Career Development and Professional Skills

These workshops develop the skills needed for socially conscious careers in today’s economic and political times, including topics such as: assessment, grant and proposal writing, intercultural communications, advocacy, leadership, and networking. These workshops may also provide opportunities to explore differing paths into the social justice field, such as non-profit organizations, corporations, social entrepreneurs, grassroots organizations, and policy writing.

Beginner:

Strengthening Values, Sustaining Purpose

Kaitlin Long and Shawna Peters, Kansas State University

Room: LBC 135

Strengthening Values, Sustaining Purpose is a workshop designed by students for students that will focus on developing self-awareness of personal values, and how similar values can hold different meanings. This interactive workshop will explore what it means to be an inclusive, servant leader while holding to your purpose. We will focus on building leadership skills that will strengthen personal values in order to become a strong professional and more authentic leader. (Level: Beginning/Intermediate)

Intermediate:

Transitioning from Service-Learning to Serving Your Community as a Nonprofit Employee

Julianne Dunn, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and Hunter Phillips Goodman, Arkansas Coalition for Excellence

Room: LBC 122

This workshop is perfect for students about to graduate and looking towards their future after graduation.  This workshop will provide a clear understanding of nonprofits and their work environments as well as helping students create the plan to achieve their career goals.  Students will be able to create lasting community change by being better prepared to transition from service-learning to being paid to serve the community.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, BLOCK #2, 1:15 PM-2:30 PM

Beginner:

Nonprofit and Philanthropic Careers, 101

Marsha McGriff, The Center on Philanthropy, IUPUI

Room: LBC 108

Learn how you can turn your passion into your career. Your desire to make a difference in the world can become your profession. The nonprofit sector is an enormous and growing field. It encompasses organizations ranging from hospitals and universities to homeless shelters and environmental groups, and from sports and the arts to religious organizations and international development. There are at least 1.4 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S., and they need dedicated, well-prepared leaders and staff. If you want to make an impact, this is the profession for you! Come and learn how, by attending this session. (Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

The Importance of Intercultural Communication in Teacher-training in the U.S.

Ashley Townes, STEP Into the World

Room: LBC 136

The purpose of this workshop is to raise participants’ awareness of the importance of effective intercultural communication in schools in the United States. The issues of racial identity, language diversity, and various cultural upbringings need to be addressed in training programs geared towards educators, social workers, medical and other professionals who face these problems everyday. The STEP Into the World organization strives to strengthen the intercultural communication skills of its’ participants, which will provide them with the ability to confidently and effectively manage in multicultural environments. Through professional development program abroad, STEP illuminates the value and impact it has on teacher training and how it will enhance intellectual growth, personal development, and global mindedness while increasing intercultural sensitivity among participating individuals. Participants can learn from the presentation how one can embed flexibility and cultural responsiveness in all areas of their professional practice, including classroom discipline, interactions, relationships, and shared respect with students, families, and colleagues after partaking in a professional development abroad. (Level: Beginner/Intermediate)

The Power of YOU

Jill Jordan, HappyIntentions.com

Room: LBC 135

Leadership skills for the socially conscious career: wanting to make a difference in the world is not enough. It takes a well-developed professional to succeed. Learn effective communication: speaking and acting with power along with refined listening skills to know the needs of others. Also, learn to understand the importance of building public speaking skills and networking while using the power of intention and perseverance. With the approach of a self-empowered individual, one can bring big change to the world.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, BLOCK #3, 4:45 PM-6:00 PM

Beginner:

Free and Low-cost Technology/Tools to Support Your Work

John Sarvey, Northeastern University School of Public Policy

Room: LBC 136

These days there are plenty of free and low-cost technologies that you can use to support your work. Tools for creating and managing websites, bulk emails, project collaboration platforms (wikis), survey tools, event registration, volunteer databases. Come hear (and share) about a few of them and how you can use them.

Heroes are Made: Find Your Voice

Steven Carrillo, Stetson University/AmeriCorps VISTA

Kasey Jones, Toastmasters International

Room: LBC 124

Following “Heroes are Made: Laying the Foundation,” (Workshop Block 1) this workshop will focus on fundamental aspects of public speaking on persuasion and sales. Basics of public speaking will be covered, such as: composure and vocal technique, utilizing emotion, and keeping your image. The workshop will further advance into discussing persuasion techniques and evaluating your audience to better adjust your message. Fair warning to those attending: YOU WILL BE ACTIVELY SPEAKING.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012, BOCK #4, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Beginner:

Evaluation: It’s necessary and not as scary as you think!

Spencer Lucker and Nicky Hamilton, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

Room: LBC 136

Stop! Before you implement that community based program, have you thought of how to measure success and effectiveness? Have you taken the necessary considerations to ensure sustainability? This workshop will teach essential tools in evaluation and strategies for sustaining community-based programs. If you are looking to improve your program, receive funding for your program or hoping to affect change in the future, evaluation and sustainability practices are keys to developing a successful program.  Components of the workshop will include how to build an appropriate evaluation strategy, development and application of a program logic model, and engaging necessary stakeholders for long-term support. (Cross-listed under Building and Sustaining Campus-based Community Service Program)

Strategic Questioning – Personal Discernment and Social Action

Ryland White and Mary Kay Sigda, SIT Graduate Institute

Room: LBC 223

Participatory Decision-Making is an experientially based workshop that will assist participants in deciding when and how to use a participatory approach to creating sustainable solutions to problems. This workshop will present and work through the steps of the Participatory Model of Decision-Making designed by Sam Kaner and incorporating the values of full participation, mutual understanding, inclusive decisions, and shared responsibility. It will offer an opportunity to not only increase awareness of skill involved in facilitating participatory decisions but also a raised awareness of how often our own lack of full engagement through difficult phases of the process results in unsustainable decisions. (Cross listed under Issue Me Change) (Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

What good will I do? : Understanding your call to serve

Trish Flanagan, Clinton School of Public Service

Room: LBC 221

Often times those of us compelled to volunteer or work on social issues are asked why we do it? Why do we care? Yet many times we feel we don’t have the time or that maybe it is not necessary to consider the “Why’s” and the “How’s” in our efforts to take social action.  However, if we want to impact positive change through our social action, we need to consider what motivates us and how we can best to do this challenging, yet rewarding work. In this workshop, we will not sit in front of a lecturer and passively listen and nod. On the contrary, in this fun and dynamic workshop, we will have the opportunity to explore our personal experiences and understandings that have led us to the call to action. We will consider various current models of social advocacy work, like that of Toms Shoes and Warby Parker Eyeglasses, and analyze how our work can make the greatest impact. We will learn about the perspectives of others who feel impelled to take social action. As a participant, you will consider your motivation to serve and develop your own personal mission statement. You will also create a tangible, useful plan tailored to your experience and perspective that will help you to succeed in your career and impact positive social change for those you serve.

Intermediate:

Be the CHANGE on Your Campus – Oxfam’s CHANGE Initiative

Niea Gardner and Student Presenters, Oxfam America

Room: LBC 124

Oxfam America’s CHANGE Initiative aims to develop capable and confident young leaders, who are active agents for positive social change. We use leadership and advocacy training to teach students about the global fight against poverty, hunger and injustice. Students then transform this knowledge into action on campus and in their communities.  In this workshop participants will hear from CHANGE Leaders who have gone through the program, receive information on how to apply for Oxfam’s 2012 CHANGE training in Boston, and participate in a small group activity that examines leadership styles, both for the individual and learning how best to accomplish tasks with others.

Work on Purpose: Create a Career with Impact

Lara Galinsky and Linda Kay Klein, Echoing Green

Room: LBC 123

In this fun, interactive workshop led by the social entrepreneurship organization, Echoing Green, attendees will learn proven methodologies for creating world-changing careers that are uniquely suited to their individual skills and passions.   The workshop highlights the inspiring stories of inspiring Echoing Green Fellows.  It also features small- and large-group activities and discussions, such as Echoing Green’s signature “Heart+Head+Hustle” and “Your Ideal Career Cocktail Party” activity, and features personal reflections such as “Backdate Your Resume” and “Life Out-of-Whack.”  At the end of the workshop, participants walk away with a plan for moving forward in their career and at least one action step to take in the upcoming week.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012, BLOCK #5, 10:45 AM-12:00 PM

Advanced:

Making Waves Along the Bayou: Service-Learning and Career E-Portfolios

Dr. Cathy Richard, Nicholls State University

Room: LBC 220

Nicholls State University is located on Bayou Lafourche in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and graduating seniors are making waves along its banks. “Making Waves Along the Bayou: Service-Learning and Career E-Portfolios” is a project of the Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar that resulted out of the need to address tough and challenging economic times of budget cuts and the hiring freeze in higher education. Graduating seniors at Nicholls began serving Ellender Memorial Library with manpower and service hours while engaging in classroom learning, enhancing their critical thinking skills, and developing and building a Career E-Portfolio. The Senior Seminar focuses on career choices, graduate school possibilities, financial decisions, résumé writing, and oral and written communications in the form of individual and semester-long career projects. This capstone course requires the demonstration of the skills expected of a graduate in the discipline. The culminating project of this course is the Career E-Portfolio designed in LiveText, a comprehensive, web-based learning assessment and accreditation management service.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012, BLOCK #6, 3:15 PM-4:30 PM

Beginner:

Finding Your Passion & Building a Career!

Vinny Orlando, Divine Do-Over (a division of the Orlando Family Real Estate Ventures, LLC)

Room: LBC 223

This workshop focuses on the individual and the importance of finding your Unique Sales Position.  It asks the attendee to concentrate on finding their passion based on: talents; values; and roles a person is willing to play.  Finally, we look at the question of: How to Make a Career out of your Passion.

Intermediate:

Lead In STYLE!!!

Jazmin Garcia and Jacques Johnson, College of Charleston-Bonner Leader Program

Room: LBC 222

Often time people encounter others who lead differently and they find it difficult to deal with those people. Come discover ways that they might help benefit you.Do really you know your leadership style? Does your organization or group have a hard time agreeing on one thing? What does it mean to be a leader? If you answered yes to one of these questions, then this workshop is perfect for you! DON’T JUST COMPLAIN IT! LEARN ABOUT TO WORK WITH IT!

Participatory Decision Making

Ryland White and Mary Kay Sigda, SIT Graduate Institute

Room: Stetson Room

Participatory Decision-Making is an experientially based workshop that will assist participants in deciding when and how to use a participatory approach to creating sustainable solutions to problems. This workshop will present and work through the steps of the Participatory Model of Decision-Making designed by Sam Kaner and incorporating the values of full participation, mutual understanding, inclusive decisions, and shared responsibility. It will offer an opportunity to not only increase awareness of skill involved in facilitating participatory decisions but also a raised awareness of how often our own lack of full engagement through difficult phases of the process results in unsustainable decisions. (Cross-listed under the Administrators Track) (Level: Intermediate/Advanced)

Starting a Community Based Mentoring Program from Scratch

Felicia Benzo, CATALYST Global Youth Initiatives, Inc.

Room: LBC 123

This presentation is an interactive approach to what it takes to develop a community-based mentoring program for elementary school children. The session will include purpose, basic plan, strategies for recruitment and implementation.  Examples from the CATALYST Mentoring program will be included.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012, BLOCK #7, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Beginning:

The Leadership Compass

Noah Youngstrom, City Year

Room: LBC 108

North, South, East, West?? What kind of leader are you; what is positive about your leadership style and what components of your style cause conflict; who compliments you in the workplace and how can you grow as a leader? These and many more questions will be answered during this interactive, reflective and eye opening workshop. Participants will have a chance to explore their style with others similar to them as well as hear perspectives from people who lead from a different direction; they will also come away with the abilities and materials to share the workshop with their school or organization after the conference has concluded.

Standing Out in Today’s Competitive Job Market

Kristen Wright, Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service

Room: LBC 124

This workshop will give students insight on how to stand out as a job seeker in today’s competitive job market.  What activities and experiences will ensure your resume is on the top of the stack?  How can an internship be leveraged to land your dream job?  Can you really make valuable professional contacts while still in school?  How can community service opportunities stand out on your resume?  Through this hands on and active workshop, participants will hear answers to these questions and more as presenters share tips on how students can start preparing now to ensure they have an edge in the job market. (Level: Beginner/Intermediate)

Intermediate:

Politics 101: How to elect the change you want

Kevin Winchell, Stetson University

Room: LBC 123

While social and economic justice are important, they are not issues that can solve themselves. Rather, social and economic change often require political change – specifically, electing candidates who share our values. In this workshop, participants will learn how to develop a basic campaign strategy and voter identification/outreach plan to win elections.

The Leadership Compass

Noah Youngstrom, City Year

Room: LBC 108

North, South, East, West?? What kind of leader are you; what is positive about your leadership style and what components of your style cause conflict; who compliments you in the workplace and how can you grow as a leader? These and many more questions will be answered during this interactive, reflective and eye opening workshop. Participants will have a chance to explore their style with others similar to them as well as hear perspectives from people who lead from a different direction; they will also come away with the abilities and materials to share the workshop with their school or organization after the conference has concluded.

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