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Sept. 7, 2020

Career Pathing sets students, employees for success in workplace

By Leah Newell, communication assistant

Northwest Missouri State University is again offering personal and professional development opportunities for students and employees this fall through its Career Pathing series.

Career Pathing sessions are 60 minutes each and feature professionals sharing their expertise related to topics such as resilience and workplace interactions. In collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, this fall’s series also includes the Bearcat Diversity Book Club, a five-week discussion based on the New York Times bestseller authored by Ijeoma Oluo “So You Want to Talk About Race.”

“Career Pathing provides an additional platform for our students to learn outside the classroom, alongside our professional employees,” Northwest Coordinator of Student Employment Paula McLain said. “The topics and presenters are experts who share their knowledge and skills to enhance the work experience for all and prepare students for future careers.”

More information about each session is provided below.

Northwest staff and faculty may register online at

Students should register online at

Career Pathing Training Opportunities

“Reflect, Connect and Move (RCM)”

B.K. Taylor, assistant director of wellness services for prevention, outreach and education

Wednesday, Sept. 9, J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom; 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.

Reflect, connect and move, better known as RCM, is a primary resilience training. RCM, which is being developed at Northwest, the University of Missouri-Columbia and an external consultant, is a first-of-its-kind program that provides a common language and process to cultivate resilience. The goal of the RCM is to provide any trained person with the tools to overcome difficult situations and be successful. Those situations could be a breakup, failed class, or loss of a loved one.

The first step of RCM is participating in this primary training with an intention to grow in the future.


Bearcat Diversity Book Club

Dr. Justin Mallett, associate provost of diversity and inclusion

Tuesdays, Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10; Zoom,
11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. (faculty and staff)
6 to 7:30 p.m. (students)

Participants will share a dialogue based on the book, “So You Want to Talk About Race,” by Ijeoma Oluo. The book covers subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to model minorities. The discussion is a step toward having honest conversations about race and racism and how those things affect every aspect of American life.


“Implicit Bias and Microaggressions”

Dr. Justin Mallett, associate provost of diversity and inclusion

Monday, Sept. 28, J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Issues of race have been at the center of national news during recent months. Through efforts to understand issues of systemic and institutional racism, it is important to understand the effects implicit bias and microaggressions have on the oppressed. This session will help attendees understand the concepts of implicit bias and the forms of microaggressions students and employees face each day. The session also will provide tips to handle microaggressive statements and be an ally. It will provide participants with basic tenets of acting against microaggressions and understanding bias.




“Generations at Work: Interaction Guidelines to Increase Performance”

Lauren Schieffer, international speaker and author

Tuesday, Oct. 6, J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom; 11 a.m., 1 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 helps participants understand each generation’s driving influence and gives individuals what they 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.


“Turning Disruption into Your Competitive Advantage”

Steven Iwersen, speaker and author

Thursday, Oct. 15, J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom; 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 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