2016 Campus-Wide Leadership Series: January - May

session 1 full house

The leadership series is about "Stories of Leaders: How They Do or Did It."  The series presents highly successful professional leaders from all fields (not just medicine) from our KUMC campus, the Kansas City area and nationally. Our goal with the series is to teach people, through the stories of other's experiences, how to be leaders. The series ran from 2002 - 2012, and returned on January 15, 2016. 

Suggetstions for 2017 Series

Please submit your ides for topics, speakers or other ideas for the Spring 2017 CWLS Series now by emailing Marty McLaughlin Jarvis.

Target Audience

All employees, VIPs, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend (this includes KUMC, University of Kansas Health System, KUMC RI and all others employed on the KUMC and Westwood campuses. 

How to Register

Click on an upcoming blue event title below to sign up. The series is offered at no cost to the participants. Lunch is provided to the first 125 registered participants who show up at each event. NOTE: To register more than one person, you must complete each registration and leave the confirmation, returning to the original "register here" webpage  to register the next person.

  • LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE (except June 15th) Those unable to attend may watch the Live Stream except on June 15th for Coach Self and Joe Carter (due to the location). The link is www.kumc.edu/stream.html  The link can be opened in any browser and on mobile devices during the hour of the presentation. It is an active page on the KUMC website that is used for all event streaming such as the Campus-Wide Leadership Series.
  • 2016 VIDEO RECORDINGS - Access specific presentations by clicking the video icon below, next to the title you wish to hear, or visit our VIDEO & PHOTO LIBRARY for recordings of CWLS presentations between 2006 through the most recent event.


All 2016 events are from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., in G013 School of Nursing Auditorium 

January 15  - Lessons in Life & Business from the 2015 World Series 

Whether you are a baseball fan or not, living in Kansas City you have no choice but to be awestruck and beam with pride over our baseball team. Ms. Danner will parallel for us some takeaway lessons about life and business from the winning dynamic, energy and success journey of the KC ROYALS. As she says, "the Royals defied odd after odd, destroyed one statistic after another and kept doing what they do best to bring home the 2015 World Series Commissioner's Trophy. As a TEAM, they worked together and relied on each other's unique talents to create an unstoppable force."  Time will be saved for Q&A with the audience.

Gina Danner

CEO, NextPage & PrintBig

BIO: Ms. Gina Danner serves as Special Advisor of Member Assist, LLC. Ms. Danner is the Owner of Mail Print, Inc. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. She has helped grow Mail Print from a small offset print shop with one press in 1988 to an industry leading solution provider with over $9 million in capital equipment and technology, She is local consultant, mentor and awarded entrepreneurial leader and has served as the president for the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association, a board member for Operation Breakthrough, and the Entrepreneurial Exchange. She has also served as a past entrepreneurial coach for the Kauffman Foundation's FastTrack program and for the Pipeline Program for entrepreneurs. She is active in local and national entrepreneurial, networking and charitable organizations. Ms. Danner is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia

February 12 - Playing Well With Others 

Without musicians and conductors "playing well with others" the symphony would not be successful. The same theory applies to any group or "team" of people who work together. Mr. Demirjian has many messages from his career, and will make time for Q&A with the audience about his message.  Key points are based upon quotes below from Mr. Demirjian's bio and include, but are not limited to:

 "... building relationships with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, conducting an astounding volume of diverse programs and supporting the work of Music Director Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony musicians."  Our campus healthcare workers must essentially "build relationships with patients of all ages and backgrounds, work with diverse programs and support the work of their colleagues in health care and in research.

"...helped lead the expansion of the Symphony's concert offerings; principal architects of the Symphony's Education Series."  KU Medical Center is an award winning academic healthcare provider in Kansas City and if we are to remain at the cutting edge ofBest Practices of medicine, as well as the teaching and research aspects of it, than being able to lead expansions of our programs is critical to our success. 

"... believes passionately that music and the arts are essential parts of education for all young people, and that music, in particular, supports and nurtures the skills for growth and success in all disciplines." Mr. Demirjian will share his insight into how this applies to the discipline of healthcare and research education.

Aram Demirjian

Associate Conductor, Kansas City Symphony

BIO: Mr. Aram Demirjian is flourishing as associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. Now in his fourth season, Demirjian has distinguished himself as a devoted and integral member of the Kansas City arts community, building relationships with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, conducting an astounding volume of diverse programs and supporting the work of Music Director and the musicians. Read more.

March 11 - Leaders Among Us  

Have you ever considered changing the direction of your career, or even moving into a different one? Dr. Norman will share the "why" behind his decisions during his career to change the trajectory plus some of his experiences related to those decisions. He will also explain what he is doing with the military today, a little about his role as our new State Surgeon of Kansas and what the word "surgeon" in the title means plus why preparedness is so important for the state. Lastly he will discuss the three most important things he wants to accomplish and why the concept of "citizen soldiers" is so important. Time will be saved for Q&A with the audience.

Lee A. Norman, MD, MHS, MBA

Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, KU Hospital; U.S. Army officer serving in the Kansas Army National Guard, advisor to homeland security and regional disaster preparedness agencies. Dr. Norman was recently named State Surgeon of Kansas.

BIO: Dr. Norman received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and did his residency in family medicine in Texas. After serving in the USAF as a family physician, flight surgeon, and combat medicine instructor, he practiced medicine in Seattle, Washington for 20 years. During that time, he served as a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and was vice president for medical affairs / chief medical officer at the Swedish Health System, a 1400 bed regional referral center. Additionally, he served on the Board and as Chairman of the Puget Sound Blood and Tissue Transplant Center in Seattle. In 1998, Dr. Norman joined the Carondelet Health System, a nationwide Catholic Health System, as the senior physician executive, until successful completion of a $100M turnaround and eventual merger with Ascension Health. From 2002-2007, Dr. Norman was an independent consultant working with hospitals and health systems in performance improvement, patient safety, medical staff development and quality initiatives. He is now senior vice president and chief medical officer of the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, and clinical assistant professor at the KU School of Medicine. He currently serves as an intelligence officer and in disaster medicine planning in the United States Army National Guard, stationed at Joint Forces Headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, reporting to the Army Adjutant General and Director of Homeland Security. Dr. Norman was recently named as the State Surgeon of Kansas. Read More

Dr. Norman has a masters degree in health planning and systems analysis from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and an executive MBA degree from the University of Washington Graduate School of Business.

April 8 - Self-Doubt: the Roadblock to Leadership  

Ms. Greenberg will share her insight from believing the greatest challenge is one's roadblock from self-doubt and how to overcome or manage it.

Tami Greenberg, MS

CEO, Ronald McDonald House, former National MS Society Mid America Chapter President &T Greenberg voted one of the KC Business Journal's 2015 NextGen Leaders and one of THIS IS KC's 2015 Influential Women of KC Business.

BIO: Greenberg was named as CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City in early July, which provides a place to stay, meals and support to families of sick children. The organization runs three houses and a family room in Children's Mercy. As CEO, she oversees 30 employees and 14,000 volunteers. She said her role is connecting the community to the work her team is doing. In addition, she has served as the president at the National MS Society, Mid America Chapter since August, 2014.  The chapter is based in Kansas City, MO. Prior to MS Society President, she was the senior vice president, strategy development and human capital at the United Way of Greater Kansas City, where she was the lead staff person responsible for strategy development, measurement, execution and alignment. In this role, she also had corporate campaign responsibility, in addition to overseeing all aspects of staff development. Ms. Greenberg has a bachelor's in psychology from Wheaton College, and a master's in social work from the University of Kansas. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including completion of the Centurions Leadership Development program through the greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Kansas City Tomorrow through the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, and serving as the committee chair on the Kansas City Missouri Mayor's Challenge Cabinet.  Most recently, she was voted one of the KC Business Journal's 2015 NextGen Leaders and one of THIS IS KC's 2015 Influential Women of KC Business.

JUNE 15th There is no I in TEAM       

Two sports legends will share stories about their personal journey to fame, their mentors and others who have influenced them, and how they work together on numerous projects.  Each will also share lessons they learned from winning the NCAA Championship in 2008 and the World Series in 1993.


Bill Self

The video clip used during the introduction of Bell Self by Dr. Klein: Bill Self Final pep talk vs Memphis - YouTube

KU's Men's Basketball Head CoachB Self

BIO: Billy Eugene "Bill" Self, Jr. is an American college men's basketball coach at the University of Kansas, where he has led Kansas to twelve straight Big 12 Conference regular season championships, (2004-05 through 2015-16 seasons),[5] 2008 NCAA national championship, where they won and the 2012 NCAA national championship, where they finished the season as the national runner-up. Coach Self is highly recognized as an award winning Coach of the Year.  His career stats can be found on the web.  What you may not know:

  • Thirty-two years after the state high school championship game in which Self played in 1979, where Garth Brooks and Self's future wife Cindy were also students, Self is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball and is defined by the connections he has made throughout his life and career. Whether at high school basketball games, summer camps or Subway restaurants, Self has a knack for forging lasting relationships based on fleeting instances. For example, perhaps Self's biggest break came in 1984 when he worked at Larry Brown's summer camp at Kansas. Self hurt his knee, prompting Brown to ask if there was anything he could do. Self responded, "Give me a job." A year later, Self drove to Lawrence, Kan., unannounced. Brown made Self a graduate assistant.
  • Executive Pastor Earl McClellan, who knew Self at Oral Roberts said, "I could tell he knew what he was doing - the leadership, the compassion, the passion and the skill. Obviously he's an outstanding coach that was destined for some significant things."
  • During the 10 years (2002-2012) of the previous KUMC Campus-Wide Leadership Series, Coach Self was the only speaker who asked to spend time with the children in the pediatric ward of our hospital.

Joe Carter

The video clip used during the introduction of Joe Carter by Dr. Klein:  Joe Carter Hits Walk-Off World Series Home Run - YouTube

Baseball Legend (Carter hit the three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of game six of the 1993 World Series that won the Toronto Blue Jays their seco

J Carter

nd consecutive championship.)

BIO: Joe Carter is an American former professional baseball player. During his storied career, Joe Carter was considered one of the most productive hitters in baseball. He was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays from 1989 to 1997, winning four straight American League East titles and two World Series titles. His 1993 World Series home run will forever be etched in Torontonian, Canadian, and general baseball lore-another legendary moment that ranks among the most memorable in the game's long history. Although his time with the Blue Jays are perhaps his most renowned, Carter's major league career spanned 15 years with 6 different teams. What you may not find includes:

  • Carter was one of the older siblings in a family that soon included 11 children. Encouraged to play sports by his parents, their backyard served as a baseball field where the Carter children played. It was on that family field that Carter first dreamed of batting a World Series-winning home run. A true sportsman on and off the field, Carter will forever be known as one of the best players of the late 80's and 90's.
  • Carter's unique achievements are the result of his philosophy: play hard, play fair, play right, and great things will happen such as: 1) Carter and his wife established The Joseph and Diana Carter Foundation to support and encourage the education of children; 2) Carter co-chairs the annual "Joe Carter Classic", a celebrity golf tournament which has raised over $1.2 million to benefit the Children's Aid Foundation and other local children's charities. The tournament in the Toronto area was founded in 2010.
  • Although Carter played for teams in the American League, he has lived in Kansas City during his career.
  • Carter bakes a pecan pie so good that when he gave one to the CEO of Walmart he was asked to make a million pies.


The KUMC Campus Wide Leadership Series grew in popularity every year beginning in 2002 reaching full house audiences of 230 per session by its last year in 2012. According to Robert M. Klein, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, "The leadership series was one of our most consistently well attended programs. The new 2016 Spring Series will live up to its reputation, and hopefully exceed it." 

We look for three basic components in a Campus-Wide Leadership Series presentation.

  • First, we ask presenters to "tell their story"-- their background; what drives them; who their mentors were or who inspired them along the way; and what obstacles they had to overcome and how they overcame them to reach their level of success.
  • Second, "address their personal leadership style" -- present the challenges and solutions to keeping everyone focused on the goal simultaneous to overcoming inherited handicaps in their business or life's dream; obstacles and limitations imposed on the job or task at hand; public relations and scrutiny; the challenges one faces from a diverse world; and two or three tips about their personal methods, style or philosophy about how to lead a team to success. 
  • Lastly and for the majority of the presentation we ask them to provide a unique focus from their own field or business, whatever that may be.


The series is organized by the Office of Academic Affairs & Graduate Studies (OAA) and co-sponsored by the University of Kansas Hospital, KUMC-Human Resources, University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions plus the Office of Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies. All events are offered at no cost to the participants, and lunch is provided to the first 125 participants who show up.  Questions, please contact Marty McLaughlin Jarvis

Last modified: Jul 13, 2016