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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Wisconsin Conversation on Servant Leadership

Leading with Hope in Difficult Times

June 19, 2008

“Servant leadership is an interesting phrase—a positioning of apparent opposites, which immediately causes us to think freshly.”
                                                                     —Peter Senge, author, The Fifth Discipline

Servant leadership is gaining popularity across the nation as both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations discover that it leads to better performance, higher workplace satisfaction, and a more meaningful life. Learn how the ideas of the servant leadership movement began in the reflections of Robert K. Greenleaf, and find out how institutions in Wisconsin are implementing those ideas at the Wisconsin Conversation on Servant Leadership.

Keynote Speaker: Obang Okello

Okello, ObangObang Okello was an 11-year-old when his life dramatically changed. Living in a border village between Ethiopia and Sudan, he was a constant witness to the endless peril of war. One day in school, the building was bombed and in the resulting inferno he escaped and began a treacherous 1,000 mile, 40-day barefoot walk to the refugee camps of Kenya. Eventually, he resettled in the United States where he began a new life. He is a graduate of Bethel College in St. Paul where he studied business and theology.

A look at how the ideas of servant leadership are being implemented in organizations throughout the state of Wisconsin, featuring presentations by:

  • Robin Anderson Executive Director, Mason City Chamber of Commerce
  • Trevor Hall Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Servant Leadership, Viterbo University
  • Jeffrey Dols Vice President, Wells Fargo
  • Richard Sage Director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of La Crosse
  • Georgia Christensen, FSPA Dean of Graduate Studies, Viterbo University
  • Tammy Koenecke Director, Parish Nursing, Reedsburg Medical Center