The Wheelhouse Talks feature cross-disciplinary, local leaders who are eager to share their leadership philosophy and experience. Leaders of today and tomorrow come together to evoke personal stories of learning and growth. Throughout the series, shared leadership values — responsibility, energy, community, and authenticity — are center stage. The Wheelhouse Talks provide fellows and the public with an opportunity to engage with those making an impact in our community today. The 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 seasons are also available.

September 11, 2015: Charles Pazdernik
3:30-4:30PM
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St. W.

A graduate of Cornell, Oxford, and Princeton, GVSU Classics Professor Charles Pazdernik has been recognized for his teaching, scholarship, and university leadership. Dedicated to his students’ growth, he instills in them the wisdom of the past and encourages them to “Plan Big.”

Prof. Pazdernik’s own plans, however, were upended when he sustained a permanently disabling spinal cord injury last year. As he made his return to his students and colleagues, he reflected upon what the ancient Greeks and Romans can tell us about overcoming life’s unforeseen changes of fortune.

October 2, 2015: Megan Sall
3:30-4:30PM
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St. W.

In just five years, Megan Sall rose from GVSU’s student body to its Board of Trustees. Also a well-known figure in Grand Rapids’s business community, Megan works full-time as a business development manager with The Right Place, Inc. and serves as a board member of a number of non-profit organizations.

In her Wheelhouse Talk, Megan focused on encouraging our fellows to make similar successful transitions from engaged students to thriving young leaders.

November 13, 2015: Mike Jandernoa
3:30-4:30PM
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St. W.

Embracing connections between the business sector and the community, Mike Jandernoa is a long-time businessman and contributor to Grand Rapids’s growth. Having worked his way up the executive ranks of Perrigo Company, Mike now applies his business acumen in the community.

Beyond his leadership at Perrigo, Mike is also the founder of both Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring, a business coaching initiative, and 42 North Partners, a family office focusing on investments, entrepreneurship, and community.

 

January 22, 2016: Rebekah Warren
3:30-4:30PM
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St. W.

Sen. Rebekah Warren represents citizens from the 18th MI Senate district. Seen as one of the most liberal members of the Michigan Senate, she is unique in reaching across the aisle to champion bipartisan legislation on human rights and the environment.

In the Senate, she has shepherded bills strengthening human trafficking laws, negotiated legislation banning Great Lakes water diversion, and represented Michigan on the Great Lakes Commission.

February 12, 2016: Brian Flanagan
3:30-4:30PM
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St. W.

Brian Flanagan, a graduate of Notre Dame and GVSU, is the former associate director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies and co-founder of the Cook Leadership Academy and its Wheelhouse Talks series.

Under Flanagan’s direction, the Sanger Leadership Center at the University of Michigan provides thought leadership and high-impact, experience-based learning initiatives that serve Michigan alumni and more than 3,000 students.

March 18, 2016: Kate Pew Wolters
3:30-4:30PM
Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St. W.

Kate Pew Wolters is a graduate of Aquinas College and of Michigan State University, where she earned a master’s degree in social work. Her tireless efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities have made her a familiar presence in West Michigan’s philanthropic community.

Kate is president and co-founder of the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation, which supports non-profits for education, social justice, individuals with disabilities, and the arts. As a two-time appointee to the GVSU Board of Trustees, Kate demonstrated exemplary leadership at a time of remarkable growth at the university. Join us as Kate Pew Wolters presents our final Wheelhouse Talk of the 2015-2016 academic year.

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