Business Consortium Workshop Series

Great businesses don't just adapt to the needs of their customers. To be successful, they must understand the needs of their workforce. It’s about more than hiring the right people. It’s also providing the right opportunities to grow as professionals.

Hawkeye’s Business Consortium Workshop Series will equip employees with the critical skills needed for professional development. This series will focus on specific business topics vital for success such as providing feedback, solving problems, being a person of influence, improving productivity, and marketing and selling fundamentals. You’ll leave each session with valuable knowledge to apply at your workplace the next day.

Consortium Workshops and Schedule

Registration is only $75 for each workshop. Use the links below each workshop to register online.

All workshops are available to attend in-person or via Zoom.


Improving Workplace Culture

It takes everyone’s involvement to improve workplace culture! Spencer will provide and demonstrate techniques that employees and managers can use to improve the experience of your workplace starting tomorrow and positively shift its culture over time. Learn how to contribute to a workplace environment that builds trust, promotes ownership, administers and reinforces values, all while championing a common goal.

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Spencer Stumpf


Stop Stressing Start Living

Do you keep your day or give it away to stress? In this session, we explore your perceptions and thinking patterns that lead to stress. We explore how differences in others can cause us to stress using the Colors Index. Finally, you will learn techniques in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and practical applications to tame the stress to live a much happier life. Note: the November class will take place via ZOOM only. No in-class session will be offered.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 8:30–11:00am via ZOOM
Facilitator: Lisa Schaefer


Squirrel! Dealing with Distractions & Improving Your Focus

Professionals today must drive results and manage their time in order to be effective. Join us for this upbeat and interactive session to discover better ways to manage disruptions and increase your focus. Recognize the benefits of various types of approaches and the best times to deploy them. Learn more about the research and how to apply that learning to everyday situations that work for you. Renew your focus for driving results, building relationships and stepping up to the next level of effectiveness!

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Dr. Celina Peerman

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The Art of Giving & Receiving Feedback

Feedback is the number one, most valuable tool for your personal and organizational growth. In fact, feedback is so important, that in its absence your growth will always be stifled. The challenge with feedback is that most people have had little or no training around giving it, let alone how to receive it. The very thought of feedback causes some people to cringe because of past negative experiences with it. In this powerful and interactive workshop, you’ll learn some simple, but powerful strategies for making feedback a normal part of your culture – not something to be feared.

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: James Mayhew

Register for the Art of Giving & Receiving Feedback.


Use Your Muscle – Putting Your Strengths, Gifts, and Talents to Work

What if you could do more and be more? If you knew you could be more fulfilled with how and what you get done, feeling strong and complete, what would change? What if you could work using only your strengths, gifts and talents? And why in the world would you invest any significant amount of time into your areas of weakness? Isn’t that what conventional wisdom tells us to do? Well, yes, it is! Doesn’t it make the most sense to go where the strength is? If you want to perform, feel more joy and get better results more often, go where the strengths lie.

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Heather Woody

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The Gang's All Here – Effective Meeting Skills

Whether you are a meeting participant or a leader, you can help improve the quality of meetings by polishing your meeting skills. Terry will cover the characteristics of effective meetings as well as the roles of a meeting leader and a productive participant. Learn how to accomplish more in each meeting, make high quality decisions that are supported by others, handle difficult situations and people in meetings, and make a significant contribution to the meetings you attend.

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Terry Whitson

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Join Debra as she poses deliberate questions to determine if you are helping or hindering your success. No organization or individual can achieve goals, compete effectively in the world market, fulfill a mission, or develop people to their fullest potential without accountability. Learn how to take the blame game of, ‘who dropped the ball’ and replace it with the responsibility focus of, ‘how can I fill this need?’ Debra will share thought-provoking questions of how we can choose to continue to contribute to our misery or success by reframing our positions of how we see ourselves and the world and its situations around us. Inspired by the book; QBQ! Question Behind the Question, learn a logical method of how you can gain personal accountability, achieve results, break down barriers, improve service, and accept change more readily.

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Debra Salz

Register for iAccountability.


Meet Diversity's Friends: Equity, Inclusion, & Engagement

Diversity has become such a “buzz” word which makes it difficult for many to realize its value, let alone personally resonate with it themselves. Additionally, diversity in of itself is not the magic ingredient. In this thought-provoking presentation, we’re bringing the diversity pendulum back into balance! We’ll explore the strategic impact and value of leveraging diversity as an asset with equitable, inclusive and engaging solutions to ensure a successful journey in the workplace and/or region. Find out what kind of workplace/regional culture your journey has cooked up: a melting pot, layered salad or tossed salad.

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Sarika Bhakta

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Onboarding: A Team Effort

Whether you are a supervisor or team member, everyone has a part to play in welcoming and integrating new employees into the company and culture! With proper onboarding, the tools and information are readily available to aid new hires in adjusting to the social and performance aspects of their jobs in order to become productive team members. Don will discuss formal and informal training and development opportunities to create an effective onboarding process.

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Don McKee

Register for Onboarding: A Team Effort.


I Love Conflict

Who says that...ever? How on earth could conflict ever benefit you and your organization? Want to get the best ideas to come to the surface, to maximize the thinking and solutions capacity of your team members and reduce any underlying drama and tension in your organization? What if people could bring conversations to THE EDGE in constructive ways, push on one another’s ideas and perspectives, and challenge one another in ways that will elevate best thinking through conflict? Discover the skills, the language and the resolve to find solutions when bringing to light disagreements and difficulties.

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Heather Woody

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Unlocking the Mystery of Proactively Responding to Change

In this highly interactive and engaging session regarding positive change management, you will explore the change process and its cycle. How we respond and react to change can make the difference between success or catastrophe! Throughout this session, Debra will uncover the positive benefits to change and expose research-based strategies which will equip you to proactively manage change. Each participant will leave this powerful session with a personalized action plan to allow you to implement your positive change management techniques immediately both professionally and personally.

Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Debra Salz

Register for Unlocking the Mystery of Proactively Responding to Change.

Workshop Benefits

  • Send any employee to any workshop.
  • Membership allows Hawkeye to offer valuable training topics at a lower cost to you.
  • Gain knowledge from expert instructors.
  • Receive a certificate by completing eight of eleven workshops.

Membership Cost

Consortium membership is $750 for the first seat and $500 for each additional membership. Each membership entitles you to one seat in each business workshop for the current series. Businesses can send any employee to the workshop but are limited by the number of membership seats purchased.

Who Should Attend?

This series is designed for any individual from any industry. Any employee from manufacturing to healthcare to financial services and retail will benefit from these workshops.

Meeting Location

NEW! You can choose monthly whether to attend in-person or via Zoom.

All in person classes will take place on Main Campus – Buchanan Hall, Advanced Technology and Business Center. If you choose to attend via Zoom you will receive a link to access the session two days prior to the class date.


Complete this form and a Business and Community Education staff member will contact you to confirm registration and answer any questions. We will invoice your company for the total number of seats to the Business Consortium Workshop series. Call 319-296-4290 with questions.

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