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!)

Learning Objectives:

+ 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

session iii: thursday, october 10-november 14, 2019 @ 6pm


The Culture of Inclusion - Organization Culture

Hosted by MAHEC Education Campus, 121 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803

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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!