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Start the New Year Right with Professional Development

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Join us on Wednesday, January 22, for a professional development workshop featuring career and executive coach Tara Chiari presenting Building Your Authentic Personal Brand.

What’s your personal brand? How do people describe you when you leave the room and is it the narrative you want shared? Personal Branding is how you package yourself and communicate your unique skills and the value you bring to a team or company. It is a mix of how you present yourself and how others see you.

Building an authentic brand and taking control of it will position you to leave a lasting impression. A personal brand can open pathways to opportunities and boost your career velocity. This hands-on and engaging workshop will introduce you to personal branding and why it is essential to your career. A series of practical activities will guide you to define your individuality, focus on your values and clarify your purpose.

“By the end of this workshop, you will leave with a compelling Personal Brand Statement and a heightened sense of self-awareness towards Personal Image and Executive Presence that can empower you to take charge of your career momentum and stand-out while being at your best self,” states Chiari.

This workshop is designed for individuals from all positions and career paths who are professionally motivated to be more discoverable and memorable. Key highlights and takeaways are:

  • Identify and Articulate what differentiates you from the rest
  • Understand your unique strengths, core values and brand keywords
  • Create and Communicate your “brand statement”
  • Understand the power of Personal Image (dress for success) & Executive Presence

“As we start the new year, this is a great time for self-reflection and focusing in on your professional development,” says Jeanne Marano, Assistant Vice President for Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement. “We hope you will join us for this opportunity to learn key tools to build your unique brand statement.”

Reserve your spot today! If you have any questions or would like to register by phone, please contact Katelin Spooner, Office of Alumni Engagement, at or 973-655-3323.

Career Resources

As alumni of Montclair State, you have access to a broad portfolio of career resources. Sign into your career management portal with Hire a Red Hawk, check out recorded workshops and expand your knowledge base with informational webinars. Sign on to MONTCLAIRconnect to tap into your alumni network.

About the Speaker

Tara Chiari – Career and Executive Leadership Coach
Founder – Smile Across The Finish Coaching, LLC

As founder of Smile Across The Finish Coaching, LLC, Tara Chiari specializes in coaching and consulting business executives, creative professionals and artists in areas of leadership, career and professional development. She works with private clients and organizations from industries including Music, Entertainment, Media, Finance and Technology. Her clients range from the aspiring professionals to C-suite level executives; all with the common ground of being high potentials, motivated to reach their next level of success.

Beyond her private practice, Tara is an educator and administration leader in higher education. She manages the office of Career Engagement at Wagner College, coaching undergraduate and graduate students across all disciplines and majors and is an Executive Coach at Montclair State University’s Feliciano School of Business to MBA and Executive MBA students. As a faculty member with GetFive (a premiere Human Resources Solutions company), she leads webinars and certification training of career coaching cohorts. Whether coaching individuals or groups, facilitating workshops or leading webinars, her philosophy is to elicit a positive change through goal-oriented coaching methods.

Tara’s expertise is informed by a 20-year career as a Senior Executive in Marketing and Product Management at major music and entertainment companies (Universal Music, Capitol Records, EMI Music, Sony Music, Mercury Records) in New York City and Hollywood, where she boosted and launched the international careers of rock-stars. Now, as a coach, she makes rock-stars out of executives and aspiring professionals.

Tara received formal certifications in Executive & Personal Development Coaching from New York University; Career Coaching from GetFIVE; Certificate in Training from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and is a certified facilitator of Everything DiSC and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team. She holds a Master’s degree from New York University in Entertainment Business and a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. In the early days of her career, she was a jazz musician, leading the Tara Leigh Jazz Trio on alto saxophone.