Business Leadership Series, Powered by MEDCO

MEDCO exists to be economic development thought leaders who drive competitive advantage for Marion. As part of our strategy to support that environment, we’re pleased to launch a newly renamed Business Leadership Series, Powered by MEDCO (formerly Innovate Marion, Preparing Your Business for the Future).  

This educational series addresses specific challenges and opportunities that we heard from our business community. 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):

  • Toxic Attitudes in Employees
  • The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
  • Transforming Your Team through Trust
  • Gen Z: Who Are They and What Does This Mean for Our Work

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

Toxic Dump - How to get rid of Toxic Attitudes in Employees

Oct. 22, 2019 - 8am - noon - Presented by Heather Woody

Business is hard enough without having to deal with toxic attitudes and the bad behaviors that go with them! In this session, participants will love learning about how to deal with this difficult issue in ways that are effective, efficient and honor the work of your company. Expectations and accountability partnered with good, solid conversations will be at the heart of the work. And, yes, we will be right up front with this subject because it can be one of the most damaging things that can happen to your company. We will get to the heart of what makes people toxic and try to help them realign with our company or leave in peace so that we can move forward for success!

Break sponsored by BankIOWA
Lunch sponsored by 


Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

Dec. 10, 2019 - 8am - noon - Presented by Lisa Schafer

Contrary to the carrot-and-stick approach is the undeniable evidence that intrinsic, internal motivators are far more effective in improving individual and group performance. Participants will discuss, debate, problem-solve and actively mind-map their way to a customized, concrete plan that promotes autonomy, mastery, and a sense of purpose - the three elements that can transform their people and their organizations. This session is an opportunity for leaders to deconstruct Daniel Pink's packaging of the science behind motivation.

Break sponsored by Hupp Electric Motors
Lunch sponsored by 
Hupp Electric Motors



Transforming Your Team Through Trust

Feb. 25, 2020 - 8am - noon - Presented by Jennifer Horn Frasier

Conventional wisdom tells us that employees don't leave companies, they leave bad managers--and turnover is costly on many levels. Developing a cohesive, high-performing team doesn't happen by luck; rather it happens through the thoughtful actions of a self-aware leader who understands how to cultivate trust. This workshop will walk participants through the core elements of trust. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on and practice key concepts related to trust, including cultivating positive relationships, aligning team members around a shared purpose, and communicating effectively. By the end of the session, each participant will have developed a set of concrete steps to take toward transforming her or his own work team through trust.

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


Gen Z: Who Are They and What Does This Mean for Our Work

Apr. 14, 2020 - 8am - noon - Presented by Dr. Celina Peerman

Our organizations are under relentless change including who is on our teams and how we work together.  The youngest members of our workforce bring unique perspective and challenge stretching our thinking in new ways. This session will engage in a number of discussions and activities to understand Gen Z employees and what actions leaders can take to build even stronger teams with them involved.

Break sponsored by Hupp Electric Motors
Lunch sponsored by 
Hupp Electric Motors