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Career Development Panels: Panel #1-April 18 / Panel #2 TBD Fall 2108

  • IA&A at Hillyer 9 Hillyer Court Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Consulting & Freelancing: Making the Leap

Have you considered leaving your organization to try your hand at consulting? Does the appeal of flexible hours and choice of projects sound appealing? What are the risks associated with striking out on one's own? What are the benefits? This panel brings together four women who have successfully transitioned into consulting and freelance work, each with different reasons and trajectories.
-Alison McNeil, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, McNeil Creative Enterprises
-Carlyn Madden, Principal, Carlyn Madden Consulting Services
-Edith Graves, Director of Communications, Anthony Wilder Design/Build and Studio E Partners
-Marsha Semmel, Principal, Marsha Semmel Consulting,
 formerly Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Alison McNeil carefully planned the transition for several years, whereas Carlyn Madden turned to consulting when full-time employment ended suddenly. Marsha Semmel will talk about consulting as a gradual step towards retirement, and Edith Graves will talk about why she returned to an organization after years as a freelancer.
If you are considering striking out on your own, you won't want to miss this event!
Moderated by Claire Huschle, Director, Scaffold

$8 members, $15 guests and non-members.

Members please bring colleagues and guests.
Non-members may register ($15) by emailing Martha at
You may register for one or both sessions.