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Business Leadership Series Open for Registration

Published Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Prepare your business for the future by joining the Business Leadership Series, Powered by MEDCO 2020 – ’21.

Kirkwood Corporate Training has partnered with Marion Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) to bring a collaborative, high-quality training opportunity to the Marion business community. 

By joining the Business Leadership Series, Powered by MEDCO, you are able to:

  • Maximize training dollars by bringing experienced trainers to the Marion business community
  • Network and share ideas with other participating local companies
  • Provide flexible training for your employees

How do you become a partner?

To join the training partnership, you simply invest in a “season pass” for the 2020 – ’21 training sessions. Your seats can be filled with different staff members based on the content of each individual training session.

Pricing is $399 (funding may be available for qualified companies). When registering, be sure to indicate if you are an existing MEDCO investor as you will receive a discount of $50 per company.

Training sessions begin Oct. 13, 2020. All sessions will be at Legacy Manufacturing Conference Room, 6509 Partners Ave., Marion, Iowa.

Due to the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be switching to an online platform instead of in person.

Lunch is provided following each training session (if held in person). Attendees are welcome to stay and network, or grab a lunch and go. For additional information, visit To register and become a partner, contact Kirkwood Corporate Training at 319-398-5623.

Leaving the Office Behind: Building the Best Culture for Remote Work
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 | 8 a.m. – noon
Instructor: Helena Long
Sponsor: Legacy Manufacturing
Lunch Sponsor: Legacy Manufacturing

Right now, remote working — or, working from home — has become more than a trend. It’s now a necessity for companies all around the globe. As a result, there are thousands of team leaders and managers who find themselves suddenly managing a completely remote team. Honestly, that can be scary, especially if it’s the first time you’ve had to do so. In this session, we’ll explore proven tips and techniques to help each of us be personally effective and productive in a remote situation while also leading our team members to be connected, engaged, effective, and productive. 

Embracing and Managing Change
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 | 8 a.m. – noon
Instructor: Lisa Schaefer
Sponsor: Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust
Lunch Sponsor: Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust

There are few constants in the workplace today, but change is one of them and it seems to be happening more rapidly than ever. The manner in which we, as leaders, communicate expectations and implementation of change significantly influences how our employees respond. During this class, we’ll work with you to develop an effective, proactive change strategy, discover appropriate ways to react to an unplanned change, and minimize the potential of negative reactions from your employees. 

Real Colors Workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 | 8 a.m. – noon
Instructor: Brian Smith Sponsor: BankIowa
Lunch Sponsor: Kirkwood Community College

Real Colors is a fun, interactive training workshop where you will recognize your strengths and communication styles and those of others, and learn how to appreciate those differences. This workshop goes further by providing opportunities to practice various communication styles and give feedback in real-life scenarios. Walk away with new skills that foster positive interactions, and learn to listen in the language of other colors and speak their language.

Leading Better with Emotional Intelligence for Teams
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 8 a.m. – noon
Instructor: Celina Peerman, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust
Lunch Sponsor: Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust

Building high-performing teams means understanding what individuals contribute and what factors might hold us back. In this upbeat and interactive session, Celina will share tools on how to understand our own behavior and that of others, tools on how to understand our own emotional intelligence and help others do the same to work better together, methods to get through rough patches, and ideas to create a more welcoming, inclusive team. When applied, these actions create better workplace relationships by highlighting the role of emotions that help us reach our goals and drive performance. 

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