(posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016)
W. T. (Tom) Southards, Outreach Program Manager, at Kent State University, College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology will be the featured speaker at our October General Meeting, to be held on Wed., Oct. 19 at Papa Joe's Restaurant (1561 Akron Peninsula Road, Akron, OH 44313).
5:30 PM Networking
6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Lecture - Focusing Your Career Direction"
: RSVP to Walter Salamant
, by noon
on Fri., Oct 14
. The dinner cost is $25 for professionals and $10 for students. The lecture is free and open to the public. Abstract:
The "Business Model You
" is a one-page framework for reinventing your career. This approach evolved out of earlier work by a number of contributors to development of the Business Model Canvas. The goal is to give you a new option for thinking about your career path forward. The lecture will also touch on networking approaches, some interesting tools for day-to-day success, some job search tools, and considerations for free lancing or science-for-hire.Bio:
Mr. Southards received his B.S.E. degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his M.E. from the University of Florida. He now manages the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology outreach program and is the Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Kent State University (SBDC-KSU). The SBDC at KSU specializes in serving manufacturing, technology-based and construction businesses. The Center assists businesses through training and implementation of programs in organizational development, product design development, rapid prototyping, student internships and projects, faculty relationship building, and research collaboration. He provides technical and business consulting as part of the SBDC counseling practice and on a fee-for-service basis for more in-depth engagements. In addition to directing the SBDC activities, he leads the College’s outreach activities and manages its finances. Mr. Southards has over 20 years of industrial experience. Prior to joining Kent State, he worked in a variety of industrial assignments involving: engineering research and development, technology assessment, quality assurance, technical supervision, engineering economics, consulting, and project management. He is certified as a business advisor by the Ohio Development Services Agency, is certified as a technology counselor by the Association of Small Business Development Center, and is the Ohio Small Business Innovation Research program representative for the Small Business Administration.