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Professional Development Series • September 10 - 20, 2018

The Professional Development Series is one of the many ways administrators, faculty, staff, employers, alumni, and the community support the personal and professional growth of CBT students. The series offers an array of sessions to CBT students in order to prepare them for the job search and a successful career in business. Students have an opportunity to attend sessions on networking, professional dress, résumé building, interviewing, social media, dining etiquette, leadership, and student organization involvement. Students can also interact with CBT alumni and employers during panel discussions.


Bruce Western, Coordinator - CBT Professional Development Series
Office: Stipes Hall 414N
Phone: (309) 298-1430

Maddie Moore, CBT Dean's Office
Office: Stipes Hall 101
Phone: (309) 298-2442

Event Schedule

You Want Me To Move Where? • Monday, September 10

Presented by Andrew Van Thyne, Sales and Logistics Manager, Archer Daniels Midland Company

This session will cover these topics and more with being flexible in your career path:

  • Why it’s okay to not want to live in a certain area
  • The value of moving while young
  • What to consider when relocating
  • Networking opportunities and new adventures
  • Professional stories of relocation

Two Sessions:

  • 11:00 - 11:50 a.m., Stipes Hall 121
  • 12:00 - 12:50 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

The Art of Networking • Tuesday, September 11

Presented by Kathy Waters, Executive Director, Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce

Networking is one of the most important, if not the most important, activities that job-seekers and business professionals need to master to be truly successful. Networking is about building relationships by learning things about other people. If you want to be good at networking, be interested in people. Learn what to ask and what not to ask. Then watch your circle of friends and acquaintances grow as you put these skills to work at the Networking Social.

  • 3:30 - 4:45 p.m., Stipes Hall 501
  • Professional Dress Preferred/Casual Business Dress Acceptable – No Jeans or Shorts

Networking Social • Tuesday, September 11

This networking event is the jumping-off point for starting professional relationships. Take advantage of this opportunity to practice your networking skills with community business leaders. One connection can open many doors.

  • 5:00 p.m., Stipes Hall 501
    (Light Refreshment Provided)
  • Professional Dress Preferred/Casual Business Dress Acceptable – No Jeans or Shorts

The Importance of Knowing About Benefits • Wednesday, September 12

Presented by Tom Schuetz, Managing Partner, and Chris Bynum, Business Relationship Director, Group Services

While looking over job offers, do you know what to look for in a benefit package? Should you consider working for a company that pays less salary but has better benefits? This session will focus on what benefits should be important to you, what to look for in benefit packages, and learning what questions to ask prospective employers regarding benefits.

  • 2:00 - 2:50 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

CBT Student Organization Fair • Wednesday, September 12

Are you looking to build your leadership, communication, and time management skills? The answer is joining a student-led organization! The CBT Student Organization Fair will showcase student groups housed within the CBT and will provide information about joining each group.

  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Stipes Hall Front Lobby and First Floor Hallways
  • CBT student organizations interested in participating, should contact Michelle Howe at

Difficult Conversations • Thursday, September 13

Presented by Mandy Carballido, HR Consultant, Caterpillar (Mapleton Foundry)

Just the phrase “difficult conversation” can make you anxious. Difficult conversations can be delivering bad news to an employee or group (job elimination, downsizing), addressing a personality conflict with a peer or co-worker, coaching an employee on a performance issue, investigating a sensitive situation or asking for something from your supervisor (a raise, resources for a project). In this session, we’ll discuss all the types of difficult conversations and how to prepare for and engage in the conversation. By the end, you’ll be confident in your ability to handle any situation that arises!

  • 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

The Future of Careers • Thursday, September 13

Presented by Michelle Howe, Instructor, WIU Management and Marketing Department

Today's jobs are changing rapidly with each update to modern technology. This session will explore the current job market, hiring strategies, and careers of the future. Are you preparing yourself for a job of "today" or a job of "tomorrow"?

  • 2:00 - 3:15 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

Etiquette Dinner • Thursday, September 13

Presented by Susan Creasey, Assistant Professor, WIU Management and Marketing Department

If your dining includes a drive-thru, couch, or TV, you probably need a refresher course in proper etiquette at the table. Table manners play an important part in making a favorable impression. The purpose of the etiquette dinner is to make you feel comfortable, not uncomfortable. Dining etiquette is based on courtesy, comfort, and common sense, providing a tool to help you interact with others.

Cost is $10 and reservations are required - Pay with cash or check and register at time of payment in the College of Business and Technology (CBT) Dean's office in Stipes Hall 101.

  • Professional Dress Required
  • 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., University Union Lamoine Room

Preparing For Interviews • Monday, September 17

Presented by Rachel Wojcik, HR-Recruitment Lead, Circle 8 Logistics, Inc.

You can have confidence for your interviews if prepared with the right skills and strategies. Attend this session to learn about demonstrating professionalism, delivering solid responses, and presenting your best self in order to make a positive, memorable impression whether your interview is in person, over the phone, or even via Skype! “Be so good they can’t ignore you” – Steve Martin

  • 1:00 - 1:50 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

Personal Finances – More Money, No Problem • Tuesday, September 18

Presented by Ryan Riggins, Assistant Vice President-Lending, MidAmerica National Bank

Money can’t make you happy on its own, but it can sure help…or hurt. Managing your finances well can contribute to better physical health, better relationships, and ultimately a better life. Whether you want to spend your energy climbing the corporate ladder or volunteering for non-profit organizations, you can put yourself in a position to buy a home, become debt free, invest, and retire. You can live the American Dream, wherever in the world you choose to go. This session will discuss the great moves you can make now to have a rich life…whatever rich means to you.

Two Sessions:

  • 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., Stipes Hall 121
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Stipes Hall 121

Supply Chain Management Day • Tuesday, September 18

The event includes an afternoon of informal meet-and-greet opportunities with company representatives. The day also includes presentations by many industry leaders in the Supply Chain Management field with information about possible career and internship opportunities. SCM Day is a great opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and experience to prospective employers. For more information, visit the SCM Day web page.

  • SCM Career Fair: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m., University Union Heritage Room

Setting Your Course from College to the Workplace • Wednesday, September 19

Presented by Bryan Langston, Vice President of Warehousing, Dot Foods

Companies are looking for a variety of attributes when hiring new employees. This session will focus on items to consider as part of your “working” resume that will set you up for success when you compete for your first job as a graduate. In addition, learn how to manage your own brand to keep things on the right track as you make your way through college and beyond, the value of consistency on a resume and the relationships you can build, and leadership in various roles while in college.

Two sessions:

  • 9:00 - 9:50 a.m., Stipes Hall 121
  • 10:00 - 10:50 a.m., Stipes Hall 121

Meet the Firms • Wednesday, September 19

Meet the Firms is a unique career fair in which students majoring in accountancy, finance, and information systems have an opportunity to speak one on one with employers who are specifically looking to fill job openings and internships in these disciplines. This event provides a great opportunity for students to network with firm representatives. For more information, visit the BAP Meet the Firms web page.

  • 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., University Union Brattain Lounge
  • No pre-registration is required and students will sign in the day of the event.

Employer Panel • Thursday, September 20

Engineering, Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Graphic Communication, and Instructional Design Technology Focused

Join a group of employers for a panel discussion about what they look for in a successful engineering, engineering technology, construction management, graphic communication, and/or instructional design technology candidate. Take advantage of this opportunity to get the information you need to be successful in your job search!

  • 12:00 - 12:50 p.m., Knoblauch Hall 105

School of Agriculture Alumni/Employer Panel • Thursday, September 20

Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with career professionals who can inspire you and give you insider tips for career success in the agricultural field. Learn what they recommend you do now to be prepared for your job search.

Joining the employer/alumni panel are the following distinguished professionals:

  • Ms. Jenny Jackson, Illinois Pork Producers
  • Ms. Haley Pfaffe, Pioneer Hybrids
  • Mr. John Carroll, Carroll Family Farms
  • Mr. Kurt Rahe, Monsanto
  • Mr. Andy Rash, River Valley Cooperative
  • Mr. Brian Sprinkle, CNUC
  • 3:00 - 4:45 p.m., Stipes Hall 121