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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

  • Communication: My Preferred Style and Its Impact on My Success (January 23, 2018)
    January 23, 2018
    2 - 3 p.m.
    2650 Sennott Square

    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! (February 13, 2018)
    February 13, 2018
    2 - 3 p.m.
    2650 Sennott Square

    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.

  • Organizational Change: Why, How, and What To Expect (March 6, 2018)
    March 6, 2018
    2 - 3 p.m.

    2650 Sennott Square

    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.