Ivy Tech Corporate College Offering Free Spring Seminars on Economic Development

Ivy Tech Corporate College is hosting three seminars this spring focusing on the topic of Economic Development. The series, which kicks off March 28, will be beneficial for anyone engaged in leadership and management in northeast Indiana—public or private. It features distinguished leaders and scholars who will share their knowledge on a variety of business topics.

Speaker Schedule: All speaking events are free and open to the public and will be from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Coliseum Campus Auditorium (3800 N. Anthony Blvd.).

March 28
Dean Schroeder, Ph.D.
“Ideas are Free ─ Engaging Your Employees”

April 25
David Mao, Esq.                                                                                                                  “Expanding Your Global Market ─ Doing Business in China”

May 23
Hank Feeser, Ph.D.                                                                                                            “Economic Development ─ Impact of Technology”

To register for one or more seminars, go to IvyTech.edu/northeast/speakers or call 260-480-4118.

About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system.  It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community. 

About Dean M. Schroeder, Ph.D.
dean-schroederDean M. Schroeder, Ph.D., is a distinguished scholar, author and consultant. He is an experienced leader of strategic organizational transformations, having started up two companies, led the turnaround of two others, and served as a consultant on many organizational change initiative teams in North America, Europe, and Asia. He served for five years on the Board of Examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, is on the Board of Directors of the American Creativity Association, and has served on several corporate boards. Schroeder currently serves as the Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs in Management, and is the Herbert and Agnes Schulz Professor of Management at Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana. Schroeder has authored more than 80 articles and papers, for which he has received a number of national awards. His 2004 book, co-authored with Alan G. Robinson, Ideas Are Free: How the Idea Revolution is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations, was based on their research and consulting in more than 300 organizations in 17 countries. The book describes how the best companies successfully get large numbers of ideas from their front-line employees. The book was named Reader’s Choice by Fast Company magazine in June 2004 and one of the 30 best business books of 2004 by Soundview Executive Books, and was featured on ABC World News, CNN Headline News, and several NPR programs. A syndicated small business columnist for Scripps-Howard, Paul Tulenko, wrote about Ideas Are Free, “I rate this book 5 1/2 stars, a first in this category. It’s that powerful. (Only the Bible and the Constitution receive 6 stars.)”. Schroeder received a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota, a MBA from the University of Montana, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota. He has also taught at the University of Massachusetts, St. Petersburg Technical University in Russia and the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration (affiliated with INSEAD) in Greece. Schroeder is a principle in Quest Management, a consulting company focusing on strategic planning and cultural transformation in both the public and private sectors.

About David Z. Mao, Esq.
David Mao is a PRC registered and licensed attorney practicing law at Shanghai Pioneer Law Office, one of the oldest downtown law firms in Shanghai. Shanghai Pioneer is known for its expertise in various areas including foreign investment and trade, banking, securities, corporate and commercial matters. Mao has more than 10 years of experience practicing in law in China. Prior to Shanghai Pioneer, he worked as a foreign legal consultant for various international and United States firms such as Baker & McKenzie, Herbert Smith, and Davis Wright & Tremaine. He also worked as a trade finance officer at the Bank of America in Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. Mao’s practice has focused on international trade, foreign investment in China and cross-border transaction. He is a 1988 graduate of Shanghai Zhenxing Comparative Law Institute, where he received his diploma in Comparative Law. In 1992, Mao earned his LL.M. degree from the University of Washington, and in 1997, he received an MBA from Seattle University. Mao is also counsel to Shanghai Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Wujin Chinese Overseas Office in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province.

About Hank Feeser, Ph.D.
Henry (Hank) R. Feeser, has a portfolio containing 25 years of service with the United States Navy (Commander, USN (Retired)), a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Purdue University and many entrepreneurial ventures. As an innovator and early adopter, Feeser is a leader in the use of today’s emerging technologies. While blending his expertise in strategy, marketing, technology and sustainability, Feeser has a unique perspective on how technology will continue to revolutionize our business and social cultures. His business experience spans over 40 years in various phases of the truck manufacturing, building construction, electronic, weapons, shipbuilding and computer & computer-related consulting industries. He has been directly responsible for the startup of four companies and is an angel investor. Feeser teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses at the university level (Strategic Management and Marketing). His current business is YABI.biz, a LLC supporting Purdue student entrepreneurs. For fun, Feeser likes to garden and sails his Hunter 27 in Padre Island waters with his wife Linda. He also crews on a J29 racing sailboat from time to time and enjoys the Rolex 24, where he crewed a Porsche GT3 in 2004.

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