University of Notre Dame
Inspired Leadership Initiative
Office of the Provost
Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative launched its second installment of the highly successful digital series begun last fall featuring leaders from across many disciplines and industries. During the Spring semester Inspiring Conversations discussed the theme of "Transforming Lives and Lives Transformed" and focused on three critical and timely topics: pursuing a second act, the intersection of spirituality and leadership, and solving societal problems.
Each guest speaker shared stories, perspectives, and lessons learned from their own experiences as leaders – personally, within their organizations, and in their communities. Each focused 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.
The Inspiring Conversations series was exclusively offered through ThinkND, the University’s open online learning community. Recordings of the Spring 2021 series can be found below.
Paul Grangaard, Chairman and CEO, Faribault Woolen Mill Co.
"Art of Creating Renaissance"
Dr. Juliana Otieno, Senior Lecturer, Uzima University, Medical School & Founder, Rusalia Resource Foundation
"Inspiring Girls to Achieve"
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"
Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
"Chosen to Lead"
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"
Karl Racine, Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Richard (Dick) Nussbaum II '74, Partner with Sopko, Nussbaum, Inabnit, & Kaczmarek
"The American Justice System and the Future"
Dr. Adrienne Boissy, Chief Experience Officer, Cleveland Clinic
"Why Care? Crafting a Leadership Grounded in Truth and Empathy"
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.
Dr. Penny Wheeler, President and CEO, Allina Health.
"Embracing the Mind, Body and Spirit through Health Care"
Dave MacLennan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cargill.
"Sustainably Nourishing a Challenged, Changing, and Hungry World"
Muffet McGraw, former head women’s basketball coach, Notre Dame.
"Building a Winning Team"
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"
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"
Louis King, II, President & Chief Executive Officer, Summit Academy OIC
"The Day After Tomorrow"
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";
Richard Leider, founder, Inventure–The Purpose Company and author
"The Path of Purposeful Leadership"