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Public Seminars

Leadership training - New York City
New York, NY

Upcoming SkillPath/NST public seminars facilitated by Doug Smith:

The Complete Course on How to Supervise People - Register here
  • February 28: New York, NY
  • April 1: Elmira, NY
  • April 27: Allentown, PA
Fundamentals of Successful Project Management  - Register here
  • May 12 and 13: Portland, ME
  • May 14 and 15: Manchester, NH
  • May 18 and 19: Quincy, MA
  • May 20 and 21: Worcester, MA
  • June 15 and 16: Tampa, FL
Excelling As A Highly Effective Team Leader - Register here
  • March 23 and 24: Annapolis, MD
  • March 25 and 26: Baltimore, MD
  • June 9 and 10: Concord, NH
  • June 11 and 12: Portsmouth, NH
Excelling as a Manager or Supervisor - Register here
  • March 30: Buffalo, NY
  • March 31: Jamestown, NY
  • April 2: Scranton, PA
How to Excel at Managing and Supervising People - Register here
  • January 28 and 29: Augusta, ME
  • January 30 and 31: Portland, ME
  • February 24 and 25: Cherry Hill, NJ
  • February 26 and 27: New York, NY
  • April 14 and 15: Richmond, VA
  • April 28 and 29: Lancaster, PA
  • April 30 and May 1: Harrisburg, PA
Management & Leadership Skills for First Time Supervisors & Managers - Register here
  • April 16 and 17: Lynchburg, VA

Augusta, ME
Leadership Workshop in Cherry Hill, NJ
Cherry  Hill, NJ
Portland, Me - Kristen keeps the ideas flowing...

Portland, ME

Fantastic pace, relevant examples, respectful approach for differing opinions, out of box ideas and examples kept class engaged. Excellent class!
-- Erika, Augusta, ME

Augusta, ME

Toms River, NJ

"Doug is an excellent instructor. He is very knowledgable and relatable and made the material fun and easy to learn."
-- Beth, Toms River

College Park, MD

Frederick, MD

Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, MD

Chambersburg, PA

a great group of goal achievers in Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia, PA

Gustavo, Kate, Jim Tina, Donna, Diana, Christy, Joanna
Atlantic City, NJ

Chambersburg, PA

Hagerstown, MD

Chambersburg, PA

Statesville, NC
Statesville, NC

Dover, DE

Harrisburg, PA

King of Prussia, PA

Scranton, PA training, public seminar
Scranton, PA

Wilkes Barre, PA

Wilmington, DE
Wilmington, DE
Project Management Training in Arlington, VA
Arlington, VA

College Park, MD - Project Management Training
College Park, MD

Atlantic City, NJ

Leadership Workshop - King of Prussia, PA
King of Prussia, PA

Chambersburg, PA training
Chambersburg, PA

Saddle Brook, NJ

"Doug was very interesting, informative and extremely pleasant. I would definitely love to attend another workshop that he teaches."
Stacy, Toms River, NJ

Excellent seminar. I can't wait to put what I've learned to use.
-- Cody, Richmond, VA

"Fantastic! Doug was awesome! I was very excited to attend this workshop and expand my knowledge. I ended up learning many more skills than I expected and it really was enjoyable and relatable. Thank you!"
-- Ashley, Virginia Beach, VA


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