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Northwest Missouri State University

Personal and Professional Development Opportunities (Spring 2017)


Title of Presentation


Jan. 18 Are My Co-Workers Aliens? Lauren Schieffer
Jan. 30 Dream It! Plan It! Do It! Your Star Power Dr. Julie Connor
Feb. 16 Conquering Conflicts Steven Sewell
Feb. 28 Get a Grip: Finding Your Balance Without Losing It Karel Murray
Mar. 15 Transforming Ideas Into Action: Adding SMART to the 5 Leadership Principles Dr. Alice Foose
Mar. 27 Your Financial Tool Kit Lauren Leach
Mar. 30 Social Media: From an Employer's Perspective Career Services
Apr. 11 Marketability of Diversity Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Northwest Faculty/Staff


Presentation 1 - "Are My Co-Workers Aliens?"

Lauren Schieffer, CSPLauren Schieffer
High Road Solution

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18
Session times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

We all have days that we think our co-workers are from another planet.  Chances are more likely you aren't "speaking their language." Keeping employees motivated to reach their full potential and remain engaged requires adapting how you communicate to meet the other person at his or her comfort zone. This session teaches you how to meet the other person on their terms, not yours, so you'll be certain your message is received loud and, most of all, clear.

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Presentation 2 -  "Dream It! Plan It! Do It! Your Star Power"

Dr. Julie ConnorJulie Connor
TED Speaker - Author - Educator - Professional Trailblazer

Date: Monday, Jan. 30
Session times: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Discover how to articulate your dream, define your purpose, and create attainable goals. Use tools from Julie’s book, "Dreams to Action Trailblazer’s Guide," to transform your passion and resolutions for the new year into reality.

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Presentation 3 - "Conquering Conflicts"

Steven SewellSteven Sewell
Motivational Speaker and Grief Educator

Date: Thursday, Feb. 16
Session times: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

In this life, we will all come across challenges, problems and points of frustration (and sometimes it doesn't involve people). Laugh, cry, get mad or get even? What do we do? How do we deal with conflicts?

In this workshop, Steve will help us:
a. Learn to appreciate the nature of conflict and its benefits
b. Become more aware of our own conflict style and how to recognize styles in others
c. Understand how to assess conflict and change scenarios for the most appropriate model to use
d. Understand why collaboration is often the best approach to conflicts
e. Understand the relationship between interests, issues, politics and positions and how to frame a conflict in terms of all the parties’ interests for reconciliation purposes.

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Presentation 4 - "Get a Grip: Finding Your Balance Without Losing It"

Karel Murray, CSP, DREIKarel Murray
One Branch, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28
Session times: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Stop pleading insanity and get a grip! This fast-paced, content-packed presentation identifies the internal and external influences that create chaos and stress in our daily lives. Get real life suggestions on establishing balance. Examine change, motivation, personal accountability, stress survival, time management and how to diagnose your “stumbling blocks.” 

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Presentation 5 - "Transforming Ideas Into Action: Adding the SMART to the 5 Leadership Principles"

Dr. Alice Foose
Associate ProfessorAlice Foose of Recreation
Northwest Missouri State University

Date: Wednesday, March 15
Session times: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. 
Length: 60 minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

This session will provide an interactive process to focus personal, organizational, or group members' visions into a plan of action. Participants will create a measurable action plan using Kouze's and Posner's Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership and SMART objectives to move the vision into simple actions.  

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Presentation 6 - "Your Financial Tool Kit"

Dr. Lauren Leach-Steffens
Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Leach-SteffensNorthwest Missouri State University

Date: Monday, March 27
Session times: 9 a.m., noon or 2 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

In this session you will learn to examine your feelings about money, how to make and monitor a spending plan and the one equation that could keep you from being overwhelmed with debt.

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Presentation 7 - "Social Media: From an Employer's Perspective"

Career Services

Career ServicesNorthwest Missouri State University

Date: Thursday, March 30
Session times:  9:30 a.m, 1 p.m or 3:30 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Everyone uses social media – students, employers and even your parents! It can be a great way to connect and share thoughts, information and images with others. Social media can also be a powerful tool in your job search. Employers use social media to assist in making hiring decisions. Today’s savvy candidates use social media to their advantage in securing positions. During this workshop, real employers will give their perspectives on social media as well as coach students on how to manage and utilize social media platforms in a professional manner.

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Presentation 8 - "Marketability of Diversity"

Steve Bryant, Edward Gibson IV & Gabbi RayDiversity, Equity & Inclusion
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Date: Tuesday, April 11
Session times:  11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.
Length: 90 minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

In our global society you must have the skills to work with others who are different than yourself. Colleges and universities provide many opportunities to build cultural competence, and employers want you to have those skills. This session will look at what those skills are and how you can effectively market your diversity knowledge.

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