Thomas Thibodeau is a distinguished professor of servant leadership at Viterbo University and is a 33 year veteran of the Viterbo faculty. The Master's degree in Servant Leadership at Viterbo is the only Master's degree of its kind in the country. Tom is a husband, father, grandfather, teacher and founding member of the Place of Grace.
Positive Power of Servant Leadership
Servant Leadership is both timely and timeless. The practice of servant leadership can be found in all cultures, nations, and religions and is finding expression in our contemporary institutions. All of us can practice servant leadership because we all serve. The positive power of servant leadership is expressed every day through our words, our presence and our commitment to the common good.
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Carol Markham-Cousins has spent the past 35 years nurturing an educational career dedicated to working toward equity, access and excellence for all students, especially those whom our system rejects and removes. Starting in 1978 as a special education teacher she has been fortunate to teach and administrate at all levels of education. For 20 years as a principal, her role has been to ‘turn around’ schools, challenging the status quo. My career has also extended into the court system. World travel has been a part of my life for 43 years, constantly expanding my world-view both professionally and personally.
From Fire in my Belly to Fire in my Soul
Engagement: Turn-around at Washburn High
The change happened over 6 years after the bold move to “Fresh Start”. Resulting in building a culture of excellence, inclusion and acceptance for ALL students and staff. WHS thrived, and neighborhood families began to attend for the first time in 20 years increasing the enrollment nearly 100%.
To the non-traditional approach of not tracking students met resistance. Code for: OK to have integration in the hallway and lunchroom but NOT in the “honors” classes”. A few influential families expected me to change what we had been developing over 6 years. I listened, but refused to make the changes these few powerful parents wanted. It was time to challenge the perceptions of what ALL students could achieve together.
Because I refused to change, challenged the district decision to reverse direction and exposed other unethical practices, the district leadership took the bold move of removing me as principal 6 weeks before the end of school, without any grace or true explanation.
Standing up for equity in education in the face of fear and racism changed the course of my career. What do you do when you are thrown under the bus and then publicly humiliated? First: hide in shame and disbelief, and wait for the rescue team to arrive. It never does!
Three years later the team has not arrived, but I have! When stripped of your title you find out who you are. If I am truly about kids, then do that work.
Fardousa Jama graduated from University of Virginia and has won “Volunteer of the Year” for her work with the Salvation Army. During her life in Minnesota she has worked vigorously with “at risk” youth, particularly in minority populations of Hispanics and native Somalis. Fardousa founded the Somali Community Barwaaqo Organization, is a first-responder as an interpreter for the Red Cross’ Emergency Management Disaster Relief team, and has also worked with the Echo Food Drive in Mankato, MN.
Knowing Your Worth
Self-respect is the most crucial aspect of one’s life. If you do not understand how to appreciate yourself and your worth, how do you expect others to? Life is too short to maintain toxic relationships. In order for yours to flourish, you need to work on yourself first. Everyone is different. Figure out what you’re good at and what sets you apart from everyone else. Your mission is to create a reason for being here. When you start to figure out what you want in life, there will be obstacles. Do not let anyone or anything discourage you from continuing on. Believe in yourself and believe in your decisions. Stay positive and keep moving forward.
Kathy Lund Dean currently holds the Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics at Gustavus Adolphus College. She earned her Ph.D. in organizational behavior and ethics from Saint Louis University. For over fifteen years she has been active in the OBTS Teaching Society for Management Educators and the Academy of Management. Kathy serves as co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Management Education, the management discipline’s premier experiential learning journal. Outside of work, she is learning Spanish and serves on the board for lo*cal youth basketball programs. She also strategizes how to spend more time skiing and snowshoeing.
Why can't we all just get along? Title VII religious protections 50 years on
Fifty years ago, Title VII was enacted to protect American employees from the worst of workplace discrimination. In a post-September 11 environment, the religious discrimination that Title VII proscribed is a particular workplace challenge. Everyone is debating religious expression in the workplace. Kathy is very interested in countervailing rights—rights themselves in conflict. Sometimes exercising her right to practice her religion means she interferes with important rights for you: She may need you to change your schedule to accommodate her Sabbath observance. Who decides whose right should prevail? Why can’t we all just get along?
This presentation will describe research examining how American workers have responded to religious diversity in all types of organizations. Data from U.S. religious discrimination lawsuits over 15 years tells a story of persistent and intense reactions toward those who display certain religious practices. Fifty years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, there is more legislation but evidence of more workplace religious discrimination rather than less. She will share who is garnering the worst of workplace behaviors, what they are experiencing, and will suggest explanations. She will also share evidence that although Title VII does not include sexual orientation, legal decisions have de facto protected gay employees. The Talk will end with solutions mitigating religious discriminatory behaviors for employees and managers alike.
The research engages by sharing workplace experiences that anyone can understand and may have even endured. Kathy hopes to empower others to take ownership over and learn how to stop religious discrimination and negativity.
To learn more about Kathy, visit HERE.
Carry Metkowski, part design thinker, part producer, part coach, part prayin’ Mama – fueled by 100% chutzpah and intuition. Whether it’s from her years producing products and services at ChartHouse Learning Home of the FISH! Philosophy, or building film-based learning programs with folks like Marshall Goldsmith and Richard Leider - It’s her mission in life to help people contribute to a workplace where they feel they can do their best work.
The Art and Science of Engagement
Social scientists have managed to define it, but the jury is still out on a repeatable set of conditions needed to create it. In this session, we will take an unorthodox approach at examining what science is available behind Engagement. To do this, we will deconstruct a popular Facebook post using, of all things, a logic algorithm.
Working backwards through the humorous story of how this posted picture came into existence, we will see there’s a fairly predictable set of conditions, which provide a foundation for us to engage personally, engage as a team or group and engage as an audience. We will then rework the algorithm forward in real-time to see the conditions repeated with a live Kiva project, and verify these conditions of Engagement easier than we think.
The Facebook Post will help us see in real time:
Conditions for us to personally engage:
In Conclusion, Engagement is not rocket science, but rather a choice we can and do make for ourselves on a daily basis.
To learn more about Carry and her work visit her website HERE.
National speaker, author, executive coach and founder/president of Good Leadership Enterprises, Paul Batz has built a career on transforming organizations with his Good Leadership method, teaching leaders how to inspire teams to work together for greater fulfillment and results
We face increasingly complex environments that test our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual resilience. The explosion of media and devices that put the world’s information in the palm of our hands exposed us to a rapid increase in negativity through the anonymity of social media and a constant barrage of the 24-hour news cycle. Much of this causes fear and creates reasons for people to feel isolated and alone.
Shared values are what brings people together. It works for personal relationships and for business relationships. People with shared values, working together with good intentions, is the only way we will grow our projects and create a brighter future for one another.
Paul knows shared values matters because at the beginning of what became the economic meltdown, he quit his job and was inundated with “calls for coffee.” He got everyone together at the same time to discuss “Where do you see Goodness alive today in leadership and business?” It resulted in The Good Leadership Breakfast Series which has been organized for the past six years around the idea that “Goodness Pays.”
What do we mean by Goodness? Focus groups and discussions with leaders consistently defined Goodness as Excellence, Generosity, Fairness and Positivity.
With shared values, good intentions and concern for people both personally and professionally, good leaders thrive in all kinds of market conditions and placate the complexities that test our resilience.
To learn more about Paul and his work visit Good Leadership Enterprises HERE
Any TEDx conference is a powerful experience. There's nothing quite like experiencing the speakers, the energy of the day, and the energy and excitement of ideas and social interaction that happen at the conference. But the great thing about TEDx is that the ideas and energy live on and spread beyond the conference itself. There's an energy and excitement that happens through the videos, through social media, and through sharing.
Here's some interesting numbers from years past, and goals for this year:
Help us achieve our goal and create the energy and buzz! Share, invite, attend!
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The mission of TEDx is to promote “ideas worth spreading,” promoting community discussion from a short, thought-provoking talk. But how do we strive to get that ball rolling? This year at TEDxGustavusAdolphusCollege, we’re striving to ENGAGE! our audience into a social gathering where they can immediately turn initial thoughts into quality conversation. This of course starts with a question: how do you, our participants, best ENGAGE! with others in thought provoking discussion?
By moving away from a conference of attendees in order to pursue a conference of participants, our TEDx hopes to shift the purpose of our conference from one of learning alone, to one of both learning and applying what we learn. While the information you learn is still the most important part of the conference, we hope to offer you more this year in aiding your engagement with the speakers and the material.
So how do we work together to accomplish that?
This is where your input comes in.
How have you seen groups of thinking individuals become conversing individuals? Have you attended conferences in the past that broke the mold of the typical dry, informational lecture? How did they accomplish this? How do you want to be engaged on conference day, and how do we set this up for you? What do you wish conferences would do to make you think deeper, and how do you think we could actualize that wish?
TEDxGustavus aims to be a participant minded conference and it starts here! Help us give you the best TEDx yet by replying to these questions in the comments section below!
We look forward to hearing from you! Here’s to a great TedxGustavus 2016!
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