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Presentation Descriptions

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Presentations

What does it mean to be a Leader?

Explore the nuances of leadership as it is valued and evaluated by organizations. Mike Markovits shares his insights from both ends of the spectrum – large multi-national organizations and entrepreneurial start-ups engaged in social change initiatives.  Format will include time for questions. 

Monday, March 6, 2017                                                                                 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga Auditorium, WA Lettinga Campus, 6191 Kraft Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49512


Traits of Extraordinary Leaders

There are good leaders, better leaders and those that are extraordinary. After years of experience developing a global pool of leaders at such companies as IBM and General Electric, Mike Markovits has identified traits that set leaders apart. This interactive session is designed to challenge current thoughts about leadership and stimulate meaningful dialogue about the future.  This event is available for live-streaming.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017                                                                                 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wilbur & Sharon Lettinga Auditorium, WA Lettinga Campus, 6191 Kraft Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49512


Student Leadership Symposium

The Student Leadership Symposium of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Program at Davenport University brings together students across campuses to explore their leadership traits and further enhance their leadership skills.

Designed as an immersive experience with key touchpoints throughout the week, students will work directly with Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Mike Markovits to truly impact their leadership skills in their current roles and to build and prepare for future careers as leaders.  More information on this event: Symposium Info


Made possible through a grant from the M.E. Davenport Legacy Endowment.