Journeys in Leadership

Established in 2020 by the College of Liberal Arts “Forward” task force, Journeys in Leadership (JIL) is a nonpartisan, non-political speaker series generously supported by the Becker Endowment fund.  The aim of the series is to highlight the successes (and challenges) of an eclectic mix of local, state, national and international leaders from across a range of professional and academic experiences.

Stressing the importance of a liberal arts education, the common thread of the JIL speakers is their commitment to community discourse and living active, healthy lives.  Whether considering the life skills of a renowned poet, the musical and business acumen of a symphony CEO, or the dedication to international service of an aid worker, each of these carefully selected speakers has been invited to Benedictine University to share their life’s journey, with the primary goal of teaching and inspiring our students.

Journeys in Leadership events are held via Zoom and there are plans to have in person speakers back on our campuses in the near future, as part of this series.  All JIL events are free and open to the public, and feature not only a keynote speaker but also a unique group of student, alum, faculty and community panelists that participate in each event.

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Journeys in Leadership Featured Speakers

  • Sean Casten
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    Sean Casten

  • Terence Clark
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    Terence Clark

  • Todd Durkin
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    Todd Durkin

  • Martha Gilmer
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    Martha Gilmer

  • Grant Harris
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    Grant Harris

  • Maurice Hobson
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    Maurice Hobson

  • Alexa James
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    Alexa James

  • Sharon Lazich
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    Sharon Lazich

  • AJ Mendez
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    AJ Mendez

  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil
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    Aimee Nezhukumatathil

  • Peter Roskam
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    Peter Roskam

  • Laura Spinney
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    Laura Spinney

  • Amina Waheed
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    Amina Waheed

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