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Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions

Statement of Support: 

As an organization that empowers experienced professionals, managers, and executives for successful career transitions, 40Plus of Greater Washington serves professionals of all races and ethnicities. We stand firm in our support of all people who have been affected by the horrendous racist and violent acts in our country.

We condemn the police brutality that led to the tragic and needless death of George Floyd, along with others before him such as Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile and Eric Garner. We also condemn the violence, bigotry and systemic racism that has occurred during the past 400 years, particularly against black men and women in our nation. Furthermore, we stand firmly against discrimination of any kind including age discrimination, which frustrates many of our members during their search for new employment.

We offer our condolences to the family of George Floyd, his friends and loved ones. As a way to honor his memory, we stand ready to work with other agencies and community-based organizations, along with the community at large, to end injustice in all its forms against the oppressed and all persons of color.

Congratulations! You're Hired. Now What? with GUS LAWSON and MARCELLE YEAGER

  • Mon, July 20, 2015
  • 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM
  • 40Plus Conference Room***(Doors open at 9:30 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00.)



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Monday Morning Speaker Gus Lawson and Marcelle Yeager

Congratulations!  You're Hired.  Now What? 4 Steps to Start on the Right Foot.

Have you previously felt energized about starting a new job and then later felt deflated because you didn't achieve the results you wanted? Imagine starting a new role and making a smooth transition. You will gain respect from your new management and colleagues and feel proud of your accomplishments. In this discussion, we'll explore:

  • What it means to hit the ground running
  • Considerations as you start your new role
  • Discussions to engage in to gain the respect you deserve

About the Speakers:   

Gus Lawson

Gus Lawson has enjoyed 20 years of career success in both the military and civilian sectors with a wide variety of responsibilities. He has used his engineering background to operate a conventionally powered aircraft carrier’s engineering plant and command and control satellites. Since realizing he enjoyed people-related responsibilities more than technical responsibilities, he pursued a consulting career. He has restored client relationships for a federal government training program, developed a career development portal to help employees determine their career paths, and helped a federal senior executive implement change initiatives. He has recently started his own practice helping IT and other industry leaders increase productivity, quality, and employee retention. He knows first-hand what is required to make a successful career transition.
He took an early interest in coaching; as a U.S. Navy officer, he encouraged high performing sailors to consider becoming an officer. As a change management and training professional, he knows there is nothing stronger than self-realization and self-drive when trying to achieve a goal. Gus creates an environment where self-realization can occur by asking insightful questions to help clients achieve their “Aha” moments and overcome self-limiting beliefs.  

Gus holds an MBA from George Mason University and a BS from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Gus is a certified career and executive coach from the Center for Executive Coaching and has a certificate as a Change Management Advanced Practitioner from Georgetown University.

Marcelle Yeager
Marcelle Yeager has spent over 10 years as a strategy and communications consultant with positions in the domestic and international commercial sector and federal government. At Career Valet, she provides clients with personalized career navigation services which have led to interviews, offers of employment, and resumes receiving compliments of hiring managers. She finds it rewarding when clients say they are proud of their resumes as she is passionate about helping people progress in their careers. 

At Booz Allen Hamilton, Marcelle served as an internal communications advisor for a federal agency director. Prior to this, she was a research analyst at the Department of Defense and she spent several years at APCO Worldwide, helping clients develop networks in the United States and other countries. In addition to her involvement in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring, she was selected as a junior staff and intern mentor to provide career direction to young staff. Marcelle worked in Moscow, Russia for two years. During this time, she hired staff and teachers as a manager at a language services company and implemented an international law firm’s first professional development program. She has also lived in Budapest, Hungary; St. Petersburg, Russia; Santiago, Chile; and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where she worked in the public affairs section of the U.S. Embassy.

Marcelle holds an MBA from the University of Maryland College Park and a BA from Georgetown University. She is fluent in Russian and an avid dancer. Marcelle is a weekly contributor to the U.S. News and World Report On Careers blog. She is a certified professional resume writer (CPRW) and a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.

Career Valet

Career Valet offers a 5-step Career Ignition coaching process and job search writing and branding services to help clients not only find their next job, but plan for their future career. Career Valet’s services are highly customized and enable clients to land interviews and job offers within a short time of working together. More information can be found at Follow the company’s social media pages for tips and advice: LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.


Gus Lawson

Phone: 571.425.2115



Marcelle Yeager, President, Career Valet


Phone: 703-945-1587



Plan to join us after the meeting for networking. Admission is free.  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 9:45 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00.40Plus of Greater Washington
1718 P Street, NW, Suite T2
Washington, DC 20036

Near the DuPont Circle Metro Station
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40Plus of Greater Washington
1718 P Street, NW, Suite T2
Washington, DC 20036

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

Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions

40Plus of Greater Washington
1325 G Street, NW, Suite 500

 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-387-1582

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