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Professional Development Day

BridgeBridging a Course for the Future

12th Annual Professional Development Day

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Session Registration below!

Professional Development Day is an annual event that is devoted to teaching participants professional skills, strengthening ties with fellow colleagues, and bringing awareness to important issues that affect us all.

This year’s presentation and workshops highlight and support the College’s Strategic Plan to foster global and multicultural understanding of human differences and similarities.

The day will open with a presentation on Personal Power & Teamwork: A Winning Combination by Jim Smith. Subject matter leaders have been selected to present workshops on themes of improving communication in the workplace. An interactive final session presented again by Jim Smith entitled Connecting through Diversity and Communication will help to reinforce and build on all presentations. Following the final presentation employees will be able to reflect on what they've learned and the possibility of winning fun prizes!

Register online beginning January 18th Registration deadline: Friday, January 22nd Questions? Contact: Betty Henninger,

The Day Begins

Morning Mingle 8:15 AM – 8:30 AM Upper Gym

Start the day off catching up with colleagues from across Linfield.

Welcome 8:30 AM – 8:40 AM Upper Gym

Welcome and Open Remarks

Personal Power and Teamwork: A Winning Combination! Keynote Speaker Jim Smith, Consultant, Jim Smith, Jr. International 8:45 AM – 10:15 AM Upper Gym

In today’s “new normal” personal empowerment and team synergy are vital to individual and organizational success. We must take personal responsibility and accountability for our actions and for our results. Moreover, there are a number of factors that can take the steam from any team - if we allow it. The old adage, “You’ll keep getting what you’re getting as long as you keep doing what you’re doing,” can apply here. During this high-energy, experiential presentation, we will examine the:

  • The tenets of personal power
  • The power of embracing uncertainty
  • The impact of “all in” teamwork
  • The significance of purposefulness, enthusiasm and commitment as it relates to both individual and team performance

Enrollment for each session is varied and limited. You may register using the form at the bottom of this page. Registration below. Confirmation of class registration will be via your email within two working days. If you do not receive a confirmation, you are not registered for the class. If you need to drop/change a class, or have a question regarding registration, please contact Bahram Refaei at ext. 2520 or

Schedule of Morning Workshops -    10:30 AM -12:15 PM

Moving from Cultural Competence to Cultural Agility: Self-awareness, Curiosity, and Empathy Competence implies that there is a destination, an end point in a process that is actually one of lifelong learning. Agility is adaptive behavior, the ability to move easily and flexibly in a variety of cultural settings. The first step in improving cultural agility is to fully understand oneself, one's own cultural identity, biases, assumptions, values, and life experiences. It is often what we don't know that prevents us from being culturally agile. An exploration of unconscious bias and our hidden brain can provide meaningful insight into how to align our behaviors with our intentions. Deepening our self-awareness starts the process of slowing down our assumptions and automatic reactions. Carol French & April Lewis, Figure 8 Consulting Walker 203
Collaboration - Understanding Styles and Creating Conversations What if your co-workers understood you? How would that change your collaborations? In this breakout session we will create conversations in an interactive format to help break down silos and make collaboration more enjoyable. This interactive training will use real-life experiences to develop new skills and increase your effectiveness and influence. Tera Soma, Soma Collaborations Walker 220
Constructive Workplace Conflict You're surrounded by conflict, but don't fight your way out or give up. Instead, equip yourself with insights and skills for handling workplace conflict more skillfully. Being versatile during tense interactions is a critical skill which directly impacts your success and job satisfaction. Chris Sheesley, In-accord Mediation/Resolution Services Walker 302
The Art of Effective Feedback Fine-tune important coaching and feedback skills. Effective Feedback is all about inspiring, encouraging, and challenging others. It is as simple as noticing how an employee is performing and then letting them know you notice. It is about letting people know that, "What they do Matters." Learn methods for having difficult conversations in ways that are constructive for everyone involved, and how, on a daily basis, to notice their work and best present them with rewards and challenges. Mike Cieri, Mardac Consultants Walker 311

LUNCH   12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Dillin

Join us for a lunch in Dillin provided by Sodexo.

Linfield Trivia   1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Dillin

Test your knowledge of Linfield and cheer on your Division's representative.

No More P.C.: Connection through Diversity and Communication   2:15 PM - 3:45 PM Upper Gym

For many P.C. means being politically correct. That will not be the case during this session. Our P.C. is poor communication. And when communication is poor myriad breakdowns occur every day. This session will focus on the power of diversity and how that power can be super-sized and/or derailed based on one's authentic communication. Having a diverse workforce is not enough. Leveraging your diverse workforce through candid communication will benefit all. Learning objectives include:

  • Examining the definition of diversity and the impact it can have on an organization when it’s championed.
  • Discussing ways to build trust to aid in candid communication.
  • Exploring what can happen when diversity-related communication goes awry.
  • Analyzing methods and approaches to recover when ones intent creates an adverse impact.

Professional Development Day Wrap-Up   3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

We will end the day by reuniting for a wrap-up session that includes Thank Yous, evaluations and a chance to win exciting door prizes!

Registration for the 2016 Professional Development Day has closed.

Presenter Biographies

Mike CieriMike Cieri, MSIR
Consultant, Mardac Consultant

Chris has been in the Human Resource Management field for over 20 years. During this time he has held a variety of management positions, including several years on the executive management team of a large corporation as Vice President of Human Resources and Safety, as well as Vice President of Operations. His areas of expertise include legal compliance, workers’ compensation, leadership development, performance management, coaching, training and development, compensation analysis, strategic planning, and developing best practices. Mike has a Master's degree in Industrial Relations & Human Resources from the University of Oregon, is a Certified Safety Director, and a national speaker. He has a coaching certificate from The Coaches Training Institute, San Rafael, California and Practitioner's Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming from the NLP Institute of Oregon. Mike also is an adjunct professor at Oregon State University as well as at Northwest Christian University in the college of business.

Carol French & April LewisCarol French & April Lewis, Owners and Consultants, Figure 8 Consulting

April Lewis is a co-owner of and trainer/consultant for Figure 8 Consulting LLC. April has more than 15 years' experience in cultural competency, diversity, and intercultural organizational development. Her dynamic and charismatic style engages audiences with her knowledge, skills, sense of humor, and her passion for combining humor with learning.

Carol French is a co-owner and trainer/consultant for Figure 8 Consulting LLC. Her background is in education, where she served as a counselor, teacher, and diversity trainer. Carol has had years of experience in curriculum development, and her interactive training style was developed and refined in classrooms and on ropes courses where she operated with humor, fun, and the philosophy that learning is best when it is experiential and involves the whole person.

Chris SheesleyChris Sheesley, MA, Owner and Consultant, In-Accord

Chris has 24 years of full time experience, a client roster of hundreds of notable organizations and a track record of over 1,750 cases, Chris is among the most seasoned conflict management professionals on the West Coast. Chris has also amassed over 5,000 hours of experience teaching dispute resolution and related skills grounded in his real-world experience.

Terra SomaTerra Soma, Owner and Consultant, Soma Collaborations

Terra is a collaboration facilitator and executive coach. She has a talent for bringing people together and helping them understand themselves and others better. She brings extensive training in group dynamics and human performance to every project. To create stronger teams, Terra developed a Mindfulness 3.0™ toolkit from leading-edge research in neuroscience, behavioral science, human performance and 20 years of rigorous study in mindfulness and somatics.

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