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Pitt Business Professional Development Series

The Pitt Business Professional Development Series, offered by the Pitt Business Career Development Office, is a co-curricular experience designed to provide our students with important lessons in leadership, professional communication, conflict resolution, and organizational behavior.

There is no cost to attend any session. Please register in advance through Handshake.


About the Presenter

Inez ColonInez Colon, director of employment and development for the Port Authority of Allegheny County, has more than 20 years of progressive human resources experience in the areas of employment and recruitment, affirmative action, employee training, and organizational development. Prior to joining the Port Authority, Ms. Colon was a senior recruiting consultant for U.S. Airways. In addition, she held the position of vice president for an international management consulting firm for 13 years. Ms. Colon is a published co-editor of two books and has co-authored for instruments. She is an adjunt professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Colon has earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute and the Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally, she is former president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation officials.


Schedule

  • Leadership: Taking My Leadership Skills from the Classroom to My First Career/Job (September 27, 2017)
    September 27, 2017
    5 - 6 p.m.
    Sennott Alumni Networking Zone

    Leadership makes a difference to corporations, teams and, most importantly, individuals. Are you prepared to demonstrate your leadership skills you acquired from the university in your first job after graduation? Rather than thinking of leadership only as something a manager needs to achieve organizational goals or as a skill to be acquired as part of the journey up the corporate ladder, you may be surprised to learn that leadership skills are needed in every part of your life. The best leaders keep their eyes on the main goal -- accepting the challenges of helping the company succeed as well as helping other employees achieve their goals. Join us as we discuss the need for leadership in every part of life, especially in the workforce.

    Be sure to RSVP on Handshake.

  • Communication: My Preferred Style and Its Impact on My Success (October 11, 2017)
    October 11, 2017
    2 - 3 p.m.
    Sennott Alumni Networking Zone

    Communication is the lifeblood of any organization’s effectiveness. If you cannot communicate clearly and persuasively with others, you can say good bye to your aspirations for capable leadership, teamwork, customer service, or even the ability to execute a coherent business strategy. If you want to bring about meaningful improvements to your communication skills, the best way is to better understand your personal communication style and its effect on others. Join us for a discussion on four communications styles—Direct, Spirited, Considerate or Systematic; discover how your style affects communication; and how using alternative styles can increase your effectiveness with others.

    Be sure to RSVP on Handshake.

  • Conflict Management: I Don't Need Help, You Do! (October 25, 2017)
    October 25, 2017
    5 - 6 p.m.
    Sennott Alumni Networking Zone

    Discover more effective ways to recognize, respond to, and manage conflict in your life especially in the workplace. Most people lack basic conflict management skills and react to conflict on a purely emotional level. However, this behavior will create more stress and tension in the workplace and cause additional conflict among employees and may extend to others not involved in the initial conflict. Join us for a discussion about five conflict styles, and the pros and cons of each style. As a result of the discussion, you will learn how to analyze a conflict situation and decide which style is most effective, thereby enabling you to be more effective in managing the situation.

    Be sure to RSVP on Handshake.

  • Delegation: Recognizing When It's Time to Share the Load (November 8, 2017)
    November 8, 2017, 2017
    2 - 3 p.m.

    Sennott Alumni Networking Zone

    While managing a project or being assigned a project lead position, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and afraid to ask for help. This meeting will explore delegation challenges, the advantages and disadvantages of delegation, and how work life could be improved if you leverage delegation correctly. Effective delegation requires careful planning with consideration of the company's needs, the project's requirements, and the skills and talents of individuals in the workforce to which the tasks at hand will be delegated. It is a delicate process that requires reflection, intuition and effective evaluation of the individuals with whom you are sharing the load. This is a critical part of encouraging high levels of productivity.

    Be sure to RSVP on Handshake.

  • Organizational Change: Why, How, and What To Expect (November 29, 2017)
    November 29, 2017
    5 - 6 p.m.

    Sennott Alumni Networking Zone

    It’s no secret that companies must evolve in today’s dynamic markets to maintain relevancy. The change can either send a company skyrocketing into triumph or digging its own grave. This meeting will cover some of the forces and the ramifications of change in the workplace. There will also be a discussion on how change impacts you—the cycle of change and how to identify and understand the different behaviors and emotions that are often displayed during the change process.

    Be sure to RSVP on Handshake.