Navigating a Career Change? A Must-Attend Event for Transitioning Execs

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Are you considering a jump from the public sector to industry? Make sure not to miss WashingtonExec’s “Navigating Your Transition to Industry Seminar: What They Don’t Tell You Before Retirement” on Nov. 15.

Co-led by Alex Bolling, executive director at Thorne Security Group, the event is for government executives looking to shift their careers to the private sector. Bolling’s government career spans 28 years in the CIA, first as chief of station in the Directorate of Operations and then as chief of operations of the CIA’s Information Operations Center.

Intelligence community, military, law enforcement and civilian leaders in all stages of retirement transition are encouraged to attend. The seminar’s all-afternoon speakers will provide invaluable advice to help mitigate the “10-month blues” and avoid “feeling around in the corporate darkness” once an industry position is secured.

The event will also address how executives can transition to their second job.

The seminar is geared toward GS-14 executives and above who will head to a director, vice president or higher position in the defense industry. New this year: Executives who successfully transitioned to subject matter experts and media commentator, as well as entrepreneurs and those clinching global security opportunities in Silicon Valley, will provide workshop sessions.

Speaker topics and breakout session topics include:

  • Transition Techniques and Paradigm Shift: What They Don’t Tell You at Your Retirement Seminar
  • Building a Subject Matter Expert/Media Commentary Personal Brand
  • Dos and Don’ts of Working with an Executive Recruiter
  • Business Acumen Fundamentals: Effective Business Development, GATE Reviews, Pipeline Techniques, Profit and Loss, Financial Statements, etc.
  • Public, Private and Private Equity Corporate Culture: What to Know Before You Go
  • First 90 days, 12 Months and 18 Months in Industry

The program also includes insights from executive recruiters, entrepreneurs and personal branding consultants.

Since 2016, the program has expanded to include speakers from government contracting, global security and risk assessment as well as security startup organizations.

Register for the seminar here.

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