The Office of Leadership Programs hosts speakers each month who discuss leadership in the professional world and how our graduates can differentiate themselves as individuals with a leadership education. This series is offered in conjunction with the junior-level course in the Leadership Curriculum, Leadership Seminar Series (LDR 3000). Be sure to check the Service Events Calendar for additional opportunities for leadership development!
For questions or to RSVP for any of these events, or if you are interested in serving as a speaker in Leadership Seminar Series, email Sara Molloy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, September 23, 6-7pm in M218
Ryan Landeau, Co-founder, Chalkfly.com
Ryan Landau is a co-founder of the online school supply business chalkfly.com. Please join us for Mr. Landau's perspective on leadership and entrepreneurship in the city of Detroit. He will discuss his experience of starting his own business; and be available for questions relating to the transformation of Detroit. You won't want to miss this exciting seminar!
Thursday, October 10, 5-6pm in S100 (New time and location)
John Knowles, Executive Director, Stetson University College of Law
Mr. Knowles has ten years of senior level leadership positions in the public and private sector. He also has a specialization in fundraising and public relations, as well as an outstanding record of quantifiable fundraising success including record-setting annual receipts. He will be speaking during LTU's homecoming week so plan to be there!
Wednesday, October 16, 12:30-1:30pm in M218
Amber Toth, Outreach Director, The Center for Michigan
Previously, Amber worked as a grant programs consultant for the Michigan Nonprofit Association, and completed two years of national service as an AmeriCorps *VISTA and VISTA Leader for Michigan Campus Compact. She received a B.A. in psychology from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Grand Valley State University. Please join us for an interesting perspective on how leadership can change communities.
Tuesday, November 5, 12-1pm in M218
Steve Williams, President of EctoHR, Inc.
Steve has worked in the human resource field for the past 14 years, since graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics. Steve's experience includes all aspects of the hiring and employment process, with a specific history of success finding employees that match the culture and mission of his clients. Acting as a true business partner, Steve maintains focus on achieving the operational and financial goals of the company. Steve also oversees the creation of employment-related policies and procedures designed to minimize client liability and has protected numerous businesses during terminations and/or Reductions-In-Force. Prior to founding EctoHR in December of 2005, Steve was the Director of Customer Service for a national Professional Employment Organization, in addition to holding positions with a payroll firm and an HR-related software Company. Steve has previously served on the MISHRM state council and has served a term as the President of the Livingston Area Human Resource Association. He holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and earns an average of over 30 continuing education credits annually.
Monday, November 11, 12-1pm in M218
David Tarver, Proving Ground: Anatomy of a Successful Tech Startup
David Tarver was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. He received bachelor's (1975) and master's (1976) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, then went to work for AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. Tarver left Bell Labs in 1983 to start Telecom Analysis Systems (TAS) in his basement with colleagues Steve Moore and Charles Simmons. In 1995, he engineered the sale of TAS to Bowthorpe (now Spirent) plc for $30 million. In 2012, he published his memoir titled "Proving Ground: A Memoir" David Tarver felt he had something important to prove_to himself, to his colleagues, and to society. That is why he was willing to risk everything on a roll of the entrepreneurial dice. His compelling story will inform, motivate, and inspire anyone who has ever contemplated starting a business. You won't want to miss this seminar!
Monday, November 18, 12-1pm in M218
Michael Burton, Director of Interior Design, General Motors
Please welcome Michael Burton, who is the director of interior design, front-wheel drive platforms at General Motors Corp. (GM). Burton grew up in Lansing, Michigan. Burton led the design team that created the interior of the Buck Enclave, a three-row, large crossover vehicle that is receiving critical acclaim. Burton has been an automotive designer for almost 30 years and he is one of the few car designers who has worked at all three domestic automakers including Ford, Chrysler and GM. This will be a dynamic and informative seminar that you won't want to miss!
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