‘Managing a Diverse Workforce’ among courses offered by SBDC at UW-Green Bay

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering three September workshops in its ongoing Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program series.

The month’s first workshop, “Coaching for Performance,” will take place from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 9 and 10. Instructor Bob Pecor will help attendees fine-tune their coaching techniques and create an environment of excellence within their organization. The second September workshop, “Lead with Humor,” will take place from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16. Instructor Liysa Callsen will help attendees use humor to find a fresh perspective on obstacles in life and in the workplace.

The third and final September workshop, “Managing a Diverse Workforce,” will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23. Led by consultancy expert Theresa Zimmerman, the session will help managers lead effectively during a time of shifting demographics and increased globalization. The workshop will explore the role of using teams to effectively manage workflow while looking beyond the traditional definition of diversity. Attendees will leave understanding the benefits of looking beyond diversity and having learned how to manage and communicate without personal bias. They will learn how to effectively utilize diverse teams and bridge generations through effective communication.

Workshop instructor Zimmerman is a founding member of Future Focus Group, LLC, a consultancy dedicated to helping small- to mid-sized enterprises achieve organizational excellence. Her prior work experience includes leading back-office operations for Blue Star Partners of Chicago, and she has spent the majority of her career in and around the field of human resources at one of the largest hospital groups in Wisconsin. Zimmerman recently co-authored and published a White Paper on the evolving U.S. workforce, and she has co-authored and published a book titled “Evolved … Engaging People, Enhancing Success,” which was released this summer. She has presented numerous workshops and lectures throughout Wisconsin and Texas.

Designed for managers who are looking to build leadership skills and advance their businesses, the Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program and its component courses provide practical and interactive content that attendees can immediately integrate into their workplace leadership. The flexible program is designed for individuals who are just starting out on their leadership path, as well as more seasoned leaders who wish to improve upon specific skills.

Participants who wish to earn a Supervisory Leadership Certificate will be required to attend the two Core programs, Supervisory Leadership I and Supervisory Leadership II, as well as their choice of several elective programs within three years. However, individuals may take courses whether or not they intend to pursue the certificate. A complete list of courses and a downloadable brochure are available at www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/html/programs.asp.

All Supervisory Leadership programs are held at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay. All two-day elective courses are $425 per person and all one-day courses are $200 per person, with group discounts available. Workshops meet from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the scheduled dates. Visit www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/html/programs.asp to register or call (920) 496-2117 to register or obtain additional information.

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay is part of a statewide network of SBDCs working with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies. The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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