2008
Benedictine's Moser Center hosts series of professional development workshops

Benedictine's Moser Center hosts series of professional development workshops
January 28, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Benedictine University’s Office of Professional Development is offering a series of programs designed to provide adult learners with an opportunity to advance on an academic, personal and professional level. “Voices For All” is a fun, informative and empowering class that teaches the basics of the voiceover industry. Students will learn how big the voiceover industry is and why it is growing, current trends in the industry that make it easy to get started, why you don't need to live near a major city to be successful, and what tools are needed to pursue this career. The class will be offered Thursday, February 28, 2008, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., and Thursday, April 18, 2008, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The cost is $65 per session. “The Academy for Leadership Coaching” introduces managers to the principles, techniques and skills required to become effective leaders. Through “The Academy for Leadership Coaching,” students will learn the coaching principles and skills of self-awareness, self-management, effective listening, intuition, reinforcement and feedback. “The Academy for Leadership Coaching” is divided into two levels. Level One consists of three, three-and-a-half hour modules – Values Clarification, Personality Exploration and My Leadership Styles. Level Two courses reinforce coaching skills by exploring such topics as Work Life Balance, Conflict Management, Change Readiness, Relationship Building and Interpersonal Communication. Level I courses are conducted from 6:00-9:30 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays, March 6, 13 and 20. The first Level II course – Conflict Management – will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 29. The cost for Level I (three courses) is $650 and the cost for Level II is $250 per course. The “Project Management” program teaches individuals how to lead organizational initiatives and understand organizational behavior. The “Quality Management” program provides students with the tools for a successful career as a Quality Manager. The “Quality Auditor” program teaches students how to successfully plan and conduct quality audits and report on their results. The six-week Exam Preparation course will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, April 5 and 12. The 10-week Professional Course and Exam Preparation will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, April 5, 12, 19 and 26, May 3 and 10. The cost is $1,000 for the six-week course or $1,400 for the 10-week course. Participants in the “Leadership and Managing Workplace Diversity Initiatives” program will learn strategies to engage senior management, approaches to instill accountability and techniques to measure the results using existing systems. Participants will leave the session with tools to design a diversity initiative, approaches to build a business case for diversity, and guidelines for developing and managing employee resource groups. The course will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Fridays, March 12 and 19, 2008. The cost is $540. The “Real Estate Economic Development” course is designed to assist local and elected officials, community leaders and other professionals understand economic development. The two-day program involves case studies, interactive classroom exercises, small group discussions, guest speakers and experienced insight that will provide a fundamental understanding of economic development. The course will be held from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, and from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. The cost is $550. “The Women @ Work Series” is a five-week program that offers women an opportunity to develop individual strategic marketing plans to help them achieve their goals whether they are employed, self-employed or just reentering the work force. The course will be offered from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, March 27, April 3, 10, 17 and 24. The cost is $625. For more information about these programs or to register, call the Professional Development Programs office at (630) 829-6125, e-mail professionaldevelopment@ben.edu or visit the Web site at www.ben.edu/programs/prof_dev/index.asp.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.