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NextUP™ is an interactive and team-based leadership development program for high-potential women early in their careers. The program zeroes in on overcoming traditional roadblocks and strategies for achieving enduring success in a new job or assignment.

Getting ahead takes more than hard work. Successful leaders are relationship builders and rely on more than technical skills and knowledge to advance their careers. NextUP gives participants the opportunity to foster strategic connections that can accelerate their professional growth.

Target Participant: Early Career

Course Starts: April 5
Locations: Virtual
Applications Due:
March 29

SHIFT: Flourishing in Today’s Workplace

Time is tighter than ever; volatility is endless in the face of new and unforeseen challenges, and the demands on you and your leaders seem endless. And all of that means leadership training has never been more important.

SHIFT For Leaders: Flourishing in Today’s Workplace is a new course designed to address succeeding in today’s work environment, which could be hybrid, fully remote, or on-site. This innovative program for leaders utilizes technology in a way that is not burdensome on the learners.

Target Participant: Mid Career

Course Starts: April 18
Applications Due: April 13

Encountering Diversity with Inclusive Thinking

A virtual program designed to enhance competence and confidence navigating diversity dynamics in an increasingly complex environment. This program will:

  • Enhance competence and confidence navigating current diversity and inclusion topics, with particular focus on today’s complex dynamics
  • Increase self-awareness when encountering differences in perspectives, attitudes, and approaches to work and careers
  • Provide a space for participants to candidly discuss complexities and concerns and share successful strategies about leading inclusively in an increasingly complex environment

Target Participant: Mid Career, Senior Executive

Course Starts: May 8
Locations: Virtual
Applications Due:
May 1

Just Released

In support of our commitment to accelerating the careers of Next Gen leaders, Meet Them features pairs of high level and rising professionals tackling a variety of important subjects from both their shared and individual perspectives. Our goal is to uncover ways we all can succeed and learn from each other.

Meet Them
Episode 9

Barriers to Career Success with Jill Dark & Thao Lai

Upcoming Events

Learning Lab: The Power of Forgiveness Rituals

Workplace grudges or anger can hamper career prospects and get in the way of true development. In this lab you will discuss how forgiveness is a conscious decision to release feelings of hurt, anger, bitterness or vengeance toward a person, group, situation, or yourself, and learn rituals/tools for processing and marking forgiveness (of oneself and others).

In this lab, you will:

  • Understand what forgiveness is and isn’t
  • Be able to articulate why forgiveness is essential for personal and professional growth
  • Learn rituals and tools for processing and marking forgiveness (of oneself and others)

April 6, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

ManufacturingNEXT: Have you heard of A3?

Have you heard of A3? Did you know that A3 is more than just a European paper size, roughly the equivalent to an American 11”x17” tabloid-sized paper? If you’re interested in learning the power of A3 from a Lean Six-Sigma perspective as a tool to help see the thinking behind the problem-solving, then you need to attend the manufacturingNEXT event on March 16, 2023! During this event experts from Disher will discuss and work through an A3 case study, equipping participants with enhanced knowledge and an example A3 to take back to their organizations. Additionally, example A3’s from non-Manufacturing industries will be available for reference.

March 16, 2023
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Amway, Ada or Virtual

TechnologyNEXT: Executive Spotlight

Join Inforum’s TechnologyNEXT group for an executive spotlight! Kristen Williams, VP of Customer & Digital Technology at Meijer, will be sharing her professional journey and “innovation” that is occurring within her organization.

Kristen is responsible for all customer-facing technology, such as our website, app and mPerks loyalty program, as well as all digital, data and analytics. As a volunteer, she works with the Girl Scouts of America, focusing on technology, and also gives her time to FIRST Robotics, serving as a lead coach of a Lego Robotics team.

March 22, 2023
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Amway, Ada or Virtual

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