PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2020 June Networking LCI

Solopreneurship for Plan B or a Working Retirement

18 Jun 2020 - Virtual
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Career Networking LCI Meeting

Presentation Slides



Thinking you might want to freelance?  This talk is for you!  Have the perfect career?  Woven into the talk is a fun thread for the casual listener.

Here's the main point:  Whether by choice or fate, many project managers will end up as a solopreneur.  Late stage capitalism hit Paul and Beth earlier than it did others. In response, we ended up as independent (solo) consultants.  Bills were paid.  What we have to offer is a practical talk about B2B consulting (what Beth does) vs B2C (Paul's business), LLC formation vs sole proprietorship, business insurance, etc.  Time factored in for discussion and Q&A

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  • $0.00 - PMINJ Chapter members only (fee waived for this meeting)
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Speakers -

Paul Cecala and Beth Kujan

Speaker  Networking Speaker

, a Five O’Clock Club Certified Career Coach, has been coaching since 1999 and assisted over 3000 people in either changing careers or starting their professional lives.  He has worked for several post-secondary career schools as Director of Career Services specializing in Biotech/pharmaceutical careers, Green Economy jobs, aviation, allied health, IT and general administrative professions.  Currently, he the Director of Program Development for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies where his responsibilities include identifying developing and managing many of the school's adult, non-credit programming.  Additionally, he helped develop the job search training process for several NJ Department of Labor sponsored job search groups.

Paul has a BS in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.  Prior to career coaching, he had a long career in corporate aviation sales.  His final position in this arena was Vice President of Aircraft Charter Sales for a nation-wide industry leader.

Beth is a classically trained materials scientist and an engineering project manager.   She has been freelancing since leaving Bell Labs in 2008.  Five (5) of the last 18 years were spent trying to launch an advanced materials start up.  It was partially successful:  she secured $1M+ in grants and paid evaluations from potential customers.  Meanwhile, to pay the bills, she worked as a construction consultant for the insurance industry, as a subject matter expert in sustainability, and as a business analyst.  Lately, she's been using her PMP at Bristol-Myers Squibb, formerly Celgene in Summit and in launching another business.

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