SPRINGFIELD – WGU Missouri and its parent university Western Governors University (WGU) have announced plans for the second of a three-part webinar series aimed at addressing changes in higher education and the workforce as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second webinar, titled “Control your Destiny: Career Advancement Via Online Learning,” will be held Aug. 24 at noon. The 60-minute webinar is free and open to the public and will feature a panel of WGU graduates from throughout the country who will share their career-related decisions and successes and provide insight on how they are navigating the workforce during these unprecedented times.
A local expert will be among the speakers highlighted in Monday’s webinar. Dustin Beasley, of Springfield, is a global business manager with T-Mobile, where he remotely provides support for call centers in the Philippines. He has worked with the cellphone company for 13 years. Beasley earned his undergraduate degree in business management from WGU Missouri in 2018 and will graduate with his MBA in November.
Joining Beasley on the panel are three other WGU graduates:
- Christopher Abbey, Incident Handler Manager, Red Canary in Denver
- Gussie Hopkins, Certified Project Manager, Stratix Corporation in Georgia
- Timothy Mulcahey, Senior Business Analyst, The William Everett Group in Chicago
Mitsu Frazier, VP Academic Operations for WGU’s College of Business, will serve as moderator. At the end of the webinar, there will be an opportunity for individuals to participate in an open discussion and ask questions.
The “Control your Destiny: Career Advancement Via Online Learning” webinar is part of WGU’s “Ambition Never Rests” webinar series, which launched last month. The first, 60-minute webinar was held July 16 and addressed the “State of Workforce Development Across Industries.” The final episode of the series will take place Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. and is titled “How to Advance and Retain your Workforce.” Speakers and moderator for the final webinar will be announced at a later date.
All sessions will be recorded, and a link of each recording will be shared with webcast registrants after each session. Each session is valid for one Professional Development Credit (PDC) through SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. Participants are encouraged to register for the free series in advance by visiting wgu.edu/thoughtleaderseries. For additional questions, please email WGUwebinars@wgu.edu.