Career Transitions

Career transitions

Upcoming events

    • March 02, 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 40Plus Conference Room***(Doors open at 9:30 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00.)


    Directions to 40 Plus

    Monday Morning Speaker: Jennifer Ransaw Smith

    How To Position Yourself For Greatness!



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    Are you tired of watching opportunities slip through your fingers or get handed to people less deserving?

    Are you frustrated with trying to find the "right job, with the right pay in the right location?"

    Then it is time to start "managing your personal brand!" Learn key strategies for becoming the "person to know" in your industry. Discover how to leverage your skills and talents to elevate your profile so key people begin to "seek you out" and find out what you absolutely must do if you want to stop being your industries "best kept secret."

    This powerful seminar is packed with strategies to help position you  for success.


    Jennifer Ransaw Smith – CEO, Chief Brand Strategist

    The founder of Brand id | Strategic Partners, Jennifer Ransaw Smith is redefining the way experts and entrepreneurs strategically leverage their skills and talents to position themselves as Industry Rock Stars.

    After more than a decade of helping some of the nation’s most prominent brands like Burger King, AT &T, Texaco, Clairol and Coke position and differentiate themselves in the marketplace, Jennifer recognized the urgent need for an agency that positioned people the way that marketing and advertising agencies positioned products and services (with a full team dedicated to the elevation of that specific brand). It resulted in the birth of Brand id | Strategic Partners, one of the first full-service personal branding agency in the nation.

    Called a True Visionary by her clients, Jennifer is on a mission to empower her clients and audiences by providing them with effective strategies that can be implemented immediately to make significant changes in how they are currently being perceived. She divides her time between speaking, training and coaching clients about how to become the person to know in their industry.

    CONTACT Jennifer:

    If you are looking for a fierce, motivational and practical speaker who will provide many on-target strategies that can be implemented immediately, connect with Jennifer at

    Jennifer Ransaw Smith

    CEO and Chief Brand Strategist

    Brand id │ Strategic Partners
    8630 M. Guilford Road Suite #112
    Columbia, MD 21046

    (240) 600-0901 ext. 700



    Twitter: /@JRansawSmith




    Plan to join us after the meeting for networking.  Many of us carry our conversations to lunch at the nearby Brookings Institution.

    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 9:30 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00.40Plus of Greater Washington
    1718 P Street, NW, Suite T2
    Washington, DC 20036

    Dupont Circle Metro Station (Red Line) South Exit

    1. Leave the Dupont Circle Metro Station by the 19th Street SOUTH exit.
    2. At the top of the escalator (street level), turn 180 degrees, and walk a short distance towards Dupont Circle.
    3. Turn right and walk counter-clockwise around the outside of the Circle, past Connecticut and Massachusetts Avenues.
    4. At P Street, turn right . Proceed on P Street past 18th Street.
    5. 40Plus is near the end of the block on the right side, at 1718 P Street, in the Webster House apartment building.
    6. See below for ONCE YOU ARE AT THE BUILDING directions.
    Map & Detailed Directions to 40Plus

    Doors open at 9:30 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00.

    40Plus of Greater Washington
    1718 P Street, NW, Suite T2
    Washington, DC 20036

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

    • March 04, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • AARP, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC. B-Building

    Unleash Your Potential to Set up Your Own Business

    Millions of Americans over 40 years old want to start small businesses or nonprofits. 

    Do you have the entrepreneurial skills and mindset to ignite and build your ideas into a viable business?

    What do you need to know to start a consulting business or develop a nonprofit that taps into your passion?

    Learn about entrepreneurship from a panel of experts and network with other interested attendees. 

    Panel Speakers:  Elizabeth Isele, Senior Entrepreneurship Works; Kerry Hannon; Debra Carter, NCBA
    Space is limited. Advanced registration is required by February 27.

    To Register, please click on

    Please remember to bring a valid photo ID and check in at the security desk. 
    This event is sponsored by 40Plus of Greater Washington, The Transition Network (TTN), Senior Entrepreneurship Works, and Hosted by AARP District of Columbia
    • March 23, 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • 40Plus Dupont Circle Office
    • 7

    Directions to 40 Plus

    Training Class 2015.02

    New Class Starts March 23, 2015

    The core of the 40Plus commitment to improve your job search is an intensive, four-week training course. Learn how to manage your search and maximize the results.

    Our course leverages the most effective tools and tips from commercial executive search and placement services with the unique power of peer group dynamics to help you develop a solid foundation and an effective plan for your job search.

    Meeting in small groups with facilitators, learn every task of job and career change hands-on:

    • Learn the secret of building resumes from power-packed “Success Bites”
    • Write and critique cover letters tailored to real jobs
    • Discover your interviewing style through taped mock interviews, and refine your technique in a supportive atmosphere
    • Develop a brief self-profile that will make others want to help you
    • Increase your networking skills and confidence
    • Learn how to plan, organize and succeed in your job search
    • Learn how to use social media like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook for your job search and to build your brand.

    The class meets over four weeks on Monday and Wednesday evenings (6:30-9:30 p.m.) and Saturday mornings (9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.).

    In addition, a special social media session will be held one evening (6:30-9:30 p.m.) on a date to be determined with the class.

    Class ends: April 18, 2015

    Next Class: TBD

    Each participant must successfully complete the membership application process.

    The Classes are held at:
    40Plus of Greater Washington
    1718 P Street, NW, Suite T2
    Washington, DC 20036

    near the DuPont Circle Metro, use the South exit

    Directions to 40Plus

Past events

February 02, 2015 Eye on the Prize! Remember what matters when you're searching for a job with GIDEON CULMAN
January 26, 2015 Career Rocket Fuel with Your Edge for Success (YES) with KATHERINE METRES
January 19, 2015 Training Class Starts January 19, 2015
December 08, 2014 Got Branding? Make Your Candidacy POP! with Shira Harrington
November 21, 2014 Uncover the Mysteries of LinkedIn From The Expert
November 21, 2014 Stand Out + Be Noticed on LinkedIn – Expert Training – Register Today
November 03, 2014 Creating A Winning Career Plan With Alison Elissa Cardy
October 20, 2014 Training Class Starts October 20, 2014
October 20, 2014 The Transition Roadmap - The "Secret Sauce" To Getting The Job You Want with JAMES (Jim) E. THOMAS III
October 13, 2014 Breaking The Government Log Jam with Mike Pina and Hugo Robinson
September 15, 2014 Using LinkedIn like a Pro with Shira Harrington
August 18, 2014 Training Class Starts August 18, 2014
August 11, 2014 “The State of the Job Market in 2014" with HEIDI SHIERHOLZ, Ph.D, Economist
August 04, 2014 Interviews that Land the Offer with Shira Harrington
July 21, 2014 How To Position Yourself For Greatness! with JENNIFER RANSAW SMITH
June 09, 2014 Employment to Empowerment - Is Business Ownership Right for You? with business coach, DAVID BUCK
May 05, 2014 Training Class Starts May 5, 2014
May 05, 2014 "WHY BLOG and TWEET" with avid blogger and entrepreneur JACK GATES
April 28, 2014 I'm Scared and Doing It Anyway with LAUREE OSTROFSKY
April 14, 2014 Volunteering and Finding New Work with KAREN MULHAUSER
March 27, 2014 Check Out The Special Resume Review Event
February 24, 2014 Training Class Starts February 24, 2014
January 13, 2014 Cover Letters and Resumes that Score the Interview! with KATHERINE METRES
November 11, 2013 Success Bites, the Building Blocks for Selling Yourself with David Powell
November 04, 2013 “Accessibility” is about to trend on the Internet. Is your résumé ready? with Editor BEVI CHAGNON
October 28, 2013 LinkedIn and Twitter for your job search with Executive Coach CHERYL PALMER
October 21, 2013 Time Management. -with TERRY MONAGHAN
October 14, 2013 "Navigating your finances when in a Career Transition” with Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors CHARLES GRAY & MATTHEW TEEMS
October 07, 2013 Elevate Your Personal Visibility: Personal Branding! with JENNIFER RANSAW SMITH
September 23, 2013 Finding Meaningful Part-Time Employment - Strategies and Tips with MAURA CONNELLY and SHEILA MURPHY of FlexProfessionals
August 12, 2013 Overcome Interview Fear With Interview Specialist ALAN CARNIOL
August 05, 2013 What's Stopping You From Getting The Job You Want? with Career Coach NANCY ABRAMSON
July 29, 2013 Good News for Grey Hair - Marketing Yourself After 50 with TOM MORRIS
July 15, 2013 The Changing Social Paradigm - And how it affects the job market" with JACK GATES
July 01, 2013 Google Plus for Job Seekers, with DICK DAVIES
June 24, 2013 Volunteerism and Career Advancement with Karen Mulhauser
June 10, 2013 Secrets of Powerful Resume Writing! with Certified Professional Resume Writer ANITA HANNA
June 03, 2013 What It Takes to Compete for That Next Job. with JAMES (Jim) E. THOMAS III
May 20, 2013 Attend a FREE Networking Event -- Failure isn’t an option…but it should be! with VALLI SWERDLOW, MSW
April 29, 2013 "Follow Your Bliss" Self Discovery in the Job Search Process
April 22, 2013 “The State of the Job Market in 2013" with HEIDI SHIERHOLZ, Ph.D, Economist
April 15, 2013 "WHY BLOG" with avid blogger and entrepreneur JACK GATES
April 01, 2013 Networking and Job Fair Etiquette with recruiter MIKE BRUNI
March 25, 2013 Secrets of Powerful Resume Writing! with Certified Professional Resume Writer ANITA HANNA
March 18, 2013 If You Are So Great, How Come Nobody Knows Who You Are! with JENNIFER RANSAW SMITH
December 10, 2012 From Employment to Empowerment- Is Business Ownership/Self Employment for me? with Stephanie Lewis
August 20, 2012 Do You Have What It Takes To Compete for That next Job? The "Secret Sauce" to Your Success. with JAMES (Jim) E. THOMAS III
July 26, 2012 THE DOCTOR IS IN
July 21, 2012 Kick Start Your Job Search: A Practical Guide
July 02, 2012 Leaders Resilience In Business And In Life with BETH HAND
June 25, 2012 Making Career Choices at Mid-Life with CEO of Washington Career Services SUSANNE MAURER
May 14, 2012 Inside the Mind of the Hiring Manager with business executive and author JIM THOMAS
March 19, 2012 EEOC, Your Questions... Answered! with Program Assistant BRONWEN ANDREA OKWESA
February 20, 2012 Transition Road Map with business executive and author JIM THOMAS
January 30, 2012 Between Jobs: Powerful ways to reenergize, stay focused and connect with BARBARA BEIZER
January 09, 2012 "Introvert vs. Extrovert: Business Strategies For Success" with BABY VOOMER™ Career Coach Guru VALLI SWERDLOW
December 19, 2011 Making Powerful Decisions In Business And In Life! with BETH HAND
December 12, 2011 DIRECT ECONOMY: How to profit from the most lucrative economic opportunity in the history of the world! with DICK DAVIES
December 05, 2011 Do What You Love: Discover Your Calling, Not Just Your Career! with SHIRA HARRINGTON
November 21, 2011 Wendy Swire: Using the Anytime Coaching Model in Times of Change
November 14, 2011 Judith Glasser: Emotional Intelligence and Social Networking-Out of work but plugged in
October 03, 2011 Creative Thinking: Creativity Principles and Practices for Solution Finding and Vision Creating with Michelle James
August 22, 2011 Smart Intensive Networking with Robert Werner
August 15, 2011 7 Things You Need to Know to Land a Job Using Social Media with S. Lynn Cooper
August 01, 2011 "Find Your Path” with Financial Advisor DEBRA C. CHANDLER
July 25, 2011 Retool, Recharge and Reinventing Yourself – Preparing to attend an Employment Expo/Job Fair with MICKI GORDAN
June 20, 2011 "The Unintentional Entrepreneur” with LAURA E. JORDAN Esq.
May 16, 2011 Putting Your Strengths to Work: How to Assess Job Fitness and Ensure Career Happiness with HALELLY AZULAY
May 09, 2011 5 Simple Steps to Creating Your Best Possible Life Today! with Coach AMY SCHOEN
April 11, 2011 Moving from Hopelessness to Motivation to Success with JIM WEINSTEIN
April 04, 2011 Seven Steps to Achieving Your Vision of Success with R. NICOLE CUTTS.
March 28, 2011 Introvert vs. Extrovert: Business Strategies For Success: With VALLI SWERDLOW
March 21, 2011 Keeping what's good, using what's new: Advice from a Professional Career Coach, ANNE S. HEADLEY
February 07, 2011 Career Strategies from Great Writers of an Earlier Recession with David Taylor
January 24, 2011 Understanding 7 Levels of Energy & How They Impact Your Job Search and Life! with Tom DiGiovanni
January 10, 2011 My Russian-Korean Babushka's Secrets on How to Persevere in Tough Times and Achieve Ultimate Success! with Lana Kim
September 13, 2010 Why Whisper When You Can Roar? A Conversation about Passion and Purpose
July 19, 2010 Career Transitions: How to Get Out of Your Own Way
March 29, 2010 How to Reinvent Ourselves with Nancy K. Eckert
January 18, 2010 Transform Your Negative Career Experience with Anna Rappaport
November 02, 2009 Discovering the Work You Love with Peter Sherer
June 29, 2009 Career Transition Surprises with Jim Carman
June 01, 2009 "Call to Action" for Mid-Career Professionals with I.J. Hudson
December 22, 2008 Career Exploration: Understanding Career Transition and Building Your Support Network with Miriam Turner
November 17, 2008 Exploring Opportunities in New Product Development with Cynthia Gilmer
October 06, 2008 Career Changes - Preparing for a New Career While Managing the Existing One: Building a Personal Business Plan with Lisa Y. Goodman
September 29, 2008 Encore Careers: What Are the Opportunities? with Elizabeth S. Fox
September 08, 2008 Permanent Employment Is Toast with Steve Ely
August 11, 2008 Digital Survival Strategies & Skills™ for Successful Professional Transitions with Jo Golden and Tracey Holinka
March 24, 2008 How to Take Your Career to the Next Level: Accessing the Power of Passionate Purpose with Nicole Cutts, Ph.D.
March 03, 2008 Whether or Not You Know Where You're Going, Any Good Road May Actually Get You There. with Richard Scribner
January 07, 2008 Retirement planning and career transition with Robert Brokamp
November 12, 2007 How to Leave (when you don't know where to go) with Paul Gonzalez, PMP
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