Sessions - Professional Development
2018 Sessions will include:
  • Current Events
  • Hiring the Right Person the Right Way - It starts with Hello
  • Making Every Moment Count in Your Day
  • Be a Strong Team Member through Building Trust - Know Yourself
  • Mindset Adjustment - Mindfulness of Conscious Leaders and Team Members
  • Words to Live by: A Blueprint for Success
  • Accelerate your Excel



Current Events  (Aaron Bartell)

In this session Aaron will discuss what he's currently working on for professional service projects and what's currently going on in the IBM i OSS space. It might be a mobile app. It might be Python talking to Apache Kafka. It might be offering web services with Node.js and Swagger.io. It might be tips and tricks for what I've learned over the past year. It might be all the above. Session will include going into code to show how I put things together.



What’s Your Communication Style? – Minimize Confusion & Conflict Carrie Beers
Have you ever left a conversation and wondered “What just happened?  Why did they get so defensive?  They didn’t understand what I was trying to tell them.”  Well, you’re not alone.  Miscommunication is the cause of most conflicts and misunderstandings. Do you struggle with how to approach a challenging conversation? 
Participants will take a quick assessment to identify your communication style, which is one of the keys to improving your overall communication skills.
Learn Four (4) Dominant Communication Styles and how to communicate best with each style thereby transforming conversations.
Gain insight on how you like to receive and give information, as well as how others like to receive and give information, and
Discover common human errors that disrupt effective and open communications
So whether you want to improve how you communicate, learn to stop avoiding challenging conversations, or provide better customer interaction, you’ll walk away with the tools to have a positive impact on all your conversations thereby decreasing conflict and confusion in all areas of communication.
What’s Your Communication Style? – Minimize Confusion & Conflict Carrie Beers
Have you ever left a conversation and wondered “What just happened?  Why did they get so defensive?  They didn’t understand what I was trying to tell them.”  Well, you’re not alone.  Miscommunication is the cause of most conflicts and misunderstandings. Do you struggle with how to approach a challenging conversation? 
Participants will take a quick assessment to identify your communication style, which is one of the keys to improving your overall communication skills.
Learn Four (4) Dominant Communication Styles and how to communicate best with each style thereby transforming conversations.
Gain insight on how you like to receive and give information, as well as how others like to receive and give information, and
Discover common human errors that disrupt effective and open communications
So whether you want to improve how you communicate, learn to stop avoiding challenging conversations, or provide better customer interaction, you’ll walk away with the tools to have a positive impact on all your conversations thereby decreasing conflict and confusion in all areas of communication.

Hiring the Right Person the Right Way - It starts with Hello (Carrie Beers)


1. Overview of do's and don'ts of hiring to be in compliance
2. A system for hiring smarter
3. How to identify key behaviors of an applicant to validate their fit and ability to perform the functions of the job
4. Hiring for your companies culture



What’s Your Communication Style? – Minimize Confusion & Conflict Carrie Beers
Have you ever left a conversation and wondered “What just happened?  Why did they get so defensive?  They didn’t understand what I was trying to tell them.”  Well, you’re not alone.  Miscommunication is the cause of most conflicts and misunderstandings. Do you struggle with how to approach a challenging conversation? 
Participants will take a quick assessment to identify your communication style, which is one of the keys to improving your overall communication skills.
Learn Four (4) Dominant Communication Styles and how to communicate best with each style thereby transforming conversations.
Gain insight on how you like to receive and give information, as well as how others like to receive and give information, and
Discover common human errors that disrupt effective and open communications
So whether you want to improve how you communicate, learn to stop avoiding challenging conversations, or provide better customer interaction, you’ll walk away with the tools to have a positive impact on all your conversations thereby decreasing conflict and confusion in all areas of communication.
What’s Your Communication Style? – Minimize Confusion & Conflict Carrie Beers
Have you ever left a conversation and wondered “What just happened?  Why did they get so defensive?  They didn’t understand what I was trying to tell them.”  Well, you’re not alone.  Miscommunication is the cause of most conflicts and misunderstandings. Do you struggle with how to approach a challenging conversation? 
Participants will take a quick assessment to identify your communication style, which is one of the keys to improving your overall communication skills.
Learn Four (4) Dominant Communication Styles and how to communicate best with each style thereby transforming conversations.
Gain insight on how you like to receive and give information, as well as how others like to receive and give information, and
Discover common human errors that disrupt effective and open communications
So whether you want to improve how you communicate, learn to stop avoiding challenging conversations, or provide better customer interaction, you’ll walk away with the tools to have a positive impact on all your conversations thereby decreasing conflict and confusion in all areas of communication.

  Making Every Moment Count in Your Day (Carrie Beers)


1. Ways to balance a busy life at work/home
2. Identify "old time habits" and how to change them
3. How my time, your time and our times affect us - manage distractions
4. Be fully present to get things done




Be a Strong Team Member through Building Trust - Know Yourself (Carrie Beers)


1. Uncover hidden things you do that might be affecting your trustworthiness
2. Discover the behaviors that build dynamic teams.
3. How do your behaviors, actions, and interactions affect the team
4. Communication is key to the strength of your team.



Mindset Adjustment - Mindfulness of Conscious Leaders and Team Members (Carrie Beers)


  1. Reset and shift - Clear and Release
  2. Understanding mindfulness without the "woo woo"
  3. Keys to Mindset Adjustments 
    1. Compassion
    2. Gratitude
    3. Acceptance
    4. Forgiveness
    5. Collaboration

1. Reset and shift - Clear and Release
2. Understanding mindfulness without the "woo woo"
3. Keys to Mindset Adjustments 
        1. Compassion
        2. Gratitude
3. Acceptance
4. Forgiveness
5. Collaboration




Words to Live by: A Blueprint for Success (Steve Wolk)

Would you like to be more successful in life? Do you have goals you haven't yet reached, or haven't even tried to reach? What is it about some people that allows them to succeed at virtually everything they do? Take a break from all the technical sessions, and join us for a look at what makes people successful. Discover the relationship between how you think and what you achieve. We'll discuss these topics using meaningful quotes, combined with funny and poignant stories. Discovering the power behind these "Words to Live by" can lead to a more productive and successful outlook on life! We'll examine the habits and mindsets of successful people that you can apply to your own life, perhaps leading to your own greater success! A lifelong study of the characteristics of successful people has led to the discovery of 12 key principles to follow. Join us for this uplifting session, and learn all 12 principles and many more motivational "Words to Live by"! 


After participating in this session, attendees should have the skills and vision to:


Understand the relationship between mindset and success

Determine what life changes may lead to greater success in reaching your goals
Develop a plan for yourself to implement those life changes by altering your outlook on life

Audience: Anyone who strives for greater success in life will benefit from the skills gained during this session.




Accelerate your Excel (Steve Wolk)

Are you intimidated by spreadsheets? Do you use Excel for the basics, but know you could be so much more productive with it if only you knew how? Do you cringe when other business people within your company ask for data in spreadsheet form? Excel is a wonderful tool, especially when paired with the IBM i! It's incredibly powerful, and can save you lots of time. This session will begin with the basics and then progress through more advanced Excel topics such as functions, pivot tables, and array formulas. Using real life examples, you'll see how these new skills will help you in your career. Finally, we'll review powerful methods of pulling data from your IBM i directly into Excel spreadsheets! You'll even leave with sample code you can leverage within Excel to give you one click access to run an SQL statement from your desktop, and have the results returned in a spreadsheet. After each of the 25 topics covered, we’ll review by playing Excel Bingo, for prizes! Learn some great new Excel skills, have some fun, and maybe leave with a prize!

1 Learning Objectives - After participating in this session, attendees should have the skills and tools to:

2 Understand the benefits of using Excel
3 Use spreadsheets to improve your own productivity as well as that of your company
4 Pull data from your IBM i directly into a spreadsheet in a variety of ways
Audience:   Anyone who has ever had to work with a spreadsheet will benefit from the skills gained during this session. We will start with the basics, but even experienced Excel users will find useful information in this session.