Career Skills Development: People, Passion, Purpose
By Collette Mangold, Controller, Brentwood Services Administrators, Inc.

Hope, derived from the Old English word hopian which means “to leap forward with expectation”, is the jet fuel for the journey of work and life. It’s the difference between people who give up when they encounter the least bit of resistance and those who rise to every challenge, no matter how seemingly insurmountable. 

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Keynote speaker Libby Gill, CEO of Libby Gill & Company, helps us discover ways to unlock passion and productivity in the Wednesday morning Career Skills Super Session “Lift as you Climb: Creating the Hope-Driven Culture”.  An international speaker and bestselling author, Libby helps companies like Disney-ABC, Wells Fargo and many others create highly engaged cultures of innovation, inspiration, and bold leadership. 

This year’s annual IASA Conference in San Antonio, TX continues to offer two Career Development tracks; one track that focuses on traditional career skills that can benefit employees at all levels of the company and a leadership track that not only focuses on seasoned leaders but the next generation of leaders as well.


“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”   Although this is a wonderful goal, it may not always be practical.  Monday afternoon starts with a panel discussion in Session 121, “Insider Insights:  Keeping the Passion Throughout your Career”.  The speakers will share their experiences and explore strategies and best practices for finding enjoyment in your work life.   


Today there are more forms of communication than ever before.  Email, IM, text messaging, and good old face to face.  Session 221, “Are You Talkin’ to Me? – Communicate Your Way to Success” will address all forms of communication (and miscommunication) by sharing tips for more effective communications, becoming a better listener, and recognizing gender differences.


Does your company find it difficult to attract and retain good talent?  Flexibility is increasingly becoming a key component in the workplace.   This year’s conference has two sessions that will address non-traditional work arrangements.  Session 421, “Flexibility in a Traditional Workplace” focuses on the next generation of key resources.  This session will highlight the keys to making flexible work arrangements successful.  Session 222, “Redefining the Remote Workplace” will utilize a panel to discuss and highlight practices and procedures for managing remote users.  They will share their tools for collaboration and how to enhance communication to keep virtual teams together.


Most attendees attend the IASA Annual Conference to learn about the latest industry updates – but take some time to invest in yourself and your employees by attending one of the outstanding Career Development sessions offered during the course of the conference.  The sessions highlighted above are only a fraction of the courses available.  There are additional sessions covering Succession Planning, Negotiation Skills, Ethics and more!  For a complete listing of the 2016 Career Skills Sessions, go to