Northwestern Leadership Series

The 2017 Northwestern Leadership Series conference features inspiring leaders sharing their strategies for confident, courageous leadership at work, in your community and in your personal life.

Northwestern Leadership Series

New at the 2017 Northwestern Leadership Series conference: A teacher leadership track for educators, headlined by Iowa's 2017 Teacher of the Year, Shelly Vroegh.

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Northwestern Leadership Series

Register for the 2017 Northwestern Leadership Series. The professional development conference is for anyone who wants to lead in a way that inspires and empowers others.

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Northwestern LEADERSHIP SERIES June 8-9, 2017

$99 | Register by June 1

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Register 4 members of your team and receive a promo code for the 5th to attend free! Email for details.

The Leadership Series is hosted by Northwestern College’s Graduate School & Adult Learning and Franken Leadership Center in partnership with Pizza Ranch.

Lead with courage. Leadership isn’t one-size-fits-all. Some are leaders from the start. Some grow into it. The 2017 Northwestern Leadership Series conference features inspiring leaders who will share their strategies for bold, brave, servant-hearted leadership at work, in your community and in your personal life.

Who should attend?

  • Leaders in business, government, education, healthcare, ministry, and non-profit organizations
  • Supervisors who lead employees or volunteers
  • Leadership development facilitators
  • Organization or community council or board members
  • Teacher leaders or educators aspiring to leadership roles
  • Anyone who wants to improve their leadership effectiveness

Topics

  • Strategies of effective management
  • Leading across generations
  • Nurturing diversity
  • Workplace mentoring and coaching
  • Psychologically healthy leadership
  • Tailoring leadership to your team
  • Transformational leadership
  • Decision making in tough times
  • Creating a legendary culture


new this yearTEACHER LEADERSHIP TRACK

Graduate Credit | License Renewal Credit

Teacher Leader. Teachers are leaders in their classrooms, but the transition to leading, coaching or mentoring other teachers can be complicated. Learn from experienced teacher leaders who will share their strategies.

Credit Options
Conference attendees can earn one graduate credit or one license renewal credit. For more information, view the credit requirements.

Topics

  • Handling conflict
  • Strategies for mentoring
  • Creating a positive school culture
  • Public education as a mission field
  • Tech tools for educational transformation
  • Ethical leadership for educators
  • Changes in K-12 Science Education
  • Diversity in the Midwest
  • ESSA and the impact in rural America

Keynote Speakers

Wess Stafford

Wess StaffordAuthor and former president and CEO of Compassion International

Dr. Wess Stafford is an internationally recognized advocate for children living in poverty and president emeritus of Compassion International, which partners with more than 7,000 churches to sponsor nearly 2 million children in 26 countries. … more

Dr. Wess Stafford is an internationally recognized advocate for children living in poverty and president emeritus of Compassion International, which partners with more than 7,000 churches to sponsor nearly 2 million children in 26 countries. The son of missionaries, Stafford grew up in an Ivory Coast village, watched over by his wise and loving African “extended family.” He began working with Compassion International in 1977, first serving in Haiti, and eventually served as president and CEO of the organization for 20 years. Stafford is the author of Just a Minute: In the Heart of a Child, One Moment Can Last Forever and Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters the Most.
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Ann Bilbrew

Pastor Ann Bilbrew Pastor and social worker

Pastor Ann Bilbrew leads Living Springs Riverdale, a Reformed Church in America (RCA)congregation in one of Chicago's diverse south suburbs. Also a social worker for the Cook County court system, Bilbrew is especially passionate about helping women and families in crisis … more

Pastor Ann Bilbrew leads Living Springs Riverdale, a Reformed Church in America (RCA)congregation in one of Chicago's diverse south suburbs. Also a social worker for the Cook County court system, Bilbrew is especially passionate about helping women and families in crisis and leads a team of volunteers that offers empowering rather than enabling assistance. A member of the RCA's Multi-Racial Commission Team, Bilbrew shares her experiences with and insights about social injustice and racism. Bilbrew's Living Springs Riverdale congregation is a branch of Living Springs Community Church, Glenwood, Ill., which is pastored by the Rev. Dave Izenbart, a 1989 alum of Northwestern College.
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Shelly Vroegh

Shelly Vroegh2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Iowa’s newest Teacher of the Year, Shelly Vroegh, teaches fifth grade at Lakewood Elementary in Norwalk, Iowa. She’s also a lead mentor for the Norwalk Community School District, the elementary math curriculum leader, an instruction coach and helps coordinate a summer school program. … more

Iowa’s newest Teacher of the Year, Shelly Vroegh, teaches fifth grade at Lakewood Elementary in Norwalk, Iowa. She’s also a lead mentor for the Norwalk Community School District, the elementary math curriculum leader, an instruction coach and helps coordinate a summer school program. At the award ceremony, Governor Terry Branstad praised Vroegh for being an example of how "great teachers really do change lives." Branstad noted Vroegh's strengths in her classroom and as a teacher leader in her district and explained that educators like her are contributing to the success of Iowa's new teacher leadership and compensation system. Vroegh taught third grade for 18 years before moving to fifth grade two years ago.
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Session Speakers

Sandi Altena

Sandi Altena Director of the Franken Leadership Center, Northwestern College

As director of Northwestern's Franken Leadership Center, Dr. Sandi Altena … more

As director of Northwestern's Franken Leadership Center, Dr. Sandi Altena collaborates with professors and students to incorporate meaningful service-learning opportunities into classes and the broader curriculum. She also oversees the Carlson Program, which places highly motivated students in internships with top companies across the U.S. A Northwestern graduate, Altena has a doctorate in adult and higher education and a master's degree in leadership. Show less

Josh Bowar

Josh BowarAssistant Principal, Sioux Center Christian School

Assistant principal at Sioux Center Christian School, Josh Bowar will assume … more

Assistant principal at Sioux Center Christian School, Josh Bowar will assume the principal role this summer. He has taught in elementary, middle and high school classrooms and also teaches online M.Ed. courses for both Northwestern and Dordt colleges. Bowar has a master’s in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction as well as a specialist degree in educational leadership. Show less

Derek Brower

Derek BrowerProfessor of Education, Northwestern College

Teaching in the education department at Northwestern for the past 10 years … more

Teaching in the education department at Northwestern for the past 10 years, Dr. Derek Brower has relied upon his previous experience as a secondary science teacher. The Northwestern graduate has taught science in Africa, Thailand, and on a US Army base in the Marshall Islands. Currently, he teaches courses in science methods, philosophy of education, and instructional technology. Show less

Greg Christy

Greg ChristyPresident, Northwestern College

President of Northwestern College since 2008, Greg Christy has guided the college through strategic … more

President of Northwestern College since 2008, Greg Christy has guided the college through strategic planning efforts that have enabled investments in online graduate degrees and programs for adult learners, among other initiatives. A prolific fundraiser, Christy is chair of the Great Plains Athletic Conference’s Council of Presidents and serves as marketing committee chair of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges & Universities. Show less

Mark Christians

Mark Christians Professor of Psychology, Dordt College

A specialist in counseling psychology, mental health diagnosis and treatment … more

A specialist in counseling psychology, mental health diagnosis and treatment, human development and substance abuse, Dr. Mark Christians has experience as a school counselor and mental health counselor. He is a professor of psychology at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa. Show less

David De Jong

David De Jong Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota

David De Jong’s education experience includes roles as superintendent, principal … more

David De Jong’s education experience includes roles as superintendent, principal, teacher and coach. He currently teaches in the educational leadership doctoral program at the University of South Dakota. De Jong is passionate about mentoring teacher leaders; his doctoral dissertation is titled “Intensive Mentoring: Stimulators and Barriers to Coaching, Spiritual Guiding and Discipling Relationships.” Show less

David De Jong

Liza DeYounge Worship Director

Liza will lead worship each morning of the conference. She's been serving as … more

Liza will lead worship each morning of the conference. She's been serving as a worship director for the past 12 years with churches and ministries. A Northwestern alum, Liza is also married to Mark, Northwestern's Director of Christian Formation. They have two children, Will and Charlotte.Show less

Julie Elliott

Julie Elliott Vice President for Student Life, Northwestern College

As a member of Northwestern College's administrative team, Julie Elliott oversees … more

As a member of Northwestern College's administrative team, Julie Elliott oversees the student life division and contributes to the college's strategic planning. She is also active in diversity initiatives and served as one of the authors of Northwestern's Vision for Diversity. Drawing on her background in Christian ethics, Elliott speaks frequently on and off campus on the topics of sexual and political ethics. She is a graduate of Northwestern and Duke Divinity School. Show less

John Elzinga

John Elzinga Facilitation Design Manager, Pizza Ranch

John Elzinga is an author, speaker and trainer who develops and delivers … more

John Elzinga is an author, speaker and trainer who develops and delivers high-impact courses and seminars that touch people in a transformative way. Show less

Kenneth Hayes

Kenneth HayesPrincipal, Fort Dodge Senior High School

A career educator and education advocate, Dr. Kenneth Hayes is Iowa's … more

A career educator and education advocate, Dr. Kenneth Hayes is Iowa's national state coordinator through School Administrators of Iowa and represents Iowa's educators on the National Association of Seconday School Principals. Hayes has experience as a business education teacher and earned endorsements in coaching, special education and teacher leadership. He is a Northwestern College graduate. Show less

Julie Hulstein

Julie HulsteinFounder and CEO, Vi Bella Jewelry

A mission trip to Haiti prompted Julie Hulstein to found Vi Bella … more

A mission trip to Haiti prompted Julie Hulstein to found Vi Bella Jewelry. Vi Bella, which means "beautiful life," provides work and a way out of poverty for women in Haiti and Mexico. The mission of Vi Bella is to enable a beautiful life for the artisans who make the jewelry as well as their families and communities. Before founding Vi Bella, Hulstein was a music teacher. Show less

Rachel Langenhorst

Rachel LangenhorstTechnology integrationist and instructional coach, Rock Valley, Iowa

Rachel Langenhorst is an expert on technology integration strategies, leadership … more

Rachel Langenhorst is an expert on technology integration strategies, leadership and best practices. An adjunct college professor and K-12 technology integrationist and instructional coach in Rock Valley, Iowa, Langenhorst is a contributor for Mackin Educational Resources, edWeb.net and Education Talk Radio. The Northwestern graduate was a lead writer for The Big Book of Technology, and writes a blog, "Tech from the Trenches". Show less

Dan McCarty

Dan McCarty COO, Orange City Area Health System

COO of the Orange City Area Health System since 2003, Dan McCarty oversees … more

COO of the Orange City Area Health System since 2003, Dan McCarty oversees a hospital, four clinics and varied levels of senior care facilities in addition to more than 500 employees and more than $50 million in revenue. A former member of the U.S. Navy, he has over 40 years of professional experience in numerous areas of operations, including human resources and information technology. Show less

Michael McCarty

Michael McCarty Graduate Teaching Assistant

Currently a graduate teaching assistant, Michael McCarty spent four years exploring the comedy scene in Chicago … more

Currently a graduate teaching assistant, Michael McCarty spent four years exploring the comedy scene in Chicago, studying at The Second City and other comedy schools, performing in multiple improv groups, and writing several sketch comedy shows. He learned to apply many of his improv skills to his professional life while working as a media producer, and in his current pursuit of a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota. Show less

Matt McCaulley

Matt McCaulley Partner, Redstone Law Firm

Matt McCaulley is a partner at Redstone Law Firm and is the team leader … more

Matt McCaulley is a partner at Redstone Law Firm and is the team leader for the government relations practice group. During the South Dakota legislative session, he represents clients full time in the state capitol, and throughout the year, McCaulley represents business and political clients in transactions, compliance, crisis management and problem solving. Show less

Rick Melemer

Rick Melmer Executive Growth Coach, South Dakota

Currently an executive growth coach, Rick Melmer is a lifelong educator … more

Currently an executive growth coach, Rick Melmer is a lifelong educator who has taught and advocated for education excellence at the district, state and national levels. Former South Dakota Secretary of Education and Dean of Education at the University of South Dakota, Melmer also founded the Leadership South Dakota program, which equips professionals to lead in their local communities. Show less

Gary Smit

Gary Smit Dean of Faculty, Josephson Institute

A career educator, Dr. Gary Smit has trained educators and community leaders … more

A career educator, Dr. Gary Smit has trained educators and community leaders in strategies for ethical leadership and behavior. He has presented through the U.S. and around the world, incuding in Brazil, Nigeria and United Arab Emirates. He also has written numerous journal articles and contributed to ethics handbooks. His most recent book is Instilling Touchstones of Character, a guide for teaching 16 select values and character traits. Show less

John Swart

John Swart CEO, Exemplar Genetics

Dr. John Swart helped found and now serves as CEO of Exemplar Genetics, a world leader … more

Dr. John Swart helped found and now serves as CEO of Exemplar Genetics, a world leader in producing swine models of human diseases like cystic fibrosis. Using biotechnologies Exemplar farrows litters of piglets whose genes have been manipulated to mimic human diseases and then collaborates with leading researchers around the globe to develop treatments. Swart graduated from Northwestern College before earning a doctorate in biochemistry. Show less

Paul Ten Haken

Paul Ten Haken President, Click Rain

Paul Ten Haken has been named one of Entrepreneur magazine's … more

Paul Ten Haken has been named one of Entrepreneur magazine's Top 10 Emerging Entrepreneurs as well as South Dakota Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The company he founded in 2008, Click Rain, is listed as one of America's fastest growing private companies by Inc. 5000 and has won numerous awards for its unique workplace culture, including the prestigious "Entrepreneur 360" award in 2016. Ten Haken also founded of the Dispatch Project, which provides overseas service opportunities for businesspeople. Show less

Michael Rogers

Michael RogersPrincipal, East Middle School

Dr. Michael Rogers has been an educator for more than 24 years … more

Dr. Michael Rogers has been an educator for more than 24 years. Currenty the principal of East Middle School in Sioux City, Iowa, he also has experience as an elementary school administrator. Rogers' doctorate in education administration is from the University of South Dakota. Show less

Donna Van Peursem

Donna Van Peursem Assistant Professor of Social Work, Northwestern College

Donna Van Peursem is a licensed social worker who earned a Master … more

Donna Van Peursem is a licensed social worker who earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha after graduating from Northwestern. She has extensive experience in individual, marital, family and group therapy. Prior to joining NWC's faculty, she was a mental health therapist at the Creative Living Center in Rock Valley, Iowa. She also worked as a therapist for Family Service in Omaha. Show less

Reid Vander Veen

Reid Vander VeenDirector of Marketing and Communications, Interstates

A career spent in sales and marketing has made Reid Vander Veen a business leader … more

A career spent in sales and marketing has made Reid Vander Veen a business leader and popular speaker and writer who's been featured in publications that reach national and international audiences. The Interstates marketing director has an MBA from the University of Sioux Falls and teaches a seminar on how generational differences affect leadership in Interstates' Excellence in Leadership curriculum. Show less

Sara Waring-Tiedeman

Sara Waring-TiedemanDirector of Master of Education, Northwestern College

Dr. Sara Waring-Tiedeman is chief administrator of Northwestern's M.Ed. … more

Dr. Sara Waring-Tiedeman is chief administrator of Northwestern's M.Ed. program. An ESL specialist, she served as a contract specialist and data analyst for edCount, which is based in Washington, D.C., and provides systems and services for educators across the U.S. Waring-Tiedeman previously served on the executive board for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Show less

Schedule

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DLC: DeWitt Learning Commons (#8)
DWT: DeWitt Theatre Arts Center (#14)
RMK: Ramaker Center (#11)
VPH: Van Peursem Hall (#13)

General Leadership Sessions Denotes General Leadership session
Teacher Track Sessions Denotes Teacher Leadership track session

Jun 8 THURSDAY

8 to 9 a.m.

Registration & Refreshments | DWT lobby

9 to 9:30 a.m.

Worship Liza Jane DeYounge | DWT England Theatre

9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Opening keynote Wess Stafford | DWT England Theatre

11 to noon

General Leadership Sessions A Psychologically Healthy Leader Mark Christians

A healthy leader is self-aware and practices self-care in order … more

A healthy leader is self-aware and practices self-care in order to lead effectively. A good leader eats well, exercises regularly, manages stress, thinks critically and creatively, develops deep relationships, and is inspired by the Holy Spirit to lead with integrity and love. This session is for leaders in any arena (work, church, family or community). Show less

General Leadership Sessions How to Create a Legendary Culture John Elzinga

Teacher Track Sessions Exemplary Ethical Leadership for Educators Gary Smit

Teacher Track Sessions Cross Cultural Communication Sara Tiedeman

As the community we live in becomes more diverse so do the classrooms … more

As the community we live in becomes more diverse so do the classrooms and students we see each day. Come and learn culture specific knowledge while examining your own cultural values and the importance of effective communication skills across cultural differences.Show less

12:15 to 1 p.m.

Lunch | DLC Vogel Room

1 to 2 p.m.

General Leadership Sessions The Leader Your Team Needs John Swart

The world desperately needs leaders, but not just anyone will do. … more

The world desperately needs leaders, but not just anyone will do. The Bible makes clear that leadership is not only a noble calling but also a great responsibility not to be taken lightly. Fortunately, the Bible also describes the principles and characteristics necessary to lead in a way that is pleasing to God. Come to this session to learn more.Show less

General Leadership Sessions Transformational Leadership Sandi Altena

Organizations need transformational leaders who inspire, engage, and … more

Organizations need transformational leaders who inspire, engage, and create environments that nurture motivation, problem-solving and trust. This is especially true for Christians in leadership! Participants will 1) learn the four components of transformational leadership, 2) do a self-assessment on each area, 3) identify areas of potential transformation within your organization, and 4) develop an action plan.Show less

Teacher Track Sessions Education Keynote Shelly Vroegh


2:15 to 3:15 p.m.


General Leadership Sessions 10 Principles of Effective Management: After 40 Years of Experience Dan McCarty

General Leadership Sessions Loyalty, Leadership, and the Lord Julie Elliot

Teacher Track Sessions It's Time to Get Growing: Encouraging a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff Josh Bower

People with a growth mindset believe excellence can be developed … more

People with a growth mindset believe excellence can be developed through dedication and hard work—regardless of intelligence and talent. How can you encourage a growth mindset among teachers and staff? Among students? This interactive session will give you practical tools, helpful resources, and a better understanding of how to nurture growth. Show less

Teacher Track Sessions Tech Tools for Ed Transformation Rachel Langenhorst

It’s not about the tools; it’s about the learning! This session … more

It’s not about the tools; it’s about the learning! This session will focus on developing a clear model for melding technology and pedagogy. Discover new tools to enable your students to engage and thrive in a digital world. Ramp up student achievement and work quality by empowering them navigate their own learning. Show less

Jun 9 FRIDAY

8 to 9 a.m.

Refreshments | DWT lobby

9 to 9:30 a.m.

Worship Liza Jane DeYounge | DWT England Theatre

9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

General Leadership Sessions Greg Christy

General Leadership Sessions Decision-making in Tough Times Matt McCaulley

Teacher Track Sessions The Incredible Impact of Being Mentored and Mentoring Others David DeJong

Most of us know mentoring is valuable, but few of us take… more

Most of us know mentoring is valuable, but few of us take the initiative or make the time to engage in intentional, sustainable mentoring relationships. Come to hear stories about mentoring and being mentored, and leave with ideas for how you can introduce meaningful mentoring relationships into your career and personal life.Show less

Teacher Track Sessions Changing Purposes of K-12 Science Derek Brower


11 to noon

General Leadership Sessions Generational Leadership Challenges: What in the world is up with these people and how did we get here? Reid Vander Veen

Generational differences can cause workplace tension. … more

Generational differences can cause workplace tension. This session will survey the different generations in today’s workforce—Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers and Millennials—exploring differences in generational motivation and behavior as well as leadership style. This session is a complement to Paul Ten Haken’s on leading “Skinny jeans” employees. Show less

General Leadership Sessions Understanding Mental Health Challenges and Struggles Donna Van Peursem

Generational Leadership Session Improv for Leaders Michael McCarty

This interactive workshop uses several fun exercises to explore… more

This interactive workshop uses several fun exercises to explore essential improv skills and the use of those skills within communication and leadership. Explore the concepts of Yes Anding, Ensemble/Trust Building, Sharing the Spotlight, Listening and Embracing Failure.Participants experience highly interactive improv exercises designed to be enjoyable and accessible for all types of people Show less

Teacher Track Sessions Working with English Language Learners Sara Waring-Tiedeman

English language learners have begun populating our classrooms … more

English language learners have begun populating our classrooms as our schools are increasing in diversity. In this session you will learn strategies and techniques you can use to help nonnative English speakers be successful in your classroom. Experience the strategies first hand to understand and connect with how students can be engaged in the mainstream classroom even with limited language. Show less

Teacher Track Sessions The Public Schools: Leadership in the Public Educational System that has Eternal Impact Kenneth Hayes

Christians face barriers in society, including the public … more

Christians face barriers in society, including the public school system, which makes faithful leaders more necessary than ever. Come to hear stories of public school leadership trials and triumphs. You’ll be inspired to support Christian leaders and provide Kingdom leadership in your school or in whatever field God has called you into. Show less

12:15 to 1 p.m.

Lunch | DLC Vogel Room

1 to 2 p.m.

General Leadership Sessions Suit and Tie Leadership for a Skinny Jeans Workforce Paul Ten Haken

This is not another talk about millennials—we’ve all heard plenty … more

This is not another talk about millennials—we’ve all heard plenty of those. This is recruiting, retaining and leading a workforce that increasingly puts self before spreadsheets and values building the ladder over climbing it. This session will address 10 shifts that traditional leadership styles need to make in order to accommodate (yes, accommodate) and retain key talent. Show less

General Leadership Sessions Hearing God in a Noisy World Julie Hulstein

Teacher Track Sessions Case Study: How to Increase Student Achievement Through Cultural Climate Mike Rogers

Teacher Track Sessions Coaching in the Workplace Rick Melmer

All of us need guidance and support in our jobs. This session … more

All of us need guidance and support in our jobs. This session will be focused on how you can be a more effective coach in the workplace. Coaches do not tell - coaches guide others to their own answers and actions. Come and learn about the five phases to help you become a more effective coach in your professional and personal lives. Show less


2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Closing keynote Pastor Ann Bilbrew | DLC Vogel Room

Teacher Leadership credit options

Educators attending the 2017 Northwestern Leadership Series conference may earn one graduate credit or one license renewal credit through Northwestern College.
Teacher Track Sessions denotes a Teacher Leadership session focus, but you can attend any session.
(You’re also welcome to attend the conference as a non-credit-seeking participant.)

Graduate credit requirements (45 contact hours) | $150

  • Register for the conference, choosing the graduate credit requirement option.
  • Attend a full schedule of sessions on June 8 and 9 (sessions do not have to be in the Teacher Leadership track).
  • Complete NWC online course “Teacher Leader” between June 12 and 30. The course, offered via Blackboard digital learning software, includes readings, videos, participation in an online discussion forum, and submission of a two-page report summarizing how you will apply conference information to your professional role.

License renewal credit requirements (15 contact hours) | $95

  • Register for the conference, choosing the license renewal credit option.
  • Attend a full schedule of sessions on June 8 and 9 (sessions do not have to be in the Teacher Leadership track).

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$99 | Register by June 1

The Leadership Series is hosted on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. Lodging is separate from the conference registration and fee and is available at Orange City’s Hampton Inn and the Holiday Inn Express in Sioux Center.

Register 4 members of your team and receive a promo code for the 5th to attend free! Email for details.

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