to all HR professionals and executives in general who work with - or design learning initiatives for – leaders of technical employees.

    Our speaker:

    Fraser Marlow. Head of Marketing, Research & Asia-Pacific.

    Fraser runs BlessingWhite’s research team, which publishes regular reports on topics close to the company’s core areas of expertise: Coaching, Career, Employee Engagement, Leadership.

    Fraser also co-authored ‘The Engagement Equation’ (Wiley, 2012) – a strategic overview of building a culture of engagement.

    As the head of the research team, Fraser has had the opportunity to present and discuss these topics from Bangkok to Boston and from London to Los Angeles. Fraser is also an engaging presenter in the virtual world where he is spending an increasingly large amount of his time.

    Prior to joining BlessingWhite in 2007 Fraser was Head of E-commerce and Director of Web Marketing at GE Healthcare working out of the UK, Sweden, Canada and the USA. Fraser works with clients on employee engagement, effective internal communication strategies and optimizing managerial buy-in for large-scale implementations. Fraser grew up in France, holds a business degree from the University of Bradford School of Management in the UK and is a member of the British Chartered Institute of Marketing.

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    Our Sponsor:

    Creative Financial Group of New Jersey (CFGNJ) traces its history to 1955, when experienced professionals merged to develop a new approach for a financial services firm.  They created a firm centered on customer needs and dedicated to developing the high-level knowledge required by an increasingly sophisticated marketplace.

    We believe that vision has resulted in a financial services firm like no other... one that has served more than 11,000 clients through a fully developed organization with representatives who have experience and training in various financial areas.  Creative Financial Group of NJ prides itself on offering a full range of in-house financial experience that delivers products and services to meet the specific needs of clients. From this foundation of service and experience, it has emerged as a leading financial services firm, unparalleled in commitment and dedication.

    Our Menu:

    Marinated Beets and Carrot Salad with Domestic Blue and Pickled Red Onions                   

    Local Mushroom and Griggstown Chicken Pot Pie            

    Gingerbread and Cranberry Bread Pudding with Sauce Anglaise

    Vegetarian Option:  Whole Wheat Pasta and Grilled Vegetable Lasagna with an Olive Oil and Roma Tomato Salsa, Micro Herb Salad and Fried Capers