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Mary Kate Soliva - Military and Veteran Program Manager - Project Management Institute

Mary Kate Soliva - Military and Veteran Program Manager - Project Management Institute

April 27, 2022

Mary Kate Soliva is a Reservist in the U.S Army and Veteran Fellow at the Hoover Institution. 

As a Business Development Analyst at the Project Management Institute, she is spearheading the Military and Veteran Program. 

Her efforts include working with the military, veterans, and families towards a career in Project Management.

She is a doctoral student, public speaker, and has trained the public, military, and law enforcement in the U.S and abroad on the signs and impact of human trafficking.

Her initiatives include working with local policy makers, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to change policy and impact change.

Mary Kate is a member of the Rotary e-Club of Pago Bay Guam, Association of the U.S Army, and Student Veterans of America. She volunteers for Vets2Industry, Shared Hope International and numerous other organizations.  

Mary Kate holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Guam where she focused her studies on human trafficking in Guam and Micronesia. 

Her email address is: marykate.soliva@pmi.org

and you can learn more about the military programs at PMI at the following sites: 





Mary Kate Soliva | LinkedIn

Stuck in your Career?  Maybe think about hiring a Career Coach

Stuck in your Career? Maybe think about hiring a Career Coach

March 12, 2022

We are going to be following a slightly different approach.  In addition to continuing with interesting interviews, we are going to periodically do a report on a recent publication or a topic that is top of mind, and I believe very relevant to many of you at this time.  

Also, if any of these, or any prior podcasts, are of personal interest, please send me a message in LinkedIn and let me know.  Even if you disagree with what I say.  Dialog is important for all of us to further strengthen our understanding.

Also, if you share your thoughts, we might even have some content for a future podcast.  It really is all about opening up lines of communication and helping everyone in the process.

So, you may find yourself struggling with your career possibilities.  You have sent out resumes but not really gotten any serious responses and so you start developing some fairly serious self-doubt.  What can I do?  How can I earn a living?  How can I deal with the debt I am facing?

Lots of very real and serious concerns and the options available seem to mostly say…. make sure your resume is tuned up and send it out.

But there is an alternative.  But it does require a leap of faith.

The idea is to identify someone who can act as your career coach.  And then, once you have identified a coach, make the commitment to follow what they suggest.

There are lots of people out there with a ton of experience who have probably been through what you are doing and would be great coaches.  And some of them are willing to do it initially for free, or for a very low rate. 

If it is a longer-term situation, you may have to talk about a fee, but for getting started, I would expect that many coaches will provide you help for 2-3 sessions without any significant fee initially. 

That being said, they will have a protocol to follow.  Probably a couple of forms that need to be completed so that they get a sense of who you are and a commitment to meet on a recurring basis.

If you are serious about changing things, give some serious thought to identifying a coach and then make the true commitment to follow what they suggest.

Let me know what you think in LinkedIn.  And check out the group, “Career Coach Forum”.  There are lots of great resources and you might find yourself a great coach.

Now, I know the idea of finding a coach might be a foreign concept.  After all, you have been doing this career thing all by yourself so why do I need a coach now.

Well, just ask yourself if what you are doing is working.  If it is, then you probably do not need a coach.  But if you feel stuck, then you might want to give the idea some serious consideration.

I sincerely hope that you are open to considering this leap and I truly believe that it can be a very beneficial step in helping you secure a more rational and comfortable approach to your career aspirations.

Check out Career Coach Forum in LinkedIn.  Read some articles or book chapters on coaching.  Share your ideas with me and other coaches.  And look for a way to engage.  You will find the effort daunting at first, but definitely valuable in the long run. 

Good luck.

Thanks for listening. 

Listen to Sarry Ibrahim talk about financial planning and ”Thinking like a Bank”.

Listen to Sarry Ibrahim talk about financial planning and ”Thinking like a Bank”.

January 25, 2022

Sarry Ibrahim is financial planner and member of the Bank On Yourself Organization. He helps real estate investors, business owners, and full time employees grow safe and predictable wealth regardless of market conditions using a financial strategy that has been around for over 160 years.

Sarry started this journey when he was in grad school completing his MBA. He worked for companies like Allstate, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna Healthspring, and Humana before founding Financial Asset Protection, a financial services firm that focuses on one sole concept; the Bank On Yourself Concept, also known as the Infinite Banking Concept.

Sarry takes a very pragmatic approach to financial management and helps his clients literally "Think like a Bank". 

You can check out his website at:  http://thinkinglikeabank.com/

And be sure to check out the free e book to help get you started in your financial mastery that is on the website. 

Good luck 


Meet Bruce A. Hurwitz, Ph.D., and learn of his work helping veterans gain viable employment

Meet Bruce A. Hurwitz, Ph.D., and learn of his work helping veterans gain viable employment

January 5, 2022

We are very excited to have Bruce Hurwitz, President of Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, Ltd., as a guest on our podcast. 

His firm's mission is to promote the hiring of veterans, and he has been an executive recruiter since 2003 and a career counselor since 2009.  In addition he is a "Five-Star" rated speech writer on Fiverr, and is a recognized authority on career counseling, recruitment, and employment issues, having been cited in over 750 articles, appearing in more than 500 publications, across the United States, and in at least 30 foreign countries. 

As an Amazon bestselling author, his posts on LinkedIn have been read over 434,500 times and have garnered national and international media attention including appearances on the Fox Business Network, Headline News (CNN), the local New York Fox affiliate, and a mention on ABC's Good Morning America.  He is the host of the live interview podcast, Bruce Hurwitz Presents: MEET THE EXPERTS.  His combined social media network exceeds 51.000 members.

Prior to becoming a recruiter, Bruce was a non-profit professional.  An honors graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where he obtained his Ph.D., he has over 125 peer-reviewed books, articles and newspaper contributions, on topics ranging from International Relations and International Law to the use of technology to conducting an effective job search and having a successful career.

In the past, Bruce has served on the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, hosting their weekly podcast and chairing their Entrepreneurship Committee.  He has also been a judge for the New York Public Library’s Annual Business Plan Competition.

Let your Tiger Roar

Let your Tiger Roar

December 17, 2021

Now you can bring it all together. 

You have taken the time to assess your current condition.  You have developed your personal brand and know how to find opportunity.  And now, you need to let people know how good you really are. 

When a tiger roars, we all know who is in charge.  Think about the metaphor and when you answer a question or tell someone about a task you completed, do it with the confidence of a tiger roaring. 

You have a great story to tell.  Prepare for it, listen to this podcast for some ideas on how to best share your message and then "Let your Tiger Roar!"

Good luck. 

Prowling for Opportunities

Prowling for Opportunities

December 5, 2021

Research shows that tigers need to make a kill every 8 or 9 days.  Which means that they always are on the hunt, and when they do make a kill, the trophy is sufficiently large to support them for several days. 

It is sort of the same thing in your job quest.  Go after the big ones!  Take the time to do your research and don't just settle on the first one that comes along. 

You should start with Defining your Market.  Decide if you want to work for a large company or a small one.  What industry do you want to be in?  Have you considered the Government or the Non-Profit Sector?  Essentially take some time to identify your hunting grounds and again, don't just settle for the first opportunity that you see. 

Then, Assess the Opportunity.  Think about how hard it is to enter that market.  What are the requirements and what are your expectations.  Think about it in terms of Risk/Reward.  Decide how you plan to hunt in your given area.

Lastly, Plan your Entry Strategy.  How are you going to conduct your hunt?  Think about joining professional organizations or leveraging your local Chamber of Commerce.  Seek out networking opportunities as  well as informational interviews with decision makers.  And don't forget the alumni groups from your college or prior affiliations.  

The bottom line is to take the time to prowl for opportunities that will yield you the greatest level of success.  Don't settle!  Take the time to do it right and if you do, it will pay off. 

Good luck.  

Tracking and Capturing your Prey

Tracking and Capturing your Prey

November 27, 2021

In order to be successful in today's job market, you must learn how to bring value to the job. 

We are referring that to the idea of a tiger tracking and capturing their prey to be equivalent to finding a compelling opportunity. 

It is all about bringing value to the job market.  

Your value proposition should be: 

  • Compelling
  • Valuable
  • Relevant
  • Current &
  • Expansive. 

Also, ask yourself "so what" related to a job you are performing, and be sure that what you are doing is not just pleasing you but is pleasing someone else in terms of value in the job market. 

Use the Tiger Metaphor to help you create the mindset in order to be most effective in this challenge. 

Good luck. 

Create and manage your own personal ”Tiger” brand.

Create and manage your own personal ”Tiger” brand.

November 21, 2021

We all have a brand.  It may not be what we want it to be, but don't be naïve, you have a brand!

According to Jeff Bezos, your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room. 

What is your brand? Is it what you want it to be?  If not, how can you manage it to be your desired brand. 

Borrow a few ideas from the Tiger book, and other resources, to nail your personal brand and make it compelling. 

Good luck.  

Learn to be at the top of your food chain, and embrace change as you go through Survival, Adaptation and Flourishing

Learn to be at the top of your food chain, and embrace change as you go through Survival, Adaptation and Flourishing

November 10, 2021

In this podcast we cover two sections of the Tiger book. 

The first is to think about yourself as being at the top of your food chain just like a tiger is.  What does it take on your part to achieve and maintain that position?

Secondly, think about the phases you go through when dealing with change in your life.  How do you learn to adapt to your environment and take further advantage of it? 

Hope you enjoy the podcast. 

Good luck. 

Begin to get a sense of what is your Current Condition

Begin to get a sense of what is your Current Condition

November 5, 2021

Take some time to learn about tools and processes to follow to get a better idea of your current condition.  And remember, your current condition is where you start.  You do not need to stay there nor do you need to change.  It is just important to understand where you are starting. 

While in this process, learn to think like an entrepreneur.  That does not mean that you start your own business but rather that you are open to the possibilities that might present themselves. 

And remember, change is inevitable so that no matter what you do today, several of the guiding factors may change and you must be able to take advantage of that opportunity. 

So in summary: learn to meditate, take time for personal reflection, take advantage of some of the self assessment tools listed in the program, network to get more ideas, seek out informational interviews, volunteer for interesting opportunities and lastly, start a journal and document what you are discovering about yourself.

Good luck. 

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