Business Consortium Workshop Series

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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 Workshops will equip employees with the critical skills needed for professional development. This series will focus on specific business topics vital for success such as handling difficult conversations, assessing your emotional intelligence, learning to lead yourself, the art of skillful negotiations, finding meaning in your work, providing rockstar customer service, and much more. You’ll leave each session with valuable knowledge to apply at your workplace the next day. 

Consortium Workshops and Schedule

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

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


Getting on the Same Page: Accountability Conversations

What does it look like when everyone takes responsibility for their best attitude, actions, and behaviors every day? Join this session to learn more about taking accountability and why we aren’t always 100% of our best selves while at work. Explore common excuses people give for a lack of accountability and how we can help each other to be more accountable. Participants will discuss the need for accountability conversations, giving and receiving constructive feedback, and the need for mutual respect. Come out of this session being equally ready to be held accountable as well as holding your team accountable.

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Terry Whitson


Climbing the Ladder While Managing Relationships

You just got promoted. The excitement is overflowing. The next day you enter the office and things are different. You realize all of the people you used to eat lunch with now report to you.  Changing roles in an organization can be challenging, and managing your relationships with your peers is a primary challenge from internal promotions. In this workshop, we will cover steps you can take to shift from peer to manager. The change can be jarring for you and your collages, but there are steps you can take to make things move much more smoothly. If you have made the change, or will be making the change, but aren't sure how to make the shift, then this workshop is for you.

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Time: 8:30–11:00am 
Facilitator: Maurice Davis


Brain Health: Leading During Adverse Times

COVID-19 and its accompanying changes to our lives has created so much uncertainty for our employees, friends and families. We are all experiencing heightened levels of stress and potentially, increased anxiety, depression and loneliness. It is essential that we share strategies to manage these brain health challenges, including positive reframing, connectedness strategies and one on one coaching support.

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Lisa Schaefer


Delegating to Strengthen Your Team and Be Highly Effective

In this session participants will learn about the positive power of delegation and how it supports the development of self and others. We will take a closer look at why delegating goes beyond just "getting things off your plate"  and can be a real catalyst for efficiency, focus, and better work outcomes. Delegation can be a great developmental strategy. We will look at respectful and effective tactics for strategizing who will do what and how we accomplish everything.

Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Heather Woody


The Personal Brand Blueprint: Building a Personal Brand

Gone are the days when branding was only for big corporate giants. Branding is for EVERYONE. If you want to be the go-to person in your industry, want to increase your pay, get speaking opportunities, or be a well-respected member of your community, crafting a personal brand is key. By the end of the workshop, you will understand how to create a powerful personal brand. By knowing your strengths and putting them to good use, you can quickly rise up the corporate ladder, build the business of your dreams and get yourself noticed in a positive way. If you know you're capable of more in your business or career, then building a strong personal brand is essential.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Maurice Davis


Retaining Talented Employees

The best recruitment strategy is a great retention strategy. This session goes upstream to help you understand the components of your employee value proposition, how they align with your employee’s needs, and best practices to fill the gaps and keep talented employees in-house.

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Spencer Stumpf


Conflict Brings Forth Clarity

Conflict is an unavoidable aspect of business, but it does not have to only be seen through a negative lens. In this highly interactive session, participants will engage in discussions centered on the value of conflict, and how it can propel an organization to greatness or inspire innovations. Learn the steps for conflict resolution and apply them either within or outside of your organization. Further develop your skills with these steps and develop an Individual Action Plan based on your natural tendencies and personality. Stop letting conflict cloud your interactions and start gaining some clarity.

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Debra Salz


Collaboration and Team Effectiveness

In this session participants will come to understand how important collaboration is to their company's success. Building a mindset of collaboration and of working together to achieve more makes all of the difference in getting better outcomes and building stronger workplace relationships. We will dig deeper into strategies for great collaboration efforts while having some fun in the classroom as well.

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Heather Woody


Addressing Equitable Practices in the Workplace

Waterloo Schools continues to make Equitable Practices a focal point of their continuum of services in our community. Jake Youngkent has served as a building principal in Waterloo for the past 7 years and has made Student Equity his top priority. During this session, Jake will discuss steps taken, lessons learned, and hopes and plans for the future as this work continues. Participants will walk away with some understanding related to what is happening in our schools and some insight on how to start similar equity practices in their places of business.

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2023
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Jacob Youngkent


Inclusive Leadership

With today’s diverse teams and clients, we need additional understanding in cultural competency and creating an inclusive environment. Providing services and supporting a wide range of people require new insights into how perceptions shape our interactions, overcoming unconscious bias, and improving our engagements in how we communicate with each other's differing styles and personalities. This upbeat interactive session will explore tools to create even stronger relationships with new insights and understanding that bring out the best in people.

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2023
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Dr. Celina Peerman


Say What? Effective Communication Strategies of Great Teams and Leaders

A leader’s ability to effectively communicate can help prevent environmental challenges, ensure messages are accurately heard and understood, and can maintain optimal work environments. In this session, participants will combine the four dimensions of effective communication with active listening skills in order to keep them connected with their organizations. Get real-time feedback while completing several interactive exercises. Continue building on your success with more effective communication strategies.

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2023
Time: 8:30–11:00am
Facilitator: Debra Salz

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.

Who Should Attend?

These classes are 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

All in person classes will take place on Main Campus – Buchanan Hall, Advanced Technology and Business Center.

There is an option to attend via Zoom if you prefer. If you choose this option you will receive a link to access the session two days prior to the class date.


Register for the consortium using the form below and we will invoice your company. For questions or additional information, call 319-296-4290.

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Contact Information

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319-266-6772 (fax)
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