​​​​Fridays at Findlay​

An executive speaker series presented by the University of Findlay and sponsored by:

7:30 - 9 a.m.
UF Campus, Winebrenner Building
$10 per person, hot breakfast included ($5 per student)

The Fridays At Findlay breakfast lecture series is designed to encourage educational opportunities for community members regarding best leadership practices and offer insights into the challenges professionals face.

2019 Fridays at Findlay Presentations

Jan. 25, 2019

Upping Your Cross-Cultural Competency to Impact Your Life and Work

Julia Sloan, Ph.D., owner and principal of Sloan International Consulting

Jaime De La Cruz, human resource manager at Marathon Petroleum Company, will guide the questions for this conversation with Dr. Sloan.

Dr. Julia Sloan is an internationally-known authority on cross-cultural communication and global strategy.  Owner and principal of Sloan International Consulting, Julia has nearly three decades of work throughout the world with businesses, corporations, governments, NGOs and universities on better understanding cultural differences in order to improve understanding and effectiveness.  She has worked and lived abroad in 102 countries. Early in her career she spent eight years as the first female executive at a leading Japanese company in Tokyo.

Drawing on her own international corporate expatriate and professional experience, Julia regularly travels abroad to work on-site with business executives and public policy leaders.  Her work aims to expand their focus beyond a strategic planning model to include a more expansive  notion of strategy that includes innovation and perpetual change.  A frequent presenter at innovation, business, and policy conferences in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and North America, Julia has worked closely with executives from seven Fortune 10 companies; her client base consist of major corporations representing finance, technology, petroleum, bio-medical, manufacturing, and consumer products.

Dr. Sloan's work also includes government and non-profits, including Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the United Nations Secretariat and UN Peacekeeping Operations in more than 30 field missions, the U.S. National Defense University, U.S. Military academies, served as an advisor to the Afghan women delegates in the first Constitutional Convention in Kabul, and has been instrumental in supporting the efforts of rising business leaders in war-torn counties of South Sudan, Iraq, Syria, and Kosovo.

Her faculty and lecturer appointments include Columbia University, Harvard Business School, Princeton University, MIT, U.S. Military Academy – West Point, London School of Economics, the U.S. National Defense University, Tokyo University, India Institute of Management, and Japan Defense Forces, among others.   

Dr. Sloan is the author of the definitive book, Learning to Think Strategically, which was awarded Best Business Book of the Year by the Financial Times.

Originally from northwest Ohio, Dr. Sloan now resides in New York City.  Her educational background includes a doctorate from Columbia University, master's study from Yale University and University of Alaska, and undergraduate study from Kent State.

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March 29, 2019

Emerging Tech & Ethics: What are the Best Practices with Today's (and Tomorrow's) Technology?
David Ryan Polgar, founder of All Tech is Human

David Ryan Polgar is a pioneering tech ethicist who paved the way for the hotly-debated issues around Facebook, privacy, ethical design, digital wellbeing, and what it means to be human in the digital age. He has appeared on CBS This Morning, Fast Company, SiriusXM, Associated Press, Washington Post's "Can He Do That?" podcast, Mashable, and many others.

David is the founder of All Tech Is Human, an initiative to better align technology with the human interests of users, which recently held an ethical tech summit in NYC. With a background as an attorney and educator, he is an advocate for co-creating a more thoughtful future towards technology. David is the co-host of the podcast & NYC live show Funny as Tech, where he is paired with UCB comedian Joe Leonardo to tackle the thorniest issues in tech--inside a comedy theater. He is a frequent writer (Quartz, IBM thinkLeaders, Dell Perspectives) and global speaker (3-time TEDx, Harvard Business School, Princeton University, The School of The New York Times, The Next Web).

David recently released a digital citizenship class for adults (Skillshare) and a tech ethics hub for college students (Cengage). He is an advisor for Hack Mental Health, the Technology and Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) program, and #ICANHELP, and is committed to bringing together organizations, advocates, students, academia, government, and industry to better collaborate on the major societal issues emerging tech has presented.

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April 26, 2019

Servant Leadership Today
Dan Owolabi, director of Branches Worldwide, teacher & pastor

Drawing upon his talent for storytelling and passion for connecting with others, Dan has spent the past 15 years working to empower those around him.

For nearly a decade, Dan served as a teacher and pastor. In 2017, Dan decided to take his passion for developing leaders to a wider audience. His immediate success and subsequent speaking invitations eventually led Dan to start a company dedicated to training and inspiring leaders around the country.

Additionally, Dan is the executive director of Branches Worldwide, an innovative nonprofit aiming to impact 30 leaders in 30 countries for 30 years.

And while he has helped thousands of business executives, educators, athletes, and young adults to lead more effectively, he is the first to recognize that his own most important leadership responsibility remains to his wife Erica and their two daughters.

Dan holds an undergraduate degree from Malone University and a graduate degree from Ashland University. When he isn’t traveling or speaking, he is most often reading, running, and spending time with his family.

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Contact Cindy Lahey at 419-434-5334 or lahey@findlay.edu for more information.

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