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How to Build a Successful Career

The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi presents a talk by Sheila Nielsen for professionals in the business world. Are you a graduating senior? Will you be entering the workforce in the near future? Are you an Alumni wanting to advance your career?

Come hear Sheila Nielsen speak on career building at Delta Sigma Pi’s North Central Provincial Conference Saturday, February 23rd at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare in Rosemont, IL.

Register online today.

Delta Sigma Pi

Lunch Meeting and Presentation: Helping Lawyers with Work-Related Career Issues: a Road Map

Sheila will be presenting at the next meeting of the Chicago Professional Development Consortium, a community of more than 75 PD professionals working in law firms, government agencies, in-house legal departments, and legal associations. The meeting will take place starting at noon on Wednesday, September 21 at Baker & McKenzie:

Baker & McKenzie, LLP
300 East Randolph Street, Suite 5000
Chicago, Illinois 60601 USA

Members only; please RSVP to Lewis Check, NA Professional Development Manager, at

Professional Development Consortium

Free Webinar: Marketing Skills for the Modern Lawyer: How to Build a Strong Network In-person and Online

Check out this American Bar Association Webinar (Members Only).

The early years of your legal practice pose many difficult challenges, including learning to effectively market yourself for the career you have and the career you want. Join our esteemed panelists as they discuss and offer advice on effectively networking in person and through social media.

May 18, 2016 12:00-1:00 PM ET
There’s no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Members only.

Sponsored by The American Bar Association's Special Committee on Young Lawyers.

American Bar Association Webinar

New Webinar: Leveraging Your Law Degree: Alternative Careers

Presented by the Young Lawyers Section Executive Council, this live event and Webinar features an interactive panel discussion by people with law degrees who have transitioned to another career.

During this interactive panel discussion you will hear from Sheila, as well as multiple lawyers who have successfully made the transition to alternative career tracks, about how to find opportunities after practicing, how to transition to a new career, and how to make the most of your experience as a lawyer in a new field.

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 12:00-1:30 p.m., online and at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL.

Chicago Bar Association Webinar

New Webinar: Conveying Your Value in Your Job Search

Check out this Chicago Bar Association Webcast (Members Only).

CBA Career Advancement Program (CAP) legal career counselor Kathy Morris will reunite with & moderate an information-packed hour with two colleagues, Cheryl Rich Heisler of Lawternatives and Sheila Markin Nielsen of Nielsen Career Consulting. These three seasoned career counselors, all JDs who practiced before reinventing themselves to guide lawyers, law students, and other professionals in their careers, bring a wealth of experience to help you enrich and enliven your job search.

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
**Live Members Only Webcast**

Sponsored by The Chicago Bar Association's Career Advancement Program.

Chicago Bar Association Webinar

Check Out the Video of Sheila's Webinar on Job Search

The Webinar via the Northwestern Alumni Association is now available for viewing. Check it out to learn how to become the insider that gets hired.

Note: you will be asked to provide your name and email address, and then will be taken to the recording of the Webinar.

Northwestern Webinar

Check Out Sheila's Free Webinar on Job Search

Join Sheila for a free Webinar via the Northwestern Alumni Association at noon this Thursday, January 21st, to learn how to become the insider that gets hired.

Non-alumni are welcome, too! Simply select “unknown” for your school and “none” for your class year.

Click here for more information and to register.

Northwestern Webinar

Sheila Selected As One of 100 Distinguished Alums

Sheila has been selected by the Dean, Faculty, and Staff Review Committee of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research of Bryn Mawr College, as one of their 100 Distinguished Alums.

Bryn Mawr Distinguished Alums

Check out Make it Better's Re:Work 2015 Video

Take a look at Make It Better TV's video about Helping Women Return to the Workforce with Sheila Nielsen.

Make it better video

Sheila's Speech at Make it Better's Re:Work 2015

Sheila is looking forward to speaking at Make it Better’s annual Re:Work 2015, a day full of tips, tools and advice for women hoping to return to work or reinvent themselves professionally. Join Sheila and Make It Better for a comprehensive one day seminar, and don’t miss the Career Gallery: A gathering of resources to plan a successful job search. Professional headshots offered to all guests! Register here:

Make it better poster

Sheila to Speak at the University Club of Chicago Learn at Lunch Series

Sheila will be speaking at the University Club of Chicago’s Learn at Lunch series on Thursday, September 24th, at 12:00PM. She will explain the process she uses of rapid relationship and trust building to help her clients create relationships that lead to job and business development opportunities.

The University Club is located at 76 East Monroe Street in Chicago and valet parking is available. You do not need to be a member; the event is co-sponsored by the Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka.  A simple phone call to the Bookstall gets you in (847) 446-8880.

WDJT Interview

Sheila to Speak at Make it Better's Re:Work 2015

Hear Sheila speak at Make it Better’s Re:Work 2015, a seminar for women returning to work and women looking to reinvent themselves professionally.

Make It Better’s 7th annual return to work conference takes place on October 14th at the lovely Chicago Botanic Gardens.  Re:Work consists of a day of intensive networking and seminars designed to give attendees the strategies, confidence and tools needed to quickly return to the workforce after a 5-10 year gap. The conference provides practical, actionable strategies that equip participants to feel empowered to start the return to work process.

Find out more, and register.

WDJT Interview

Watch Sheila's Interview on Milwaukee's WDJT

Check Sheila's interview explaining why a job search should be a job quest if you want to get the edge.

WDJT Interview

Hear Sheila’s Interview with Ted Ehlen on WRJN

Click Download on the WRJN site to hear Sheila talk with Ted Ehlen on the WRJN midday program “Work Search Monthly” about how dissatisfied workers can move toward an employment upgrade through a smarter, more effective means of job searching.

WRJN Interview

Hear Sheila's Interview on the Monday Morning Perspective

Sheila talked with Curtis R. Monday about how to find the right job on station WYCA Rejoice, 102.3 FM. Check out the interview here, starting at around 19:25:

Monday Morning Perspective

Article at Career 2.0

See Sheila's article at Career 2.0 for a clear and simple method you can use to predict career success in your next act.

Sheila Nielsen

Advice at the Daily North Shore

Check out Sheila's advice over a cup of tea on making your own luck in a job search by turning it into a quest.

Sheila Nielsen

Article at Her Agenda

Read Sheila's new article at Her Agenda on articulating your dream and dilemma:

Her Agenda article

Article at Brazen Careerist

Check out Sheila's article at Brazen Careerist about building relationships that will help you get your dream job:

Brazen Careerist article

Book Signing at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court

Here's Sheila with Greg Bricknell at the book signing Sunday May 31 at the Book Stall in Winnetka, IL. There was a great crowd to hear Sheila talk, and Greg shared his story about reading the book and using the concepts to land a great job.

Sheila Nielsen and Greg Bricknell

Check out Sheila on TV

Sheila appeared on WCIU's You & Me This Morning to talk about her new book. Take a look at the video!

Sheila Nielsen on WCIU

New book!

Here's Sheila with Monica Thomas of PR by the Book, who designed her book cover:

Sheila Nielsen and Monica Thomas

From the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Here's a profile of Sheila from the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism:

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

In the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Read about Nielsen Career Consulting in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin:

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Article

Other Publications

Enjoy these articles by Sheila Markin Nielsen.

Dealing with Dysfunction from Legal Management magazine

The Mentoring Dilemma at Busy Law Firms

Avoiding Outplacement: How to Keep Your Head When the Axe is Falling

The Upside of Outplacement

How to Keep Your Career Afloat in this Market

Heading Off A Palace Coup

Organization at Work

Performance Review

Advice From Your Godfather Partner


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