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Mines offers Leadership Lecture Series to students, staff, community
Release Date Friday, January 17, 2014


RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jan. 17, 2014) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will offer a three-part Leadership Lecture Series entitled “Getting People to Want to Work for You” beginning Tuesday, Jan. 21, for students, faculty, staff and members of the community.

International businessman Irvin Sterner, who has retired in the Black Hills, will share his philosophy and advice to help participants develop a leadership plan. There is no charge to attend the series, which is from 4-4:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21; Thursday, Jan. 23; and Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Classroom Building, room 204 east.

Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions, as they build upon each other. Topics are:

·         Jan. 21: Positive Communications a Leader Must Initiate in the Workplace

·         Jan. 23: Manage by the Numbers, Not Your Intuition

·         Jan. 28: Don’t Fall Victim to Managerial Clichés

Sterner has spent his lifetime managing small teams, large international companies and both engineering and non-technical personnel. He was general manager of Dale Electronics Inc., which was purchased by Vishay and is now known as Vishay Dale Electronics. He also owned Custom Coils Inc., which manufactures electronic components.

His presentations will focus on “how to keep your job and advance in your career. These presentations also make you aware of invisible things that are happening in the workplace,” said Jason Ash, Ph.D., advisor of the Mines chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which is hosting the series with the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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