Those Who Lead, Read Series

Join us for this speaker series that engages members of the Friends University campus and the Wichita community in a timely discussion about literacy and leadership. The events are free and open to the public.

Those Who Lead, Read

Select monthly dates (see below) at 7 p.m.
Edmund Stanley Library

If you are unable to make it in person, you can join a livestream of the Those Who Lead, Read presentation during the time of the presentation, by clicking here.

Wednesday, Sept. 20 – Book: “Executive Leadership: A Practical Guide to Managing Complexity” by Elliott Jaques and Stephen D. Clement

This book offers helpful tips to leaders of organizations as it focuses on the structure of the organization as a necessary ingredient for effective leadership.

Presenter: Dr. John Hofmeister

Dr. John Hofmeister is the former president of Shell Oil Company. For more than 35 years, he has worked in many industries and has held leadership positions at General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International).

In addition to founding and leading Citizens for Affordable Energy, Dr. Hofmeister serves as non-executive director of Applus, Erin Energy Inc. and Hunting PLC. He is a Wrigley Scholar/Executive in Residence at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University and a lecturer at the University of Houston. Dr. Hofmeister earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Kansas State University and was awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Houston and from Kansas State University.

Thursday, Oct. 19 – Book: “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

As a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and National Book Award Winner, this book gives an overview of the history of race in America and the current crisis regarding race in America. Written as a series of letters to his son, Coates’ book shares his view of the world.

Presenter: Mark McCormick

As executive director of The Kansas African American Museum, Mark McCormick is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning writer and editor. He serves as a trustee on the University of Kansas’ and Wichita States’ journalism boards and is the Professional in Residence at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.

Thursday, Dec. 7 – Book: “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande

A No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, “Being Mortal” addresses the issues regarding end-of-life care. Gawande demonstrates how people may live and pass away with dignity.

Presenter: Shelly Prichard

Shelly Prichard is the president and CEO of the Wichita Community Foundation. Previously, she has served as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, as executive director of Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas and as community relations manager for Koch Industries Inc.

Prichard earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications at Kansas State University. She has also served on various boards and advisory groups, including the Rotary Club of Wichita, Rotary Charitable Foundation and Dress for Success Wichita.