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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 18, 2013

Northwest, Maryville Chamber offering workplace-related learning opportunities to students, employees, community members

Northwest Missouri State University, in conjunction with the Maryville Chamber of Commerce, invites students and employees, as well as the public, to a series of learning opportunities featuring renowned presenters discussing topics such as generational differences, goal setting, time management, leadership and personality styles, and stress management.

Northwest will host seven presentations for area residents. Each presentation costs $25 for Maryville Chamber of Commerce members or $40 for non-members. Registration is available online at

The presentations are free to Northwest students and employees as part of the University’s Career Pathing Program, which provides professional development to students with opportunities to advance to new levels of pay and responsibility.

Information about the public sessions appears below. The hour-long sessions are in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom on the Northwest campus.

For more information, contact Northwest’s Office of Human Resources at 660.562.1140 or email Paula McLain, coordinator of student employment at Northwest, at

Dr. Sue Myllykangas

Dr. Sue Myllykangas: “Why Aren’t They Following Me?”
11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. or 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22
Topic: Generational Differences

Understanding why people choose to follow someone is important to becoming an effective leader. Today, for the first time in history, it is possible to interact with people from six different generations. This interactive session will explain the important differences between generations and how to best communicate with participants from each one.

Kyle Scheele

Kyle Scheele: “Reverse-Engineering Your Life”
11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4
Topic: Goal setting

Motivational speaker Kyle Scheele helps participants “begin with the end in mind,” backtracking step-by-step to plan out the right path to reach their dream. Participants will walk away with a list of actionable steps to take toward achieving their dreams and living a better story.

Grant Baldwin

Grant Baldwin: “So Much To Do, So Little Time”
9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14
Topic: Time Management

Learn how to establish priorities and create some sense of balance out of organized life chaos. Participants will come away with specific ideas they can implement into their lives immediately that will make them better outside of the workplace, which will lead to being better inside the workplace.

Dr. Kozhi Makai

Dr. Kozhi Makai: “meManagement”
10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24
Topic: Leadership Styles

Makai teaches how viewing time from a different perspective can increase excellence in the individual and the organization. “meManagament” is a philosophy of excellence and allows individuals to form and fashion their days and actions by managing themselves and not time. Makai blends his professional sports, psychological, corporate and academic experience to connect purpose, strengths and weaknesses, and excellence with managing yourself. This is a powerful session loaded with important life, personal and professional management lessons.

Rebecca Maier

Rebecca Maier: “Color Personality”
11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 4
Topic: Personality Styles

Have you ever wondered why you click with some people and sometimes struggled to work with others? Color personality will give participants an opportunity to learn about how they show up and how to better understand the people around them. Leading or following, “Color Personality” is a fun and easy way to jumpstart a team.

Dr. Alisha Francis

Dr. Alisha Francis: “Fueling the fire without burning out: Managing stress to build capacity and accomplish great things”
9 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m., Monday, March 17
Topic: Stress Management

It’s easy to think of the negative effects of stress, but that’s only part of the picture. Stress can actually help build strength and accomplish important goals. This session will help participants consider the ways they can manage the negative effects of stress in order to realize the benefits while minimizing negative impact.

Mary Anne Vaccaro

Mary Anne Vaccaro: “Upgrade Your Image To Upgrade Your Life”
10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10
Subject: Personal image

Without saying a word, we present information about ourselves by the way we’re dressed and with our makeup, hairstyles, facial hair, expressions, body language and more. In today’s casual world, how is casual for the workplace defined? What is the right professional look for what you do and for your age and size? When is it important to wear a suit? What key pieces belong in every working and weekend wardrobe? How is it best to dress for a job interview? What accessories are important to finish your look? These questions and more will be addressed with examples for all in a variety of life and work situations.

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