Leadership Lecture in January

Posted on December 26th, 2006 by

The theme for this January’s Interim Experience at Gustavus Adolphus College is “Leadership.”

To enhance the classroom offerings associated with this theme, a series of lectures on leadership has been planned for 7 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday during the month. The public is welcome to attend these free lectures in Alumni Hall of the O.J. Johnson Student Union.

INTERIM EXPERIENCE Leadership Lectures

  • Tuesday, Jan. 9
    “Leading from Within.”
    John Busacker
    President of The Inventure Group
  • Thursday, Jan. 11
    “George Bailey, Mr. Smith, and Vocation: A Young Idealist’s Understanding of Leadership & Service.”
    Matt Swenson
    Legislative Assistant
    Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16
    “The Chemistry of Leadership Presence: You Had Me At Hello.”
    Dean Hyers and Pete Machalek
    Sage Presenting
  • Thursday, Jan. 18
    “Making the Case for Women Judges.”
    Sally Kenney
    Professor and Director of the Center on Women and Public Policy
    Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23
    “Building Your Leadership Bench: How to develop yourself and others to become outstanding leaders.
    Kathi Tunheim
    Tunheim Leadership Group

More on each of the speakers follows:

John Busacker is President of The Inventure Group and the Founder of Life-Worth, a life planning resource for the financial services industry. He is a frequent keynote speaker at business conferences and an internationally sought after facilitator on leadership and personal development. Busacker consistently receives the highest marks as an educator in the Global Learning Resource Network of Duke Corporate Education and as an adjunct faculty member of The University of Minnesota Carlson School’s Executive Development Center.

Matt Swenson, a 2006 Gustavus graduate, fights 45-minutes of near-death experience to-and-from the state capitol everyday, where he serves as a legislative assistant for the DFL Caucus of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Dean Hyers and Pete Machalek are also Gustavus graduates. Hyers is an award-winning feature film director and performance specialist skilled in emotional management and authentic improvisation. He was formerly creative director and CEO of his own interactive marketing and promotions company, Digital CafĂ©, which was acquired by Campbell Mithun Esty, a major advertising agency, in 1998. He won Best Director and Best Feature Film in two prominent festivals with his debut feature film “Bill’s Gun Shop,” to be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2006. Machalek, who holds a master’s degree in Communication Study & Film Production from the University of Iowa, has been an advertising and marketing manager. He has been a curriculum designer and a teacher, a writer and editor, filmmaker, and critic. He produced and directed an Academy Awards semifinalist in 1991.

Sally Kenney, professor and director of the Center on Women and Public Policy at
the university of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, has expertise in employment discrimination; feminist organizations; judicial selection; the European Union; women and electoral politics; and women, law, and public policy.

Kathi Tunheim offers a unique blend of talents centered around Leadership Development, Teams and Work/Life Balance. Tunheim Leadership Group’s mission is to recognize, educate and inspire leadership, team and organizational development to help others reach their God-given potential.

For more information about this lecture series, contact Associate Dean Mark Braun at mbraun@gustavus.edu or 507-933-7368.


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