Professional Development

The Office of Human Resources (HR) serves UMKC by focusing on the university’s most important asset: its employees. As a strategic partner with UMKC’s leadership, we develop and deliver innovative HR programs and services designed to support the mission of the university and enhance UMKC’s organizational effectiveness. To effectively meet the changing needs of our many customers, HR is dedicated to continually assessing and improving programs and services. We welcome your feedback and ideas regarding opportunities to improve efficiencies, simplify processes, increase productivity and raise quality.

About Our Programs

The goal of the HR Talent Management team is to provide a broad range of professional development and training opportunities to meet the needs of our community. We have many options available, including instructor-led courses, online learning resources in Percipio, certificate programs, and partnerships with education providers, such as Kansas City Professional Development Council and Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE program. Additionally, Talent Management offers coaching and consultation services to individuals and work teams.

How to Register

Register for Instructor-led Courses in Percipio:

  1. Visit Percipio.
  2. Login with your university Single Sign-on (SSO). First time login instructions.
  3. Once logged in select UMKC from the menu titled “library” at the top left side of the page.
  4. Select the box “custom channel” to open the UMKC channel.
  5. Under the banner, select “Attend”. Then select the Instructor Led Training you are looking for.
  6. Use the Learn more & Register link to get course information, save items to your playlist, view list of upcoming sessions, and register.
  7. If there are upcoming sessions, you will have a list with links to enroll or withdraw yourself from a session.
  8. The Percipio system will send an email confirmation with a link to add to your Outlook calendar.

Professional Development Opportunities

Administrative Leadership Development Program (ALDP)

The University of Missouri System Administrative Leadership Development Program (ALDP) is a prestigious program that provides professional development opportunities and ongoing support to administrative leaders on all campuses system-wide. ALDP enhances effective leadership with a focus on building the foundation for a robust learning environment.

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Program Benefits

Administrative leaders uphold and define the UM System mission and the direction and values of its departments. The ALDP is respected as a proving ground where emerging and current leaders alike can expand and refine their leadership skills.

The UM System seeks applications from administrators each fall for a spring cohort to become a part of the ALDP. We strive to select a diverse group of leaders that includes a wide range of experience and expertise. At the end of the program you will:

  • Learn more about yourself and your leadership characteristics
  • Offer guidance and support to the staff managed by ALDP members
  • Work with a network of peers to make a difference on your campus
  • Build commitment among department colleagues toward academic excellence and the UM mission

Contact the UM System HR at for information on this program.

Creating Inclusive Communities (CIC) Program

The Creating Inclusive Communities (CIC) Program is a collaboration between UMKC Human Resources and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion. The program provides opportunities for groups to meet and discuss topics around many dimensions of diversity and inclusion. A regular schedule of open sessions will be available throughout the year and groups may request a session for their team. Sessions are a facilitated conversation and are generally one hour.

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The program uses stories from higher education professions from across the county to prompt discussion and sharing. These stories (videos and images) form the foundation for a facilitated dialog among participants. The purpose is to use these stories to create opportunities for employees to share thoughts and feelings about topics around diversity and inclusion.

Request a Session

Contact Megan Gonzalez in the Human Resources office at 816-235-1621 or at to request a session for your department or team. She will contact our facilitator group to check availability for your preferred date and time. You may also use the Training Request form under Request a Training or Program on the Human Resources Professional Development site to start your request.

Credit: This program is based on the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources’ (CUPA-HR) Creating Inclusive Communities (CIC) Project.
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Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Training and development through the Division of Diversity and Inclusion and campus collaborations ensures students, staff and faculty have opportunities to develop self-awareness and skills as culturally-competent leaders able to contribute an inclusive campus environment and to compete in an increasingly diverse and competitive global environment. Face to Face, Online and Discipline Specific training and development is available or coming soon. Enroll in these courses using Percipio.

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University Statement on Diversity

UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure.

Courses Offered

  • Embrace Diversity
  • Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World
  • Crucial Conversations with Cultural Intelligence
  • The Science of Unconscious Bias and its Professional Implications
  • Understanding our Privilege and its ImpactThere are many ways to get involved.

Visit the UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion for course descriptions, registration, and information on ways to get involved.

Henry W. Bloch School of Management: Executive Education Seminars

Bloch Executive Education recognizes the needs of organizations to strengthen their leadership talent, as well as professionals, to continue their pursuit of professional development. As such, we have developed seminars for individuals or teams designed specifically to build professional and leadership talent.

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The seminars are one-day programs focused on current business concepts and future trends with emphasis on practical learning and applicable techniques. Participants are given the opportunity to build skills to improve decision-making in a safe “practice environment” where they can test assumptions and realize outcomes with peers.

An individual can choose to take one or several classes and earn recognition of completion by participating in any one of the four seminars. There are no prerequisites to participate.

Information can be found on the Bloch Executive Education website.

Upcoming Seminars

UMKC employees may attend at a discounted rate of $195.00 per person for each session. There are limitations on the discounted rate, please contact Megan Gonzalez in the HR office or 816-235-6401 if you would like to learn more about this opportunity.

Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE Program

Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE™ provides employers with a comprehensive toolkit of options for managing employee health and managing costs associated with preventable conditions and unhealthy lifestyles.

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While our solutions have evolved over the years to meet employers’ changing needs, our health and wellbeing objectives have remained constant:

To find the best possible solutions for managing health risks through proven interventions and strategies; to improve employee health as a means to reduce or eliminate unnecessary utilization of expensive health care services; and to demonstrate a return on investment with quantifiable results by delivering the most cost-effective, highest quality services and programs.

Workshop topics offered throughout the year may include:

  • Ergonomics
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Leadership Development
  • Workplace Effectiveness
  • Wellbeing and Health Topics
  • Time Management

UMKC Human Resources Special Topics

HR offers in-person training and development opportunities throughout the year. These courses are open to all and provide an opportunity to learn and network with colleagues. Additionally, the courses listed below can be adapted to fit departmental needs.

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Embracing Multiple Generations

Participants will learn about the five different generations represented in the workplace today and the benefits, challenges and management techniques for working with these generations.

Guide to Public Speaking

Do you get nervous speaking in front of a crowd? No worries, public speakers are not born to be speakers, they are made. Join us to learn tips on how to prepare, control your nerves and deliver a great speech.

Leadership from Any Chair

Come see how leadership can occur not just in traditional roles, but in every job! We will discuss traditional and transformational leadership and help you discover your personal leadership style.

Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar

It’s your future. Unlock the mysteries of your UM Retirement benefits! If you were hired prior to October 1, 2012, join a representative from the UM System Benefits office as they explain how retirement benefits are calculated, what to consider when deciding the best date to retire, benefit options available, taxability of retirement benefits, retiree health insurance benefits and the retirement application process.

Team Building

Participants will learn the difference between team building and team development and learn tips and strategies to apply team building when needed.

Supervisor Development Series

This Supervisor Development Series hosted by UM System is designed for newly hired or promoted supervisors who manage staff. By participating in this program, supervisors and managers will be equipped with the fundamental skills necessary to be an effective and successful manager of talent.

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For more information on this program visit Supervisor Development Series on the UM System website.