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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.

2018–2019 Theme: This year’s theme is “Voices” and aims at bringing in speakers to give voice to societal issues and concerns.

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.

Dr. Tracy Lucht

Dr. Tracy Lucht, Journalism Professor and Media Historian at Iowa State University

Dr. Tracy Lucht, associate professor at Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, shares what she has learned from researching women journalists in the Midwest and encourages audience members to reflect on the leadership and contributions of women in their own lives. Join us on Thursday, February 21, 2019 for Tracy’s presentation of “Why Community Matters: Lessons from Midwestern Women’s History”.

Rocio Calderon

Rocío Calderón, Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program Coordinator

The United States government maintains the world’s largest immigration detention system. Every day 44,000 individuals are languishing behind bars in more than 200 immigrant prisons and jails across the country. Is there one in your backyard? Yes. They are everywhere (including Iowa!) and the system is designed to be as isolating as possible.
The Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program resists the idea that immigrants behind bars should be isolated and lonely. Through weekly visits and letters, they strive to alleviate the isolation felt by immigrants in Eloy Detention Center (Eloy, AZ). On Monday, April 1, 2019 come hear Program Coordinator Rocío Calderón share about her time in Eloy Detention Center as a detainee and the impact it had on her life. Along with her colleague Elizabeth Smith, she will describe the important role visitation programs play in caring for those in our communities in her presentation titled “Connection as Resistance: Breaking the Isolation of Immigration Detention”.
This lecture will be presented in Spanish, with interpretation to English by Elizabeth Smith.

Watch Previous Speakers 2017–2018

Kamyar Enshayan

Kamyar Enshayan, Agricultural Engineer

Kamyar Enshayan speaks for this place we call Iowa, which is not being treated very well under our watch. His presentation “Breaking Bad in Iowa: An Immigrant Urges Iowans to become Native to Iowa” challenged the audience to take on the responsibility of becoming native to this region and protect it so that future Iowans would be able to live here.

Melissa O'Neil

Melissa O’Neil, CEO of Central Iowa Shelter and Service

In the spirit of thankfulness and giving, the week prior to Thanksgiving has become known as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Melissa O’Neil, CEO of Central Iowa Shelter and Services, will inspire you to get involved in this national event to end one of the biggest pressing issues in our communities, hunger and homelessness.

Join us on Thursday, November 15, 2018 for Melissa’s presentation, “The Answer is in the Room”, and find out what the answer in the room is all about.