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Family business and women in gaming among topics of MAOL presentations

Denita Huisinga is one step from received her Master of Arts on Organizational Leadership (MAOL) from St. Catherine University. She is one of nine MAOL students who will share finding from their Leadership Thesis or Leadership Action Project.

These public presentations happen twice a year, in the fall and spring.

Huisinga’s Leadership Action Project, “Family Business Phenomenon: Rags to Riches to Rags in Three Generations” explores the rise and fall of family business and identifies ways to address succession challenges. She will share interviews with family business leaders and their successors, as well as subject matter experts during her presentation.

George Slade’s action project, “Characteristics of Exemplary Leadership in Visual Arts Organizations,” focuses on the nature of leadership in the field of visual arts. Slade, like Huisinga, is graduating this December. 

“This is a field that has received relatively little attention from researchers and sometimes seems like foreign territory,” he writes in his abstract. “I will report findings from a survey and interviews with five visual arts leaders in Michigan whose observations illuminate the character of exemplary leadership in this ecosystem.

All presentations will be held in the St. Paul campus library (room 128), unless otherwise noted. They are free and open to the public.


Saturday, November 15, 2014
11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
“Reducing and Preventing Incidents of Bullying in the Workplace” by Sarah Koehler, MAOL '14

 4:15–5 p.m.
“Women as Values-Based Leaders in Corporations” by Pana Lee, MAOL '14

 Saturday, November 22, 2014
11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
“Female Ministry Leaders: Adversities and Success Strategies” by Lisa Shirley, MAOL '15

 Thursday, December 4, 2014
4–5 p.m.
“Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Ethics, and Animal Welfare” by Elizabeth Gray, MAOL '14

 5:15–6 p.m.
“Developing Organizational Cultures that Can Sustain Change” by Mary Graf, MAOL '14

Friday, December 5, 2014
4–4:45 p.m.
“Senior Women Executives in the Gaming Industry” by Stacie Welch, MAOL '15

 5–5:45 p.m.
“Family Business Phenomenon: Rags to Riches to Rags in Three Generations“ by Denita Huisinga, MAOL '14

Saturday, December 6, 2014
11:45 a.m.–12:30 pm
“The Impact of a Diverse Workforce on an Organization: Challenges and Opportunities” by Abraham Bah, MAOL '14

2–2:45 p.m.
“Characteristics of Exemplary Leadership in Visual Arts Organizations” by George Slade MAOL '14, in the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, Visual Arts Building


For more information about each presentation, email MAOL coordinator Valerie Krech at or 651-690-6420.

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Nov. 5, 2014 by Pauline Oo

See also: Leadership, Students