TMP Course Descriptions: Period 2

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Period 2: 10:20 AM - 12:20 PM

Course Overview

Personalize your focus of study by selecting a course from the offerings below. Scroll down to read the full course descriptions and instructor profiles for each option.

Note: The courses below were offered during our September 2023 program. Our new March 2024 courses will be listed soon. Please check back later this fall.

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B1 Fostering Engaged and Inclusive Work Cultures
Led by: Kim Jones, MBA, MA in Anthropology, Kim Jones Alliance LLC
B2 Reinvent Yourself and Thrive
Led by: Terry D. Schmidt, MBA, Management Concept Inc.
B3 Be the Boss: Move from a Technical Job to a Management Position
Led by: Marshall Gibson, PMP
B4 Creating and Sustaining Excellence in the Workplace
Led by: Robert Maurer, PhD, Science of Excellence

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B1 | Fostering Engaged and Inclusive Work Cultures

Retaining top STEM talent is one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today. Cultivating work cultures where such talent can thrive is therefore a critical mandate of effective 21st century leadership.

Led by: Kim Jones, MBA, MA in Anthropology, Kim Jones Alliance LLC

In this highly interactive class, you will develop actionable strategies for building your brand as an inclusive leader, learn effective approaches for addressing the dynamics that undermine engagement and inclusion in many STEM environments, and build the skills you’ll need to lead the cultural changes that foster retention and top team performance while enabling all employees to thrive.

Leading in the 21st century is characterized by several challenges that result from highly disruptive market conditions and a rapidly changing workforce. The days when managers primarily control output and resources are behind us; and a new leadership mandate is in place that requires leaders to be inclusive, adaptive, flexible, empathetic, and fair to attract and retain top talent. Achieving this mandate is particularly challenging in STEM industries, which have been observed to operate in ways that are non-inclusive and inhospitable to people in underrepresented groups.

But there is good news for leaders: those who develop the skills and cultures that foster inclusion and engagement will create more positive environments, stronger collaboration, and better performance and retention outcomes with less effort. In this course, you will learn how to achieve these outcomes through applying the principles of strengths-based leadership, positive organizational scholarship, and emotionally intelligent leadership in environments that are psychologically safe, all while discovering how to bring your most authentic leadership brand to life in ways that encourage high employee engagement and inclusion.

Topics include:

  • What effective leadership looks like in the era of DEI, marketplace disruption, and workforce disengagement
  • Learning your top strengths and how to channel them toward building an authentic leadership brand that engages your team(s)
  • Developing skills for leading yourself and others using the principles of growth mindset and strengths-based leadership
  • Understanding how to cultivate high emotional intelligence to create stronger connections with your team(s)
  • Learning effective strategies for leveling the playing field for underrepresented groups
  • Developing the skills and strategies needed to lead effective culture change.
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Kim Jones, MBA and MA, Anthropology
CEO and Founder, Kim Jones Alliance LLC

Before rising to divisional CIO at Farmers Insurance Company, Kim held multiple executive level roles at Fortune 250 companies over her 25-year career. 

She now coaches leaders to reach their highest professional potential, focusing on working with professional women seeking to rise in the leadership ranks. Kim also provides executive coaching to leaders looking to make greater impact through their work, is a speaker on core 21st century leadership skills and building inclusive cultures, and is a gender equity advisor to companies committed to fostering the advancement and wellbeing of women in work. 

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B2 | Reinvent Yourself and Thrive

Discover how to unlock your true life purpose, and how to perform at a high level of excellence. Experience this unusual learning adventure—if you dare

Led by: Terry D. Schmidt, MBA, Management Concept Inc.

This course provides an upbeat and supportive environment where you will learn to unlock your true potential and perform at new levels of personal and professional excellence. You’ll explore inner terrain that we don’t normally have the opportunity to travel. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover your true life mission and learn how to harness your inner resource toward achieving it
  • Create a customized leadership identity and integrate that “prototype of excellence” into your nervous system
  • Understand how your early heroes and role models imprinted your values
  • Replace limiting paradigms with empowering beliefs and integrate new behaviors into your daily actions
  • Apply emotional intelligence strategies to step into optimum states of motivation, action, and high performance
  • Learn to confidently take action in uncomfortable situations despite fear or embarrassment
Terry D. Schmidt

Terry D. Schmidt, MBA
President, Management Pro

Terry Schmidt is a business strategy consultant who helps leaders and teams set clear goals and execute projects which achieve great results. He is president of ManagementPro.Com, a Seattle-based virtual organization with a world-wide roster of associate consultants. He earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington and his MBA from Harvard.

Terry has worked in 42 countries and his clients include Fortune 100s’s, fast-growing smaller companies, the national research laboratories, and virtually every federal government agency. Before starting his own company, he worked for Boeing, NASA, the US Department of Transportation, and USAID/Thailand.

Terry’s nine published books topics include career/life strategy, marketing, and business strategy topics. His most popular is Strategic Project Management Made Simple (Wiley), included in this course.

He teaches strategy and execution at leading corporate universities and in executive management programs worldwide. He is the senior instructor in the UCLA Technical Management Program and also teaches at the MIT Professional Institute. Terry has trained over 25,000 professionals, and his programs have earned a reputation for being lively, innovative and effective.

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B3 | Be the Boss: Move from a Technical to a Managerial Position 

Learn to focus your technical strengths into powerful managerial skills in this highly interactive workshop.

Led by: Marshall Gibson, PMP

If you are considering becoming, have recently been assigned, or are already performing as a supervisor, team leader, or manager, this course provides you with the skills and knowledge to become a highly successful organizational leader.

Members of the technical staff who are promoted into leadership roles often feel that learning how to manage others is daunting. Many technically competent people feel that getting things done on their own is easier than accomplishing objectives through other people. But technical people already possess many of the skills needed to become excellent organizational leaders.

This unique, highly participative course makes a smooth transition to management simple and straightforward. It provides the opportunity to assess your leadership capabilities and “build on your strengths” to hone and focus your talents into powerful management skills. Learn how to set and clearly communicate goals for your organization, build strong self-directing teams, nurture collaboration, guide the efforts of individuals and groups to perform at the highest levels, and focus and motivate your employees and others to successfully achieve the organization’s goals. Every session employs case studies, interactive exercises, and powerful instruments to enhance the learning experience and ensure you can immediately take what you learn back to your workplace.

Topics Include:

Leadership and Management

  • What skills are necessary for effective managers?
  • What skills do you already possess?
  • What skills must you develop or enhance?
  • Modern directions of leadership and management
  • Getting feedback on your leadership performance (a 360-degree instrument)

Organizational Management

  • Organize
  • Staff
  • Delegate (unique instrument)
  • Manage corporate politics and parochialism


  • Current team practices
  • Enhance collaboration
  • Virtual teams
  • Diversity


  • Modern motivation theories
  • Influence decisions (SDI)
  • Sources of power

Performance Management

  • Monitoring performance
  • Assess progress (metrics)
  • Give feedback (performance appraisals)
  • Correcting undesirable behavior
  • Personal plan (unique instrument)
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Marshall Gibson, PMP
Principal IS Project Manager, Providence St. Joseph Health

Marshall Gibson, PMP has extensive experience leading large and complex projects. He specializes in project management for information technology and computer infrastructure operations. With over 25 years of experience in high tech industries, he has been a manager in various IT companies leading infrastructure, transformation and cloud initiatives.

Currently a program manager for Providence, a health care delivery organization, where he applies strategic project portfolio processes and streamlines IT service delivery and forecasting. He manages the suite of chartered programs and initiatives for Providence including asset and incident management, cloud migrations, device and network infrastructure, and business applications. He has also worked at 3Com, Hyundai, Tandem, University of Georgia, and The Walt Disney Company. He has managed many large projects including company acquisitions, corporate legacy system migrations, Oracle and SAP/ERP upgrades.

Mr. Gibson received his project management certificate from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds additional certifications in ITIL, Lean Six Sigma, and as a PMP® (Project Management Professional). His bachelor’s degree in computer science is from the University of Georgia.

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B4| Creating and Sustaining Excellence in the Workplace

Learn how research has enlightened us to the skills necessary for success in work, health, and relationships. We will reveal the four most essential skills for effective leadership, and how to use them.

Led by: Robert Maurer, PhD, Science of Excellence

Psychology has traditionally studied individuals, couples, and organizations in difficulty. Most theories and therapies are based on the work with these groups. But this problem-oriented focus has limited the usefulness of psychology in helping people to create and sustain success. There is a body of research that has sought to understand the traits and behaviors of people and organizations that succeed in the areas of career; building healthy, productive work relationships; and maintaining good physical health. The studies reach surprisingly consistent conclusions regarding the skills that allow us to create, maintain, and enhance success. In this hands-on course, you learn the skills of creating and sustaining excellence in the workplace through a lively mix of lecture, film, live demonstrations, case studies, and role-play scenarios.

Topics include:

  • The 4 Skills of Successful People and Organizations
  • How Successful People Change
  • Strategies for Coping with Adversity in the Workplace
  • The Essential Skill to Look for in an Employee or Colleague
  • Preventing Conflict and Maximizing Collaboration
  • Dealing with the Emotional Challenges of Managing People
bob maurer

Robert Maurer, PhD
CEO and Founder, The Science of Excellence

Robert Maurer is the CEO and founder of the Science of Excellence, a consulting firm. His clients include American Express, Costco, Disney, Mazda, Wellpoint, Pepsi, the U.S. Navy and Air Force, as well as local government throughout the UK.

As the director of Behavioral Sciences for Family Medicine, Spokane and a faculty member with the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Maurer has studied how individuals, families, and organizations sustain their excellence in health, relationship, and work. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Dr. Maurer has appeared on ABC’s “20/20” in connection with his work on conflict resolution. A Los Angeles Times article profiled Dr. Maurer’s seminars on creativity. His book on creativity and change, One Small Step Can Change Your Life, was published in the fall of 2004 and now appears in 14 languages.

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