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This course is created to support the career advancement of young professionals by cultivating an environment that increases competence, fosters community, and amplifies confidence.


The Securing the Bag Professional Career Development Group will:

Provide subject matter expertise and guidance to inform best practices for job search, promotion, and transition.

Empower the cohort to excel in the workplace while inspiring individuals to exceed their personal goals.

Practice soft skills that build capacity for better communication and relationship management.

Facilitate discussions that delve deeper and leverage peer-to-peer learning, encourage transparency, and create community.



Members will create or refine:

  • A resume, LinkedIn profile, and other tools for a successful/career progression.
  • A clearly stated elevator pitch that highlights the individual’s purpose and goals.
  • A diagram of personal areas of strength and development to propel their career forward.
  • A curated personal brand and narrative that highlights individual strengths, capabilities, and valuable experiences.

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Meet the Facilitator

Toni Purvis began her career on Wall Street in Equities at Goldman Sachs, after which she began her own professional development and leadership consulting business. 

She worked as the Assistant Director of Career Coaching at George Washington University, and then as Associate Director of Student Engagement at the GW School of Business, providing professional coaching to graduate students and alumni in both roles. 

More recently, Toni managed multiple career development programs for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a non-profit organization focused on increasing ethnic diversity in business sectors. There, she planned, implemented, and executed customized programming for major companies like Google, JP Morgan Chase, American Express, Twitter, American Airlines, LinkedIn, Clorox, Target, KIPP, among others. 

Toni graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Spelman College. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an MBA from George Washington University. Her hobbies include dancing, volunteering, serving as a mentor, and spending time with her family and friends.



The group will meet via video conference, for 90 minutes on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm ET, starting May 4, 2021.  There will be 7 total sessions; exact dates will be announced. 

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Members are expected to:

Be Punctual - Timely arrival communicates commitment and respect. Prior notice via email, call, or text of late arrival is expected whenever possible 

Be Prepared - Completion of assigned tasks and readiness to participate in each session is critical to each individual’s growth

Be Present – This group will thrive on the diverse views and experiences of each member; only one absence will be excused. Prior email notice sent to of absence is expected whenever possible

Be Respectful - To foster community, members are expected to be supportive and encouraging to one another

Be Considerate - Information shared in this group is to remain confidential, unless clearly permitted by the sharer

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This amazing course is presented at no charge courtesy of our partners:

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