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For Immediate Release
February 21, 2012

IPFW Announces Inaugural Applied Leadership Series

Key Info

  • IPFW Applied Leadership Series
  • Three-day, intensive training for business managers
  • Top IPFW faculty and business leaders conduct sessions
  • Class size is limited
  • Register at 260-481-6619

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Winston Churchill once said, “Leadership is not knowing what to do, it is knowing what to do next.” That’s a major tenet of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) Applied Leadership Series, which offers its newly developed, intensive, and hands-on program Wednesday through Friday, March 14–16, 2012. The series is cosponsored by IPFW’s Divisions of Continuing Studies (DCS) and Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS).

“The IPFW Applied Leadership Series has been designed and developed to give managers an opportunity to refine their leadership skills to take charge of building a continuously improving organization.
It is dedicated to helping managers build upon existing leadership abilities while learning about emerging issues in varied disciplines that have to be well understood to be successful in leading the way,” said Robert Abel, project coordinator for the series and a member of the OLS faculty.

The areas to be explored are designed to continuously advance a culture of high performance. These include:

  • Reviewing the current economic climate
  • Managing innovation and change
  • Succession planning
  • Managing demographic shifts and workforce effectiveness
  • Understanding developing legal and ethical issues
  • Targeting best practice leadership

Abel says the series is a rich assembly of content and expertise. “The instructors are experts in their fields and will offer a forum where managers can learn new methods and techniques in each of these disciplines. The challenging yet condensed curriculum will use case studies, lecture, and application exercises to teach these topics. The small classes and collaborative environment help participants form a tight-knit network of industry peers.”

Instructors for the series include a number of IPFW’s tenured and extended faculty as well as nationally and internationally recognized leaders from area businesses including Keith Busse and David Floyd.

The series will be held in the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center, located across Paul Shaffer Drive from the Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Coliseum. The Alumni Center’s address is 1528 E. California Road.

Registration is now underway; however, the class size is limited. For information on registration and fees or to register, contact the Division of Continuing Studies at 260-481-6619. For more information on the series, contact Abel at 260-482-6496, 574-453-8761, or