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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 26, 2015

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 presenters discussing topics such as personal branding, negotiating, event planning, leadership, facilitating, social media usage and job seeking.

Northwest will host eight presentations this fall 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.

The presentations are 60 or 90 minutes long and take place in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. More information about each session appears below.

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

Kelsey Schriver, Northwest student and AdInk member

“Brand Yo’self 4.0”
Thursday, Sept. 10: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (60 minutes)

What does it take to get hired? How do I use business cards and network with people? How do I display my work online and impress hiring managers? AdInk – a Northwest organization for students interested in advertising, marketing, design and public relations careers – offers this presentation to showcase successful resumes, business cards and websites as well as the tips and tricks that went into making them. Learn the process to create a personal brand and make yourself marketable.

Kelsey Schriver

Mary Redmond, speaker, author and negotiation expert

“Negotiate: When You Must Be H.E.A.R.D."
Wednesday, Sept. 16: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. (60 Minutes)

Negotiation is part of everyday life. You are in a negotiation when you want the best price on new equipment, a competitive service and maintenance contract or when you want your spouse to assume more responsibilities at home. How do you get more from every negotiation and not damage relationships? Successful negotiators are prepared negotiators. They also know how to read the silent messages sent in everyone’s body language.

Mary Redmond reveals the secrets that only veteran negotiators know and use. She has 20-plus years of experience including negotiating on behalf of some of the world’s largest financial institutions.

Mary Redmond

Gina Bradley, event coordinator at Northwest

“The Main Event: The 1-2 Punch for Knockout Events”
Monday, Sept. 28: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. (60 minutes)

Learn the basic elements of event planning, and “punch” up your game with some fun tricks and tools of the trade for creating successful events of all types. Whether you are planning a fundraising event, recruitment party or dance, learn to take your event from the preliminaries to the main event.

Gina Bradley

Todd Long, Leadership Innovations

“Systematic Leadership”
Tuesday, Oct. 13: 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (90 minutes)

The Systematic Leadership model identifies five attributes that help shape effective leadership. These attributes are envision, involve, develop, plan and act. This interactive workshop will help participants discover leadership strengths within the model through a self-assessment, learn the Systematic Leadership process to move vision to action, and recognize how the five attributes impact one another from a systems perspective to lead better.

Todd Long

Carolyn McCall, professional trainer and speaker

“Dare Yourself to be Phenomenal”
Monday, Oct. 19: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. (60 minutes)

Dare yourself to be phenomenal and release the power and endless possibilities that exist inside you. This workshop will teach you how to let go of preconceptions or old beliefs of what won’t or can’t happen. Participants will learn to use their imagination to move forward with ideas, no matter how far-fetched they may seem to others. Learn how to orchestrate a solution that you can see – when you learn to believe that everything is possible.

Carolyn McCall

Leta Anderson, LMA Consulting

“Group Facilitation Tools”
Wednesday, Nov. 4: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. (60 minutes)

Have you experienced a powerful and productive group experience? It's likely the following things occurred:

  • The group knew the purpose of being in the same place at the same time
  • Individuals learned enough about one another to build some trust and goodwill
  • Each individual had a constructive role to play
  • A process was followed to achieve results, which included making decisions

No matter the context of a group experience, someone can serve as a facilitator – a guide who helps harness the energy of a group and helps move the group toward a destination. The “Facilitator as Guide” is always prepared with a toolkit. In this session, you will fill up your toolkit with knowledge, skills, and techniques, leading you to confidently step up and facilitate a group.

Leta Anderson

Steven Chappell, instructor of mass media at Northwest

“The Social Media Résumé”
Thursday, Nov. 19: 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (60 minutes)

Applying for a job can be a daunting task, but there’s much more to it today than just sending a prospective employer a cover letter, resume and a list of references. Once you apply for a job, and probably before any references get phone call, your social media feeds will be scanned and scoured for information about you that will help the employer decide if you are a potential job candidate. This doesn’t mean you should delete or not have a social media presence; in fact, it means just the opposite. Most companies value social media and your presence in it, the question is whether or not your use of social media will be a potential benefit or a detriment to them after you are hired

Steven Chappell

Daniel Seddiqui, career and cultural analyst

“Working with Purpose and the Importance of Experience”
Tuesday, Dec. 1: 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. (60 minutes)

The job search Daniel Seddiqui faced after graduation was no easy feat. Resumes and interviews yielded no result. After being named the “Most Rejected Person in the World” by USA Today, Daniel developed a great deal of perseverance, risk taking, adaptability, networking and endurance, which he shares through the stories of his journey of finding and working 50 jobs in 50 states and his often‐extraordinary efforts to land each one. He had roughly 5,000 rejections over the course of the year, and he tells how he developed the motivation, discipline and resourcefulness to keep going despite all the setbacks. Daniel offers hope to job seekers intimidated by job prospects, encouraging them to open their minds and continuously challenge themselves.

Daniel Seddiqui

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