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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 6, 2012

Registration open for third annual Bearcat Leadership Training

Northwest students are invited to register for the third annual Bearcat Leadership Training (BLT) conference, Jan 27-28.

The free conference – themed this year as “It's Time to Make it Happen, Bring it!” – features keynote speakers and a variety of leadership workshops. The conference is open to all Northwest students and organizational advisors interested in enhancing their leadership skills. Session topics include time management, goal setting, finance, teamwork and effective meetings.

This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Michelle T. Johnson and Pete Mockaitis (muh-KITE-iss), as well as an etiquette dinner presented by Cindy Kenkel, assistant professor of marketing and management, and Allison Hoffmann, instructor of marketing and management.

Johnson is a former journalist and employment attorney, a certified mediator and an author of three books addressing workplace diversity. Additionally, her freelance column “Diversity Diva” has appeared in The Kansas City Star since January 2008. She is a national speaker on workplace diversity and inclusion issues. She has spoken at the headquarters of Wal-Mart, Hallmark Cards, along with several other businesses, universities, municipalities and organizations.

Mockaitis is a speaker, author and consultant who has enhanced Fortune 100 corporations, high-growth startups, major nonprofits and assorted student groups. Having led nine student organizations, his belief that students are equipped to make immediate impacts inspired him to write “The Student Leader’s Field Guide” while he was studying at the University of Illinois. Today, he runs the Launch Point Institute, a research and training organization that equips incoming college freshmen for adulthood’s new challenges. His latest book, “Team Up: Becoming Accountable to your Dreams,” was published in December 2009.

Additionally, this year’s BLT features a case-study competition with an opportunity to win cash prizes. For the competition, two participants will be paired randomly and provided a case study one week prior to the conference. The participants must then work together to provide a creative solution to the case. Participants may sign up for the case study competition as part of their conference registration, however spots in the contest are limited.

Conference sessions will be 4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and 7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 28, on the third floor of the J.W. Jones Student Union.

The conference is free to attend, but registration is limited. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. The first 100 students to register will receive a free gift. Individuals may register by clicking this link.

For more information about Bearcat Leadership Training, click here or contact Kat Donovan, leadership graduate assistant in the Office of Campus, at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468