Professional Development

Boss of the Applesauce: How to Build a Professional Brand That’s Bigger Than Your Title

Registration has been closed for Boss of the Applesauce: How to Build a Professional Brand That’s Bigger Than Your Title. Thanks for your interest in this Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs workshop.

Course Credit: 4 Contact Hours
Session Date(s): Monday, August 30 & Wednesday, September 1, 2021. 1:00pm to 3:00pm each day. 
Location: This workshop will be held online via Zoom.
Course Fee: $120
Payment Methods: Major credit cards, corporate checks, and staff development funds welcome. Read more. »
*The first 20 people to register for this workshop will receive a 50% ($60) scholarship courtesy of the Wenk Family Charitable Foundation.
*Limited scholarships covering the course fee will be awarded to select CSU Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs students. For more information on how to apply, contact


  1. To begin the registration process, please complete the participant portfolio form. Please note that in addition to this form you will need to register and submit payment. Alexandra Higl-Timms will be in touch with additional instructions about how to complete registration using CSU's Learning Stream website.
  2. Wait to be contacted by Alexandra Higl-Timms ( She will let you know if you are eligible for the 50% scholarship.
Workshop Overview

While your professional title rarely describes all the value you offer to the organization, it can be very effective at keeping you small.  Boss of the Applesauce answers: How do I build my organizational reputation to match what I can do versus what they call me?  While your title belongs to Human Resources, your reputation and the value you add in your organization is well within your control. Boss of the Applesauce offers strategic approaches on how to take that control back.

This workshop is part of the Women's Leadership Series: Women Empowering Women. The series was launched in October of 2018 to engage and empower public & nonprofit sector leaders throughout Northeast Ohio, while promoting the concept of gender representation at all levels of leadership. The theme – “Women Empowering Women” – hones in on the notion that women should support, empower, and mentor one another. The series’ programming is strategically designed to capitalize on this theme of empowerment within sectors where political pressures are at play, resources remain tight, and the competition to rise to executive leadership endures.

Instructor Bio

Damaris Patterson PriceDamaris Patterson Price is the principal of Working River Leadership Consulting — a northeast Ohio training boutique that designs and delivers B2B and B2C coaching, consulting, and learning products to grow the Leadership, Career, and Managerial competencies of an organization's most powerful asset: its leaders.

As a Human Resources veteran, Damaris’ work is the product of nearly 30 years in the people-development business focused on the growth of leadership talent for next-level positions. Informed by her own experiences coaching and managing leaders, her solutions have been effectively applied by a broad and diverse spectrum of people within Corporate Retail firms, Chemical companies, Financial Services, Marketing & PR firms, Higher Education and Independent School administration, Insurance providers, Tech companies, Non-Profits, Specialty Food Manufacturers, Foundations, Professional Associations, Large Hospital Systems, and Law Firms.

Damaris is the author of Unlock Your Leadership:  Secrets & Straight Answers on Standing Out, Moving Up, and Getting Ahead as the Leader You Really Are, which Kirkus Reviews describes as a “road map” and “a practical, in-depth guide and the closest thing to having a personal career coach”.  It is an essential strategic playbook for early or mid-career professionals who want to attract and accelerate leadership opportunities at work. She holds a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology. While also serving as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University, Damaris is a certified Organizational Development and Diversity practitioner, as well as a Board-Certified Executive Coach, with additional credentials from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and Forbes Coaches Council. Damaris and her children, a set of twins, live in northeast Ohio.

Course Fee & Payment Methods

Tuition for this workshop is $120.

  • 50% scholarships are available for the first 20 participants who register. Scholarships are funded by the Wenk Family Charitable Foundation. 
  • Participants must attend both sessions.
  • Limited 100% scholarships are available to Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs students courtesy of the College’s Women’s Fund. Please contact for more information.


  • To register and pay for this workshop complete the Workshop Participant Portfolio form. Please note that in addition to this form you will need to register and submit payment. Alexandra Higl-Timms will be in touch with additional instructions about how to complete registration using CSU's Learning Stream website.
  • Major credit cards accepted.
  • If you prefer to receive an invoice and pay via corporate check contact Nina Antonik ( 
  • If you are a CSU employee, you may be able to use faculty/staff development funds to pay for this workshop. Continuing Education Staff Development forms can be obtained from the CSU Human Resources Benefits Form page by clicking on the forms link. Please send a copy of the completed form to Nina Antonik (UR 335, Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs |
Refund Policy

Refund to original payment is made at 100% when a registrant cancels attendance at least two business-days prior to the start of the first class. Alternatively, the registrant can choose to transfer paid tuition to a later, equivalent course of their choosing within the same college or school at no additional cost when giving a two business-day cancellation notice. Requests must be submitted to Nina Antonik ( Click here for more information about Cleveland State Univerisity's refund policy.

Cancellation Policy 

Cleveland State University reserves the right to cancel a workshop and refund the workshop fee in the event that there are an insufficient number of registrants. 


If you have general questions about this workshop please contact Alexandra Higl-Timms ( For questions about workshop registration and payment contact Nina Antonik (

Professional Development

The Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs offers a wide range of custom designed courses, workshops, and seminars. See the Professional Development Course Listing for this semester's schedule.