Northwestern Leadership Series

Relevant and practical strategies for authentic leadership that motivates, inspires and impacts others.

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Northwestern LEADERSHIP SERIES June 25-26, 2018

$99 | Register by June 19th

Invest in your team
Bring 4 members of your team and the 5th attends free! Register as a group to receive the discount.

Purpose | Impact How are you using your purpose to impact and maximize potential in others? Bringing change-makers together is powerful. Join other regional and community leaders for influential onsite training in topics that matter.

Who should attend?

  • Current and aspiring leaders in any sector
  • Supervisors leading employees or volunteers
  • Church, organization or community leaders
  • Teacher leaders or educators aspiring to leadership roles
  • Anyone who wants to improve their leadership effectiveness

Topics

  • Leading through conflict
  • Aligning your organizational values
  • Becoming the leader your team needs
  • Tools for tough conversations
  • Transformational leadership
  • Leading when you're not in charge


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

  • The role of mentoring
  • Cross-cultural school-parent partnerships
  • Play and inquiry-based learning
  • Staying mentally healthy in teaching
  • Building student wonder and engagement


CHURCH
LEADERSHIP TRACK

Church Leadership Like any organization, the church needs strong leaders—in the pulpit, among ministry and administrative staff, and as volunteers. Engage with innovative leadership ideas and leave inspired and empowered in your own leadership role. Connect with other church and ministry leaders as you explore topics relevant for today’s church.

Focused Sessions
This track features topics focused on leadership in the church, but like the Teacher Leadership track, you can choose which to attend from all of the conference sessions.

Topics

  • Transformative worship leadership
  • Being a salt and light leader
  • Nurturing a healthy staff culture
  • Igniting youth in the church
  • Inspiring volunteerism in the church


Keynote Speakers

Aaron Kampman

Aaron KampmanFounder and CEO, Align
former Green Bay Packer

Aaron cares about empowering others to become their best. Throughout his life—from growing up in a small town in rural Iowa, to his collegiate career at the University of Iowa, to his 10 years playing in the NFL—Aaron has loved partnering with others to reach new heights. … more

Aaron cares about empowering others to become their best. Throughout his life—from growing up in a small town in rural Iowa, to his collegiate career at the University of Iowa, to his 10 years playing in the NFL—Aaron has loved partnering with others to reach new heights. Now he serves as the founder of Align, where he and his advisers partner with executives, teams and leaders who also want to achieve their potential. He also holds a position with the NFLPA, guiding former players as they transition away from the game. Aaron currently lives in southeast Iowa where he serves as an elder for Jordan Creek Church and coaches high school football.
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Joe Urcavich

Joe Urcavich Sr. Executive, Align
motivational speaker

Joe is a public speaker, leadership coach and alignment adviser. Simply put, he’s in the business of promoting authenticity. Former chaplain for the Green Bay Packers, Joe has a depth of experience with high profile, high-pressure situations.… more

Joe is a public speaker, leadership coach and alignment adviser. Simply put, he’s in the business of promoting authenticity. Former chaplain for the Green Bay Packers, Joe has a depth of experience with high profile, high-pressure situations. This experience extends to his work over the past 10 years with U.S. Army chaplains and officers in Alaska, Germany and Washington, D.C. Joe has also served as keynote speaker at numerous corporate events, men’s retreats and marriage conferences.
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Aileen Sullivan

Aileen Sullivan 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year

2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year Aileen Sullivan has a mantra: “Don’t be a fault finder. Be a star finder.” During her 22-year career teaching chemistry at Ames High School, she has served as a model and mentor teacher, directed the science department, coached the girls track team,… more

2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year Aileen Sullivan has a mantra: “Don’t be a fault finder. Be a star finder.” During her 22-year career teaching chemistry at Ames High School, she has served as a model and mentor teacher, directed the science department, coached the girls track team, and been chief negotiator for the Ames Education Association. She also has encouraged and inspired numerous pre-service teacher interns and student teachers.
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Session Speakers

The interactive session breakouts feature highly effective leaders who will share their experiences through leadership challenges and triumphs. Learn strategies and tools from diverse speakers and their relevant topics for today's leader.

Sandi Altena

Sandi Altena Director, Franken Leadership Center, Northwestern College

“What Kind of Leader are you Anyway?”

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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 BowarHead of School, Sioux Center Christian School

“The Power of Reflection – For Students and for You”

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Currently the principal at Sioux Center Christian School, Josh Bowar moved from the assistant principal role this past 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

Greg Christy

Greg ChristyPresident, Northwestern College

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

Christina Cota

Christina Cota HR Director, Interstates

“Tough Conversations”

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“HR Rock Star” Christina Cota is the human resources director for Interstates, Sioux Center, Iowa, overseeing all recruiting, human resources and benefits teams for the company. Her 20-year career includes extensive experience with recruiting, employee relations, benefits, and progressive HR leadership. Before moving to Iowa, she worked in Minnesota and South Dakota in engineering and manufacturing, energy and non-profit fields.Show less

David De Jong

David De Jong Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota

“Mentoring Well”

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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

Glenn DeZeeuw

Glen DeZeeuwFounder, Lifesong Consulting LLC

“Growing Leadership Skills: Becoming a Salt and Light Leader”

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Leadership development consultant Glen DeZeeuw, Windsor, Colo., is the author of Becoming a Salt and Light Leader: Timeless Principles to Make Your Leadership Priceless. After 40 years with Northwestern Mutual, during which he founded the company’s prestigious Leadership University, DeZeeuw founded Lifesong Consulting. He speaks and conducts seminars around the country and consults for Pastoral Leadership Institute International in the U.S. and Ethiopia.Show less

Heidi Douma

Heidi DoumaDirector of B.A. in Early Childhood, Northwestern College

“Loving the Students you are 'Stuck With”

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Heidi Douma is the Director of Northwestern's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood online degree program. She is a graduate of Northwestern College and has over 17 years of experience as an early childhood special education teacher. She earned an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from Buena Vista University and has presented at Early Childhood workshops and the Iowa State Reading Convention.Show less

Poornima D’Souza

Poornima D’SouzaSchool-home Liaison and Parent Educator, Sioux Falls School District

“Strategies to Facilitate Cross-cultural School-Parent Partnerships”

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Dr. Poornima D’Souza is a school-home liaison and parent educator in the Sioux Falls, S.D., School District. She enables immigrant and refugee parents to engage in their children’s education by offering them language, computer and American social skills classes. Originally from India, D’Souza has a master’s degree in banking and a doctorate in educational leadership. D’Souza is an instructor in Northwestern’s online Master of Education program.Show less

Natalie Eisenberg

Natalie EisenbergCEO, ClickRain

“What’s Your EQ? Emotional Intelligence Defined and How to Improve yours!”

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After 12 years as an account leader at Sioux Falls’ Lawrence & Schiller, Natalie Eisenberg went to work for Click Rain in 2016. She spearheaded sales and marketing efforts for the entrepreneurial company and took over for Paul Ten Haken as Click Rain’s CEO in 2017. A visionary, she intends to lead Click Rain into its next chapter as a marketing technology agency.Show less

John Elzinga

John Elzinga Public speaker, Facilitation Design Manager, Pizza Ranch

“S Factor Leaders Build Legendary Organizations”

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John Elzinga helps leaders develop the qualities that will create a passionate followership. He is a keynote speaker and Facilitation Design Manager at Pizza Ranch. He has invested over 40 years in management, leadership, consulting, and life and leadership coaching. He also has a background in ministry, serving two churches. John is the author of two books: Thank God I’m not a Pharisee…or am I? and Sailing the Seven Seas of Life.Show less

Scott Hoezee

Scott Hoezee Pastor and author, Christian Reformed Church

"The Cruciform Pastor: Leading and Preaching in Tough Times."
"Living Graciously

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Scott Hoezee is a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. He served two Michigan congregations before becoming the director of Calvin Theological Seminary’s Center for Excellence in Preaching in 2005. Hoezee is a regular contributor to a blog titled “The Twelve” and is the author of several books, including Actuality: Real Life Stories for Sermons That Matter.Show less

Brian Keepers

Brian Keepers Lead Pastor, Trinity Reformed Church

“Empowering Next Generation Leaders – Why Millennials are the Hope of the Future”

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The Rev. Dr. Brian Keepers has been a Reformed Church in America pastor for 16 years. Currently he is the lead pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City, a congregation of more than 400. Keepers is a graduate of Northwestern College and earned both masters and doctoral degrees from Western Theological Seminary in Michigan.Show less

Matt McCaulley

Matt McCaulley Partner, Redstone Law Firm

“Leading When You’re not in Charge”

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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

Tricia Meendering

Tricia Meendering Mayor, City of Sheldon

Tricia Meendering was born and raised in Sheldon, Iowa, and now she’s its longest-serving mayor… Read more

Tricia Meendering was born and raised in Sheldon, Iowa, and now she’s its longest-serving mayor (as well Sheldon United Methodist Church’s children’s ministry coordinator). Hoping to nourish the vibrant community she remembered from her youth, Meendering opened a café in Sheldon in 2006. Serving her community as a business owner inspired her to seek public office so she can contribute more broadly to Sheldon’s betterment.Show less

Rick Melemer

Rick Melmer Executive Growth Coach, Leadership South Dakota

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

Kevin Negaard

Kevin NegaardExecutive Director, Sunnybrook Community Church

“Creating a Healthy Staff Culture”

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Kevin Negaard launched the Western Pennsylvania Sports Medicine Clinic in Johnston, Pa., before moving to Sioux City, Iowa, to work at CNOS (Center for Neurosciences, Orthopedics & Spine). During his 25-year career at CNOS, Negaard started the sports medicine program and served as Vice President of Clinical Services. Currently, Negaard is the executive director at Sunnybrook Community Church, Sioux City, Iowa. Show less

Jon Pickinpaugh

Jon PickinpaughNebraska’s Milken Educator of the Year

“Being a Teacher Leader”

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Jon Pickinpaugh worked briefly in business before changing lanes to a career where he could change lives. Today Pickinpaugh teaches middle school science in Sioux City, Iowa. He was the youngest teacher in his district to win a Golden Apple award and was named Nebraska’s Milken Educator of the Year. He also has worked with REL and Marzano Research, presenting on formative assessments.Show less

John Swart

John Swart CEO, Exemplar Genetics

“The Leader Your Team Needs”

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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

Linsay Vladimirov

Linsay Vladimirov Worship Ministries Coordinator, West Oaks Fellowship

“Transforming Worship: Living and Leading Biblical Worship that Changes us”

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Linsay Vladimirov is a worship ministries coordinator at West Oaks Fellowship, a multicultural congregation in Houston. Before moving to Texas, she worked in student development and campus ministries at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, roles that included planning and leading chapel worship and training worship leadership volunteers. Valdimirov has a music degree from Northwestern and a seminary degree in leadership studies.Show less

Jill Ver Steeg

Jill Ver SteegDirector of Transformational Engagement, Reformed Church in America

Why Authentic Leadership Matters
“Leadership on and off the Map”

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The Rev. Dr. Jill Ver Steeg is the Director for Transformational Engagement for the Reformed Church in America in Grand Rapids MI. Dr. Ver Steeg and her team work with churches and ministry leaders across the United States and Canada to reimagine and create pathways for spiritual formation and leadership development. Jill is a graduate of Northwestern College (BA, 1996), Western Theological Seminary (MDiv, 2003), and Fuller Theological Seminary (DMin, 2017).Show less

Sara Waring-Tiedeman

Sara Waring-TiedemanDirector of Master of Education, Northwestern College

“Social Emotional Learning: Changing One Classroom at a Time”

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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

Brandon Woudstra

Brandon WoudstraMarket President, American State Bank

“Lessons for New Leaders”

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Woudstra is the market president at American State Bank, Orange City, Iowa. He also is the owner of Blueprint Basketball, which he started in 2009 after four years as a Northwestern College Red Raider and six years playing professional basketball in Europe. Woudstra earned an M.B.A. at the University of South Dakota. He was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in March. Show less

Teacher Leadership credit options

Educators attending the 2018 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 Teacher Leadership sessions 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 25 and 26 (sessions do not have to be in the Teacher Leadership track).
  • Complete NWC online course “Teacher Leader” following the conference. 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 25 and 26 (sessions do not have to be in the Teacher Leadership track).

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$99 | Register by June 19th

The Leadership Series is hosted on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.
Register 4 members of your team and the 5th to attends free! Register as a group to receive the discount.

Lodging is separate from the conference registration. Area hotels include Hampton Inn and Super 8 in Orange City and Holiday Inn Express in Sioux Center.

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