Servant Leadership Speaker Series

Four-part conversations that explore the tenets of servant leadership and their practical application in the business, non-profit, education, and health care settings.


During the 2011-12 academic year, the Cardinal Stritch University Leadership Center and the Milwaukee School of Engineering partnered to hold the Servant Leadership Series. These presentations were formatted as four-part conversations where we explored tenets of servant leadership and their practical application in the business, non-profit, education, and health care settings.

Each session included:

  • A keynote facilitator who illuminated the theme of the evening
  • A panel of practitioners who shared their experiences with the theme of the evening
  • The opportunity to engage in explorative conversation around the theme of the evening

Stay tuned for information about the 2012-2013 Servant Leadership Series.

For questions, or to request information about previous events, please contact Sean Lansing of the Leadership Center at (414) 410-4583 or stlansing@stritch.edu.

Previous Workshops


Servant Leadership Tenet #4: Commitment to the Growth of People

March 6, 2012

People have intrinsic value beyond their tangible contributions in the workplace and the community. Sean will guide us in a discussion on what leadership looks like that is focused not only on the task at hand, but also to the personal, professional, and spiritual growth of every person.

Facilitator: Sean Lansing, Director of Youth Leadership Development, Cardinal Stritch University Leadership Center
Book: A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker Palmer
Location: Milwaukee School of Engineering Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, Milwaukee)

Servant Leadership Tenet #3: Building Community

Jan. 24, 2012

A primary and often overlooked responsibility of the leader is to build and foster community. Tim will help us explore how good leaders help foster a community that leads to greater productivity and to positive change.

Facilitator: Tim Valley, Vice President of Admissions, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Book: Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times by Paul Rogat Loeb
Location: Cardinal Stritch University Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery, Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication and Theater Arts (6801 N. Yates Rd., Milwaukee)

Servant Leadership Tenet #2: Stewardship

Dec. 6, 2011

Yvonne Lumsden-Dill will lead us in a discussion to explore how we utilize the resources of our organizations, communities, and the world in ways that are responsible and promote the common good. What is the role of the leader in promoting stewardship and how will the role of the leader be affected. 

Facilitator: Yvonne Lumsden-Dill, Managing Director, Cardinal Stritch University Leadership Center
Book: Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self Interest by Peter Block
Location: Milwaukee School of Engineering (1025 N. Broadway St., Milwaukee)

Servant Leadership Tenet #1: Conceptualization

Oct. 25, 2011

How do you think, and how does your thought process impact your leadership? Dr. Howell will guide a discussion around these questions as we explore strategic intuition—a meta-cognitive method that enables us to create epiphany and realization.

Facilitator: Dr. David Howell, Chair for Servant Leadership, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Book: Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement by William Duggan
Location: Cardinal Stritch University (6801 N. Yates Road, Milwaukee)

Discovering Your Call to Serve and Lead

March 15, 2011

In the spirit and tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, Dr. Peter Holbrook presented a workshop that began with a journey of self-awareness and value identification. In order to build their leadership capacity, participants drew insights from a model of Franciscan servant leadership that aligns leadership purpose with calling, passion, and core values. Dr. Holbrook demonstrated how this commitment to service can achieve a shared vision within your leadership practice, both personally and professionally.

Serving and Leading Coherently

Feb. 22, 2011

Dr. Nancy Stanford-Blair incoporated insights from 36 exemplary leaders to describe a natural and potent relationship among leadership formation, performance, and sustainability. Drawing upon her book, "Leading Coherently: Reflections from Leaders Around the World," this workshop revealed prominent themes that cut across gender, culture, and context. Participants observed the dynamic relationship among leadership values, character, behavior, and disposition, and they applied practical examples from their own leadership practice. Dr. Stanford-Blair utilized a model for assessing and advancing coherent leadership in real-world situations.

Richard R. Pieper, Sr., Chairman of PPC Partners Inc. introduced this workshop with a describtion of his journey as a servant leader.