Professional Development Seminar

Professional Development Seminar

become the best version of you!

Learn what it takes to be a valuable contributor and leader in the classroom, in the workplace and in life.

  • Incoming Fall 2017 Freshmen: Pre-register to reserve your place using the button below.
  • Current SMC students: register with your adviser.

FALL 2017 PDS101 | TUESDAYS | 8:00 A.M. | THE BALLARD CENTER

CLICK TO PRE-REGISTER (New SMC Students Only)

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING:

Austin Hinkle, a Fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar participant, already has two job offers following graduation.

“I can tell a difference in myself, in my classes and feeling ready to further my career when I leave SMC.” – Yazmeen Young


SEMINAR TOPICS:

This fun, high-energy and hands-on seminar does not carry course credit. It is open to freshmen and sophomore students and will feature guest speakers from a number of business and nonprofit fields.

  • CREATING A PERSONAL VISION
  • GOAL SETTING
  • DEVELOPING AN INDIVIDUAL
    APPROACH TO LEADERSHIP
  • DEFINING AND MANAGING
    A PERSONAL BRAND
  • EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION
  • NETWORKING
  • DESIGN THINKING APPROACH
    TO PROBLEM SOLVING
  • WORKING EFFECTIVELY IN TEAMS
  • PROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR
  • TIME MANAGEMENT

YOUR INSTRUCTORS:

SMC President Scott Cochran has nearly 30 years of experience leading business and nonprofits. He knows the characteristics necessary to succeed in today’s rapidly-changing world of work. He’ll guide you through understanding the importance and value of networking, personal brand, professional behavior, goal setting and creating your personal vision. Contact President Cochran with questions.


Courtney Shelton, Vice President for Professional Development and Design, is a sought-after coach for students interested in developing and executing nonprofit businesses, community impact projects and for-profit businesses. She works closely with students to teach design thinking, collaboration, the consultative approach to problem solving and professional skills such as public speaking, project management, marketing, social media, and much more. Contact Courtney Shelton with questions.