We have decided to cancel the July meeting. It looks like 'summer has struck' and there are too many competing activities going on at the time.
We hope to see you in August!
The Convergence of Innovation, Creativity, Learning, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
We are faced innumerable challenges both locally and globally. For example at a global level they include climate change, exponential population growth and growing disparity between the haveís and the have notís and at a local level energy generation and distribution, local food production, affordable housing, waste recycling and an aging population.
Our perception of these problems and our ability to understand their underlying complexities and inter-relationships derive from our individual learning and experiences. This in turn gauges our ability to create and innovate solutions and to turn challenges into opportunities.
This presentation will explore this complex set of relationships and offer some points of intervention.
About the Speaker
Bill Seretta is a serial social entrepreneur who has started or reorganized several business - both for profit and not for profit. This has included:
- Founding the largest human service agency in Western Mass
- Reorganizing and leading a private foundation
- Founding a service-learning organization focusing on environmental issues
- Founding a restaurant/special events center
- Established a consulting firm providing strategic planning services to banks, real estate agencies and museums
- Buying and expanding a retail computer operation (1 to 3 stores employing 50 people)
- Founding a software/computer tech firm that created several hosted services for schools, colleges, cities and towns
- Served as VP of a private college - responsible for reorg of IT and Academic Computing and led restructuring effort for the entire campus
- Currently Bill is President to The Sustainability Lab.
Bill is active in community service. A few of the organizations he has been involved with include: Co-founder of Maine Business for Social Responsibility, Chair of the Maine Commission on Global Education, Member of the Commission on Maine's Future, President of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, Board of Advisors of Online Educa Berlin and volunteer auctioneer for local non-profits.
Bill holds a BA in Psychology and Anthropology, MEd in Education and ABD in Education. He has published several articles on technology, future issues and economic development. He has made presentations and conducted workshops at a 120 conferences in the US and Europe on technology, online learning, global issues and fundraising.
Bill has three grown children and lives with his wife in Yarmouth. Bill enjoys photography, fly fishing, building things and cooking.
Takes place from 9:45-10:30 following the regular meeting and is optional
"Managing The Client Relationship"
Having good working relationships with our clients is essential. From the getting-acquainted meeting to the delivery of a product or service, we are in a business relationship that requires tending. Why we tend is obvious. How we tend is based on the contract, our experience, and personality style.
In this round table discussion we’ll explore a new, versatile tool I’ve developed that helps zero-in on what the working relationship needs at any given point
in time. It gives us a quick way to evaluate, problem-solve, and focus our communication strategy.
Attendees should give some thought to a challenging client relationship, as having specific situations to work with will make the discussion more concrete, less theoretical.
Interpersonal Communication Consulting
Bob is a communication specialist and the author of Do You Know What I Mean? -Discovering Your Personal Communication Style. Through coaching, teaching and consulting Bob helps individuals, businesses and organizations develop successful communication practices, resulting in stronger leadership and higher functioning teams, where effective and important conversations become the norm.
The A.C.E. regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome.
Registrations are required by Monday, July 14, 2014. If you want to be included on the registration list at the meeting then you need to register by the due date.
You can pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover NOT AMERICAN EXPRESS!) or mail a check to:
110 Marginal Way #142
Portland ME 04101
If you are mailing a check, please register here so the system can track the registrants for us. Thanks!
Members: the $22 fee only works if you pay in advance. At the door, it is $28.