Searching for an Edge in Today's Job Market


Said BaaghilSaid Aghil Baaghil

Leading Brand Marketing Consultant in the Middle East & Author

Said is a 1990 graduate of the University of Maine at Machias where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing. He is a leading brand marketing consultant in the Middle East and author of three books: Eccentric Marketing, The Power of Belonging, and Brand Revolution, due out in April of 2012. He specializes in the development of brand marketing models. His efforts have earned praise from internationally renowned authorities in the field of marketing.

Session Topic: Being the Brand


Dave YewmanDave Yewman

Strategic Communications Expert whose clients include Google & CBS

Dave is a strategic communications expert with more than 20 years of experience. Dave has spoken to numerous groups about how to use clear, concise, compelling language as a strategic weapon when dealing with reporters, employees, sales prospects, shareholders and consumers. He has counseled senior executives at a variety of companies, managed communications teams and led business development efforts. His clients include thousands of executives at numerous companies  such as Accuray, Adidas, Archos, AOL, aQuantive, Clif Bar, CBS, Craigslist, Digg, eHarmony, Expedia, Golfsmith, Google, HP, Ingram Micro, Legend Silicon, Microsoft, Peet's Tea & Coffee, Razorfish, Reebok, Scribd, Secure Computing, Sophos, T-Mobile and Zurich Global Life.

Session Topic: Can You Get to the Point?


Tonja EdgecombTonja Edgecomb

Certified Hypnotherapist, Usui Reiki Master & Holistic Practitioner

Tonja is a certified hypnotherapist, Usui Reiki Master and holistic practitioner. She works with the human energy system connecting the body, mind and spirit to help clients re-imagine life. Tonja is a 1986 graduate from the University of Maine at Machias where she earned a degree in education. She is also a 2008 graduate of The New England School of Clinical Hypnotherapy. Tonja is a member of the American Association of Holistic Health and the National Guild of Hypnotists. She has a private practice as well as teaches classes, workshops and seminars.

Session Topic: Personal Power


Joni PendletonJoni Pendleton

VP & Senior Operations Project Manager with Bank of America

Joni graduated from the University of Maine at Machias in 1985, earning a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management with a minor in small business management. She is a Vice President, Senior Operations Project Manager, Customer Experience Group and Protection Products and Operations with Bank of America. She joined Bank of America in 1995. Throughout her 17 years with the company, Joni has worked in six different lines of business, including New Account Acquisition, Customer Sales & Service, Human Resources, Customer Marketing, Revenue Enhancements, and currently with the Protection Products and Operations group.

Session Topic: Successful Interviewing


Ray BessetteRay Bessette

Lieutenant Colonel/Deputy Chief with the Maine State Police

Ray attended Rhode Island Junior College where he studied business and criminal justice. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Maine at Machias with a degree in recreation management and served as class president. In 1986 he graduated as a member of the 39th Training Troop for the Maine Sate Police where he served as class vice president and earned the professionalism and fitness wards. He is currently enjoying his 26th year with the Maine State Police and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel/Deputy Chief.

Session Topic: Without Boundaries


Katherine KuligKatherine Kulig

Laboratory Manager and Senior Research Technologist at Mass General

Katherine Kulig is a Laboratory Manager and Senior Research Technologist in the Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication in the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She is a 2000 graduate from the University of Maine at Machias where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology, minor in chemistry, and a concentration in marine biology. Her research includes working with microfabricated capillary-like channels in a synthetic polymer for liver-organ regeneration and utilizing natural extracellular matrixes for regeneration of tissue such as bone or cartilage. She has co-authored peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and presented her work at major conferences. Her lab was featured on the Public Broadcasting Service (NOVA), National Geographic, and the British Broadcasting Corporation. She is a member of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. Katherine is an active mentor and volunteer in the Boston community.

Session Topic: Networking for Young Professionals


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