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January 2003 event

Freelance Workers: Individual & Corporate Perspectives

Event Summary
Date: Wednesday, 15 January 2003
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration
7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Dinner and networking
7:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Program
Location: America Online, HQ Building
22000 AOL Way
Dulles, VA  20166
Phone: 703-265-1000
Directions are below
Cost: Fees are listed below.

To register, complete the online reservation form.
Registration is required for this event and must be made by Friday, 10 January. See the Reservation and Cancellation Policies for more information.

Speakesr' Handouts and Presentations

Don't forget your business cards for networking!

About the Event

In this presentation, Gene highlights his perspectives on working as a freelancer. Gene will discuss the following points:

  • The contingent workforce and the corporate appeal
  • Why the time is right for an independent career, and how to make the shift
  • Marketing yourself "directly" to companies
  • How to handle legal and financial concerns

About the Speaker

photo of Gene Zaino

Gene Zaino is Chairman and CEO of MBO Partners (formerly MyBizOffice, Inc.). Mr. Zaino acquired MyBizOffice (formerly Contractors Resources, Inc.) in 1996 as a building block towards his vision of a business that would re-invent the way consultants and organizations work together.

Early on, he recognized the accelerated growth trends of knowledge-workers, consultants, and freelancers, as well as the increased demand by organizations to deploy a contingent, flexible workforce. Under Mr. Zaino's direction, MBO Partners brought its consultant-specific services online (, formed a co-branding partnership with, and, in 2001, launched the company's business-to-business Consultant Service Center offering.

By spearheading the evolution of the innovative MBO Partners employment model, Mr. Zaino has become a major force in legitimizing and advocating the trend toward workplace independence.

Mr. Zaino began his career at KPMG Peat Marwick where he spent four years as a CPA and management consultant before he was a founding principal of Evernet Systems, a Kliener Perkins-sponsored venture that was sold in 1993.

Mr. Zaino has discussed the MBO Partners approach in several recent television and radio interviews, including CNNfn, USA Today, CNET, The Jim Bohannon Show, TechTV, Washington DC's NewsChannel 8, and WBIS Radio. He has also been quoted in several publications including the Washington Business Journal, Internet Week, and the Potomac Tech Journal. Mr. Zaino was graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, receiving a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Economics (MSE). He resides in Great Falls, Va., with his wife and two children.


Choose one of the following (all items are served with salad and fruit):

  • Portabella wrap — Marinated portabellas, red peppers, spinach, onions, provolone, feta cheese in pita bread.
  • Capri sandwich — Fresh plum tomatoes and mozzarella cheese sprinkled with fresh basil and balsamic vinegar.
  • Chicken salad — All white meat chicken salad with herbed mayonnaise on a croissant.
  • Turkey club sandwich — Turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato on sourdough bread.


$15 — STC members **
$10 — Administrative Council members
$10 — Students (member or nonmember)
$20 — Nonmembers
$ 5 — Nonmember first timer (Print discount admission coupon))
$25 — Walk-ins (Dinner is not available unless you RSVP and pay in advance)

** Each STC member may bring one guest at the member rate. Members and guests must register and pay together.

AOL campus


22000 AOL Way
Dulles, VA  20166
Phone: 703-265-1000

Map and directions to America Online on AOL Way in Dulles, VA.

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