Brenau University hosts public seminar at High Museum by Servant Leader guru Kent Keith

Apr 27, 2012
Brenau Staff

Dr. Kent KeithBrenau University will host a free and open-to-the-public seminar entitled “Servant Leadership in the Boardroom: Fulfilling the Public Trust” conducted by internationally acclaimed author Kent M. Keith at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Hill Auditorium at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. A reception will follow the program at 4:30 p.m.

Those interested in attending must reply to or 770-534-3129.

Keith achieved global acclaim for penning a booklet entitled ‘The Paradoxical Commandments,” a collection of 10 proverbs for daily life and personal behavior that have been attributed to everyone from Mother Teresa to rock star Ted Nugent. Keith for the past five years has been CEO of the Indiana-based organization, the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, a nonprofit international organization that promotes the understanding and practice of servant leadership.

Keith will be the featured speaker at both Brenau commencement ceremonies in Gainesville on May 4 and 5. He also agreed to conduct the day-long seminar at The High during his time in Georgia.

“Dr. Keith not only is well versed in the concept of servant leadership,” said Brenau President Ed Schrader, “but he also helped make it today a philosophy for both our personal and professional lives that for the last four decades has gained traction and momentum around the globe. This seminar is an excellent opportunity for business leaders to learn firsthand how to apply the philosophy to their daily lives.”

Dr. Keith gained fame throughout the world after his book <em>Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments</em> became an international bestseller, translated into 17 languages. Dr. Keith also wrote and published <em>The Case for Servant Leadership</em>, <em>Servant Leadership in the Boardroom: Fulfilling the Public Trust</em>, and <em>Morality and Morale: A Business Tale</em>. Over the years, Dr. Keith has given more than 1,000 conference papers, keynote presentations, and workshops in the United States and eight countries in Europe and Asia. He has been featured in The New York Times, People magazine, The Washington Post, Family Circle and The Wall Street Journal and has appeared on television and radio throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, and Australia, including in an interview by Katie Couric on NBC’s Today Show.

Dr. Keith earned a B.A. in government from Harvard University, an M.A. in philosophy and politics from Oxford University in England, a Certificate in Japanese from Waseda University in Tokyo, a law degree from the University of Hawaii, and an Ed. D. from the University of Southern California. He is a Rhodes Scholar.

Born in New York, he grew up in Nebraska, California, Virginia and Rhode Island before settling in Hawaii. There he practiced law, served as the state Director of Planning and Economic Development and president of Chaminade University of Honolulu among other leadership roles in business and the not-for-profit sector. Dr. Keith will be completing his service as CEO of the Greenleaf Center in July 2012, after which he and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Keith, will be moving to Singapore, where he will be associated with the Greenleaf Centre for Servant Leadership-Asia.

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