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Northwest Missouri State University

Personal and Professional Development Opportunities (Fall 2016)


Title of Presentation


Sept. 12 Leadership Integrity Jeff Lanza
Sept. 21 Engaging in Difficult Conversations Kristen Peltz
Oct. 4 It's Not What You Say, It's HOW You Say It® Barbara Teicher
Oct. 17 Green Dot: Changing the Conversation about Violence Danielle Koonce
Nov. 2 Up Your Game Devin Henderson
Nov. 17 Are You Career Ready? Career Services
Nov. 29 Tell me a little about yourself: How to become a STAR in the interview process Career Services
Dec. 1 Generational Differences - Bridging the Gap Candy Whirley

Northwest Faculty/Staff


Presentation 1 - "Leadership Integrity"

Jeff Lanza, Retired FBI Special AgentJeff Lanza
The Lanza Group 

Date: Monday, September 12, 2016
Session Times: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Boardroom

This presentation will help professionals and students in all fields to develop, inspire and maintain a culture of integrity in their organizations. While chronicling failures of integrity from the cubicle to the corner office, Mr. Lanza provides a positive framework for creating an environment which helps ensure that company personnel maintain their moral compass. Real FBI case examples help the audience understand the root causes of unethical behavior and to facilitate the achievement of corporate goals at all levels with employee’s morality and integrity intact.

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Presentation 2 -  "Engaging in Difficult Conversations"

Kristen Peltz, Assistant DirectorKristen Peltz
Wellness Services
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:  Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Session Times: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

What stands in the way of having difficult conversations? Regardless of who the other person is (friend, family, colleague, romantic partner), when something is tough to talk about, it creates all kinds of uncomfortable emotion within us.

  • Learn to identify some of the barriers each of us face when thinking about hard to discuss topics
  • Examine ways to make those conversations less stressful and more productive 

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Presentation 3 - "It's Not What You Say, It's HOW You Say It®"

Barbara Teicher, CSPBarbara Teicher
Etc Executive Training and Coaching 

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Session Times: 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Words are powerful tools.  Have you ever had someone take offense at something you’ve said... and you have no idea why?  “It’s Not Just What You Say, It’s HOW You Say It.®”

The "way" you say something can be more important and have greater impact than the words you actually use. The intention behind the words we try to convey may be totally different than the message being perceived.  They are often not in sync at all... Why?

Join international speaker, published author and business coach, Barbara Teicher CSP, as she shares the secrets of the messages you’re really sending because, “It’s Not Just What You Say, It’s HOW You Say it.®”

By the end this program you’ll be able to:

•  Diagnose the situations/people where a level of discomfort exists and why
•  Recognize the reasons for disconnects in conversations and relationships
•  Identify the 6 step “It’s HOW You Say It®” principle
•  Determine how to make a V.A.S.T. difference

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Presentation 4 - "Green Dot:  Changing the Conversation about Violence"

Danielle Koonce, Green Dot CoordinatorDanielle Koonce
Wellness Services
Northwest Missouri State University

Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Session Times: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

At Northwest Missouri State, we’re committed to preventing violence. Green Dot is a violence prevention initiative focused on reducing violence, including stalking, sexual assault, and partner violence. A green dot is any behavior‚ choice‚ word‚ or attitude that interrupts violence or sends the message that violence is not okay with you. As a part of the Northwest community, you can help set the norm that violence is unacceptable and everyone is expected to do their part to keep our community safe. Through this program we will explore how to identify concerning behaviors that might indicate violence, unique ways to interrupt violence by drawing on your strengths and personality, and how the Green Dot approach could be beneficial and useful to you as you develop as a professional.

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Presentation 5 - "Up Your Game"

Devin Henderson, CSPDevin Henderson
Henderson Entertainment, LLC 

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Session Times: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm.
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

The world is a stage and everyone is a performer. Are you performing at your best? The strategies that have made Devin Henderson an award-winning entertainer translate to the stage of life. His tips will help you optimize your performance on a daily basis, whether it be at home, in the office, or anywhere in between.

Devin is a clean comedian (he takes showers) and he tricks out his stand-up with surprising and unusual talents. Along with events nationwide, Devin performs weekly at the Kansas City Improv Comedy Club and he’s an international sensation because of that one show in Canada. A family studies degree from Kansas State University and a sense of humor both explain Devin’s 9 years of marital survival despite a litter of 4 children. Comedy writes itself for a man blessed to be living with a family of 6. From texting typos to backseat slap-fights to a home water birth, the material never runs dry.

Devin is the author of a small book (tiny, actually) called "Share Your Magic," a pickpocket's take on applying The Golden Rule (yeah, you just have to read it). He is a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), the speaking industry's international measure of expertise (this just means Devin knows "stuff" and uses it to help people). Devin's main passion as a performer is using his talents and knowledge to inspire others to "perform" at their best in all they do.

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Presentation 6 - "Are You Career Ready"

Career ServicesCareer Services
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:  Thursday, November 17, 2016
Session Times: 9:30 am, 12:30 pm or 2:00 pm.
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

If you started your professional career tomorrow, would you feel prepared? Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies for a successful transition into the workplace.

Career Services will share Career Readiness competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and human resources/staffing professionals. Come learn what skills employers expect from their workforce. Why? Because Career Readiness skills are not only key to success during the application process for an internship or job but for life-long career success.

Attend and learn what it takes to be career ready and how to demonstrate your own Career Readiness to potential employers.  

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Presentation 7 - "Tell me a little about yourself: How to become a STAR in the interview process"

Career ServicesBobby Interview
Northwest Missouri State University

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Session Times:  9:30 am or 3:30 pm
Length: 60 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Job interviews can be scary, but they are a vital part in your career search. This 60 minute interactive workshop will help prepare you for this and other behavioral interview questions using the STAR method. Other interview tips and best practices will also be discussed to help you not just survive interviews but thrive in them.

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Presentation 8 - "Generational Differences - Bridging the Gap"

Candy Whirley, CSPCandy Whirley
SBG Services, LLC 

Date:  Thursday, December 1, 2016
Session Times:  11:00 am, 2:00 pm or 3:30 pm
Length: 90 Minutes 
Location: Student Union Ballroom

This interactive, energetic and entertaining presentation will enable participants to recruit and manage top candidates by learning the differences between generations X, Y, Boomers, and Matures, and their work habits and goals. Candy will also share her knowledge of gender differences in order to help participants understand that there is truly a difference in communication and conflict management between the genders. Those who have experienced Candy, know this presentation would not be the same without one of her famous activities! Put on your hardhats, you will be building a BRIDGE!

The genetics portion of the presentation will expose the 4 personality styles and how each personality contributes to the organization's vision and goals.

Take Aways…

  •         Learn which team members behavioral style works best with each job position
  •         You will learn how to keep performance HIGH when moral is low during changing times in the  organization         
  •         Understand HOW to motivate, communicate and negotiate with the Baby Boomers to the Baby Z’s!
  •         Understand 5 key ideas about each generation…like what is their work ethic?
  •         How do we keep the Generation Ys from moving to the next job?

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