Speakers Bureau brings faculty, staff expertise to community

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Newman University is developing new relationships in the community through a program that offers knowledge to various organizations at no charge.

The new program, called the Speakers Bureau, features members of the university’s faculty and staff who volunteer to provide lectures or presentations on topics related to their respective areas of expertise. The talks are offered free to organizations and groups throughout the Wichita area.

“This is a great opportunity for Newman University faculty and staff to educate and spread awareness to the community about topics that affect our everyday life,” said Newman Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Austin, Ph.D.

The program was launched in November 2011. To date, 24 Newman faculty and staff members have volunteered to provide presentations on topics that include business, careers, health, history, literature, marriage and family, personal development, and others.

The Speakers Bureau has been well received in the community since its inception, with many groups in Wichita requesting presentations on a variety of topics. Among the first organizations to request speakers was the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.

Several Newman employees joined together to offer a five-session series to the Nonprofit Chamber of Service in Wichita on “Enhancing Nonprofit Executive Leaders.” Each member of the group created a presentation that covered topics such as “Servant Leadership and Personal Mission,” “Coach Leadership: Making ‘Difficult Conversations’ Doable,”and “Meeting, Madness and Mayhem.” The program began in August and will run through December.

“The leadership series hosted by Newman University for the nonprofit community is a terrific example of how two groups can benefit each other,” said Nonprofit Chamber Executive Director Perry Schuckman. “We are proud to highlight our relationship with Newman, and the speakers have been outstanding.”

For more information on the Speakers Bureau, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2164, or e-mail [email protected] To reserve a speaker, visit the Newman Speakers Bureau Web site.

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