WATCH: How to Network Like a Woman of Power

Debra Langford gives three essential tips for making your connections count

How do true women of power network? Ask the expert, Debra Langford. For the last six years Langford’s power networking sessions have been “must-attend” events at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit, and this year will be no exception!

BlackEnterprise.com host Tai Beauchamp met up with Langford at the 2011 Women of Power Summit  and asked for tips on how to make meaningful business connections using Langford’s three essential tools. See more below, and then be sure that YOU register for 2012 Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm, Feb. 15–18, 2012, at The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, FL. Register now and use code DGED12 to receive a $200 discount off the price of registration! (Cannot be combined with other offers).

(Videographer: Melissa Johnson)

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    Accomplishments
    • Expertise in the development of written measurable and specific goals within the guidelines for IDEA and No Child Left Behind.
    • Expertise in the development of skilled treatment plans for patients in healthcare settings utilizing functional outcome standards.
    • Clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of adult/pediatric learning, language, literacy and swallowing disorders.
    • Instructional leadership skills in training children and adults in public elementary schools, healthcare facilities, private non profit agencies and institutions of higher education.
    • Expertise in the development of effective public relations campaigns utilizing print and electronic media to promote public service announcements which increase community awareness of special events, educational and healthcare issues.
    Professional Experience
    SPEED SEJA #802 Special Education Cooperative Chicago Heights, Illinois. Speech Language Pathologist providing speech language evaluation and intervention for special needs children in a public school setting. August 2011 – Present

    Aegis Therapies, Fort Smith, Arkansas, On-Call PRN Speech Language Pathologist for Northern Illinois servicing skill nursing facilities. August 2011 – Present

    Rehab Care Group, St. Louis MO. On-Call PRN Speech Language Pathologist for skill nursing facility in Naperville, Illinois. April 2011-June 2011.

    Syner Tx Rehab, Pheonix AZ, On-Call PRN Speech Language Pathologist for skill nursing facility in Stillwater, MN. November 2011 – Present.

    Strategic Staffing Solutions, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Contract Speech Language Pathologist
    November 2010-February 2011. Servicing early childhood public school contract for Anoka Hennepin School District in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

    Next Medical Staffing, Dayton, Ohio Travel SLP October 2010 for Genesis Rehabilitation contract located in Calvert County Prince Frederick, Maryland. Provided speech language evaluation and treatment for patients in skill nursing facility.

    Therapist On Demand, Philadelphia PA, Travel SLP September 2010- October 2010 Servicing a SNF contract for Tri Care Rehabilitation Services in the Oak Park Healthcare Center.

    Cariant Health Partners, Omaha, Nebraska Travel SLP March 2010 –July 2010 Speech Language Pathologist servicing patients in Alden skill nursing and sub acute facility in Rockford, Illinois and Clinton, Wisconsin for Community Physical Therapy Company.

    Advanced Medical, South Daytona, Florida Travel SLP November 2009 – February 2010 most recent contract provided speech language and swallowing evaluation and intervention for skill nursing facility in Leonardtown, Maryland and Asbury-Solomon Assisted and Independent Living for Flagship Rehab contract company utilizing Optima computerized documentation program for patient evaluations and progress summary.

    Medical Connections, Boca Raton, Florida Travel SLP September 2009-October 2009 servicing speech language and swallowing evaluation and intervention for skill nursing facility located in Caro Michigan for Select Rehab.

    Supplemental Healthcare, Park City Utah, June 2009-August 2009 Travel Speech Language Pathologist assignment in Flint, Michigan servicing a Sava Senior skill nursing subacute facility providing an average 7 hours a day clinical speech language services for adults with swallowing and cognitive language memory deficits.

    Foundation Rehabilitation Staffing, Edmond, Oklahoma, March 2009 Contract travel speech language pathologist servicing skill nursing facilities providing speech language and swallowing assessment, intervention and required Medicare documentation.

    Aegis Therapies, November 2008-February 2009. Speech Language Pathologist for two
    contract long term care facilities in Minnesota. Providing speech language and swallowing evaluations and therapy. Certified in ROM Rehabilitation Outcome Measures.

    Cumberland Therapy June 2008-November 2008. Travel assignment as a contract speech language pathologist servicing a Manor Care long term care facility providing speech language and swallowing assessment and intervention with required Medicare and third party billing documentation. Subsequent elementary school contract in Elgin, Illinois for Cumberland Therapy.

    Spring Lake Park School District 16, Spring Lake Park, Minnesota
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    Core Medical Group, Salem, New Hampshire March-April 2008 Travel Contract Speech Language pathologist servicing geriatric long term care facility located in rural area of Rockford Illinois for speech language swallowing assessments and intervention inclusive of staff education. Documentation completed for Illinois State Department of Health annual survey.

    Rehab Care St. Louis, Missouri June 2007- December 2007 Full time speech language pathologist for the Minneapolis St. Paul Minnesota region. Servicing long term care patients with the appropriate evaluation and functional outcome treatment plan. Clinical specialization in aphasia, cognitive language memory impairment and dysphagia for geriatric patients with neuromuscular and neurogenic disorders.

    Excellcare Inc Northbrook then HRA Alliance Rehab Oakbrook, Illinois since 1994-2007. Positions held Subacute Manager for Occupational, Physical and Speech Language Pathology department, Program Development Consultant and Speech Language Pathologist responsible for multisite delivery of assessment and intervention for children and adults with speech language disorders. Responsible for in service and professional development for administration and staff in healthcare and public school organizations.

    Soliant Health, Tucker, Georgia September 2006-October 2006. Contract speech language pathologist servicing Transitional Vocational Program for special education cooperative. Providing speech and language intervention for students ages 18-21.

    Pedia Staff/Synergy Services Summer School 2006 Contract speech language pathologist providing speech and language intervention for students enrolled in summer early childhood center program.

    Echo Joint Agreement, South Holland, Illinois. August 2005-2006. Speech Language Pathologist team teaching in communication development middle school grade level. Consultation to special education teacher and matrix supervision of a non certified teacher aide. Responsible for speech language evaluation and development of annual goals and implementation throughout the total program curriculum and instruction. Completed graduate internship with project completions in 2006-2007 classroom scheduling, budget, parent workshop, 2006 summer school program and community relation proposal to improve school and community partnership.

    Med Partners, Chicago, Illinois August 2004-March 2005. Speech Language intervention for children and faculty in middle school public education setting. Site for graduate school supervision and research internship.

    Chicago Public Schools, 1987-1991, 1993-1994, 2001-2004. Multifacility management of speech and language programs including service delivery, community education to parents, school administration and faculty. Supervision of speech language assistants. Responsible for purchasing budget of therapy materials for assigned schools. Internship in community relations and final practicum with emphasis on school wide discipline program completed summer 2006.

    Education
    Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 1981 M.S., Speech Language Pathology. 1979 B.S. Speech and Hearing Sciences, Elementary Education minor.
    Campus Activities: Bradley Scout Newspaper Reporter, Student employment University Library Reference Department. Graduate Assistantship Office of Affirmative Action.
    Chicago State University Requirements completed August 2006 for Master of Arts in Educational Administrations: Coursework, Practicum, Comprehensive Examinations, Portfolio Assessments and Illinois Administration-Type 75 Principal exam.

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