Innovate Marion

MEDCO exists to create an exceptional business environment for companies to compete & thrive.  As part of our strategy to support that environment, we’re pleased to launch the third year of Innovate Marion, Preparing Your Business for the Future.  

This educational series addresses specific challenges and opportunities that we heard from our business community during a strategic planning process. Through this program, we are committed to equipping businesses with the knowledge, expertise, and relationships to innovate and remain competitive. MEDCO has partnered with Kirkwood Community College to offer these classes.   

Join us for four engaging sessions that will tackle a series of relevant topics for businesses of all sizes including (full course descriptions below):

  • Effective Meeting Skills
  • StrengthsFinder
  • Growth Mindset
  • Leading and Managing Change

Each session will be held at Legacy Manufacturing, 6509 Partners Ave, Marion from 8am - noon, lunch included. Purchase includes one seat at all sessions. Cost is $399 per seat. Businesses that are existing MEDCO investors will receive an additional $50 discount towards each registration. Kirkwood Community College will also review your registration to determine if additional training dollars are available through 260F funds. A majority of businesses who are engaged in manufacturing, assembling, warehousing, wholesaling, or R&D will qualify for an additional discount.

Learn More Information About Each Session

Must register by calling Kirkwood Corporate Training: 319-398-5888

Session Details

The Gang's All Here- Effective Meeting Skills

Oct. 23, 2018 - 8am - noon - Presented by Terry Whitson

PRODUCTIVE AND FUN! These are not the first words that pop into the heads of many when asked to attend a meeting. Whether you attend as a participant or as a leader, you can help improve the quality of the meetings. We will look at all aspects of meetings: planning, roles of those in attendance, encouraging participation, and handling difficult behaviors and situations that occur before, during and after the meeting.

Topics to be discussed:

  • How to structure and execute an effective meeting
  • Assess role designation in formal meetings

Break sponsored by BankIOWA
Lunch sponsored by 


StrengthsFinders: Leveraging Individual Strengths to Build a Team

Dec. 4, 2018 - 8am - noon - Presented by Abbie Schneider

Pablo Picasso once said “talent without technique is merely bad habit.” This session is for those who have done work in Gallup’s StrengthsFinder and want to go deeper, exploring their strengths in the context of team. We will explore our personal strengths, how we show up to others, and what happens when strengths are over or under-utilized. From there, we will discuss how to use a team’s strengths to manage, develop, coach and motivate a strengths-based team.  This session is all about leading with others. Whether you are a manager of a team, a project lead, or work regularly in matrixed or cross-functional teams, this session will give you insights and strategies to use your strengths to their greatest effect and partner with others for success. 

In this session participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of their own strengths and how those strengths interact with others.
  • Explore their team's strengths, behaviors and the needs they have from a leader.
  • Discuss ways to invest in others’ strengths and enable them to do what they do best.

Break sponsored by Hupp Electric Motors
Lunch sponsored by Farmers State Bank 


Instill a Growth Mindset: No Pain, No Gain

Feb. 26, 2019 - 8am - noon - Presented by Heather Woody

For individuals, both personally and professionally, to experience their most excellent results, we must keep growing and pushing!  In this session, participants will learn more about themselves and how they think.  All of our thinking results in some intention of action.  If actions are taken, we experience a result.  Participants will learn about how to accomplish a growth mindset, how to use it so that they win and the results that can come from this.  

Break sponsored by Hupp Electric Motors
Lunch sponsored by Kirkwood Community College 


Leading and Managing Change

Apr. 23, 2019 - 8am - noon - Presented by Randy Richards

Our organizations are under constant pressure to adapt to changing environmental forces (technological, demographic, competitive, etc.) in order to thrive. We need to understand those forces and their effect on us in order to make the proper adaptations.  How to spot those forces? And once we spot them, how can we take the necessary steps in learning to adapt. We begin with "the problem". From there we walk through a systematic diagnostic and step by step process to lead the affected stakeholders through the necessarily painful process of adaptation.

Break sponsored by Hupp Electric Motors
Lunch sponsored by Legacy Manufacturing