Partnership with Kirkwood Community College Offers Members Discount on Professional Development Programs

Mar 12, 2018

We're committed to providing members of all sizes and investment levels with high-quality programming connecting them to available resources in the region to grow their business. We're partnering with Kirkwood Community College to offer Economic Alliance members a discount on selected continuing education programs. Kirkwood has long led programs on workforce and workplace culture; these programs have been hand-picked based on feedback we've received from EA members like you!

Read the program descriptions below and register on Kirkwood's website at Enter "CRMEA" at checkout to receive the discounted rate.

Beyond Rubies - A Women’s Conference | EA Member rate: 1 Day - $115 | 2 Day - $150
April 5-6, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kirkwood Main Campus, The Kirkwood Center (Hotel)

Engage in an exciting, fun and inspirational atmosphere where women come together to network, explore new ideas, make friends and boost their lives both professionally and personally. As a guest of Beyond Rubies two-day conference, you will have the opportunity to attend two keynote presentations, enjoy delightful dining experiences in The Hotel at Kirkwood Center Ballroom, and personalize your conference by attending six breakout sessions of your choice. Once you have registered for the conference, you will be sent a link to register for your breakout sessions. Keynote presentations and breakout sessions will offer both professional development and personal growth focus over the two days. This year’s conference features keynote speakers Lisa Mills, an award-winning comedian, motivational speaker and author who will speak on Transforming Ordinary Into Extraordinary, and Sonya White, a comedian who combines southern charm and big city street smarts to teach us how to Be Electric! Beyond Rubies is an unforgettable experience guaranteed to inform, inspire and empower! Download a printable brochure here.


Online Offering: Introduction to Inbound Marketing | EA Member rate: $135
April 2 - 27

Inbound marketing is a process of using your website in a way that it attracts visitors naturally through search engines, the blogosphere, and social media. The average human today is inundated with more than 2,000 outbound marketing interruptions per day – and we’re all figuring out how to block them. In this course, you will discover how to attract customers to your site, what kind of content to share with them, how to use landing pages and forms to collect names and email address, and how to implement lead-nurturing campaigns that result in sales.


Unpacking Your Baggage: Discovering Strategies for Workplace Productivity | EA Member rate + additional funding via Kirkwood: $72
May 3, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha

Fast-paced days, high demands with less resources, and workplace silos can create human resource nightmares. Providing opportunities to “unpack” can eliminate employee conflict, improve workplace productivity, and increase your bottom line. This session will allow you to discover ways to successfully integrate self-care into your daily work routine despite ever-increasing workplace pressures created by globalization and the technological revolution.

In this session you will:

  • Learn how to successfully enhance or change workplace climate.
  • Learn how to enhance communication and increase understanding.
  • Build capacity on the science of workplace baggage and how it impacts company and organizational success.
  • Learn tools to manage emotional intelligence during times of change and conflict.


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