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Northwest Missouri State University

Personal and Professional Development Opportunities

Spring 2019


Title of Presentation


Jan. 24 It’s Not What You Say, It’s HOW You Say It® Barbara Teicher
Feb. 4 Powered by Hope Teri Griege
Feb. 5 RESPOND Rachel Mayfield
Feb. 23 RESPOND Rachel Mayfield
Feb. 26 Opportunity Town Cris Jacobson
Mar. 7 Green Dot: Changing the Conversation about Violence Danielle Koonce
Mar. 19 Quill Power – The New Will Power for Success in a Prickly World Steven Irwesen
Apr. 3

CONNECT…How to Get Great Results in Relationships & Teamwork

Cathy Newton
Apr. 15 Building and Using a Professional LinkedIn Profile Travis Kline

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 Student employees should record attending Career Pathing sessions on timesheets


Presentation 1
"It’s Not What You Say, It’s HOW You Say It®"

Barbara Teicher, CSPRESPOND

Date:              Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time:              11:00 am, 2:00 pm, or 3:30 pm
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

Presentation 2
"Crack or Crack Up"

Devin Henderson 
Devin HendersonMagic Entertainment, LLC

Date:               Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time:               10:00 am, 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

Let’s face it, work can be nuts. Sometimes stress caused by change, difficult situations and difficult people make you want to slap somebody in the face or walk out the door for good, or both. And all the while you’re expected to get ‘er done. So what is the answer to handling stress, managing change, getting your reports in on time and not reverting to minor office altercations? For starters, the answer is humor.

Humor is a serious tool that has a funny impact. When people engage their sense of humor, they become better communicators, better problem solvers, better decision makers and better with conflict resolution. They are also more creative, more productive, more fun to be around, less stressed, healthier, fresher, and more open to new ideas.

But humor is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of tools for surviving and thriving in a difficult work environment. Devin offers concrete strategies for increasing productivity and maintaining sanity in the midst of a stressful and changing workplace. With Devin’s hilarious presentation you will learn to laugh, lighten up and love work!

Presentation 3

Rachel Mayfield, CounselorRESPOND

University Wellness Center
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:               Sunday, September 23, 2018
Time:               2:00 - 6:00 pm
Length:            4 Hours
Location:          The Station (Center Room)

Session Closed for Registration (Session has reached seat capacity)

RESPOND is a program designed to teach the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) how to recognize and respond to mental health concerns. It is designed with the intention that it will be facilitated by mental health professionals. RESPOND is a program MU developed after gathering feedback from several schools in Missouri. Schools ranged from a small rural state school to Mizzou with 35,000 students. The program is designed to teach the campus community (students, faculty, and staff) how to recognize and respond to mental health concerns. It is designed with the intention that it will be facilitated by mental health professionals.

The course is organized around the acronym RESPOND

Recognize signs
Share concerns
Pose open questions
Offer hope
Navigate resources and policy 
Do self-care

Content includes a brief overview of mental health problems on college campuses, discussion about stigma and culture, and an overview of signs associated with mental health problems. The remainder of the course is focused on how to effectively respond with basic listening and empathy, risk assessment, support, referral, and taking care of self (including appropriate boundaries based on role or personal preference). We address issues such as how FERPA works when mental health concerns exist, HIPAA where appropriate, and very briefly Title IX and confidential sources. The course is designed to be interactive about 70% of the eight hour day.

*Please be sure to bring your Bearcat ID card in order to record your attendance at this session.
**Attending one RESPOND training session counts for 2 Career Pathing Sessions.

Presentation 4
"Leadership Lessons on Being Human: From Burma to the Heart of Africa to Omaha"


Dr. Janyne Emsick
Integrow, Inc.

Date:               Monday, October 1, 2018
Time:               10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom 

An inspiring and energizing collage of stories from Janyne Peek Emsick's work with grass-roots leaders in developing countries, including Burma and the Democratic Republic Congo, that reframe our perspective of the human capacity for resilience and hope in the midst of extraordinary challenge. Being human is all about the story - because it's the story that helps new leaders energize, innovate, and transform. Leaders will discover how the world can be changed in small bites, often by employing a seemingly simple but heretofore untested ideas.

Presentation 5
"Implicit Bias and Microaggressions and its Effects in the Workplace"

Dr. Justin Mallett, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:               Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time:               11:00 am, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

Implicit bias develops from a human need to process information at a fast rate to make quick decisions. While it is important to understand the negative consequences of implicit bias, it is also important for all of us to mitigate our own biases.

This program will examine why and how implicit bias is formed, the different types of implicit bias and the impact implicit bias has in the workplace. Dr. Mallett will also provide methods on handling implicit bias and how to examine our own biases. The program will finish with tips on how to handle microaggressions if you either hear or see them within the workplace.


Presentation 6
"Workplace Harassment: The Big Picture!"

Kirsten Anderson

Kirsten Anderson


Date:              Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time:              11:00 am, 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm
Length:           60 Minutes
Location:         Student Union Ballroom 

As the country wrestles with the aftermath of the #metoo movement, Kirsten will provide a comprehensive look at what many are not talking about, dealing with, and thinking about when it comes to this pervasive problem.

Presentation 7
"Personality Types - It Takes 4 to Tango"

Candy Whirley
SBG Services, LLC 


Date:               Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Time:               9:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

International Speaker, Author, and former NFL Cheerleader, Candy Whirley is well known for leading and cheering audiences around the world to live and work better together and to stop driving each other CRAZY! In It Takes 4 To Tango, Candy has two meanings when it comes to her ”4″. The first meaning... she will take you through her 4 C’s of Leadership which are the importance of Confidence, Communication, Creativity and Change in the workplace, the second meaning… you will go on a brilliant exploration of personality styles that will make you think, laugh, even dance…and recognize your true self and others. This is NOT the Myers Briggs Personality Indicator, this is NOT the DISC test or even True Colors…Candy gets participants up and out of their seats and networking with other…ANIMALS (Chameleon, Lion, Lamb or Owl) just like them! This is an open and honest way for all the personalities to hear from one another about how to communicate better with other Animals, how to motivate them and which ANIMAL drives them the craziest and why…WITHOUT A TEST! You’ll also learn to overcome personality differences that lead to problems like communication breakdown, negotiation letdown, and delegation fall-down by learning the secrets to connecting and partnering with other personality styles. People leave understanding how to treat people like THEY want to be treated and recognize that people are not difficult, they are just different.

Take Aways…
•  Understand filters (your brain tape recorder) and be more confident about who you are as a Leader
•  Understand how negative behaviors can sabotage you
•  Learn 4 EASY communication steps to giving feedback…the good, the bad and the ugly
•  Cultivate creative problem-solving techniques.. like brainstorming 26 new ideas in 2 minutes
•  Learn to STOP treating people like YOU want to be treated and treat them like THEY want to be treated
•  You will leave with a changed attitude by understanding that people are not difficult, they are just different…It Takes 4 To Tango! 

Presentation 8
"Dress for Success"

Jill Brown, Director of Partnerships and PlacementCareer Services
Travis Kline, Career Development Coordinator/Internships

Career Services
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:               Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time:               10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Length:            60 minutes
Location:          Career Closet-North Complex, Second Floor

The clothes you wear to an interview or professional setting matter! An interviewer can decide within the first 10 seconds if you are a good fit for a job or internship. A neat, professional appearance goes a long way in making that first impression as strong as possible, and like it or not, your physical appearance has a bearing on your success, even if it’s not a requirement in the job description.

During this session, Career Services will share pointers on how to dress for success without breaking the bank and some simple things you can do to make a great first and lasting impression.