Upcoming Events


June 28, 2022

The Extension 21-Day Equity Challenge will be hosted by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Professional Development unit. United Way of Central of Iowa rolled out this virtual event in 2020. Thousands of central Iowans signed up to participate online that year. We are using the free content from United Way of Central Iowa and formatting it in a way that we hope, will be user-friendly and manageable for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff and faculty.

About Us

The Professional Development Unit directly supports Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s strategic plan, aligning the professional skills of our people with the needs of our organization. We conceptualize, design and present development opportunities that will motivate, challenge, strengthen and enlighten county and campus-paid staff, faculty and elected council officials.

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Professional Development Educational Opportunities

Crucial ConversationsCrucial Conversations. What is Crucial Conversations? It’s a course teaching skills for creating a positive environment for dialogue. A crucial conversation is a discussion where the stakes are high, opinions vary and emotions are strong. These conversations, when handled poorly, lead to negative results.

Navigating Difference   Navigating Difference Cultural Competency. The Navigating Difference series is designed to assist professionals in expanding their skills in working with diverse audiences. The curriculum consists of five modules developed by Washington State University Extension staff specifically for extension professionals.

Everything DiSCEverything DiSC Workplace, DiSC Management, Conflict Management, and Work of Leaders. Each of these workshops is a full day of learning offered to improve communication in the workplace by discovering your DiSC style, understanding the styles of others, and how different styles can affect the workplace.

Emotional IntelligenceEmotional Intelligence: A Pathway to Self-Understanding and Improved Leadership. Emotional Intelligence refers to a distinct combination of emotional, social skills, and competencies that influence our overall capability to cope effectively with the demands and pressures of work and life. This workshop utilizes an instrument that provides an intuitive framework to address questions at an individual, team, and organizational level.