Professional Development Series
Overview: Open to employees in WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition member organizations, community members, and students who would like to better position themselves for advancement. Students may be eligible for service learning or internship time, and we welcome/support student involvement by offering student caucuses throughout the experience!
Acknowledgement of Completion: Participants that complete 4+ sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion, endorsed by WNC DEC (a great accolade to share with current + future employers!)
+ Engage young professionals, students, retirees, employers and the public on the topic, conversation and work of professional development, workforce development, and career readiness.
+ Build and strengthen relationships with other Human Resource professionals
+ Manage conflict and navigate challenges in the workplace environment.
+ Navigate diversity, equity and inclusion within workplace culture.
+ Create a concept of shifting organizational culture, toward inclusivity.
+ Developing and deepening leadership skills while increasing your value.
(2019) Session Schedule
session 1: TUESDAY, MAY 7TH, 2019 @ 5PM
Resume Building & Consultation // Homework Diner
Hosted at Asheville Middle School, 211 S French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
session ii: thursday-saturday, august 29, 2019 @ YWCA of AVL
Co-Sponsored by YWCA of Asheville, 185 S French Broad Ave, NC 28801
Power of Networking Mini-Conference
pOWER OF NETWORKING MINI-CONFERENCE
a part of the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition Professional Development Series
Power of Networking Mini-Conference, offers parents, young professionals, and community members an opportunity to hear from community leaders + local facilitators on how networking has worked for them and gain practical tools in relationship building. The mini-conference will consist of workshops,conversations, interactive sessions, and a community resource table. By the end of the day, we will host hands-on activities, and ALL participants in the mini-conference will get an invitation to the WNC DEC Networking Social (Sep 5th) to apply their polished networking skills! Keynotes by Dr. Joseph Fox (pictured), and Libby Kyles (CEO, YWCA of Asheville).
AGENDA + FLOW OF DAY
The mini-conference will consist of workshops, conversations, interactive session, and a community resource table.
12:30pm | WELCOMING - Keynote: Libby Kyles, CEO, YWCA of Asheville
In this keynote address, we will hear from Libby Kyles on the YWCA community and how the work of eliminating racism, and empowering women is moving forward, alongside community and with a renewed focus and vision.
1pm | INDUSTRY PANEL - Perspective on Networking
In this facilitated panel, we will hear from Human Resource, Equity, Human Relations, and Training professionals on how traditionally people and opportunity has moved through communities and organizations. Featuring industry panelists:
Phillip Cooper, UpSkill WNC Coordinator, AB-Tech
…and more to come!
2:15pm | COMMUNITY PANEL - Perspective on Networking
In this facilitated panel, we will hear from community members, leaders, youth, and organizational leaders on how relationships have helped them achieve success, and challenges with traditional institutions along the way. Featuring community panelists:
Cleaster Cotton, Artist / Educator / Inventor / Author, cleastercotton.com
Kasia Maatafale, Results Specialist, NC Center for Health & Wellness
Jason Muhammad, Founder & Director, Leadership Consulting
Bruce Waller, Community School Coordinator, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
3:30pm | CLOSING - Keynote: Dr. Joseph Fox, "Navigating Traditional & Non-Traditional Networking"
In this interactive session, we will work as a large, and small groups to do this work: Acknowledging What Does & Does Not Work for People of Color; Identifying Difference Between Being a Coach, Mentor, or Advocate; and Setting Yourself up for Networking Success.
4pm | OPEN NETWORKING - Network, and build relationships with other professionals and community members!
session iii: thursday, october 10-november 14, 2019 @ 6pm
A FIVE-WEEK SERIES ON:
The Culture of (Organizational) Inclusion
Hosted by MAHEC Education Campus, 121 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
FINALE: Integration + Celebration.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 | MAHEC
Family & friends are invited as we celebrate the graduates of the Professional Development Series, share what we’ve learned and strategize on next steps.
Use the “speed networking” technique
Reflection and discussion of learning experiences from overall series
Graduation, celebration, and awarding of certificates!