The Discussions of Leadership speaker series explores the intersection of ethical leadership and the common good.

Upcoming Lecture

“Building Vibrant Communities for All”

Peter Block: Popular Author, Public Speaker and Consultant, Founding Partner, Designed Learning

Tuesday, September 23, 2013, 7 p.m.

The Center for Ethical Leadership at Mount St. Joseph University welcomes Peter Block as the next Discussions of Leadership speaker. The event is free and open to the public in the University Theatre at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

As a widely read author, popular public speaker and in-demand consultant, Peter Block is nationally recognized for his transforming efforts to create workplaces and communities that work for all.

Peter’s more recent work is centered in Cincinnati and has captured the imagination and respect of many working to build more vibrant communities and to energize a more connected, caring and accountable citizenry to address the complex issues and problems of our time. Peter’s presentation at the Mount entitled, “Building Vibrant Communities for All,” will address what kind of leadership and citizen participation is needed for real community transformation.

Peter is the author and co-author of several books. His most recent, The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods (2010), is co-authored with John McKnight, emeritus professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. The book is a culmination of Peter’s work on community and the cultural change needed for the creation of a more sustainable future.

In a career spanning several decades, Peter was involved in the early days of creating the field of organization development and is the recipient of the Organization Development Network’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to numerous other distinctions for his outstanding contributions to the field of training and development.

Peter received his Masters Degree in Industrial Administration from Yale University in 1963 after completing his undergraduate course of study at the University of Kansas.

More Information

Discussions of Leadership will take place on the Mount’s campus in the University Theatre. Ample parking is provided in the West Lot. If you are driving to the University, directions can be found on our location page.

Admission to the Discussions of Leadership Lecture Series is free and open to the public.


Past Events

“The Public Voice: An Informed Citizenry amid a Changing Media Landscape”

Jeffrey Brown: Anchor and Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour and Creator and Host, Art Beat

October, 2013

Jeffrey Brown is a co-anchor and senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, public television’s nightly news program airing nationally and abroad. In addition, Jeffrey Brown is the creator and host of “Art Beat”, the NewsHour’s popular online arts and culture blog. As part of the Discussions of Leadership Lecture Series, Jeffrey Brown delivered a presentation entitled, “The Public Voice: An Informed Citizenry amid a Changing Media Landscape,” in which he drew on his extensive background in the news media.

“From Command to Community: How the New Leadership Connects with the Common Good”

Nicholas Longo: Director of Global Studies & Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Community Service at Providence College

March, 2013

Nicholas Longo, Ph.D., is a former associate with the Kettering Foundation, nationally recognized for his extensive work and publications connecting education and leadership development with civic life. As part of the Discussions of Leadership Lecture Series, Dr. Longo will spoke about the importance of community and reciprocity as they relate to leadership.

"Giving Voice to Values: A New Approach to Values-Driven Leadership"

Mary Gentile, Ph.D.

September, 2012

Mary Gentile, Ph.D., a leading expert on values-driven leadership development visited the Mount to speak about leadership in the modern era. Mary serves as a Senior Research scholar at Babson College, and is a Senior Advisor to the Aspen Institute and Business program. 

"Creating Ethical Partnerships Between All Levels of an Organization"

Ira Chaleff: Founder and President, Executive Coaching and Consulting Associates

March, 2012

Successful leadership coach and consultant Ira Chaleff spoke about building an ethical followership at the Mount in March of 2012. Mr. Chaleff serves as the Chairman Emeritas for the Congressional Management Foundation in Washington, D.C..

"The Ethical Challenges of Leadership"

Joanne Ciulla, Ph.D.: Professor, Coston Family Chair in Leadership & Ethics, University of Richmond

November, 2011

In her lecture, Professor Ciulla spoke about her experiences as a scholar of business and leadership ethics, and the challenges she faced.

"Out Beyond Ideas of Wrong-Doing and Right-Doing: Leadership in Our Time"

Barbara Gottschalk: Co-Founder, Seeds of Peace

September, 2011

Seeds of Peace Co-Founder Barbara Gottschalk spoke at the Mount in September of 2011. In her lecture, Ms. Gottschalk discussed her efforts to provide children from conflict regions the skills to become future leaders.

"The Fair Society: Responsible Leadership and the Pursuit of Social Justice"

Peter Corning: Keynote Speaker, Author

This event featured author Peter Corning discussing his writing and whether human beings share an innate sense of fairness.

"Purpose, Freedom and Courage: Qualities of 20th Century Leaders"

Daniel Hurley: Panel Moderator, Director of Leadership Cincinnati

March, 2010

Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit, worked for J. P. Morgan for seventeen years, serving as managing director in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, and London. Lowney currently lives in New York City, where he is a consultant for the Catholic Medical Mission Board. His highly regarded book, Heroic Leadership, shares the leadership principles that have guided the Jesuits for more than 450 years and demonstrates how they are applicable today.

"Courageous Women Who Lead"

Cammy Dierking: Panel Moderator, local news anchor

October, 2009

During this panel discussion and networking event, news anchor Cammy Dierking led a talk about women who excel in leadership roles.