Monday Morning Speakers 2017

Monday Speakers meetings are open to the public and free of charge. You are cordially invited to attend.

Each meeting features a speaker who covers topics of interest to those who are involved in or contemplating a job search or career change. The meeting begins with a networking session at 9:45 AM. We ask everyone to be seated by 9:55 AM so that the speaker can start promptly at 10:00 AM.

No reservations are needed. Come network with 40Plus members, other guests, and the speaker. The meeting is also an opportunity for anyone who is considering joining 40Plus to see and experience our organization.

Many of us continue our networking conversations over lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. Plan to join us.

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Upcoming events

    • Mon, July 31, 2017
    • 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 1627 K St NW, 3rd fl. Washington, DC
    • 53
    Monday Morning Speaker:  Dawn McAvoy 

    Informational Interviewing and Job Searching:

    How Informational Interviewing is part of any successful job search strategy

    Conversation with
    Dawn McAVOY

    Do you know what informational interviewing is? Have you heard of it but are afraid to try it? Or, do you think it is a waste of time?

    Career and leadership coach, and CEO of Hire Matters, LLC, Dawn McAvoy, will explore informational interviewing as part of a multi-dimensional job search strategy in this interactive workshop. Bringing over 15 years of career coaching, 10 years of recruiting experience, and personal stories of getting jobs with informational interviewing as a job seeker, she will answer the following questions (in addition to those from the audience):

    • With whom do I do informational interviews?

    • How do I find people to talk to?

    • How do I ask to do an informational interview?

    • Do I have to buy someone coffee?

    • How does informational interviewing get me a job?

    • What is the critical question to ask at the end of every informational interview?

    Come ready to learn about how to take your job search strategy to the next level with informational interviewing.



    Career and Leadership Coach. Founded Hire Matters, LLC in 2014 and have been coaching people for over 15 years.

    Former Recruiter/HR Professional with 10 years’ experience.

    Facilitator of job searching and leadership workshops on assorted topics: Resumes, Interviewing, Networking, LinkedIn, Branding, and Covey’s 7 Habits. Workshops facilitated at Marymount University and the FCC, in addition to job clubs and conferences.

    Founder and leader of the monthly leadership development Meetup Habits, Happiness, and Change, which has attracted over 600 members since it began in February 2016.

    Founder and leader of monthly Women’s Mastermind Group for female small business owners (coaches and consultants).

    Former Coach for The Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications and Human Relations


    Dawn J. McAvoy, CEO/Principal 

    15200 Grey Fox Rd | Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 |

    dmcavoy@hire-matters.com |


    Plan to join us after the meeting for networking. Admission is free.  Many of us carry our conversations to lunch at the nearby eatery.

    Attire is business casual, recruiters are often present, so we ask all Monday Speaker attendees to contribute to the professional standards and objectives of this important networking meeting.

    Doors open at 9:45 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00. at our new location:

    1627 K St NW, 3rd fl.

    Washington, DC

    • Mon, August 07, 2017
    • 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 40Plus of Greater Washington, 1627 K Street, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20006

    Monday Morning Speaker: Francine Tolson

    A Marketing Plan For Job Seekers

    Knowing what you want to do,

    What you offer,

    Who will hire your skills, and

    Where you want to work.


    Businesses conduct extensive research and analysis to identify their product’s competitive advantage in the market place and who is likely to buy it. A job search should follow the same process.

    In This Presentation, we will examine:

    As a job seeker, it is critical to identify:

    • What is your unique value proposition that will add value to an employer and solve their business problems? 

    • Which potential employers will “buy you” or put another way, need your skills?

    • Of those identified companies, who are a good fit for you in terms of organizational culture, geographic location, and size?



     Francine Tolson

    As a volunteer team leader at Career Network Ministry, Francine Tolson co-developed the Marketing Plan workshop in 2011 and since then has co-presented it monthly as one of CNM’s core workshops. In her career, Ms. Tolson specializes in business transformation - the design and deployment of people, process and technology enabling solutions across diverse business enterprises.  She has a broad background in business process reengineering, operations, customer service, financial management and systems implementation in large and small entrepreneurial companies and the non-profit sector. Employers and clients have included: Simplexity LLC, George Washington University, UUNET Technologies, MCI, Three Pillar Global, Washington Chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association, and Compass DC.

    Ms. Tolson holds an MBA from The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and has received training in Lean Six Sigma

    Contact The Speaker:

    For more information about Francine or her services, please email her at:



        40Plus of Greater Washington
    Empowering Experienced Professionals
     for Successful Career Transitions

    • Mon, August 14, 2017
    • 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 1627 K St NW, 3rd fl. Washington, DC
    • 64
    Monday Morning Speaker:  Nils Vidal

    Qualified Retirement Plan Distributions - Know Your Options

    Conversation with

    In this program, we will review the options available to you with respect to your qualified retirement plan when changing employers. 

    We will discuss the pros and cons of the various options, including keeping assets in your previous employer’s retirement plan or rolling over assets to a new plan or an IRA.

    Finally, we'll review the factors you will need to consider when initiating a qualified retirement plan rollover.


    Nils Vidal – Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

    Nils Vidal is a seasoned financial Advisor with over 12 years of experience aiding high net worth individuals and families protect and grow their wealth.  Through his experience in commercial banking, private banking, and wealth management, Nils has developed a unique perspective for supporting client needs on various levels. As a Commercial Banker, Nils helped small business clients streamline cash management practices and build a healthy balance sheet to support their growth goals.  As a Private Banker, he supported AMLAW 100 and 200 law firms and partners with customized private banking services, personal financial planning, investment management, mortgage financing and partner capital loans.  As a wealth management relationship manager, Nils increased his focus on holistic wealth planning where he lead a team of highly credentialed advisors around investment management, retirement planning, estate planning, trust administration and strategy, and private banking.

    As a Financial Advisor, Nils is now able to bring all these backgrounds together to customize a wealth strategy that is in the best interests of his clients. His knowledge driven process will help identify gaps in the wealth plan, investment allocation and execution, banking and lending structure, and to review the alignment of the current financial standing to overall wealth goals.


    Nils Vidal

    Financial Advisor

    Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

    1650 Tysons Boulevard | Suite 1000

    McLean, VA 22102-3807

     Direct:  703.394.1913

    Fax:  703.356.6492

    Toll free:  800-336-0156


    NMLS # 804797

    Website Access:

    Nils Vidal | Morgan Stanley


    Plan to join us after the meeting for networking. Admission is free.  Many of us carry our conversations to lunch at the nearby eatery.

    Attire is business casual, recruiters are often present, so we ask all Monday Speaker attendees to contribute to the professional standards and objectives of this important networking meeting.

    Doors open at 9:45 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00. at our new location:

    1627 K St NW, 3rd fl.

    Washington, DC

Past events

Mon, July 24, 2017 Exploring Flexible Career Pathways through Part-Time Positions with SHEILA MURPHY
Mon, July 17, 2017 Career Search Land Mines: How to Stop Sabotaging Your Efforts and Find Your Ideal Job with Renee Emery
Mon, July 10, 2017 Healthy Thinking Styles During Career Transition with Caitlin Magidson
Mon, July 03, 2017 40Plus Closed for Independence Day
Mon, June 26, 2017 Finding Your Pathway to Success with Jamie Beaulieu
Mon, June 19, 2017 Helping You to Get Unstuck: Clarify Your Career Direction with ALISON CARDY
Mon, June 12, 2017 Using Social Media to Build Your Personal Brand with MEG CALE
Mon, June 05, 2017 Your GPS to Success - A Conversation with Dara Iserson
Mon, May 29, 2017 40Plus Closed for Memorial Day
Mon, May 22, 2017 Listening with Intent: Hearing your Way to Stronger Relationships
Mon, May 15, 2017 Success for the Seasoned Search...The Benefit of Being Overqualified
Mon, May 08, 2017 Discover Your Calling…Not Just Your Career! with Shira Harrington
Mon, May 01, 2017 Reading Lean In and Unfinished Business After Forty
Mon, April 24, 2017 Business Ownership: Making the Leap & Determining if This is Right for You
Mon, April 17, 2017 Ignore Mom’s Advice & Talk to Strangers – How to Overcome The Fear of Networking
Mon, April 10, 2017 Enhancing Career Confidence
Mon, April 03, 2017 Fear Busters: How to Use Fear to Your Advantage
Mon, March 27, 2017 The Nonprofit Sector in DC:  Driving the Economy; Creating Jobs
Mon, March 20, 2017 The Secret Sauce to Job Search Success
Mon, March 13, 2017 How Your Social Media Presence Affects Your Job Search Prospects
Mon, March 06, 2017 Using LinkedIn Effectively in Your Career Transition
Mon, February 27, 2017 Franchising as a Career, Investment, or Both. A Good Strategy in 2017 and Beyond
Mon, February 20, 2017 Roles and Opportunities for Partnership Professionals
Mon, February 13, 2017 The Role of Emotional Intelligence in a Successful Search
Mon, February 06, 2017 Navigating Uncertainty: Strategic Planning for Job Search
Mon, January 30, 2017 The Essence of You: The Psychology, Science and Art Behind Your Style
Mon, January 23, 2017 Trends and Opportunities for Marketing Professionals - Jeremy Schmerling
Mon, January 16, 2017 How to Apply Your Government/Small Business Experience to the Nonprofit Sector - Andrey Gidaspov
Mon, January 09, 2017 Experience is Your Competitive Advantage - Anne Hull

Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions

1627 K Street, NW, Suite 300
 Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-387-1582

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