Career Development Workshop – November 16th

Career Development in a Challenging Landscape

When: Wednesday November 16th, 4:30-6:30pm

Where: 100 High Street, 9th Floor

To reserve your spot, ask questions and/or suggest topics of discussion prior to the event, please email Any questions or topics raised prior to the event will be kept confidential.


Program Overview:

As you know, the financial services industry is very dynamic and the pace of change is accelerating.  Nowhere is this change felt more than on the trading desk.

In this interactive panel discussion, you will learn from career management consultants, a financial services search professional and a member who made a successful executive transition about how to best manage ones career.  This session will cover broad topics from developing your career within your organization, changing functions and roles and career search and transition techniques.

The Panelists:

Elaine Varelas, Keystone Partners’ Managing Partner, has over 20 years experience in career consulting and coaching development, and has worked with numerous executive management teams to improve organizational effectiveness.  She has expertise in successfully resolving complex career management issues, including workforce planning, redeployment and multi-site restructurings. Elaine’s experience spans a broad range of industries and businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, start-up ventures and not-for-profit organizations.  Elaine serves as Treasurer of Career Partners International, LLC, a network of independently owned career management firms which Keystone co-founded in 1987.
Elaine frequently addresses professional associations and has spoken to the Massachusetts Hospital Association, Society of Women Engineers, Hospital Financial Management Association and Simmons Graduate School of Management. Elaine is frequently quoted in publications like The Wall Street Journal, and Boston Business Journal. Elaine has achieved widespread recognition for her expertise and insight on career matters. She is a regular contributor to the career section of where her monthly column,  The Hire Authority, advises Human Resources professionals and hiring agents on how to maximize their human capital and optimize their workforces. Elaine is also a regular contributor to the Boston Globe’s  Job Doc.
A graduate of the Management Development Program at Boston University, Elaine holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  She is an active member of many professional associations, including  The Boston Club.

Whit Conary
Chief Executive Officer, LeveL ATS
Mr. Conary has served in the financial services industry for 35 years. Prior to joining LeveL ATS, Mr. Conary worked at Moors and Cabot as a senior vice president in their Institutional Sales department. He was a founder and owner of Ward, Conary and Murphy (WCM), a floor brokerage and specialist firm at the Boston Stock Exchange. In 2004, WCM merged with Moors and Cabot after 15 years of growth. Mr. Conary has served as a member of the Boston Stock Exchange’s Board of Governors and Executive committees. He is also a past president and current member of the BSTA, and holds the FINRA series 7, 24, 63, and 99 licenses.

Mary Cavanaugh, Vice President, Keystone Associates, advises mid- to senior level managers and executives and professional individual contributors who are in career transition. She also serves as the site lead to all Boston consultants. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a Senior Human Resources Manager in the high tech, government contracting and professional services industries. Her background encompasses a broad scope of human resource services and responsibilities and includes staffing, career development, performance management, benefits and compensation, and training in Behavior Interviewing. Mary has also consulted to organizations in science and biotech and assisted with career management needs during all types of organizational initiatives. Mary received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College.

Mark Flaherty founded Ellison Berry in 2008 and serves as the Managing Director of the executive search practice for the firm. Ellison Berry is a boutique firm that has a focus in the financial services industry and specializes in working with firms of all sizes to find the top talent in client facing roles. Ellison Berry’s focus is to help institutions, RIA’s, family offices, multi-family offices, endowment, philanthropic and alternative investment firms find industry experts that will make the biggest impact on the organizations. Mark brings over 20 years of experience working with regional and national firms in locating industry professional that will lead to the best value added experience for their clients.
Prior to founding Ellison Berry Mark was a founding partner of a firm leading their executive search efforts In the North East.  Mark help to build the brand and position it in the North East market and lead the effort to secure the relationship with top financial institutions throughout the market. Mark started his career with a regional firm that throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s through acquisitions became one of the largest firms in the world. While there Mark was the lead relationship manager on several of their largest accounts and help to build those nationwide. Mark was also responsible for building out a practice that specialized in sales placement across many industry sectors. While with the firm Mark also was a leader in internal recruitment and training of all new employees and built out several high producing teams.
Mark is a graduate of Northeastern University and lives in the Boston area with his wife and two boys.


David Hennessy, Senior Vice President, Keystone Partners, partners with individuals and corporate clients to successfully address their career management challenges. As an experienced program leader, he has provided training in communication, leadership and career management skills.

David is a member of Northeast Human Resource Association’s Advisory Group and he serves as an elected commissioner with the Reading Municipal Light Department, a municipal utility serving 29,000 customers in four towns north of Boston. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.