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Bloch Executive Series Seminars

Our seminars build leadership skills in a workshop environment where you can test assumptions and realize outcomes with peers.

Register for a single session, or enroll in a non-degree certificate series. No matter which option you choose, you’re making a smart investment in your future as a leader.


  • Cultivating a Feedback-Rich Culture

    Instructor: Mike Allison, Adjunct Professor for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC

    June 23, 2023 | 8:30am-Noon
    IN-PERSON SESSION – UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri

    Given nearly every feedback study indicates professionals are happier and perform better when receiving input from colleagues, it is imperative for leaders to cultivate a culture where feedback is expected and appreciated. A company that values transparency invites employees to share input, without fear, across all levels. Doing so normalizes feedback behaviors in formal and informal settings. Both meaningful praise AND honest criticism are vital components of healthy cultures. Organizations encouraging the delivery of both, with positive intent, see improved relationships, higher satisfaction levels, and stronger business results.

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    What You Will Learn

    In this session, leaders will learn how to:

    • Recognize and cultivate a culture of healthy feedback
    • Contribute to and encourage feedback behaviors
    • Ask for and receive meaningful feedback without becoming defensive
    • Provide specific and sincere praise
    • Deliver honest criticism in a kind and clear manner

    What You Will Learn

    In this session, leaders will learn how to:

    • Recognize and cultivate a culture of healthy feedback
    • Contribute to and encourage feedback behaviors
    • Ask for and receive meaningful feedback without becoming defensive
    • Provide specific and sincere praise
    • Deliver honest criticism in a kind and clear manner

    Program Details

    Location and Parking:
    The sessions will be held at the UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Parking details will be sent after registration.

    Cancellation & Transfer Policy:
    Seminar participants (or their organizational representative) should call or email Bloch Executive Education in order to change or cancel registrations. Cancellations made prior to 7 days from the seminar date are eligible for credit towards a future seminar but are ineligible for refund. Credit for future seminar is valid through the following seminar year. Seminar registrations may be transferred from one individual to another up to 7 days before any elected seminar. Cancellations made within 7 days from the seminar date are non-transferable and non-refundable. Bloch Executive Education reserves the right to make changes to the cancellation policy and transfer policy. The current policies will be posted on our website and will be observed regardless of previous policies or standards. “No-shows” are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving Bloch School of Management permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    About the Instructor

    Mike Allison is a professor and Bloch Executive Education instructor within the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC. In that capacity, he teaches EMBA courses on international business, influence and persuasion, and advanced presentation skills. He also instructs business leaders on diverse topics such as change management, emotional intelligence, holding difficult conversations, presentation techniques, building trust, and executive presence. Prior to his current academic focus, Mike accrued nearly 20 years of healthcare IT leadership experience working at Cerner Corporation. While at Cerner, he held executive responsibilities within both the client and associate learning organizations. His award-winning learning teams, many of which were internationally based, provided practical and effective end-to-end learning solutions to Cerner clients and associates around the world. Mike also spent a year as the Vice President of Learning & Development at AMC Theatres. There, he led a team of learning professionals who focused on building, supporting, and retaining talent across multiple guest-facing brands. Mike is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

  • Emotional Intelligence is the New Currency of Professional Success

    Instructor: Mike Allison, Adjunct Professor for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC

    April 21, 2023 | 8:30am-Noon
    IN-PERSON SESSION – UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri

    Attendees will explore and understand the direct link between high emotional intelligence (EQ) and leadership success. Numerous recent studies show that society’s most effective leaders cultivate strong emotional intelligence skills. In fact, one such comprehensive study carried out across a variety of organizations determined that 90 percent top performers have high EQ. Leaders who incorporate EQ techniques into their lives experience great personal and professional gain. In addition to being grounded, they more easily seize new opportunities, manage difficult situations, make sound decisions based on fact, and set an energizing tone both inside and outside the workplace.

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    Emotional Intelligence is the New Currency of Professional Success Includes:

    During an interactive and multi-media driven session, participants will discover:

    • Qualities consistently possessed by great leaders
    • Distinctions between intelligence quotient (IQ), technical quotient (TQ), and emotional intelligence (EQ)
    • The four key elements which make up emotional intelligence
    • Why influence and true leadership cannot occur without high EQ

    What You Will Learn

    Attendees will learn that in order to truly lead others and maximize results through EQ, one must:

    • Master self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationships
    • Exhibit genuine empathy. Make others feel it is about them and you have their best interests at heart
    • Thoughtfully harness individual emotions and the emotions of others

    What You Will Learn

    Attendees will learn that in order to truly lead others and maximize results through EQ, one must:

    • Master self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationships
    • Exhibit genuine empathy. Make others feel it is about them and you have their best interests at heart
    • Thoughtfully harness individual emotions and the emotions of others

    Program Details

    Location and Parking:
    The sessions will be held at the UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Parking details will be sent after registration.

    Cancellation & Transfer Policy:
    Seminar participants (or their organizational representative) should call or email Bloch Executive Education in order to change or cancel registrations. Cancellations made prior to 7 days from the seminar date are eligible for credit towards a future seminar but are ineligible for refund. Credit for future seminar is valid through the following seminar year. Seminar registrations may be transferred from one individual to another up to 7 days before any elected seminar. Cancellations made within 7 days from the seminar date are non-transferable and non-refundable. Bloch Executive Education reserves the right to make changes to the cancellation policy and transfer policy. The current policies will be posted on our website and will be observed regardless of previous policies or standards. “No-shows” are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving Bloch School of Management permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    About the Instructor

    Mike Allison is a professor and Bloch Executive Education instructor within the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC. In that capacity, he teaches EMBA courses on international business, influence and persuasion, and advanced presentation skills. He also instructs business leaders on diverse topics such as change management, emotional intelligence, holding difficult conversations, presentation techniques, building trust, and executive presence. Prior to his current academic focus, Mike accrued nearly 20 years of healthcare IT leadership experience working at Cerner Corporation. While at Cerner, he held executive responsibilities within both the client and associate learning organizations. His award-winning learning teams, many of which were internationally based, provided practical and effective end-to-end learning solutions to Cerner clients and associates around the world. Mike also spent a year as the Vice President of Learning & Development at AMC Theatres. There, he led a team of learning professionals who focused on building, supporting, and retaining talent across multiple guest-facing brands. Mike is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

  • Essential Negotiation Perspectives

    Instructor: Colin McRoberts, instructor for the UMKC Bloch Executive Education

    August 1, 2023 | 8:30am-3:30pm
    IN-PERSON SESSION – UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri

    The best negotiation results come from understanding that every negotiation is a tool to solve a problem. Skilled negotiators work to understand exactly what problem they’re solving, how to approach it as efficiently as possible, and how to distribute the value of that solution to maximum advantage.

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    What You Will Learn

    This course covers the core content of an intensive negotiation training program. Its lessons are built on the experience of advising negotiators in elite private and public institutions, from Fortune 10 companies to military special forces. You will develop a clearer, more practical perspective on deal making by exploring four critical, transformative phases of interest-based negotiation:

    Explore. Challenge your assumptions as to who the parties are, what they want, and what’s possible.
    Expand. Bring new options to the table to add value; bring new parties to the table to transform the negotiation.
    Divide. Satisfy all the parties to reach agreement, while allocating value advantageously.
    Agree. Make every conversation work towards the final agreement.

    In addition, you will discuss practical but underutilized negotiation tactics and have multiple opportunities to experiment with them in simulated negotiations.

    Key Topics

    • Creating effective negotiation strategies
    • Challenging assumptions about parties, options, risks, and rewards
    • Understanding the perspective of other parties
    • Generating creative options to create more efficient deals
    • Using fair standards to distribute gains
    • Identifying and handling irrational behavior in negotiation

    Who Should Attend

    This course is appropriate for negotiators of all skill levels. Novice negotiators will learn to create and follow effective strategies. Experienced negotiators will apply a new framework to fundamental negotiation concepts, developing their perspective on effective negotiation. They will also cover new concepts, such as managing irrational beliefs and behavior on both sides of the table.

    What You Will Learn

    This course covers the core content of an intensive negotiation training program. Its lessons are built on the experience of advising negotiators in elite private and public institutions, from Fortune 10 companies to military special forces. You will develop a clearer, more practical perspective on deal making by exploring four critical, transformative phases of interest-based negotiation:

    Explore. Challenge your assumptions as to who the parties are, what they want, and what’s possible.
    Expand. Bring new options to the table to add value; bring new parties to the table to transform the negotiation.
    Divide. Satisfy all the parties to reach agreement, while allocating value advantageously.
    Agree. Make every conversation work towards the final agreement.

    In addition, you will discuss practical but underutilized negotiation tactics and have multiple opportunities to experiment with them in simulated negotiations.

    Program Details

    Location and Parking The sessions will be held at the UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Parking details will be sent after registration.

    Cancellation & Transfer Policy Seminar participants (or their organizational representative) should call or email Bloch Executive Education in order to change or cancel registrations. Cancellations made prior to 7 days from the seminar date are eligible for credit towards a future seminar but are ineligible for refund. Credit for future seminar is valid through the following seminar year. Seminar registrations may be transferred from one individual to another up to 7 days before any elected seminar. Cancellations made within 7 days from the seminar date are non-transferable and non-refundable. Bloch Executive Education reserves the right to make changes to the cancellation policy and transfer policy. The current policies will be posted on our website and will be observed regardless of previous

    Photo and Video Release By attending the event, you are giving Bloch School of Management permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    About the Instructor

    Colin McRoberts is a graduate of Harvard Law School and an experienced lawyer and negotiation advisor. Colin practiced commercial litigation with Steptoe & Johnson. He handled complex financial lawsuits for a multinational firm before becoming a professional negotiation advisor in a boutique practice. In that capacity he has assisted many elite clients, including two of the Fortune 500 Top 10, large and small non-profits, U.S. and foreign government institutions, the U.S. military, and leaders in sectors such as finance, construction, consumer electronics, insurance, labor relations, and fine arts. He has advised and taught negotiators on the ground in dozens of countries around the world and in nearly every imaginable industry. Colin assist his clients with negotiation, communication, and strategy in complex and difficult situations. He has helped improve commercial negotiations, advised diplomats in international multilateral talks, and built better relationships between aboriginal peoples and government. Colin is also a professor at the University of Kansas, teaching business law, business fundamentals, and a new course on the origin and spread of conspiracy theories. He also teaches negotiation to MBA students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

  • As an employee of the Federal Reserve Bank, you are eligible to complete a Leadership Development Certificate in partnership with Bloch Executive Education.

    For Federal Reserve Bank employees, the Federal Reserve Bank Leadership Development Certificate allows you flexibility to elect classroom-based coursework, pair with one-on-one leadership coaching, that will best support your learning and development goals.

    Additionally, you will be paired with a leadership coach who will customize an action planning guide specifically tailored to help you advance through your career.

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    Federal Reserve Bank – Leadership Development Certificate Includes:

    • The opportunity to work with subject matter experts to grow your leadership skills during four (4) Bloch Executive Series seminars
    • Personalized leadership coaching
    • Customized action planning guide
    • Course materials
    • Event parking
    • A light breakfast, coffee, and lunch during seminar dates
    • Official recognition of completion from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC

    Once your registration has been processed, you will be contacted by Bloch Executive Education by email with further instruction on registering for individual seminars and meeting with your leadership coach. Participants may complete the program within 18 months of registration.

    Program Details

    Register for the program online, and a member of the Bloch Executive Education team will contact you by email to sign up for individual seminars of your choosing, as well as pair you with a coach.

    You have two years from the date of purchase to complete your certificate.

  • Harnessing the Power of Influence and Persuasion

    Instructor: Mike Allison, Adjunct Professor for the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC

    July 12 & 14, 2023 (8:30am – Noon)
    VIRTUAL SESSION – This session will be held via Zoom.

    Leaders who move the meter understand the behavior science around influence. They authentically and effectively shape the opinions of peers, stakeholders, clients, and direct reports. Without influence, you cannot be successful in advancing the businesses, organizations, and people you serve. During this interactive two half-day session, you will learn how to more effectively persuade others while exploring multiple dimensions of power and political agility. Discussions and activities will include a focus on the state of your internal and external networks. You will leave the session with practical tools for building your influence across your organization.

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    What You Will Learn

    Those in attendance will learn that in order to influence and persuade others:

    • Solidifying trust must be a primary focus
    • Your network must be defined, cohesive, and flourishing
    • You must practice the law of reciprocity
    • The four keys to the “Necessary Art of Persuasion” must be leveraged
    • Cultural intelligence must be developed

    What You Will Learn

    Those in attendance will learn that in order to influence and persuade others:

    • Solidifying trust must be a primary focus
    • Your network must be defined, cohesive, and flourishing
    • You must practice the law of reciprocity
    • The four keys to the “Necessary Art of Persuasion” must be leveraged
    • Cultural intelligence must be developed

    Program Details

    Online Seminars:
    All online seminars are hosted in real-time via. Zoom. Be prepared to participate with your class in discussion with your instructor. If you have not used Zoom or would like to learn more, Getting Started with Zoom.

    Pre-Course Communication:
    Prior to the session, you will receive an email with Zoom login information and additional details including any pre-work assignments (such as short readings or videos that instructors may ask you to complete prior to the session).

    Course Recording:
    Each online seminar is recorded and you will be given online access to these recordings. By attending the event, you are giving the Bloch School of Management permission to use your image should we create promotional or instructional material from the recorded session.

    Cancellation & Transfer Policy:
    Seminar participants (or their organizational representative) should call or email Bloch Executive Education in order to change or cancel registrations. Cancellations made prior to 7 days from the seminar date are eligible for credit towards a future seminar but are ineligible for refund. Credit for future seminar is valid through the following seminar year. Seminar registrations may be transferred from one individual to another up to 7 days before any elected seminar. Cancellations made within 7 days from the seminar date are non-transferable and non-refundable. Bloch Executive Education reserves the right to make changes to the cancellation policy and transfer policy. The current policies will be posted on our website and will be observed regardless of previous policies or standards. “No-shows” are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

    About the Instructor

    Mike Allison is a professor and Bloch Executive Education instructor within the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC. In that capacity, he teaches EMBA courses on international business, influence and persuasion, and advanced presentation skills. He also instructs business leaders on diverse topics such as change management, emotional intelligence, holding difficult conversations, presentation techniques, building trust, and executive presence. Prior to his current academic focus, Mike accrued nearly 20 years of healthcare IT leadership experience working at Cerner Corporation. While at Cerner, he held executive responsibilities within both the client and associate learning organizations. His award-winning learning teams, many of which were internationally based, provided practical and effective end-to-end learning solutions to Cerner clients and associates around the world. Mike also spent a year as the Vice President of Learning & Development at AMC Theatres. There, he led a team of learning professionals who focused on building, supporting, and retaining talent across multiple guest-facing brands. Mike is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

  • September 12, 2023 | 8:30am-Noon
    IN-PERSON SESSION
    – UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri

    Strategic leadership, strategic thinking, strategic mindset …
    Has “strategic” become a descriptive buzzword that signifies an ideal level of skill? Does it leave employees striving toward success, but without a clear path to get there?

    Let’s remove the mystery. In this engagement, you will identify the natural “strategic” skills that exist in each of you and explore how to apply them as a strategic leader in a business environment.

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    What You Will Learn

    During this workshop, participants will learn the elements of strategic leadership, including:

    • Making decisions with the future in mind
    • Listening and questioning to find solutions
    • Defining a path forward with limited information
    • Demonstrating confidence in the face of uncertainty
    • Encouraging teams through trust and authenticity

    Through a series of scenarios and case studies, these skills will be applied, practiced, and demonstrated to support your growth as a strategic leader.

    Who Should Attend

    This session is ideal for individuals at all stages of leadership, looking to advance their skills to effectively lead their teams, or organizations, through growth, challenges, or continued development.

    What You Will Learn

    During this workshop, participants will learn the elements of strategic leadership, including:

    • Making decisions with the future in mind
    • Listening and questioning to find solutions
    • Defining a path forward with limited information
    • Demonstrating confidence in the face of uncertainty
    • Encouraging teams through trust and authenticity

    Through a series of scenarios and case studies, these skills will be applied, practiced, and demonstrated to support your growth as a strategic leader.

    Program Details

    Location and Parking:
    The sessions will be held at the UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Parking details will be sent after registration.

    Cancellation & Transfer Policy:
    Seminar participants (or their organizational representative) should call or email Bloch Executive Education in order to change or cancel registrations. Cancellations made prior to 7 days from the seminar date are eligible for credit towards a future seminar but are ineligible for refund. Credit for future seminar is valid through the following seminar year. Seminar registrations may be transferred from one individual to another up to 7 days before any elected seminar. Cancellations made within 7 days from the seminar date are non-transferable and non-refundable. Bloch Executive Education reserves the right to make changes to the cancellation policy and transfer policy. The current policies will be posted on our website and will be observed regardless of previous policies or standards. “No-shows” are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

    Photo and Video Release:
    By attending the event, you are giving Bloch School of Management permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

    About the Instructor

    Mary Messner is a professional speaker, an advocate for women and girls, and a mother to two young daughters. She dedicates her career to approaching challenges with creativity, refusing to accept the status quo, and leading with a determination to grow others. Mary’s speaking business, Mary Messner, partners with organizations of all sizes and industries. She is committed to creating a workplace culture where women are recognized and celebrated for their authentic and powerful abilities.

    Her speaking engagements and workshops provide tangible strategies that demonstrate how to empower women in the workplace. Mary brings her corporate, non-profit, and small business experience to each interaction with the goal of creating meaningful connections with her clients and audience.

  • October 12, 2023 | 8:30am-3:30pm
    IN-PERSON SESSION
    – UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri

    This session is designed to equip leaders as they design, build, and deliver impactful in-person presentations to create connection with audiences of all sizes. A combination of demonstration, knowledge sharing, and facilitated practice brings the learning to life in a safe and supportive environment. As a result, participants will improve the flow of their presentations and communicate their ideas more effectively – all while projecting expertise, confidence, and professionalism.

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    Presentation (Connection) Workshop Includes:

    Approach

    The Presentation (Connection) Workshop will include the following components:

    1. Knowledge: Participants will further develop their knowledge of presentation skills through interactive learning experiences.
    2. Application: This learning event is based on the principle of learn by doing: a performance-based approach that enables participants to utilize their knowledge in real-world scenarios.
    3. Evaluation: Throughout the experience, participants will give and receive real-time coaching by leveraging an evaluation rubric, ensuring the feedback is focused and constructive.

What You Will Learn

  • Master Your Stories to Develop a Power Opening
  • Utilize Presentation Techniques that Engage, Inspire and Connect
  • Clarify Your Message to Create Concise and Compelling Content
  • Display Confidence to Command the Room
  • Design Slides for Impact

Who Should Attend

This session is ideal for individuals with a responsibility for delivering effective presentations that result in a strong connection with an internal or external audience.

What You Will Learn

  • Master Your Stories to Develop a Power Opening
  • Utilize Presentation Techniques that Engage, Inspire and Connect
  • Clarify Your Message to Create Concise and Compelling Content
  • Display Confidence to Command the Room
  • Design Slides for Impact

Program Details

Location and Parking:
The sessions will be held at the UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Parking details will be sent after registration.

Cancellation & Transfer Policy:
Seminar participants (or their organizational representative) should call or email Bloch Executive Education in order to change or cancel registrations. Cancellations made prior to 7 days from the seminar date are eligible for credit towards a future seminar but are ineligible for refund. Credit for future seminar is valid through the following seminar year. Seminar registrations may be transferred from one individual to another up to 7 days before any elected seminar. Cancellations made within 7 days from the seminar date are non-transferable and non-refundable. Bloch Executive Education reserves the right to make changes to the cancellation policy and transfer policy. The current policies will be posted on our website and will be observed regardless of previous policies or standards. “No-shows” are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Photo and Video Release:
By attending the event, you are giving Bloch School of Management permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

About the Instructor

Mary Messner is a professional speaker, an advocate for women and girls, and a mother to two young daughters. She dedicates her career to approaching challenges with creativity, refusing to accept the status quo, and leading with a determination to grow others. Mary’s speaking business, Mary Messner, partners with organizations of all sizes and industries. She is committed to creating a workplace culture where women are recognized and celebrated for their authentic and powerful abilities.

Her speaking engagements and workshops provide tangible strategies that demonstrate how to empower women in the workplace. Mary brings her corporate, non-profit, and small business experience to each interaction with the goal of creating meaningful connections with her clients and audience.