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The Leadership Matters Lecture and Discussion Series

The Leadership Matters Lecture and Discussion Series invites dialogue and discussion of leadership. Leadership occurs in a variety of contexts: corporate boardrooms, entrepreneurial start-ups, the halls of Congress, religious institutions, classrooms, and organized political resistance on the street. The speaker series invites practicing leaders and leadership scholars to address the campus community and reflect on the challenges of leadership.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie

Rabbi Eric Yoffie
November 12, 2013

Rabbi Eric Yoffie was President Emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism for sixteen years and is an internationally recognized religious leader who has facilitated interfaith dialogue and understanding. Rabbi Yoffie lectures frequently on the importance of interfaith dialogue, the ongoing Middle East conflict, and the intersection of ethics and business. In addition, he writes regularly for The Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post, and Haaretz on issues such as the role of belief and spirituality in American life and the importance of religious freedom in the Middle East.




Sara Laschever


Sara Laschever
March 5, 2013

Laschever is a nationally recognized expert on the challenges women face in negotiating in both their professional and private life. She is the co-author of Women Don’t Ask, which details how social conditioning influences women to refrain from constructive negotiation. Notably, Fortune magazine included Women Don’t Ask in its list of the “the 75 Smartest Books We Know” along with such works as Machiavelli’s The Prince and Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. Laschever has spoken at over 70 institutes of higher education.



CJ Pascoe


C.J. Pascoe, PhD
February 19, 2013

Pascoe is a sociologist at Colorado College who studies gender and the construction of masculinity. She is a scholar of considerable importance in the field of gender studies. Her book, Dude, You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School, won the American Education Research Association’s Book of the Year Award in 2007. Her research has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and she has appeared in the Frontline documentary Growing Up Online as well as on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.



Andy Card – White House Chief of Staff
September 15, 2011

Andy Card Andy Card has stood at the center of American politics for twenty years in a career culminating in service as the Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006. In his address, Mr. Card discussed crisis leadership in the context of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Mr. Card's public service has spanned four decades. Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives at age 27, he went on to serve in a variety of capacities to three Presidents. As Deputy Assistant to President Regan, he was a liaison to leaders at the local and state levels. As Deputy Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush, he participated in a full range of economic, foreign, and domestic policy development. As the 11th US Secretary of Transportation, he coordinated the response to Hurricane Andrew.

In addition to his political offices, Mr. Card has served as General Motors' Vice President of Government Relations and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA). He was named Acting Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in July 2011.


Elisa Massimino – President and CEO of Human Rights First
November 1, 2011

Elisa MassiminoElisa Massimino is widely recognized as one of America's most effective public advocates. Under her leadership, Human Rights First (HRF), a nonprofit, nonprofit organization based in New York and Washington, DC, has emerged as a leading voice for promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law. In her address, Ms. Massimino discussed the need for individuals and governments to place results over rhetoric in advancing human rights at home and abroad.

Ms. Massimino has dedicated her career to her passion of protecting human rights. Coming from a background in the liberal arts, she served as pro bono legal counsel in many human rights cases before joining the HRF staff in 1991. Named President and CEO of HRF in 2008, she has a voice in such critical discussions as safeguarding human rights in the post-9/11 world, reforming refugee policy, and engaging the business world on human rights.

As a national authority on human rights law and policy, Ms. Massimino has written for mainstream publications and specialized journals, testified before Congress dozens of times, and advised President Obama on American policies regarding human rights.


David Horth – Senior Fellow and Senior Designer, Center for Creative Leadership
February 28, 2012

David Magellan Horth David Magellan Horth ranks among the nation's premier leadership scholars. As a program designer, facilitator, and author at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), Horth helps lead a top-ranked nonprofit organization that develops better leaders through leadership education and research.

He is co-author of a chapter in the prestigious The Change Handbook and co-authored The Leader's Edge: Six Creative Competencies for Navigating Complex Challenges, which received an award from the Banff Centre for the Arts for its contribution to the connection between arts and business leadership. The Leader's Edge was based on research surrounding the program "Leading Creatively," designed by Horth and which used the arts and art making as a forum for developing creative leaders.

Horth's background experience also includes 21 years in the computer industry. He began as a research and development engineer and emerged as a strategist specializing in creativity and innovation. During this time, he managed both hardware and software development teams, oversaw major technology programs, and served as marketing manager and trainer of quality improvement and innovation.


Colin Coyne – Managing Principal, the Coyne Group
March 6, 2012

Colin CoyneColin Coyne has emerged as a leading advocate to transform Birmingham into a more vibrant and environmentally sustainable city. The winner of the "Prize2theFuture" contest sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Mr. Coyne's proposal, One Birmingham Place, was selected from among 1,115 entrants from 39 countries. Remarking on the imperative of sustainable urban development, Mr. Coyne commented: "We can choose our future. We don't have to wait for someone to move here and tell us what to do."

A senior executive, strategic management consultant, founder of two successful companies, and an academic, Mr. Coyne has distinguished himself in the business community in work spanning 18 nations and affecting more than $1.7 billion of assets. His work on environmental sustainability is nationally recognized. He developed a course at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University that has stood at the forefront of new strategic thought in the 21st century business world—a world influenced by the free flow of information, climate change, and increasingly scarce resources. In addition, he is the managing principal at the Coyne Group, a consultant firm dedicated to developing the sustainable competitive advantage of its clients, and he has taught courses on the economics of sustainability at Birmingham-Southern, Samford University, and Lipscomb University.

Mr. Coyne received his bachelor's in economics and business administration from Vanderbilt University and earned a MBA degree with Dean's List honors from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.