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Aug. 28, 2018

Career Pathing program offers students, employees, community members workplace-related learning opportunities

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Northwest Missouri State University, in partnership with the Maryville Chamber of Commerce, is offering eight presentations featuring professional development topics for students, University employees, and area residents during its Career Pathing program.

“Career pathing sessions are a great opportunity for Northwest students to learn more about skills and attributes employers seek and prepare them for their current positions and future careers,” Northwest Coordinator of Student Employment Paula McLain, said. “It is also a great opportunity for students to learn alongside experienced staff and community members. Training and development opportunities are limited in the community, and it is our hope the community members and staff can also take advantage of advancing their skills by attending these valuable sessions.”

Each presentation costs $25 for Maryville Chamber of Commerce members or $40 for non-members. Northwest students and employees may attend the presentations for free, and participating students may advance to new levels of pay and responsibility through Northwest’s Student Employment program.

Presentations, with the exception of RESPOND training sessions for Northwest students on Sept. 13 and Sept. 23, are 60 minutes and take place in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Each session is described below.

For more information and to register, community members and Northwest staff and faculty may register online at Students should register online at


Rachel Mayfield, counselor, Northwest Wellness Services

Thursday, Sept. 13, The Station center meeting room; 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
or Sunday, Sept. 23, The Station center meeting room; 2-6 p.m. (for students only)

“RESPOND” is designed to assist the campus community with recognizing mental health concerns. Content includes a brief overview of mental health problems on college campuses, discussion about stigma and culture, 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 at the lay level, support, referral, and taking care of self, including appropriate boundaries based on role or personal preference. The interactive training will address issues such as how FERPA works when mental health concerns exist, HIPAA where appropriate, and Title IX and confidential sources.


“Crack or Crack Up”

Devin Henderson, Magic Entertainment, LLC

Thursday, Sept. 20 (10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m.)

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 also are more creative, more productive, more fun to be around, less stressed, healthier, fresher, and more open to new ideas. Henderson offers concrete strategies for increasing productivity and maintaining sanity in the midst of a stressful and changing workplace. With his hilarious presentation, you will learn to laugh, lighten up and love work. For more information, visit

Devin Henderson

“Leadership Lessons on Being Human: From Burma to the Heart of Africa to Omaha”

Dr. Jayne Emsick, Integrow Inc.

Monday, Oct. 1 (10 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m.)

This session is an inspiring and energizing collage of stories from Emsick’s work with grassroots leaders in developing countries, including Burma and the Democratic Republic Congo, that reframes perspectives of the human capacity for resilience and hope in the midst of extraordinary challenge. Leaders will discover how the world can be changed in small bites, often by employing a seemingly simple but heretofore untested ideas. For more information, visit

Dr. Jayne Emsic

“Implicit Bias and Microaggressions and their Effects in the Workplace”

Dr. Justin Mallett, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Northwest

Wednesday, Oct. 17 (11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.)

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. Mallett also will 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 hear or see them within the workplace.

Dr. Justin Mallett

“Workplace Harassment: The Big Picture”

Kirsten Anderson, advocate

Thursday, Oct. 25 (11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.)

As the country wrestles with the aftermath of the #metoo movement, Anderson, a Northwest alumna, provides a comprehensive look at what many people are not talking about, dealing with, and thinking about when it comes to this pervasive problem. For more information, visit

Kirsten Anderson

“Personality Types: It Takes 4 to Tango”

Candy Whirley, SBG Services, LLC

Tuesday, Nov. 6 (9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m.)

International speaker, author and former NFL Cheerleader Candy Whirley is known for leading and cheering audiences around the world to live and work better together and to stop driving each other crazy. Whirley takes participants through her 4 C’s of leadership, which are confidence, communication, creativity and change in the workplace, along with a brilliant exploration of personality styles that will make you think, laugh, dance and recognize your true self and others. 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. For more information, visit

Candy Whirley

“Dress for Success”

Jill Brown, director of partnerships and placement at Northwest
Travis Kline, career development coordinator for internships at Northwest

Wednesday, Nov. 28 (10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.)

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. Career Services staff 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.

“Dress for Success”


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215