It all starts here

8 01 2011

Dreams. Friendship. Memories.

That was the theme to this year’s Tournament of Roses parade, and is a theme that Fran Pangakis, RDH, CPVC, said perfectly fits CareerFusion.

Pangakis spoke at Saturday morning’s session about the importance of dreams, friendship and memories.  Without dreams, nothing would change. Dreams are the reason attendess made the trip to be part of CareerFusion.

The friendships made at CareerFusion last after you leave, Pangakis said, and support and connections made through those friendships will help attendees achieve those dreams they came with. The connections attendees make at CareerFusion likely will lead them to that next opportunity. She encouraged everyone to make a point of talking to every person in the room, because you really don’t know who you’re going to meet and where a conversation might lead. And the memories you make are yours to take with you, and something that everyone will cherish.

Pangakis also talked about crossing the line to get from where you are to where you really want to be. There are challenges, but you have to choose to commit, to work hard, to focus and to be resilient.

The day continued with another talk from Pangakis and Tim Twigg, Owner and President of Bent Ericksen & Associates. The pair talked about the importance of being truly engaged in your work and what it really takes to build a successful team.

“It’s not just being there physically, it’s being there,” Twigg said. “Bring your whole self, your whole capabilities to whatever it is you’re doing.”

They also talked about the importance of understanding and harvesting the power of emotions. They gave group members advice on how to increase their EQ (emotional IQ), from taking responsibility of their own emotions and happiness to examining their feelings rather than the actions and motives of other people.

The day concluded with a cocktail party, where attendees had the chance to make the all-important connections and friendships that they will carry with them long after they leave Daytona.

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CareerFusion 2011 kicks off in Florida

8 01 2011

These dental hygienists are here to set themselves apart. They’re here to become leaders, to grow both personally and professionally. That’s what CareerFusion is all about.

This year’s attendees, some new and some returning for the fourth time, gathered Saturday morning in Daytona Beach, Fla. to network, to learn how to step out of their comfort zones and to be introduced to opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.

Beth Thompson, RDH, BS, FACE, kicked off the 4.5 day event and reminded attendees why they’re there. It’s about creating a relaxed, supportive environment that fosters growth, whether attendees are looking to start doing more speaking engagements, writing more or are ready to do something outside of clinical hygiene.

Throughout the week, attendees will have plenty of time to form new friendships and to network. Through table top exercises, they’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the product offerings from this year’s corporate partners, which includes Coltene Whaledent, DentalVibe, Springstone Patient Financing, The Art of Practice Management, Cetylite Industries, Xlear, Orascoptic, DSM Worldwide, Crosstex International and Bent Ericksen & Associates