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For Immediate Release
October 29, 2013

Gallup CEO Closes Out 2013 Omnibus Lecture Series

Key Info

  • IPFW Omnibus Lecture Series
  • Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup
  • "The Coming Jobs War"
  • Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m. Rhinehart Music Center, Auer Performance Hall
  • Photo available at

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is pleased to present Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup, as the final speaker in the 2013 Omnibus Lecture Series, Tuesday, November 12. Clifton’s appearance is made possible through the generous support of Lutheran Health Network, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and Sweetwater Sound. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Auer Performance Hall of the Rhinehart Music Center. The lecture is open to the public; however, free tickets are required.

Clifton’s topic, “The Coming Jobs War,” is taken from the title of his book by the same name. The book draws on 75 years of Gallup studies to explain why those who control the job market also control our future. His unique perspective makes him an authority in organizational consulting and public opinion research.

Clifton is the CEO of Gallup, famous for its public opinion polls, and under his leadership Gallup expanded its operations to a global scale. He is responsible for major innovations in the realm of public opinion polling, including the Gallup World Poll, which collects data from across the world on key global issues. He is also the creator of the Gallup Path, an economic model that examines relationships between workplace behavior and outcomes for businesses.

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Lutheran Health Network are partnering with IPFW to bring Clifton to the region because the book’s themes align closely with regional efforts currently underway through the Vision 2020 initiative.

Over 250 regional leaders are currently reading The Coming Jobs War and using it to guide discussions around northeast Indiana’s future.

“Clifton’s book emphasizes the role of local leadership in creating our region’s economic future. It was important for me to have Lutheran involved in bringing Clifton here to further rally and engage leaders in our global fight for jobs,” said Brian Bauer, CEO, Lutheran Hospital and interim CEO, Lutheran Health Network. We’re looking forward to hearing his insights on how we can continue to work together as a region to compete globally.”

Clifton states in The Coming Jobs War, “The cities and countries that act first—that focus everything they have on creating good jobs—are the ones that will win.”

“Developing, attracting, and retaining talent is vital to the economic success of our region. Without qualified talent to fill jobs, employers will locate elsewhere,” said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “Clifton's presence in northeast Indiana will create a sense of urgency to coalesce around the regional priorities of Vision 2020. This is all about growing GDP in northeast Indiana, and Clifton will be able to help us bring that point home.”

The Omnibus Lecture Series is dedicated to presenting diverse ideas through respected speakers to northeast Indiana. It is sponsored by the English-Bonter-Mitchell Foundation and the Dr. Louis A. and Anne B. Schneider Foundation. Media sponsors for 2013 are WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 and Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

Free tickets are required for all Omnibus Lectures. Tickets may be obtained:

  • IN PERSON at the Larson Box Office in the Gates Athletic Center, 12:30–6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • ONLINE at; a convenience fee of $1 will be charged
  • DAY OF EVENT in the Rhinehart Music Center one hour before the lecture, if seats remain

Each lecture will be held on the IPFW campus in The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center’s 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall. Doors open one hour before the each lecture. Campus parking is free and convenient. The 1,000-space Parking Garage 3 is located in the Fine Arts Plaza to serve Omnibus audiences. Patrons are advised to allow ample time for traffic and parking, as the series and other events on campus may draw large crowds.

About Lutheran Health Network:
Lutheran Health Network (LHN) is a taxpaying, integrated healthcare delivery system and one of the largest employers in the region. LHN encompasses eight separately licensed hospitals and nearly 1,000 licensed beds, including 793 in Allen County alone. The foundation of LHN is an experienced team consisting of 7,000 associates working together to deliver life-changing care. Lutheran Health Network continues to provide patients with extensive access to specialized services through its hospitals, patient care centers, and physician practices. The strength of LHN allows it to recruit highly skilled physicians, innovate with the newest technology, and participate in clinical research. Learn more at the Lutheran Health Network website.

About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership:
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership creating business investment by generating business leads, developing product and fostering regional collaboration. In 2010, the Partnership launched Vision 2020 to bring the region together around five key areas for economic growth: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. The 10 counties of northeast Indiana include Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. For more information, visit the NEI website

For a parking map, more information, and speaker photos, visit the Omnibus website or contact Susan Alderman, University Relations and Communications, at 260-481-6165 or