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Northwest Missouri State University

Personal and Professional Development Opportunities

Fall 2018


Title of Presentation


Sep. 20 Crack or Crack Up Devin Henderson
Oct. 1 Leadership Lessons on Being Human: From Burma to the Heart of Africa to Omaha Dr. Janyne Emsick
Oct. 17 Implicit Bias and Microaggressions and its Effects in the Workplace Dr. Justin Mallett
Oct. 25 Workplace Harassment: The Big Picture! Kirsten Anderson
Nov. 6 Personality Types - It Takes 4 To Tango Candy Whirley
Nov. 28 Dress for Success Jill Brown & Travis Kline

Northwest Faculty/Staff




Presentation 1
"Crack or Crack Up"

Devin HendersonHenderson
Magic Entertainment, LLC. 

Date:              Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time:              10:00 am, 12:30 pm or 2:00 pm
Length:           60 Minutes
Location:         Student Union Ballroom

Let’s face it, work can be nuts. Sometimes stress caused by change, difficult situations and difficult people make you want to slap somebody in the face or walk out the door for good, or both. And all the while you’re expected to get ‘er done. So what is the answer to handling stress, managing change, getting your reports in on time and not reverting to minor office altercations? For starters, the answer is humor.

Humor is a serious tool that has a funny impact. When people engage their sense of humor, they become better communicators, better problem solvers, better decision makers and better with conflict resolution. They are also more creative, more productive, more fun to be around, less stressed, healthier, fresher, and more open to new ideas.

But humor is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of tools for surviving and thriving in a difficult work environment. Devin offers concrete strategies for increasing productivity and maintaining sanity in the midst of a stressful and changing workplace. With Devin’s hilarious presentation you will learn to laugh, lighten up and love work!

Presentation 2
"Leadership Lessons on Being Human: From Burma to the Heart of Africa to Omaha"

Dr. Janyne EmsickEmsick
Integrow, Inc 

Date:               Monday, October 1, 2018
Time:               10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

An inspiring and energizing collage of stories from Janyne Peek Emsick's work with grass-roots leaders in developing countries, including Burma and the Democratic Republic Congo, that reframe our perspective of the human capacity for resilience and hope in the midst of extraordinary challenge. Being human is all about the story - because it's the story that helps new leaders energize, innovate, and transform. Leaders will discover how the world can be changed in small bites, often by employing a seemingly simple but heretofore untested ideas.

Presentation 3
"Implicit Bias and Microaggressions and its Effects in the Workplace"

Dr. Justin Mallett, Director of Diversity, Equity and InclusionMallett
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Northwest Missouri State University

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Session times: 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Implicit bias develops from a human need to process information at a fast rate to make quick decisions. While it is important to understand the negative consequences of implicit bias, it is also important for all of us to mitigate our own biases.

This program will examine why and how implicit bias is formed, the different types of implicit bias and the impact implicit bias has in the workplace. Dr. Mallett will also provide methods on handling implicit bias and how to examine our own biases. The program will finish with tips on how to handle microaggressions if you either hear or see them within the workplace.

Presentation 4
"Workplace Harassment: The Big Picture!"

Kirsten Anderson, AdvocateAnderson

Date:               Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time:               11:00 am, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom 

As the country wrestles with the aftermath of the #metoo movement, Kirsten will provide a comprehensive look at what many are not talking about, dealing with, and thinking about when it comes to this pervasive problem. 

Presentation 5
"Personality Types - It Takes 4 To Tango"

Candy WhirleyWhirley
SBG Services, LLC 

Date:             Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Time:             9:30 am, 12:30 pm or 2:00 pm
Length:          60 Minutes
Location:        Student Union Ballroom

International Speaker, Author, and former NFL Cheerleader, Candy Whirley is well known for leading and cheering audiences around the world to live and work better together and to stop driving each other CRAZY! In It Takes 4 To Tango, Candy has two meanings when it comes to her ”4″. The first meaning... she will take you through her 4 C’s of Leadership which are the importance of Confidence, Communication, Creativity and Change in the workplace, the second meaning… you will go on a brilliant exploration of personality styles that will make you think, laugh, even dance…and recognize your true self and others. This is NOT the Myers Briggs Personality Indicator, this is NOT the DISC test or even True Colors…Candy gets participants up and out of their seats and networking with other…ANIMALS (Chameleon, Lion, Lamb or Owl) just like them! This is an open and honest way for all the personalities to hear from one another about how to communicate better with other Animals, how to motivate them and which ANIMAL drives them the craziest and why…WITHOUT A TEST! You’ll also learn to overcome personality differences that lead to problems like communication breakdown, negotiation letdown, and delegation fall-down by learning the secrets to connecting and partnering with other personality styles. People leave understanding how to treat people like THEY want to be treated and recognize that people are not difficult, they are just different.

Take Aways…
•  Understand filters (your brain tape recorder) and be more confident about who you are as a Leader
•  Understand how negative behaviors can sabotage you
•  Learn 4 EASY communication steps to giving feedback…the good, the bad and the ugly
•  Cultivate creative problem-solving techniques.. like brainstorming 26 new ideas in 2 minutes
•  Learn to STOP treating people like YOU want to be treated and treat them like THEY want to be treated
•  You will leave with a changed attitude by understanding that people are not difficult, they are just different…It Takes 4 To Tango!

Presentation 6
"Dress for Success"

Jill Brown, Director of Partnerships and PlacementCareer Services
Travis Kline, Career Development Coordinator/Internships
Office of Career Services
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:               Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time:               10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Career Closet-North Complex, Second Floor

The clothes you wear to an interview or professional setting matter! An interviewer can decide within the first 10 seconds if you are a good fit for a job or internship. A neat, professional appearance goes a long way in making that first impression as strong as possible, and like it or not, your physical appearance has a bearing on your success, even if it’s not a requirement in the job description.

During this session, Career Services will share pointers on how to dress for success without breaking the bank and some simple things you can do to make a great first and lasting impression.