Dewey Thompson is the Director of the Missouri Training Institute, a partnership between the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business and University of Missouri Extension. Dewey started his career as the training coordinator for a local bank, providing orientation and training services for new employees and coaching all staff on strategic organizational changes. He also worked as an independent contractor providing consultation and training services to the workforce development system at the Federal, State, and local levels. Most of Dewey’s work centers around making people more comfortable with the rapid changes that are occurring in the workplace and helping staff realize their full potential in serving a vast array of co-workers and customers. He has trained thousands of public and private sector professionals across the country in topical areas such as change, leadership, management, coaching employees, teambuilding, customer service, and building effective workplace environments. Dewey served as the lead facilitator for the United States Department of Labor’s Workforce Excellence Network and is a member of the Central Missouri Workforce Investment Board. He was also selected to receive the 2006 award for Professional Development from the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Dewey holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri and holds certifications in True Colors®, Wilson Learning’s Social Styles, and Clifton Strengths.