College of Business & Technology

Students at dinner, leadership course and interview

Professional Development Series • September 8 - 18, 2014

Monday, September 8

Get LinkedIn

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

LinkedIn has "more than 300 million members in over 200 countries" according to http://www.linkedin.com. Participants will learn how to maximize their LinkedIn connections for networking, informational interviews, job postings, and job interview purposes. Please be prepared to create your own LinkedIn account at this workshop.

  • 10:00 - 10:50 a.m., Stipes Hall 327
Dress for Success

Presented by WIU alumna John Nelson, President of Nelson’s Clothing Store

"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!”

  • 2:00 - 2:50 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

Tuesday, September 9

Preparing a Professional Résumé

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

Participants will gain valuable insight on the purpose of a professional résumé and learn how to "build" this important document.

  • 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., Stipes Hall 121

Thursday, September 11

Keynote: Imagine Being in a Life You Love

Presented by WIU alumna Kristin Andress. Learn about Ms. Andress

Kristin is the CEO of Andress Strategy Consulting and previously served as the Director of Tax and Legal Performance an Learning for Arthur Anderson where she managed a multi-million dollar budget, led a global team, and directed and guided international programs.

Kristin helps people assess and access the life they love by knowing where they are and where they want to be and then creating the plan to fill that gap. In this program, Kristin will teach you how to transcend your imagination, ideas, or issues and help you live an intentional life.

So, what does that have to do with business? Actually, everything. The clarity about your intentions will drive the nature and substance of your efforts in school, at home or at work; and it will impact your willingness to sustain them. What if you could take your life to a new dimension with a mission bigger than the job perspective - and have a great deal of fun in the process?

In this program you will learn:

  • How to cause what you wish to create within your life and career.
  • The essence of creating the best marketing tool available to you – You.
  • To develop your personal brand and image so you represent a walking billboard that attracts friends, connections and employers.
  • Tips for overcoming TEMP excuses around time, energy, money and people.
  • The necessity of boxing yourself in, then boxing yourself out – getting leverage on yourself.
  • The value of Super Champions who will help and guide you through the good and the bad.
  • How to put yourself in the way of what you want and need.
  • The call to being a contribution – what do you stand for and for what or whom do you take a stand.

As you become clear about your intentions and stay true to who you are and why you are up to what you are up to in our world, you will attract positive responses.

Kristin will share with you that you are 100 percent responsible for your life; and it is time to create it by design, not by chance. It requires conscious thought. As you pursue your education, employment, and career, do not just hope that what you want in your life sticks. Manifest it with your intentions. You get one go around. Make the most of it!

  • 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., University Union Capitol Rooms
Get LinkedIn

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

LinkedIn has "more than 300 million members in over 200 countries" according to http://www.linkedin.com. Participants will learn how to maximize their LinkedIn connections for networking, informational interviews, job postings, and job interview purposes. Please be prepared to create your own LinkedIn account at this workshop.

  • 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., Stipes Hall 327

Monday, September 15

ROTC Leadership Course and CBT Student Organization Fair

Test your leadership skills on this challenge course conducted by WIU’s ROTC. You can participate alone or with a team. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing.

Learn about the College of Business and Technology student organizations by talking with organization members. Discover the opportunities that student organizations can provide to you. Learn about the objectives of the organizations, when they meet, and how you can join. Get involved outside of the classroom!

Student Organization Fair

  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., On the lawn behind Stipes Hall
  • Rain location - Horrabin Hall Gym

ROTC Leadership Course - Two Sessions

  • 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., On the lawn behind Stipes Hall
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m., On the lawn behind Stipes Hall
  • Rain location - Horrabin Hall Gym

Tuesday, September 16

Dress for Success

Presented by WIU alumna Gisele Hamm, Manager of MAPPING the Future of Your Community Program

"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!”

  • 12:00 - 12:50 p.m., Knoblauch Hall 105
Ace the Interview!

Presented by WIU alumnae Chelsey Allaman, Manager, Global Mobility Services and Cissy Wendt, Social Media Recruiter, Deere & Company World Headquarters

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how an employer conducts an interview, the questions they ask, the answers they hear, and what will set you apart from other candidates. Learn what to talk about during the interview and hear about the STAR approach to answering questions.

  • 2:00 - 3:15 p.m., Stipes Hall 121
Etiquette Dinner

Presented by WIU alumna Susan Creasey, Associate Professor of 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.

Tickets can be purchased in the Dean's Office, Stipes 101. Tickets are $12 (cash or check payable to the College of Business & Technology).

Professional dress is required. (Limited to 100 participants)

  • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., University Union Lamoine Room

Wednesday, September 17

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:

  • Linda Dace, CPA, Vice President of Finance, McDonough District Hospital
    Education: 1984 Bachelor of Business in Operations • Management and 1992 Master of Accountancy
  • Nick Zabikow, Business Development Manager - Logistics, Neopost USA
    Education: 2002 Bachelor of Business in Marketing
  • Lindsay Steward, Business Manager, Purdum Gray Ingledue Beck, Inc.
    Education: 2008 Bachelor of Business in Finance
  • Ryan Riggins, Assistant Vice President-Lending, MidAmerica National Bank
    Education: 2008 Bachelor of Business in Finance
  • 9:00 - 9:50 a.m., Stipes Hall 121

Thursday, September 18

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.

  • David Kostello, Human Resources Director, NTN-Bower Corporation
  • Melinda McFadden, Area Managing Consultant, Unique Personnel Consultants
  • Tobie Richey, Recruiter, McDonough District Hospital
  • Meagan Wohlfeil, Human Resources Specialist, McDonough District Hospital
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

Contact

CBT Dean's Office

Office: Stipes Hall 101
Phone: (309) 298-2442
Fax: (309) 298-1039
Email: CBT@wiu.edu