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Voice of Industry Professional Development Workshop Series

The Voice of Industry Professional Development Series supplements the rigorous MBA classroom experience with co-curricular programming designed to empower students and alumni to be effective leaders having the ability to influence organizational change.

The Series consists of thirteen sessions focused on learnings gleaned from the Voice of Industry Report. The report states that professionals must be able to lead by 1) asking good questions, 2) communicating complex concepts, and 3) influencing others to embrace and act on data-driven strategies.  This Series will help you refine and hone these skills.  Please join us for as many sessions as you can.

How to Use LinkedIn to Land an Amazing MBA Job
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Webinar, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Garriott Omar Garriott
Schifeling Jeremy Schifeling

Jeremy Schifeling and Omar Garriott led education marketing at LinkedIn, so they saw first-hand how powerful a tool LinkedIn is for people going after the world's most competitive jobs. Now, they've compiled all the most advanced techniques they learned inside LinkedIn to help Richmond MBA students and alumni do the same in their own growing careers. From understanding how recruiters use the platform to finding alumni referrals at just about any job in the world, join us for this informative Webinar to get a crash course in LinkedIn's essential techniques!

Defining and Managing Your Career
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Robins School of Business, Room 138, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Knaupp Danessa Knaupp, Founder & CEO, Avenue 8 Advisors

Often, when I work with clients as an executive coach, they are focused on the next rung of the career ladder. But the truth is, they sometimes discover that not only are they not interested in the next rung, they might be on the entirely wrong ladder. Call it keeping up with the Joneses at work, peer pressure, or by any other name, but the idea that there’s one model for career growth and one definition of success works against us all.

This workshop explores your ability to define what’s important to you, explore options, and draft a personal plan. This interactive, hands-on session will prepare you to take the next step in your career development in a way that is aligned with your personal sense of purpose and your own definition of success. You’ll leave prepared and excited about what’s next in your career.

The Importance of Influence
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Robins School of Business, Room 223, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Marquardt Sundie Marquardt, Center Manager, Lee Hecht Harrison

As a Lee Hecht Harrison career consultant at Capital One, I know the number one most promotable competency is one’s ability to influence others. It is important, yet many people don't know how to grow in this area or even why they should. Having influence means being able to guide, motivate and inspire others to think differently and drive results. Having influence means you can accomplish more and better promote initiatives that are important to you and your team. Communication is linked to one’s influence.  Do you know what you can do with your voice, eyes, and body language that will help others want to listen more fully? We will unpack these skills and learn about other important tips to help you gain influence in your organization.

The Hard Truth about Starting
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Robins School of Business, Room 120, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Kennedy Danielle Kennedy, Founder & CEO, Kadima Leadership

Everyday things fall onto our plate in which we have varying degrees of competence, motivation, and confidence. The proposal we need to push to a prospective client. The follow up phone calls. The thank you letters. Reconciling our accounts. The book we have committed to start (reading or writing!). The project with a long-term deadline. And every day there are things we push off – we are too busy, motivation hasn’t hit yet, something takes priority, I have no idea where to start, or a number of other excuses.

The hard truth about procrastinating is that there is no easy way to not. The only way to actually prevent procrastination is to JUST START. We are going to dissect not just what we are pushing off – but WHY we are pushing it off. Understanding the why allows us to solve for the challenge, which allows us to maximize its output.

Machine Learning
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Robins School of Business, Room 120, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Snapp Cameron Snapp, Director, CapTech
Hergenroeder Kate Hergenroeder, Senior Consultant, Data & Analytics
Cox Jack Cox, Fellow

This session covers an introduction to Machine Learning. What is it? What is it not? How does it relate to Artificial Intelligence and other software applications? What are some common applications and industry trends? How can machine learning deliver value? When should you consider using it? What are some common pitfalls? Join us to learn the answers to these and other questions.

Top Trends Shaping RVA and Our World
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Robins School of Business, Room 114, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Martin John Martin, CEO & Managing Partner, SIR, Inc.

This much is true: we’re all going to live the rest of our lives in the future, and tomorrow will be very different from today. The best way for leaders to prepare is to know what’s coming and develop action steps today.

In this session, John Martin, CEO of SIR and co-founder of SIR’s Institute for Tomorrow think tank, will take you on a research-based trip into the future that helps leaders develop strategies to ensure success. He’ll share key “bankable” meta-trends in demographics, society, and culture. He’ll then go further, sharing what those trends mean for the people and businesses in our region. You’ll learn how to see opportunities and obstacles ahead, and things you can do to navigate a successful path forward.

Perspectives from the Summit: On Uncertainty and Risk
Saturday, November 16, 2019
The Manchester Wall, Richmond, Time TBD

DeJarnette Rick DeJarnette, Owner of CapRock Venture Guides
Price Grant Price, Owner of Blue Ridge Mountain Guides

Whether ascending the corporate ladder to maximize shareholder value, scaling a start-up, or stewarding investments to achieve a non-profit's mission: we are on a journey towards a summit. The routes we take are fraught with objective hazards and uncertainty from outside and from within. These diminish our chances of success and threaten to undermine our endeavors.

You can't eliminate objective hazards or remove uncertainty. Instead, you must develop as individuals, as a team, and as an organization capable of thriving amidst risk and uncertainty.

Winning Workplaces of Today
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Robins School of Business, Room 120, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Thornhill Matt Thronhill, Managing Partner, SIR, Inc.

The numbers tell the story: record low unemployment, no growth in workers ages 25-54 for the next decade, and slow to no immigration. It’s little wonder every industry in America is in an all-out war for workers.

In this session, Matt Thornhill, co-founder of SIR’s Institute for Tomorrow think tank will open your eyes to why we’re in this mess and why it’s going to continue. He’ll then share what organizations must do to find and keep top talent. He’ll touch on the differences among the generations but more importantly, he’ll share their similar expectations for the workplace and the opportunities those create for finding and keeping the best workers. He’ll share best workforce practices from around the country and unveil specific, practical tactics that are helping organizations succeed with workers across all ages and generations.

The Cost of Opportunity
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Robins School of Business, Room 120, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

DeJarnette Rick DeJarnette, Owner, CapRock Venture Guides, Consultant at CapTech

Commitment is difficult for many professionals. Why? Among other reasons, we have unprecedented visibility into alternate employment opportunities, awareness of nascent and emerging market trends, and a wide variety of educational paths. But what is the cost of pursuing these opportunities? The professionals best equipped to answer this question have a clearly defined sense of purpose, principles, and priorities, as well as the ability to reject the notion that they can have it all. Let’s talk about the cost of opportunity!

Emotive Impact – Self & Social Awareness
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Robins School of Business, Room 120, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Wasilewski James Wasilewski, Facilitator, Coach, Comedian, Haha to Aha

This session will review the recognition and awareness of Emotional Quotient/Emotional Intelligence (EQ/EI) for ourselves and those around us. Participants will explore how emotions can affect people and roles in conversation and action through interactive exercises and facilitated discussion. Participants will:

  • Review the overview of emotional intelligence and explore the self-awareness and self-recognition areas within the space.
  • Engage in activities and discussions to explore their own self-awareness and self-recognition areas.
  • Examine and adapt their discoveries during the activities and discussion to the application of common practice.

Workplace Creativity
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Robins School of Business, Room 120, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Scalin Noah Scalin, Principal, Another Limited Rebellion

Creativity has become an essential 21st-century skill required to keep up with the pace of innovation and a constantly changing business landscape. This session introduces seven strategies for a creative approach to leadership that attendees will immediately put into practice with a high-energy, hands-on, iterative, making workshop. This workshop will help you:

  • gain a new language for talking about creativity,
  • boost confidence in personal creative capabilities, and
  • explore leadership practices that foster a culture of innovation.

What You Don't See is Costing You: Shifting Your Perspective
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Robins School of Business, Room 120, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Knaupp Danessa Knaupp, Founder & CEO, Avenue 8 Advisors

You are missing big, important information that will help you make better decisions. You haven’t overlooked this information once, rather you’ve overlooked it hundreds of times this week alone. Day after day, month after month, year after year, you are missing opportunities to see the world differently and expand your opportunity.

Designed to encourage leaders to think differently, this engaging workshop includes concepts like the Ladder of Inference and the Invisible Gorilla to help the audience understand the limitations of what they see and to develop new behaviors to seek out critical information. It will cover strategies for broadening perspective and ensuring that you understand how your view may align with or differ from others.

Mindfulness and Yogic Ethics for Business
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Robins School of Business, Room 138, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Lofchie Ryann Lofchie, CEO, The Frontier Project

From mindfulness for personal resiliency, to ethics in dealing with people and in decision-making, to non-attachment to outcomes and the reinforcement of the basic virtues that, for some reason, we employ in our personal relationships but allow to be pushed aside when we feel it will benefit the bottom line at work. In all the work The Frontier Project does with large companies assisting them through the culture change initiatives necessary to be attractive places to work, this is always a huge element that plays into it. How do we make our people feel safe? Tap into their true potential? Hit our financial numbers while also doing good? Additionally, resiliency is one of the key skills leaders want their employees to possess since the pace of change is speeding up faster than anyone could ever have predicted.

Topics covered will include the basics of mindfulness, keys to personal resiliency, and anatomy of stress.