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Acclaimed Expert on Leadership to Speak at Moravian

Dr. Margaret Wheatley to Present Vision of Leadership Necessary for Today’s Global Issues

Bethlehem, Pa. March 22, 2005—The Leadership Center at Moravian College will sponsor a visit from one of the world's most creative and influential thinkers. On April 6 and 7, Margaret Wheatley will speak to and engage in dialogue with a number of campus groups during her visit to the College. Wheatley will offer a public lecture titled “What Kind of Leadership Does the World Need Now?” on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The talk is open to the public and admission is free.

Wheatley is an acclaimed expert on the topic of leadership. Her publications include the groundbreaking Leadership and the New Science, A Simpler Way (coauthored with Myron Kellner-Rogers), Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future, and Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time. In addition, she is co-founder and president emeritus of The Berkana Institute. The charitable institute, which is located in her hometown of Provo, Utah, strives to find life-affirming leaders worldwide. In May 2003, Wheatley received the American Society for Training and Development’s “Distinguished Contribution to Workplace and Performance” award.

Wheatley has worked in every continent except Antarctica, helping organizations of all facets of life to create their structures in a more lifelike manner. That is, the new structures should have cooperative, generous, systemic, and nonhierarchical characteristics. She wants organizations to see people as a blessing instead of a problem. Wheatley frequently applies scientific principles from areas such as quantum physics, chemistry, and biology to organizational structure in order to explain leadership, using her real-world experience here and abroad to complete the picture.

Wheatley earned her undergraduate degree in history and English at the University of Rochester and University College London. She then received a Master’s from New York University in Systems Thinking before obtaining her doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. She spent two years in the Peace Corps in Korea before serving as a teacher in New York.

Prosser Auditorium is in the Haupert Union Building, which is located at the corner of Monocacy and Locust Streets in Bethlehem. For information, call 610 861-1491.