Career Management Series, 2/3/07

Navigating the Waters of Office Politics & Beyond
How to be more successful in playing politics tto protect your career
Wharton Club members, Georgetown McDonough Alumni
& members of public invited to important workshop led by 3 experts


Career Management Series 2006 - 2007: Tools for Career Success

Navigating the Waters of Office Politics and Beyond

Start: 8:15 AM

Finish: 12:00 PM

Place: Georgetown McDonough Car Barn - enter from Prospect St.

36th & Prospect Streets, NW - Room on 2d Floor to be posted

Free parking in Georgetown's garage entered from Canal Road


  • 8:15-8:45 am: Registration, Breakfast, Networking
  • 8:45-9:00 am: Introductions of Attendees
  • 9-9:40 Jean Stafford
  • 9:40-10:20 Dana Smith
  • 10:20-10:30 am: Short Break
  • 10:30-11:10 am: Jeff Bryan
  • 11:10-11:30 am: Panel Discussion
  • 11:30 am-12 Noon - Subgroup Discussion and Game Playing

Whether you like it or not, office politics is a game that you have to play to win. Politics exists everywhere in the private and public sectors, and opt-out is not a choice. Not to play, the best you can hope for is to be completely ignored.

This might be good for your psyche in the short run, but it's tough on your career. Promotions or plum assignments won't be coming your way, but a layoff might. All too often, Opt out = You’re expendable.

The Wharton Club of DC and Georgetown McDonough School’s February 3rd Career Management Series event will help you:
* Improve your political skills
* Strengthen your capability to deal with difficult people
* Raise your ability to anticipate and respond effectively in challenging situations
* Increase the probability you will advance your career

Your Takeaways

* Learn key tips for managing difficult people and situations
* Determine best practices to fit your personal style
* Deal more effectively with the devilish boss who wears Prada - or Polo
* Overcome inertia to confront uncomfortable conditions
* Identify when "sidestepping" is your best strategy
* Sharpen your communication techniques and tactics in difficult situations
* Network with colleagues and peers


  • Jeff Bryan, Principal, The Bryan Consulting Group, LLC
  • Jean Stafford, Founder, Executive Coaching for Women
  • Dana Smith, Vice President for Human Resources, CapitalSource Inc.

Meet the Speakers:

Jeffrey S. Bryan
Jeff is a Principal with the Bryan Consulting Group LLC, a management consulting firm providing Human Resources’ services and expertise for emerging to mid-market organizations. Jeff has served in senior HR capacities for a number of start-up to medium sized organizations, where he developed and implemented core Human Resource infrastructure and programs.

Jeff has had hands-on responsibility for and management experience with every major facet of the Human Resource field. His experience includes:

  • Industries: Consumer lending, Software development, Fortune 100 Sales/Service, Big Five consulting, electric utility, media/communications, transportation, light manufacturing, and NCAA Division 1 Athletics
  • Functions: Employment, employee and labor relations, policy and procedure development, regulatory compliance, organizational and people development, compensation and benefits strategy, employee and executive counseling, performance management.

Jeff received an MBA in Organizational Development from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and an AB degree in Sociology from Princeton University

Jean Stafford:
Building on her own experience of personal and professional transition, Jean Stafford founded EXECUTIVE COACHING FOR WOMEN, INC. in 1997. Since then her work has been featured in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Financial Times, The Chicago Sun, and other prominent publications. She has appeared as an on-line career advisor for AOL and

Ms. Stafford also produces and hosts the ECW Tele-Interview Series which brings subject matter experts directly to professional women quickly and easily. She has coached hundreds of women whose work ranges from entrepreneur to Fortune 500 executive. Her client organizations include Sprint, IBM, Boeing, AOL, Ernst & Young, State Farm Insurance and The World Bank. An internationally recognized expert, Ms. Stafford is a frequent speaker on the subject of women's professional leadership potential.

Dana Smith, CapitalSource Inc.:

Dana Smith is Vice President of Human Resources for CapitalSource, Inc., a specialized commercial finance company operating as a REIT and offering first mortgage, asset-based, cash flow and mezzanine financing to small and mid-sized borrowers through three focused lending businesses: Structured Finance, Healthcare and Specialty Finance and Corporate Finance.

Previously HR Director for Constellation Energy's retail businesses as well as Director of HR Consulting and Staffing for Baltimore Gas and Electric, Dana's career encompasses more than 13 years of experience. She has held positions of HR Vice President for F&M Bancorp, and HR Director for two of Sylvan's business units/affiliates. Additionally, Dana has worked both domestically and overseas in an array of positions for Citicorp.

A Certified Senior Professional in HR, Dana holds a BS in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennylvania and an MS in Organizational Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. As a keynote speaker for various organizations, Dana enjoys sharing her interest and expertise in the area of maximizing emotional intelligence.

Reserve Your Spot now!! Click here to reserve your place(s)!!!

Members, Alumni: Wharton Club members, Georgetown McDonough MBAs and Alumni, full-time Wharton students, WIT members, + Members of any SHRM chapter:

Early Bird: $25 thru 1/27, $35 until 7 pm on 2/2

For all others: $35 thru 1/26, $45 until 7 pm on 2/2.

Everyone: after 7 pm on 2/2 and for walk-ins, on a space-available basis, for $49 (regardless of affiliation).

Free parking at Georgetown's Garage from exit off Canal Road. All prices include full program and Continental Breakfast.

Parking: Nearby and free at Georgetown's garage, enter off M Street / Canal Road (or left onto Canal Road from Key Bridge):

  • Pass the Exxon station.
  • Then take the first right by the large Hoya Saxa sign and flashing yellow light up into area with new garage. Parking on Saturdays is free. (If you reach the right up to Foxhall Road, you've gone too far and need to turn around). See this link for directions free parking at Georgetown University garage (Parking garage is under buildings 38 and 43): Link to map for free parking at Georgetown University garage.

Another parking option is metered on-street parking.

If you're feeling this way,
join us on February 3 for a different kind of brew,
instead of your usual brouhaha.
It will be worth waking up early and smelling the coffee at this program!

Click here to reserve your place(s)!!!