The Institute for Leadership and Service has a new lineup of guests for its Pathways to Purpose speakers for the spring semester.

Pathways to Purpose is the institute’s speaker initiative, aimed at creating connections among students, faculty, speakers and staff in regards to meaningful work and life after college.

“(Speakers are intended to) open up ideas about how you can carve a meaningful pathway to purpose in your own life,” Director of the Institute of Leadership and Service Elizabeth Lynn told The Torch in September.

This semester’s speaker series kicked off Wednesday, Jan. 25 with Deborah Fisher presenting “Art and Civic Life: Becoming a Creative Activist.” The talk focused on Fisher’s work helping local artists enact social change through their art.

The university circulated a press release last month detailing the rest of the speaker series.

“The speaker series invites to campus field experts and service-based leaders who respond to the deepest challenges of our time and help to inspire students to pursue purposeful work,” the press release said. The topics cover a wide variety of topics that examine social issues while working to hone professional development.

The next talk, slated for Feb. 22, is “First Do No Harm: Health Policy for Better Healthcare,” with speaker Janice Phillips. Phillips has worked in various areas of the healthcare world, and aims to better the healthcare system through policy while in her current position as the director of government and regulatory affairs for CGFNS International Inc. -- the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.

Valpo grad Hannah Cartwright ‘08 is scheduled to speak on March 29, giving a presentation called “Advocating for the Immigrant: How One Alum Became a Lawyer for the Marginalized.” Cartwright, who works as a staff attorney in the Detained Programs of the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, will speak on her experience providing legal assistance to immigrants.

Another Valpo grad, Amy Sample Ward ‘05, presents on April 5. Her talk, “Making Non-Profits Next-Level: Using Technology for Lasting Change” will focus on technology’s role in creating positive change in the non-profit sector.

The final speaker for this year is Rev. Eugene Cho, lead pastor at Quest Church in Seattle. His talk on April 19 is titled “Overrated: Are We More in Love With the Idea of Changing the World than Actually Changing the World?” The talk shares a title with his first book. Cho’s focus is global poverty relief.

All events take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Helge Center and are free of charge.

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