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  • Banking & Insurance
  • Biotechnology & I.T.
  • Construction Trades
  • Manufacturing
  • Municipalities & Schools
  • Non-profits
  • Veterinary & Health


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 Testamonial:  Georgian's workshop, "Advice to Your Younger Self:  Celebrate Your Story" at the 2015 Connecticut Women's Conference was very well received.  Each attendee came away with newly discovered energy and courage to take on life's transitions.  Her workshop was the perfect follow-up to our morning program, "Unleash Your Inner Hero!" 

Joanne Gustafson, President, Connecticut Women's Alliance.


Workshop Offerings Include: 

Your Next 20 Years - A Workshop for Midlife Career Women

Develop realistic hope for earning as we age; address 'what if' scenarios; catalog transferable skills and talents; explore opportunities to do what you always wanted!





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My Website for Adult Caregivers:



Mister Ed, Lucy, Mom & Me is a booklet that shares how watching '60s sitcoms with my Mom helped lighten the caregiving experience.  Available on Amazon. 

Here is the Amazon book link:


Insights & Observations

 Welcome! Note the tabs on top -- Trades Success showcases Handbooks I co-authored that celebrates careers in the trades. The "Working Women" section offers services and ideas to help summon our creativity in every phase of our careers.  In the "Ponder That" section I comment on current news items and emerging trends.  In the "Tips" section I offer workplace advice and reminders. "About Me" is just that. "Mid LIFE Matters" has segments from my public tv show.   "The Ryan Group" tab offers access to an astounding set of organizational improvement services.

2019 career advice for success in the trades:



Available on Amazon  

Special Edition Building Success in the Trades


Manufacturing Trades Success: 



Below are two managment e-books I authored for retaining talent:


Read these E-Books  in 2 hours at Work!

Printable Workbook Format



Below are shots of inspiration for experienced working women: 


 Available at Amazon - paperback & ebook




 "Mid LIFE Matters" - Wallingford Public TV

 I host a half-hour show on WPAA-TV celebrating women's wisdom and wit.  Fascinating women share their stories and growth mindsets:  Segments are under the MidLIFE Matters tab on this site and on You Tube, under my name.

I am honored to win the 2016 Community Media Rika Welch leadership award for community impact; a testimony to the Guests who shared their stories on MidLIFE Matters.  In addition, an 2018 interview I did with Judith Altmann, a Holocaust Survivor, won third place in a competitive category of Talk Shows.  What an honor, to help share her story!



Management Training:

E-Book Webinars & Workshops

Thank you to Joan Lahti, Ph.D., of Get To The Point Books for sponsoring a 45-minute webinar on my e-book, Are Your Star Performers Packing Their Bags?  How to Persuade Them to Stay.  Participants from across the country (and globe) reflected on their own retention tactics, and saw how to navigate this user-friendly workbook approach.   I offer similar sessions -- in person, online, or using blended technology, for any size group.  Contact Joan for a reference:






Hello, thanks for your interest.  Following is an overview of my background. 

Employment History:

  • Author, HR Consultant - G.F. Lussier & Assoc. since 1994
  • Management Development, New Opportunities Inc.  2009-2010
  • Sr. Director, Retention & Engagement, Masonicare, 2008
  • Dir., Comp & Performance Management, Travelers, 1990 - 1994
  • Director, HR Development, AEtna Life & Casualty, 1992
  • Variety of roles at AEtna Life & Casualty, including Manager, Marketing Training; Project Manager, Experimental Claim Office; Manager, Compensation & Productivity Services; Compensation Analyst and Pension Analyst - 1976 - 1990
  • Adjudicator, Social Security Disability Benefits, ST of CT 1974 - 76


~ Masters of Science, Organizational Behavior;  U of Hartford

~ Bachelors of Science, English; teaching cert; Central CT State U

~ Certificate, Speed Reading People; a personality assessment tool

~ Certificate, Management Information Systems; U of Hartford

~ Classes: The Hartford Critical & Creative Thinking Center

~ Conferences:  Hartford Courant Annual Writers; Healthcare Governance 



Manufacturing Trades Success

Greater Michigan Construction Academy - Special Edition of Building Success in the Trades

Building Success in the Trades; co-author with Bill Lussier

Copyrighted job evaluation system; partner with Randi Frank   

Growing Talent Through Cross-Training  

Are Your Star Performers Packing Their Bags?  How to Persuade Them to Stay.

Series of Articles, Contractor magazine  

Series of Articles, Painting & Decorating Contractor magazine

Article, Trends Veterinarian magazine

55+ Unite:  Welcome All Wise Working Women 

5 Ways to Grow after 50 

Mister Ed, Lucy, Mom & Me 


Community Activities

~ Board of Directors:  Current: Hospital for Special Care & recently joined CW Resources. Past: Center for Occupational Development & Education; CT. Morgan Horse Association CT. Traumatic Brain Injury Assoc. 

Producer & HostMidLIFE Matters Community TV; WPAA-TV.  Celebrating Women's Wisdom & Wit, since 2012

 ~ Writer and Editor, parochial school newsletter


Speaking & Group Engagements:

Transformational Talk Radio - 'Quest for Zest Continues' with host Vicki Todd

Middlesex Chamber of Commerce - Women's Alliance - 'How We Begin Again'

'Fearless Caregiver' panelist - North Haven, CT

Caregiver presentation - Elder Abuse Conference, Agency on Aging of South Central CT

Pay Equity presentation - Murtha Cullina, Labor & Employment Attorneys

Panelist, Greater Hartford Women's Conference, 2016

"Central Authors" - Central Connecticut State University

"Amazing Mid-Life Brain" & "Craft YOUR Own Story" - Connecticut Women's Alliance Conferences (2012 & 2015 )

Power Woman podcast & WXLM 980 AM.

"Zest Fests" - Creative women's gatherings

Author presentations - AARP: Decide.Create.Share; Wallingford Library; Wallingford Senior Center; East Haven Library; Wesleyan University Book Store. Non-Profit Associations.


 As an independent H.R. consultant, I contributed to over 60 companies in the last 25 years

~ I specialize in tailored development programs, including:

  • Presentations and speaking engagements
  • Training Supervisors and Owners
  • Mentoring programs
  • Recruiting services for selected clients
  • Mid-Life career consulting
  • Establishing career paths
  • Clarifying required job skills and competencies
  • Job rotations and cross-training
  • Retention studies
  • Facilitating meetings, and 
  • Conducting organizational studies.

~ My other niche areas include Compensation and Workplace Policies:

  • Interviewing employees to write job descriptions
  • Using salary surveys to price benchmark jobs
  • Setting salary ranges to ensure pay equity
  • Updating personnel handbooks


Clients include companies of all sizes, in a wide range of industries, across  the country.  Recent projects include job descriptions and pay systems for two municipalities and a successful search for a HR Manager in a growing non-profit.

I enjoy joining up with management groups to tackle human resource and development issues to help their organization grow.