Universities & Schools

Session: Servant-Leadership in the Virtual World
Tricia Berry, PhD, MATL, OTR/L, Associate Dean and Director,
Clinical and Practicum Programs, Purdue University Global

Robert Greenleaf was a visionary leader, but could not have predicted the changes that would occur with virtual work teams. This interactive session will apply concepts of servant-leadership to effective leadership of a virtual team. First, participants will examine parallels between successful leadership of a virtual team and servant-leadership. Second, the presenter will share research findings regarding the correlation between virtual employee’s perception of a leader’s servant-leadership characteristics, organizational commitment, and job satisfaction. Finally, participants will collaborate to create a list of challenges in measuring servant-leadership for virtual teams and brainstorm solutions to those challenges.

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Session: A Comprehensive Course into Servant-Leadership
Dr. Carolyn Crippen: Associate Professor of Leadership
University of Victoria, British Columbia

How does one go about teaching the concept of servant-leadership? The syllabus provides the framework for instructors to craft a workable, realistic, valuable and challenging document. Questions are answered. Students participate in all classes in an open and safe way. Our session provides opportunities to interact with colleagues as we work through the syllabus in our session. There is a balance between theory and practice, and an introduction into reflective thinking training. Participants will come away from the session energized, positive, and with helpful strategies to develop their own course. Plus, a list of children’s literature to support servant-leadership will be provided.

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Session: Servant-Leadership in Secondary Education
Dr. John Richard Hoskins (BA, MPA, MA, DMin)

Attendees will learn how to bring servant-leadership principles into the classroom. Attendees will understand importance of ‘seeing’ each student as an individual with their own gifts and talents. Attendees will learn how to transform their classroom into a servant-leadership collaborative educational arena by practicing the Socratic method of questioning, utilizing emotional intelligence, effective listening, compassion, respect, and empathy. Attendees will understand importance of being transparent, humble, and learn how to tell their story as an effective tool enabling students to realize they, too, have a story.

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Session: Student Perceptions of Servant-Leadership
Dr. Walter M Jagela, EdD, MSEd, MDiv

This study is grounded in and formed by the various aspects of servant-leadership by Robert Greenleaf. This study was a qualitative study on two Christian denominational campuses and, is applicable to other higher education institutions and education in general. Data gathered helped frame the study from student experiences and concrete examples of where students saw exemplified servant-leadership. Various authors on leadership in general and servant-leadership specific will be presented and discussed. Participants will receive a vast array of knowledge of how servant-leadership can be utilized on their campus.

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Session: Lead like the Greatest Leader!
Dr. Raj Selladurai, Assoc. Professor of Management

This presentation will focus on some significant servant-leadership principles that work and have shown positive results for SL leaders in real life organizations, which the attendees/participants may wish to apply in their own organizations. It would focus on lessons taken from “Leading like the greatest leader” chapter from my SL book. My Twitter post on this topic generates about 33,000 impressions every month with about 10% total engagement rate. It will include servant-leadership principles to use and apply in their organizations – showing a path toward high performance. If time permits, I would like to administer a Harvard Business hands-on, interactive simulation to show some SL principles of teamwork, leadership, etc. in practice, and lessons/takeaways that they can learn and implement in their own organizations.

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Session: Implementing a Multi-Campus Servant-Leadership Program at Universities

Doug Nelson, Greg Harrington, Joe Hatcher and Richard R Pieper, Sr.,

Support, implementation, accountability, and, most of all, GREAT students can lead to amazing programs on campuses and in communities. The journey of implementing servant-leadership programs on three university campuses will be shared and discussed.

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Session: Our Future Leaders – Success Stories from Primary & Secondary Schools

Michael Greuel, Karen Chancellor,
Sierra Cruz, Tony Czajka, Jenna Flayter, David Jensen and Josie Moore

These graduating seniors will present on their experiences as the pilot class of St. Thomas More’s four year servant-leadership curriculum. They will share some of their formative leadership experiences, and reflect on their ability to mentor and empower both grade-level peers and underclassmen, laying the foundation for a strong culture of service and humility at our school.

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Session: Linking Academia with Industry Through Servant-Leadership

Mohammed Haque and Mark Rounds

Servant-Leadership is about making organizations better. Two examples of integrating servant-leadership into business models will be presented. Speakers will emphasize the value of servant-leadership to their organizations.

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Session: Servant-Leadership and International Service Programs, Part 1

Kelly Ottman and Todd Davis

Service learning is NOT servant-leadership. Properly implemented, service projects CAN be done in the servant-leadership model and lead to the growth of individuals. The presenters will share some key strategies in developing servant-leadership skills through international service learning projects. (Part 1)

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Session: Servant-Leadership and Local Service Programs

Christie Melby-Gibbons and Monique Landry

Established in 2016, Tricklebee Cafe has been serving up delicious, nutritious, freshly made food in the Sherman Park neighborhood, regardless of customers’ ability to pay. Tricklebee Cafe offers not only healthy meals but also food service training and spiritual nourishment. Learn about “Tricklebee Economics,” hear real life stories from daily Tricklebee Cafe life about how food promotes community.

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Session: Formal Campus-based Servant-Leadership Programs

Jeff Russel and Josh P. Armstrong

Servant-Leadership contains critical concepts for business leaders of the future. Two strategies for implementing servant-leadership within existing University programs will be discussed.

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Session: Leveraging Servant-Leadership to Enact the Mission of an Institution

DeAnna Leitzke, P.E., Director, Milwaukee School of Engineering CREATE Institute

You need a recipe to bake a cake, and one thing that we’ve learned at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is that institutional change (like cake) requires a recipe—a plan for implementation. This interactive workshop will outline the MSOE Mindset—our “recipe” for change—as well as the CREATE Institute, the infrastructure MSOE created to foster the growth of this mindset. We will then break the audience into groups to discuss how their institutions might be able to enact similar change, all with the intent of enacting servant-leadership and fulfilling the directives of our institutional missions.

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Session: Servant-Leadership Portals to Social Justice, In and Out of Classrooms, via Intellectual, Empathic and Civic Courage

Bridgette Binczak, Honors Program Facilitator/Assistant, MSOE University Scholars Honors Program, MSOE University

The focus of the workshop will be on putting courage into action through experiential learning ground in the tenants of servant-leadership (Keith, 2008) that calls upon us all to do something with our knowledge. Servant-Leadership requires conscious awareness of the need to confront our ideas and beliefs. This workshop lead by multidisciplinary college educators will explore, through a series of exercises and discussions centered on racism and poverty, strategies to promote intellectual courage to open portals to empathic and civic courage. Strategies to promote servant-oriented leaders rather than power-oriented leaders will be highlighted through experiential community engagement and learning. The workshop will be ground in the experiences of a group of multi-disciplinary educators with backgrounds in urban history, Spanish, engineering, architecture, business and leadership that were brought together to develop Freshman Honors students attending a private urban university.

Bridgette Binczak Speaker Bio

Session: A Developmental Approach to Servant-Leadership
Joe Hatcher, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Psychology Department, Pieper Family Chair of Servant-Leadership

Where does one start to teach servant-leadership to college students? What elements make up the successful servant-leader?

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Session: Servant-Leadership in a Liberal Arts Setting

Joe Hatcher, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Psychology Department, Pieper Family Chair of Servant-Leadership

Are the values of servant-leadership and the Liberal Arts a natural fit? How does one use existing overlaps to add servant-leadership to college courses?

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Session: From Poverty to Power: The Multi-Generational Impact of the Odyssey Project

Emily Auerbach and Dr. Kevin Mullen, PhD

“The Odyssey Project helped me unwrap my gifts and rewrite the story of my life,” commented one African American single parent. How can an award-winning humanities course help break a cycle of poverty not only for adult students in the classroom but also for their families and communities? Odyssey graduates will join Odyssey Co-directors Emily Auerbach and Kevin Mullen to share their journeys of transformation. Now in its 17th year, the life-changing Odyssey Project has empowered adults to move from homelessness to UW bachelor’s and master’s degrees, from incarceration to meaningful work in the community. This presentation will share the 17-year track record of the UW Odyssey Project as well as exciting new ventures with Odyssey Junior, extending literacy and enrichment to the next generation, and Odyssey Beyond Bars, bringing credit-bearing UW-Madison composition courses into prison.

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Session: Practice What We Teach: Servant-Leadership Education For Professionals

Robert Toomey, Shelley Quandt, Tom Thibodeau

There are a number of approaches that can be taken when teaching/training others about servant-leadership. One of the many choices that requires reflective intentionality by the training/educational provider is this: How do we practice servant-leadership principles so they may be implemented in a professional setting? Providing servant-leadership training is not only about the program – it’s also place, people, and process. In this session we’ll dig into how to create a welcoming learning environment that encourages active listening, builds community, practices hospitality, develops empathy, and other servant-leadership characteristics.

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