Heard on the Street: Preston's back in the support game

A well-known player in Rochester's employment field was sidelined for months, but now he's back in the game.

Preston Hollister, founder and chief connecting officer of Rochester's WorkLife Job Loss/Career Change Support Group, was forced to put his group's weekly meetings on hold when he had a medical emergency and surgery at the end of October.

That was followed by a series of issues throughout November, December and first part of this month that ended with a long stay in Saint Marys Hospital.

But that is all behind the enthusiastic career advocate.

"Now I'm back full force," says Hollister.


Look for him to soon re-launch the series of weekly meetings featuring local business leaders (and even an occasional journalist — I'll be talking in mid-February) speaking about careers, employment and the Rochester scene.

While he is still working out details for specific speakers and a date for an official re-launch, the WorkLife gatherings will once again meet on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Oasis Church,1815 38th St. N.W.

Hollister originally started the WorkLife group in 2009 as a free group designed to be "an encouraging place to network and learn" for people who had been laid off or out of work as well as employed people who are looking for a better career.

The format is informal — a circle of chairs and a featured guest speaker. The second part of the meeting includes going around the circle, so the attendees can talk about their searches with "the rest of the group tossing out ideas and encouragement," he says.

For more information about the group or to receive the WorkLife email newsletters, contact Hollister by email at


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