IEEE-USA Offers Three New Webinars in Late March, Early April

By Georgia C. Stelluto

IEEE-USA Webinars are designed to help you find your next job, maintain your career, negotiate an appropriate salary, understand ethical considerations in the workplace and learn about other career-building strategies.

In late March, IEEE-USA Webinars highlight recent events on Capitol Hill, women in the workplace and cybersecurity. In April, join us for a webinar on trademarks.

IEEE-USA Legislative Update

Presenter: Russ Harrison
Date: 23 March, 2017
Time: 1:00-1:30 PM EDT


Stay up to date on recent events in Washington that affect IEEE members. IEEE-USA Director of Government Relations Russ Harrison will brief attendees on what Congress is doing for, and to, our profession.


About the Presenter

Russell T. Harrison is IEEE-USA’s director of Government Relations. He previously served as senior legislative representative for grassroots activities. In addition to providing overall strategic direction, and day-to-day operational management of IEEE-USA’s government relations program and staff, Harrison also focuses on programs and activities design to help IEEE’s U.S. members interact with “and influence ” elected officials. He is also responsible for a number of IEEE-USA government relations initiatives, particularly small and independent business policy and high-skill immigration reform.

Prior to IEEE-USA, Harrison directed grassroots programs at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and the American Iron and Steel Institute. In these positions he raised more than $300,000 in campaign contributions through the associations’ political action committees. Harrison as also represented the recycling and steel industries on Capitol Hill, and in state capitols, on a variety of issues as a professional lobbyist. He has a B.A. in Political Science, with minors in History and Communication, from Allegheny College, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

Topics Women Should Avoid at The Office

Presenter: Elizabeth Lions
Date: 24 March 2017
Time: 1-2 PM EDT




For women in fields like engineering or IT, the office and its politics can sometimes be a tricky maze that can slow or prevent you from achieving your professional goals. Join us for part two of a two-part series on women’s professional development topics, presented by Elizabeth Lions, to help you chart a smooth course to success.

Lions has coached women who are stuck, unable to get a promotion, or who had lost credibility. This webinar covers the things you should never say as a woman in a male-dominated field “while teaching how to connect with others in the office. It will teach you how to take a stressful situation and turn it into a powerful learning situation wrecking your career.

About the Presenter

Elizabeth Lions has authored two books, Recession Proof Yourself and I Quit! Working for You Isn’t Working for Me. She has designed and developed leadership and career courses, webinars, and even a radio show ” “Leadership Lessons from the Lioness,” through Plaid for Women.

As an advisor, Lions has been quoted in U.S. World News Report, AOL Jobs, Australian Finance, Silicon India, CBS Money Watch, Yahoo, The Ladders, and Dice job boards. Her words have reached as far as the front page of the Philadelphia Tribune, PBS, CBS Money Watch, and Dale Carnegie’s and John Tesh’s blogs.

Cybersecurity for Small Businesses and Consultants

Presenter: Kayne McGladrey
Date: 30 March 2017
Time: 2-3 PM EDT



Do you feel like you are overwhelmed trying to run your business while defending against the latest cyber threats? Join Kayne McGladrey, speaker, author and Director of Information Security Services for Integral Partners for our upcoming presentation on taking a proactive, risk-oriented approach to cybersecurity for individual consultants and small businesses.

McGladrey will discuss:

  • Why you should manage risks based on user identity instead of chasing the latest threats
  • How individual consultants can protect themselves
  • A vendor-neutral reference architecture for cyber security at small businesses

About the Presenter

Kayne McGladrey is a visionary and strategic thinking professional services director with 20+ years of experience, including 10 years in blending information technology and management acumen, to cultivate and build best practices within professional services organizations. He has a proven track record of consulting, coaching, mentoring, training, and developing and leading professionals to streamline operational processes, optimize client engagements, mitigate underperformance, and maximize revenue generation. McGladrey writes expert articles about Professional Services Management and consulting for and the Washington Technology Industry Association. He created the first industry-recognized online class about the fundamentals for Professional Services Management. Learn more at

Trademark: The Keys to Commercialization

Presenter: Scott Baldwin, Senior Staff Attorney, Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training 
Date: 13 April 2017
Time: 2-3 PM EDT



This webinar will cover differences between trademarks, patents, domain names, and business name registrations. It will also explain the importance of selecting a strong trademark one that is both federally registrable and legally protectable. Baldwinwill highlight factors important when choosing a mark, such as the possibility of a likelihood of confusion, explain the importance of doing a complete search, and discuss whether to use an attorney. Finally, this presentation establishes what may happen if another trademark owner believes it has stronger rights in a mark, and issues a cease-and-desist letter. It concludes with tips on how to avoid scams perpetrated by companies that request fees for services not required by the USPTO.

Georgia C. Stelluto is IEEE-USA’s Publishing Manager, and Manager/Editor of IEEE-USA E-Books.She also writes and edits article on IEEE-USA’s products, services, programs and activities for IEEE-USA InSight.

Guest Contributor

IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members. IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE Members.

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