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SBU School of Business Dean to Keynote Aug. 3 Southern Tier Leadership Summit

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — This year’s Southern Tier Leadership Summit will feature 13 speakers whose topics range from mentoring, success in turbulent times and becoming a LinkedIn all-star.

The Leadership Summit, sponsored by Leadership Cattaraugus and Leadership Allegany, will be held Aug. 3 at St. Bonaventure University.

The dean of the university’s School of Business, Matrecia S. Long James, Ph.D., will open the  summit with the keynote address “The Trust Factor: A Critical Component of Effective Leadership.”

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The daylong conference begins at 8 a.m. with registration and includes the keynote address, continental breakfast and lunch, and a selection of three leadership sessions. The cost is $55 and registration is now open Online payment is accepted; corporate billing is also available.

In her keynote address, James will emphasize the importance and impact of authentic leadership in today’s society. Trust is identified as a critical component and essential building block that supports and enhances job involvement, citizenship behavior and long-term commitment to leaders and organizations.

Aspect and dimensions of trust will be highlighted as the foundation of team building and performance. Leadership is based on human interactions, relationships and influence. Without trust, these phenomena are weak, fragile and short-term. James will identify ways to build trust and enhance the power and effectiveness of leadership.

James is the founder and primary program developer of Multi-level Sustainable Leadership Consulting (MSL Consulting). Her research centers on cynicism in organizations, social influence, spirituality in the workplace and leadership.

James has developed and facilitated a number of leadership development seminars, organizational development practicums and individual enhancement workshops and certificate programs. She is the leadership program designer and primary workshop facilitator for the hallmark “Leadership Matters” program jointly developed by Jacksonville University-Davis College of Business and the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce-Jacksonville Women’s Business Center.

James has presented her research, served on panels, organized caucuses, and facilitated professional development workshops at the Academy of Management, American Psychology Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, Society of Consulting Psychology and the Southern Management Association in the United States, Montreal, Canada; Berlin, Germany; and Taipei, Taiwan.

Attendees will have a choice of three breakout sessions. Those speakers and their topics are:

Session I:

• “Dashboards, Metrics and Scorecards” by Donald Hahn, founder of Hahn Training and a certified Franklin Covey Coach.

• “The Block Shop Gang. Morphed!! From Skepticism to Trust” by Larry A. Penman, a production supervisor at Cutco Cutlery Corp.

• “As a Leader – Building Work Relationships” by John Stevens, instructor in the Department of Management at St. Bonaventure and president of JB Stevens Organizational Solutions.

• “Succeeding in Turbulent Times: Going Beyond the Creative Edge” by Joe Pillittere, commissioner of the Cattaraugus County Department of Public Works.

Session II:

• “Mentoring: An Overview of Benefits and ‘How Tos’” by Kate Ebersole, owner of KEE Concepts Consulting.

•  “Strengths-Based Leadership/Development” by Dr. Kirk Young, vice president for Institutional Advancement and Enrollment Management at Jamestown Community College.

• “Examining and Addressing Critical Issues – An Interactive Workshop” by Pamela Witter, vice president for Development and Community Engagement at Trocaire College.

• “Build your Culture through Employee Engagement” by Brian George, a human resources coordinator at Cutco Corporation.

Session III:

• “Professionalism and Ethics in the Workplace” by Amber Stuck, executive operations manager for Allegany County Community Opportunities and Rural Development, Inc. (ACCORD).

• “Beyond the (Gender) Divide” by Christina Lopez and Mike Marvin, who have 30 years of combined experience in the IT field and co-authored the book “Beyond the Divide — Men and Women Learning from Each Other.”

• “Becoming a LinkedIn All-Star” by Ryan Michelle Wilcox, manager of donor services at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

• “Winning the War Within – How Checking Your Ego and Taking Ownership Can Make You A Better Leader” by CJ Mackey, a quality engineer at Cutco.

Each August, Leadership Cattaraugus and Leadership Allegany bring together emerging leaders from across the region to share new strategies that will help them become more effective leaders. This is the fifth year for the Southern Tier Leadership Summit. Seating in the breakout sessions is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register early.

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