Joomla Templates by Best Hostmonster

Meets-Archives 97-98<

The Challenges Facing Leaders

February 9, 1998
2:00 pm
Kellogg Center, MSU

Resource Person: Dr. Stephen S. Kaagan
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Professor of Education Administration
Michigan State University

    Steve Kaagan's diverse career and personal experiences underline an innovative approach to leadership development and education. He consults on team leadership, strategic planning and organizational development with various groups including government agencies, corporations, non-profit organizations and associations. He has taught in classrooms from Australia to Massachusetts, including organizational development and educational policy at Pratt Institute, Rutgers University, the University of Southern Maine, and most recently at Michigan State University.

    Other professional positions Dr. Kaagan has held include chief executive of Outward Bound, Hurricane Island; Provost at Pratt Institute in New York, Education Commissioner for the State of Vermont; and Vice President of the Michigan Partnership for New Education.

    In addition to a varied professional career, he is an accomplished mountaineer, having climbed in the Himalayas and in South and North America. He has traveled extensively throughout the world.

    Dr. Kaagan has a bachelor's degree from Williams College, master's and a doctorate from Harvard University, and honorary doctorates from Williams College and Green Mountain College.

    He currently resides with his wife Susan in East Lansing, Michigan where he is at work on a third book on leadership.

Dr. Yvonne Caamal-Canul (EPFP 90-91)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Programs for Linguistic & Cultural Diversity and Principal
Center for Language, Culture & the Communication Arts
Lansing Public Schools

    Yvonne Caamal Canul was raised and educated in Latin America until the age of 15 when her family returned to the United States after several assignments with the United States Embassy. She received a Bachelor's Degree from Olivet College in 1973 and a Master's from Michigan State University in 1977, where she is also finishing work on a Ph.D. in Educational Administration. She began her career in the Lansing School District in 1974 working as a teacher at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. In 1993, she spearheaded the development of a new focus school in the district and became its principal in July of 1994. The Center for Language, Culture and Communication Arts is a total school of choice and has been highlighted as one of the state's most innovative learning opportunities for elementary aged children.

    Yvonne has published articles in both state and national journals and has presented and keynoted at numerous regional and national conferences in the areas of staff development, leadership in community and school development and diversity in organizational environments. In 1990 Yvonne was selected as a fellow in the Educational Policy Program with the Institute for Educational Leadership. In 1995, she was chosen as a Milken Family Foundation National Educator for the State of Michigan. During 1997, Yvonne served as an appointed member of Mayor Hollister's Blue Ribbon Committee on Education and as an invited panel member of the Governor's Education Summit. She has also been elected to organizational posts including both President and Vice President of the Michigan Association for Bilingual Education and a two-term presidency in the Lansing Association of Elementary School Principals. For the past seven years, she has co-chaired the Lansing School District's and City of Lansing's Annual Symposium on Cultural Diversity. In May of this year, Yvonne was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from her alma mater, Olivet College.

Back to the Monthly Meetings Calendar

Leadership Applications

January 12, 1998
2:00 pm
Kellogg Center, MSU

Group Process Involving Fellows & Coordinators

    • FIRO-B
    • Leadership Decision Styles Survey
    • Team Tracks
  • Fellows experience assessments to identify personal preferences and styles, simulations and experiential activities to examine how different styles and behaviors conflict with individual and organizational goals. Group discussions incorporate these skills into the Fellows work experience.

Back to the Monthly Meetings Calendar

Shaping Public Policy

December 15, 1997
2:00 pm
Kellogg Center, MSU

The Role of Think Tanks
The Power of Polling

Resource People: The Role of Think Tanks
  • Mr. Jeff Padden
    Public Policy Associates
  • Mr. Jeff Williams
    Senior Consultant for Technology & Public Policy
    Public Sector Consultants
  • Ms. Laurie Cummings (EPFP 94-95)
    Senior Consultant for Economic and Education Policy
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Resource People: The Power of Polling

  • Dr. Larry Hembroff
    Senior Survey Methodologist
    Institute for Public Policy & Social Research
    Michigan State University
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mr. Ed Sarpolus
    Vice President


Back to the Monthly Meetings Calendar


December 3 - 6, 1997 -- Westin Resort Miami Beach
"Leadership Matters"



Wed., December 3

The Leader's Work


Thurs., December 4

The Team Challenge


Fri., December 5

Inside & Out


Sat., December 6

The Leader's Work


8:00 am - 12:00 pm



1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome and Orientation

IEL Leadership Staff


1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Making Connections

Gloria Frazier, President, WEB Associates


3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Break and Snack


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Learning Teams: Getting Together


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Organizations Serving the Public: Transformation to the 21st Century

Lawrence S. Herman, Partner, Public Service, KPMG Peat Marwick (multi-media presentation)


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Reception/Buffet Dinner

Connect with your EPFP Colleagues

7:30 am - 8:15 am

Continental Breakfast


8:15 am - 8:30 am

"Where Are We?"

Betty Hale, Vice President, IEL


8:30 am - 11:30 am

Defining & Solving Problems: Intro. to Adaptation-Innovation

Jan Brinson, President, The Brinson Group

breakouts in Learning Team groups


11:30 am - 12:00 pm



12:00 pm - 1:30 pm



1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Affinity Salons *

concurrent sessions


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Strengthening Organizations Through Individual Effectiveness

project planning exercise in Learning Team groups


4:00 pm - 4:15 pm



4:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Plenary Debriefing of Planning Exercise

Ben Perez, Principal, Transformations, Inc. & Alan Brown, Director of Special Programs, Arizona Prevention Resource Center


7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cuban BBQ

7:30 am - 8:15 am

Continental Breakfast


8:15 am - 8:30 am

"Where Are We?"

Betty Hale, Vice President, IEL


8:30 am - 11:30 am

Leading Inside: Ellen Schall & The Department of Juvenile Justice Case Study

Ellen Schall, Professor, Wagner School of Public Service, NYU

breakouts in Learning Team groups


11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Affinity Salons *

concurrent sessions

box lunches available


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Leading Outside: Making Community Connections

Industrial Areas Foundation


2:30 pm - on

Free Time



Site Dinners

see your Site Coordinator(s)

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Continental Breakfast


8:45 am - 9:00 am



9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A House Divided: Six Belief Systems Struggling for America's Soul

Mark Gerzon, Co-Director, Campaign for Common Ground

seating in Learning Team groups


12:00 pm - 12:15

Concluding Remarks

IEL Leadership Staff


12:15 pm


* Affinity Salon topics to be generated by the 1997-98 Fellows.

Back to the Calendar of Meetings

Developing a Leadership Model

November 17, 1997
2:00 pm
Kellogg Center, MSU

Leaders Modeling Change

Resource Person: Dr. Michael Bassis, President, Olivet College

    Michael S. Bassis assumed the presidency of Olivet College on July 15, 1993. Prior to coming to Olivet, he served as Executive Vice President and Provost at Antioch University in Ohio.

    Dr. Bassis earned his B.A. degree from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In addition to his work at Antioch, he served on the faculty of the University of Rhode Island for 10 years and held senior administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Eastern Connecticut State University.

    Dr. Bassis has published widely in the discipline of sociology. His coauthored textbook in introductory sociology, originally published in 1980, is about to enter its fifth edition. He is the former chair of the Undergraduate Education Section of the American Sociological Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Defiance College and the National Society for Experiential Education.

Resource Person: Dr. Phyllis T. H. Grummon, Director of University Planning, Michigan State University This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    An organizational psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Grummon is the Director of University Planning for Michigan State University. She holds an adjunct appointment in the College of Education and has also taught in the Colleges of Social Science and Business. She has been involved in policy issues related to the transition from school-to-work and educational reform during her time at Michigan State University (1991- present) and while working for the State of Michigan (1987-1991). Her most recent publication was a book chapter on assessing teamwork skills for workforce readiness. Dr. Grummon has served on a number of national groups focused on the role of assessment in workplace readiness. Prior to going to work for the State, Dr. Grummon owned her own management consulting business.

Resource Person: Dr. Abel B. Sykes Jr., President, Lansing Community College

    Abel B. Sykes, Jr. was appointed President of Lansing Community College on June 1, 1989. President Sykes holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of California at Los Angeles; attended the Institute of Educational Management at Harvard Business School; has Bachelor and Masters Degrees in History from the University of Missouri; and also attended Kansas City Junior College. President Sykes served as President of Kings River Community College in California for five years. Prior to that he was President/Superintendent of Compton College in California for 15 years. He has also served as Dean of Instruction and taught United States History.

    Since arriving in Lansing, President Sykes has become a member of the Board of Directors of various community agencies. He has participated in and chaired numerous accreditation reviews of educational institutions throughout the country. President Sykes also serves on the American Council on Education's Commission on Leadership Development and was the past President of the American Association of Community Colleges. In 1986, President Sykes received the Fulbright Award to China.

Resource Person: Ms. Jan Urban-Lurain (EPFP 84-85) President, Spectra Data and Research, Inc., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Jan Urban-Lurain, President, Spectra Data and Research, Inc. is a practical innovator, group facilitator, and organizational consultant. Her fifteen years in state government included experiences as the Deputy Director of the Governor's Office for Job Training and chairperson of the Cabinet Council on Human INvestment. Since 1991, she has focused on building individual, organization and community capacity to successfully implement systems reform and complex change. Jan has a B.A. in Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration.

Back to the Monthly Meetings Calendar