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ACE meets on the 3rd Friday of every month except August from 7:30-9:30am. Roundtable skill sessions follow and meet until about 10:30. We meet at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth. ACE meetings include networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are always welcome!

ACE monthly programs provide members and guests the opportunity to establish relationships through networking and to build working relationships with other professionals. Monthly program topics are selected as a means of strengthening the skills of members and increasing their awareness and knowledge of markets, business and social trends and professional disciplines that will enhance their particular fields. Speakers are sought that are both accomplished and offer a fresh perspective on a subject.

Workshops and seminars on business building skills and personal development are offered to members and to the business community. ACE also offers programs for the broader business community that brings together ACE professionals and experts from around the country.

Please review our Event Registration & Cancellation Policy.


Upcoming events

    • August 21, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
    - A Relevant Construct for Consultants?

    ONLINE VIA ZOOM - starts at 9:00 am


    Audience Takeaways

    Participants will gain understanding of Emotional Intelligence as a construct and its relationship to effective leadership. As consultants, we can apply the concepts not only to what we model and convey directly to our clients, but also to our own ability to build positive relationships with them.

    Description: 

    Emotional Intelligence is a cluster of skills and capabilities that can be strengthened throughout one's life.  That matters because there is a higher correlation between EQ and success in one's work and personal life than there is with IQ.  I will break down the concept into learnable chunks, including some experiential exercises and plenty of story telling.  We'll  end with an open discussion of how participants might apply these skills and ideas to the work they do with clients.

    Presenter:

    Presented by Dana Morris-Jones, Principal and co-founder of The Delphi Group, Inc.,  assists organizations, groups and individuals to achieve their goals by clarifying direction, aligning strategy with processes, mobilizing talent and inspiring commitment.  

    Dana’s clients have included public utilities, private manufacturing and service firms, state and federal government agencies and school systems. As an internal consultant in a large gas & electric utility moving toward deregulation, she worked with leadership to impact corporate culture through the creation of management development programs, processes for building strong teams, and methods for leading complex change.

    Also trained as a mediator, Dana incorporates best practices for resolving organizational differences in her work. Her expertise in this field has led to the development of a proprietary model which is the basis for her book, The Power of Difference,  published in 2016

    With Delphi Group partner John Shorb, Dana developed a 360° feedback process that is used as the basis for Executive Coaching and Leadership Development. Together they have worked with leaders in fortune 500 companies both nationally and internationally.

    Dana earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


    The Facts...

     

    Registrations (and registration cancellations) are required by August 18th. If you want to be included on the registration list at the meeting then you need to register by the due date. 

    We are not charging for online meetings but you do have to register to get the Zoom link. The login information will be sent out the day before the meeting.

    Cancellations:

    If you find you can't attend, please notify us by August 18th. After that date, we cannot refund or push forward.

    Cancellation - the meeting will be cancelled if Portland Schools are cancelled.


    • September 18, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • TBD
    Register

    The Right Questions Are The Keys To Success

    This is expected to be a 'live' meeting dependent upon state guidelines.


    Audience Takeaways

    * Finding, and then asking, the “right” questions are critical in positioning your business or nonprofit for success.

    * You don't always need full answers to your questions, but you do need to have those questions clearly stated, and visibly on your discovery agenda.

    * Answering a great question often brings forth a story, and from that a new understanding of your goals, successes, challenges, resources, and possible actions.

    * If a question has a simple and obvious answer, it may be useful, but perhaps not a “great” question.  However, some simple questions, even ones with obvious answers may be great simply because the business or organization hasn't yet thought to ask it!

    * We need to know what we don't know!

    Description: 

    Asking powerful questions is obviously a way to gain information and understanding, but it is also a way to show your interest in the client or prospect.  You can establish yourself as a facilitator drawing upon client or prospect knowledge and experience, and help the client or prospect clarify their concerns, goals, challenges, and opportunities.  Asking great questions can establish your mastery and creativity, and your sense of how to move towards brilliant and effective strategy.

    Working in small groups and together, we'll focus on real case studies to explore what questions could best help us find a way forward to success.  You will be inspired to explore what you don't know, why you want to know, and what questions might open a dialog that would lead to more creative and effective strategy.  Finally, we'll explore the actual effects of asking great, and not so great, questions.

    Our work will be relevant both to consultants helping clients solve business problems and to clients seeking their own understanding, vision, and direction.  All need to master the art of generating and asking great questions – the questions that lead to insight, clarity, vision, and success. 

    Presenter:

    Presented by Arthur Fink, Arthur Fink Consulting

    With my honors degree from Swarthmore College, and a graduate degree from Harvard in computer science, including study and research in social psychology and linguistics, I bring a background to my consulting practice that includes not only academic study in information technology and the social sciences, but also extensive and varied experience in the creative business world.

    I have worked for years in user experience design, in creating and managing change, and in developing strategies for both non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses. The key to all of this work has been finding and asking the right questions.  My work can lead to innovation and success, as I strive to be a superb listener and collaborator.




    The Facts...

     

    The ACE regular meeting has networking, a buffet breakfast and a speaker. Guests are welcome. There is often an optional Roundtable after the main meeting.

    Registrations (and registration cancellations) are required by September 15th. 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, American Express or Discover) or mail a check to:
    ACE
    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.

    Cancellations:

    If you find you can't attend, please notify us by September 15th. After that date, we cannot refund or push forward.

    Cancellation - the meeting will be cancelled if Portland Schools are cancelled.


Past events

July 17, 2020 ACE Meeting - How to Become a Thought Leader
June 10, 2020 ACE (Virtual) Business Lunch
May 26, 2020 ACE Webinar: Leading through Stress
May 22, 2020 Virtual Meetup - SPC and ACE Members Only
May 20, 2020 ACE (Virtual) Business Lunch
May 15, 2020 ACE Meeting - Blast off! Launching a Website for Your Small Business
April 28, 2020 Webinar: Tips & Tactics for Working from Home
April 22, 2020 ACE Meeting ONLINE - Consultants Panel
April 15, 2020 ACE (Virtual) Business Lunch
March 31, 2020 Virtual Roundtable
March 20, 2020 ACE Meeting - CANCELLED!!
March 11, 2020 ACE Luncheon Meetup!
February 25, 2020 Webinar: Navigating Your Customer Journey
February 21, 2020 ACE Meeting - Mindful Work & Conscious Capitalism
February 12, 2020 ACE Luncheon Meetup!
January 28, 2020 Virtual Roundtable: Getting Speaking Engagements
January 17, 2020 ACE Meeting - Adapting Your Behavior Style
December 11, 2019 IFOB - Mingle & Jingle!
December 10, 2019 Virtual Roundtable: Defining Your Lane
November 15, 2019 ACE Meeting - The BBB, Fraud & ID Theft
October 29, 2019 Webinar: How to Make Prospect Meetings Success Stories
October 18, 2019 ACE Meeting - Solving Two Problems at Once
September 24, 2019 Virtual Roundtable - Positioning My Expertise
September 20, 2019 ACE Meeting - On the Road!
July 30, 2019 Virtual Roundtable - Selling My Services
June 21, 2019 ACE Meeting - Annual Meeting
May 28, 2019 Webinar: How to Handle a Project
May 17, 2019 ACE Meeting - The Story of Rosemont Bakery
April 30, 2019 Virtual Roundtable!
April 29, 2019 SPC Event: How to Get More Word-of-Mouth Referrals
April 19, 2019 ACE Meeting - Business in Maine Overcoming Today's Challenges...
March 15, 2019 ACE Meeting - Tourism Industry in Maine
March 11, 2019 SPC Event: 7 Habits of Effective Networkers
February 26, 2019 Webinar: Passion, Promotion & Partnership
February 15, 2019 ACE Meeting - Cultivating Community
January 29, 2019 Webinar: Consulting for Results!
January 18, 2019 ACE Meeting - The Importance of the Right Culture
December 13, 2018 ACE for the Holidays!
November 27, 2018 Webinar: POSTPONED!!! Customer Service from the Social Media Perspective
November 16, 2018 ACE Meeting - The Importance of the Right Culture
October 23, 2018 Webinar: Near or Far - How Can ACE Be the Place for YOU?
October 19, 2018 ACE Meeting - When Red Flags Arise ...
September 21, 2018 ACE Meeting - Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Maine: Money isn’t enough
August 28, 2018 Webinar: Using Trello as a Consultant for Project Management
July 20, 2018 ACE Meeting - LA: "Make It Here"
June 27, 2018 Webinar: Is conflict an opportunity for organizational success?
June 15, 2018 ACE Meeting - Marketing Your Business
May 22, 2018 Webinar: Skyrocket Your Elevator Speech
May 17, 2018 [ACE Mtg] The Business of Microbrewing
April 24, 2018 Webinar: LinkedIn: Making Connections for Success
April 20, 2018 ACE Meeting: Dr. James Herbert, President, University of New England
March 16, 2018 ACE: Build Your Pipeline!
March 06, 2018 Webinar: Pricing to Maximize Fees and Profit
February 16, 2018 ACE Mtg: Men & Women At Work: A Dialogue
February 13, 2018 Webinar: Three Easy Pieces: Contracts for Consultants and Freelancers
January 23, 2018 Webinar: Jump Start Your Consulting Practice
January 19, 2018 ACE Monthly Meeting - January 19, 2018
January 16, 2018 Creating Remarkable Facebook and Instagram Ads For Your Business
December 15, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - December 15, 2017
November 28, 2017 Webinar: Authentic Networking
November 17, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - November 17, 2017
October 20, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - October 20, 2017
September 15, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - September 15, 2017
July 21, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - July 21, 2017
June 16, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - June 16, 2017
May 19, 2017 Growing Innovation in Maine - May 19, 2017
May 16, 2017 Re-Careering After Mid-Life at USM
April 25, 2017 LinkedIn: Making Connections for Business Success at USM
April 21, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - April 21, 2017
March 17, 2017 ACE Monthly Meeting - March 17, 2017
March 15, 2017 Decoding Communication Styles: Key to Collaboration
February 17, 2017 Innovation Opportunities for Your Consulting Practice 2/17/17
January 20, 2017 Tapping Into Maine's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem-1/20/17
December 16, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - December 16, 2016
November 18, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - November 18, 2016
November 15, 2016 Mind Your Business: Negotiations, the Big Deals and the Everyday
October 21, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - October 21, 2016
September 16, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - September 16, 2016
September 15, 2016 Mind Your Business: Linkedin - Making Connections for Business Success
July 15, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - July 15, 2016
June 17, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - June 17, 2016
June 07, 2016 LinkedIn: CANCELLED!
May 20, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - May 20, 2016
April 28, 2016 Re-Careering After Mid-Life at USM
April 15, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - April 15, 2016
March 18, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - Mar 18, 2016
February 19, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - Feb 19, 2016
January 15, 2016 ACE Monthly Meeting - Jan 15, 2016
December 18, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - Dec 18, 2015
November 20, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - Nov 20, 2015
November 10, 2015 Re-Careering After Mid-Life at USM
October 16, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - Oct 16, 2015
October 07, 2015 LinkedIn: Making Connections for Business Success at USM
September 18, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - Sept. 18, 2015
July 17, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - July 17, 2015
June 19, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - June 19, 2015
May 15, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - May 15, 2015
April 17, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - April 17, 2015
March 20, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - March 20, 2015
February 20, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - February 20, 2015
January 16, 2015 ACE Monthly Meeting - January 16, 2015
December 19, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - December 19, 2014
November 21, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - November 21, 2014
October 17, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - October 17, 2014
October 10, 2014 Finance for Nonfinancial Managers and Professionals
September 19, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - September 19, 2014
August 15, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - CANCELLED!
July 18, 2014 July ACE Meeting CANCELLED!
June 20, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - June 20, 2014
May 16, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - May 16, 2014
April 18, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - April 18, 2014
March 21, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - March 21, 2014
February 21, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - February 21, 2014
January 17, 2014 ACE Monthly Meeting - January 17, 2014
December 20, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - December 20, 2013
November 15, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - November 15, 2013
October 18, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - October 18, 2013
October 10, 2013 Consultants Academy-Building & Polishing Your Business
September 20, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - September 20, 2013
August 16, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - August 16, 2013
July 19, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - July 19, 2013
June 21, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - June 21, 2013
May 17, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - May 17, 2013
April 19, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - April 19, 2013
March 15, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - March 15, 2013
February 15, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - February 15, 2013
January 18, 2013 ACE Monthly Meeting - January 18, 2013
December 21, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -December 21, 2012
November 16, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -November 16, 2012
October 19, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -October 19, 2012
September 21, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -September 21, 2012
August 17, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -August 17, 2012
July 20, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -July 20, 2012
June 15, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -June 15, 2012
June 08, 2012 The Future of ACE! Special Meeting - Members Only
May 18, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -May 18, 2012
April 20, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -April 20, 2012
March 16, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -March 16, 2012
February 17, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -February 17, 2012
January 20, 2012 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -January 20, 2012
December 16, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -December 16, 2011
November 18, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -November 2011
November 04, 2011 Maine Businesses for Sustainability Conference
October 21, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -October 2011
October 20, 2011 Mainebiz Momentum Convention - Consultants Corner!
September 26, 2011 SPC: Consulting as a Career - What You Need to be Successful
September 16, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting -September
August 19, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - August
July 15, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - July "Tales of a Serial Entrepreneur, and how consultants can help businesses like his."
June 23, 2011 2011 New England Regional SBIR/STTR Summer Session
June 17, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - June
May 20, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - May
April 15, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - April '11
March 18, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - March '11
February 18, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - February '11
January 21, 2011 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - January '11
December 17, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - December '10
December 14, 2010 Peer Camp
December 01, 2010 MTI's 10th Anniversary!
November 19, 2010 John Tantillo - The Marketing Doctor! Go Brand Yourself
November 19, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - November '10
November 04, 2010 Managing Workplace Safety & Risk with Medical Marijuana and Other Drugs
November 02, 2010 Managing Workplace Safety & Risk with Medical Marijuana and Other Drugs
October 26, 2010 The Mentoring Advantage: A Sustainable Solution for an Anxious Workforce
October 26, 2010 Managing Workplace Safety & Risk with Medical Marijuana and Other Drugs
October 15, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - October '10
September 17, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - September '10
August 20, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - August '10
July 16, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - July '10
June 18, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - June '10
May 21, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - May '10
May 04, 2010 Maine Innovation Economy Summit 2010
April 16, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - April '10
March 26, 2010 The Teleseminar Teleseminar
March 19, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - March '10
February 23, 2010 Consulting 101/201
February 19, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - February '10
January 29, 2010 Freeport Forum
January 15, 2010 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - January '10
December 18, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - December '09
December 08, 2009 Freeport Chamber Holiday Party
November 20, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - November '09
November 17, 2009 Is Your Business Ready for Tax Season?
October 16, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - October '09
September 22, 2009 Personnel Files: The Index for your People Management
September 18, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - September '09
August 21, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - August '09
July 17, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - July '09
June 19, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - June '09
April 17, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - April '09
February 20, 2009 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - Feb '09
December 19, 2008 A.C.E. Monthly Meeting - Dec '08


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