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Campus-Wide Leadership Series

What is the Campus-Wide Leadership Series?

The Campus-Wide Leadership Series presents highly successful professional leaders from all fields from our KUMC campus, the Kansas City community and beyond. Our primary goal with this leadership series is to teach people how to be leaders through the stories of other's experiences.

Who Should Attend? 

All employees including faculty, staff, trainees, and learners are encouraged to attend. This includes KUMC (Kansas City, Salina & Wichita) and the University of Kansas Health System.

How Do I Register? 

All campus-wide leadership presentations will be presented virtually until further notice.

To attend a campus-wide leadership presentation, register below:

Encouraging Empathy as a Leadership Essential

2021 Schedule

Jack JacobsonMarch 4th, 12 - 1 pm - "Encouraging Empathy as a Leadership Essential"

Jake Jacobson
Vice President of Growth & Partnerships
Native Digital

Throughout Jake Jacobson's professional life - a career that includes daily newspapers, global tech, nonprofit health care and digital marketing - the two common threads have been storytelling and an eagerness to help others. As News Editor at The Kansas City Star, he helped readers better understand their community. As Social Media Manager at Garmin, he helped runners, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts learn how GPS technology could enhance their favorite activities.

While Director of Public Relations at Children's Mercy, he shared stories of inspirational patients and innovative caregivers to help families see they weren't alone. Now, as VP of Growth & Partnerships at Native Digital, he helps match clients' needs with his colleagues' talents. At every stop, Jake has been a vocal champion, active volunteer and board member for dozens of Kansas City's organizations, earning him Nonprofit Connect's honor as Emerging Volunteer of the Year in 2017.

Jessica PalmApril 7th,  12 - 1 pm - "Breaking Barriers & Building Up Others"

Jessica Palm
Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations
Kansas City Area Development Council

Jessica Palm leads KCADC's integrated marketing strategies and public relations. From elevating the market's industry strengths to positioning the region globally as KC Heartland, Jessica works to further KCADC's mission to attract corporate investment, jobs and talented people to the two-state, 18-county area.
A national thought leader on lifestyle marketing, Jessica has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Business Insider. She is a KC Business Journal NextGen Leader, Most Influential Women in Business by KC Magazine, and is proud to be on the leadership team of the No. 1 regional economic development group in the country.

A native of Kansas City, Jessica graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.

Series Background

The KUMC Campus Wide Leadership Series is an opportunity unlike any other on campus, It aims at all employees and trainees with the purpose of sharing stories of leaders in the community and beyond. The leadership series was one of our most consistently well attended programs for the last 14 years.

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 & Student Affairs (OASA) and co-sponsored by the University of Kansas Hospital, and the University of Kansas Schools of Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing. All events are offered at no cost to participants. For questions or suggestions, please contact Jenny Laffey.

Last modified: Mar 05, 2021