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The enduring mission of the Tobias Center is inspiring leadership excellence on a national scale.  Special access to the Center’s work will be furnished to Indiana citizens for the distinct purpose of enhancing leadership within the state.


2016 Tobias Leadership Conference: April 7-9, 2016 at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, IN

Thank you for joining us at this year's Tobias Leadership Conference!  

The 2016 "Tobias Leadership Conference: A Multi-Sectored Forum on the Theory and Practice of Leadership" was hosted April 7-9, 2016 at The Alexander hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

April 7-9, 2016
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
The Alexander Hotel
Indianapolis, IN
Time: 6:00pm Thursday – 12:00pm Saturday

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The Conference brings together scholars and practitioners from the entire spectrum of leadership including corporate leadership, not-for-profit leadership, religious leadership, educational leadership, medical leadership, and political leadership. The Forum will feature papers and panels from all academic disciplines. A primary purpose of this conference is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitate the exchange of ideas on the broad subject of leadership.

The Conference will begin the evening of April 7. Multiple sessions will be held Friday and Saturday consisting of speaker presentations, panel discussions, and research presentations concerning the broad topic of leadership. Additionally, there will be a gala dinner on Friday evening.

Conference Registration Fees:

The $295 registration fee includes all conference sessions, Thursday's reception, two continental breakfasts, two lunches, and the gala dinner.

The student rate of $45 is for the conference sessions only; no meals are included.

Conference Hotel: The Alexander

Nestled in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, The Alexander features outstanding business amenities, 157 guest rooms, 52 extended stay suites, and an emphasis on art and design. Guests can take advantage of a fitness center, multiple restaurants, and 16,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space. The Alexander offers a refreshing dose of local color and flavor and promises a unique experience for Tobias Leadership Conference attendees. Click here to make your reservations at the Alexander for the 2016 Conference.


2016 Conference Agenda

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
6:00 - 7:30pm Reception
Poster Session
Book Fair
Music by Artists in Residence David Frantz and Lee Krahenbühl


Friday, April 8, 2016
6:30 - 8:00am Breakfast at Market Table
8:00 - 8:45am

“A Call to Lead:  Ancient Wisdom on the Role of ‘Calling’ in Effective, Sustainable Leadership”

Matthew Myer Boulton
President and Professor of Theology, Christian Theological Seminary

Named the sixth president of Christian Theological Seminary, Matthew Boulton was most recently Associate Professor of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School. In his teaching and research, Boulton has explored ways in which Christian worship founds and forms Christian life. This exploration draws together his interests in the history and practices of Christian liturgy; theology and public life; biblical interpretation and proclamation; and the performing arts, including theater, music, and film.  He has published on Reformed liturgical theology in dialogue with social science and Christian lamentation in dialogue with biblical studies, and he is the author of God Against Religion: Rethinking Christian Theology Through Worship (Eerdmans, 2008) and a co-editor and contributor to the volume Doing Justice to Mercy: Religion, Law, and Criminal Justice (University of Virginia Press, 2007). He has recently completed a book on John Calvin and spiritual formation entitled Life in God: John Calvin, Practical Formation, and the Future of Protestant Theology (William B. Eerdmans, October, 2011). Boulton is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

9:00 - 9:45am

"Intelligent Disobedience"

Ira Chaleff
Founder and President, Executive Coaching and Consulting Associates

Ira Chaleff is the founder and president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates and chairman of the Congressional Management Foundation in Washington, DC. Ira's classic book, The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders, now in its third edition, has been translated into half a dozen languages. He is co-editor of the 2008 book, The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Make Great Leaders and Organizations. Ira was cited in the Harvard Business Review as one of the three pioneers in the field of Followership studies. He has conducted seminars and workshops on Followership for a wide range of audiences including NASA, The Foreign Service Institute, The Brookings Institute, Ernst & Young, The Eastern Management Development Center for the Federal Government, The U.S. Navy, The Federal Judicial Center, Georgetown University, Sandia National Laboratories, The Graduate School of Public Accounting at the University of Wisconsin, and numerous other institutions, agencies, corporations and professional services firms. He is the founder of the Followership Learning Community at the International Leadership Association and is serving as the community's president. Ira has been named one of the top 100 ""Best Minds on Leadership"" by Leadership Excellence magazine.

10:00 - 11:00am Concurrent Sessions
11:15am - 12:00pm

"Leadership Across Disciplines"

Greg Ballard
Mayor of Indianapolis from 2008-2015, Lieutenant Colonel United State Marines (Retired)

Greg Ballard is the former Republican mayor of Indianapolis. He was raised in Indianapolis and is a proud graduate of Cathedral High School. After earning his undergraduate degree in Economics from Indiana University, Greg entered the United States Marine Corps through the OCS program. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and holds a Master’s Degree in Military Science from Marine Corps University where he also studied operations analysis. As a Marine, Greg rose steadily through the ranks and held a variety of leadership and staff positions in logistics, transportation, and acquisition, both at war and in peace. His military career culminated in his service as a Lieutenant Colonel with the European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, then commanded by General Wesley Clark.  After leaving the Marine Corps, Greg successfully transitioned to the corporate world to pursue his entrepreneurial dream as a self-employed leadership and management consultant. He is also the author of The Ballard Rules: Small Unit Leadership. While a consultant, he conducted seminars and modular training based on the book, and also taught college-level economics, marketing, and management courses at the Indiana Business College located in Indianapolis.

12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch at Market Table
1:00 - 3:00pm

"Leadership Secrets of CEOs: The GLOBE Study of over 1,000 CEOs from 24 Countries"

Mansour Javidan
Director, Najafi Global Mindset Institute and Garvin Distinguished Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University

Multiple award-winning executive educator and author whose teaching and research interests span the globe, Dr. Mansour Javidan received his MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota. He recently stepped down as Dean of Research and is currently the Garvin Distinguished Professor and Director of Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. His latest book on Global Mindset was published in July, 2013. Dr. Javidan has been designated an Expert Advisor (Global Leadership) by the World Bank and a Senior Research Fellow by the U.S. Army. He is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association. He has designed and taught a variety of executive development courses, offered and facilitated workshops, conducted consulting projects, and made presentations in 27 countries. His publications have appeared in such journals as Harvard Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Leadership Quarterly, Management International Review, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Human Relations, Journal of World Business, and Journal of Organizational Change Management.

3:15 - 4:15pm Concurrent Sessions
4:30 - 5:30pm Concurrent Sessions
6:00 - 7:00pm Reception at The Alexander Hotel
7:00 - 9:00pm Dinner at The Alexander Hotel


Saturday, April 9, 2016
6:30 - 8:00am Breakfast at Market Table
8:00 - 9:00am Concurrent Sessions
9:15 - 10:30am

"Increase Your Negotiation IQ: Seven Elements for Success"

Katherine Tyler Scott
Chair of the International Leadership Association Board and Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Ki ThoughtBridge

Before beginning her tenure at KI ThoughtBridge, Katherine founded and served as President of Trustee Leadership Development, Inc., a resource center for governance leaders and not-for-profit organizations. Katherine holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University, and an honorary doctorate in Public Service from Christian Theological Seminary. She previously directed the Lilly Endowment Leadership Education Program, a statewide leadership education initiative for professionals in youth service, and she also developed leadership programs and resources for the Community Leadership Association. She serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. Katherine is a founding member of the Indianapolis chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, past president of the board of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, and is a trustee of the Church Pension Fund for the Episcopal Church. Katherine is the author of Creating Caring and Capable Boards: Reclaiming the Passion for Active Trusteeship, published by Jossey-Bass in 2000, and The Inner Work of the Leader: Discovering the Leader Within, published in 1999.

10:45 - 11:45am Concurrent Sessions
12:00 - 12:45pm

"Burned Out Leaders: Roots and Remedies"

Richard Gunderman
Chancellor’s Professor Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies, Indiana University

Richard Gunderman is Chancellor’s Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University. He received his AB Summa Cum Laude from Wabash College, MD and PhD (Committee on Social Thought) with honors from the University of Chicago, and MPH from Indiana University. He was a Chancellor Scholar of the Federal Republic of Germany and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. He is a nine-time recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, and in 2015 received the Indiana University School of Medicine's inaugural Inspirational Educator Award. He was named the 2008 Outstanding Educator by the Radiological Society of North America, the 2011 American Roentgen Ray Society Berlin Scholar in Professionalism, and the 2012 Distinguished Educator of the American Roentgen Ray Society. In 2012, he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Award for Teaching Excellence, the top teaching award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2013, he was the Spinoza Professor at the University of Amsterdam. He serves on numerous boards, including the Kinsey Institute for the Study of Human Sexuality, Christian Theological Seminary, and Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society. He is the author of over540 articles and has published eight books, including We Make a Life by What We Give (Indiana University, 2008), Leadership in Healthcare (Springer, 2009), Achieving Excellence in Medical Education (2nd edition, Springer, 2011), X-ray Vision (Oxford University, 2013), and Essential Radiology (3rd edition, Thieme, 2014). His next book, We Come to Life with Those We Serve, will be published by IU Press later this year.

12:45 - 1:00pm Closing Remarks
1:00pm Lunch at Market Table


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Phone: 317-278-2800


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