Confesercenti Partner Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:20:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Confesercenti Partner 32 32 The workshop seeks to “bridge the gap” – Osceola-Sentinel Tribune Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:20:00 +0000

In a nation often at odds when it comes to talking politics, the Braver Angels group seeks to help bridge partisan divides. By offering a variety of workshops, participants from all political backgrounds can learn to talk to and listen to each other in a constructive and respectful way.


Braver Angels, then called Better Angels inspired by a quote from Abraham Lincoln, started in Lebanon, Ohio in December 2016.

Co-founders David Blankenhorn, Bill Doherty and David Lapp found 11 Donald Trump supporters and 10 Hillary Clinton supporters and brought them together to see if they could respectfully disagree and possibly find common ground.

This first red/blue workshop was a success, and over the years the movement grew.

Today, Braver Angels has organizations in all 50 states with at least one Braver Angels alliance per state. Iowa has three registered alliances – Ames Braver Angel Alliance, Braver Angels, The Cantile, and University of Iowa Braver Angels. In addition to workshops, Braver Angels also offers other events such as debates, forums and one-on-one conversations.

local workshop

Brought to Osceola by Women in Faith United Methodist Church, a Braver Angels “Communication Skills for Bridging the Political Divide” workshop at Revelton Distillery on September 17.

According to the Braver Angels website, this particular workshop is designed to help participants “through difficult political conversations with people in your life. Learn to speak across boundaries in a constructive and empathetic way. »

Led by Stacey Kimberlin with the Ames Braver Angels Alliance, attendees spent the morning learning tips and practicing new skills in tone setting, listening and speaking.

“We don’t influence people by talking; we influence people by listening, by building that relationship,” Kimberlin said before those in attendance teamed up with a like-minded political partner to work on listening first.

Kimberlin’s advice to participants for listening included paraphrasing to show you heard what the person said without editorializing their words, asking questions to understand the other’s viewpoints, and acknowledging those viewpoints themselves. when you disagree.

Participants took turns having a mutual conversation, followed by a conversation in which each took a different side to enact the talking points provided for each part. The point of the “game” was to practice hearing what the other person was saying, even if they didn’t agree.

After the sets of listening exercises, participants worked on speaking skills in a format similar to listening – taking turns to act out each side of the conversation.

Kimberlin’s tips for speaking were such as using “I” statements, pausing to acknowledge what the other person had said, and identifying your life experiences that might form your perspective on a topic. particular.

“It’s relationship building, it’s community building,” Kimberlin said.


At the end of each round, participants had the opportunity to share their thoughts on what went well and what didn’t with their partners.

For many, having to put themselves in a different political frame of mind was both a challenge and a positive point. In fact, remembering many said good conversations were even sparked by talking about the same party (both as Democrats or as Republicans), as was the case when the reverse was the case.

On the other hand, for many it was noted that it was “uncomfortable” to have to play conversations where they said things they wouldn’t necessarily agree with or align with. not necessarily, and trying to get into the mindset of someone who was doing it. For a few participants, they said, doing so only reinforced their own beliefs about the topic being discussed, which could almost take them out of the ongoing conversation.

After everyone had a chance to share their views, Kimberlin offered some additional advice for conversations that might be difficult to navigate: Stay on topic, don’t answer baiting questions or don’t answer. with provocative statements, agree to disagree and quietly leave the conversation. if necessary.

The participants’ final thoughts from the workshop were that they had been taught, or reminded, to be better listeners, and some were willing to try the conversation about family and friends from whom they differ politically.

Future workshops

Other workshops may take place if there is public interest. For more information on available workshops and forums or to find an alliance near you, visit

Miss Manners: No one speaks to me at my husband’s work conferences Thu, 22 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000

Dear Miss Manners: I sometimes find myself at an event where no one wants to talk to me.

My husband is a scientist, and at his conferences and other professional events, other guests are generally only interested in speaking to fellow scientists in their field. Once I was sitting at a table in a bar, and the woman sitting next to me turned in her chair so that she had her back to me and her forehead was facing the person of the other side.

I understand that these people may have traveled a considerable distance and just want to chat with their colleagues. But what can I do? I feel uncomfortable sitting all alone as the party unfolds around me. I usually check my phone. Can I bring a book? Should I learn to knit, like the college women in Miss Pym’s books?

I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun by forcing them to talk to me. I avoid these situations when I can, but it’s not always possible.

Because you have been rudely and unfairly made to feel unwanted, Miss Manners is going to let you in on a secret: far from being superfluous, you are the only indispensable person in the room during these events.

You’re not stomping your way onto the stage at a quantum chromodynamics lecture. You’re at a social event after the conference – an event that was planned because, after last year’s conference, someone took a survey, and the scientists all agreed that the conference would be improved by less than chats and more socializing. Except, once dropped into a hotel ballroom with an open bar (or bar, anyway), none of those same scientists could think of anything else to say.

If you’re charming and interesting — and have almost everything you talk about that isn’t science — you’ll win converts. And if that boosts your confidence, imagine those same scientists back in high school (a technique that works in almost any profession, even if it’s particularly suited to you).

Dear Miss Manners: I know Miss Manners does not approve of gift checks, but if someone receives a check – say, for Christmas – when should it be deposited? Is it acceptable to drop it off before the estimated arrival of a thank you note or do we have to wait a few days?

I don’t mean to sound greedy, but by depositing the check immediately (I have a mobile banking app) the giver can confirm their gift has arrived.

Write the thank you letter first. Otherwise, you will be tempted to postpone it.

But there may be another reason for delaying the check deposit. There is no absolute etiquette requirement that one waits until the actual birthday (for example) to open a gift. But the patience shown in waiting for the event that prompted the donation is charming.

Miss Manners recommends the same treatment in your case: you can cash the check on Christmas Day. Whether it’s a holiday doesn’t matter.

New Miss Manners columns are published Monday to Saturday at You can send questions to Miss Manners on her website, You can also follow her @RealMissManners.

]]> Attorney General O’Connor and the Oklahoma Press Association to Host Open Case Seminars Statewide Wed, 21 Sep 2022 22:13:00 +0000

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor is partnering with the Oklahoma Press Association to host open case and open meeting seminars at five locations in the state beginning Sept. 26.

“These seminars are a great way for officials to keep up to date with state public records laws,” Attorney General O’Connor said. “I encourage everyone who serves the public to attend and participate in these meetings.”

The seminars are free, open to the public and do not require prior registration.

This year’s seminars will feature Julie Pittman, General Counsel to the Oklahoma Attorney General, and Thomas Schneider, Deputy General Counsel to the Oklahoma Attorney General.

The seminars will take place in five locations from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • September 26 – Enid, Autry Technology Center, 1201 W. Willow
  • October 3 – Tulsa, OSU-Tulsa, 700 N. Greenwood Ave.
  • October 17 – McAlester, Eastern Oklahoma State College, 1802 E. College Ave.
  • October 24 – Lawton, Cameron University, 501 SW University Dr.
  • November 14 – Oklahoma City, Metro Tech Conference Center, 1900 Springlake Dr.

The meetings were last held in 2019 and drew more than 500 attendees from national and local offices, school boards, government officials and residents.

Continuing education available

Lawyers who attend are eligible to receive continuing legal education hour credits.

School board members and superintendents are eligible to receive three hours of continuing education credit from the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Technology Center board members can earn three hours of continuing education credit from the state Department of Career and Technology Education.

For more information, visit or call OPA at 1-888-815-2672.

The keys to success with State Checkoff Wed, 21 Sep 2022 12:30:21 +0000

Kansas Wheat Farmers’ largest investment in research began nearly a decade ago when the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center opened its doors. Since then, the center has set a standard of excellence for wheat research and has worked to meet the specific needs of Kansas wheat growers. In recognition of the next decade milestone, the Kansas Wheat Commission has embarked on a statewide effort to gather input from Kansas wheat farmers on the future – positioning the commission to continue find innovative solutions to position wheat producers for success.

The effort included eight roundtables involving 120 Kansas wheat farmers. Farmers shared their views on barriers such as infrastructure, market volatility and supply chain disruptions, as well as the value they see in improving genetics, production practices sustainability and region-specific management practices.

“One of the roundtable participants said, ‘It’s the little things together that make wheat pay’,” said Kansas Wheat CEO Justin Gilpin. “Helping farmers manage all these little things well is our role as a check-off. We need input from farmers to make sure we do this as efficiently as possible.

Roundtable discussions indicated that Kansas wheat farmers particularly value programs that highlight best practices, provide opportunities to connect with others in the industry, and offer operation- or region-specific guidance. . One of the Kansas Wheat programs that received praise during the talks was the Kansas Wheat Rx program, which helps farmers make management decisions and choose varieties based on the characteristics of their individual growing region.

Based on the feedback, Gilpin said the Kansas Wheat team will continue to focus on research, education and information services that address farmer concerns and promote market development.

“Every day, our team is focused on providing the information and services needed to ensure that all the elements farmers can control – genetics, agronomic and management decisions – work together,” he said. declared. “The feedback provided during the statewide discussions has strengthened our focus as a team and will help us determine how to best meet the needs of Kansas wheat farmers.”

The farmers of these round tables also confirmed the following commitments:

  • Using cutting-edge research to deliberately select wheat varieties and employ region-specific management practices to produce the best wheat crop possible.
  • Explore new marketing opportunities presented by preferred variety programs and produce high protein wheat to meet market demand.
  • Make agronomic decisions and apply research to reduce inputs and select wheat varieties that perform well in their region.
  • Provide transparency with consumers to share the story of producing a safe and nutritious wheat crop.
  • Continue to work to get improved wheat varieties into the hands of farmers faster.
  • Helping producers translate research innovation into practical on-farm management decisions through regional Wheat Rx programs and other outreach activities.

An executive summary of Kansas Wheat farmer stakeholder feedback is available at

Shale Industry Developments Highlighted at Local Workshop | News, Sports, Jobs Wed, 21 Sep 2022 05:38:01 +0000

SHALE TALK – The region’s shale industry was the focus of a workshop held Monday at the JeffCo Event Center. –Linda Harris

STEUBENVILLE — Local business leaders were briefed Monday on developments in the shale industry and how local manufacturers can benefit from growth.

The morning workshop held at the JeffCo Event Center was sponsored by the Jefferson County Port Authority and the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, along with Encino Energy, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Voto Sales, Tuscarawas Economic Development Corp. , WV Industrial Extension and Magnet (the manufacturing promotion and growth network.)

Port Authority executive director Robert Naylor said the workshop was aimed at “dispelling misconceptions that the oil and gas boom has only enriched landowners without translating into real economic growth” In the region.”

“The second big goal was to help local manufacturers and suppliers understand the energy supply chain and how to immerse themselves in it so they can create economic opportunities,” said Naylor. “In short, the (purpose) of the workshop was to highlight or demonstrate how the business community – sellers and manufacturers – could enter the energy supply chain to create jobs, develop the workforce- work and the overall economic game for our region.”

Shale POWER’s Katie Klaber said the goal was to show manufacturers “how the industry is very well established and embedded in the business community, where the opportunities are to grow with the industry.”

Shale POWER provides technical assistance and business support to small and medium manufacturers and companies looking to expand their business, production and jobs in the shale gas and downstream manufacturing sectors in the Appalachian region.

“The opportunities that existed before have passed, but there are current and future opportunities that we want to make sure local businesses are aware of,” she says. “It’s definitely evolving.”

Klaber said midstream opportunities have expanded with the opening of the Shell ethane cracker in nearby Monaca.

“Ethane now goes to the Shell plant, where before it had no local value, it just went into the natural gas stream or was sent north to Ontario or south to Ontario. Gulf”, she says. “Now we’re getting economic benefits from using that ethane instead of just getting rid of it.”

She said shale gas from Ohio was a game-changer from a local resource to “is part of something much bigger than the region.”

“When you consider our region here to be second only to Texas in terms of producing a resource that’s not just used here, but nationally and globally. Our molecules are finding their way to help our allies abroad,” she says.

Klaber said the industry still needs to overcome barriers to infrastructure development, “So right now we have more resources that people would like to bring to market than they can due to pipeline constraints, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of resources. under development at the moment — it’s going very well. It’s built into our electricity generation, it’s built into our winter heating costs — we get gas locally instead of importing it from other places or countries. We produce our own.

Matt Henderson, also at Shale POWER, said the industry is rising to the challenge, “help solve some of the challenges – solve some of these greenhouse gas emissions, reduce methane, provide more energy to export overseas.”

“I think from a global perspective the industry has stepped up, will continue to help provide and solve the energy need for the power transmission that everyone is talking about. Most oil and gas companies are energy companies – their footprint isn’t just oil or gas, they’re into renewables, and they’re looking at some of the new technologies that are coming.

Henderson said the presentation was intended to help manufacturers understand how to fix issues, “What new technology and innovation do they have to help meet industry needs.”

“It’s an evolving industry, shale is maybe 12, 15 years old, but there is still a lot to develop, to understand”, he said. “There are many opportunities for local companies – there is an established supplier base in traditional oil and gas in the Gulf, but companies want to work with local (companies). This is what Shell is working on, working with local manufacturers and helping them understand where the needs lie, then helping manufacturers develop their value proposition to enter the supply chain.

The Shale POWER initiative was launched three years ago to help manufacturers and local businesses make them marketable to the energy industry, he said.

This could be things like quality certifications, increasing production, helping with outreach to promote yourself to the industry. That’s what the Shale POWER program is for, we want local businesses to be competitive in these opportunities and ready to compete.

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Volleyball Players of the Week – September 20 Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:02:20 +0000

Volleyball Player of the Week: Katie Miller, Lander

Miller earns his third straight weekly honor after another outstanding week. The freshman outside hitter from Sugar City, Idaho averaged 4.44 kills per set as the Bearcats went 1-1 on the weekend at USC Aiken. She had 21 kills in a 3-1 win at USC Aiken and another 19 kills in a five-set loss on Saturday. Additionally, she notched her sixth and seventh double-double of the season, respectively, against USC Aiken, totaling 21 kills and 11 digs on Friday and 19 kills and 14 digs on Saturday. Miller leads the Peach Belt in total kills, kills per set, points, and points per set. Miller has double-digit kills in 11 of the Bearcats’ 12 games this season and has recorded 20 or more kills three times this season. She is currently ranked 13th in NCAA Division II in kills per set.


Volleyball Specialist of the Week: Kennedy Muff, Flagler

Muff averaged 10.0 assists per set as the Saints shared a pair of games against Augusta. The junior setter from Antioch, Illinois had a season-high 51 assists in a five-set loss to Augusta, then followed with 39 in a four-set victory. She added eight kills in that game and hit .316 with four digs and three blocks. For the week, she added 11 kills, 11 digs, five blocks and a pair of aces. She is currently ranked second in the PBC in assists per set and ninth in hit percentage.

For a full list of weekly volleyball award winners, please click here.

Ultimate Seminar confirms executive speakers for Manchester event | Labels Tue, 20 Sep 2022 06:00:00 +0000

The Ultimate Seminar has announced the executive speakers for this month Manchester event. It marks an expansion outside of London for the Cre8ing Vision initiative.

Taking place on Saturday September 24 at Manchester’s Band on The Wall, Ultimate Seminar aims to inspire and engage with the next generation of industry professionals. This year’s event is in exclusive partnership with Warner Music UK, including labels Atlantic, Darco Recordings, Parlophone and Warner Records, and is also in association with NQ.

The Ultimate Seminar event will bring together senior executives who will lead insightful conversations about the future of the music industry. Free, it has become a key annual event for those wishing to pursue a career in all areas of the music industry. The sessions will allow participants to acquire business skills and benefit from networking opportunities.

Confirmed to appear on the panels this year from Warner Music are:

Darcus BeeseChairman of Darco Recordings and Executive Vice Chairman of Warner Music UK

Kevin Christian BlairA&R director, Asylum Records

Andy DanielleA&R Manager, FFRR Records

Jess Keeley CarterSVP Global Marketing, Warner Recorded Music

Emily KentAsylum Records, Senior A&R Manager

Komali Scott JonesA&R Manager, Parlophone.

Charlie TerribleData and Information Manager, Warner Records

This year’s panels will include Knowing Your Business, Major Mindset, Cre8ive Breakers and PPL Songwriting & Artist, and attendees will also be able to book one-on-one sessions with top industry executives. Other names should be announced.

Admission to the Ultimate Seminar event is free, subject to availability and registration. Full announcements about the event are taking place through the Ultimate Seminar social channels. Click on here for registration.

The Ultimate Seminar Manchester is sponsored by NQBMI, Hipgnosis, Sentric Music Group, Darco Recordings, PPL, PRS, Pie Radio, MMF and DawBell.

It is important that events like these are free and supported by the industry as a whole

Darcus Beese

Darcus Beese, chairman of Darco Recordings and executive vice-chairman of Warner Music UKsaid: “I have been a long time supporter of Ultimate Seminar and will continue to be. They have been a vital force in encouraging, educating and finding new executives from different backgrounds on their path in the industry. It is important that events like these remain free and supported by the industry as a whole.

Annabella Coldrick, Managing Director, Music Managers Forum, said: “We are really delighted to be partnering with the Ultimate Seminar in association with Warner Music UK. MMF was founded 30 years ago in Manchester and, thanks to initiatives like our Acceleration programwe are seeing a massive influx of young managers coming from all over the country, embodied by figures such as [Michael] Adex and what it builds with NQ. For all these reasons, it really seems fitting that we can return to the North West in September and meet the next generation of future industry leaders.

In a report, Creative vision said, “Cre8ing Vision is a global music family that incorporates mentorship, recruiting, networking, and most importantly, free music business training. The organization has gained a creative following over 14 years without the need to do advertising and continues to grow its reach through With the support of our partner Warner Music UK, we have been able to expand our regional reach for two consecutive years. The obvious choice for us was Manchester, mainly due to our alignment with NQ and Manchester’s extremely rich musical history.

The Ultimate Seminar London will follow in November.

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Women in Coaching Seminar Takes Center Stage in 2022 ::: USTFCCCA Mon, 19 Sep 2022 14:42:09 +0000

By USTFCCCA Communications, USTFCCCA
September 19, 2022 &nbsp

NEW ORLEANS – The Women in Coaching Seminar at the USTFCCCA Annual Convention enters its ninth year in 2022 and is bigger and better than ever.


For the uninitiated, the Women in Coaching Seminar has been held annually since 2014 on the first official day of the USTFCCCA convention. This year, that date is Monday, December 12.

Every female coach who is registered for the USTFCCCA convention is invited to participate in the event, which has grown by leaps and bounds. Over 250 coaches attended the seminar last year in Orlando, Florida. Organizers expect that number to skyrocket in 2022.

Participants in the 2022 Coaching Seminar will have the choice of immersing themselves in three 25-minute round tables out of the ten offered. At the end, there will be a moderators’ roundtable on each topic’s ideas.

  • Athlete mental health
  • Salary negotiations
  • Maternity and Coaching
  • Overcoming double standards and stereotypes about female coaches
  • Personal care for coaches
  • Team building and leadership development
  • Recruitment
  • Success in D3
  • Social work perspective and how to deal with trauma
  • Networking

Be sure to check the USTFCCCA convention website for more information on the Women in Coaching seminar, as well as the entire USTFCCCA convention, taking place December 12-15 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center outside of Denver.

]]> SCORE prepares a workshop to start a small business | News, Sports, Jobs Mon, 19 Sep 2022 05:47:15 +0000

SCORE of West-Central North Dakota will host a workshop for local entrepreneurs looking to start a small business. To be held September 28 at the Slaaten Business Center on the third floor of the former Minot State University Main Building, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from SCORE volunteer mentors.

Topics include writing a business plan, applying for small business loans, building budgets and a Q&A with Marlys Magnuson, CPA US Bank Lenders and Mary Beth Votava, Director of the Center for North Dakota Small Business Development. The event can be attended in person for a $10 fee and pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for more information, contact

SCORE is funded in part by grants from the US Small Business Administration and strives to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience for the next generation of entrepreneurs and employers. SCORE of West-Central North Dakota has announced its new Chapter President for 2023 will be Nanc Heskin-Rakness, and who has grown to serve the communities of Bismarck, Mandan, Minot, Jamestown and Dickinson.

“I’m proud to be a part of this association because of the great people who are now involved across the state. SCORE is a wonderful place to be right now with so many people reaching out to start writing their business plans and working on cash flow,” said Heskin-Rakness.

Minot SCORE’s office is located at 1925 South Broadway. To join SCORE, go to to review open volunteer positions.

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Transforming Education Summit (Solutions Day) – All sessions in Conference Room 7 Sun, 18 Sep 2022 09:20:30 +0000

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.:
Starving children = a failing education system
Why school feeding is so important for transforming education
Course of action 1
Organized by Plan International Canada, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, United Arab Emirates (TBC) and WFP

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.:
Rewiring and transforming education through intersectoral action
Action track 2
Organized by the Education Commission, United Arab Emirates, Zambia, UNEP, Dubai Cares and the United Nations Foundation

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.:
Transforming commitments into real solutions for disability
Inclusive education
Course of action 1
Organized by International Disability Alliance, Sierra Leone, South Africa, UNICEF, Intl. Disability and Development Consortium, GLAD, Global Campaign for Ed-US, Sightsavers, CBM, L. Cheshire, Light for the World, Humanity & Inclusion, ANCEFA/FOAPH and Perkins School for the Blind

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.:
No session

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.:
Transforming education to transform lives
Issues, challenges and perspectives for French-speaking education systems
Action track 2
Organized by Conference of Ministers of Education of French-speaking States and Governments (CONFEMEN), Morocco, UNESCO-IBE and IFEF/OIF (French-speaking Institute for Education and Training)

The Transforming Education Summit is organized in response to a global education crisis – a crisis of equity and inclusion, quality and relevance. Often slow and invisible, this crisis is having a devastating impact on the future of children and young people around the world. The Summit offers a unique opportunity to elevate education to the top of the global political agenda and mobilize action, ambition, solidarity and solutions to recover pandemic-related learning losses and sow the seeds seeds for transforming education in a rapidly changing world.