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Jan. 14, 2020

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 again offering a series of presentations featuring professional development topics for students, University employees and area residents during its spring Career Pathing series.

“Career Pathing opportunities are a great way for student employees and staff to receive professional development on relative topics for positions,” Northwest Coordinator of Student Employment Paula McLain said. “The presenters are experts in their field and provide valuable information.”

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.

“Having community members, as well as University staff and faculty, join the sessions allows for our students to learn alongside seasoned professionals,” McLain said. “With limited professional development opportunities in the area, these sessions provide area business and community members the opportunity to attend quality training at minimal cost.”

All presentations, with the exception of RESPOND training sessions for Northwest students and employees only on Feb. 9 and Feb. 17, are 60 minutes. Each session is described in more detail below.

Additionally, Northwest Wellness Services offers professional development opportunities, which are accessible by clicking here

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

Career Pathing Training Opportunities



“RESPOND” (for students only)

Rachel Mayfield, counselor, Northwest Wellness Services

Tuesday, Jan. 14, The Station center meeting room; 12:30-4:30 p.m. (for faculty and staff only)
Sunday, Feb. 9, The Station center meeting room; 1-5 p.m. (for students only)
Monday, Feb. 17, The Station center meeting room; 1-5 p.m. (for students, faculty and staff only)

“RESPOND” is designed to teach the campus community how to recognize and respond to 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.



“Generations at Work: Interaction Guidelines to Increase Performance”

Lauren Schieffer, international speaker and author, High Road Solutions

Thursday, Jan. 23, Student Union Ballroom; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.

For the first time in American history, there are four generations in the workplace. The “old folks” are not obsolete, and the “kids” are not sloppy and lazy. Each brings an important energy and contribution to the team. This fun and interactive session allows you to understand each generation's driving influence and gives you what you need to communicate for greater effectiveness and harmony.

Learn core characteristics of each of the four generations, influencing factors that create emotional drivers and tips for communicating with and motivating each generation – especially the largest and still growing generation: Millennials.



“Career Development”

Sahil Punamia, marketing consultant for Netflix, The Aspiring Professional

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Workshop in Student Union Meeting Room D, 5 p.m. (limited to first 25 students to register)
Lecture in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building; 7 p.m.

Punamia is a creative consultant for Netflix and committee member with the National Association of Colleges and Employers where he is a certified course instructor on managing Gen Z in the workplace. He has worked with movie studios, professional sports teams, and businesses and universities throughout the country. Punamia will provide a 45-minute lecture, addressing how to better stand out to employers, how to craft a better résumé and strategies for networking, followed by a 15-minute question-answer segment.



“Turning Disruption into Your Competitive Advantage”

Steven Iwersen, speaker and author, Aurora Pointe, LLC

Tuesday, April 28, Student Union Ballroom; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.

The new expectation of every leader and industry is to rethink and retool their approach to business if they want to be relevant, see results and increase revenue. How individuals and organizations respond to this new business culture will determine if they thrive or die. Iwersen presents four essentials that the best leaders of large corporations and small businesses are using every day to stay ahead of the crowd and help avoid getting stuck. Discover how turning chaos into an advantage is as easy as herding porcupines.


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215