About Timely Topics:

One of the most powerful tools for an entrepreneur is being connected to the right resources when they are needed most. Timely Topics, a series hosted by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, features panels of speakers, workshops to engage our entrepreneurs, and fire side chats with successful business leaders. These sessions are a way for CCEI to provide ongoing opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurs to learn, grow, and connect. 

Navigating Career Transitions

Thursday, February 16th @ 12:00PM

with Matt Riley
Operational Excellence Manager, PuzzleHR


Throughout the course of a successful career, you will experience many transitions and your first year in any new role can be very challenging. As an employee, how can you best set yourself up for success? As an organization, what can you do to set up your employees for success? 

Matt Riley, Operational Excellence Manager with PuzzleHR, is a Former Active Duty Army Captain who has planned, coordinated, and executed operations across the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Matt has civilian experience ranging from pharmaceuticals to marketing, and has held roles in both Operations and Human Resources; most recently transitioning into an OPEX role at an outsourced HR startup.


Timely Topics events are free and open to the general public. We ask that you please register ahead of the event.

Past Events

Increase Your Income & Impact By Sharing Your Story
with Elizabeth Hill

Preparing The Pitch (Part 2)
with Lily Macomber

Preparing The Pitch (Part 1)
with Lily Macomber

Unintended Solopreneurship
with Donald Pendagast

The Timeliest of Topics: CCEI's 15th Anniversary Celebration
with Jennifer Mathieu, Ryan Gresh, and Nick Wagner

Turning Dreams Into Reality In Hawaii: Veteran Built Chocolate Farm
with Michael Rogers and Maria Carl

How To Conquer Imposter Syndrome In 3 Easy Steps
with Grace Napolitano

with Brittany Stephenson

Using Self-Awareness As A Strength In Your Entrepreneurial Journey: Celebrating Women's Entrepreneurship Week
with Jennifer Mathieu, Shay Cantner, Hayley Segar, and Jayme Coates

Inflection Point: Leveraging Experience To Cultivate A New Business
with Joseph Skelnar

Every Success Begins With An "ASK"
with Maureen Ahern

How Grit Turns Into Growth
with Shannon Malkin Daniels

Making Sales Simple
with Steve Lanzit

Up & Coming Professional: What It's Like Being A Young Woman Navigating The Professional World
with Meghan Diamond

The Relationship Between Creativity & Burnout
with Nova Lorrainne



Productivity Powerhouse
with Dave Bruno

The Value Of Storytelling In Your Business Pitch
with Rory McGloin

Is It Time To Export?
by Erno de Brunjo

Commercializing Big Ideas 
with Rachel Brand


An International Perspective On Scaling Your Business
with Andy Mackin

Riding The Roller Coaster Of Entrepreneurship
with Ryan Gresh

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