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Business Growth Workshop 3-24-15: Earthquake Preparedness – Is your Business Ready?

Nat B. Read - Disaster Preparedness SpeakerA Workshop Presentation by Nat Read
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
7:30 am – 9:30 am
Continental breakfast will be provided
This is FREE to members of the Club, Non-Members $25
*New sessions will occur on the fourth Tuesday of every month*

The lessons in this talk could save a business many thousands of dollars and position it for recovery after the disaster. Forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25% fail within a year according to FEMA. What planning can be done now to lessen this outcome?

Over the past 150,000 years a major earthquake has hit the southern San Andreas Fault every 150 years on average. It’s been 159 years! The likelihood of a major earthquake of the magnitude of the Northridge earthquake hitting California in the next 30 years (in the lifetime of most of those in your audience) is 99.7%!

The messages are:

  • The Earthquake is inevitable. Disaster is not.
  • Understand this clearly: There may be no 911. Police and paramedic response will be focused on major incidents in hospitals and schools. YOU could well be the police and fire department. How do prepare for that responsibility in your business?
  • Most of the injuries associated with earthquakes in Southern California occur AFTER the shaking stops. Learn now what to do immediately after a quake and you can reduce the injuries in your workplace by over 50%.
  • Water supply may be disrupted. A person dies from lack of water in only a few days and from lack of food after a week or so. What do you need to have on hand when there is no water in the pipes and no stores to sell it?
  • What must you do now to minimize the damage and injury for an event that is inevitable where we live?

About the speaker: Nat B. Read
Nat Read offers disaster preparedness through his agency, Read Communications. After years of preparing companies for media crises, he concluded that the greater need in crisis management was for disaster preparedness. He draws on 23 years of experience with disaster preparedness in the US Navy and Naval Reserve, retiring as a Captain, and five years as a reserve LAPD officer as a first responder. He is supported in his disaster preparedness business by senior career consultants in disaster preparedness.

For reservation please contact University Club by calling 626-793-5157 or by emailing

University Club of Pasadena
175 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Business Growth Workdshop 2-24-15: How to Give Effective Business Presentations

Marion Mackenzie Pyle on Giving Great Business Presentations

Marion Mackenzie Pyle on Giving Great Business Presentations

A Workshop Presentation by Marion MacKenzie Pyle

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
7:30am – 9:30 am
Continental breakfast will be provided
This is FREE to members of the Club, Non-Members $25
*New sessions will occur on the fourth Tuesday of every month*

Anybody whose job includes delivering business content in front of a room to internal or external stakeholders on behalf of your organization is a candidate for this training. Effective communication and presentations will either enhance or diminish your professional credibility and impact your capacity to influence others. Knowing how to inform, persuade, delight, and inspire audiences with your knowledge, talent and abilities will bring benefits that extend well beyond the few minutes you spend in front of a room.

On a personal level, you will learn how to develop self-awareness and use your voice, energy and non-verbal skills to project confidence and competence.

On a professional level: Knowing how to deliver effective business presentations are a stage on which to advance your career. Authors Cindy Maxey and Kevin O’Connor state in their book Present Like a Pro, that “confident presenters are seen as more competent, more skilled and having more promise” than colleagues who “are equally skilled and equally bright.” This workshop will teach you how to develop compelling messages, present with greater clarity and authority, and adapt and appeal to a variety of audiences.

About the speaker: Marion MacKenzie Pyle
Marion MacKenzie Pyle is an accomplished media and communications professional with award-­‐winning experience in broadcast journalism, public affairs, public relations, and social marketing. She has lived and worked in Australia, Latin America, Asia, and U.S. An expert in California water issues, she is well known for hosting, writing and producing the acclaimed cable television series “Straight from the Tap.” Marion is also a successful author, noted media trainer, seminar leader, and university professor of public relations, public speaking and presentational speaking for business.

For reservation please contact University Club by calling 626-793-5157 or by emailing

University Club of Pasadena
175 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

JDRF One Walk – for a world without Type 1 Diabetes

JDRF-one-walk-diabetesOn November 15, 2014, as part of our Total HR Gives Back program, my colleagues and I will be walking with thousands of others in the JDRF One Walk™ because we’re determined to turn Type One into Type None. We’re proud to have created a team this year so we can walk together to change the future for everyone affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D).

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas loses the ability to produce insulin – a hormone essential to turning food into energy. It strikes both children and adults and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. With T1D, there are no days off, and there is no cure – yet. JDRF is the only global organization with the plan, influence, and ability to turn Type One into Type None. With your donation, you have the power to change the lives of those affected.

Are you the determined to make a difference type? Please support this life-changing research by making a tax-deductible donation today or by joining our team. Click “Visit My Team Page” below to get started. I support JDRF and hope you will join me today.

Thank you.



Don Pierro Empowers And Engages University Club Audience In The First Business Growth Workshop Of 2014

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Don Pierro & James Harwood at the University Club

In the first Business Growth Workshop of 2014 at the University Club in Pasadena, Don Pierro empowered and engaged his audience. During the morning session entitled, “Deep Change or Slow Death?”, the founder of the Empower Lab Coaching Group challenged the participants to look closely at their own businesses and the hurdles they face as business owners. Introduced by James Harwood of Total HR Management, the interactive presentation began by Don Pierro recounting how he had helped Harwood address his company’s primary concerns as a Vistage mentor.

The overall goal of the first Business Growth Workshop was to help participants understand the concept of simplified strategic planning for business owners by inspiring them to begin drawing up such a plan. An entrepreneur with an impressive track record, Don Pierro is the past founder and president of three private companies in three different industries. Each of his successful business ventures were later acquired by larger firms so Pierro could move on to new undertakings and enterprises.

Basing the discussion on lessons learned from his own experience, Pierro employed a slide show to carefully lead the audience on an organic journey of management questions and perspectives. What was so notable about the workshop was how Pierro was able to inspire direct participation from his audience. Asking probing questions about the values and the mission of their businesses, Pierro achieved detailed and thoughtful responses. As opposed to only one or two participants taking part, the vast majority of people provided feedback about a diverse range of businesses.

don pierro, university club, pasadena

Don Pierro Empowers University Club Workshop

At the heart of the presentation was the challenging question of whether each participant believed their business currently was experiencing either deep change or a slow death. The clear implication was that without a strategic plan being implemented, deep change is not possible. The only way to avoid the slow death of a business was to place the implementation of a strategic plan at the forefront of a company’s ongoing priorities.

The Business Growth Workshops presented by the University Club are going to continue happening on the fourth Friday of each month for the rest of 2014. Given the dynamic engagement and valuable lessons offered by Don Pierro in the first workshop, it is obvious that if the future sessions follow suit, they should not be missed. If you have questions, need more information, or wish to register for the Business Growth Workshops, please contact the University Club by calling 626-793-5157.

At The University Club in Pasadena, Phlunte’ Riddle Illuminates The Dynamics Between Baby Boomers And Millennials In The Workplace

On May 17, 2013, Phlunte’ Riddle, the first African American woman to be promoted to lieutenant in the Pasadena Police Department, spoke at the University Club of Pasadena about her new career emphasis with Effective Consultants. Retiring after 28+ years of service, Phlunte’ Riddle has become a business consultant with a pioneering focus on changes in the dynamics of the new 21st century work environment. The key to such changes are the necessary shifts in the leadership approaches of Baby Boomers as they encounter the Millennials in the workplace. The question that Phlunte’ Riddle illuminated in her talk is “How are these two generations going to co-exist?” and what can they ultimately learn from one another.

Phlunte’ Riddle on Millennials in the Workplace

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Phlunte Riddle Illuminates Millennials in the Workplace at the University Club

As the head of the University Club membership committee, James Harwood of Total HR Management helps to bring engaging speakers to club luncheons. Phlunte’ Riddle is a perfect example of one such speaker. Based in her relationship with her own children, Phlunte’ Riddle has expanded her personal experience with the Millennials in the workplace. Optimistic, educated and open-minded, the members of the Millennial generation are hot commodities on account of their technical savvy and skills. As Phlunte’ Riddle explained, “They sleep with their cell phones by their side, love technology, and instantly respond to emails and text messages.”

Rather than being intimidated by such a tech-focused generation, the Baby Boomers should be aware of the Millennial generation’s “know thyself” emotional intelligence and apply it to the workplace. If these two disparate generations are going to the bridge the latest generation gap and work together productively, effective communication must be the number one priority. Taking it one step further, Phlunte’ Riddle outlined the leadership style preferences that Baby Boomer managers need to keep in mind when relating to Millennials in the workplace:

The Leadership Style Preferences Of Millennials In The Workplace:

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Self-Management
  3. Empathy
  4. Relationship Management

Ultimately, questions of technology and aptitude are not as important as recognizing each other’s basic human qualities. People matter and business never can and never should be just about widgets and statistics. With high expectations of themselves and their employers, Millennials are goal-oriented with a sense of immediate responsibility and the same go-for-it ambitions of the Baby Boomers. If Baby Boomer managers tap into these positive qualities, Millennials will help transform the workplace for the better, improving the quality of what is produced through a combination of technical savvy and a positive forthrightness.

As a leader in human resources outsourcing and a professional employer organization (PEO), Total HR Management appreciates the workplace analysis provided by Phlunte’ Riddle in her talk at the University Club in Pasadena. Without question, the greatest human resource for any company are their employees. As a result, effective relationships between Millennials and their Baby Boomer managers are essential. After all, a happy employee means a productive employee who is working for the greater good of the company. By bridging the generation gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials, the positive qualities of both generations can be employed in tandem to optimize the workplace and help take a company to the next level of excellence.

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