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Jan. 17, 2024

Career Pathing sessions aimed at setting up students, employees for success in workplace

Updated: Jan. 29, 2024

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

Career Pathing sessions feature activities and workshops led by Northwest staff members and other experts who share their knowledge and experiences related to topics including diversity and inclusion wellness, communication, handling conflict and workplace culture.

While Career Pathing provides professional development opportunities for Northwest faculty and staff, the program gives participating student employees opportunities to develop skills for the workforce and earn pay increases for their attendance.

“These Career Pathing opportunities are provided to student employees to enhance skills that will impact their current working experiences on campus as we as prepare them for their future careers,” Paula McLain, Northwest’s coordinator of student employment, said. “Faculty and staff are welcome to attend these sessions to learn more about topics provided from expert trainers. We are fortunate to have such experts share their knowledge and experience with all who attend.”

More information about spring Career Pathing opportunities is provided below. All sessions are 60 minutes in the J.W. Jones Student Union unless noted.

Northwest students may register online at

Northwest staff and faculty may register online at

Dr. Shalon Malone

Lifting as We Climb: Concepts to Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Shalon Malone, assistant vice president of diversity and inclusion, Northwest Missouri State University
10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the Student Union Boardroom

Join a conversation about the basics of identity and diversity so we can understand how to progress creating an inclusive environment for all. Learn how to practice what you’ve learned by engaging in a conversation with peers and facilitators for answers you’ve wanted to know about issues of diversity and social justice.

Dallas Amsden

Shhh … The Not-So-Secret Edge to Success in Business

Dallas Amsden, communication expert and presentation trainer, C2S Communicate2Succeed
10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the Student Union Boardroom

Powerful communication is about more than speaking or eloquence; it’s about mastering persuasion, building trust, exuding charisma and more. Communication expert Dallas Amsden will guide attendees through some of the key principles of effective communication and steering away from common pitfalls that can jeopardize interviews, deals and team dynamics.

Jodie Pitcock

Why Consider Federal Service

Jodie Pitcock, recruitment lead, U.S. Department of Agriculture
10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Student Union Ballroom (for students only)

Individuals employed with the federal government provide many services benefiting millions of people each day and creating positive change. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers excellent benefits, professional development, career advancement and work-life balance that’s hard to find in the private sector. Learn how federal employee benefits add up to a smart choice for financial security and quality of life.

Steven Iwersen 

Personality Jazz: Creating Harmony at Work

Steven Iwersen, author and certified speaking professional, Aurora Pointe LLC
11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, in the Student Union Boardroom

Simply acknowledging that we have different personalities doesn’t make for better teams. Your ability to communicate, respect and compliment instead of competing is the mix needed for great relationships — at work and home. The strength of your team depends on their ability to appreciate and work with those who have different work styles. Personality Jazz reveals the secret of working in rhythm with others.

Bob Dusin 

The Power of Our Assumptions

Bob Dusin, leadership keynote speaker, Bob Dusin LLC
11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the Student Union Boardroom

This session shines a light on how negative perceptions of people affect a leader’s ability to create the most effective team. All leaders have assumptions about the capabilities of the people on their team and in their organization, even before they know them well. These assumptions and perceptions have a significant impact on the level of engagement and commitment of those team members. Recognizing assumptions will make a positive shift in the level of commitment, motivation and bottom-line results.

Dale Stewart 

Nobody Ever Wins a Fight

Dale Stewart, author
11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the Student Union Boardroom

This interactive workshop will help participants learn to listen carefully to others and to themselves. Techniques and language clues will be shared to help attendees navigate the “levels and momentum of conflict” and slice through the “golf ball of perception and power.” Stewart has spent a lifetime of working with individuals and groups as a mediator, police detective, consultant and ordained minister. He has led conflict resolution workshops in the U.S. and Canada, and has served as a mediator with courts throughout Missouri.

C.A.L.M. in Crisis 

C.A.L.M. in Crisis

Wellness Services, Northwest Missouri State University 
Sessions for students:
  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Student Union Boardroom
  • 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the Student Union Boardroom
  • 2:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 12, in The Station
Sessions for faculty and staff
  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the Student Union Boardroom
  • 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Student Union Boardroom

Sessions are 2.5 hours, in addition to a one-hour Northwest Online training camp within two weeks of the in-person training date you select. Information to access the training camp will be sent via email two weeks prior to the in-person training. 

Participants must complete both the online training camp and in-person training session to receive credit. Completion of the session counts as three Career Pathing sessions. Click here to register.

This program is designed to assist the campus community with identifying students with mental health concerns. The training focuses on improving awareness of risk factors and warning signs for suicide, recognizing and responding, referring to available resources, ways to offer hope, and the importance of managing personal wellness throughout the process.

Content includes a brief overview of mental health concerns on the Northwest campus as well as breaking down components of the C.A.L.M. acronym. After completion of both training components, attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

Dr. Jessie Peter 

J.E.D.I. Program

Dr. Jessie Peter, senior coordinator of diversity and inclusion, Northwest Missouri State University

For students only, the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Program is offered by Northwest’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion as a co-curricular program. It provides a series of learning experiences to facilitate self-awareness and identity formation, understanding of diverse cultural experiences and advocacy to reduce structural inequities.

Students must attend any one session to meet Career Pathing requirements and all four sessions to complete Level 1 of the J.E.D.I. Program. Click here to register.

  • 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, Student Union Meeting Room D – Implicit thoughts: Join us for a conversation about implicit thoughts and how they direct our perceptions.
  • 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, Student Union Meeting Room D – Intent vs. Impact: Join us for a conversation about how implicit thoughts inform our actions and its effects.
  • 3 p.m. Thursday, March 7, Student Union Meeting Room D – Intercultural Competency: Join us for a conversation to understand and respect each other across cultures.
  • 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Student Union – Intersectionality: Join us for a conversation to become self and other aware of our positions in society.  


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215