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Professional Women in Leadership Seminar Series Announced

Negotiation, business etiquette, among topics for Brentwood workshops
afterhours.jpgBelmont University’s Office of Adult Degree Programs, located on Belmont’s main campus and in Cool Springs, is offering a “Belmont After Hours” seminar series for Professional Women in Leadership. Each participant will attend one session per month from February – April in Brentwood with proceeds going to scholarships for adult students enrolled at Belmont. The series will cover topics vital to women in the workforce, from negotiation to business etiquette to general well-being.


The three workshops, sponsored by Tennessee Commerce Bank, are scheduled for February 17, March 17 and April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Martin Center of Senior Citizens, Inc., in Brentwood, Tenn. The cost for the series is $300, 100 percent of which is deductible for tax purposes as a charitable contribution. CEU credits are available upon request. Lunch is provided at each event. Registration is available online at www.coolsprings.belmont.edu. Proceeds from the Professional Women in Leadership Series will help Belmont University offer student scholarships to adults. Speaker fees, materials, food and location costs are being paid by Belmont University so 100 percent of all sponsorships and attendance fees can go directly to student scholarships.
Belmont University’s Adult Degree Program allows adults in Middle Tennessee a second chance, and sometimes even a first start, toward earning a college degree. One of the barriers for adults seeking a degree, however, is the cost. Students receiving financial assistance with their education are more likely to continue (and finish their degree.) Belmont aid can help low/middle income adults get the education and skills needed to increase their standard of living and quality of life.
“More and more adults are realizing the need to further their education,” says Jodi Glover, Director of Belmont’s Cool Springs Campus. “Belmont recognizes the sacrifice and the personal investment these working adults are making and wants to be able to provide scholarships to assist their efforts in reaching their educational goals.”
On the schedule:
Gender Negotiation – February 17
Dr. Susan Williams, professor of management and negotiation in the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont, will lead a workshop on the role of gender in collaboration, focusing on the masculine and feminine tendencies in negotiation and strategies that can make a significant difference in an organization’s success.
The workshop will offer participants an opportunity to develop career-enhancing management skills as successful negotiators in dealing with difficult people, overcoming hard bargainers and coping with difficult business conversations and the interpersonal conflict they produce. Dr. Williams will teach workshop participants the Mutual Gains or Principled Method of Negotiation developed by the Program on
Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
Dr. Williams is the author of several publications on continuous quality improvement, adult learning and higher education systems. She serves on the Panel of Judges for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and is an Executive Board member of the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education as well as a graduate of the Harvard School of Negotiation.
Outclass The Competition: Business Etiquette – March 17
Corporate and international protocol consultant Margaret Ann Pritchard will lead a workshop on business etiquette as a competitive edge.
Research from Harvard University, The Carnegie Foundation and The Stanford Research Institute shows technical skills only account for15 percent of job advancement, while 85 percent is based on people skills.
This comprehensive seminar will cover detailed discussion on dining and business etiquette ranging from the art of toasting, to how to remember names, conversation skills and much more. A “working lunch” tutorial is also included. Pritchard is President of Manners and Protocol LLC, a company specializing in business etiquette and protocol services for corporations and students.
Pritchard received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Vanderbilt University and is certified as a Corporate and International Protocol Consultant and as a Children’s Etiquette Consultant by The Protocol School
of Washington D.C.
Celebrating The Imperfect Life: Workshop on Wellbeing – April 21, 2006
Author, recording artist and wellness professional Ruth McGinnis leads this workshop designed to help participants learn how to wake up in the morning excited about life and ready to live the day in front of them feeling energized and inspired. The workshop will help participants blend the life of their dreams with the life they’ve been given.
McGinnis reframes the extreme messages of popular culture by offering a fresh perspective that can be applied to every part of life. Participants will explore the delicate balance of movement, nourishment, spirituality, caring for self, work, relationships, prosperity and rest.
McGinnis began her career as a Juilliard trained classical violinist, but changed musical direction when she discovered the freedom of folk, Celtic, and bluegrass fiddle styles. Shortly after moving to Nashville in 1986, she became certified as a wellness professional.
Ruth’s work as a personal fitness trainer led to the publication of her first book,
Living the Good Life and the creation of her “Celebrating the Imperfect Life” workshops on well-being.