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Upcoming Events

John Sauerland, president of personal lines at Progressive, will present details of his career progression following business school with an emphasis on leadership in corporations and driving strategic direction for a Fortune 200 firm.  He will provide a unique insider's perspective on what it takes to be successful, leading a $14.6B business unit in today's corporate environment; especially valuable for students with an interest in general management and leadership careers.

Past Events

The event will be led by Gail Kocher based on her experience and knowledge. Kocher is currently the director of industry standards & ehealth at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Within her role there, she represents BCBSA at several national industry organizations, including the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12. She holds several leadership roles in these other organizations, including WEDI board of directors and is currently vice chair of administration/operations. She earned her master's degree in public administration from Pennsylvania State University and her bachelor's degree in biology from Millersville University. Gail was selected as the 1995 Pennsylvania Blue Shield Health Care Management Fellow.


Does your resume reflect that you are competent in marketing, finance, strategy, or management? If yes, this is good news!  Does it reflect that you are a leader? If not, join our BLG-sponsored event on Saturday, March 9, 2013, to find out how your resume can communicate that you are a leader as well!  Nancy Johnston of Career Services will conduct this Workshop.

To make the most out of this event, you need to:

Bring your most updated resume. Do some prior thinking about your leadership experiences. Be willing to share your leadership examples. Be willing to provide each other with feedback.

Is your "ick" factor keeping you from advancing or being more successful in your profession? Have you ever wondered why some people repel others? Is it hard for you to tell people how or why they annoy you without hurting their feelings? Do you wonder how others experience you so you can make changes for the better, so you don't unintentionally repel others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you don't want to miss this presentation. You will learn how to understand the basic laws of social attraction and rejection so you can use them to your advantage. You will also identify your "ick" factor - and, yes, we all have at least one!

The program was led by Jinnie (English) Cristerna, AM '99, founder of Chicago's High Achievers (CHiA) which provides clinical mental health services to business executives, managers, teachers, principals, spouses, students, teens, and children, who want to achieve a high level of professional and personal success. Currently a PhD candidate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work, Jinnie is recognized locally and nationally for her expertise in employee relations, pathological behavior, relationship issues, organizational psychology, facilitation, business think tanks, and leadership.

Do you ever ask your self: How do I lead small groups and meetings effectively, especially when executives are in attendance? How do I show the senior leaders that I am an effective leader? Join Tom Lemanski, executive coach, to learn the skills required in order to effectively manage these small, interpersonal situations. Lemanski has worked with executives from 35 different industries for more than 10 years to help them achieve higher levels of success. Inspired by his appreciation of the value of human aspects of business and armed with a unique ability to understand both "the big picture" and its interrelated pieces, Lemanski pursued the executive coaching vocation after 27 years as a top executive and business owner. He founded this strategic development coaching practice in 2001 and forged two strategic partnerships to gain both world class development tools and ongoing support and education.

Are we all leaders? Do we have the traits of being a leader? Utilize a great opportunity to learn from Chip Hardt about the leadership traits we all should have. Hardt is the chief operating officer of Sol Xorce LLC, a solar energy start-up, and managing director of Hardt Enterprises LLC, a consultancy. Hardt was previously a partner at McKinsey & Company, in their Chicago office. He was on the leadership team for its Public Sector Practice, the North American Automotive and Industrial Practice and the Global Procurement Practice. Recently, Hardt helped to found, and was part of the senior leadership team for Chicago‚Äôs bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

With the economy still spinning its wheels, winners will be those who bring more to the table than just technical excellence. Join David Ryan to enhance your skills for effectively presenting yourself, enhancing business relationships, and building a network that performs. Ryan will share practical, easily deployable tips that are quintessential to every aspiring leader.

Ever wondered why leadership skills are important? What do firms look for and how do they develop leadership skills? Join Darrell Riley, part of T. Rowe Price recruitment team, for a discussion about how firms identify leadership talent and how to fit your skills into a general competency model that firms use for leadership development.

Riley is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group and head of Global Institutional Strategic Resources for T. Rowe Price International Ltd, the organization responsible for the firm's institutional business worldwide.

Last Updated 10/31/13