General Program Speakers
Richard Kyte is
Director of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in
Leadership and Professor of Philosophy at Viterbo University in
La Crosse, Wisconsin where he teaches a variety of ethics
courses dealing with issues in business, health care, law,
politics, the environment, art, and religion. He has published
and lectured widely on topics related to justice, forgiveness,
virtue, and the meaning of life.
Topic: Servant Leadership and the Common Good
In the 1970s Robert K. Greenleaf coined the phrase "servant leadership" to describe the approach one takes to leadership when the primary desire is to serve others. In the years since, servant leadership has been adopted by organizations throughout the world, including most of the companies that regularly make Fortune magazine's top ten list of the best companies in America to work for. This presentation will look at the history of servant leadership, the principles that inform it, and some of the inspiring examples of individuals and organizations who have taken servant leadership to heart.
Tia Nelson is Executive
Secretary, Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, for the state
of Wisconsin. The oldest state agency, it manages 77,500 acres
of forests, trust funds worth more than $600 million and land
survey records going back to the 1830’s. One of Nelson’s focuses
in her position is working on forest fragmentation issues in
Topic: Earth Day and Beyond
The daughter of former Senator and pioneering conservationist Gaylord Nelson , Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has called Tia Nelson “one of the great leaders of the environmental movement in Wisconsin…carrying on her father’s legacy of land conservation.” Tia is the past director of the Climate Change Initiative of the Nature Conservancy.
Jeff Thompson, chief executive
officer and chairman of the boards of Gundersen Lutheran Health
System, and a practicing pediatric intensivist and
neonatologist. He is a founding member and past board chair of
the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality. Presently,
he is chairman of the board of the La Crosse Medical Health
Science Consortium. See this link for information on how his
work is relevant to our conference
Topic: Gundersen Health Systems | Envision®
Gundersen Health System's environmental program, Envision®, is a model for healthcare providers nationwide. We have developed a portfolio of innovative "green" energy projects designed to lower costs and lead the industry in environmental stewardship. With U.S. hospitals spending more than $5 billion on energy costs annually, finding solutions to rising energy costs has become critically important. Gundersen is proving there are sustainable approaches to energy utilization that go hand-in-hand with solid financial business decisions. We are developing our own energy infrastructure, using equipment owned by the health system, instead of purchasing renewable power at premium rates. This is a demonstration of our commitment to lowering the cost of healthcare for the people and businesses that pay for it, while also doing what we can for the environment. We will be 100 percent energy independent in 2014. Our specific sustainability plans turn good intentions and "green" theory into action, and we can show you how.