The Focus is on Being Prepared
Whether you are currently in the workplace or working on getting there, this track of programming narrows in on very specific competencies related to getting, keeping and enjoying whatever vocation you choose.
Designed for all conference participants regardless of experience or title, these "labs" are designed to be very experiential and may require "practicing" of the workplace related skills being taught. Discussion and sharing of experiences is highly encouraged in these workshops which run along side of the other program offerings.
Friday - 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
On Your Own: How to Be an Entrepreneur
Is the entrepreneurship life for you? Ever thought about starting your own business? Whether it’s a full time "gig" or your “side hustle,” contribute to the conversation as we discuss the pros and cons of starting your own business and where to begin. Ready to take the jump?
- Appreciation for the challenges versus payoffs of being an entrepreneur
- Knowledge of the various types of motivations for doing your own "thing"
- Identification of "resources" necessary to be an entrepreneur - including personal characteristics
- Ability to apply planning strategies to business idea
- Start a legitimate business plan
Friday - 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Your Career Success Depends Upon Accepting Feedback
Competency: Receiving Feedback
Do you find it difficult to receive positive and constructive feedback? Do you want to "toughen" up? Learn ways to position yourself correctly to hear all kinds of feedback. What's your frame of mind, ability to listen without defense, and demeanor throughout? See how accepting feedback is connected to career success.
- Look inward to reflect upon your typical reaction to feedback
- Explore various techniques to enhance your ability to be less defensive
- Know a variety of choices for responding while maintaining a positive demeanor
Friday - 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Influencing Up, Down, and Across Your Organization
Competency: Productive Relationships (Working with Co-Workers and Group Mates)
Dr. Jermaine M. Davis
Are you a person of influence? Do you know the secrets to cultivating healthy and authentic relationships? Can you get your point across without being or appearing aggressive, arrogant, or annoying? 85% of your success in life, school, and work is determined by your ability to get along with others. Participate and learn the principles and practices used by great communicators and leaders when influencing up, down, and across their organizations.
- Increase their credibility utilizing the L-Factor Activity
- Create a safe space to engage in Courageous Conversations
- Build interpersonal trust with others utilizing the Trust Formula
- Resolve conflicts and disagreements using the N.E.W. Approach
- Adjust your communication & leadership style using the Carpenter’s Rule
Friday - 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Creators & Makers: Digital Branding Tools for the Job Search & Content Creation
Dr. Josie Ahlquist
You’ll soon have the degree (or have one). Every day you’re gaining experience and building a stellar resume. So, are you also paying attention to your digital influence and reputation? Because employers have unparalleled access to these things through numerous digital communication tools, this session focuses on "professional branding" and digital space identity development.
- Apply tools to shift from for a "consumer" of digital content to a "creator"
- Learn three social media platforms that can be used for professional identity, branding, and job searching
- Craft your professional bio and professional persona online
- Give and receive feedback on your social media activity relative to a job search
Saturday - 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
How to Really Get Hired
Dr. Bruce Jackson
Sending out resumes by the dozen is one approach to finding a job. Another is to think differently about how to get hired. Avoid following the crowd and take your game to the next level by authoring a job search strategy that’s right for you. During this session we will explore several unique strategies you can use to cut through the crowd and find your dream opportunities.
- Know how to network into your next job
- Eliminate stressful thoughts over career and job search decisions
- Apply significant leadership competencies to blow away the competition
Saturday - 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Exploring Conscious Leadership: Bringing Positive Change to Challenging Team and Organizational Culture
Competency: Other's Perspectives in the Workplace
Speak up or say nothing? Act or stand still? The session has the power to empower YOU to exercise the commitments of conscious leadership. Learn how to become a positive influence where challenging team, workplace and organizational culture exist. Participants will also learn effective leadership tools that engage the perspective of others in ones' decision-making process.
- Identify personal commitments of conscious leadership
- Know essential leadership traits
- Better understand how to be more inclusive of other ideas and perspectives
Saturday - 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Ummm... So... Like... Let's Talk about Public Speaking
Competency: Verbal Communication (Public Speaking)
Jerry Seinfeld once said, "People fear public speaking more than they fear death. So that means, at a funeral most people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy." Which would you choose? You've observed amazing displays of engagement by conference speakers learn what separates them from a mundane monologist.
- Know characteristics and behaviors of engaging speakers
- Identify personal assets and liabilities at the podium
- Appreciate the reality: Success is linked to WHAT you say not HOW