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“Making the Transition from the For Profit to the Non Profit Sector” 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM, Held at Crowne Plaza - King of Prussia 7:30 – 8:00 AM Networking & Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00 AM: Discussion and Q&A 9:30 – 10:00 AM: Networking Member Cost: $29.00 Guest Cost: $33.00

When: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
7:30 am until 10:00 am
Where: Crowne Plaza - KOP
260 Mall Boulevard
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania  19406
United States
Contact: Maureen Waddington

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“Making the Transition from the For Profit to the Non Profit Sector”


We will have an excellent panel of non profit executives, (two of the three are GPSEG members) that will discuss their  experience of moving from the for profit sector to the non profit sector.  It will be a great opportunity for those thinking about making the move into the sector, (or who have already made the move).  We will have them address questions such as :

  • Why did you make the move?
  • How did you make the move?
  • What were your hurdles to make the move?
  • What do you enjoy the most?
  • What are your biggest challenges?
  • Compensation versus job satisfaction how do you balance? 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 

07:30 AM - 10:00 AM, Held at Crowne Plaza - King of Prussia

7:30 – 8:00 AM Networking & Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Discussion and Q&A

9:30 – 10:00 AM: Networking

Member Cost: $29.00
Guest Cost: $33.00

Brian Gaerity is the Executive Director at Connecting Generations, a Delaware nonprofit that supports the social emotional development of at-risk youth.  Brian made the jump to the nonprofit sector from the corporate world after several years working as a board member and volunteer with local school districts, youth sports and arts organizations. Mr. Gaerity’s background includes over 20 years in marketing communications for technology and consumer products companies, including seven years at the Coca-Cola Company where he was involved in a variety of global communications and customer marketing projects. His last corporate position was at StorageTek, a leading computer storage firm, where he led worldwide advertising and marketing communications, global branding, web development and customer relations.  Mr. Gaerity is currently president of the Avon Grove Board of School Directors and is a member of the Avon Grove Library Board of Trustees. He received his MBA from Emory University, and has an undergraduate degree in international relations from the University of South Carolina. He is married with two school-aged children. They live in Landenberg, PA.


Coleen F. Middleton, Esq. is the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Delaware County.  Prior to joining Habitat, Coleen served in leadership positions in the private and public sectors for more than 15 years.  She began her career as an Assistant Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia.  She later served as an Assistant United States Attorney and as First Associate Commissioner of one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country.  In these roles, Coleen proved her ability to significantly increase agency revenue with few resources.  In private practice, Coleen represented global corporations in complex litigation and government investigations.  Her non-profit experience includes serving on non-profit boards and fundraising for her alma mater, Princeton University.  Coleen is a GPSEG member.


Jory Barrad serves as Director of Development and Marketing for theVillage, a nonprofit organization providing vital services for some of the most vulnerable children and families in the region. Jory serves on the board of directors for GPSEG, is a former co-chair of the nonprofit subgroup, and has been an active member of GPSEG since 2008. The first 28 years of Jory's career was spent in the for-profit world in a range of roles in the consumer products and services sector including operations, product development and procurement, marketing, sales and business development. The recession in 2008, a layoff and a subsequent restructuring turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Jory prompting him to consider what the rest of his career might look like.  Prior experience as a volunteer marketer and board member for nonprofit organizations attracted him to pursue a "new" career direction in the nonprofit sector. Jory's story of transition was featured in a recent article in the Philadelphia Business Journal and in the ConnEX newsletter. For-profit professionals considering a similar transition frequently reach out to Jory for guidance. He strives to connect with and help others whenever possible.


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