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Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions

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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.

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES: Try Knocking on the Back Door! with Katherine Grace Braeman

  • Mon, October 05, 2009
  • 9:45 AM - 11:29 AM
  • 40Plus Dupont Circle Office

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Monday Morning Speaker:  Katherine Grace Braeman

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES--Try Knocking on the Back Door!

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As an executive coach, Kathy Braeman will explore how you can best connect with people who value you, who want to become a cheerleader for you, and help you explore and find your new niche. She will demonstrate how to shift your perspective from seeing only red lights to noticing yellow lights and then moving forward with the green lights.

After you research what's "out there," your challenge is how to get "in there." What will make you stand out in the crowd? One strategy is to look like an "insider" vs an "outsider."

How do you reinvent yourself as an "insider?"

Connections. What connections do you have and what connections can you develop? The Internet can help: Facebook, LinkedIn can provide wonderful vehicles for you to tap. And you should tap them. What other paths can you use to connect: school ties, past jobs, organizations where you volunteer, neighbors, family members.

We will explore ways to expand your quest to find that welcoming back door. How can you expand your outreach efforts? Who are connectors who will help you connect?


Kathryn Grace Braeman explored many paths during her career where she moved from teacher to lawyer to judge. Over a long career, she worked on the staff of a U.S. Senator and for three different agencies. She began her career in training at the Office of Personal Management, did policy work at the Department of Justice, and litigation at the Department of Defense.

In her last job before she "graduated," she was an Administrative Judge who traveled to ever corner of the country. No longer a judge, she now acts a catalyst for people to find strategies to empower themselves and to expand their options which resonate with their values and visions. Her theme song is "connected, focused, empowered."

Kathryn has a BA from Northwestern University, an MA from the University of Kansas, and a law degree from the University of Nebraska. She has been active as a leader in a wide range of organizations from her church to the the AAUW, the NAWJ, the ABA, the UNA, and Toastmasters International. Kathryn recently joined the Capitol Hill Village and The Transition Network (TTN).

In her career she has done several job searches and has had the most success by knocking at the back door! Kathryn got her first job in government when she revealed in her interview that she had run for a seat in the U.S. Congress and lost!

Kathryn Grace Braeman
The Katalyst Connection
Empowering and Creative Strategies

Reach for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among stars.

You can reach Kathy at 202/549-3696 on her iPhone or at

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

near the DuPont Circle Metro, use the South exit

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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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