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Workshop: Career Resonance – Aligning What You Do with Who You Want to Be

Presented by Dr. Matthew Eriksen Ph. D & Martha I. Vinas

Often college students pursue a job and career based on what they think they should do, what their friends are doing or what they think their parents expect them to do. Based on this, graduates find themselves in jobs that bore them and they fall into a life-sapping career that continues for the entirety of their working life, or ends dramatically in a mid-life crisis. The most satisfying careers are ones that align with our authentic selves. Also, leaders are most effective when they are in resonance - when they are leading an organization or effort that aligns with their authentic self. In this workshop, we work with the notion of resonance to facilitate participants’ identification of their authentic selves. With their identification of these authentic selves, participants will be able discern which jobs/careers will allow them to be their authentic selves and become effective leaders as they move through their careers.

Matthew Eriksen is the Chair of Department Management and a Professor at Providence College where he teaches courses in leadership development, self-leadership, executive coaching, organizational behavior, and social entrepreneurship. He received his B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University, M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. His current scholarship is in in leadership development and Relational Leadership. He has been an Associate Editor of Culture and Organization and is on the Editorial Board of Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry. He is a certified coach through International Coaching Federation and Coaches Training Institute. Prior to Providence College, Matthew was a professor at University of Tampa where he was the Associate Director of the TECO Center for Leadership and U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Prior to joining academia, Matthew worked at Ford Motor Company as a financial analyst. In 2002-2003, he worked in the Leadership Institute at Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Matthew was a member of the team that developed TSA’s Leadership Institute and served as its Acting Director.

Martha Vinas is the Director of Education and Engagement on Cigna's Sales Effectiveness Team. In this role, Martha is responsible for leading a team that drives Education and Engagement initiatives with the Sales team and Strategic Business Partners. The focus of these initiatives is to arm them with expertise, advocacy, process and tools to maximize sales performance. Martha has held several leadership positions in her 17 years within the insurance industry. In her most recent role, she served as Senior Vice President, Regional Operations and National Placement at Willis, the third largest insurance intermediary in the United States. In this role, Martha was responsible for driving Human Capital Practices initiatives in the Southeast Region and National Placement initiatives across the US. At Willis, she also held the positions of South Florida Human Capital Practice Leader and Director of Client Advocacy for Willis’ Florida Employee Benefits Practice which included 8 offices throughout the state. In this role, Martha managed the Client Advocacy team in Florida and was responsible for Client Advocacy, the development of professional talent and capabilities as well as strategic planning, staffing, operations and partner development. In previous roles as part of HRH’s National EB Practice, Martha was integral in shaping the strategic and operational direction of the practice that supported over 70 local offices across the US. Earlier in her career, she held employee benefits consulting positions, roles in HR and worked for insurance carriers in a variety of capacities including proposal writing, quality improvement and strategic planning. Martha received a Bachelor of Health Services Administration from Florida International University and her MBA from the University of Tampa. She also has her Group Benefits Disability Specialist Designation (GBDS) from the National Underwriter Company. Martha is a volunteer for the March of Dimes and has been a top 5 fundraiser nationally for the organization for the last 6 years. In 2009, Martha was recognized as one of Business Insurance’s Women to Watch.

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