The fifth annual Learners to Leaders Summit will welcome and celebrate the accomplishments of some of the area’s best young talent from under-represented communities, not only our own students and alumni, but the best and brightest of college seniors from fine colleges and universities from around the region. The day-long summit will be held Saturday, February 22.

Julius Pryor III, business leader, futurist, strategic consultant, and author of “Thriving in a Disruptive World: 6 Critical Concepts for Navigating the 21st Century,” will be the keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Learners to Leaders Summit.

Julius Pryor III, will be the keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Learners to Leaders Summit.

Julius Pryor III, a strategist, consultant, author, and futurist, as well as an accomplished executive with a proven ability to transform organizational culture will be this year’s keynote speaker. His comments will draw from the themes of his new book, due out next month, “Thriving in a Disruptive World: 6 Critical Concepts for Navigating the 21st Century.”

Another highlight of the program will be our graduate class simulation, exploring the topic “People, Public Policy, and Profit – Air Transportation as a Public Good.” This workshop will be led by Mike DeVaughn, Ph.D., and Neil Hamilton, J.D. Also participating will be former Medtronic president and chairman and CEO of investment bank RBC Dain-Rauscher, Tom Holloran J.D.

Each year our leadership panel discussions have proven to be one of the most popular aspects of the L2L Summit. This year’s panel discussion, led by Ernie Owens, Ed.D., will be delving directly into graduate school success secrets, as shared by five graduate school faculty, representing business, law and the liberal arts.

Mary Maloney, Ph.D. will be leading a discussion of the overarching theme of this year’ss. What is expected of the 21st Century Leader? How can graduate school be a training ground for professional success? What best practices have these faculty seen deployed by various programs, and utilized by various students?

The L2L program is sponsored by the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business, but the program, and the young people who make up the Learners to Leaders community, include current and future social workers, lawyers, academic administrators, teachers, and even an occasional engineer or fine arts major.

The L2L Summit will take place on UST’s Minneapolis campus. Nominees to the Learners to Leaders community are encouraged to attend prepared to network, participate, and gain expanded perspective on what a graduate education can be.