Thomas B. Dowd’s book “Displacement Day:  When My Job was Looking for a Job,” published in March by Motivational Press, has received honorable mention in the General Non-Fiction category of the Paris Book Festival.  The award ceremony will take place Tuesday, May 27, in France.

With more than 24 years of experience in the financial industry in management and leadership roles at the same organization, Dowd received the call nobody wanted: “We’re downsizing.” What could have been a devastating day immediately turned into a journey toward finding himself. In the midst of an economic downturn, Dowd had some choices to make in how to most effectively approach the new journey. This book is the result of his own experience as a potentially lost professional who not only successfully found a job, but used the time out of work to assess his direction, reinforce his network and come out stronger.

The award-winning author of “The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World” and “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide” found the inspiration to start the learning process all over again to land in a better place in just 59 days by using methods he teaches others from his coaching and training experience.

In 2011, Dowd started his own side business, Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching, to help people creatively find ways to differentiate themselves in the workplace and to find their own individual paths toward success. A 20-year resident of Camden, Dowd is now a vice president of one of the larger financial institutions in North America. For more information, visit

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