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KHRMA June Meeting: Harness the Power of Leadership
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Communication, Trust, and Recognition

When: June 14, 2018
11 am - 1 pm
Where: The Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University
2350 Business Court
Kalamazoo, Michigan  49008
United States
Contact: Lori Fraker, KHRMA Secretary

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11:00 AM          Registration & Lunch
12:00 PM          Presentation
01:00 PM          Conclusion


Presenter:      Jeff Hawkins, Leader Dogs for the Blind*

Topic:             Communication, Trust, and Recognition

Do you ever wonder how a Leader Dog knows if a traffic light is red or green?  Have you ever considered how a dog can decipher a McDonald’s from a Burger King?  Or how these amazing guides know the difference between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 at Chicago O’Hare Airport?

Harness the Power of Leadership will teach you and other professionals working in the business community foundational principles in leadership, management, communication, and team-building. The tools presented are based on training techniques Leader Dogs for the Blind has been using for 80 years as part of their mission to empower people who are blind or visually impaired to lead successful and independent lives.

The communication procedures a Leader Dog team uses to successfully cross busy intersections, find restaurants, and navigate bustling airports are the same techniques used by efficient and prosperous teams in the corporate environment. As the day progresses, you will see just how relevant these techniques are in your workplace and will learn how you too can successfully implement them in your daily lives as you advance in your career.


Learning Outcomes

·       Attendees will… Describe the Harness the Power of Leadership Model

·       Attendees will… Define the working tools of Meaningful Guidance, Meaningful Recognition, and Introspective Clarification

·       Attendees will… Identify ways to apply the Harness the Power of Leadership Model to your work environment


Speaker Bio:

Jeff Hawkins has been among the highest profile representatives of Leader Dogs for the Blind since receiving Leader Dog Gracie in July of 2012.  Despite being diagnosed with an inherited form of juvenile macular degeneration in his early twenties which ultimately caused his blindness, Jeff enjoyed a successful managerial career in the paramedic industry for more than 20 years. During that time, Jeff spent ten years as an Ambulance Operations Coordinator where he directly oversaw a team of 500 employees, and sat on several Detroit-area Emergency Medical Services committees, including the Medical Control Board, The Communications and Dispatch Advisory Board, and the EMS Quality Control Committee. Additionally, Jeff worked as a Field Training Officer for many years, taught telemetry and communication at the Paramed EMS Academy, and was the President of the Oakland County EMS Association.


Meeting Sponsor:   Promotion Concepts, Inc.

Welcome to Promotion Concepts Inc, where promoting your business is our business. Born in 1982 from an expertise in building brands, we offer unique, quality promotional products, excellent service and customer-focused marketing. From our office in Kalamazoo, Michigan, we are your premier source for branding solutions! We present our Signature Collection, carefully selected promotional items that we refresh daily with the newest, hottest and trendiest products.

Reverse Sponsor:   Ministry with Community

The mission of Ministry with Community is to empower people to make positive life changes.

To achieve our mission, we:

  • provide an environment of dignity, hope, trust and unconditional acceptance where all people are respected and valued
  • welcome all people in the Kalamazoo community struggling with homelessness, poverty, mental illness, and other challenges
  • rebuild lives by providing food, daytime shelter and other supportive services
  • work collaboratively with other community organizations

MwC is a haven in Kalamazoo for people who are hungry, lonely or homeless. Staff and volunteers welcome “members” when they drop-in to do their laundry, take a shower, get a haircut, volunteer, pick up their mail, enjoy a cup of coffee, find support for their recovery, seek help in sending for birth records, see a social worker or simply rest.

The relationships begin to form a positive community for many. Through this community, people who “drop-in” also help to serve meals, clean, unload groceries, and organize social events. These valuable contributions often build self-esteem, positive relationships and hope for the future.

Buffet Menu:.            Homestyle Buffet


* Dave's Canine Ambassador, a golden retriever/lab mix named Coco, and his Leader Dog, a yellow lab named Gracie, will accompany him.  


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