Leadership Learning

One size does not fit all, when it comes to leadership styles, says Nan Keohane (photo at left). The former president of Wellesley College, and the first woman president of Duke University, Keohane is teaching at Princeton University now, and her latest book, Thinking About Leadership, published by Princeton University Press is an inspiring and anecdote-filled trip through past and current history. She gives a talk at Princeton Public Library on Monday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m. As a Duke alumna who has heard her on several occasions, I can testify she’s an excellent speaker, not to be missed.

Like Nan Keohane, Cynthia Cherrey (right) knows what it’s like to lead under pressure. An authority on organizational leadership she was a dean at Tulane during the Katrina disaster and is now vice president for campus life at Princeton. She speaks to the Princeton chamber on Thursday, February 3, at 11:30 p.m. on “Crisis Management in a Networked World.”

These women’s speaking engagements are a week or more away, but next week has several excellent leadership learning opportunities. On Monday, January 24, the annual evening put together by Community Works will feature lots of workshops, including one on recruiting volunteers and another on identifying, recruiting, and cultivating board members. Though preregistration is closed, walk-ins are welcome. Come to the Frist Center with a $29 check made out to Rotary Club of Princeton and take your first-come first-serve chance at two of the 20 workshops, plus a keynote by jazz educator Anthony J. Branker.
On Wednesday, January 26, 8 to 10 a.m., at the Johnson Education Center, D&R; Greenway, the Princeton Regional Chamber Foundation presents Bill Clark, president and executive of Philabundance, in a workshop, “Corporate Volunteerism: Building Partnerships, Building Teams, Building Community.” The cost is $10, and it’s open to all. It aims to teach business people how to leverage their relationships with non profits.
A follow-up workshop addresses the same topic, this time from the non-profit side: How can non-profits work successfully with for-profit businesses? Meredith Hahn, director of community service for American Express Office of Corporate Social Responsibility, will speak at the Princeton Regional Chamber Foundation event on Wednesday, February 9, 8 to 10 a.m., at the New Jersey Hospital Association. Her topic: “Corporate Volunteerism: Good Citizenship, Good Business.” Pre-register for $20.
And meanwhile the Princeton Environmental Film Festival tempts at the Princeton Public Library, through this weekend. Such choices to make!

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