For more than two decades, Creighton University has partnered with the Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/Action Development) program to present an annual leadership development conference on social issues. This year, the first part of the conference will begin at Creighton’s V.J. & Angela Skutt Student Center Mutual of Omaha Ballroom, Thursday, Mar. 3 at 1 p.m. and conclude Friday, Mar. 4 at noon. On Friday, conference participants will have lunch at the Siena Francis House and meet with City of Omaha officials in the afternoon. The event will conclude Saturday at Boys Town.
Creighton presenters include: Maria Teresa Gaston, director, Center for Service and Justice, welcome and seminar on immigration issues; Jos Welie, Ph.D., associate professor, Center for Health and Policy and Ethics on end-of-life issues; Donald Frey, M. D., vice president for Health Sciences, on rural health care; David Crawford, archivist, on history of Omaha and Creighton University; and Ernie Goss, Ph.D., Jack MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics, on rural economy.
“Through this annual conference on social issues, Creighton University can showcase programs and professors whose educational efforts and research provide insight to future leaders,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., Creighton president.
Other speakers include representatives of the YWCA, the City of Omaha, Heartland Family Services, Siena Francis House, Boys Town, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The Nebraska LEAD program was started in 1981 by the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council who recognized the need for a non-partisan, non-political organization to promote the future leadership of agriculture. The purpose of the program is to speed up the leadership development process through exposure to a broad array of topics, issues and concerns to better prepare the problem solvers, decision makers and spokespersons for the industry of agriculture and the State of Nebraska. The program is supported by Nebraska colleges, universities, businesses, industries and individuals throughout the state.