PMI Lacrosse-Rochester Chapter | Let’s get Critical and Make Better Decisions!

Dr. Jamie Peterson is on a mission to empower others to live and work successfully.

"Critical thinking skills" are likely familiar to all of us, but what are they exactly and how do you use them? Critical thinking skills are arguably one of the most important (and life-changing!) skills we can learn and demonstrate. When we adopt a critical thinking attitude we’re able to make stronger and more strategic decisions. Critical thinking skills allow us to ask the right questions, evaluate our information and options, steer clear of brick walls and decide on the best course of action. Ideally, we’ll also reflect on the entire process to improve and become more efficient.

In this session you will learn about critical thinking skills and walk away with a real plan for using them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand key components of critical thinking.
  • Reflect on current critical thinking practices.
  • Create a plan for improving your critical thinking.

A lot goes into making decisions. On good days - when we have time and energy - we gather, synthesize and evaluate information carefully, consider the options and make a decision. Yet too often, we neglect to recognize blind-spots, short-cuts and biases we all have. Add in limitations on our time and energy and we can end up making decisions we regret.

The good news: our decision-making process is not doomed! In this session she will coach you on how to ask better questions, gather more critical information and effectively evaluate the options to make stronger decisions. The even better news: you can make these approaches work even when you are short on time and energy.


All registrants will be entered to win prizes.
Wear your PMI La Crosse – Rochester chapter shirt for a chance to win additional prizes!


7:30 am--Welcome, speaker introduction and presentation
8:25 am--Chapter announcement and prizes

Jamie Peterson

Jamie Peterson

About the Speaker:

Jamie's engaging and enthusiastic style captures her audience's attention so well that they hardly even notice her nerdy love for science! In her presentations she provides practical research-backed strategies for improving how we live, work and interact with others. Audiences leave Jamie educated, empowered and inspired with concrete and measureable action plans for growth.

Jamie earned her Master's degree in Counseling and her Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She has over 20 years of experience researching, teaching, consulting and coaching individuals to overcome obstacles and live their dreams.

As a corporate trainer and speaker Jamie has worked with over 100 organizations to deliver sessions focused on resilience, critical thinking and the soft skills we all need to succeed in the workforce. Jamie also worked in talent analytics for a major healthcare and insurance company. In higher education Jamie served as an academic counselor and tenured professor and department chair. Rounding out her experience, Jamie also has experience consulting with non-profit organizations as a program evaluator. She draws upon all of these experiences to create meaningful connections with her audiences, understand their needs, and leave them inspired with an action plan for reaching their goals.

Event Details

Date & Time

21 April 2022

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM (CST-06:00)



Virtual Event


Members: $10 (including students)

Non-Members: $15

All registrants will receive a 30-day link to access the session recording.


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