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

April 16, 2015
DWU Sherman Center

Dakota Wesleyan University invites you to be a part of an exciting experience – the Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change. This is the second year that the Kelley Center for Entrepreneurship and McGovern Center have partnered to bring speakers to campus to help foster forward-thinking and change locally, regionally, as well as nationally.

This event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with registration at 9 a.m. and features keynote speaker Peter Greer, CEO of Hope International, and sponsored by the Stark Lecture Series on campus. The second major speaker is Gary Oppenheimer, founder of, and sponsored by the McGovern Center.


PETER GREER, CEO of Hope International, joined the organization in 2004. He came from the field of microfinance, where he put his strengths to work for such organizations as URWEGO Community Banking in Rwanda, Self-Help Development Foundation in Zimbabwe, and as a microfinance adviser in Cambodia. He speaks and writes on topics of faith and international development, and has co-authored “The Poor Will Be Glad,” “The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good” and “Mission Drift.”





Gary Oppenheimer


GARY OPPENHEIMER is the executive director and founder of As director of a community garden in 2009, he learned about the wasted food in many plots and created a program called "Ample Harvest" to get the excess food to local food pantries. Realizing this as a nationwide problem, he created a nationwide solution called to use the Internet to educate, encourage and enable millions of growers nationwide to share their ample harvest with local food pantries in all 50 states. (bio information drawn from


Oppenheimer will also be the keynote speaker for the McGovern Hunger Summit on April 15.




If attending, please register here. There is also the opportunity to preorder a boxed lunch for $10 through your registration form.

Returning this year will be the Innovatalks – short presentations by innovative leaders on campus and beyond. This year’s Innovatalks feature: DWU nursing student Ashley Kingdon Reese, executive director of Independent Health Solutions; Christian Doyle, DWU Student Senate president; Andrew DeVaney, Student Ministry Council president; Dr. Joel Allen, assistant professor of religion at DWU; and Aaron Mayer, entrepreneurial leadership major, discussing the agriculture business using drones (with demonstration).


*Participants are encouraged to visit the McGovern Hunger Summit page, as well, which will take place on Wednesday, April 15, at the same location.


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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