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.


Alex Weber presents:

Lessons from a Life of Pursuit

Having been an elite level athlete in the Division 1 Ivy League, an American Ninja Warrior, and a World Record Holder, Alex knows what it means to be committed to achievement. Sacrifice, discipline, and laser focus on your end goals. And as a championship-winning coach, Alex knows what it takes to rally others around a vision and go out and execute. But he also knows the other side: the failure, the self-doubt, the fear. And what that does to your confidence and mindset. Diving in deep on how he broke past thresholds and achieved at the highest levels, Alex shares with audiences the tangible lessons of life of pursuit, and also the advice he wishes he could have heard on his own journey. There’s a lifetime of hard work and hands-on experience beyond the lessons in this powerful and humorous keynote.

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


Sara Lowery presents:

Will Work for Leadership

Why aren’t student leaders more direct in asking their peers what they need? Why aren’t we bolder about our needs as leaders, students, and followers? We have the opportunity to build on so many different talents and skills, but we are afraid to admit we need help. We spend much of our lives in fear – fear of being different, fear that we will be judged, or fear that we won’t be liked. We have to eliminate fear from our lives because fear hinders our ability to be transparent.

Transparency is needed to lead our chapters, organizations, and clubs. It helps those around us know what we need. This transparency can create an environment of trust, that is necessary to lead our organizations with confidence. In Will Work for Leadership, Sara gives tips and strategies on how to overcome that fear and create honest, open relationships with the members of your organization. When leaders realize they’re not alone, it can make all the difference. Will you stand in your organization’s meeting and tell your peers what you are willing to work for – together?


Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020, 6 p.m.
Zabel Hall #101


Ethan Zohn presents:

Surviving the Amazing Race of Your College Experience

People love reality TV competitions because they can watch others react to the unknown. As the contestants are forced out of their comfort zone, will they embrace the experience to learn and grow from the challenges, or give in to the drama and fall apart?

Strategy-based TV shows are similar to the incredibly complex world of college life. College is also a game of relationships that one must navigate every day – the relationship with yourself, your professors, your friends and teammates, your fraternity brothers or sorority sisters, and your family and friends back home. Add social media to the mix, and it can feel like your every move is publicly on display – becoming a struggle to get more “likes” and acceptance while also allowing yourself to be compared to and judged by others.

Ethan had very different experiences on two shows, having won Survivor and been embarrassingly eliminated from The Amazing Race in the first few episodes.

Over the last 12 years, his life has played out on TV, print, and social media. Ethan is also no stranger to overcoming challenges off-camera, having experienced the loss of his father at an early age and becoming a two-time cancer survivor. Under these pressures, he learned incredible lessons about forming relationships, building self-confidence, becoming a connected leader, and overcoming obstacles.

In this keynote, Ethan shares his strategies for staying resilient in the face of life’s biggest challenges and creating positive relationships that will help students succeed in college and in life.

Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2020, 6 p.m.
Gilbert Event Center