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3 hours 8 min ago
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Leadership Academy Pillar: Member Choice: PURPOSEFUL or PROFESSIONAL

This workshop is for women students in Engineering and Business. It will teach you how to determine what employers are paying for the job you want when you graduate and how to negotiate to be paid what you are worth doing that job. 
Participants will learn about salary resources they can use and will have the opportunity to discuss negotiation dynamics in roundtables with professional women from industry and 
academia at the conclusion of the session. Dinner will be provided!

This event is offered in partnership through the COE’s Program for Women & Minorities, the COE Leadership Academy, and the COB Career Success Center.

Register here for this session.

Leadership Academy members DO NOT register through the Leadership Academy Portal for this event, instead register here. The attendance will be recorded via the Leadership Academy Portal and follow up surveys will become available in your account.

Social Change Model of Leadership

3 hours 8 min ago
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

November 1st

Featuring: Emily Bowling

Leadership Academy Pillar: ETHICAL or INCLUSIVE

Come learn about the Social Change Model of Leadership and its’ “7 C’s”.  This theory of leadership is well established in the literature and widely applicable to modern leadership practice.  Social issues are complex, interconnected, and interwoven with personal values and beliefs.  After being introduced to the Social Change Model of Leadership, engage in an interactive activity to examine a current issue, analyze the symptoms and root causes and utilizing principles of the leadership model to explore what can be done to address it.  This workshop will empower Leadership Academy members to help create a better future by positively influencing the societal issues that are important to them as leaders. 

Over the past ten years, Emily has held Student Affairs positions in the areas of residence life, first year programs, civic engagement/service-learning, and sustainability. As an ardent supporter of experiential, place-based education, Emily's work is centered on facilitating students’ leadership development for working toward a more just, humane, and sustainable world. She holds a master’s degree in Sustainability Education from Portland State University and a bachelor’s of science in Biology from Susquehanna University. When not in the CCE, Emily enjoys hiking, cycling, seeing live music, cooking, playing indoor soccer, and exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. 


This event is for Leadership Academy Members only. Not a member?  Submit your application today!

(All OSU engineering students in good academic standing with a minimum of 45 total earned credits are eligible to apply)

Operational Excellence

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 2:34pm
Monday, October 17, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Oct 17th

Featuring: Greg Peters and Norman Firchau 

Leadership Academy Pillar: PROFESSIONAL or COLLABORATIVE

No matter what your products are, striving for Operational Excellence along the entire value chain is the key to success and leads to competitive advantage. Porsche has been tackling Operational Excellence through continuous improvement for more than 20 years. The journey began with manufacturing but did not stop there. The proportion of added–value activities was not increased by boosting performance but by eliminating waste in all direct and indirect processes. Porsche transformed its business from the inside-out. Porsche Consulting shares lessons learned from Porsche and has provided companies in a variety of industries, ranging from automotive and aerospace to construction and consumer goods, with proven methods and tools to achieve Operational Excellence. The approach is to improve the performance of all processes, not only increasing delivery service and quality but also reducing cost and complexity. Simple and fast procedures support clients successfully on their path to becoming a lean and flexible company that outperforms itself.

Greg Peters was born on April 27th, 1947, in Eugene, Oregon USA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Duke University, North Carolina. Greg is an accomplished Operations executive serving in senior leadership roles (including UTC, Goodrich, Rohr, and General Electric; managing P&L’s up to $2B). He has demonstrated an ability to walk into a factory, quickly grasp the potential for Lean Transformation, skillfully guide a leadership team to embrace opportunities for improvement, and follow through in maximizing performance and associated value. 
• Spent 17 years in positions of increasing responsibility in General Electric's Manufacturing Management Program
• Joined Rohr Aircraft Corp. in 1986 as Director of Manufacturing Engineering
• Starting in 1990 began a series of leadership assignments as plant manager.
• He was exposed to the Toyota Production System principles (Lean Manufacturing) in 1995 and began to aggressively implement the TPS in all future roles.
• Rohr acquired by Goodrich in 1997
• In 2001-2002, led a team that successfully implemented a "full suite" SAP/Metaphase business systems upgrade across the Aerostructures business unit
• After the SAP assignment, assumed responsibility for Airbus programs and Operations
• Named President of Goodrich Aerostructures in 2008
• Transitioned to Executive Officer of Operational Excellence at Goodrich Corp. in January 2010
• With the acquisition of Goodrich by UTC assumed role as Vice President, Quality and ACE Shared Services, for UTC Aerospace Systems until retirement from UTC in March 2014.
• Former member of the Board of Directors for the Mission Valley YMCA in San Diego
• Former member of the Board of Directors of FACC with a seven-year term that ended in May of 2016. FACC is a composite manufacturing company based in Austria.
• Currently consulting in the areas of Continuous Improvement and Leadership.

Norman L. Firchau is a graduate of the mechanical engineering program of the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, where he also earned his doctorate. Firchau began his professional career as an assistant professor in engineering design in 1998. In 2003, he joined Porsche Consulting where his main focus was optimizing products and processes, mostly in the areas of automotive research & development as well as supplier integration. In 2009, he assumed the position Manager, Business Development at Porsche Cars North America, Inc. where he led all strategy and corporate development projects before taking up his present role in October 2011. Porsche Consulting is one of Germany's leading management consulting companies with seven offices worldwide. Their experts in Operational Excellence advise companies worldwide in the automotive and aerospace industries, among many others. Firchau is adamant that lean transformation and operational excellence requires a rigorous adherence to added value as everything else is waste. 


This event is for Leadership Academy Members only. Not a member?  Submit your application today!

(All OSU engineering students in good academic standing with a minimum of 45 total earned credits are eligible to apply)

Oregon QuackCon

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 2:34pm
Friday, October 14, 2016 12:00 AM - Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:00 AM

October 14th-16th, 2016

University of Oregon's MAC Court, Eugene, OR 

Leadership Academy Pillar: Member Choice; COLLABORATIVE or PROFESSIONAL

A hackathon is an intensive prototype period typically lasting between 24 and 48 hours. During this time participants will collaborate and work toward building a product. Hackathons are perfect vehicles for hands on learning and interdisciplinary peer-to-peer knowledge sharing. Over 80% of all Ivy League universities hold annual hackathons and annually there are well over 100 collegiate hackathons with over 50,000 student participants.

The University of Oregon (UofO) held its first two hackathons during the 2015/2016 academic year i.e. QuackHack and HackTown USA 26.2 Coding Marathon. The aforementioned hackathons attracted a very diverse student population i.e. students from 16 majors, 15 universities and 6 states thus facilitating the interdisciplinary peer-to-peer knowledge sharing concept.

During the 2016/2017 academic year the UofO plans to introduce QuackCon, the first ever collegiate sports/tech hackathon; with the explicit end goal of prototyping sports and outdoor products for athletic performance and/or audience engagement. Student participants will have the opportunity to receive mentorship from local industry experts, thus expanding their own professional network.

For more information click here.

Leadership Academy members DO NOT register through the Leadership Academy Portal for this event. If you decide to participate in this event, please email Scott Paja (scott.paja@oregonstate.edu) indicating such - your attendance in the Academy Portal will be recorded and you will be expected to complete the follow up processing survey as is typical. 

Details and required event registrations are available in the Academy Portal for members.


The Art of Managing Up

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 2:35pm
Thursday, October 6, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

October 6th

Featuring: Mike Hermens (Capgemini US LLC)

Leadership Academy Pillar: PROFESSIONAL

New employees have a lot to learn: their job, processes, coworkers, supervisors’ expectations. Most employees quickly develop an understanding of their position and perform well. However, a few will rise at an accelerated pace. Developing a strategy for successfully creating the right kind of visibility for oneself among decision makers is crucial for getting on the fast track. Join us to learn how to develop a strategy that is compatible with your goals and personality.   


This event is for Leadership Academy Members only. Not a member?  Submit your application today!

(All OSU engineering students in good academic standing with a minimum of 45 total earned credits are eligible to apply)