The Student Legacy Speaker Series will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 12, with guest speaker Michael Henley, chief executive officer of Hansen Henley Yoder & Lamb. He provides professional counsel to nonprofit organizations nationally and internationally in the areas of fundraising, management and marketing.

Henley’s speech, “Choosing a Career That is Not a Job But a Way of Life,” will examine the importance of philanthropy and nonprofit organizations in today’s society.

The talk will begin at 8 p.m. in Room 154, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. All students are welcome to attend. Free pizza and beverages will be served.

Henley has had a long career in nonprofit management and development with nonprofit organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, Junior Achievement, American Refugee Committee, Catholic Eldercare, National Catholic University of Bolivia, VISTA and the Peace Corps. He also has co-written and published four editions of the book Fund Raising and Marketing in the One-Person Shop: Achieving Success with Limited Resources.

In 2002, Henley received the 2002 Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year award and was named the International Professional Fundraising Executive for 2003 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Minnesota Chapter.

This speaker series is sponsored by the Student Legacy Program at St. Thomas, a student club that is devoted to learning about and promoting philanthropy at the university. For more information and to get involved in program, visit the Student Legacy website or e-mail Kristen Lucius.