College of Business & Technology

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Professional Development Series • September 10 - 25, 2015

The Professional Development Series is one of the many ways administrators, faculty, staff, employers, alumni, and the community support the personal and professional growth of CBT students. The series offers an array of sessions to CBT students in order to prepare them for the job search and a successful career in business. Students have an opportunity to attend sessions on networking, professional dress, résumé building, interviewing, social media, dining etiquette, leadership, and student organization involvement. Students can also interact with CBT alumni and employers during panel discussions.

Space is limited. To secure your seat, register today!

Please be sure to bring your WIU ID to each session to record your attendance.

Thursday, September 10

The Art of Networking

Presented by Laura Swanson Leezer, Vice President and Senior Development Officer, Citizens Bank

Networking is one of the most important, if not the most important, activities that job-seekers and business professionals need to master to be truly successful. Networking is about building relationships by learning things about other people. If you want to be good at networking, be interested in people. Learn what to ask and what not to ask. Then watch your circle of friends and acquaintances grow as you put these skills to work at the Networking Social.

  • 4:00 - 4:45 p.m., University Union Capitol Rooms
  • Professional Dress Preferred/Casual Business Dress Acceptable – No Jeans or Shorts
Networking Social

This networking event is the jumping-off point for starting professional relationships. Take advantage of this opportunity to practice your networking skills with community business leaders. One connection can open many doors.

  • 5:00 p.m., University Union Brattain Lounge
  • Professional Dress Preferred/Casual Business Dress Acceptable – No Jeans or Shorts

Monday, September 14

Get Linked!

Presented by Michelle Howe, Assistant Director, WIU Career Development Center

Learn the benefits of having a LinkedIn account and spend time creating your first account with the guidance of Career Development Center staff members.

Two available session times.

  • 10:00 - 10:50 a.m., Stipes Hall 309
  • 11:00 - 11:50 a.m., Stipes Hall 309
Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Nonverbal Communication in an Interview

Presented by Erica Mitchell, Admissions Counselor, Culver-Stockton College

Nonverbal communication in an interview can be just as important as what you communicate verbally. This session will focus on what to do and what not to do with your nonverbal communication signals during an interview.

Two available session times.

  • 1:00 - 1:50 p.m., Stipes Hall 121
  • 2:00 - 2:50 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

Tuesday, September 15

Personal Finance – Life Just Got Real

Presented by Ashley Riggins, Account Manager, Purdum Gray Ingledue Beck, Inc. and Ryan Riggins, Assistant Vice President-Lending, MidAmerica National Bank

Starting a new job after graduation usually presents new financial challenges as you figure out how to navigate housing, transportation, food, clothing, insurance, debt/loans, retirement savings, professional demands, and a social life. Take control of your money before you receive your first paycheck. Set goals, implement plans, and apply the strategies and tips shared in this session to find your financial footing.

Two available session times.

  • 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., Stipes Hall 121
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Stipes Hall 121
Employee Training – Managing Your Personal “Brand”

Presented by Bryan Langston, General Manager-IL Warehouses, Dot Foods, Inc. and Suzanne Kassing, Director of Personnel-IL Warehouses, Dot Foods, Inc.

While common training topics include safety, customer service, quality initiatives, and other “hard” skills, “soft” skills such as image, professionalism, and working as part of a team are also critical in training and development. Learn how the nation’s largest food redistributor helps employees recognize the importance of managing their personal “brand” by making them aware of the impact of their professional behavior both inside and outside of the workplace.

Two available session times.

  • 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., Stipes Hall 121
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

Wednesday, September 16

Supply Chain Management Day

This event includes an afternoon of informal meet-and-greet opportunities with company representatives. The day also includes presentations by many industry leaders in the Supply Chain Management field with information about possible career and internship opportunities. View details and register.

  • SCM Career Fair: 12:00 - 4:30 p.m., University Union Grand Ballroom
  • Dinner with employer representatives, students, faculty, staff: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., University Union Lamoine Room. No charge for dinner.
  • Online registration is required.
School of Agriculture Employer/Alumni Panel

Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with career professionals who can inspire you and give you insider tips for career success in the agricultural field. Learn what they recommend you do now to be prepared for your job search. Joining the employer/alumni panel are the following distinguished professionals.

  • 3:00 - 4:50 p.m., Knoblauch Hall 152

Thursday, September 17

Too Much Takeout

Presented by Emily Shupe, Assistant Professor, WIU Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality; and Kristen Conrad, Owner, Make Fit Happen; American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer Certified; TRX Group Fitness, Individual Training, and Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Certified

You can cut food costs by eating more meals at home and by making sure they feature some of the healthiest foods from your supermarket. Add exercise, and you have a recipe for a healthier you! Learn how to eat a nutritious diet while keeping your grocery bill low and exercise with little or no cost. Start healthy habits now in order to feel good and save money on medical costs in the future.

  • 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

Monday, September 21

LinkedIn PRO: Job Search, Network, and MORE!

Presented by Michelle Howe, Assistant Director, WIU Career Development Center

Do you already have a LinkedIn account? If so, learn how to use your account effectively to job search, network, and more.

Two available session times.

  • 9:00 - 9:50 a.m., Stipes Hall 309
  • 10:00 - 10:50 a.m., Stipes Hall 309
CBT Alumni Panel

Got questions? Get answers! WIU College of Business and Technology alumni are ready to answer your most intriguing career questions. This is a great way to interact with business alumni to find out what skills you need to be successful in today's business world. Joining the alumni panel are the following distinguished professionals:

Ty Beckmann, Region Manager, Multinational Technology Company
Education: 2004 Bachelor of Science – Graphic Communication with Management and Marketing Minors

Emily Doubet, Client Insights Analyst, IRI
Education: 2003 Bachelor of Business -- Marketing

Caleb Markey, Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors
Education: 2013 Bachelor of Business – Finance; Bachelor of Business -- Accountancy

Ketra Russell, Residential Facilities Assistant Director, WIU Housing/Dining Services
Education: 2009 Bachelor of Business – Finance; 2011 Master of Business Administration

Two available session times.

  • 12:00 - 12:50 p.m., Stipes Hall 121
  • 1:00 - 1:50 p.m., Stipes Hall 121
Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement

Will your employer “encourage” you to get involved in your community? Socially and civically responsible organizations and individuals recognize themselves as members of a larger social fabric and work to make a difference in their communities by giving their time, talent, and resources to make that difference. Meet individuals who promote the quality of life in their communities through social responsibility and civic engagement, and find out why they do it. Joining the panel are the following socially responsible and civically engaged community leaders:

Kassie Courson, Director, Courtyard Estates
Cathy Early, Insurance Agent, Cathy Early State Farm
Casey Grant, Assistant Vice President and Loan Officer, Citizens Bank
Al Reusch, CPA, Reusch, Butler & Associates PC

  • 2:00 - 2:50 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

Tuesday, September 22

Employer Panel

Join a group of employers for a panel discussion about what they look for in a successful candidate. Take advantage of this opportunity to get the information you need to be successful in your job search! Joining the employer panel are the following distinguished professionals:

Elmer Heikes, HR Director, Vaughan & Bushnell Manufacturing
Lisa Irish, HR Representative, NTN-Bower Corporation
Tobie Richey, Recruiter, McDonough District Hospital

Two available session times.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Stipes Hall 121
  • 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., Stipes Hall 121
Employer Panel - Engineering, Engineering Technology, Construction Management, and Graphic Communication Focused

Join a group of employers for a panel discussion about what they look for in a successful engineering, engineering technology, construction management, and/or graphic communication candidate. Take advantage of this opportunity to get the information you need to be successful in your job search! Joining the employer panel are the following distinguished professionals:

Andrew Asbury, Sales and Marketing Manager, Royal Printing Company
Dan Bentz, General Manager, Fusion Tech Integrated, Inc.
Stefanie Fenimore, P.E., Benton & Associates, Inc.
Dave Kostello, Corporate General Manager of Human Resources, NTN-Bower Corp.
Ben Van Zante, Senior Engineer/Team Leader of Plant Processes, Pella Inc.

  • 12:00 - 12:50 p.m., Knoblauch Hall 105
Etiquette Dinner

Presented by Susan Creasey, Assistant Professor, WIU Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality

If your dining includes a drive-thru, couch, or TV, you probably need a refresher course in proper etiquette at the table. Table manners play an important part in making a favorable impression. The purpose of the etiquette dinner is to make you feel comfortable, not uncomfortable. Dining etiquette is based on courtesy, comfort, and common sense, providing a tool to help you interact with others.

Register online and pay with PayPal

  • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., University Union Lamoine Room
  • Professional Dress Required – No Jeans or Shorts

Wednesday, September 23

Legal Issues in Social Media

Presented by Ryan Hunt, Associate Professor, WIU Management and Marketing

To post or not to post, that is the question. In today’s technology/social media driven world, find out what posted “information” employers can legally consider in the hiring process and in the employee evaluation/ promotion process. Explore what social media issues you may face as a job applicant and as an employee.

Two available session times.

  • 9:00 - 9:50 a.m., Stipes Hall 121
  • 10:00 - 10:50 a.m., Stipes Hall 121
Dress for Success

Presented by Shanna M. Bruer, Adjunct Professor, WIU Management and Marketing and Ryan Riggins, Assistant Vice President-Lending, MidAmerica National Bank

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression." How you present yourself is a significant factor in creating your personal and your company's image. Your professional presence, the way you come across to others, is created by the way you dress and groom yourself. An appropriate appearance demonstrates respect for you, others, and the situation. This workshop will help you ensure that your image and the first impression you create is “polished!”

Two available session times.

  • 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
    • Women: Stipes Hall 121
    • Men: Stipes Hall 501
  • 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
    • Women: Stipes Hall 121
    • Men: Stipes Hall 501

Friday, September 25

Meet the Firms

Meet the Firms is a unique career fair in which students majoring in accountancy, finance, and information systems have an opportunity to speak one on one with employers who are specifically looking to fill job openings and internships in these disciplines. This event provides a great opportunity for students to network with firm representatives. VIEW DETAILS AND REGISTER.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., University Union Brattain Lounge

Contact

CBT Dean's Office

Margie Carle, Office Support Specialist
Office: Stipes Hall 101
Phone: (309) 298-2442
Fax: (309) 298-1039
Email: ME-Carle@wiu.edu

Becky Mahr, Coordinator - CBT Professional Development Series
Office: Stipes Hall 418K
Phone: (309) 298-1430
Email: RJ-Mahr@wiu.edu
Email: CBTpds@wiu.edu