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Consultants Workshops

The IEEE-USA Alliance of IEEE Consultants Networks (AICN) was established to help U.S. IEEE members develop their own consulting businesses. There are currently more than 30 local consultants networks throughout the United States, and more emerging in India, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Following is a listing of consultants' workshops.

Berkshire Consultants Network

When and Where: Thursday, October 22, 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Cork ’N Hearth Restaurant
Route 20, Laurel Lake
Lee, Massachusetts 01238

Contact: Richard Kolodziejczyk
P.O. Box 401,
Hinsdale, MA 01235
(413) 655-2623

Presentation: Financial Planning
Join us for discussion of Financial Planning with Stephen Hodgetts and Tucker Roeder from McAdam Financials, this will include following:

* Comprehensive Financial Planning
* Overview and Benefits vs. Traditional Money Management
* Factors to Consider in Retirement
* Withdrawal Strategies and Risks
* Taxes andRequired Minimum Distributions
* Social Security Strategies

Bring your own questions for after-talk discussions individually or with the group.

Stephen Hodgetts is a financial advisor with McAdam Financial in Boston, MA. He focuses his practice on Pre- and post- retirement needs, asset management, and the planning process. Stephen is currently FINRA Series 6, 63, and 65 Registered, while also having his Life, Accident, Health and Variable insurance licenses. Stephen received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. He primarily focuses his efforts on serving clients in the greater New England Regions of the United States.

Tucker Roeder is a financial advisor, and district manager with McAdam Financial in Boston, MA. Tucker is currently FINRA Series 7 and 66 Registered, and also has his Life, Accident, Health and Variable insurance licenses. He serves the Northeast region of the US including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New York. Tucker received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship, from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. With several years of client facing experience in the financial industry, he is a skilled relationship manager.

Boston Section of the IEEE Consultants' Network

When: 26 October 2015 - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Constant Contact, Great Room South, 3rd Floor, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451

Speaker/Topic: How to Achieve Peak Performance in your Consulting Practice
We have all been to meetings of all kinds, gathered infinite amounts of information on running our professional practices and yet continue to seek more and more information. Why?

Because our engineering training has, for the most part, left us left brain dominant (linear, logical, analytical) and this dominance makes us feel as though we never have enough information. We were granted two spheres in our brains for a reason, to be used.

Without utilizing the right side of our brains, we fail to transfer our technical efficiency to our prospective clients in a way that will be trusted and accepted so that action may be taken. This effective transference is dominated by the right side of our brains.

Stan Sidman will present some things about which you may never have given any thought....especially as being related to the business development space. As a graduate of Boston University, Stan become a manager of three departments in a national company when he was only in his early twenties managing in excess of 100 employees. He then became a stockbroker in Boston and moved up quickly to become an institutional broker on Wall Street seeing many of the problems we are dealing with today.

Because of his fascination with the mind he went on to become Certified Hypnotherapist and a Certified Practitioner of NLP (neuro linguistic programming). This helped Stan to see things that others haven't even started to think about. This meeting will not be conventional

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting is open to the public. No charge for Consultants Network members or employees of Constant Contact; $5 entrance fee for all others. Casual dress.

The Consultants Network meeting starts at 6:30 PM. The meeting will take place at Constant Contact, Reservoir Place - 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451, in the Great Room on the first floor

Consultants Network meetings generally take place on the fourth Monday of each month, but are not held during the summer months. Check the Consultants Network website for meeting details and last-minute information.

For more information, e-mail or; or contact the chairman Heinz Bachmann, at 978-637-2070. The Consultants Network website is at

IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727






Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life
High stress, project deadlines, and never-ending demands are a way of life in our industry. Come learn how to practice mindfulness to increase productivity, reach success, and build relationships from two of Austin’s nationally trained mindfulness experts! Meditation creates neuroplasticity, which is your brain’s ability to change both structurally and functionally. Your brain can literally grow and improve cognition. The neural pathways and synapses increase and improve body awareness, emotional intelligence, behavioral awareness, and your mental capacity.

Jenn Fairbankand Erika Marcoux
Jenn Fairbank is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life. She is a nationally trained mindfulness expert with a masters degree in social work and shares the ancient and scientific practice of mindfulness in her trainings and private practice in Austin, Texas. She studied in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Bristol, Vermont. She is the co-author of Companion for Life.

Erika Marcoux is the co-CEO and co-Founder of Cornerstone: Mindfulness for Life. She is a nationally trained mindfulness expert with a masters degree in psychology and shares the ancient and scientific practice of mindfulness in her trainings and private practice in Austin, Texas. She studied in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and Washington, D.C. She is the co-author of Companion for Life.

$5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.

Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.

IEEE Consultants Network of the Twin Cities

When & Where: When: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Who: All who want to attend the Consultant's Network (current consultants or those interested in becoming a consultant)
What: Meeting including a valuable presentation on using social media to enhance your consultation business.

The IEEE Consultant’s Network of the Twin Cities (ICNTC) will be meeting Wednesday October 28th, 2015 at the Wentworth Library. The main purpose of the meeting is to Network with our fellow consultant's or those who have an interest in consulting. Also we are working on a great presentationon on how to use social media to enhance your consulting business. More details to come.

So put the following meeting on your calendar and attend! Please forward this to anyone else who might like to attend.

Attend if you can. We will start with light refreshments (free) and networking with other consultants. If convenient, please let me know if you think you will be coming.

Contact: Steven James, MSEE, SMIEEE IEEE Consultant’s Network of the Twin Cities, Chair

Oregon Consultant's Network

When and Where: From January through October, Orcnet meets on the fourth Thursday (November 2, 2015) of each month. The no-host dinner usually starts at 6:00 PM, with business or presentation starting at 7:00 PM.

We usually have a combined November/December meeting on the FIRST Thursday in December, to avoid the holidays. We sometimes skip the August meeting during vacation time; check the presentation page for more information.

We meet at the Beaverton International House of Pancakes (IHOP) at 15935 SW Regatta Lane, Beaverton, OR , near the intersection of 158th and Walker, southwest corner next to McDonalds, across the street from Fred Meyer, restaurant phone 503-614-8485.

IEEE Philadelphia Consultants Network

When & Where: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Sheraton University City
Fairmount/Franklin Suite 
36 & Chestnut Streets,
Philadelphia PA 19104

For information on becoming a member, please visit

Networking / Social Time: 7:00PM to 7:15PM
Meeting: 7:15PM to 9:00 PM
Fee/Dinner: No fee and no dinner provided for this meeting

IEEE-CNSV: Consultants' Network of Silicon Valley

When: Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Hewlett-Packard Co. - 3000 Hanover Auditorium
3000 Hanover St., Palo Alto, CA 94304
Topic: Power in Consumer Electronics: The New Model
Since every microwatt counts in mobile consumer electronics, what does it take to create truly power-efficient devices? What improvements have we seen in efficiency standards, light‐loading optimization techniques and standby modes?

Power delivery of up to 100W is now possible alongside high-speed data lines using Power over Ethernet (PoE), USB Power Delivery and Thunderbolt. While the extra power is great, it brings a host of challenges for power integrity, signal integrity, intelligent power management, global system efficiency, and potential design overprovisioning.

This talk will explore these issues, and the key aspects of how power is consumed in today’s electronics devices, in a discussion of the “power landscape.” It was also explore recent trends in the quest for high efficiency and lower power, including how those unsightly “wall wort” A/C power adapters are being miniaturized and often eliminated.

About the speaker,Brian Zahnstecher of PowerRox, LLC
Brian Zahnstecher is the Principal of PowerRox where he focuses on power design, integration, system applications and OEM market penetration for power electronics. He is skilled in system design and the architecture of AC/DC front‐end power, processor power and digital power for data center hardware and consumer devices. At Emerson Network Power, Cisco and HP, Brian advised on best practices, oversaw product development, managed international teams, created/enhanced optimal workflows and test procedures, and designed and optimized voltage regulators.

Brian has been a public speaker, author, workshop participant, session host, roundtable moderator and volunteer. He is a CNSV member with over 12 years of industry experience, with Masters and Bachelors degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

IEEE Consultants Network of San Diego


Monday, November 9, 2015 6:00 pm Member networking and dinner on your own
Monday, November 9, 2015 7:00 pm Program

Where: Giovanni's Pizza Restaurant
9353 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 279-6700

Topic: If you're looking to hire a consultant, we invite you to join us at our CNSD monthly meetings. Held the second Monday of every month (The next meeting is Monday, November 9, 2015 7:00 pm.), it will give you a chance to interview our members in person. For more information on our next meeting, contact Kent Deines at 858-395-0229 or

IEEE Dallas Section Consultants Network

When & Where: 09 November 2015, 06:15PM to 08:25PM
6:15 PM Meeting and network 7:00 PM Program begins 8:00 PM Meeting adjourns

Building: 7920 Belt Line Road, Dallas 75254 (near Coit/Beltline intersection) It’s an office building on the SW corner Coit/Belt Line Rd. We will meet in the Training Room on the 1st Floor.
Topic & Speaker: Retirement Questions Open Forum
A one-hour Q&A focused directly on participants’ concerns, is led by Mike Crews, MBA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. Questions from the audience are taken at the beginning of his presentation, which he then addresses. Often during the presentation, drill-down questions are asked and addressed, making the experience very interactive.

Michael Crews, MBA, CFP®
Managing Director / President, LPL Financial Planner
Mike received his MBA from the SMU Cox School of Business through its Executive MBA program. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and Registered Principal of LPL Financial. He holds Series 7, 24, and 66 securities registrations through LPL Financial and is insurance licensed in Texas. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of North Texas, and the Financial Planning Association. Mike simplifies the retirement process and facilitates the transition from working to retirement by helping clients determine realistic objectives and understand investment strategies. Husband and father of three, Mike is a native of Allen, TX, an Eagle Scout, and an instrument rated private pilot. He enjoys flying to Ardmore, OK for lunch and frequently attends Allen American hockey games. He spent three-and-a-half years in Hawaii completing his undergraduate degree in International Business at the most diversified school in the United States with over 70 languages spoken, Brigham Young University-Hawaii. After graduation he worked in the largest real estate firm on the North Shore of Oahu. There he learned to SCUBA dive and worked on an international consulting project for a start-up financial firm in Japan. An avid traveler, Mike has visited Costa Rica, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Japan, and Vietnam.

IEEE Consultants' Network of New Jersey


Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:30pm -8:30pm

Where: Morris County Library,
30 East Hanover Avenue,
Whippany, NJ
Contact: 973-728-0344,

Topic: Funding Sources for Business Start Up and Growth
Funding Sources for Business Start Up and Growth, Vincent J. Vicari, the Regional Director at The Small Business Development Center at Bergen County, will make a presentation on Funding Sources for Business Start Up and Growth. A question and answer period will follow. Light snacks will be served.



Local and Regional Consultants' Workshops

If you would like to plan a workshop for your local section or region please let us know and we would be happy to assist you.  Contact: Daryll Griffin for details.  See Workshop Planning Guide (PDF)

For more information on IEEE-USA's Consultant Services, the Alliance of IEEE Consultants' Networks Coordinating Committee, or how to start your own local IEEE Consultants' Network, contact:

Daryll Griffin
2001 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-5104
(Office) 202/530-8337
(Fax) 202/785-0835

Updated: October 15, 2015
Contact: Daryll Griffin,

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