Career Actions Ministry

Career Actions Ministry

The Career Actions Ministry (CAM) is for both job seekers and employed "Good Samaritans" who want to help.  CAM desires to bring the love of Jesus Christ, during these difficult times, to the growing number of MPPC members, their families and friends and all others who are facing the challenges of job transition.

For job seekers, we offer a multi-faceted program of large group meetings, small Success Teams, and the opportunity to join a web-based service called the Career Actions Network. More information.

For employed Good Samaritans, by signing up, you can easily submit job leads and facilitate connections between job seekers and hiring managers. More information.

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In the Press:  Read about Career Actions Ministry as featured in the January 2012 edition of "Christianity Today" -- Blessed Are the Jobless: How Ministries Aid the Unemployed.


Typically, First and Third Saturdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Mountain View Campus, Fellowship Hall

Dates and Topics

Saturday, April 19

Guest Speakers: Entrepreneurial panel

Presentation Topic: "Is Entrepreneurship for you?”

About the presentation: Four talented entrepreneurs tell the stories of running their own businesses.  They offer real world advice from the trenches and help you consider the many ways you can approach becoming an independent business person. They will answer questions from the moderator and the audience to help you answer this question for yourself: “Is entrepreneurship for you?”

About the Speakers:

John Berg, CEO Confidante for Silicon Valley and Bay Area CEOs chairs boards of advisors for CEOs through Vistage International, the world’s largest organization for Chief Executives.  John has a BS in Physics from MIT and an MS in Management from Stanford.

Cindy Osborn owns a local franchise branch of The Entrepreneur’s Source, part of an international network of business coaches whose services center on coaching, education, and consulting on self-employment and franchising. She has spent over 30 years as an entrepreneur and business leader, and built and sold a $7 million staffing company to a division of H&R Block. She started and ran four other companies and provided leadership in a number of turnaround situations. Cindy studied Business Administration at SW Missouri State 

Julie Colwell is a Marketing Communications Manager for Partner Services at Cisco.  For 10 years she led her own consulting firm doing freelance marketing communications projects for dozens of companies, from emerging startups to Fortune 500 companies. Julie has a BA in literature from Wheaton College and an MS in literature from the University of Essex.

Trulee Karahashi bought a company, Careful Clean, 15 months ago (with minimal cash out-of-pocket) and nurtured its growth.  She has 17 years of experience as financial advisor, business consultant, and CEO of nonprofits. Trulee’s degrees are in Asian Studies (BS from UC Berkeley) and Japanese (AA, Foothill College)

Moderator:  Marcia Davis-Cannon is a career transition coach who designed and leads "Uncover Your Calling" groups. She is director of large group meetings for Career Action Ministry and an area governor for Toastmasters International. With a Wharton MBA, Marcia followed a 20-year corporate career before following a new calling to study coaching at Western Seminary.


Saturday, May 3

Guest Speaker: Bernie Maloney

 Presentation Topic: Creating Influence, On Demand

About the presentation:  Could you SEE a benefit in CLEARLY communicating 5x more effectively? Or, do you simply wish you could persuade stormtroopers these are not the 'droids they're looking for’ ?Would you like to influence how others perceive your skills, your fit and especially your value? In this interactive (that means audience participation!) session we’ll cover:

* Why this works

* Simple, verbal techniques to build influence... fast

* Practice on how to build influence and steer the conversation

Come learn some simple, yet subtle techniques to shift communication effectiveness by a factor of 5 or more. And while participants are advised away from initial use with stormtroopers, any interviewers, networking contacts, investors and clients are fair game.

Preveiw Slides at:

About the speaker: Bernie Maloney is an intrapreneurial leader who's helped grow businesses from breakeven to beyond $100M, leading through influence more than direct authority. He teaches Agile Product Development at Stanford Continuing Studies and consults with early stage startups, drawing on over twenty five years experience with firms such as Bell Telephone Laboratories, Hewlett-Packard, TiVo and Good Technology. A passionate advocate for the Lean Startup Movement, Bernie believes a little structure goes a long way, and that Accelerating Genius is possible in just about any person, any group, any industry and even any meeting.


Saturday, May 17

Guest Speaker: Molly Wendell

Presentation Topic: Networking Strategies for the Job Search

About the presentation: In this fun, fast-paced, interactive session, you will learn innovative and effective methods to speed up your progress in the job search.  Specifically, you’ll learn:

- How to not mess up on the simplest basics in networking

- How to introduce yourself at an event without being self-conscious that you don't have a job

- How to respond to job postings

- When skills are really transferable

- The 7 Pitfalls to avoid

Each person will walk away with at least five, if not more, things they could do that will improve their odds in the search.

About the speaker: Molly Wendell is President of Executives Networl, a unique national peer-networking resource exclusively for executives (director, VP and C-level).   Prior to building this national network, Molly spent the last two decades achieving great success and recognition in the high tech and commercial real estate industries, including ten years at IBM Corporation.  She is a respected expert with experience in developing networks of thousands of top quality professionals. But it wasn’t all easy.  Molly was once out of work for 2 years and three days.  Then, she changed everything, and in 90 days, had 60 meetings and 30 offers for positions never posted, in an industry she had no experience.  She’s been featured on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and many radio stations and news outlets throughout the country.Molly released her first book called "The New Job Search:  Break All The Rules" which is the go-to-guide for many executives in the job search, and is working on her second book "The Networked Organization" about how companies can and should create a culture of networking in their organization to improve performance. “Molly is an authority on networking, and she is energetic, creative, entertaining and full of wisdom regarding practical advice for your next job search."



Directions to 1667 Miramonte Ave. in Mountain View

Contact: Marcia Davis-Cannon

Practical Support Ministries at MPPC





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