New PDC president announces her goals and shares her enthusiasm for the future
By Edith Moricz-Cody
Several weeks ago, Larry Elle approached me with an idea: would I be interested in succeeding him as PDC’s president? I immediately said . . . “Yes!!”
My history with the PDC
For the past 7 years, I’ve been involved in the Professional Development Collaborative in several ways. I’ve led workshops on numerous topics (fundraising and social-media marketing to name two) for job-seekers and authored articles for the PDC Post. I’ve also attended several PDC workshops.
Simply stated, the PDC is a valuable and important organization for professionals in job transition, for their families, and for the whole working community. So the opportunity to be president of the PDC excited me.
It’s an understatement to say that Larry Elle (currently, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor at the PDC) has done a superlative job leading and managing the PDC since its inception in 2010. In 2010, the PDC officially started offering workshops. As early as 2004, though, Larry was among a core group of people – of volunteers – leading meetings of unemployed professionals. This evolved organically into a non-profit organization offering inexpensive training led by industry experts for working professionals.
For professionals who want to advance in their careers, and more urgently, people needing to get a job, an important step is to add qualifications and skills. One way to do this, the first step, is through courses, through additional education.
However, additional education can be expensive. It also can involve an application process and other requirements. Sometimes these requirements can be a hardship – and the whole process may not necessarily offer what a professional needs to succeed.
What the PDC has done is to offer exactly what many professionals have needed at a very affordable cost.
A manager, for example, might need to learn Scrum to enhance her qualifications as a team-builder. Another worker might need to learn the principles of grant writing to enable him to prove he can improve the finances of a non-profit. The list of subjects PDC courses cover goes on and on. This organization’s core mission has always been to offer exactly what professionals need to advance their skills and, for professionals-in-transition (who may need the deeper knowledge provided by several courses), the best path toward landing a job.
The PDC will continue following its core mission. It also will expand the ways whereby it is a go-to organization supporting, empowering, and encouraging professionals through multiple resources.
During my 25 years of experience as an educator, mentor, and coach, I’ve learned that the backbone for success hinges on self-confidence, communication skills, and proper narration of the positive impact each of us makes each day on other individuals and organizations.
Everything we do at the PDC will always be guided by building on these core skills.
My life and career path.
I’d like to reflect on my own career path as a relationship builder, mentor, educator, fundraiser, career coach, and entrepreneur. I’ve helped people across the country with diverse backgrounds in various industries. At the start of my career, I was advising the high-net-worth clients of Merrill Lynch. For more than 10 years I was a front-line fundraiser for many important causes (St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Boston University, and many more). I’ve also worked as a career consultant with the diverse, under-served population that relies on JVS Boston for job-search and career advancement resources. I’ve also been an adjunct business professor in the Boston private college community for over 10 years. And I launched my remote career-coaching program several years ago. Its track record for creating success stories and helping people land dream jobs earned me the exciting honor from LinkedIn of Best Career Coach 2017.
From my own life story and career path, I understand well the impact each of us has on organizations and our communities when we leverage our talents, skills, and passions.
Whether you are a professional in job transition, eager to land a new job, or an adult learner or a small-business owner/entrepreneur, the PDC will soon be providing more tools for helping you achieve your life and career advancement goals.
How can you support the PDC’s mission?
Register for our webinars, read our publications, and engage with other PDC members, including our volunteers. Most importantly, join the PDC Team in continuing to expand the many ways we empower professionals in Massachusetts and beyond to achieve their life and career goals.
The PDC benefits greatly from our volunteers who generously have enabled us to serve this community these past 10 years. If you would like to support our mission and lend a hand as a volunteer using your skills and expertise, please connect with me. Also, please contact me if you have ideas about additional ways the PDC can support your life and career goals.