Professional Development

Develop Your Professional Skills and Advance Your Career

Loss prevention professional development calls are hosted quarterly on the first Tuesday during the second month of the quarter. The calls are open to male and female loss prevention professionals of all levels – from store associates to Senior Vice Presidents. The calls provide rich content to assist with professional growth and cover topics such as time management, managing priorities, leadership skills and much more. The Women in Loss Prevention Caucus initiated this effort in 2005 and the calls continue to drive 75-100+ attendees each quarter. 
 

The Contrarian Leader

The most recent call was an overwhelming success. Keith White, SVP, Loss Prevention with GAP, Inc. spoke about the important characteristics of a modern day contrarian leader. Keith offered insights on important things to remember while striving to be a great leader include – thinking about both perspectives, the art of listening, the importance of trust, and decision making. 

Download the notes from the call.

Listen to the audio of Keith White's presentation.

Suggested Reading List
Politics by Aristotle
The Republic by Plato
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Contrarian Leader by Steven B. Sample
Lunch Meat and Life’s Lessons by Mary B. Lucas
Classic Books/Novels

2013 Professional Development Calls

February 5, 2013
May 7, 2013
August 6, 2013
November 5, 2013

2012 Professional Development Calls

2012 Q1: Great Leaders have Purpose, Priorities, and Persistence
Speaker:  Kevin Karschnik, Speaker/Author/Corporate Trainer of iSpeak
Having a Purpose (knowing what you want), setting Priorities (organizing your day), and being Persistent (never quitting) can help you become a more effective leader. This call provides insights on leadership success factors that will put you on track for greater efficiency, increase your performance, productivity, commitment, and help you reach your peak performance.

2012 Q2: The Power of Influence
Speaker:  Cynthia Oelkers, Presenter, iSpeak
Using the influencing principles of persuasion which include – reciprocation, pre-giving, commitment and consistency, authority, and scarcity can help any professional learn social rules that lead to success. This presentation is a great tool to craft a proper approach to dealing with a variety of people from co-workers to friends.

2012 Q3: Bring out the Best! Your Key to Success in the People Business
Speaker:  Mary B. Lucas, Chief Resource Officer of Staffmark
We are all in the “people business” so finding meaningful ways to make connections with the people around you is critical to advancing your career. Learn how to work well with clients and customers, developing relationships, and knowing when to make the right comment.

2012 Q4:  The Contrarian Leader
Speaker:  Keith White, SVP, Loss Prevention of GAP, Inc.
Keith White, SVP, Loss Prevention with GAP, Inc. spoke about the important characteristics of a modern day contrarian leader. Some things to remember while striving to be a great leader include – thinking with both perspectives, the art of listening, the importance of trust, and decision making. [Audio of the call]

"Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action."  - Napoleon Hill