JD Networking Group

Jobs Driven Networking Group

Jobs Driven Networking Group
Wheaton, IL

December 19th Topic: A Unique Job Search: Disability, Gaps, & Legal History

Presenter: Megan Straza, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor │CWT-Supported Employment Program | EEO Special Emphasis Program Co-Manager │ EEO Program for Individuals with Disabilities | Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Counselor 

Topic: A Unique Job Search: Disability, Gaps, & Legal History 

***Location Change*** 
Wheaton Public Library 
225 N. Cross Street
Wheaton, IL 60187 
Meeting Room H – located on the 2nd floor and is accessible by elevator. 

This is a temporary change of venue for JDNG. Seating is limited to just 30 people, so RSVP now if you want to join us.

So many of the tactics and approaches we discuss each month assume that you don’t have a unique challenge such as a disability, or long gap of employment, or that you don’t have a felony conviction on your record. But what if you DO have one of these challenges? What do you say when asked about it? What if it comes up at a networking event? Is it okay to talk about then? If so, how?

Join us on Thursday, December 19th as Megan Straza joins us to share her expertise in these situations. Megan is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, IL. 

She has been working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Compensated Work Therapy-Supported Employment program since July 2012 where she provides job search and retention support to Veterans with physical, mental, emotional and cognitive disabilities. She also co-manages the EEO Individuals with Disabilities committee whose mission is to advocate for people with disabilities specifically with increasing employment within the federal government. This is a unique opportunity to learn how to navigate a unique job search from a true expert in the field. I hope you can join us!


January 16th Topic: Personal Branding through the Gift of GAB (Goals, Attitude and Behavior)

Presenter: Conor Cunneen, IrishmanSpeaks

Conor will look at:
• Goals: In particular, what do you want “to be famous for” within your job search community.
• Attitude: How to display a job winning Attitude when you walk into one more networking meeting and especially when you start that interview (phone or personal).
• Behavior: Behavior and how your demonstrated Behavior creates your Brand and guess what! Employers choose the Brand they like and trust.

***Back to our normal location!!*** Last month we met at the library for a special meeting, but we will be back to our normal location for our January meeting.


Meets: 3rd Thursday every month from 12:10pm to 12:50pm to discuss networking tactics and search strategies. Meetings are FREE to attend in person.

Does your company have a referral program? Join us. Meet people. Need Job leads? Join us. Just need to grow your network? Join us.

Sponsors: SpeedUpMyJobSearch.com, DriveStaff & Wheaton Masonic Lodge 269.

A repository of all JDNG presentations are currently available in the JDNG Archive for members of SpeedUpMyJobSearch.com, backed by more than 350 recruiting firms across the United States, and more than 100 people like you have written testimonials about the training.

Previous speakers have included Lee Junkans (top left), Joy Maguire Dooley (top right), Robert Podgorski (bottom left), Jim Klink (bottom middle) and Jim Fergle (bottom right).


Who should attend this event?

Anyone who would like to strengthen their search skills and expand their networks.

This is for:

  • Job Seekers: People looking for connections, leads, and networking skills.
  • Job Givers: Employers with job openings or employees of companies offering referral bonuses to help fill their company’s job openings.
  • Job Havers: People who are currently employed wanting to keep their networks strong for business opportunities and potential future job searches. Since the average employment tenure is less than 3 years, you’ll likely need a strong network someday. Start building it here!

What should I bring?

Bring a notebook/pen to take notes, and if you have business cards and handbills, please bring them. Also, this is cafeteria style room with lunch tables, please feel welcome to bring lunch to eat while listening to the presentation. We will not be serving food.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Paul Cameron can be reached at [email protected].

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, bringing your ticket is not required.

RSVP Next!

What are my parking options?

There is a free (but small) parking lot connected to the building, free parking on the street, and a very large parking garage with 300 free parking spots one block West on Wesley St.

If the Mason parking lot is full (it usually is), then exit the lot, take a left, go to the next block and take a left to the lot. The arrows below animate this exciting journey to the big parking garage.

It’s 3-minute walk away, a 5-minute stroll, and 10-minute meander. Go at your own pace. See you Thursday!

JDNG Parking in Wheaton

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