Professional Development

How to Apply Transferable Skills to Strategically Grow Your Career

Course Credit: 4 Contact Hours
Session Dates: Monday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm each day.
Location/Venue: 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. »
Note: The first 20 people to register will receive a 50% ($60) scholarship courtesy of the Wenk Family Charitable Foundation.


1. To begin the registration process, please complete the workshop 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 ( 

Workshop Overview
In this course you will explore your natural skill set and begin to think strategically about how these skills can be applied to grow and transition your career. Remote work has changed how employees navigate their career. Following a predictable, linear path to progress upward is becoming obsolete. Today, career progression is more about agility and understanding how to adapt, identify and pursue the right challenges and opportunities. Utilizing a career mapping exercise, participants will explore how to build their arsenal of transferable skills and how to leverage their unique skill set to make them a standout candidate in today’s job market.
Learning Objectives:
  • Explore and identify individual skill strengths
  • Identify professional and personal opportunities for skill growth
  • Develop individualized career plans that provide actionable steps for career growth and skill building
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

Alexandria HalmbacherAlexandria Halmbacher joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in 2018. While at the Cleveland Fed she has held positions in Corporate Communications & Engagement and the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity. She currently serves as a Sr. Strategy Specialist in the Strategy and Bank Performance department. Ms. Halmbacher is a member of the Bank’s FedTalk planning team, which organizes monthly community discussions, and a founder of the Cleveland FedAmbassador Program, which equips employees with a better understanding of the Federal Reserve System.

In addition, Ms. Halmbacher co-chairs the Bank’s Women in Leadership and Development Resource Network Group and serves on the Board of the Kentucky Economics Association and on the Cleveland Leadership Center Leadership Advisory Council.

Ms. Halmbacher holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Cincinnati and an MA in anthropology and a graduate certificate in teaching from the University of Colorado, and a graduate certificate in organizational change management from Cleveland State University. She is a graduate of the Ohio History Connection Leadership Institute and a 2022 graduate of the Cleveland Leadership Center Bridge Builder program. She is also a member of the National Project Management Institute’s Northeast Ohio chapter, the Association of Change Management Professionals’ Ohio chapter, and the International Association of Strategy Professionals.

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.


  • To register and pay for this workshop complete the workshop 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. Please send a copy of the completed form to Nina Antonik (UR 335, Levin College 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 E 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.