Is the Faith & Leadership Program for You?

by Katie White


For almost a year, Kenilworth Union has been offering a Faith & Leadership speaker/discussion series. It has typically met early in the morning (7 a.m.) to allow for those that need to catch the 8:15 a.m. train to still do so. The speakers have been fascinating as we discuss how to implement in everyday life (Monday through Saturday) many of the same life lessons that we hear and try to emulate on Sundays.

Can you be a leader in business and still be true to your faith and who you are? These speakers have shown in a variety of different ways, how it is possible. I have taken away something significant from each one and have retold these lessons and stories in multiple other areas of my life months afterwards. I highly encourage you to attend.

The speakers have been business leaders, ranging from C level executives to professors, who teach our future leaders and executives.

Our next discussion, on Friday, October 23, combines both types of leaders in an amazing person named Wally Scott. Wally is currently a Professor of Management in the Management and Strategy Department at the Kellogg School of Management. The class he is best known for is his Leadership Class. I was one of the students who used a lot of my “points” to get into his class. It changed my business school experience. As a student, not only was I exposed to a variety of leaders who came and spoke in the class, but Professor Scott challenged me to create my own leadership plan. He asked the entire class, “What kind of a leader are you going to be? How are you going to hold yourself accountable to your plan?” The lessons learned in Wally’s class stayed with me and his materials are ones I can still put my hands on over a decade later.

Professor Scott is also known for his expertise on board governance of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He has served on 15 corporate boards of directors and 20 nonprofit boards of directors. He was a founder of the Center for Executive Women. Needless-to-say, his perspective is one that is sought after.

Wally has experience as the CEO of IDS Financial Services (now Ameriprise), and Chairman and CEO of GrandMet USA (now Diageo). He was also Associate Director for Economics and Government in the U. S. Office of Management and Budget and has served in a variety of senior business roles in organizations including Lehman Brothers and The Pillsbury Company.

Wally is a man of strong faith. He has shown this strong faith is each role that he fills, from CEO to husband and father to teacher. He has seen leaders and potential leaders develop and grow in all directions. He has mentored many of them. Wally has challenged many a leader to live his/her faith in leadership. He is the special professor, you keep in connection with because you continue to learn and be challenged by him. There is no doubt that a morning with Wally Scott will be fascinating, challenging and worth your time.

We are lucky to welcome Professor Wally Scott to Kenilworth Union on Friday morning, October 23 at 7 a.m. I am excited to hear him speak! Come and join me!