2014 Alumni Leadership Conference Details

2014 Alumni Leadership Conference

Alumni Track Friday Evening (Business Attire)

6–6:30 pm: Roundtable Prep for Student Leaders: Lou Ann Stambaugh Hayes ’88

Lou Ann Stambaugh Hayes ’88

National Sales Manager, Photogenic

Lou Ann Stambaugh-Hayes has over 25 years of experience in the industries of Marketing and Tourism Sales. From Six Flags marketing to Spirit of Chicago sales, this destination specialist is eager to share her networking knowledge with fellow Eureka College alumni and students.

She is currently the National Sales Manager for Photogenic, Inc., a member of the National Association of Professional Women and on the State Leadership Committee for Delta Zeta National Sorority. She enjoys applying her positive attitude, and Diet Coke-induced energy to meeting people and making good things happen.

Lou Ann was a Theatre and Business major and a member of the Delta Zeta sorority while a student at Eureka College and has stayed connected to her alma mater throughout the year. She served on the Eureka College Alumni Board, even serving as President 2003-2004.

6–6:30 pm: Alumni Registration

6:30 pm: Roundtables with Student Leaders

7 pm: Alumni/ Senior Leaders Opening Reception

7:30 pm: Opening Dinner with Alumni/Trustee Spotlight: Mickeisha Turner Armstrong ’93

Mickeisha Turner Armstrong ’93

Trustee and Retirement Services Manager, Country Financial

Mickeisha Armstrong’s more than 20 years of diverse experience has always centered on serving others. She currently serves as a human resources professional as the Retirement Services Manager at COUNTRY Financial in Bloomington, IL. Prior to her current role, she managed the Employment Department at COUNTRY, worked as the Manager of Benefits Administration and human resources for Mitsubishi Motors of North America.

Over the course of her career, she has facilitated numerous organizational training classes and has coached employees on how to advance in their career. She was recently a featured presenter for the Benedictine College 2013 Women’s Institute for Global Leadership Program and addressed the 2013 Eureka College graduating class during May commencement.

Her volunteer life is also focused on servant leadership, serving as a class facilitator for the women and children homeless shelter at Peoria’s Southside Mission. She also serves as a member of the Eureka College Board of Trustees, is board President for the Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation and volunteers at Northwoods Community Church.

Mickeisha was a Business Administration major while a student at Eureka College. She currently resides in Metamora, IL with her Eureka College sweetheart David and their son Jalen.

9 pm: 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: Managing your Mentoring Relationships: Inspiring Your Team to Greatness, Gary Urwiler ’92

Gary Urwiler ’92

Executive Director, Mooseheart Schools

Gary Urwiler’s career in education has been marked with tremendous success. Most recently, Gary was named Executive Director of Mooseheart Child City & School, the 16th Executive Director in Mooseheart’s history.

Gary previously served as the Superintendent of Education and Principal for the Mooseheart campus’ Pre K-12 grade school system, Dean of Students, Athletic Director, and Mooseheart’s camp Director. He also serves as Mooseheart’s head football coach, a position that he has held for the past 16 seasons.

Prior to his time at Mooseheart, Gary had been a teacher, coach, and administrator with West Aurora, IL School District #129. Gary has also received the honor of being named “Football Coach of the Year” in 1996 by the Aurora (IL) Beacon News; he was named “Chicago Bears Coach of the Week” in 2011.

Gary was a Secondary Education major while a student at Eureka College. He was also quarterback of the undefeated Red Devils, who were ranked third in the nation in division III and NAIA Division II. During his senior year, he led the nation as a Division III quarterback in passing efficiency and quarterback rating. Gary was inducted to the Eureka College Hall of Fame as an individual and as a member of his team in 2000.

He went on to receive a master’s degree in educational leadership / administration in 2001 from Aurora University. Gary and his wife Donna are the proud parents of three boys: Zachery Lee, Quinton James, and Trey Loren.

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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