Job Transitions Group Networking

When & Where

Who & What

The Job Transitions Group is open to anyone looking for a job, looking to increase their networking skills, or exploring career choices.  You do not need to be a member of Easter Lutheran, and while we often open with a prayer, this is not a religion-affiliated group.  Bring a friend!

  • 7:15-7:30 a.m. is check-in
  • 7:30-8 a.m. is welcome, prayer, celebration and announcements time
  • 8-9 a.m. is the weekly speaker or breakout sessions
  • 9 a.m. onward people often stay to visit and network

Upcoming Topics

April 25: “Keys to Acing Behavioral Interviews” by Natalie Ackerman. In this hands-on and practical presentation, you’ll learn how interviewers are evaluating you during behavioral interviews and techniques for developing compelling STAR stories that will impress decision makers and move you forward as candidate of choice. Participants will receive a list of potential behavioral questions that might be asked and will have an opportunity to develop a STAR story during the class. Time permitting, we’ll provide feedback on one or more stories. Natalie Ackerman is President of Cornerstone Career Consulting and is a Certified Career & Executive Coach who draws upon 20 years of success working in Fortune 500 companies and owning two businesses. She’s an example of someone who has gone through job transition and successfully made a career change. Today, she is leveraging the breadth of her expertise and has helped thousands of people navigate job transition successfully – whether it’s identifying what the perfect career fit is, personal branding & marketing, successful interviewing or proactively managing one’s career for long term fulfillment.  In addition to her job transition role, Natalie is a strengths expert and executive coach and trainer who uses a strengths-based approach to develop highly influential leaders and teams. She has worked with executives and teams at companies such as US Bank, Starkey, Select Comfort, and CVS to name a few. She is on the leadership team of Crossroads Career Network, a non-profit organization focused on providing a faith-based approach to job transition. In addition to being a frequent presenter, she leads a weekly job support group where participants walk through a 7-step process to successfully navigating the job search process.

May 2: “Absolutely Abby: Success for the Seasoned Search – The Benefit of Being Overqualified” by Abby Doyle.  Abby has been a go-getter since she helped double the size of the computer company where she worked early in her career.  She is passionate about helping job seekers, and spends much of her time on the road doing speaking engagements to help people in transition all over the country!   She will have her books available for sale, too!

May 9: “Ask me Anything!” by Catherine Byers Breet. There is never enough time for all your questions, so this time, I’m all yours. Bring your burning questions (there are no stupid questions!)

May 16: “Hope for Life” by James Doyle. From a faith based perspective, we are all in transition. It could be looking for the next season of life through career, volunteer work, community or simply finding deeper purpose in life. The message of Jim’s talk, based upon his book, Hope for Life, is about how each person can reflect on reclaiming, discovering, nurturing, living life with hope and possibility. This is different from scarcity, fear or feeling stuck in life. The stories he shares from the book come from everyday people living life with hope, faith, purpose. Life is not one size fits all as is each individual story.

May 23: “Your Personal Brand” by Jennifer Radke. Jennifer is the CEO of the National Institute for Social Media, which is the first organization to offer industry educational standards for practitioners in the rapidly changing social media industry. She will share her insights into creating your own personal brand online.  Important stuff in these days of social media dominance!

May 30: “Health and Wellness” by Kathryn Clements. Kathryn has had a lifelong passion for helping others get and stay healthy – in mind, body and spirit.  Join her as she shares the tips she gives over-the-road truckers on staying healthy while in a stressful environment.  Who knew job search was like trucking?



“”Unbelievable! After 15 months and 29 failed interviews, I was out of options. Your advice changed everything! I ended up with multiple offers and a great new job in just 6 weeks.”
“I was VERY VERY down last Monday and Tuesday.  But I dragged myself out of bed and to the meeting Tuesday AM.  As usual, the meeting motivated me, so I pulled out of the funk in time to nail the interview on Wednesday!””
“I got more out of (this event) than I did out of 16 hrs of training with an outplacement firm!”
Vicky E.

About Catherine Byers Breet

Catherine Byers Breet

Catherine Byers Breet

ARBEZ ( and its founder, Catherine Byers Breet, have been faithful sponsors and a driving force behind the Easter groups’ formation and success. Their expertise in the world of career strategy and transition lend an ongoing level of guidance and contribution that ensures the group delivers accurate, relevant and actionable career and job search information. You can meet their pet zebra, and access a number of tools to support you in your journey at Check out their online job hunt coaching system, upcoming live events and consulting services. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter to hear about upcoming events around town.