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October 23, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis.— What makes a person commit their skills and talents to an organization? What is servant leadership and how can it be used to improve educational institutions?

Designed for school administrators, educators, and leadership teams, the "Symposium on Servant-Leadership and Education" on Wednesday, Nov. 7, explores those questions and more by focusing on how leaders function as servants, visionaries, trust builders, reinforcers, and listeners in highly effective educational organizations
Julie Beggs, chief learning officer from The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership, will facilitate the symposium, which is sponsored by the Viterbo University D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

Held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, symposium activities are designed to help participants reflect about what it means to be a servant leader and to develop plans for personal renewal while building an organization based on servant-leadership principles, that include learning about:

  • Ways to use servant leadership principles to improve educational institutions.
  • How to minimize the use of positional power and maximize the use of personal power in leadership roles.
  • Developing personal plans for using servant leadership principles in work with colleagues, community, and family.
  • Creating a plan for establishing a servant leadership coaching/mentoring network.

The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership is central in leading and supporting efforts that advocate leadership through service. The Center’s mission is to fundamentally improve the caring and quality of all institution through a unique approach to leadership, structure, and decision-making. The servant leader concept emphasizes increased service to others; a holistic approach to work; promoting a sense of community; and sharing the power in decision-making.

The cost of the program is $25 and includes breakfast, lunch, and materials. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information, call 608-796-3704, or email

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