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Free Program for Federal Employees During the Shutdown on Friday, 1/18

Free Program for Federal Employees During the Shutdown

Friday, January 18, 2019
8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Montclair State University, Feliciano School of Business


In response to the United States government shutdown, now in its fourth week, Montclair State University will offer a day of FREE professional programming to all federal employees. In conjunction with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) union, the National Treasury Employee Union (NTEU), and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), specially-designed courses and lectures will focus on helping attendees acquire skills and leadership training while they are out of work. In addition to training, the event will include breakfast, and a networking lunch.

As the state’s second largest public university, we are committed to providing educational opportunities and serving the greater community. We care deeply about our neighbors who are affected by the government shutdown. This event is the University’s way of showing our appreciation and support for our public servants.

Classes include a variety of skills and management trainings, ranging from courses addressing people skills (leadership, empathy in the workplace), technical skills (project management, Excel) and career development (skill transferability) to future technical trends (bitcoin and blockchain).  The entire event is FREE and open to all federal employees – registration and federal ID are required. Space is limited.

Register here.


8:00 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. – Breakfast/Yoga
8:45 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. – University Welcome
8:55 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Session 1
9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Session 2
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Session 3
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Meet and Greet
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Networking Lunch/Speaker

Session 1: 8:55 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

  • Achieving Results: Project Management for Everyone
    In today’s market, in order to sustain or increase their competitive advantage organizations must continually adapt to the changing landscape while ensuring minimal impact to the operation of their business. Project Management is a discipline that enables change, and provides a method of ensuring minimal impact to the business as a result of a change being performed in their operation. This short session is designed to provide participants with a broad understanding of project management, and some of the essential skills that are required to be a valuable project contributor.
  • Empathy and Altruism in Public Life
    We will explore where our impulse to help others comes from, whether empathy/altruism are naturally directed to those close to us (family, friends, community) and whether empathy/altruism has a place in social and political life.
  • How to Improve Your Wealth Mobility
    Income and wealth inequality is the unequal distribution of national income and wealth among households or individuals. Learn more about the drivers of income and wealth inequality in the U.S. and the steps that individuals can take over time to improve income and wealth mobility.

Session 2: 9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

  • Bitcoin and Blockchain: What Is It and Why Should I Care?
    Explore the potential of blockchain beyond cryptocurrencies. Blockchain has potential to transform many areas of the economy such as finance, education, logistics, education, government, and art and design. Learn how blockchain technology can be applied and the various job opportunities it will open.
  • Transferable Skills: What They Are and How to Market Them
    Did you know that identifying and presenting your transferable skills will help you advance in your career and can also help with career changes? Attend this session to find out how to represent your transferable skills in the job search, including the attributes employers want to see on your resume.
  • LinkedIn and Your Career
    Would you like to gain an understanding of LinkedIn’s importance in the world of work? Attend this session to learn what recruiters look for when sourcing candidates, the importance of creating a branded presence, and learn some of the key tools and resources within the site.

Session 3: 10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

  • Enhancing Your Excel Competency for Home and Work
    Excel is a powerful program which helps you analyze, manage, and share data. This session will start off with a review of the Excel basics including creating a basic spreadsheet, working with basic functions, formatting and printing. It will then delve into topics such as absolute referencing, working with multiple sheets, data consolidation, file protection, and charting.
  • Developing Authentic Leadership at Any Level: Finding and Using Your Internal Compass
    Identifying and applying those strengths and traits that make you who you are is an essential component of authentic leadership. Learn how to maximize your values and life experiences to effectively lead and engage others, whether you’re a seasoned industry manager or new to your field.
  • Speaking with Credibility
    When you speak do people take you seriously and unquestionably believe what you are saying? This is a very commanding communication skill which is possessed by people with high credibility. It means that when you speak you are always perceived to be speaking factually and honestly. As humans we communicate with each other more than any other activity we pursue. This particularly applies to business and career objectives where speaking with credibility is of paramount importance. This session is an overview on how to upgrade your ability to speak confidently, assertively, persuasively and most of all with credibility.


Feliciano School of Business
2nd Floor, Room 255
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, New Jersey, 07043

Directions to campus


Parking is FREE in the Red Hawk Deck. After entering the University’s main entrance on Normal Avenue, proceed to the Red Hawk Parking Deck. Exit the Red Hawk Deck on Level 5 and follow the walkway to Feliciano School of Business. Parking vouchers will be available at registration.

Contact Us

  • Christopher Curran
    Montclair State Continuing and Professional Education: 973-655-7373