Inspiring Conversations Series

Inspiring Conversations: Leading People in an Ever-Changing World

Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative is launching a new digital series featuring leaders from across many disciplines and industries. “Inspiring Conversations,” will be co-hosted by the University’s Colleges and will address a different theme each semester. This fall, the theme is “Leading people in an ever-changing world.”

Each guest speaker will share stories, perspectives and lessons learned from their own experiences as leaders – both within their organizations and in their communities.  Participants will explore the concepts of human-centered leadership – mission, empathy, courage and adaptability. Participants will walk away enriched and inspired to take action within their own communities.

This digital series is open to all and offers a unique and engaging opportunity to engage with industry leaders and Notre Dame’s academic leadership. The “Inspiring Conversations” Series is exclusively offered through ThinkND, Notre Dame’s open online learning community.

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Fall 2020 Speaker Schedule (selected Tuesdays at 1pm EDT)

  • August 25

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 Paul and Cindy Karos's Talk

  • October 27

  • Louis King, II, President & Chief Executive Officer, Summit Academy OIC
    "The Day After Tomorrow"

  • November 10

    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"

  • December 1

    Richard Leider, founder, Inventure–The Purpose Company and author
    "The Path of Purposeful Leadership"