Leadership Speaker Series

The Leadership Speaker Series features thoughtful leaders sharing their experience, knowledge, and insight with the EOU community.

All events are free and open to the public.

Alexa Carlin presents:

Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

You have a goal in mind, an idea you’re passionate about, a job to do in your organization, but now what? Where do you start? How do you overcome daily obstacles from performing well in school, being involved, making an impact and having a social life? There will always be obstacles and challenges that come our way and for our entire lives we are taught on how to “overcome obstacles”, but Alexa has found a better solution. In this impactful keynote Alexa not only empowers students to get started, but she challenges their way of thinking and provides actionable tools and steps to turn any idea into reality – regardless of the obstacles they face. Our obstacles can do one of two things, they can either stop us or propel us – Alexa wants to ensure you choose the latter. Audiences will learn the framework on how to push through challenges, develop a positive mindset, and create a customized action plan to achieve any goal whether that’s planning a fundraiser for their organization, getting the job of their dreams, or pursuing an entrepreneurial idea.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, 6 p.m.
Zabel Hall #101


Jon Tasch presents:

Leading Is A Choice

Who among us doesn’t want a fulfilling and rewarding career? Unfortunately, a recent Gallup study revealed that only 30% of the American workforce is actually happy with their jobs. And the #1 reason people leave their jobs for another? A bad relationship with their boss. The number one grievance among these people is that they didn’t feel valued or appreciated by their manager. In this keynote, Jon builds a case that leaders, more than anything else, must establish trust with their people if they have any hope of making them feel valued or appreciated. By telling stories of both his professional and personal life, Jon gives students practical strategies they can immediately employ to create more meaningful relationships with the people around them.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, 6 p.m.
Zabel Hall #101

Parvati Shallow presents:

How To Thrive In The Face Of Uncertainty

College students are standing on the edge of the beginning of their adult lives. More often than not, they have more questions than answers about what’s coming next. The fear of the unknown can be crippling to students who are unsure of their next steps. Parvati has learned that developing the ability to handle an unknown future with both intuition and courage is a skill. With the right tools, any student can learn how to relax and confidently face uncertainty without getting caught up in fear and anxiety. In her keynote How to Thrive in the Face of Uncertainty, Parvati helps students understand the importance of focusing on the things that go right in life. Through inspiring and personal stories of both success and failure, Parvati helps students learn to take courageous action, listen to their own inner guidance and understand that they only need one thing to go right in order to move forward to the next.

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019, 6 p.m.
Zabel #101



Linnita Hosten presents:

Leading From The Passenger Seat

At 23, Linnita became the head coach of a high school athletic team. At a time when school spirit and involvement were low, Linnita sanded away with traditions and painted a new program. In two years– skill, moral and interest in the program drastically increased …so much that there were not enough uniforms to accommodate team numbers. Without ever playing the sport, yet leading a staff and team that had, Linnita was able to not only transform the team but also impact the school and the surrounding community. In this role, Linnita learned quickly that leadership is not about what you know. It’s about parking your vehicle and shifting to the passenger seat – positioning your team to be the driver. Learn to navigate teams from the passenger seat by harnessing strengths, teaching from failures and leveraging organizational knowledge.

Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019, 6 p.m.
Zabel #101