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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Morgan Thomas Executive-In-Residence

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Executive Lecture Topic: "The Business of Life"


Tuesday, March 29, 2016
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Ostrander Auditorium


Executive in Residence:

Peter Bailey, President of the Prouty Project.

At Minnesota State University Mankato College of Business, we are facilitators of experience, professors of life skills for the business of life. We help young people make sense of their choices, how they respond to what happens to them in real life and ideally, prepare them for contributive roles in society. The framework of Joseph Campbell’s Heroic Journey is one of the useful tools available to us to provide a starting place for deeper conversations. It is also an open challenge to us as practitioners to better understand the journeys we are on and the choices we have made, that we might serve as better allies for people we meet along the way. The model offers us a valuable perspective on the cycle of life and learning. It can be a key to the map of our lives, helping us interpret the landscape, symbols and contour lines of the paths we are on.

“Life is about the
experiences we have and
the people we meet and
what we do about them.”

    ---Peter H. Bailey

At Minnesota State Mankato, we are a CoB, a College of Business. But what makes us particularly unique is that we are also a CoP, a Community of Practice.

A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a craft and/or a profession. The concept was first proposed by cognitive anthropologists Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger in 1991. A CoP can evolve naturally because of the members' common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created deliberately with the goal of gaining knowledge related to a specific field. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that the members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop themselves personally and professionally (excerpt from Wikipedia entry)

This week, the Morgan Thomas Executive-in-Residence will explore and celebrate the concepts of how our MSU College of Business is in the business of articulating how our Community of Practice educates and elevates all of our Students, Faculty, Staff and Business Community Members and Partners on the heroic journeys of their lives.

Student Workshops

Global Ambassador Proficiency Workshop

  • Learn key elements in Global Business leadership
  • Key techniques and approaches for working in a global environment
  • Introduction to key cross-cultural behavioral dimensions

Monday, March 28, 2016 at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 11 a.m.
CSU 253/4/5


Faculty and Staff Seminars

Open Leadership Seminar - Experiential Faciliation and Design

Topic: Current Leadership Development Trends in Corporate America

March 28 at 10 a.m.
March 29 at 2 p.m.
CSU 253/4/5


Luncheon Discussion

Topic: The Leader/Educator of the Future Video for Discussion: Brene' Brown on Vulnerability

March 28 at 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Heritage Room


Faculty Leadership Seminar

Topic: Renewal - A Pause in your Journey

March 28 at 1:30 - 3 p.m.
CSU 253/4/5