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Friday, May 01, 2020, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
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How to Advance Your Career: Tips, Tricks and Skills to Get Ahead

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UPDATE - Event is Postponed

Presenting yourself to others as an accomplished, capable, smart and skilled person can help you advance in your career. Whether that advancement is at your current library or a new one, learn how to use self-awareness to promote your authentic self. Join The Reluctant Networker, Greg Peters, to learn how to make the most of your networking opportunities and get support from others in your network by showing how you value your relationships and the good work you do. Every attendee will receive a free copy of Greg’s book and learn how to make the most of their networking opportunities. We also welcome representatives from Northwest Network and Library of Michigan to educate attendees on career advancement tips, techniques, and exciting career options within the library industry.

Target Audience:

  • Part-time or full-time staff looking to advance into leadership roles
  • Library staff unsure about where they want to go in their careers
  • Students interested in a career in library services
  • Introverts or those uncomfortable with self-marketing and networking
  • Library leaders interested in a career transition


Traverse Area District Library
Main Branch
610 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686


9:00 – 9:30am

Breakfast and registration

9:30 – 11:00am

Creating Connections with Success
Greg Peters, The Reluctant Networker

11:00 – 11:15am


11:15am – 12:30pm

Tip and Tricks to Move Ahead
Lisa Schut, Michigan Northwest Network

12:30 – 1:30pm


1:30 – 3:00pm

Afternoon Session
Shannon White, Library of Michigan

3:00 – 3:45pm

Round Tables


Creating Connections with Success           

They say networking is the best way to grow your business, build your non-profit, or find a new career.

So, why isn’t it working?

This session will help participants recognize and avoid the three biggest mistakes in networking. They will also learn a five-point system to accelerate the process of creating long-term, powerful connections. All attendees will leave with a copy of Greg’s Book, Hello and A Handshake.


Greg Peters
The Reluctant Networker

Tips and Tricks to Move Ahead  


Lisa Schut
Northwest Network

Afternoon Session

Hear from the Library of Michigan’s Development manager about the ways in which the Library of Michigan can forward members' career advancement by creating professional development opportunities for members, capitalizing on relationships with other organizations as well as the practical support the Library of Michigan provides its members.


Shannon White
Library of Michigan

Registration Rates

Continental breakfast and lunch included with registration.

Early Bird rates expire Friday, April 3, 2020
Advanced Rates expire Friday, April 17, 2020

  Member Non-member
Early Bird (4/3/2020) $95 $190
Advanced (4/17/2020) $110 $220
Onsite* $160 $320

*subject to space limitations


Traverse Area District Library – Main Branch
610 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686


Free parking adjacent to the building.

Event Policies


Cancellations must be received in writing by email no later than five (5) business days prior to the program in order to qualify for a refund. A $35.00 processing fee will be applied to refunds for workshops. Within five (5) business days of the event, no refund will be issued. No-shows will be invoiced.

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