Leadership Conference: "Seeking the Core of Quaker Leadership"

"Seeking the Core of Quaker Leadership"

Richmond, Indiana

August 12-14, 2011

Through workshops and plenary sessions, we will consider the core of Quaker leadership through the lenses of vision, values and skills.

To get the weekend started, Joe Volk, retired Executive Director of Friends Committee on National Legislation will speak at our opening dinner on Friday. His topic will be Quaker Management: Oxymoron or Genius at Work?

On Saturday morning, a Quakers in Business Panel will consider the question What Have You Learned in Business that Might Be Helpful to Friends?

Other conference topics will Include:

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Full conference fee and all meals: $175 (early bird registration April 1 - June 30 $150)

Saturday only conference fee and three meals: $125 (early bird registration April 1 - June 30 , $85)

Those will a valid student ID can attend for a rate of $75.

Transportation and lodging costs not included, but we can make recommendations about lodging.

Driving directions to Earlham campus during U.S. 40 construction

REGISTRATION FORM (PDF) to print and mail with payment.

For more information contact Matthew Mosey at moseyma@earlham.edu or by calling (800) 432-1377.

Session Descriptions:

Quaker Management: Oxymoron or Genius at Work? - Joe Volk

After 21 years as Executive Secretary at FCNL and 17 years with AFSC, American Friends Service Committee, Joe would like to share some of his experience in the practice of hope through corporate action by Friends in the world.  How can we manage Friends organizations to live in the spirit and to be animated by the vision of our community of faith? Doesn't strong management kill the spirit?  Don't vision and management conflict?  How can management and Quaker process live in harmony?  Can a governed Friends organization be an inspired and well led organization? Joe will cover these topics in this first plenary session of the conference.

Bringing Quaker Values into Organizational Culture – Bonalyn Mosteller

In this session, participants will consider ways to infuse Quaker Values into an organization through numerous organizational systems such as supervisory training programs, new employee orientation, employee performance review processes, and employee selection processes. In addition, we will consider methods for referencing Quaker values as an integral part of management decision-making.

Creating a Culture in Which Mentoring Might Arise - Paul Lacey and Jennie Isbell

Though the corporate sector has many formalized mentoring programs, the best mentoring can only arise when those to be mentored seek it out. What does the environment that encourages or allows persons to seek out guidance and companionship from those further along a career or spiritual path look like? In this workshop, participants will explore the characteristics of the most helpful mentoring relationships they have experienced, and also shine a light on the limitations, real or perceived, to acknowledging the need and desire to be mentored.

The Skill Set and Mindset of Innovation - Alan Kolp and Peter Rea

Innovate or be lucky: that often is the choice facing leaders who are called upon to lead change in an organization.  Fortunately, there is a skill set leaders can learn to become more innovative.  The innovative process is risky and failure often results.  Our advice: fail fast!  The trickiest part of innovation can be the “fuzzy front end,” namely, determining how to get started.  This session uses the real/win/worth roadmap as a process that blends the creativity and discipline needed to be effective.

Leadership, Can It Be Taught? - Jay Marshall

Are leaders born or made? Or is that even the right question? Often discussed as a mechanical debate between innate characteristics and learned skills, it overlooks deeper considerations of character, formation, and content. Each of these areas provide entryways for integrating spirituality in general, and Quakerism in particular, into the conversation, allowing us to ultimately refocus the question.

Session Presenters:

Joe Volk retired as Executive Secretary of Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in February 2011. Among his activities in more than 30 years working for peace, social justice, and environmental balance, Joe has lobbied Congress to support peaceful prevention of deadly conflict, nuclear disarmament, peace in Iraq, and many other issues. Prior to joining FCNL in 1990, Joe worked 18 years for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and served as its National Secretary for Peace Education from 1982 to 1990. He was the first Friend in Residence at Haverford College and serves on the Wilmington College Board of Trustees, and the board of The Kendal Corporation.

Bonalyn Mosteller, Ed.D., is a long-time Quaker who has also worked in the field of Organizational Development for more than two decades. Much of her work has been in the fields of healthcare, pharmaceuticals and not-for-profits, supplying such services as strategic planning, leadership development and executive coaching. She currently works part-time for Friends Services for the Aging as director of leadership development and training, and also maintains an independent consulting practice. Bonalyn believes that Quakerism has much to offer to the broader world and seeks opportunities to cement the bond between “best practices” in Quakerism and best practices in other humanistic and spiritual endeavors.

Jennie Isbell is an alumna of Earlham School of Religion where she currently serves as director of outreach. Immediately prior to coming to ESR in 2004, Jennie worked in middle management for seven years in higher education fundraising. She is active among Friends as a member of the travel team for Quaker Quest, a project of Friends General Conference (FGC), and as a member of Clear Creek Monthly Meeting, where she serves as coordinator of the adult religious education program. She is author of an adult religious education curriculum, Leading Quakers: Discipleship Leadership, A Friends Model. When not Quakering, Jennie teaches yoga and works as a massage therapist.

Paul Lacey is professor emeritus of English at Earlham College, where he taught from 1960 to 2001. His experience leading in Quaker organizations includes serving Earlham as provost in 1972, as acting president 1973-74,and as Faculty Consultant on Teaching and Learning for two years.  He served as presiding clerk of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) from 2001-2009. A convinced Quaker, Paul joined Philadelphia yearly meeting after encountering, while in high school, Friends through a Philadelphia Yearly Meeting weekend work camp program. He is author many books and pamphlets, including Growing Into Goodness: Essays on Quaker Education, Education and the Inward Teacher, Quakers and the Use of Power, and Leading and Being Led. (Photo courtesy of Jim Hair Photography)

Alan Kolp is the Moll Chair in Faith & Life and Professor of Religion at Baldwin-Wallace College.  Alan is co-author with Peter Rea of the 2006 book, Integrity is a Growth Market: Character-Based Leadership, as well as author of a number of spirituality books. He taught at Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion; for six years he served as Dean of ESR.

Peter Rea is the Founding Director of the Center for Innovation & Growth and the Burton D. Morgan Chair for Entrepreneurial Studies at Baldwin-Wallace College.  His primary teaching and consulting areas include strategic planning, marketing strategy and business ethics. Peter Rea and Alan Kolp continue to collaborate as they joined their global business friend, Pierre Everaert, in writing a new book, Igniting Innovation with Integrity: Following the B.R.I.C. Road.  This book grows out of their experience teaching and leading seminars around the globe, but focused primarily on Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

Jay Marshall is Dean of Earlham School of Religion, offering leadership in that capacity since 1998. A programmed Friend originally from North Carolina, Jay has leadership experience as a pastor, yearly meeting clerk, clerk of ministry and oversight, and not-for-profit board member. He teaches in the area of leadership development, and is currently researching leadership practices among Friends.

Quakers in Business Panel

What Have You Learned in Business That Might Be Helpful to Friends?

In this plenary panel, four Quakers active in the business world will reflect on questions related to skills, approaches, and values from the world of business that might enrich the Religious Society of Friends. In an “other side of the coin” examination, distinct from but related to the growing trend of “Spirituality at Work,” we will engage panelists in conversation about helpful encounters (real or hoped for) of the best of “worldly” insights with Quakers today.

Panel Members:

N. Chiyo Moriuchi, a life-long Friend, has 30 years experience in investment management, real estate, and banking in the United States and Asia. She is committed to the vitality of Quakerism and Quaker institutions and wishes to let her life speak by finding business solutions in support of the common good.  She is a graduate of Moorestown Friends School, Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. She is an active member of her Friends Meeting in Newtown, PA (Bucks Quarter, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting) where she resides with her husband and two children.

Peter Laughter is currently the CEO of Wall Street Services, a firm that staffs some of the largest financial firms in the world with talented professionals on a consulting basis.  During his tenure as CEO he has developed and standardized systems and procedures that have allowed the firm to take a leadership position in a highly competitive market.  He is interested in how Quaker practices can powerfully impact business. Peter is a long time member of Brooklyn Monthly Meeting as well as a Trustee for Brooklyn Friends School. He graduated from Brooklyn Friends School and Earlham College, and is a student in the School of the Spirit, a Quaker program that educates spiritual nurturers.

Ray Ontko is president of Doxpop, a web-based information service based in Richmond, Indiana. Doxpop partners with local governments to provide access to information and services via the Internet. He is an active member of First Friends Church in Richmond, where he has provided leadership as chair of its Stewardship and Finance Commission and is a current Trustee. Ray is an Earlham College graduate, and has taught occasionally in the Computer Science Department. He currently serves as a Trustee of Earlham and was co-convener for the presidential search for the College.

Lawrence Ross grew up on a family dairy farm in southern Guilford County, in North Carolina, where he returned to work for 15 years after college. He left the farm around age 40 to pursue his current career as an information technology architect. Though he has family roots among Friends, Lawrence is a convinced Friend, who is daily, ever more, convinced of Christ’s present leadership. He is a member of Greensboro (First Friends) Meeting in North Carolina Yearly Meeting, where he has offered leadership as monthly meeting clerk, clerk of Ministry and Counsel, and clerk of pastor search committee.  He also serves as a trustee for Guilford College and for Friends Homes, Inc.

Conference Agenda

Friday August 12



 6:00 pm

Dinner and Plenary Session

Quaker Management: Oxymoron or Genius at Work - Joe Volk





Saturday August 13



 8:00 - 8:45 am

Open Worship


 8:45 - 9:30 am



 9:45 -10:00 am



 10:00 -11:15 am

Quakers in Business Panel

What Have You Learned in Business That Might Be Helpful to Friends?

 11:15 am -12:00 pm

Anchor Groups*


 12:00 -1:00 pm



 1:15 - 2:45 pm

Afternoon Workshop - choice of two

Bringing Quaker Values into Organizational Culture – Bonalyn Mosteller
Creating a Culture in which Mentoring Might Arise - Paul Lacey and Jennie Isbell

 2:45 - 3:00 pm

Coffee/Tea Break


 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Afternoon Plenary Session

The Skill Set and Mindset of Innovation - Alan Kolp and Peter Rea

 4:30 - 5:15 pm

Anchor Groups*


 5:30 pm




Sunday August 14



 8:00 - 8:45 am

Open Worship


 8:45 - 9:30 am



 9:30 - 10:45 am

Morning Plenary Session

Leadership, Can It Be Taught? - Jay Marshall

 11:00 - 11:45 am

Anchor Groups*


 12:00 - 1:00 pm



*Anchor Groups will be an important part of this conference, providing a container and community for reflection on the ideas and insights of the conference sessions. As registrations come in, we will work to assign groups to increase the possibility of making new friends while also connecting with other attendees who may have similar interests and concerns. Leaders will be named for each group, and queries provided for each meeting time, in the rare event that groups run out of things to discuss.

Event Date: 08/12/2011 (All day) - 08/14/2011 (All day)