Inspiring Conversations Series

Spring 2021 Series

Inspiring Conversations

Transforming Lives and Lives Transformed

Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative is launching its second installment of the highly successful digital series begun last fall featuring leaders from across many disciplines and industries. This semester Inspiring Conversations will have the theme of "Transforming Lives and Lives Transformed" and will focus on three critical and timely topics: pursuing a second act, the intersection of spirituality and leadership, and solving societal problems.

Each guest speaker will share stories, perspectives, and lessons learned from their own experiences as leaders – personally, within their organizations, and in their communities. Our focus will be on the human side of transformation – their catalysts, purpose, and mission. It is our hope that participants will walk away enriched and inspired to take action.

This digital series is open to all and offers a unique and engaging opportunity to connect with industry leaders and Notre Dame’s academic leadership. The Inspiring Conversations series is exclusively offered through ThinkND, the University’s open online learning community. If you registered for the fall series, you do not need to do so again. If not, we enthusiastically invite you to do so now.

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March 2, 2021

Paul Grangaard, Chairman and CEO, Faribault Woolen Mill Co.
"Art of Creating Renaissance"  
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March 9, 2021

Dr. Juliana Otieno, Senior Lecturer, Uzima University, Medical School & Founder, Rusalia Resource Foundation
"Inspiring Girls to Achieve"  
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March 30, 2021

John Ebert, President of J.W. Ebert Corporation, which owns and operates more than 40 McDonald's
"Leadership Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic"  
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April 6, 2021

Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
"Chosen to Lead"  
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April 13, 2021

Sr. Gabriella Bottani, SMC, Talitha Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking &
Sr. Ann Oestreich, I.H.M., President, U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking 
"The Myths and Terrible Truths of Human Trafficking"
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April 21, 2021

Karl Racine, Attorney General for the District of Columbia
"The American Justice System and the Future"
Please note that this event is on Wednesday.

May 18, 2021

Dr. Adrienne Boissy, Chief Experience Officer, Cleveland Clinic
"Why Care? Crafting a Leadership Grounded in Truth and Empathy"

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Fall 2020 Series

Leading People in an Ever Changing World

Inspiring Conversations Fall 2020

The Inspiring Conversations digital series launched in Fall 2020 with the theme of "Leading People in an Ever-Changing World." The series featured leaders from across many disciplines and industries. Led by Tom Schreier and Chris Stevens, and co-sponsored with the Inspired Leadership Initiative and the Notre Dame Alumni Association, the series explored the concepts of human-centered leadership – mission, empathy, courage, and adaptability. Recordings of the live Zoom sessions are available below.

August 25, 2020

Dr. Penny Wheeler, President and CEO, Allina Health.
"Embracing the Mind, Body and Spirit through Health Care"  
Watch Dr. Penny Wheeler's Talk   Listen to Dr. Penny Wheeler's Talk

September 8, 2020

Dave MacLennan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cargill.
"Sustainably Nourishing a Challenged, Changing, and Hungry World"  
Watch Dave MacLennan's Talk   Listen to Dave MacLennan's Talk

September 22, 2020

Muffet McGraw, former head women’s basketball coach, Notre Dame.
"Building a Winning Team"  
Watch Muffet McGraw's Talk   Listen to Muffet McGraw's Talk

October 6, 2020

Paul Karos, past president investment banking and equities, Piper Jaffray;
Cindy Karos, Founding Inaugural Member, The Order of the Myrrhbearing Women.
"How our shared faith has guided our life, our professions, our family and our path forward, even in the face of personal obstacles like blindness"  
Watch Paul and Cindy Karos's Talk   Listen to Paul and Cindy Karos's Talk

October 20, 2020

Hubert Joly, former chairman & CEO of Best Buy & senior lecturer at Harvard Business School; author of the forthcoming book "The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism"
Hortense le Gentil, author of "Aligned: Connecting Your True Self with the Leader You're Meant to Be"
"Leading with Purpose and Humanity by Aligning Head and Heart"  
Watch Hubert Joly and Hortense le Gentil's Talk   Listen to Hubert Joly and Hortense le Gentil's Talk

October 27, 2020

Louis King, II, President & Chief Executive Officer, Summit Academy OIC
"The Day After Tomorrow"  
Watch Louis King, II's Talk   Listen to Louis King, II's Talk

November 17, 2020

Fr. Dan Groody C.S.C., VP and Associate Provost, Notre Dame
"The Heart's Desire and Social Change: Finding the Path to Meaning and Mission";  
Watch Fr. Dan Groody C.S.C.'s Talk   Listen to Fr. Dan Groody C.S.C.'s Talk

December 1, 2020

Richard Leider, founder, Inventure–The Purpose Company and author
"The Path of Purposeful Leadership" 
Watch Richard Leider's Talk   Listen to Richard Leider's Talk