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2018 Professional Development Day

Embrace the Future Professional

Friday, April 6, 2018
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Boise State University
Micron Business and Economics Building

Join business people, deans, legislators, teachers and community leaders as they hold workshops focused on personal development, inclusion and diversity, and current and trending office technologies. There will be panels on Emotional Intelligence as well as the opportunity to experience a Virtual Reality office. Some classes will entail hands on training while others are meant to be inspirational and eye opening.  Our keynote presentation will be by Boise State’s own Human Resources Director, Shawn Miller.

A one-day conference to better yourself, your work and your life! Held in the Micron Business and Economics Building on Friday, April 6th from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Location is: 2360 W. University Drive (corner of Capitol Blvd. and University Dr.) Boise, ID 83706. Registration is $55 and includes conference materials, light breakfast and lunch.

Membership Special: Add only $5 to your registration to renew or join Boise State AOP as a new member through June 2019.

For more information contact Ramona Martin at or (208)426-1182.


Participants will receive room locations and a map when they check in on Friday morning.

8:30-9:30 A.M.
1A. Life Coaching:
In life, just like cards, there is usually one card that is more powerful than the rest, like a wild card. Nathan Ogden calls this your “Q Card”. It comes in the form of fear, doubt, justifications, lies, and of course exQuses. When we allow fear to control our minds we become mentally paralyzed and unable to achieve progress. The question is, WHAT CARD DO YOU PLAY? Learn to recognize the exQuses you tell yourself and others, that keeps you from attaining what you desire.
1B. Gender Equity:
Gayla Thomas-Dabney, Boise State Director of Equity and Inclusion covers 12 practical steps employers can take to level the workplace for men and women.
1C. 2018 “Office” Specialist- going paperless:
Jacy Jones, Manager of Records Systems and Admin Support for Boise State’s Department of Public Safety, will discuss “going paperless” tips and skills from her work with the City of Meridian and here at Boise State. 

9:45-10:45 A.M.
2A. Emotional Intelligence:
Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to recognize and effectively manage emotions in ourselves and with others. Emotional intelligence increases our ability to make good decisions, build relationships, deal with stress, and cope with change. Research has proven that our emotional intelligence (EQ) is more reliable in predicting success than our intelligence quotient (IQ). Learn to increase your Emotional Intelligence through self awareness and self management of your own emotions. Additionally, learn to apply tools to increase your social skills by recognizing the emotions in others and responding effectively to those emotions. Bayard Gregory will explore the topic of EQ and how to develop our own EQ, thus increasing our success with our career and relationships both inside and outside of work.
2B. Building and Sustaining an Inclusive Work Environment:
Jerri Mizrahi, Learning and Development Manager, Boise State Human Resources helps attendees understand and pinpoint implicit biases through self-examining exercises, and will provide strategies for managing and changing perspectives.
2C. Making and Posting a podcast:
Do you have a desire to educate, entertain, inform and inspire others on a deeper level? Do you enjoy creating content? Then podcasting might be for you! 24% of Americans listen to a podcast once a month and their increase in popularity grows each year according to a 2017 study. Come learn what a podcast is, reasons for starting your own and the basics of getting started, including finding your niche and equipment.  Participants will leave with a basic understanding of podcasting and a potential podcast idea of their own!

11:00-12:00 A.M.
3A. Continuing Education Options:
Paul Bentley, Director of the Boise State Center for Professional Development, will discuss continuing education opportunities including the flexible BA in Multidisciplinary Studies, the BAS degree, and Osher Lifelong Learning, as well as non-credit courses available at a significant discount to Boise State employees/departments.
3B. StrengthsFinders:
We are all unique! How do you identify, invest in, and leverage the talents of your team members? We are often able to see talent in behaviors through yearning, satisfaction, rapid learning, and glimpses of excellence in our everyday interactions. In this session, we will explore the idea of identifying and investing in the natural talents of our team members to increase productivity, teamwork, engagement and overall happiness.
3C. Career portfolio-LinkedIn:
Make the Most of Your LinkedIn Network. LinkedIn isn’t just about identifying job opportunities, it’s about building an online presence and optimizing your profile, so that you can connect and engage with people on social media. Learn why LinkedIn matters and what you can do to create a compelling and professional profile.

Keynote and Lunch:

Shawn Miller, Associate Vice President Human Resources.

1:15-2:15 P.M.
4A. Personal Health Toolkit:
Lisa Desilet, MS, a Wellness Coordinator with St. Luke’s Health System, will speak about the seven dimensions of well-being, and discuss the connection between work environment and individual well-being and how the intersection of the two can make a powerful and lasting impact on quality of life. Attendees will walk through a quick self-evaluation then some next steps to take action to improve well-being, and have a digital toolkit to take home. Lisa is the lead for Women’s Well-being initiatives and the Employee Champion network with St. Luke’s as well as the lead for Corporate Wellness within the Treasure Valley.
4B. Inclusivity Assessment:
Francisco Salinas, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion will walk you through an “Inclusive Excellence” assessment and lead a discussion on bringing inclusive behaviors to your workplace.
4C. VR office trial:
Experience Virtual Reality and join in on the discussion of enhancing the professional office with virtual options.

2:30-3:30 P.M.
5A. Conflict Management:
Dealing with “that” person (you know who I’m talking about). We all have “those people” in our lives, personally and professionally, that drive us a little crazy. This session we will explore different ways of dealing with the difficult people in our lives. Focusing on the skills and attitudes that help make our own lives easier.
5B. Conversations within positions of power/subordinates:
Kim Marks, Talent Acquisition Manager, Boise State Human Resources will cover tips on how to facilitate conversations with your boss for mutual success.
5C. Google Integration:
Jennifer Weddel, Boise State Professional Development program manager will help you get to know your Google app tools. Topics covered: Google Mail use, tips, and tricks; Making Calendaring work well for you and your team; Storing and sharing files; and Using Google for collaboration on teams.