Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change
Conference for Leadership, Innovation

and Social Change

April 10, 2014
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

DWU Sherman Center
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This conference will bring engaging speakers to inspire leadership and innovation for social change in our neighborhoods and around our world. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with one another and speakers in Dialogue for Action sessions.

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Molly Hough, Generation Alive
“Generation Y: The Power Behind the Millennials” – Hough will integrate the conference themes and reach across all age groups with tangible point of action.
From Generation Alive, an organization that works in collaboration with other compassion-based organizations to offer young people tangible opportunities to act compassionately by actively helping other young people who are living in the pain caused by extreme poverty or injustice.

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Dialogue for Action Sessions

These facilitated sessions will allow participants to discuss strategies for innovative social change.

11 a.m. – Noon Bob Goff
Goff is the New York Times best-selling author of “Love Does.” He founded Restore International, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda and India. Goff is an attorney, and he shares leadership in a Washington Law firm, Goff & DeWalt, and is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School and Point Loma Nazarene University. He will inspire attendees to get to the “do” part of life.

Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch and Dialogue for Action Sessions
Order a box lunch and attend your dialogue session.

1-2:30 p.m. InnovaTalks – inspirational, innovative mini-lectures from all walks of life

  • Jill Weimer, associate scientist and assistant professor of pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine at USD, will share her big idea surrounding her research on the development of the central nervous system.
  • Ken Novak will present “Discommunication: Soul-searching for Honest Christianity.”
  • A winner from the South Central South Dakota Science and Engineering Fair will share his/her award-winning work as preparation for international competition.
  • Stephanie Wescoup ’13 will discuss social change and Native American culture.
  • Hear from a DWU student and member of the Millennial generation about leadership for the future.




This conference is funded by these Dakota Wesleyan lecture endowments and centers of excellence:


Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been honored as a College of Distinction through demonstration of excellence in these areas: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.
The Chronicle of Higher Education named Dakota Wesleyan University one of the “Great Colleges to Work For®” for 2014-2015. DWU won honors in three categories: facilities, workspace and security, and supervisor/department chair relationship.
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