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New England's Regional Economy in 2017
For our first dinner meeting of 2017, the Society of Professional Consultants is delighted to present a talk by Dr. Mary Burke, senior economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Her presentation, based on her recent research, will focus on the regional economy, with insights from her research exploring the “gig economy” and declining labor force participation.
About Our Speaker:
Mary Burke is a senior economist in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University. Her primary research field is applied microeconomics, within which she has studied social multiplier effects in the rise of obesity in the U.S., peer effects in education, and how individuals form inflation expectations, among other topics. Her research has been published in scholarly journals including American Economic Review and Journal of Labor Economics. She also produces regular briefings on the New England economy for audiences both within and outside the Boston Fed.
She has been with the Boston Fed since 2005 and in her present role since 2007. Prior to that, she spent several years as assistant professor of economics at Florida State University (1998-2005).
We’re expanding our series of lunchtime meet-ups! Join us for lunch at the Tavern in the Square, Porter Square, Cambridge, Friday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m.
Our informal networking sessions in Burlington have been a hit, and we’re glad to bring this model, with some tweaks, to a new location – one that’s closer to Boston, and accessible by public transportation.
As in Burlington, there’s no need to register in advance, and there’s no fee to attend other than the cost of your meal. Just show up at the restaurant and ask for the Society of Professional Consultants table.
The Tavern in the Square is accessible by the Red Line (Porter Square), as well as MBTA Commuter Rail (the Fitchburg Line, also at the Porter Square station) and four bus lines. The restaurant also offers free parking in its own lot, plus validated parking in the adjacent lot.
Remember: No registration is required!
SPC members have long expressed an interest in an additional channel for unstructured networking and just plain schmoozing about their business triumphs and trials. We launched our Meetups a while back, and have received very positive feedback from those participating ... and so we’re pleased to announce our next Lunchtime Meetup, to be held Friday, February 10, at 1 p.m.
For those who haven't yet participated, here’s how it works: You just show up!
No need to register or pay a fee.
We push tables together until there’s room for everyone. Find yourself something appealing to nosh on, settle at the cash register, and join the group.
We’ve picked 1 p.m. on a Friday as our start time to avoid the crush and let people take as much time as they feel they can afford…and maybe start a new conversation they can pick up later!
So You Want to Write a Book? How to Write Right
That’s the advice a lot of consultants and academics get. Write a book, build visibility, get your ideas out there. It sounds good; after all, you’ve read some books. Now it’s time to write one. There’s only one little catch: actually doing it.
Writing a book is time consuming, and being an expert on your topic is only a small part of it. If you do it right, writing a book can be fun and a rewarding experience. If you don’t do it right, the whole project can feel like a grueling ordeal.
As the author of two books and countless articles, our speaker, Steve Balzac, has figured out how to do it right.
In this presentation, he will focus on what’s involved in
Stephen R. Balzac is a consultant, author, and speaker. He is the president of 7 Steps Ahead (www.7stepshead.com), an organizational development firm focused on helping businesses get unstuck and turn problems into opportunities. His two books are The 36-Hour Course in Organizational Development, published by McGraw-Hill, and Organizational Psychology for Managers, published by Springer Scientific.
SPC members have long expressed an interest in an additional channel for unstructured networking and just plain schmoozing about their business triumphs and trials. We launched our Meetups a while back, and have received very positive feedback from those participating ... and so we’re pleased to announce our next Lunchtime Meetup, to be held Friday, March 10, at 1 p.m.