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Convener Corner: Meet April Boyd-Noronha!

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Author, skills consultant, retail trainer and Communiversity convener April Boyd-Noronha will host her class, “Good Bosses Gone Bad” Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library.

Noronha worked for years in retail management and now feels that it’s important to discuss the topic with others who are unhappy in their jobs.

“Many workers are frustrated with their current work environments, mainly due to their bosses,” Noronha said. “Years of working in toxic work environments prompted me to write and self-publish my first book, ‘Good Bosses Gone Bad,’ in 2012, in hopes of inspiring employees stuck at workplaces where their bosses have ‘gone bad’.”

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Her course description explains that “never before have so many employees been so dissatisfied,” but most of these employees tend to like what they do for a living and get along with their peers.

“Surprisingly, the main source of their daily dread is their boss,” Noronha states.

In “Good Bosses Gone Bad,” you will have the opportunity to take a quiz to see if your boss has ‘gone bad,’ and what you can do to “maintain your sanity while keeping your job”.

Noronha has also developed a class called “Living with Lupus,” which will take place this Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in Royall Hall on UMKC’s campus. She was diagnosed with Lupus in 2013.

“Since being diagnosed with Lupus, I am a patient-advocate encouraged to educate fellow Lupus patients, their families and caregivers,” Noronha said. “There is so much research and dialogue needed concerning the autoimmune disease.”

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The class will discuss the five ‘side effects’ of how Lupus impacts one’s life “from a non-medical perspective,” and a guide will be provided for each participant.

Noronha enjoys teaching through Communiversity because of “the freedom and flexibility of topics to teach”.

“Learning is a life-long journey… Let’s get started.”

To take a class with Boyd-Noronha, search Communiversity’s database by “Convener Last Name” and type in “Noronha”.

To learn more about “how to survive the workplace when your boss sucks,” visit Noronha’s website!

By Jessica Turner and April Boyd-Noronha


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