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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 16, 2014

Northwest, Maryville Chamber offers 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 presenters discussing topics such as social justice, personal branding, money management, workday management and professional etiquette.

Northwest will host seven presentations for area professionals. 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 opportunities to students interested in advancing to new levels of pay and responsibility.

Information about each of the sessions appears below. All sessions will take place in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

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

“Making the Dream a Reality, How Are You Showing Up in the World?”

Steven BryantSteven Bryant, Northwest director intercultural affairs

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Session Times: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes

In conjunction with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, it is important to reflect upon the principles of Dr. King and his vision for peace, justice, unity and equity. This hands-on activity will help participants learn about their biases, assumptions and how think about them.  Through understanding our own thought processes and paying attention to the voices in our heads, we can make equity and justice a reality.

“Defining Your Personal Brand: Merging What They See With Who You Are”

Shannon OleenShannon Oleen, inspiration coach

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
Session Times: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes

Shannon Oleen spent several years as an executive recruiter, placing young adults and professionals with companies throughout America. As a recruiter, she learned firsthand what employers and hiring managers are looking for. Additionally, as a former NFL cheerleader, Shannon knows exactly how to groom your inner confidence with your outer appearance to put the best foot forward in any job scenario. Whether you’re meeting a new friend or a potential new boss, be sure you’re sending the best message possible about yourself to others. In this program, Shannon helps participants explore how to optimize their “personal brand” to achieve success in every aspect of life.

"Show Me The Money”

Grant Baldwin

Grant Baldwin, life coach

Date: Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Session Times: 9 a.m., noon or 2 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes

This workshop helps participants get a better understanding of money management and how their decisions with money today, both good and bad, affect their options and opportunities tomorrow. Grant will address common financial issues for participants including credit cards, balancing work with life, budgeting and planning for the future. This workshop is interactive and engaging and will help participants create a game plan for what to do with money.

“How to Be Your Awesome Self and a Team Player"

Dr. Julie Connor

Dr. Julie Connor, Dr. Julie Connor Inc.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Session Times: 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Length: 90 Minutes

How do you feel when someone announces a “team project?” Are you filled with excitement or dread? Do you feel like everyone is jockeying for leadership status? Competing to beat one another down? Surprisingly, you can speak your truth and discover keys that reveal how the words and actions of others are rooted in personality preferences. Engage in dialogue and teamwork activities that create opportunities to build authentic relationships grounded in trust. Time will be allowed for personal reflection, discussion and activities that allow participants to deepen effective communication skills. 

Learn more about your own personality preferences. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Do you see the big picture or do you have an eye for detail? Do you prefer structure or would you rather “wing it”? Discover how different personality preferences shape our perceptions of others. Apply new understandings of different personality types to effectively communicate with others.

“Are you LinkedIn? Create Your Personal Brand with an Effective LinkedIn Profile”

Allison HoffmannAllison Hoffmann, Northwest instructor of management

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015
Session Times: 10 a.m., 11:30 p.m. or 2 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes

Do you think LinkedIn is Facebook or Twitter for “old people”? Does LinkedIn intimidate you? If so, you likely aren’t alone. Attend this session to learn about creating an effective LinkedIn profile. Whether you are a freshman, senior or community member, this session will provide tips to create or strengthen your personal brand using LinkedIn.

Participants will leave this session with a checklist to create an effective LinkedIn profile; an understanding of how to include classwork, student and community organizations and projects on their profile; ideas to tailor their profile to career goals; and knowledge to turn current relationships into opportunities using LinkedIn.

“Make Your Workday More Efficient: 5 Simple Rules to Live By”

Rebecca Evans, Regional DirectorRebecca Evans, regional director of the Small Business & Technology Development Center

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Session 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes

Are you as productive as you'd like to be? Would you like to make your workday more streamlined? Learn five simple things you can do to make your workday more efficient. This is not just another time management or desk organization seminar. This will be an interactive learning experience that will leave you with knowledge you can immediately apply to your workday.

“Yikes! You Used the Wrong Fork at Dinner and Fist-Bumped the Boss!”

Janis KliethermesJanis Kliethermes, Etiquette Kansas City

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Session Times: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
Length: 60 Minutes

Is the first impression you’re giving people really the best impression? Some manners never go out of style and companies today are seeking those who know them and use them. We will prepare you for that luncheon interview and the dos and don’ts at the table. Do you chew gum in public? Do you think it’s all right to walk into an interview with a Starbucks cup in your hand? What do you do if you have to introduce someone and you’ve forgotten their name? Is it proper to send a thank you note by email? This fun and informative class will answer these questions and prepare you to make a memorable first impression.

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