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Tomayto, Tomahto, Certification, Certificate

Certification and certificate are often used interchangeably as forms of alternative credentials. However, they are distinct and represent two different pathways and outcomes to professional development and training. Let’s discuss the difference between these alternative credentials and what factors to consider when choosing a course to advance your career or...

Video: Erin Blocher Discusses Factors that Impact Effective Email and Digital Communication

Digital permanence, tone, and even what tool we use for digital communication plays a role in how effective messaging can be in a professional and personal setting. UMKC business communication professor Erin Blocher's course Effective Email and Digital Communication covers these topics and more. Learn more in the video. Register: Effective Email...

Video: Jermaine Jamison Discusses Inclusion in the Workplace

Jermaine Jamison discusses several key points about the importance of inclusion in the workplace and other topics he explores in his workshop, Fostering an Inclusive Workplace Environment. Jamison brings more than 20 years of DEI experience leading others and building partnerships of significance to his dynamic, interactive workshops. He is Chairman...

Charity Fraud: Five Questions With Forensic Accounting Expert Krista Shelton

Both nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses are susceptible to embezzlement, tax fraud, and other illegal financial activity. Forensic accounting is a formidable tool to audit and verify the accuracy of financial records. Charity Fraud: A Look Inside the Federal Investigation of Former NBA Player Kermit Washington sheds light on how...

Six Questions With Erin Blocher: Effective Email and Digital Communication

"Digital communication is everywhere, but that does not mean we are automatically good at it. Learning strategies for better emails and digital communication can have a big impact," says Erin Blocher, an assistant professor of business communication at the UMKC Bloch School of Management. Blocher has more than 15 years...

Fostering Inclusion in the Workplace: Five Questions With Jermaine Jamison

Inclusion has become a more common term in business vernacular, but what does it actually mean to put it into practice? In our interview below, Jermaine Jamison offers insight into the question based on years of experience. Jamison leads Fostering an Inclusive Workplace Environment, a two-hour workshop on July 27, 2022,...

Hiring and Retaining Diverse Talent: Five Questions With Marisa Gray

Marisa Crawford Gray, EdD, leads the upcoming course Hiring and Retaining Diverse Talent, which runs June 23, 1-3 PM. Her depth of knowledge and experience adds value for participants in her course. Below, Gray shares some insights on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a workplace environment. Learn more about...

The Case for Credentials and Certificates

UMKC TalentLink provides several courses that include a certificate upon completion. A recent survey underscored how valuable and prevalent alternate credentials have become for U.S. employers and workers. We share some key findings below based on recent research. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted research during the summer of...

Fifth Friday Coffee: Networking With Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce

UMKC TalentLink was pleased to sponsor the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce Fifth Friday Coffee in April. Executive Director Jake Akehurst and Business Development Director Candice Haines met and networked with many Chamber members. Christopher Oppenhuis provided his OLEO roasted coffee. What a great turnout from business owners and professionals in...

First Time Supervisor Series: Five Questions With Patricia Plumb

Know how to bring out the best in people? Have you made the transition from coworker to team leader, supervisor, or manager? Below, leadership expert and instructor Patricia Plumb shares insight about these topics and upcoming courses for her First Time Supervisor Series. Earn a certificate after completing Plumb's series of...