Join us at some upcoming TribU career classes.

Join us at some upcoming TribU career classes. (February 26, 2013)

We wanted to make you aware of a special half-off Trib Nation discount that will work for four upcoming career-focused TribU classes -- on researching the decision to get an MBA; on more effective workplace conversations; on better time management; and on developing more powerful negotiation skills.

The half-off discount code to enter when signing up for those classes is CAREER. (If you’re a digitalPLUS member, you may be able to redeem one of your free tickets to Trib Nation events, too.)

Our upcoming TribU: The MBA Decision class is coming up quickly -- this Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m., here in the Chicago Tribune Tower, 435 N. Michigan Ave. Business columnist Melissa Harris will be moderating.

"Getting an MBA can change your life, and it certainly can alter your finances," Melissa said. "A degree can cost as much as buying a home."

Among the questions Melissa plans to zero in on with her panel of experts: Does getting an MBA still make financial sense? Would a part-time or executive MBA program be a better fit?

We'll use the TribU class format to consider how to weigh those choices and provide an overview of the programs offered in Chicago area business schools. Admissions consultant Andrea Sparrey will open the program by explaining how she coaches clients to make choices about graduate school. Panels will follow with Stacey Kole of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business; Elizabeth Ziegler of the Kellogg School of Management; Terri Friel of Roosevelt University; and Paul Prabhaker of Northern Illinois University. James Janega, an executive MBA student and a Tribune employee, also will explain how he researched his options and made a decision. Regular tickets are $50, so the discount code is useful.

If there are particular questions you'd like Melissa to pose or address during the event, Melissa also invites you to email her at mmharris@tribune.com.

The next event is a two-day course that starts at 9 a.m. on March 5 and 6 -- TribU: ‘Crucial Conversations’ for the Office. It's taught by certified trainer Judith Honesty and moderated by the Tribune’s Jenniffer Weigel. The course teaches skills for communicating clinically about office decisions, changes and uncertainty. Regular tickets are $60, before applying the discount code. That's also here in the Tribune Tower.

Tribune “I Just Work Here” columnist Rex Huppke will step in at 6 p.m. on March 6 to lead "TribU: Time Management: How to Become More Productive Learn to manage your time more effectively," a discussion with time-management expert Bob Pozen, author of “Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours.” Pozen is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Regular tickets for that event are $30, and it's also held in the Tribune Tower.

Melissa Harris will be back to host "TribU: Smart Negotiating" at 6 p.m. on March 12, here in the Tribune Tower. With Melissa will be Kellogg School of Management professor Victoria Medvec, one of the top negotiations experts in the world and the executive director of Kellogg's Center for Executive Women; Laurel Bellows, president of the American Bar Association, whose day job involves helping senior executives negotiate salaries and benefits; and Sheila O'Grady, an executive recruiter with Spencer Stuart and former chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley.

In a workshop designed for women in the workplace, participants will learn to command the salary they deserve and establish their value on the corporate ladder. Regular tickets for that class are $50, before applying the discount code.

No discount code, but be aware that Emily Bazelon is the next author in our continuing series of Printers Row author nights. At Printers Row: Emily Bazelon on March 7, Bazelon will discuss her book “Sticks and Stones” about bullying. She’s been featured recently on Fresh Air and other places.

“Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy” examines bullying through the stories of three young people caught in the thick of it. A journalist and author, Bazelon is a senior editor at Slate and a leading voice on the social and legal aspects of teenage drama.

That's at 7 p.m., March 7, in the Tribune Tower. (Bazelon will meet Printers Row members at a special reception at 6:30 p.m.) You can sign up here.

We look forward to seeing you. 

-- Trib Nation