March 07, 2016

Bill and Penny George, Cathy Wurzer headline MAOL celebration

Reframing - changing what others think, feel, believe and ultimately do – is the work of leaders. Gifted leaders understand this process starts from within as they contemplate then find creative alternatives to various challenges.

In recognition of St. Catherine University's Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program’s 30 years of leadership education, acclaimed innovators and leadership experts Bill and Penny George join broadcast journalist Cathy Wurzer in conversation on "Reframing as Leadership."

As our society faces what appear to be intractable problems in personal and professional spheres, on the local, national and international stages, thought leaders, like Bill and Penny George, have discovered that obstacles can be reframed as opportunities, weaknesses can become strengths and the impossible reconstructed into the possible.

Penny George, a pioneer in the national movement to transform medicine and healthcare through principles and practices of integrative medicine, provides a stellar example of one who challenges the prevailing medical model. Her husband, Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic, is an internationally recognized leadership expert who effectively re-focuses leadership on values and re-orients leadership education to include both personal and professional development. Emmy award-winning journalist and author Cathy Wurzer challenged and reframed traditional conceptions of journalism in her radio series with former University of St. Thomas dean, the late Dr. Bruce Kramer, and their book, We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying.

Penny, Bill and Cathy will explore the leadership work of reframing on Monday, April 25, at the 30th anniversary celebration of the MAOL program in the School of Business and Professional Studies at St. Catherine University. Reserve your seats today for this very special event.

More about the speakers

Penny George, PsyD, is co-founder of Sellergren George Consulting Psychologists, specializing in assisting senior executives build high performing teams through selection and development of leaders for diverse organizational cultures. Her transformative work in healthcare focuses on fostering wholeness in mind, body spirit and community.

Bill George has authored four best-selling books and taught leadership at Harvard Business School since 2004. Former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic from 1996 to 2002, he serves as a director at Goldman Sachs, The Mayo Clinic and as a trustee of the World Economic Forum USA. Previously he held director positions at ExxonMobil, Novartis and Target Corporation.

Cathy Wurzer (pictured above) of Minnesota Public Radio News is one of Minnesota's most recognizable journalists. In addition to waking up radio listeners each morning on MPR News, Cathy is also the co-host of "Almanac" on Twin Cities PBS, one of the longest running public affairs shows of its kind in the nation. Though she has won numerous awards for her work in broadcast journalism, she says her series with Dr. Bruce Kramer was one of the most difficult yet rewarding of her career.

By Rebecca Hawthorne, Ph.D.