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Leaders Speak Series

Mission: The Leaders Speak Series is an annual initiative that reaches out to the community with diverse leadership-based themes.

2017-2018 Theme: This year’s theme is “Ignite” which focuses on encouraging individuals to find and pursue their passions in life.

Details: Speakers will be presenting in the Musco Technology Center on William Penn University’s campus at 6:00PM. All presentations are FREE and open to the public.

Dalton Shaull, Co-Founder of Health Tech Solutions

Dalton Shaull, Co-Founder of HealthTech Solutions

Oskaloosa native, Dalton Shaull, will be presenting about his inspiration and journey to creating HealthTech Solutions on Thursday, March 29th. The IT start-up focuses on enhancing communication between organ procurement centers, organ transplant centers and clinicians; their technology landed him and his partner, Eric Pahl, on Forbes Magazine’s prestigious “30 under 30” list for 2018.

Matthew Rooda, Co-Founder of SwineTech, Inc.

Matthew Rooda, Co-Founder of SwineTech, Inc.

Oskaloosa native, Matthew Rooda, will be presenting on Tuesday, April 10th and will share the experiences he has had as an entrepreneur.  Rooda Co-founded SwineTech, Inc, which is an Iowa based company, located in New Sharon and is striving to be a leading producer of monitor systems for sow farms in the pork industry. This project landed Rooda and his partner on Forbes Magazine’s prestigious “30 under 30” list for 2018.

Jeremy VanWyk, Army National Guard Child and Youth Program Manager

Jeremy Van Wyk, Army National Guard Child and Youth Program Manager

Jeremy Van Wyk will be presenting “Serving Our Youngest Heroes: The Army National Guard Child and Youth Services Program” on Tuesday, April 24th. Van Wyk’s presentation will be about the unique challenges military-connected youth face and how the Army National Guard ensures those individuals have the support necessary to remain resilient in the face of adversity.

Watch Previous Speakers 2017–2018

Eva Hakansson

Eva Håkansson, Mechanical Engineer

Eva Håkansson presented “World Speed Records and 3D-Printed Motorcycles: Why Scientists are Superheroes” on Thursday, September 21st. A combination speed junkie and tree-hugger, she’s a mechanical engineer and owner, builder and driver of the record holding electric streamliner motorcycle, “KillaJoule”. Eva used her experiences as the world’s fastest female motorcycle rider to explain how “eco-friendly” can be fast and fun. Read more

Andy Clark

Andy Clark, Oskaloosa Music Historian and President of C.L. Barnhouse Company

Andy Clark presented “The Incredible Music Heritage of Oskaloosa” on Thursday, October 26th.  Clark has extensive knowledge about the famous musicians from the Oskaloosa area and the successes of the City Band.  His presentation covered how musicians from a southeastern Iowa town made a global impact on the music community.

Clete Hjorth, Oskaloosa Hy-Vee Store Director

Clete Hjorth, Oskaloosa Hy-Vee Director

Clete Hjorth presented “Hy-Vee: Working Towards a Sustainable Future” on Tuesday, December 5th.  Hjorth has worked with Hy-Vee for 21 years and will be sharing about the company’s goal of continuing their proactive approach to preserving the environment. This presentation will cover various different sustainable programs that have been implemented at the Oskaloosa store and the successes it has seen in the community.