PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2020 May Meeting

19 May 2020 - Virtual


PDP Information

Program Number: C020-20200519-b
Career in Transition: 101 Lessons to Achieve Job Search Success
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 1.0
Strategic - 0.5
Technical - 0.0


Frank Kovacs and Mark Beal are the co-authors of “Career In Transition: 101 Lessons To Achieve Job Search Success”, their new book scheduled for release in late 2020/early 2021. This presentation focuses, as does the book, on the Future of Work, Workforce Transformation and Future Proofing Your Career. The talk captures best practices developed and identified through 18 years of Frank leading The Breakfast Club NJ (TBCNJ), from the group members and also through interactions with countless career experts and presenters.

They will approach career transitions from two different paths:

  • The strategic technical approach
  • The personal brand marketing perspective

By combining those two paths they will show how they offer individuals who are unemployed a powerful playbook to achieve job search success. You will come away with an understanding of best practices developed and identified through

  • How Digital Is Impacting The Job Market
  • Steps To Upskilling Success
  • Tackling Reskilling
  • How To Rebrand and Market The Improve You
  • Career Management Improvements


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Mark Beal - Before co-authoring Career In Transition: 101 Lessons To Achieve Job Search Success, Mark Beal served as a brand marketer for nearly 30 years, developing and executing marketing and public relations campaigns for category leading companies and brands. During that time, he created campaigns around such major sports and entertainment platforms as the Olympic Games, Super Bowl, World Series, US Open Tennis and The Rolling Stones. Mark experienced his own career transition when he was invited to be an adjunct professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University in 2013. Mark has since been appointed as a full-time Assistant Professor of Practice in Public Relations. It was Mark’s students who inspired him to write his first book, 101 Lessons They Never Taught You In College, which was published in 2017. 101 Lessons They Never Taught You In College led to Mark being invited by career support networking groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to speak to individuals who were experiencing a career transition. It was these individuals who inspired Mark to co-author this book with Frank Kovacs.

Mark collaborates daily with Gen Z students which also led to him authoring Decoding Gen Z: 101 Lessons Gen Z Will Teach Corporate America, Marketers & Media, which has captured the attention of media, marketers and employers nationwide as the oldest Gen Zers join the workforce and the entire Gen Z cohort becomes the primary focus of corporations and brands.

Mark brings his 101 Lessons to life via his podcast series, 101 Lessons in Leadership. In each podcast episode, Mark interviews a leader and delves into the mentors who inspired them as well as the lessons in leadership and life that they share with their current followers. The podcast episodes can be listened to for free by simply going to

Frank Kovacs has been a technology business executive for more than 30 years leading and directing large, complex, global operations and transformations for some of the largest Fortune 100 firms as well as NASA. Frank has been recognized as recipient of the Gartner CIO Choice Award, Visionary Award from Business Finance Magazine & Internet World, and the Ovation Award at Comnet. Frank was named a visionary for his 12 years of work at AT&T Bell Labs and has a patent for Smart Card Technology. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Frank wanted to help those who lost their jobs due to the tragedy and formed a group, The Breakfast Club NJ (TBCNJ). More than 18 years later, TBCNJ has grown to more than 6,000 members and is the premier job search and career networking group in the New York/New Jersey region. TBCNJ has helped more than 9,000 individuals secure jobs all with a “pay-it-forward” volunteer approach. 

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