When several major employers in the Quad Cities were asked what training topics were of most importance to them, the answer was “employee engagement” and training in “emotional intelligence” – EQ – for their employees.  Big Brothers Big Sisters responded by seeking out trainers who specialize in such workshops and is bringing them to the Quad Cities for the third annual BIG IDEA WORKSHOP – EQ=EE (Emotional Intelligence = Employee Engagement) to be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 1 at Rhythm City Casino and Resort in Davenport.

“I think most employers want their workforce to give their best each day,” said Beth Clark, Development Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley. “It really takes each individual, and their understanding of their own behavior and communication style to make that happen”, said Clark.

The Big Idea Workshop was developed in 2015 to help BBBS give something back to those businesses that have been supportive of their one-to-one youth mentoring programs.  With the speaker costs being covered by three presenting sponsors, Quad City Bank & Trust, Estes Construction and The Sedona Group, the organization then generates revenue off ticket sales (at very reasonable prices) with those dollars going back to support BBBS mentoring programs in the Quad City area.  In the past, the Big Idea Workshop has featured BridgeWorks a generations consulting firm and Afterburner, Inc. former jet fighter pilots, who trained on goal setting and implementation.

“It’s a win-win”, said Clark. “We bring in professional trainers that would otherwise be a great expense to any individual organization. Then we charge (on average) $135 per person for training that is conducted locally. There is less expense for the businesses that don’t have to spend money on travel for their employees to attend. The greatest part is that the proceeds all go to support children in our community who are facing some kind of adversity,” said Clark.

This year’s Big Idea Workshop is themed EQ=EE – Emotional Intelligence = Employee Engagement and the three hour workshop will be led by Mike Veeck and his team from the consulting firm, Fun Is Good, from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  Mike is a partner/owner along with actor, Bill Murray and other partners in the minor league baseball team, The St. Paul Saints. His three-trainer team will present an interactive workshop that focuses on helping people to better understand their EQ and then learn how to apply it not only in the workplace, but in their personal lives as well. The training helps people tap into their passions and joy, then along with enhanced communication techniques, they apply what they learn to their work.  The result is more engaged and productive people in the workplace.

Here is the workshop at a glance:

WHAT: The Big Idea Workshop – EQ = EE (Emotional Intelligence = Employee Engagement).

WHEN: Thursday, March 1 – Check-in from 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., program through 12 p.m.

WHERE: Rhythm City Casino and Resort, 7077 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, IA

PRICE: 1-6 seats $150; 7-13 seats $135; 14-27 seats $125; (for 28 seats or more ask about bulk pricing).

HOW TO REGISTER: Go to and pay on line, or call Kayla at 563-323-8006 or email with any questions.  Registrations open through Friday, February 23.

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS: Mike Veeck, Fran Zeuli and Dr. Emily Stuckenbruck (Fun Is Good Consulting, Minneapolis/St. Paul)

BIG IDEA WORKSHOP SPONSORS: Quad City Bank & Trust, Estes Construction, The Sedona Group.

ABOUT BBBSMV - Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley has been serving the Quad City area for nearly 30 years. They serve nearly 700 children in this region each year. These children are facing some kind of adversity whether it is coping with poverty, experiencing the loss of a loved one (due to divorce, incarceration or even death) or adjusting to a move to a new neighborhood, school or community. BBBSMV has been awarded the Gold Standard of operations from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America which means that they are achieving the highest standards for serving children and operating the non-profit.  There are 16 Gold Standard recipients out of 305 BBBS agencies nationwide.



For more information about the Big Idea Workshop or Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, please contact any one of the following people:

Jay Justin, CEO BBBSMV                          563-323-8006   Cell: 563-343-2964

Kayla Kiesey, Dir. Of Events 563-323-8006   Cell: 563-370-3555

Beth Clark, Development Dir.   563-323-8006    Cell: 309-269-3455

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