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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.


P2P: Peer-to-Peer Feedback

Workplace feedback is a road less traveled; however, it’s a road that can take you to some amazing destinations! Join Debra as she drives you on a road trip to destination P2P: Peer-to-Peer Feedback. Throughout the journey, you will collect various tools and collaborate with your colleagues focusing on why two types of feedback — growth and recognition — are wanted and needed in your company and within our lives. Let’s unlock the power within each of us and get comfortable having conversational feedback during our work to help ourselves and one another!

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Debra Salz


From Buddy to Boss

Congratulations! You’ve been moved into a leadership role, or maybe it’s your goal. How do you lead your team, grow and develop people, meet organizational objectives and really do everything you want to do? Along with this great opportunity comes a new challenge. Leading those who were once peers/coworkers can be one of the trickiest challenges individuals experience most when making this important transition. In this session, we will take a close look at how to have a successful transition in your new leadership journey.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Heather Woody


Loving What You Do: Being an Influencer at Work

You don’t need the title of leader to be an influencer at work! Do you tend to get results from others without having the authority? Do people ask you questions because you are a great resource for accurate and timely answers? Do team members seek your advice when facing a work-related issue because you are solution driven? This session will focus on strengthening your skills of influence so you can be the “right kind” of team player. Discover how you can share your enthusiasm to create a climate for motivation.

Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Terry Whitson


The Maxwell Method of Selling

Selling is essential for any business or profession. Whether you are in sales or not, the ability to sell your company’s service, product, or mission will advance your career and help you achieve successful outcomes. Put another way, “nothing happens until someone sells something”. The Maxwell Method of Selling introduces the fundamentals of selling and marketing – skills that are essential for everyone in business.

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Lisa Schaefer


Getting to the Root of the Problem for Corrective Action

How do you get to the root cause of a problem? This presentation is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of how to analyze a system to identify the root causes of problems. It’s only after a problem is properly identified that you can begin to implement a new course of action. Discover corrective action processes and tools to help you succeed in bringing about positive change.

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Glen Pullin


Get Your Mind Set on Your Mindset

Our intentional choices and responses have significant impact in our personal and professional lives. Wrapping our minds around the concept of the power of choice and an attitude of gratitude reveals the positive influence we can have in our business and our own health and well-being. Combining their professional communication and speaking careers, Penny and Shelley motivate and challenge audiences to develop habits to create a positive mindset and outlook.

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 [POSTPONED]
Class will be rescheduled for a future date.
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Penny O'Connor and Shelley Goecke


Keeping the Productivity Fire Burning in the Afternoon!

No matter what time of day we are working on meeting the objectives of our organization, our focus is critical and doing the right things is imperative. It is essential that we address every part of our day. In this session, we will do that, with an emphasis on the afternoon. Afternoons can provide an opportunity to really “bring home” a great days work or it can be the “down fall” of our day. Let’s work together to understand how to stoke the afternoon fire and deliver a great performance!

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Heather Woody


Virtual Tools We All Need [live webinar]

Professionals living and working in today’s digital world are faced with an onslaught of applications, cloud/web-based tools, and software (or rather, SaaS) that comprise virtual tools in a modern workplace. We will showcase and discuss the advantages of embracing both virtual tools and devices to learn new skills, manage a career, boost job performance, and enhance work-life balance. The goal of all virtual tools is to improve ourselves and our relationships and we will discuss the pros and cons of adding tools to these areas of life, as well as explore the latest examples.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Sandra Flikkema
Format: Live Webinar – you will receive a link prior to the session


Stressing to Impressing: Time Tips for the Super Productive

Are you stressed because you spend all day working and at the end of it, really have nothing to show for it? We all have the same amount of time in a day, but how do you use it? Let’s up your productivity by getting more work done in less time! Come with an open mind to change the way you view time and multi-tasking. Gain an understanding of your high-performance work time and discover solutions to your situational time wasters that can boost your productivity.

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Terry Whitson


Presentation Polish

There is no “unsend” option on the words you speak. Learn to organize and communicate effectively in team meetings as well as when sharing results and reporting to your manager. Topics include verbal skills, body language, and presentation style to get one’s message across effectively and in a professional manner. Learn how what you say and how you say it affects your ability to build relationships and get the best results. Includes role playing and classroom practicing in front of the group to develop presentation skills in a fun, friendly setting.

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Dr. Celina Peerman

Register online for Presentation Polish.


Personal Brand

Personal Brand is the ongoing process of establishing an image and impression in the mind of others. The question is no longer if you have a personal brand – as we all do – but rather are you aware of your brand and what can you do to cultivate one which can propel you both professionally and personally. Create an action plan where you can develop and improve your personal brand to further your success.

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Debra Salz

Register online for Personal Brand.

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

Hawkeye Community College Main Campus
Buchanan Hall, Advanced Technology and Business Center
1501 East Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa


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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