Professional Development Series

WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition presents

Professional Development Series (Fall 2018)

Program Dates: Thursday, September 27 through Thursday, November 15, 2018

Duration:  8 Weeks

Time: Casual snacks + networking when space allows, at 5:30. Class from 6:00 - 8:00pm.

Acknowledgement of Completion: Participants that complete 5+ sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion, endorsed by WNC DEC (a great accolade to share with current + future employers!)

Location: MAHEC Education Building, 121 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC 28803



Eligibility to Participate:  Open to employees in WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition member organizations and community members who would like to better position themselves for advancement.  Students may be eligible for service learning or internship time, check with school.

Learning Objectives:

+ Building and strengthening relationships with other Human Resource professionals
+ Understanding how to apply your strengths
+ Managing conflict and navigating challenging environments
+ Navigating diversity, equity and inclusion within workplace culture
+ Framing your historical narrative and designing your future
+ Developing and deepening leadership skills while increasing your value


 Session Schedule + Learning Objectives

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Thursday, September 27, 2018 | MAHEC
121 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803

Facilitator: Cortina Jenelle Caldwell | Online:

Bio + Overview for Cortina J Caldwell!

Learning Objectives:

●       Tell authentic story about a personal or professional journey
● Deliver a warm personal/professional introduction that centers who you are
●       Explore facilitation tools + activities that can help navigate difficult convos


WEEK 2:  Vision.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 | MAHEC
121 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803

Facilitator: Michele Ashley | Online:

Bio + Overview for Michele Ashley!

Learning Objectives:

●       Practice elevator speeches, active listening, and ideation with small groups
●       Learn effective goal setting, and achieving desired outcome
●       Connect with local professionals who have perservered beyond obstacles


WEEK 3: Communication

Thursday, October 11, 2018 | MAHEC
121 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803

Facilitator: Ami Worthen | Online:

Bio + Overview for Ami Worthen!

Learning Objectives: 

●       Apply theories of mindfulness, non-violent, and intentional communication
●       Increase your value to your employer or business through clear communication
●       Put relationship development into practice by connecting with classmates


WEEK 4:  Evolution.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 | MAHEC
121 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803

Facilitator: Santos Soul | Online:

Bio + Overview for Santos Soul!

Learning Objectives:

●       Through self-assessment gain understanding of who you are, your strengths, and how you can best contribute to your team, business, organization, and professional community
●       Explore how to lean into discomfort and embrace change on the job
●       Learn how to navigate challenges or barriers with resiliency



Thursday, October 25, 2018 | MAHEC
121 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803

Facilitator: Dr. Joseph Fox | Online:

Bio + Overview for Dr. Joseph Fox!

Learning Objectives:

●       Incorporate theories of entrepreneurship in and out of the workplace
●       Learn how to think outside the box on the job or to land a job
●       Create a road map for your professional career with a 1, 5 and 10 year outlook

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WEEK 6: Wellness.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | MAHEC
121 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803

Facilitator: Lucia Daugherty | Online:

Bio + Overview for Lucia Daugherty!

Learning Objectives:

●       Establish a resource and support system for navigating issues in the workplace
●       Examine community resiliency and how it shows up on the job
●       Understand how to set healthy boundaries, embrace self-care and BE WELL


WEEK 7: Policy + Power.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 | MAHEC
121 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803

Facilitator: Marisol Jimenez | Online:

Bio + Overview for Marisol Jimenez!

Learning Objectives: 

●       Develop an understanding of power, privilege, oppression and institutionalized racism
●       Understand how to navigate through different personalities and cultural differences
●       Explore activities + tools that may help to constructively confront racial micro-aggressions

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WEEK 8:  Integration + Celebration.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | MAHEC Education Campus

Facilitator(s): Steering Committee Members | Online:

Learning Objectives:

●       Use the “speed networking” technique to meet with executives from the Diversity Engagement Coalition’s anchor institutions and practice your elevator speeches and interviewing skills
●       Receive feedback from Human Resource executives
●       Reflection and discussion of learning experiences from overall series
●       Graduation, celebration, and awarding of certificates!