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Leadership Fit for Friends: An ESR Conference - May 20-22, 2010

Friends struggle with the concept of leadership.

Worries about hierarchy and authority have traditionally discouraged intentional thinking about the leadership needs of Friends, as well as how individual Friends lead in their particular workplace.

Even so, we think, speak, and act within communities and organizations.  Faith influences values and preferences, which in turn shape the ways we relate, encourage, critique, and support. As we offer these gifts, we contribute to the order or chaos that shapes organizational life and culture.

ESR hears a growing request from Friends for resources in leadership. We seek to provide thoughtful content and opportunity for rich dialog, together creating an environment that affirms the work of the leader and provides new insights for their work. Whether you lead among Friends or as a Friend in the wider world, this conference has something for you.

Location & Registration

Conference sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday in the Landrum Bolling Center (LBC) on Earlham's campus. Saturday's sessions will be in the ESR Student Center building. Please be aware of road construction on National Rd. US 40 in front of campus. To register, you may print this PDF Registration Form and mail it with your payment of $140 (covers the three day event, including plenary talks, workshop sessions, and all meals). For a list of lodging possibilities consult this Lodging Guide provided by WayNet.Inc. For more information, contact Matthew Mosey by calling (800) 432-1377 or email moseyma@earlham.edu.

Presenters

Margaret Benefiel

Margaret teaches at the Andover Newton Theological School in Boston and at the Millltown Institute in Dublin, Ireland. For the 2003-2004 academic year, she held the O’Donnell Chair of Spirituality at the Milltown Institute. CEO of ExecutiveSoul.com, she also has served as Chair of the Academy of Management's Management, Spirituality, and Religion Group. She is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting in Boston and the author of several books on spiritual leadership.

Ruth Flower

Ruth is the Associate Executive Secretary for Legislative Programs for FCNL (Friends Committee on National Legislation. She is a member of Adelphi Friends Meeting of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, and has served as their clerk,as well as clerk of the yearly meeting’s nominating committee. Ruth graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of California, Davis, School of Law.

Thomas Jeavons

Thomas is the Executive Director of ARNOVA (the Assoc. for Research on Nonprofit Org. and Voluntary Action), and visiting professor of philanthropic studies at Indiana University. He has served as General Secretary of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting; Exec. Secretary of Baltimore Yearly Meeting; and on the Peace Education staff of AFSC. Thomas has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Colorado (’75), a Masters in theology from ESR (’78), and Ph.D. in management/cultural studies from Union Institute (’92).

Alan Kolp

Alan is the Moll Chair in Faith & Life and Professor of Religion at Baldwin-Wallace College. He taught at Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion and served as Dean of ESR for six years. He earned degrees from Guilford College, Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Alan is co-author of the 2006 book, Integrity is a Growth Market: Character-Based Leadership. Much of the work he does now focuses on the global aspects of business and human interaction.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 20th

5:00

Registration and social time

Landrum Bolling Center (LBC)

5:30

Dinner

LBC, Richmond Room

6:30

Imagining Leadership Among Friends: Challenges and Openings - Jay Marshall, Dean, ESR

LBC, Loose Lecture Hall

7:30

Breakout Groups

 
     

Friday, May 21st

8:00

Worship

Landrum Bolling Center (LBC)

8:30

Breakfast

LBC, Richmond Room

9:15

The Soul of Leadership - Margaret Benefiel

LBC, Loose Lecture Hall

11:00

Breakout

 

12:00

Lunch

LBC, Richmond Room

1:00

Workshop Session I (choose one)

LBC TBA
 

Quakerism: Working Principles - Ruth Flower

 
 

Immunity to Change: How to Identify It and Overcome It - Margaret Benefiel

 

2:30

Breakout

 

3:30

Workshop Session II (choose one)

LBC TBA
 

Being and Doing: Creative Tensions in Leadership among Friends - Thomas Jeavons

 
 

Immunity to Change: How to Identify It and Overcome It - Margaret Benefiel

 

5:00

Breakout

 

6:00

Dinner & Panel Discussion: Career Planning

LBC, Richmond Room
     

Saturday, May 22nd

8:00

Worship

ESR, Quigg

8:30

Breakfast

ESR, Dining Room

9:30

Facing the Future: Doing Business Innovatively with Integrity - Alan Kolp

ESR, Gathering Area

11:00

Breakout

 

12:00

Lunch & Wrap-Up

ESR, Dining Room
Event Date: 
05/20/2010 (All day) - 05/22/2010 (All day)