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Personal and Professional Development Opportunities

Spring 2024

Date(s) Title of Presentation Presenter
Feb. 12 Lifting as We Climb: Concepts to Understanding Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Shay Malone
Feb. 20 Shhh.... The Not-So-Secret Edge to Success in Business Dallas Amsden
Feb. 21 Why Consider Federal Service Jodie Pitcock
Feb. 29 Personality Jazz: Creating Harmony at Work Steven Iwersen
Mar. 4 The Power of Our Assumptions Bob Dusin
Mar. 26 Nobody Ever Wins a Fight Dale Stewart
Jan. 30, Mar. 25 April 12 or April 16 C.A.L.M. in Crisis Wellness Services
Jan. 23, Feb. 13, Mar. 7 or April 2 J.E.D.I. Program Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Register online!

Student employees should record attending Career Pathing sessions on timesheets

Lifting as we Climb: Concepts to Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

Lifting as we Climb: Concepts to Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Shalon Malone, Assistant Vice President – Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Northwest Missouri State University

Dates: Monday, February 12
Time: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Boardroom

This conversation is about the basics of identity and diversity so we can understand how to progress creating an inclusive environment for all. Finally, learn how to practice what you’ve learned by engaging in a conversation with your peers and facilitators about any questions you’ve ever wanted to know about issues of diversity and social justice.

Shhh.... The Not-So-Secret Edge to Success in Business

Shhh.... The Not-So-Secret Edge to Success in Business

Dallas Amsden
Speaker, Host, Communication Expert and Presentation Trainer
C2S Communicate2Succeed

Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes
Location: Student Union Boardroom

Have you ever wondered why some business professionals skyrocket to success while others plateau? What makes some rise to the top of their field, even if they’re not more talented than others. What is the secret of their success? Well, the answer is really not that big of a secret, and the answer has even been endorsed by none other than Warren Buffett who said, "If you want to be worth 50% more than you are right now… hone your communication skills," That’s it. The not-so-secret edge is powerful communication skills.

But… powerful communication is about more than speaking or eloquence; it's about mastering persuasion, building trust, exuding charisma, and so much more! In this exclusive training session, communication expert Dallas Amsden will guide you through some of the key principles of effective communication, steering you away from common pitfalls that can jeopardize interviews, deals, and team dynamics. Discover the principles that will establish you as the go-to expert in your field.

Don't let success be a mystery; join us for an event that promises to elevate your business acumen. Seize the not-so-secret edge to success and position yourself for greatness! Don't miss out on this opportunity to sharpen your communication skills and propel your career to new heights.

Why Consider Federal Service

Why Consider Federal Service

Jodie Pitcock, Recruitment Lead
United States Department of Agriculture

Dates: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

We are called to serve others.  Individuals employed with the Federal Government provide many services, benefiting millions of people each day and creating positive change.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers excellent benefits, professional, development, career advancement and work-life balance that’s hard to find in private sector.  Look beyond the paycheck and see how federal employee benefits add up to a smart choice for financial security and quality of life. Then choose an employer who cares about your future and well-being!


  • Government benefits
  • Learn about Federal career.
  • How to write a Federal Resume to get yourself referred for a “hard” to get position.

Personality Jazz: Creating Harmony At Work

Personality Jazz: Creating Harmony At Work

Steven Iwersen
Keynote and Inspirational Speaker, Author and CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)
Aurora Pointe, LLC 

Date: Thursday, February 29
Time: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes
Location: Student Union Boardroom

Simply acknowledging that we have different personalities doesn’t make for better teams. Your ability to communicate, respect, and compliment instead of competing, is the mix needed for great relationships — at work and home. The strength of your team depends on their ability to appreciate and work with those who have different work styles.

Personality Jazz reveals the secret of working in rhythm with others. Our guest presenter, Steven Iwersen, will help you discover a new understanding of personalities from the world of jazz!

The Power of Our Assumptions

The Power of Our Assumptions

Bob Dusin, Leadership Keynote Speaker
Bob Dusin, LLC 

Date: Monday, March 4
Time: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes
Location: Student Union Boardroom

This session shines a light on how negative perceptions of people affect a leader’s ability to create the most effective team.

All leaders have assumptions about the capabilities of the people on their team and in their organization, even before they know them well. These assumptions and perceptions have a significant impact on the level of engagement and commitment of those team members.

A leader’s assumptions and perceptions, and the actions taken because of them, are often not recognized consciously by the leader. They are certainly not done maliciously. But recognizing these assumptions will make a positive shift in the level of commitment, motivation, and bottom-line results.

Nobody Ever Wins a Fight

Nobody Ever Wins a Fight

Dale Stewart, Author

Date: Tuesday, March 26
Time: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.
Length: 60 minutes
Location: Student Union Boardroom

Whether a natural result of being human or an intentional creation, the air seems to be filled with the behavior and language of conflict. Most individuals lose employment not from lack of ability to “do the job” but from lack of ability to get along with others.

This interactive workshop will help participants learn to listen carefully to others, and to themselves. Techniques and language clues will be shared to help an individual or group navigate the “Levels and Momentum of Conflict” and slice through the “Golf Ball of Perception and Power.”

W. Dale Stewart has spent a lifetime of working with individuals and groups as a mediator, police detective, consultant and ordained minister. He has led conflict resolution workshops in the U.S. And Canada, and has served as a mediator with courts throughout Missouri.

C.A.L.M. in Crisis

C.A.L.M. in Crisis

Wellness Services
Northwest Missouri State University 

Date, Time and Location:
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p,m., Union Boardroom
Monday, March 25, 2024 - 3:00 - 5:30 p.m., Union Boardroom
Friday, April 12, 2024 - 2:30 - 5 p.m., Station This session is at capacity. If you would like to be added to a waitlist to attend, please email
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 2:30 - 5 pm, Union Boardroom

Length:   2.5 Hours (In addition to a 1 hour online Training Camp)
*MUST complete both the online Training Camp and in-person Training session.

This program is designed to assist the campus community in identifying students with mental health concerns.  This training is available for all faculty, staff and students at Northwest!  It is a two-part training including a 1-hour online Training Camp and a 2.5 hour, in-person training held here on campus. 
While counseling services are key to helping support our students with mental health needs, our campus community plays a critical role in overall student wellness. Because of the increasing prevalence of mental health struggles, student success is being increasingly affected. The purpose of C.A.L.M. in Crisis is to build skills across our campus community (students, faculty, and staff). The training focuses on improving awareness of the risk factors and warning signs for suicide, how to recognize and respond when they occur, when/how to refer to available resources, ways in which to offer hope, and the importance of managing personal wellness throughout the process. Participation in the training is how we can help align our various roles on campus to bring evidence-based interventions to our ongoing support of student wellbeing. 
Important Note: This is a two-part training requiring completion of an online component, Training Camp, as well as an in-person component. Training Camp needs to be completed in Northwest Online within two weeks of the in-person training date you select. Information to access Training Camp will be sent via email 2 weeks prior to the in-person training. 

The course is organized around the acronym C.A.L.M.
C– Create Awareness  
A – Ask Question 
L – Learn Resources 
M – Manage Your Wellness 

Content includes a brief overview of mental health concerns on campus, as well as breaking down each component of the C.A.L.M. acronym. After completion of both training components, attendees will be emailed a certificate of completion.

This session counts as three Career Pathing sessions. 

Select to register.


C.A.L.M in Crisis Student Registration

J.E.D.I. Program

J.E.D.I. Program

Dr. Jessie Peter, Senior Coordinator
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Northwest Missouri State University

Date: January 23, February 13, March 7 or April 2
Time: 3 p.m.

Length: 60 Minutes
Location: January 23, February 13 and March 7 will be located in Student Union Meeting Room D
              April 2 will be located at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Union

J.E.D.I. Program
The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Program is offered by Northwest's Office of Diversity and Inclusion as a co-curricular program for students. If provides a series of learning experiences that aim to facilitate students’ self-awareness and identity formation, understanding of diverse cultural experiences, and advocacy to reduce structural inequities.
Attend any 3 of the following programs to complete Level 1 of the J.E.D.I. Program. To learn more about the JEDI Program email Dr. Jessie Peter -

Dates & Times:

Date: Tuesday, January 23
  • Implicit thoughts: Join us for a conversation about implicit thoughts and how they direct our perceptions.
Date: Tuesday, February 13
  • Intent Vs Impact: Join us for a conversation about how implicit thoughts inform our actions and its effects.
Date: Thursday, March 7
  • Intercultural Competency: Join us for a conversation to understand  and respect each other across cultures.
Date: Tuesday, April 2
  • Intersectionality: Join us for a conversation to become self and other aware of our positions in society.