PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2020 October Networking LCI

How Pro Bono Work with Non-Profits
Can Lead to New Career Opportunities

22 Oct 2020 - Virtual
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Career Networking LCI Meeting



Many career coaches suggest volunteering during a job transition to demonstrate how you are using your current skills, learning new skills and making connections.  Tom Brown, one of tonight’s panelists, will share his career journey and stories on how offering pro bono work to non-profit organizations led to several new paid positions.  

Catherine Milone, President of Junior Achievement of New Jersey, will describe the value of experienced volunteers and how JA utilizes them in a variety of roles.  She’ll also share examples of several JA volunteers who were hired into paid positions. 

Tom and Catherine will also clarify a few ‘myths’ about working in non-profits and the skillset required to be successful.

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Catherine Milone & Tom Brown

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Catherine Milone
- President - Junior Achievement of New Jersey, Inc.

Catherine has 29 years of business experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Prior to JA New Jersey, Catherine worked at ADP and had also served as VP Marketing for JA New York, where she began her post college career. In 2004, Catherine was named President of JA New Jersey, where she is charged to manage statewide operations that impact 75,000 students throughout NJ annually.

In her tenure, Catherine and her team have turned JANJ into a thriving, fiscally-responsible NGO, and were awarded their fifth JA USA Peak Performance Team Award in 2019 for superior performance. Catherine and Team received the Charles R. Hook Award in 2014, JA USA’s most prestigious honor recognizing an area president and staff whose outstanding performance contributed to the growth and development of the organization.
Catherine serves as an Independent Director for the KearnyBank Foundation, and is one of ten nationally selected presidents entrusted to the JA USA HR Committee. Catherine was appointed to the NJ State Employment and Training Commission (SETC) in 2016, and is Chair of their Youth Vision Council. Most recently, Catherine was elected to the Board of Trustees for the NJ Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) and Treasurer for Focus NJ Foundation – The Center for Economic Research and Workforce Solutions.

Acknowledgements include YWCA Princeton Tribute to Women Award; NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business; South Jersey Biz Magazine’s 25 Women to Watch; NJBIA Leonard C. Johnson Award; Muriel Siebert Financial Literacy Partnership Award (NJCFE); Cristo Rey Newark High School President’s Award; and is a graduate of Lead New Jersey, Class of 2011.

Catherine earned her B.S. in Business and Marketing at Utica College of Syracuse University. Formerly of Rockville Centre (Long Island, NY), Catherine resides in historic Mill Hill, a community of Trenton, NJ.

Tom Brown
is an agile project leader helping non-profit organizations with data analytics, CRM, and business process improvement.  He is a certified Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner.

Tom has used agile project techniques since the late 1990s when at Bristol Myers Squibb he and his team independently invented some of today’s scrum practices. These include daily standups, the roll of scrum masters and product owners, continuous integration, web based project management tools, and repeated use of customer surveys to inform project status.

During his career, Tom has made several career transitions, facilitated by taking time out to do Pro Bono and volunteer projects for non-profit and community organizations.  As a result of these short term assignments, he has had opportunities to work with organizations like Liberty Science Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), McCarter Theater, and many others.  Tom would like you to consider what good you can do for yourself and the world by taking time out to volunteer.

His bachelor’s degree is from Ithaca College with studies at the intersection of art and technology, and his Masters is from Syracuse University in Information Resources Management.

Please feel free to reach out to Tom at

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