Positivity in the Workplace Lunch and Learn

The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) is excited to present the Lunch and Learn, Positivity in the Workplace.  Creating a positive work environment is something all businesses and industries strive for, but how do they get there?  What are some of the tools that can help a business create a positive work environment?  Buchanan County Economic Development (BCEDC) can help provide some of those tools with our next Lunch and Learn, Positivity in the Workplace.  Positivity in the Workplace will be held Thursday, January 24th from 11:45 – 1:00 pm at the Independence American Legion Hall, 205 2nd St. NE.

Businesses are often looking for ways to increase productivity, create stronger team work and collaboration and reduce turnover.  Research demonstrates that employees who are happier at work show as much as a 31% higher level of productivity, are more resilient and suffer less burnout which results in lower turnover rates overall.  Presenter Marcie Van Note will provide tools to help employers and employees create and tap into positivity in the workplace including:

  • Examining how happiness drives success not vice versa
  • Sharing Success Stories – Who gets it – how it matters
  • Discussing what causes people to get stuck in a rut of negative thinking
  • Applying the Ripple Effect to demonstrate how negativity and happiness spread in the workplace
  • Exploring techniques to train the brain to be more positive
  • Review how to reduce multi-tasking to improve productivity and reduce stress
  • Demonstrating how to stay Above the Line® to eliminate victim thinking

The Lunch and Learn will be held Thursday, January 24th from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Independence American Legion, 205 2nd St. NE. Lunch will be served promptly at 11:45 with the presentation beginning at 12:05.

Deadline to register is noon, Tuesday January 22nd

ALL no-shows will be billed $10 for the cost of the meal. Cancellation accepted by noon, Tuesday, January 22

Luncheon Details:

Time:  11:45-1:00, Thursday, January 24th  Location: the Independence American Legion, 205 2nd St. NE

  • Lunch will be served promptly at 11:45 with the presentation beginning at 12:05.

Cost is $10 per attendee.   The Lunch is Learn is free for Investors in the BCEDC.

To Register: Call George Lake at 319-334-7497 or email director@growbuchanan.com with the following information:

  1. Company Name
  2. Number and names of those attending

Payment Options:

  1. Mail checks to: BCEDC P.O. Box 109 Independence, Iowa 50644
  2. Pay at the door.
  3. Pay by credit card:  See credit card  options at the bottom of this page.


Marcie Van Note Speaker Profile:

Marcie Van Note is the Interim Director of the MBA Program at Mt Mercy University and a consultant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has been a leader in the human capital field for over 25 years with experience in senior leadership roles in human resources and training in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She has presented at local and national conferences with an emphasis on talent development, leadership, change management, coaching, train the trainer, developing a positive culture, employee engagement and motivation.

Marcie has a Master’s degree in Training and Performance Improvement and is a full-time student working on her PhD.  She has volunteered at many organizations including Downtown Association, local Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) chapters, American Cancer Society and delivers Meals on Wheels. She is Past President of the Hawkeye Chapter, Association of Talent Development (ATD) and participated on the Chapter Recognition Committee for national ATD.  Marcie received the national Teaching Excellence award from the Council for Accelerated Programs in 2016. Marcie works tirelessly to ensure employees and businesses work together to become successful.  Marcie’s style is described as engaging and original.  She has the ability to get everyone involved in the learning process through interaction, humor, life experiences and passion.  Marcie’s personal philosophy is that learning is an ongoing process — never, ever stop learning.

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