Global Leaders 


Emerson Center for Leadership & Service announces its Fall 2011 Global Leaders in Residence
The Global Leaders in Residence Program brings prominent leaders to campus that have made a difference in our world.  These leaders just don’t give a presentation and leave -- they stick around campus for at least two days and meet with students in a variety of settings – classrooms, at the dining hall, in living units, and just walking around campus.  They provide a chance for our students to learn about leadership by being around acclaimed leaders.
 Marina Shishova will be on campus October 13-14.  Marina is from Russia and is coming to America as part of the International Peacemakers Program sponsored by the Presbyterian Church USA.  The goal is “to invite leaders who are engaged in peacemaking in their own areas of the world… and to help us understand the peace and justice concerns of others around the globe”.
Marina is the president of the Interchurch Partnership of St Petersburg, a researcher at the Orthodox Institute for Missiology and Ecumenism (PIMEN), and a former member of the Executive Committee of Pax Christi International. Marina will be spending time with students in and out of the classroom and she will make a formal presentation on Thursday afternoon at 4 pm. 


Al Sikes will be on campus November 10
-11Al’s career has spanned law, business, and government.  He was the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.  A Westminster graduate, Al currently chairs the Board of the Trinity Forum – a leadership academy that helps leaders engage in key issues of their personal and public lives in the context of faith.  He founded the Reading Excellence and Discovery Foundation (READ) program that helps at-risk children to read at grade level.

  Michael Dean – February 1 - 3
A liberal arts graduate from the University of Cincinnati, Michael is in his second career.  For 25 years, he was a research associate at the U of Wisconsin–Madison’s Space Science & Engineering Center; today, Michael is dedicated to revitalizing underserved inner-city neighborhoods.  Most recently, he has been engaged with the California Collaborative of Louisville where he helps create and develop neighborhood-based projects --initiatives that enhance neighborhood pride and that provide mechanisms for individuals, families, schools, churches and other organizations to positively influence life in their community.  He has been especially successful in promoting access to fresh fruits and vegetables to inner-city families. 
Michael will be part of our annual Leadership Conference on Friday, February 3 rd and he’ll be making a general campus presentation for Spiritual Life at 11 on Thursday February 2 nd .
Here are a couple of Youtube videos that will introduce Michael to you:   -- a 3 minute piece on Michael’s work on getting fresh foods to inner-city residents   -- a longer piece about one of Michael’s collaborative projects – he appears briefly in this video

Paul and Debbie Kavanaugh – April 11 & 12

Our next Global Leader(s) in Residence will be a couple – Paul and Debbie Kavanaugh. They will join us on Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12.  In addition to their distinguished careers, Paul and Debbie have dedicated much of their time, energy and resources into a number of international humanitarian initiatives.

  Paul – a 1981 Westminster graduate continues to serve on our Board of Trustees. He graduated with honors from UMKC Law School and has been a practicing trial attorney specializing in major injury cases and medical negligence.  He also served as a trial attorney with the JAG Corps of the U.S. Army. 

Debbie – a Doctor of Pharmacy from Creighton University and MBA from Rockhurst University, has worked for large pharmaceutical companies within their medical affairs departments.  She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona School of Pharmacy and the UNKC School of Pharmacy.  She has been president of the Missouri Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. 

Together, Paul and Debbie, have traveled to all parts of the world on behalf of their philanthropy -- the Kavanaugh Charitable Foundation – dedicated to helping educate children in the U.S. and around the world.  They have built an elementary school in rural Cambodia, provided wheelchairs for the mobility impaired in Argentina, provided malaria nets in Africa, and supported veterinary assistance for the spaying of animals in South America. They also established fully endowed need-based scholarships at Westminster and at the Schools of Law and Pharmacy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.