Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Memorable Week in Review

Standing Tall with Bestsellling Author Jim Hunter

On June 9, my wife, Faye, and I traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the Greenleaf Center’s 19th Annual International Conference.

On Wednesday, June 10, I conducted the pre-conference workshop, Servant Leadership: The World’s Greatest Leadership Philosophy. Two weeks prior to the conference, 22 people had registered for the session but we ended up with 40 participants. They were from all across America, Europe, and Africa.

Obviously, the highlight of the week (see June 12 Blog) came when I saw my book, Stand Tall, for the very first time. It still seems unreal.

The Greenleaf Center Conference also affords me the opportunity to see and hear some great speakers. It’s not uncommon for me to sit and watch for hours and learn from some of the best. Thursday morning I got the chance to see my friend, Jim Hunter, author of the bestselling books, Servant Leadership: The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle and The Servant. I might also add that Hunter graciously endorsed Stand Tall.

Later that afternoon, I heard another wonderful speaker, Vikki Pryor. Pryor is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc. in New York City. She gave a warm and moving speech about how she endeavors to make her organization a great place to work. Last year, SBLI was rated as one of the Top 50 businesses in New York City. I get the feeling this isn’t the last time “we’ve” heard from her.

I owe a great deal of gratitude to Kent Keith, CEO,Greenleaf Center. If it was not for him, Stand Tall would still be a dream.

Finally, it was truly a memorable week for me and one that I won’t soon forget. I met so many wonderful people from all across the globe.

I’m equally looking forward to next year’s conference when it comes to Atlanta. Columbus has also been selected as a host city for a special day full of pre-conference workshops on the Wednesday prior to the start of the conference.


  1. I am very pleased that your book is finally here and very much look forward to seeing in print the progession of some of the ideas you have spoken to various groups in recent months. Thanks for your hard work for servant leadership.

  2. Thanks, Steve. It certainly has been a work in progress which makes for a enjoyable and intereesting journey. As always, I appreciate your support.