Ct Press Club Awards Dinner — Join In On An Evening of Fun

If you’re looking for a fun evening out with an erudite, lively crowd, then don’t miss the CT Press Club’s Annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 16 at The Boathouse at Saugatuck in Westport, Conn. Bestselling novelist and author Jane Green will be the emcee for night.

I publicize this event not only because I am honored to be one of its 2017 Communications Contest winners (and I am truly honored!), but because the CT Press Club enjoys — and has earned — a reputation as a stellar group that’s brimming with talent.

Its annual competition has 64 writing and editing categories and is open to all Connecticut-based writers and editors. I entered under the “Enterprise Reporting” category, and won third place for my piece on Reverse Mentoring: The Answer for Connecticut’s Seasoned Workers: http://ctbythenumbers.info/2016/09/24/perspective-reverse-mentoring-the-answer-for-connecticuts-seasoned-workers/

This piece tells how it makes good sense for owners of small and mid-sized businesses in CT to give a chance to mid-life talent — either as interns, or directly through job placement. This age demographic brings to the table an eagerness and motivation, life skills, and years of experience and know-how. In short, they offer tremendous value. Yet too often they’ve overlooked in favor of those 10 or 20 years younger. Not only is this practice unfair, it too often backfires on employers.

There are scores of candidates just waiting for a 4-6 week internship gig to “show what they can do.” Now we look to local business owners to step up and give them a try; to take that first step.

I’m grateful that my CT Press Club entry will help share this news. If you’re a communicator, consider joining the CT Press Club in Cos Cob, CT. Better yet, start lining up some of your best entries, to get a head start on their 2018 annual competition.


Frances J. Trelease is founder and owner of Boomer Den, LLC. Business owners in and around Hartford and Fairfield Counties: contact us for a list of mature professionals eager to pitch in to help your business grow. http://boomerden.com. Info@Boomerden.com

New Part-Time Job Openings from Boomer Den

Boomer Den is searching for high-quality, reliable candidates, ages 40+, to fill several part-time job openings around the Greater New Haven area. If interested, send your resume to Fran@Boomerden.com, or fill out the provided query form (preferable): http://www.boomerden.com/internships-for-adults.html.

Opportunities include:

Part-time accountant with CPA, to provide 25 hours / week for a manufacturing business in Oxford. Hourly rates negotiable, depending on candidate.

HR and Recruiting professional with min. 2-3 years experience in “talent acquisition,” to work for manufacturer of high end electronics. Salary range: $40-45k.

Accounts Payable clerk with 2-3 years of progressive Accounts Payable experience needed for a corporate Finance Department in Seymour. Part-time, approx. 25 hours per week.  Pay between $16-20/hour. Matching 401(K) plan included.

General shop helper / handyman for manufacturer of luxury interiors for high-end aircraft.  Seeks a quick learner who is reliable, motivated and eager to learn. Full-time, $12/hour to start, with regular evaluations and raises. Starting pay higher for those with prior experience in cabinetry, sewing or upholstery.

Cleaning person for a manufacturing/office space in Oxford. Approximately 30 hours per week, at $15/hour.

For ALL opportunities, contact Fran right away. These won’t last long!

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Frances J. Trelease is president of Boomer Den, LLC, a Connecticut agency that empowers adult workers through internships and direct job placements. She may be contacted at info@boomerden.com, or 203-888-2740. http://boomerden.com.

Empathy and Respect On the Job — Everyone Wins

Author James W. Quigley of Canvas Product News writes the following, on the importance of caring and empathy as part of the workplace culture:

What is empathy?

Empathy is not sympathy or pity. Empathy is the ability to understand and share someone else’s feelings from their perspective. It’s about putting yourself authentically in someone else’s shoes. Asking questions from their point of view and not yours, pausing, listening and thinking about the opportunities / issues from that person’s position.

A lack of empathy can be at the heart of many of the mismatched power struggles we hear about in the news. Imagine if you could authentically live in someone else’s shoes. Prior to acting, or assuming you understand why they are doing something. Empathy is the feeling that if someone would just take a moment to understand things from the other side it could change opinions faster, and create dramatic positive impact.

Empathy has a crucial place in business and it is the ability to think outside your company to think like your customers, to think about your role outside your organization. I believe that empathy can be mutually beneficial not only to an organization’s karma but also to their bottom line.

It’s a trait that’s often overlooked as we engage in our race to the top of the corporate ladder, or to the corner office, or to the fattest paycheck. But I’ve noticed, with many new candidates that come to Boomer Den, LLC,  there’s a burgeoning appreciation of the importance of community — of giving back and making a difference.

So many of my applicants say they’ve put in their 25 or 30 years in “corporate,” without feeling that intrinsic, personal reward. I see my job as helping to guide them towards opportunities in any form — internships, contract work, part-time or full-time jobs — that resonate with their values and beliefs; that make them smile from the inside.

Just today I spoke with a regional funeral director who asked me to send candidates for the part-time position of “funeral services assistant.” Easy work, steady pay…. but, he said, earmarked for a “special kind of person. These people will play crucial roles for us,” he said. “Whether you’re greeting families, parking their cars, driving them… you can’t feel this job is beneath you. That’s not our culture.”

It’s easy to see the relevance of empathy and compassion in the funeral industry. Now if we could just extend it to so many more lines of work. We’d be in business!

If interested in learning more about the current funeral assistant openings, email me at Fran@Boomerden, with resume and a paragraph or two about yourself. These jobs are based in Hartford County.





PERSPECTIVE: Reverse Mentoring — Is It Time?

PERSPECTIVE: Reverse Mentoring – The Answer for Connecticut’s Seasoned Workers?
on 09/24/2016 · in PERSPECTIVE
by Frances J. Trelease

The idea first caught on a couple years ago, with the popularity of the movie “The Intern.” In that film, A-list actor Robert DeNiro plays a retired professional who accepts an internship with a trendy online fashion company, to sharpen his skills and stay engaged. By the end of the film — as you might have guessed – DeNiro earns his stripes as a valued team player who is looked to for his temperance and wisdom when chaos erupts.

The hit film brought to light the concept of reverse mentoring – millennials providing tutelage and guidance to their older counterparts in the workplace. It isn’t a new concept, but it’s rising to the surface as retired or downsized professionals seek novel ways to reenter the workforce. It plays off the “traditional” apprenticeship model, where a young trainee learns a craft or trade under the watchful eye of an older, more experienced worker. CT perspective

Jack Welsh, former CEO of General Electric, is widely credited with introducing the concept to the U.S. in 1999, when he charged his top officials with finding junior mentors to teach them the latest technologies. He was on to something, those 17 years ago.

According to U.S. Census Bureau projections, “the proportion of Connecticut’s population that is 60 and older is growing more rapidly than other sectors of the population.” The Bureau estimates that nearly 26 percent of Connecticut’s population will be 60 and older by the year 2030.

So for Connecticut’s aging workers, reverse mentoring makes good sense. Many have been phased out of jobs before they felt ready to go. Others voluntarily retired, but still have much to offer. But they face a changing work environment.

The largest hiring blocks in CT in 2016 were hospitality, transportation, financial and business services. (www.cga.ct.gov) Those fields challenge the training and skill sets of those born in the “baby boomer years” – 1948 to 1964 — who attended college or trade school before today’s digital and electronic gadgets – nay, even basic computer systems — were ubiquitous. For them, today’s millennials hold the key to the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in fields like social media marketing and applications development.

The younger set, in turn, gains insight into strategy, negotiation skills and “macro”’ views of the big picture. They become groomed to step into leadership roles when their time comes.

Who wins from this emerging trend? Both groups do. Intellectual property continues to be the singles biggest asset of corporations across the U.S. In Connecticut alone, service giants such as United Technologies Corp., The Hartford, and Stamford-based Deloitte rely on the best and the brightest minds to innovate, create and outpace the competition. Those best and brightest range anywhere from 25 to 75 years old.

Lisa Bonner is director of Change Management & Communications at Cigna in Hartford. In a recent TEDx talk, she spoke of the value of the younger set sharing social media and mobile technology knowledge with Cigna’s “senior leaders.” Bonner described “putting a 25 year old in the chairman’s office” a “leap of faith… but I knew we were going on to glory. It was difficult to take that step, but we did it. Once they opened up with each other, that’s when the magic started to happen.” (https://youtu.be/uCd7_0BTySY)

Michelle Manson is a blog writer for Chronus, (Chronus.com), which creates software to help run corporate mentoring programs. Manson writes that organizations such a Hewlett Packard, Ogilvy and Mather and Cisco have signed on to the concept.

She writes: “When Hartford Insurance started a reverse mentoring program in 2011, the aim was to train C-suite execs in the tools and culture of social media. With entry-level employees in their twenties as mentors, the business leaders soon began to appreciate the power of ‘searching’ for answers on the spot and they wanted others in the company to benefit from the same flexibility. As a result, they unlocked social networks that were previously off-limits to Hartford employees.”

q2Other benefits to reverse mentoring – improved morale and retention across the generations, not to mention colorful tweets and pings that fly across social media platforms and engage the consumer.

In Connecticut, reverse mentoring addresses just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much more to be done. Initiatives such as the Platform to Employment in Bridgeport provide subsidies of $6,000 to qualifying employers if they bring on unemployed – often senior — people for eight-week training internships. The hope is that those employers will hire these men and women full-time when the internships end.

And Boomer Den, LLC of Oxford, CT works exclusively with adults ages 45 and older, to fit them to internships, temp-to-hire and permanent positions around the state. In many cases, candidates show up to work ready to learn from those a generation or two younger.

Independent forecasters estimate that half our U.S. workforce will be made up by workers born in the mid-1980s or later. It’s time in Connecticut to bridge generational gaps. It’s time we take a step back – and then a solid leap forward, toward pooling our talents for mutual gain.


Frances J. Trelease is president of Boomer Den, LLC, a Connecticut agency that empowers adult workers through internships and job placement opportunities. She may be contacted at info@boomerden.com.

PERSPECTIVE commentaries by contributing writers appear each Sunday on Connecticut by the Numbers.

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Fall 2016 Career Opportunities


For ALL opportunities, email me directly at fran@boomerden.com, or call me at 203-888-2740.


A real estate agency in Cheshire seeks intern-to-perm social media expert. This person would quickly transition to full time, responsible for managing social media campaigns and obtaining online reviews from current and past clients. Salary and benefits. Reputable firm, great local reputation.

A manufacturing firm in East Haven seeks a temp-to-perm web developer. This person will redesign an existing website and create an e-commerce site and small business portal. Outstanding company, great opportunity for someone with industry experience.

A language institute in New Haven seeks bilingual and multi-lingual people to send out as per-diem medical and legal interpreters. Outstanding hourly pay. CRITICAL NEED FOR FOLLOWING LANGUAGES: CAMBODIAN, SOMALIAN, TIBETIAN.

A manufacturing firm in Seymour seeks a full-time inside sales professional, who is also comfortable on the plant floor. This person will use skills both in the office and in warehousing, and will be trained to company specifics. Reputable company, good people.


MANY interns with prior experience in IT and technology, software.

Interns available with interest in non-profits, fundraising, grant writing and event planning.

Interns available with interest in bookkeeping and front office administrative support.

Interns available with project management and marketing experience


Mid-life Internships Expand in Connecticut

The time is now to celebrate the skills of mid-life adults. So said Frances Trelease, president of Boomer Den, LLC in Oxford, as she addressed members of the Tribury Rotary Club  in Southbury this spring.


Boomer Den helps mid-life adults explore new or encore careers via short-term, structured internships.   Existing and transferable talents and skills are matched to employer needs, and each side is afforded a risk-free “test run” of the other.

Organized by local business leader Rob Webb, the meeting took place at social hour, as Rotarians gathered to learn about Boomer Den’s programs, and the value they bring to local small and mid-sized businesses. “Talented adults ages 40-65 represent a huge, untapped market,” she said. “Our goal is to provide that gateway back to meaningful careers, while meeting the needs of business owners.”

Along with senior account manager Colette Mombo of Southbury, Trelease was pleased to answer questions and address the group.  “Experienced adults are poised and ready to make a difference,” Trelease said. “That’s why Boomer Den is here.”

Boomer Den is also in partnership with the Workforce Alliance in New Haven, allowing qualified businesses who choose to hire their interns a reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the first year’s salary.

Income by Region – How Does Yours Rate?

From Time Labs, January 2016:

The recession officially ended in 2009, but millions of Americans are still feelings its effects. Using new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, TIME Labs mapped out, county by county, where and how incomes have changed since the recovery began. Check your county at labs.time.com


The need is there to get midlife adults back to work. Boomer Den oversees that rewarding relationship, to provide a safe, guided experience for all. Visit http://BoomerDen.com, featured on ION Media Networks, Public Access TV Channel 14, in the Republican American newspaper, and on the AARP-CT home page. http://states.aarp.org/reimagining-your-career-at-50-plus-sc-ct-wp-money/

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Robert DeNiro’s “The Intern” Highlights a Growing Trend

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OXFORD, CT, 2015 – In the movie The Intern, which premiered nationwide on Sept. 25, Robert DeNiro plays a 70-year-old retired businessman who jumps at the chance to intern at an online fashion start-up, run by Anne Hathaway’s character, Jules Ostin.

Comedy ensues, as DeNiro’s character slowly proves his value to his younger co-workers, and prevails through myriad jokes and assumptions about his presumed declining ability. A nice story, yes, and a fine movie. But it is Hollywood, after all. Oxford, CT-based BoomerDen, LLC makes the story real.

Boomer Den was founded in 2013 by lifelong Connecticut resident Frances Trelease. A college lecturer and a “boomer” herself, Trelease noticed a widening gap between desire and opportunity for midlife adults seeking to explore new careers. She created BoomerDen with a goal to narrow that gap; to bring businesses seeking new talent together with adults age 45+ who are ready and eager to learn on the job.

BoomerDen offers 6-, 8- and 12-week internships, part-time or full-time, for adults ages 45 and older. Candidates are interviewed to assess their backgrounds, interests and skills. They are matched with businesses that recognize their value. In exchange, business owners provide mentoring and on-the-job training.

“We enable ‘test runs’ between employers and workers, with zero risk for either side,” says Trelease. “Businesses gain from the amazing work ethic and experience of this age group. Interns gain valuable exposure and training in a new or related field.”

Daniel Pizzonia of Wallingford recently completed an internship with BoomerDen. The owner of a construction business, he also wished to explore real estate. While interning for eight weeks with Carbutti Realty in Wallingford, Pizzonia passed a state licensing exam and just recently sold his first house. “I couldn’t ask for a better way to explore a new career,” he says.
In the past year, Boomer Den has closed many such matches, and is on its way to closing many more. The tagline on The Intern’s movie poster reads “Experience Never Gets Old.” Trelease at BoomerDen could have told you that.

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Boomer Den, LLC guides professional adults ages 45+ toward new or encore careers through supervised internships. The company has been featured on ION Media Networks, public access TV Channel 14, the Republican American, and on the AARP-CT home page. http://states.aarp.org/reimagining-your-career-at-50-plus-sc-ct-wp-money/.

For more information: http://BoomerDen.com

Boomers Find Satisfaction in Encore Careers

Author: Trish Thomas, career coach and founder of EDGE Career Solutions
August, 2015

As a Career Coach, I work with many seasoned professionals who are looking to reinvent themselves with a new career. Some are looking for more job satisfaction, while others are changing careers out of necessity as opportunities in their current field are dwindling. One of the best things about today’s resume is that it is a forward-facing marketing document – not an autobiography. I can highlight my clients’ transferrable skills and show potential employers how their experience will enable the jobseeker to be successful in this new role.

One roadblock to career reinvention has been employers’ reluctance to take a chance on an employee who does not have proven success in the same field. Current training can help, but I have recently discovered a better way for mid-career professionals to migrate to a new field!boomerdenlogo Fran Trelease of Boomer Den connects Baby Boomers looking for an encore career with employers willing to share their expertise.

Interested in becoming a baker, social media coordinator or graphic designer? Boomer Den can help you explore a new career in an adult internship. They act as your broker – matching Baby Boomers like you with pre-screened business owners eager to teach you their business. The 6, 8 or 10-week internships can be full time or part time and are generally unpaid. At the end of the internship, if the experience was positive for both the intern and employer, the company typically hires the intern. The employer pays a finder’s fee to Boomer Den – there is no cost to the intern.

I met Fran a few months ago and have found her to be smart, personable and very easy to work with! I have recently referred several of my clients to Fran, and they are excited about the opportunity to gain experience in a new field and make sure it is a good fit for them. What better way to take a job for a test drive, without committing long term? If you are ready to “Write your own chapter two”, visit Boomer Den online at www.boomerden.com and learn more about how they can help you build a more rewarding career.

I personally reinvented myself in my 40’s, when I left the corporate world to work for myself. Now that I know how wonderful it is to have a job that I love, I help my clients find jobs that they find enjoyable and satisfying. There really is the perfect job for each person. Sometimes, you just need help figuring out what that is. I can help you clarify your career goals, and then Boomer Den can help you gain hands-on experience to increase your marketability. It’s a proven concept that works!

Trish Thomas founded The Resume Resource in 2009 to help people develop the tools, strategies and confidence to build satisfying careers, and then rebranded as EDGE Career Solutions in 2015. As a Career Coach, Resume Writer and Certified MBTI Practitioner, she helps her clients articulate their unique value to stand out from the competition, and guides them through the job search process to make it less overwhelming and more successful. Contact her to see how she can help you build a more rewarding career. www.edgecareersolutions.com