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2016/2017 EWG Mentoring Program Concludes
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Executive Women in Government Mentoring Program cohort as they conclude a very successful year! This year’s end of program celebration was highlighted by Keynote ...

What Motivates You: Why do you do what you do?
The most successful and happiest people in today’s work environment are those who are doing work that is compatible with their value system and the values of the organizations they work for. ...

TMC Quarterly Roundtable
TMC meets on a quarterly basis to bring Program Coordinators together to share their mentoring program best practices. This month we invited Nicole Chamblin to present her tips and techniques for ...

Creating a Custom Mentoring Plan
When first making the decision to participate in a mentoring program, there is both excitement and anticipation as to what will be gained in terms of personal and professional growth.  While ...

How Supervisors Can Enhance the Mentoring Experience
For many, the role of the supervisor and your relationship with them can be both multifaceted and at times complicated. Oftentimes, we perceive our direct supervisor as that one person who can make ...

Women's History Month 2017
The Training Connection is celebrating Women's History Month all this month!

TTC Has NEW Email Addresses!!


Gaining that Competitive Edge
Today’s competitive work environment demands that employees position themselves with marketable, highly desirable skills and capabilities.  When you learn how to take an active role in your ...

Maximizing Developmental Assignments
Developmental assignments are an excellent opportunity for mentees to expand their career horizons and explore their full potential.  When they are well thought out and centered on the career ...

Thank Your Mentor Today!
January is National Mentoring Month! Don't forget to THANK your Mentor today!!

The Merits of Mentoring
January is National Mentoring Month. And as anyone who has participated in a Mentoring Program can tell you, the productive and positive outcomes from a strong partnership can be extraordinary for ...

National Mentoring Month 2017!


Happy Holiday's from The Training Connection 2016
Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017! ~Team TTC

Sharpening Your Problem Solving Skills
Challenges and changes are a part of everyday life – both personally and professionally. Instead of watching them mount or negatively affect the bottom line, the best way to overcome them is to ...

USFS Mentoring Design Team
Kathy & Jennifer had the opportunity to work with a small mentoring design team at the US Forest Service, Intermountain Region (Utah).  The Intermountain Region encompasses 34 million ...

Mentoring Virtually in a Teleworking Environment
For many organizations, teleworking has become the norm. As a matter of fact, a recent Gallop poll found that the number of employees that telework (at least a few days a week) has climbed to 37%. ...

Mentoring Expertise: What Does it Take to be an Expert in Your Field?
Becoming an expert in any given field takes commitment, determination and more importantly – time.  Research shows that it will take the average person between ten and seventeen years of ...

How Did He Do That?
Sometimes an unconventional approach to learning can the most inspiring! Last week, DHS HQ Mentoring Program participants had the unique experience to learn from the renowned motivational speaker: ...

Polishing your Professional Appearance
Organizations have evolved over the years, and so have perceptions as to what is and is not acceptable to wear in the workplace. Your personal appearance creates the first impression that others have ...

You're Invited! Train-The-Trainer Workshop November 2016
Join us for a unique two-day workshop to develop an expertise of the DISC behavioral assessment tool! RSVP today to reserve your spot!

Conducting a Productive Informational Interview
The informational interview can be a valuable tool to help you navigate the political waters of an organization or put you on the right road toward career progression. Informational ...

TTC Receives FDA CDRH Director's Award
Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, the Center Director of FDA’s CDRH (Center for Devices and Radiological Health) honors Mentoring Program Manager Alethia Alford and TTC’s Kathy Wentworth Drahosz with the ...

Conquering the Conversation
In both personal and professional life, the manner in which we communicate with others can have a tremendous effect on the perceptions others have of us and can impact our career ...

Celebrate National Mentoring Month and Thank a Mentor!


Building High Performing Teams
A high performing team is not just a group of people who have learned to cooperate with one another.  True teams have a shared sense of commitment, a compelling mission, and strong values and ...

Happy Holiday's from The Training Connection!


Staying Energized in the Workplace this Holiday Season and Beyond
The value of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness has gained considerable prominence in the workplace. Study after study has proven the positive effects of wellness on productivity and personal ...

Managing Time
In an age of instant information, virtual communications and real-time tools to make our lives more efficient, we still seem to be always pressed for time. We often think that there are not enough ...

Strategic Career Management
We all know that the invaluable insights and guidance of a great mentor can have a significant impact on our professional journey and career successes. And if you ask those mentors what the most ...

Reverse Mentoring by Alison Sfreddo
Reverse mentoring (the pairing of a young upstart as mentor with a seasoned manager/professional as mentee) has emerged as a beneficial professional partnership given the advances in technology ...

Mentoring the Next Generation of Millennials
Every few decades a new generation enters the workforce, fresh with new ideas, enthusiasm and an entirely new way of doing things. For a long time it was the Baby Boomers and then Generation Xers who ...

Maintaining Momentum during the Summer Months
For the next few months, many of us will be enjoying much anticipated vacations and a few long weekends away from the office.  But less time in the office does not have to translate into less ...

Take a Break and Recharge!
As the summer months approach, many of us are beginning to formulate our summer plans. But believe it or not, there are a considerable number of those that have not given the thought of a week ...

The Secrets of Successful Situational Mentoring
Situational mentors are the right help at the right time. They are your go to people -- if you got a situation you go to a situational mentor.  Situational mentors come in all shapes and ...

Redefining the Mentoring Relationship
By: Kathy Wentworth Drahosz and Alison Sfreddo Think for a moment about your current mentoring relationship and how it can evolve after the formal program comes to a close.  All ...

Thriving during the Holiday Season
Every year, it seems as though the holiday season approaches without warning. As exciting as the season can be reuniting with friends and family, there are a number of additional activities and ...

January is National Mentoring Month!


Celebrate National Mentoring Month and Thank a Mentor!
Happy New Year! What better way to begin the New Year than to celebrate mentoring and all of the good it can bring throughout the year and beyond. This month is designated as National Mentoring Month ...

The Art of Effective Negotiations
To many, the art of negotiation is a complicated and daunting process. But as intimidating as it may seem, the ability to effectively negotiate is a critical skill to have both personally and ...