Community Conversation on Servant Leadership

Community Conversation on Servant Leadership
Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 7–9:30 a.m.
School of Nursing - Room 196

Theme: Contemplation & Action


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Gwen Schroeder, CPA

Gwen lives in La Crescent, MN with her husband, Tony of 25 years. They have 2 adult kids - Cameron is in his first year of seminary, and Elliott will graduate from Gustavus in May. She is a CPA and enjoys running with friends, reading, cooking and baking, and being outside as much as possible. She is also in the MASL program, which she loves and finds personally challenging. 

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James Bowey, Photo Media Artist & Visiting Scholar

James Bowey's work explores the challenges and possibilities of human connection. He creates multidisciplinary artworks that combine documentary photography, poetic storytelling, academic research and live programs to narrow our social divisions and deepen understanding. In this multimedia presentation, Bowey will share photographs and reflections from his work covering some of society's most intractable problems, including war, poverty, gun violence, refugees and racial division, and the compelling lessons they reveal about the nature of empathy and roots of peace in our lives and communities. The talk will be followed by a community conversation about how we can strengthen social connection in our personal and civic lives. Bowey's work and insights will take you on a journey of compassion and renewal; and open your heart and mind to new perspectives on being human in a contentious world, and suggest how we can build a healthier and more peaceful society at this critical time.

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Michael Modawell, Workforce Development Officer

Michael L. Modawell assumed his duties as Workforce Development Officer, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy in April 2019. He served previously as the Fort McCoy Business Development and Strategic Engagement Officer, Command Security Officer, Command Force Protection Officer, and Police Captain.  A native of West Salem, Wis., he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis., and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a strong emphasis on ethical leadership and organizational management. Modawell also volunteers for the La County Jail Ministry, and non-profit organization, Next Chapter.  He entered the U.S. Army in 1987. While serving on active duty, his assignments have taken him to Bosnia, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Serbia. He remained on active duty until 1997 then transitioned into the Wisconsin Army National Guard and later the U.S. Army Reserve, eventually retiring with 26 years military service.

His career highlights include serving in Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall, supporting the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, supporting Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom in the former Yugoslavia, providing antiterrorism training to more than 30,000 Soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, and recently supporting thousands of Afghanistan Refugees at Fort McCoy, WI.

Location: Viterbo University, School of Nursing, Room 196  ( 929 Jackson Street, La Crosse, WI 54601)

All are welcome. Free campus parking. Complimentary continental breakfast. 

Past Events:

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Community Conversation Event




Hosted Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, from 7–9:30 a.m.

Theme: Servant-Led Institutions

Viterbo University, Fine Arts Center FSPA Lobby  ( 929 Jackson Street, La Crosse, WI 54601)
All are welcome. FREE parking, coffee and water. 

To inquire regarding future events, email Jenny Waters or Tom Thibodeau 

Community Conversation on Servant Leadership