Leading the Future Conference

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This fall, we will offer the program online as a free webinar.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
9 to 10:30 a.m. Central

The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing and Carlson Executive Education are excited to announce the fourth event in the Leading the Future series. Through this annual event we provide engaging opportunities for leaders to grow professionally and bring out the best in their teams and organizations.

Exploring the Intersections of Leadership, Equity, Inclusion, & YOU

This webinar will focus on the ways in which leadership, equity, and inclusion intersect and require personal reflection. Dr. Abdul Omari, founder of AMO Enterprise, will demonstrate how he has discovered the connections between these topics through personal reflections, mistakes, and breakthrough moments. Fun and engaging stories will be complemented by the seriousness of the collective responsibility to pursue social justice.
If you would like to submit a question for our speaker prior to the webinar, please fill out this form: z.umn.edu/2021leadingthefuture. You will also be able to submit questions live during the webinar via the Zoom Q&A function.
Dr. Abdul Omari
Dr. Abdul M. Omari is in the business of human connection. He is the founder of AMO Enterprise, which focuses on leadership development and the inseparable ties to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Abdul holds a B.A. in global studies, a master’s of public policy, and a PhD in comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota.

Abdul is devoted to civic and public service. He served six years as an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota and currently serves on the University of Minnesota Foundation Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors for AchieveMpls, and Civic Eagle. Abdul has been featured in Minnesota Business Magazine's "Young Entrepreneurs". In 2019, he was selected as one of 140 people nationwide to participate in the Young American Leaders Program at Harvard Business School. Abdul has also been recognized as one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 40 Under 40 and was named one of Minnesota’s Top 100 People to Know in 2021 by Twin Cities Business. Omari is a proud native of Minneapolis, Minnesota with immigrant parents from Kenya and Jordan and is a sucker for a good TV show and an avid sports fan.

Previous Conferences:
2018: Mindful Leadership
2019: Leading with Purpose
2020: Cultivating Resilience in Leaders: The Key to Transformational Leadership. Watch the webinar.

Mary Jo Kreitzer
Director, University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

Mary Jo Kreitzer

Mary Jo Kreitzer PhD, RN, FAAN is the founder and director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, where she also serves as a tenured professor in the School of Nursing. and is the co-lead of the doctorate of nursing practice program in integrative health and healing. Dr. Kreitzer earned her doctoral degree in public health focused on health services research, policy and administration, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing. She has served as the principal or co-principal investigator of numerous NIH-funded clinical trials focusing on mindfulness meditation with persons with chronic disease, including studies focusing on solid organ transplant, cardiovascular disease, chronic insomnia, diabetes, and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Kreitzer has authored more than 150 publications, and is the co-editor of the 1st and 2nd editions of the text Integrative Nursing published by Oxford University Press.

Nora Anderson
Executive Director, University of Minnesota's Carlson Executive Education

nora anderson

Nora Anderson is passionate about creating a positive impact for organizations and individuals through education and has over a decade of experience in  leadership roles in Management Education across three continents. She is currently Executive Director of Executive Education at the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota). Prior to working at the Carlson School, she held leadership roles in International Business Development and Executive Education at IE Business School in Spain and Universidad Siglo 21 in Argentina. Nora has lived and worked in Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Chile and Brazil and traveled to over 40 countries. She is bilingual in Spanish and fluent in Portuguese and holds an MBA degree from IE Business School and a B.A. degree from Macalester College.

Carlson Executive Education

Minnesota's business leaders rely on Carlson Executive Education for their professional development. Carlson School of Management is globally recognized with top-ranked programs and award-winning faculty. They offer development resources for leaders all along the leadership spectrum, from emerging management talent to seasoned executives. Programs are used by both individual professionals and organizations to develop a wide range of essential business disciplines, including high-level strategy, finance, leadership, analytics, and more.

Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

The University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing enriches health and wellbeing by providing exemplary interprofessional education, conducting rigorous research, delivering innovative engagement programs, and advancing innovative models of care. Their vision is to advance the health and wellbeing of individuals, organizations, and communities through integrative health and healing.