Dr. Paul & Annie Kienel Leadership Institute

Leadership moves the world. In today's world of growing complexity, it is becoming essential to not only have knowledge, but to have the imagination to anticipate, adapt to and drive change.

The Leadership Seminar Series is a community service event free to the public. The seminars are hosted simultaneously live and online. The events are designed to enhance the effectiveness of emerging and established leaders.

Leadership Institute



2018–2019 Leadership Seminar Series Schedule

Winsome Persuasion: Engaging a Cantankerous Culture
Dr. Rick Langer, PhD, Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies; Director, Office for the Integration of Faith and Learning, Biola University

October 16, 2018 | 7–8:15 p.m.

The public square is no longer a place for civil dialog. Essential conversations are often thwarted and thoughtful people are maligned. The options to engage culture are to retreat, become equally vitriolic, or become winsome. This seminar, by one of the authors of Winsome Persuasion, provides time-tested principles for restoring peace to the public square and equips participants to be winsome communicators.

The Science and Art of Empathy: The Core Executive Soft Skill
Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson, Ed.D., Dean of CBU College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

December 3, 2018 | 7–8:15 p.m.

Mutual understanding and respect requires empathy. Empathy is the core executive soft skill that allows leaders to build impactful teams and manage conflict. Empathy is more than understanding what others are feeling; empathy happens when others feel that you truly understand them. This seminar explores the power of empathy and equips participants with basic empathic techniques to be active listeners and genuine change agents in their personal and professional endeavors.

Architecture, Art, Literature, and Music: Aesthetical Insights to Leadership
Dr. Joseph Bolin, D.M.A., Dean of CBU College of Music
Dr. Troy Hinrichs, J.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, California Baptist University
Dr. Katherine Papineau, Ph.D., Assistant Dean of CBU College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design
Mark Roberson, M.Arch., Dean of CBU College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design

February 4, 2019 | 7–8:15 p.m.

Great architecture, art, literature and music provide both existential and visceral insights to the drama of leadership beyond what traditional leadership books are able to accomplish. This seminar reviews exemplary works in architecture, art, literature and music and equips participants with multiple frames of reference to become aesthetically aware, engaging and culturally astute leaders.