2013-14 Speaker List

Elizabeth Eaton
Bishop-elect - ELCA
Wed September 11, 2013 10:30 AM

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton will be installed as presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) October 5, 2013 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. Eaton is currently bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod and is the ELCA’s first woman presiding bishop-elect. She was elected August 14, 20013 at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly held in Pittsburgh.

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Elsa Kottman
Campus Ministry
Wed October 2, 2013 8:10 AM

Elsa (Jedick) Kottmann graduated from Lutheran West in 2003 then attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  While at Miami, Else joined a Bible study with a campus ministry called The Navigators. She grew in the Christian faith that had begun in earlier years and also gained a heart for helping others know about Jesus. She graduated from Miami University with a BA in Speech Communication and a BA in Comparative Religion.

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Connie Dieken
Author, Keynote Speaker
Wed November 6, 2013 8:10 AM

Connie Dieken transforms leaders into influencers. 
Voted one of America's Top 5 Speakers of 2011 by Speaking.com, Connie is the nation's most in-demand authority on influence mastery. She advises senior executives at Fortune 100 organizations such as Apple, Nestle, Olympus, McDonald's, Moen, and American Greetings.  

The founder and CEO of onPoint Communication, Connie is the author of the bestseller, "Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen." 

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Akram Boutros
CEO of The MetroHealth System
Wed December 18, 2013 8:10 AM

Dr. Boutros is an executive with a 20-year record of success leading hospitals. A confident, independent self-starter with competitive drive, initiative, and a sense of urgency, he reacts and adjusts quickly to changing conditions and is facile in leading organizational transformation. 

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Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry
President of Concordia University-WI
Wed February 26, 2014 8:10 AM

The Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry was elected the eighth President of Concordia University Wisconsin in July 1997. He began his faculty career at Concordia as an Assistant Professor of History in 1991. 

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Dr. Ravi Krovi
Dean of the The University of Akron College of Business Administration
Wed March 5, 2014 8:10 AM

Dr. Ravi Krovi is the Dean of The University of Akron College of Business Administration, where he provides strategic leadership and direction to the College’s departments, centers, institutes, and other units.  

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John Nunes
Former President & CEO, Lutheran World Relief
Fri April 4, 2014 8:10 AM

John Arthur Nunes served as president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief (LWR), a $42 million global organization. With a passion for service and deep commitment to LWR’s core values, John led a staff in 17 countries in working to end poverty, injustice and human suffering worldwide.  

Mr. Nunes joined the faculty of Valparaiso University in 2013 and now holds the Jochum Chair. A gifted public speaker, John is also a frequent keynote presenter.

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Henry F. Fabian, Jr., M.D., MBA

Orthopedic Surgeon, Inventor; Alum 1980

What we most need in these times is a moral compass, one that never fails us... This is the gift that Lutheran West gave to me and continues to bestow on its students.


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