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Inspired Leaders Series Fall 2014

Last updated: 11/3/2014

Week One: October 21th - 23th

Meditation 101 - Wednesday, October 22nd, 4:30-5:30

Ardolf Science Center 142, CSB

This class will explore a variety of activities: body scan, relaxation, meditation, visualization, and breathing techniques. Students will be able to learn these skills to help them finish the year strong!

Associated Instructor: Laura Sherr, CHP Psychologist, Counseling & Health Promotion

Week Two: October 28th-30th

How to Argue: Investigating the Nature of Disagreement– Thursday, October 30th, 4:30 - 5:30

Simons G40, SJU

Disagreements in the political realm, the scientific realm, the economic realm even the personal are inevitable. However, we must remember all of these have the same basic structure at an abstract level. This talk/discussion would have two goals (1) encouraging people to reflect on the kinds of disagreements they find in their own lives and (2) providing some conceptual tools to think about these disagreements analytically.

Associated Instructor: Emily Esch, Philosophy Professor, Pre-Law Adviser

Week 3: November 4th-6th 

The Performance of Leadership - Tuesday, November 4th, 4:30-5:30 pm

Gorecki 120, CSB

Ever wondered how experiences as an athlete or performer can translate into valuable skills in leadership? In this class you will learn how self-awareness and visualization can help students develop a powerful stage presence, in order to reduce anxiety as a new leader, and how to incorporate breathing techniques, relaxation, focus and awareness of audience to support effective, and creative leadership.

Associated Instructor: Dr. Karen Erickson, CSB/SJU Academic Dean

Paths to Entrepreneurship: Wednesday, November 5th , 4:30-5:30

Ardolf Science Center 142, CSB

Students do not have to be business majors to learn how entrepreneur thinking can help them achieve their dreams. This class will explore the paths taken by our very own Bennies and Johnnies of non-business majors, and show you the steps they took in order to achieve their dreams.

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Associated Instructor: Paul Marsnik, Global Business Leadership, Lead Faculty for E- scholars program


Week 4: November 11-13

Money Management for Bennies and Johnnies –Tuesday, November 11th, 4:30- 5:30

Gorecki 120, CSB

Money Management for Bennies and Johnnies class provides lessons for current college students and soon-to-be-college-graduates on basic money management issues.  It best serves as a primer on money-management issues and hopefully stimulates additional "self-education" among attendees to learn more, on their own, about productive saving/investing/spending habits. 

Associated Instructor: Stuart Perry, Executive Director of Financial Aid

 Student Leadership Panel - Wednesday, November 12 th, 5:45-6:45

Gorecki 204C

Students from various groups and communities  on campus sharing their thoughts and perspectives on involvement and leadership.

Student Panelets:

Jacob Shawback and Lisa Tu, SALD Managers

Emily A. Johnson, JEC Co-chair

Tyler J. Brown, President of SJS


Leadership Grounded on Benedictine Values – Thursday, November 13th, 4:30-5:30

Simons G10, SJU

This course will help participants reflect on their strengths and challenges by discovering their personal leadership model. Furthermore, student leaders will explore how their personal leadership style relates to the Benedictine Values.

Associated Instructor: Fr. Tom Andert

Week 5: November 18th-19th

The Jackson Fellowship Program, Tuesday, November 18, 4:30-5:30

Gorecki 204 B, CSB

Class description coming soon!

Associated Instructors: Jackson Fellowship Cohort 2014

Gendered Leadership – Wednesday, November 19th 5:45-6:45

Ardolf Science Center 142, CSB

Gender is a concept that impacts each and every one of us in nearly every aspect of our lives, and leadership is no exception. This course is focused on understanding how gender influences our perceptions and expectations of those we work for and with, as well as how to look past our assumptions on gender to create a more effective and harmonious group atmosphere.

Associated Instructor: Chayce Kenny, International Intercultural Student Services, PRiSM, VSA Event Coordinator, Communication