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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 16, 2016

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

Updated Sept. 23, 2016

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 workplace topics from engaging in difficult conversations and generational differences.

Seven presentations are scheduled 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.

All presentations are 60 or 90 minutes long and take place in the J.W. Jones Student Union. 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


Kristen Peltz“Engaging in Difficult Conversations”

Kristen Peltz, assistant director of Wellness Services at Northwest

Wednesday, Sept. 21: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. (60 minutes)

Regardless of who the other person is – a friend, family, colleague or romantic partner – it creates uncomfortable emotion when someone is tough to talk about.

Learn to identify barriers individuals face when thinking about topics that are hard to discuss. Examine ways to make those conversations less stressful and more productive.


“It’s Not What You Say, It’s HOW You Say It®”

Barbara Teicher, certified speaking professional, Etc Executive Training and Coaching

Barbara Teicher

Tuesday, Oct. 4: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. (60 minutes)

The way an individual says something is more important and has greater impact than words actually used. The intention behind the words people try to convey is different than the message being perceived. They are not often in sync at all.

Join international speaker, published author and business coach Barbara Teicher as she shares the secrets of the messages people are really sending.

By the end of this program, individuals will know how to diagnose situations and people where a level of discomfort exists and why, recognize the reasons for disconnects in conversations and relationships, identify the six steps of the “It’s how you say it®” principle and determine how to make a V.A.S.T. difference.

For more information, visit


Danielle Koonce“Green Dot: Changing the Conversation about Violence”

Danielle Koonce, Green Dot coordinator at Northwest

Monday, Oct. 17: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. (60 minutes)

Northwest is committed to preventing violence through Green Dot, a violence prevention initiative focused on reducing violence such as stalking, sexual assault and partner violence.

A green dot is any behavior, choice, word or attitude that interrupts violence or sends a message that violence is not okay. As a part of the Northwest community, people can help set the norm that violence is unacceptable and everyone is expected to do their part to keep the community safe. Identifying concerning behaviors that might indicate violence, unique ways to interrupt violence by drawing on strengths and personality, and how the Greed Dot approach could be beneficial and useful to developing as a professional, will be explored through this program.


Devin Henderson“Up Your Game”

Devin Henderson, CSP, Henderson Entertainment, LLC

Wednesday, Nov. 2: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. (60 minutes)

The world is a stage and everyone is a performer. The strategies that have made Devin Henderson an award-winning entertainer translate to the stage of life. His tips will help optimize performance on a daily basis, whether it be at home, in the office or anywhere in between.

Devin is a clean comedian and he tricks out his stand-up with surprising and unusual talents. Along with events nationwide, Devin performs weekly at the Kansas City Improv Comedy Club, and he’s an international sensation. A family studies degree from Kansas State University and a sense of humor both explain Devin’s nine years of martial survival despite four children. Comedy writes itself for a man living with a family of six. From texting typos to backseat slap fights to a home water birth, the material never runs dry.

Devin is the author of a small book called “Share Your Magic,” a pickpocket’s take on applying The Golden Rule. He is a CSP, the speaking industry’s international measure of expertise. Devin’s passion as a performer is using his talents and knowledge to inspire others to “perform” at their best in all they do.


Career Services at Northwest“Are You Career Ready”

Career Services at Northwest

Thursday, Nov. 17: 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. (60 minutes)

Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies for a successful transition into the workplace.

Career Services will share career readiness competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and human resources and staffing professionals. Learn what skills employers expect from their workforce because career readiness skills are not only key to success during the application process for an internship or job but for life-long career success.

Attend and learn what it takes to be career ready and how to demonstrate career readiness to potential employers.

“Tell me a little about yourself: How to become a STAR in the interview process”

Career Services at Northwest

Tuesday, Nov. 29: 9:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. (60 minutes) 

Job interviews can be scary, but they are a vital part in your career search. This interactive workshop will help participants prepare for interview questions using the STAR method. Other interview tips and best practices also will be discussed to help participants not just survive interviews but thrive in them.

Candy Whirley“Generational Differences – Bridging the Gap”

Candy Whirley, CSP, SBG Services, LLC

Thursday, Dec. 1: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. (90 minutes)

This interactive, energetic and entertaining presentation will enable participants to recruit and manage top candidates by learning the differences between generations X, Y, Boomers, and Matures, and their work habits and goals. Candy will share her knowledge of gender differences to help participants understand there is a difference in communication and conflict management between genders.

The genetics portion of the presentation will expose four personality styles and how each personality contributes to the organization’s vision and goals. Learn which team members behavioral style works best with each job position. Learn how to keep performance high when morale is low during changing times in the organization. Understand how to motivate, communicate and negotiate with the Baby Boomers to the Baby Zs. Understand five key ideas about each generation and how to keep the Generation Ys from moving to the next job.

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