Required Professional Development Workshops


Required Workshops for MBA and MSA Students

Getting the most from your graduate school experience begins with making sure that you are mapping your educational journey in alignment with your career goals. Start your journey confidently in your first semester with our Career Workshops and Communications Workshops.


In addition to the required Professional Development Workshops, the College of Business Graduate Programs also offers optional Career, Communications, and Business Etiquette Workshops that students may elect to attend:


All new incoming MBA and MSA students must attend all four required Professional Development Workshops. Your name is automatically placed on the class rosters.There is no need to RSVP—just attend all the workshops listed in the required workshop schedule below. Workshops are held only during select times at the Downtown Campus, 5th floor. 




Your Career Workshops are sandboxes in which you develop and refine your MBA experiential framework. We encourage you to explore the wide variety of resources that are available to you in the College of Business. These workshops will help you understand the value of online tools, career counseling, the College of Business Enterprises (COBE), and thought leadership and networking events that are held throughout the year to enable your success.


Career Counselor Gibson Scheid, M.B.A., Ph.D. leads your Career Workshops, which will be offered on the following dates: 


Career Workshop I: Pursuing a Career That Matches Your Skills, Interests and Values

Saturday, February 22, 2014:

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for students with last names beginning with A-L. 

1 - 3 p.m. for students with last names beginning with M-Z. 


You have taken an important step in your career by enrolling in the MBA program at San Francisco State. Congratulations! It is now up to you to decide how you want to apply what you will be learning to your current or next position. Do you know what type of work you want to do, where you want to do it, and with what type of organization?


In this workshop you will take the first steps in making sure your future work is in sync with your education, skills, interests, and values.  You will have the opportunity to pause and take inventory of your skills and interests, the types of industries and corporate cultures that fit with how you are "wired", and identify the companies where you want to work.


Career Workshop II: Personal Brand and Networking Online

Saturday, March 15, 2014:

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for students with last names beginning with A-L.

1 - 3 p.m. for students with last names beginning with M-Z. 


"Today, if you don't show up in Google, you don't exist," William Arruda, New York, NY, President, Reach Personal Branding at Reach


In this workshop, you will learn the importance of social media networking in managing your job search and career. One of the keys to success in social media networking is developing a brand/online presence. We cover the steps involved in creating your personal brand to cultivate a powerful online presence, expand your network, and attract potential employers.


One-on-One Career Counseling

Current graduate business students may make an appointment with Gibson Scheid for one-on-one career advice during the fall and spring semesters.

Appointment hours for the spring semester are Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Professional Development office is located in DTC 592.

To set up an appointment, please send an email to Gibson Scheid at There is a 24-hour cancellation policy. Please email Gibson to cancel or reschedule.


Career Counselor, Gibson Scheid, M.B.A., Ph.D.

Gibson Scheid attended the University of Oregon (B.A., Sociology), San Francisco State University (M.B.A.), and Fielding Graduate University where she earned an M.A. in Human and Organizational Systems, and a Ph.D. in Human Development.

She has considerable corporate experience, including positions as Vice President of information and advice marketing for the Charles Schwab Corporation, and vice president of The Investment Center, Security Pacific Bank. Her educational experience includes work at Omega Performance Corporation, Golden Gate University, University of California (Berkeley), San Francisco State University, and John F. Kennedy University. She has been involved with curriculum and instructional design, digital classroom technology, the maintenance of specialized and regional accreditation, and career transition counseling. Gibson Scheid is the author of Career Exchange - Trading in a Corporate Career for New Options!




Clear and confident communication is indispensable for getting the most from your graduate school experience. Excellent communication unlocks the active collaborations that underline nearly all business success stories in today’s global economy.


In the required Communications Workshops, you’ll learn and practice highly effective presentation and communications skills with Knute Kallander, who will coach you into becoming a professional business communicator through any number of business scenarios.


Communications Workshop I: Critical Communications Skills

Saturday, February 22, 2014:

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for students with last names beginning with M-Z. 

1 - 3 p.m. for students with last names beginning with A-L. 


In this training, we explore and practice skills vital to active listening. Once active listening is mastered, we then create more effective messages that can influence others and create a call to action.


You will learn both critical speaking and listening skills by practicing the following models in an experiential learning environment:

  • Preventing misunderstandings and clarifying
  • How to Reflect
  • Use of body language
  • Tone
  • Make sound agreements
  • Interactive speaking
  • Delivering your message
  • Conveying empathy so that others feel understood.
  • You will be assigned a group project during this session in preparation for the next required communications workshop. 


Communications Workshop II: Powerful Presentations

Saturday, March 15, 2014:

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for students with last names beginning with M-Z. 

1 - 3 p.m. for students with last names beginning with A-L. 


Delivering presentations in small and large groups can be a daunting task. Yet, in most companies, what separates executives from managers is the ability to create and deliver powerful presentations. In this workshop, we explore what goes into presentations—from design to delivery. We also discover powerful techniques to conquer anxiety along the way.

These skills are covered in an experiential learning environment:

  • Content and presentation preparation
  • Body language of presentations
  • Creating ease and safety for audience
  • Visual Aids
  • Delivering and receiving feedback
  • Debriefing
  • Facilitation.
  • You will present your group project during this session 


One-on-One Communications Advising

Current graduate business students may make an appointment with Knute Kallander for one-on-one or group advising.


Office Hours

Appointment hours for the spring semester are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The Professional Development office is located in DTC 592.

Please email Knute Kallander at to set up an appointment. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy. Please email Knute to cancel or reschedule.

Photograph of Knute Kallander

Facilitator Knute Kallander

Knute Kallander has a master’s degree in organizational development and over 15 years of experience in building leadership capacities and teaching communication skills to top level managers and executives.

Knute has coached over 300 employees who were in a transition from being individual contributors to becoming department heads or team leaders. He has an extensive background in non-profit, financial services, and biotech including Providian Financial and Genentech.

He has designed programs to assess high potential employees (top 10 percent) and to help them with career development, 360-degree feedback, and team building. His experience leads to an engaging and dynamic classroom where real-life stories are used to illustrate principles in an experiential learning environment.