Webster Launches 2012 Global Leaders in Residence Program

| March 12, 2012

Jonathan Kozol

President Beth Stroble and the Office of Corporate Partnerships are pleased to announce the inaugural Global Leaders in Residence program, which extends Webster University’s long-standing commitment to partnerships around the world.

Beginning in 2012, Webster will host distinguished individuals who are considered thought leaders in their fields from across a wide spectrum of disciplines. While in residence, each global leader will interact with students to assist in real world learning by connecting theory to practice.

Leaders will share their unique perspectives based upon their experiences in forums that are free and open to all students, faculty and the general public.

“We are honored to host such distinguished thinkers and leaders in their respective fields,” says Stroble. “These invited leaders will be tapped from the University’s global community, including St. Louis and throughout the U.S., as well as from around the world.”

Inaugural 2012 Global Leaders in Residence

• April 9 – 12:  Yolanda Kakabadse, president, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International, will be in residence at the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology. Through a series of engagements with students, community leaders and the general public, Kakabadse will enable and empower creative problem solving and learning experiences necessary to deepen the understanding and development of sustainability perspectives in the core practice of business.               

• April 26 – 29:  Steve James, filmmaker, will be in residence at the School of Communications. A courageous and talented documentary filmmaker, James will present to the public four of his award-winning films, including the groundbreaking 1995 Hoop Dreams.

Sept. 24 – 25:  Jonathan Kozol, author and educator, will be in residence in the School of Education. Kozol will deliver a keynote address Sept. 24 and spend time with students Sept. 25.  He has received numerous writing awards, including the 1968 National Book Award for Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools, as well as the New England Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award (Finalist 1992) for Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools.

Webster University’s mission of ensuring high quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence is an ideal environment for these distinguished leaders to connect students to deep, real-world knowledge of significance.

For more information about the inaugural 2012 Global Leaders in Residence program and to make reservations, visit http://www.webster.edu/partners/index.shtml.

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