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ESR leadership conference to offer workshops on navigating fear, embracing differences

July 17, 2020

Georgette "Jojo" LedgisterThe Earlham School of Religion’s 2020 Leadership Conference features Dr. Georgette "Jojo" Ledgister, who will speak on the theme “Courageous Leadership: Embracing Difference and Facing Uncertainty.”

The conference is intended for business professionals, higher education leaders, Quaker organization employees, nonprofit administrators, ministers, students, and the surrounding Richmond community. It will be delivered online July 31-Aug. 2.

The event will focus on navigating the fears that leaders encounter and how to foster networks of meaningful connections and mutuality as a foundation for healthy leadership.  

"Now more than ever, questions of balancing competing views of authority and hierarchy amid near constant change and upheaval demand thoughtful engagement and dialogue that can provide tools for effective leadership,” said Matt Hisrich, vice president of Earlham and dean of the Earlham School of Religion. “ESR's Leadership Conference consistently provides just such a place, where leaders from a broad range of backgrounds can gather together to explore how their faith informs their decision-making and helps them embrace inevitable challenge and conflict with courage and integrity."



The three-day workshop costs $25 and will be held virtually using Zoom, a videoconferencing platform.  

Participants in the 2020 ESR Leadership Conference will be equipped to:

  •  Identify and-engage the fears, and resulting uncertainties that hinder effective leadership;
  •  Forge meaningful and intergenerational relationships with one another, and
  •  Model leadership that fears less and connects courageously in the midst of uncertainty and in the face of difference.

For more information, or to register for this event, visit

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