Optional Professional Development Workshops

In addition to our required workshops for MBA and MSA candidates, the College of Business is proud to offer the following optional workshops to foster our students' professional development throughout the graduate program. Optional workshops are open to all College of Business graduate students and available on a first come, first serve basis: be sure to RSVP early and reserve your spot!

Optional Communications Workshop: Overcoming Fear of Presenting

Date: Thursday, February 27th, 2014, 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.

Do you find that you are anxious or uncomfortable before getting in front of an audience?

Do your hands shake a little, or does your stomach hurt?

Have you at times wished the building would conduct a fire drill so that you could put off your presentation?

Or for a few of you, is it even worse as you toss and turn the night before you have to speak struggling to get some sleep?

It turns out that you are not alone, and that many popular figures such as Richard Branson and Barbara Streisand have had to deal with overwhelming stage fright.

This session explores how to physically deal with fear, such as what to do with your trembling hands and how to breathe. We will also learn about the mental game. It turns out that what you say to yourself before you get on stage has a great impact upon whether you experience butterflies or excitement. In our time together we will explore the modern science of fear, and learn the practical steps you can take to convert your fear into enthusiasm for a great performance.

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.

Optional Business Etiquette Workshops

What is Business Etiquette?

During the interview process you’ll want to put your best foot forward. Do you know how to manage yourself at professional reception events mingling with others while juggling food and drink? And what about making small talk and entering and leaving conversations in networking situations? In Gina's professional business etiquette training workshops, you will learn how to move gracefully through the world of networking at receptions and events while projecting a polished professional image.

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What will you learn?

Polish your politeness skills in interactive sessions. Students will gain an edge in a competitive job market. Once you learn proper etiquette, you’re able to do what you’re supposed to do: network, connect and communicate.

The confidence that comes with social graces is a key to success. And while combining confidence, competence and charisma might seem like a tall task, manners go a long way toward helping people reach their full potential. When people feel uncomfortable, they cannot be their best self.

Optional Spring Workshops:

Mingling Madness! Network for Success at Business Functions

Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

What it Means to be a Business Professional

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

RSVP by April 14th.

Facilitator: Gina Snyder, M.Ed., M.A.

Gina Snyder has been conducting Business Etiquette trainings for over 12 years. She has been a Career Counselor at Saint Mary's College in Moraga for 15 years. Because students will be interviewed at dinner events and are observed at receptions and informal situations where food is served, Gina emphasizes the importance of etiquette training as part of their professional interview preparation.

Her list of local venues: Sacramento State University, Chico State University, College of Engineering UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, Hult International Business School, Dominican University, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Holy Names College, Saint Mary's College of California and San Jose State University. She also has facilitated workshops for Wells Fargo, including a national conference in Los Angeles.

Gina Snyder has a Master of Education degree and a MA in Career Counseling from John F. Kennedy University. She is a MBTI® Master Practitioner, A True Colors Trainer and is known for her engaging, hands-on interactive workshops.

Optional Leadership Development Workshop: Excelling in a Diverse Work Environment

Workshop Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5 - 6:15pm.

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We all have to work with a diverse group of individuals almost on a daily basis, whether it is at work or in the classroom, and our current environments tend to be multi-generational.

This 75-minute workshop helps you:

  • explore what it means to excel in a diverse multi-generational environment
  • understand each generation’s general values, work styles and communication preferences
  • adjust your style to successfully interact with others in the work place or classroom

Facilitator: Julianna Hynes, Ph.D.

Dr. Julianna Hynes is a gifted leadership development consultant, executive coach and facilitator. With 15 years of education and experience in organizational development, Dr. Hynes honed those talents to become the Founder and CEO of Julianna Hynes & Associates (JHA)—a leadership development firm specializing in and assisting existing, emerging and particularly women leaders in identifying, bridging, and achieving career and organizational goals.

Dr. Hynes holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Organizational Consulting and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology in which she studied the career development and success strategies of professional, high-status African American women.