2014 Leadership Conference Details

Alumni Leadership Conference 2014

Alumni Track Friday Evening (Business Attire)

6–6:30 pm: Breaking the Ice: Learning the Art of Conversation: Kelly Harris

Kelly Harris

Director of Career Services, Eureka College

Kelly Harris, Eureka’s own Director of Career Services, has 20 years of Career Services, Employer Relations and Development, Recruitment Services and Experiential Education experience in higher education. Prior to her arrival to EC, Kelly most recently served in senior leadership roles at Florida State University in Tallahassee and Bradley University. Kelly has extensive experience in the research, development and management of programs, events and marketing plans that create linkages between students, alumni and employers as well as provides individualized career advisement to both students and alumni.

Kelly has held key leadership roles in various regional and national organizations and served on the Executive Boards of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers. Kelly is considered a leader in her field and has conducted national webinars, served on various committees and taskforces, presented at regional and national conferences, served on leadership panels and published articles pertaining to all areas of career services. Her leadership and volunteer activities resulted in being recognized by the Peoria Chamber of Commerce as one of the “25 Women in Leadership” in 2003.

Kelly is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield and resides in Washington, IL.

6–7 pm: Alumni Registration

6:30 pm: Meet and Greet

7 pm: Alumni/Senior Leaders Opening Reception

7:30 pm: Opening Dinner with Alumni/Trustee Spotlight: Bill King ’71

Bill King ’71

State Farm Executive VP (Ret.)

William K. (Bill) King, Jr. is a 1971 Alumnus of Eureka College. During his senior year he was elected as the first Eureka College Business Intern with State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, IL.

Bill’s career at State Farm began as a Personnel Interviewer. He earned the Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) designation in 1974, the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation in 1978, and the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1995. He retired November 1, 2010 as Executive Vice President of State Farm Mutual Automobile Company.

Bill and his wife Katy have been married for 44 years, have two children, Bill III and Samantha, and one very special grandson, Ryan. Bill and Katy have been longtime supporters of Eureka College and Bill has served on the Board of Trustees several times since 1998.

To follow: Dessert Reception with Alumni, Juniors and Seniors

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Alumni Track Saturday (Eureka Gear Attire)

7:30 am: Combined Deluxe Continental Breakfast

8 am: Opening Session with Alumni spotlight: Anna Palmer Freidinger ’07

Anna Freidinger Palmer ’07

CEO Fashion Project

Anna (Freidinger) Palmer, founder and CEO of The Fashion Project, is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word.

She holds a B.A. from Eureka College, double majoring in Communications and Political Science & History. Following her Eureka years, Anna went on to earn a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has since founded two non-profit organizations, served on three non-profit boards, and currently is an active volunteer for BUILD, an entrepreneurship program for high school students.

Servant leadership – a central tenet of the Eureka experience – has been a driving force for Anna in her unconventional career trajectory. Anna says she is continually seeking to “lead by example, set the direction for the company, and also have the compassion and service-oriented perspective that will make us really successful. I am modeling my leadership of Fashion Project off the values I learned here at Eureka College.”


9 am: Managing Your Image through Identity Capital: Dr. Ann Fulop

Dr. Ann Fulop

Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology and Director of Organizational Leadership

Dr. Ann Fulop is Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology and Director of Organizational Leadership at Eureka College. She holds a PhD of Human Factors Engineering and I/O Psychology from Old Dominion University, 1992.

Dr. Fulop has a passion for research and has always been interested in human being’s unique capability for tool use and invention. She researches creativity and innovation methodology specifically for human-tool interactions. She also studies metacognition in order to apply cognitive research to help her students learn.

Dr. Fulop is a charter member of the APS, a member of MPA and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She is also an avid traveler and has explored many of America’s precious and valuable national parks. She recently started learning the art of vinting. “It is quite fun and tasty. My label is ‘Mom’s Whinery’.”

10 am: Influence Matters: Dina Lind Emser ’76

Dina Emser ’76

author, speaker and leadership coach

Dina Emser is an author, keynote speaker and leadership coach who transforms business owners and executives from high performance team members to leaders.

Dina has served thousands of professionals through her trainings, individual coaching and coaching groups. A former school teacher and principal, Dina was certified as a Professional Co-Active Coach in 2000. She has since worked with companies of all sizes from solo entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 companies to improve their presence as leaders.

She has written extensively and her essays were published monthly in Numero magazine. She is a co-author of Roadmap to Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard. In 2009 she wrote her first solo book, Trusting the Fortune Within. Dina was chosen as Career Leader of the Year for 2013 by Women in Leadership of Central Illinois.

Dina resides in the Midwest with her husband of 35 years, sculptor Bob Emser. She is the mother of two successful young adults. Both Bob and Dina are graduates of Eureka College. Dina was a member of the Phi Omega sorority on campus and Bob was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

11 am: Inspiring Your Team to Greatness, Bill King ’71

Bill King ’71

State Farm Executive VP (Ret.)

12 noon: Combined Closing Luncheon: Managing Your Social Capital, Mrs. Nonnie Owens on Social Capital: The Power of Civility

Mrs. Nonnie Owens

Nationally recognized author and presenter

Nonnie Owens will empower Eureka alumni and students will the tips, tricks and how-to’s regarding etiquette that you always wish you had known! Her most recent work in the area of etiquette training includes Ambassadors for Etiquette and What Women Really Want.

Following a diverse career history, Nonnie Cameron Owens has focused her efforts in etiquette training, especially related to higher education. Nonnie’s incredible career has included 32 years in the airline industry, 12 years as a fraternity housemother at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, seven years as a columnist for the Journal and Courier in Lafayette, Indiana, and seven years as a college speaker for CAMPUSPEAK, Inc in Denver, Colorado. In 2003, Nonnie was commissioned by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to be an official Kentucky Colonel.

She is a member of the Chi Omega Alumnae Association at Purdue, Order of Omega, American Airlines Flight Attendant Hall of Fame, and Strathmore’s Who’s Who for American Business Women. She currently resides in Punta Gorda, Florida where she is married to retired Navy Captain Bruce Owens.


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