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Jan. 15, 2019

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

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.

“We are excited to announce our career pathing sessions for the spring,” Paula McLain, Northwest’s coordinator of student employment, said. “There are great opportunities for our staff, faculty and students to enhance personal and professional skills. We are equally excited to cohost these sessions with the Maryville Chamber of Commerce and invite community members to join us.  It is a great opportunity for our students to learn alongside professionals within the community.”

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 Feb. 5 and Feb. 23, are 60-90 minutes and take place in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Each session is described below. The RESPOND training is for Northwest students only.

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

“It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It”

Barbara Teicher, CSP

Thursday, Jan. 24 (11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.)

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. Join Teicher, an international and two-time TEDx speaker, published author and business coach, as she shares the secrets of strengthening relationships and improving communication. By the end this program, participants will be able 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 step “It’s How You Say It” principle, and determine how to make a V.A.S.T. difference. For more information, visit

Barbara Teicher

“Powered by Hope”

Teri Griege, inspirational speaker

Monday, Feb. 4 (11 a.m. or 1 p.m.)

Through her inspirational story, Griege has developed all-purpose tools that are extremely impactful for battling adversity. Her tactics are simple, easily implemented and incredibly powerful. For more information, visit

Teri Griege


Rachel Mayfield, counselor, Northwest Wellness Services

Tuesday, Feb. 5, The Station center meeting room; 3 to 7 p.m.
or Saturday, Feb. 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.


“Opportunity Town”

Cris Jacobson, instructor of psychology, Northwest School of Health Science and Wellness

Tuesday, Feb. 26 (10 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.)

This simulation and discussion will explore how a system based upon privilege impacts our daily lives.

Cris Jacobson

“Green Dot: Changing the Conversation about Violence”

Danielle Koonce, Green Dot coordinator, Northwest Wellness Services

Thursday, March 7 (10 a.m., 2 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.)

Green Dot is a violence prevention initiative focused on reducing violence, including stalking, sexual assault and partner violence. A green dot is any behavior‚ choice‚ word or attitude that interrupts violence or sends the message that violence is not OK with you. The Northwest community can help set the norm that violence is unacceptable and everyone is expected to do their part to keep our community safe. This program will explore how to identify concerning behaviors that might indicate violence, unique ways to interrupt violence by drawing on strengths and personality, and how the Green Dot approach could be beneficial and useful to you as you develop as a professional.

Danielle Koonce

“Quill Power – The New Will Power for Success in a Prickly World”

Steven Iwersen, Aurora Pointe, LLC

Tuesday, March 19 (11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.)

How you perceive your circumstance and achieve your highest potential depends on your ability to attract respectful relationships, overcome limitations, resolve conflict, communicate with others, and hold yourself accountable to strategic decisions. Iwersen takes you inside the arena of real-life personal and professional challenges, and – with his signature style of humor, storytelling and interactive delivery – reveals simple strategies that can help redirect negative attitudes and outcomes into positive, courageous and productive results. For more information, visit

Steven Iwersen

“Connect … How to Get Great Results in Relationships and Teamwork”

Cathy Newton, author and speaker

Wednesday, April 3 (11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.)

The power of connection is the principle that sustains relationships, elevates productivity and stabilizes trust. It’s your ability to positively affect the thoughts and actions of other people. Connecting with others flows through the filters of your head (cognition), heart (love) and guts (emotional intelligence), requiring you to take intellectual, social and emotional risks. Learn commonsense strategies to understand filters and maximize influence. For more information, visit

Cathy Newton

“Building and Using a Professional LinkedIn Profile”

Travis Kline, career development coordinator for internships, Northwest Career Services

Monday, April. 15 (10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.)

LinkedIn has more than 500 million users and is used by more than 90 percent of corporate recruiters. If you are looking for a job or internship, LinkedIn can be a major asset. This presentation will cover the major parts of a LinkedIn profile, best practices for students and tips on how to use LinkedIn to supercharge your networking and job search.

Travis Kline


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215