On Sept. 20, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Inc. Wendy Glick will kick off this year’s LEAD Series, with a discussion of her stewardship work with both Catholic Charities and the Lord’s Diner.
Glick will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center at Newman University. The lecture is free and open to all Newman students, faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be provided.
This is the third year that Student Life has hosted the LEAD Series, a lecture series that focuses on “Learning,” “Engagement,” “Achievement” and “Development,” said Director of Student Activities Lauren Fontarum.
Fontarum said this year’s LEAD Series is centered on women in leadership, especially women in leadership roles that match Newman’s mission.
“She frequently gives talks about topics such as social justice, mission-driven work, community involvement and volunteerism,” Fontarum said. “She aligns well with our mission.”
In an email, Glick said she also plans to discuss her leadership values and what fuels her to work in areas addressing social justice in our community.
“I never thought of my work in not-for-profit as ‘pursuing a career,’” she said. “I just knew that when I was able to do something to help someone in need it made me feel good about myself. And that feeling felt so good that I wanted to provide others with the opportunity to feel that way, too.”
Fontarum said that the event will be a great opportunity for all students, faculty and staff who attend to refine their thoughts and ideas on leadership, as well as to make connections with people in their community.
The next LEAD Series event will be a panel, held on Oct. 20, with some members of the Wichita Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” a group of 40 honorees under the age of 40 selected by the Business Journal as rising stars in the Wichita community.