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Exploring Self-Employment (Career Series #46)

Excited by the idea of being their own boss, more and more senior professionals are entertaining the possibility of “going out on their own.” Nonetheless, first time exploration of entrepreneurial opportunities can raise difficult questions.

Join Howard Seidel of Essex Partners and a panel of entrepreneurs for a discussion of the pros and cons of making the shift to owning one’s own business.  Panelists will represent different degrees of self-employment opportunities including starting a new business, buying a franchise and building a consulting practice.

Howard Seidel, Ed.D., J.D., Partner, has over 20 years’ experience as a career and executive coach. Howard provides clients with an in-depth knowledge into the strategic and tactical elements of the transition process, along with a special expertise in advising senior executives exploring career change. Before joining Essex, Howard was Vice President of Keystone Associates, where he consulted on career transitions with senior executives from leading organizations spanning a variety of industries.

Prior, Howard served in several consulting roles at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) where he helped build the company's first external practice in Change Management. He also led the company's development of a proprietary performance consulting methodology. Additionally, Howard worked at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where he managed the development and delivery of a worldwide training architecture for a new business initiative. Howard holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University and a law degree from The George Washington University where he also received his Bachelor of Arts.

Panelists are:

Stephen Buttrick, CertaPro Painters of Needham, MA

Steve H. Kasok, Chief Financial Officer & Co-Founder

Bramer Biopharmaceuticals

Eric J. Beyer, Principal

Apex Healthcare Group

Betty Anne Fortunato, Senior Franchise Consultant

The You Network


Date: Wed, October 28, 2015

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Venue: Sloan Building E62, Rm 221, 100 Main Street


Parking:  Due to major construction around campus, we recommend public transportation, if available.  After 5pm, you will not need an MIT Parking Permit, and can park in the E51 Building/Amherst Street Lot or Hayward Street Lot.



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