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WVU-P hosting Leadership for Today conference

March 30, 2011
From Staff Reports

PARKERSBURG -West Virginia University at Parkersburg will host the second annual Leadership for Today Conference Thursday and Friday, featuring the co-author of the upcoming book "Good Enough Is the New Perfect" as keynote speaker.

The conference is sponsored by the West Virginia Community and Technical College System. The two-day conference is designed for community and technical college staff and faculty and also is open to the public.

The event's featured speaker will be Hollee Temple, a West Virginia University professor of law and co-author with Becky Gillespie of the upcoming book "Good Enough Is the New Perfect."

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A journalist-turned-lawyer-turned-professor, Temple is an active scholar and speaker, and has conducted seminars on generational issues and projecting professionalism in writing for large law firms.

The conference begins with 5 p.m. registration Thursday and dinner at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room with Temple as the keynote speaker.

On Friday, the plenary session will begin at 9 a.m. and include comments from WVCTC Chancellor Jim Skidmore. Several breakout sessions are planned. Session leaders will include Skidmore with "Chancellor's Reflections on Leadership"; Temple with "The New Perfect - Balancing Life and Work as a Woman Leader"; WVU-P counselor Kurt Klettner with "Helping Today's Students Become Tomorrow's Leaders"; and Robert Stephens Jr., president of the Bernard McDonough Foundation, with "Leadership: Walking the Talk."

The conference lunch at 11:30 a.m. will feature Jessica Lynch, author of "I Am A Soldier Too" and a WVU-P student.

Afternoon breakout sessions will begin at 1 p.m. with session leaders to include WVU-P President Marie Foster Gnage with "Leading the Completion Agenda"; Jay Cole, West Virginia University chief of staff, with "National Outlook for Higher Education Leaders"; as well as sessions on "Servant Leadership" and "Leading the Retention Effort."

Conference registration is $50 and includes Thursday's dinner, Friday's lunch and conference materials. Registration may be accomplished by visiting the college's website at or registering at the college Thursday evening or from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday in the multi-purpose room.

Additional information is available by contacting Denise McClung at the college at 304-424-8230 or Cindy Kelley at 304-424-8345.



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