Leading with Purpose Conference

Time: -
Cost: $125

Carlson School of Management
321 19th Ave. South, 
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Following the enthusiasm for the Mindful Leadership Conference in 2018, this year's event, titled Leading with Purpose, seeks to provide a new opportunity for leaders to find the tools and support to bring the best out of their teams and organizations.

This year we will discover the "why" that drives our leadership and inspires the culture around us. Join us Monday, October 21, to hear from industry experts, including Richard Leider, Maggie Tomas, Mariann Johnson, and Louellen Essex, as they share practical insights and challenge us to lead with a greater sense of purpose.

Featured Speaker

Richard Leider

Richard LeiderWhy do you want to be a leader? The answer to that question will make a significant difference in how well you lead.  Your purpose inspires why you lead and how you engage others. Richard will present a practical framework and three paths for becoming a more purposeful leader. Purpose is fundamental to health, healing, happiness, and, ultimately, to becoming a trusted leader.

Richard Leider, founder of Inventure-The Purpose Company, is a senior fellow at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. He has written ten books including three bestsellers which have sold over one million copies. The Power of Purpose is considered a classic in the personal growth field. Widely viewed as a pioneer in the purpose movement, his PBS Special, The Power of Purpose, has been seen by millions of viewers.


Breakout Sessions

Discover Your Career Language

by Maggie Tomas

Discover your individual career language and get the tools to ask for what you need in your career to stay happy and healthy in a job you love. In this session, participants will learn the 5 career languages of motivation at work to identify their own career language and appreciate the career language of their colleagues, managers, and direct reports.

Living on Purpose, Mindfully

by Mariann Johnson

This session will explore the use of mindfulness as an everyday tool for enhancing resiliency and living in alignment with one’s purpose. Practical tips and tools will be provided to support and inspire a life rich in purpose and meaning.

Leading Courageously

by  Louellen Essex

Learn the disciplines that enable leaders to make bold moves that are effective. Understand how to assess risk accurately and avoid the draw of defensive leadership practices.


12:30 – 1:00 pm      Check In/Registration
1:00 – 1:15 pm       Welcome Address: Nora Anderson and Mary Jo Kreitzer
1:15 – 2:00 pm       KEYNOTE #1: Richard Leider 
2:10 – 2:50 pm       Breakout Session
3:00 – 3:40 pm       Breakout Session  
3:50 – 4:35 pm       KEYNOTE #2 (to be announced)
4:35 – 4:55 pm       Closing Remarks: Nora Anderson and Mary Jo Kreitzer
5:00 – 5:45          Networking Reception

Breakout Session Speakers

Maggie Tomas

Mariann Thomas

Maggie Tomas is the Director of the Graduate Business Career Center at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.  In her role, she leads coaching and business development for 8 different graduate business programs for 1500 students and 20,000+ alumni.  Maggie’s background includes teaching, counseling, and business development at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She holds a BA in Liberal Studies and an MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Career Counseling and Professional Development. She has more than 15 years of experience coaching students and executives and firmly believes that every member of society should have the privilege of doing what they love.

She is involved in the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance and Make IT. MSP.  She has been a contributor to various publications, where she writes about work/life integration.  Maggie lives in St. Anthony Village with her husband and two daughters and spends much of her free time enjoying the outdoors (embracing winter!) and volunteering in the classroom and community.

Mariann Johnson

Mariann_headshotMariann Johnson is a wellbeing and mindfulness instructor for the University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.  Prior to joining the Center, Mariann served as a Mindfulness Facilitator and Manager for Moment Health, a UnitedHealth Group Ventures program, and as a founding and senior instructor for the Institute for Mindful Leadership, an international leadership developed group originally piloted out of General Mills, Inc. Mariann has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 25 years and studied with national and international leaders in the field. She completed extensive Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Louellen Essex

Louellen EssexLouellen Essex is an Educator in the Carlson Executive Educator’s Network at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Dr. Essex focuses on training and organizational development, leadership, communication, team building and conflict resolution. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota where she studied administration, psychology, and communication. For over twenty years, she has worked extensively with private industry, government, health care organizations, and educational institutions, including Fortune 500 companies.  Dr. Essex is a recipient of an American Society for Training and Development Professional Excellence Award for her work in management development. She has co-authored three books on leadership and published numerous articles in professional journals, including Leader-to-Leader, Training and Development, and OD Practitioner.


Contact Information
Event Contact: Alyssa Farrow