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Dr. Craig E. Johnson brought his unique perspective on leadership to the Berry campus Oct. 3 as the latest speaker in the Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership Lecture Series. The author of Organizational Ethics: A Practical Approach and Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership: Casting Light or Shadow took students and others guests on “A Walk on the Shadow Side of Leadership” during his presentation in Krannert Center.

Johnson, an emeritus professor of leadership studies at George Fox University, has served in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations and has been an active participant in educational and service trips to Kenya, Rwanda, Honduras, Brazil, China and New Zealand. He is the recipient of George Fox University’s distinguished teaching award, as well as the outstanding graduate faculty researcher award in 2016.

While on campus, Johnson sat down for a brief on-campus interview (view above), sharing his thoughts on the current state of leadership and other topics.

“It’s certainly … been a dark time for leadership in terms of tribalism,” he stated. “We have more people displaced than ever before. There’s a rise of nationalism and so forth, but I’m with Desmond Tutu … I believe that light is stronger than darkness and life is stronger than death, so I think in the long run I’m optimistic.”

The Wright Lecture Series is an initiative of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership, which is dedicated to helping students develop a better understanding of ethical leadership in all aspects of life. Programming is made possible through gifts to the LifeReady Campaign.

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Nathaniel PearsonThe evolution of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership continues with the appointment of Dr. Nathaniel Pearson as inaugural director.

Pearson, formerly executive director of the Nerney Leadership Institute at Cabrini University, assumed his new role June 1. He is the first person to hold the directorship, which is named in memory of Elvin (35C) and Fleta Patterson (35C) Sims. The position was endowed by a $2 million commitment from their son, retired Union Pacific executive John Edward Sims, who wished to honor their example as parents, educators and mentors in their home and community.

As director, Pearson will work to further BCIL’s impact through collaboration with faculty, staff, students and community partners. Current initiatives funded by gifts to the LifeReady Campaign include the Gordon and Joyce Carper Mentoring Program, which recently completed its sixth year pairing Berry students with community leaders; the Cecil B. Wright III Lecture Series, which this spring welcomed international journalist and former CNN executive Parisa Khosravi; and the Bowen and Barbara McCoy and Ted A. Owens faculty development grants.

In addition to his work as executive director of the Nerney Leadership Institute, Pearson has also served as assistant professor of leadership studies at Cabrini University and West Virginia University. His background is in child and family counseling, and he holds a doctorate in leadership studies from Gonzaga University.

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Parisa Khosravi and Buster Wright

Berry Trustee Buster Wright (73C), right, greets Parisa Khosravi, the latest speaker in the lecture series that bears his name.

Parisa Khosravi may not have literally moved mountains, but she has rerouted a commercial airline, covered the Iraq wars and Tiananmen Square, and promoted equality and acceptance as a leader at CNN. Earlier this spring, she shared her experience and insight with Berry students through the Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership Lecture.

As an immigrant who lived through the 1979 Iranian revolution, a religious minority and a woman whose first language was not English, Khosravi had to overcome doubters who didn’t believe she was good enough to be a journalist. She refused to let them limit her potential, ultimately serving as CNN’s senior vice president of international news gathering, national news gathering, global relations and the first-ever ambassador for CNN Worldwide.

“Why would we ever allow someone else to tell us what we’re capable of?” she asked.

In her remarks, Khosravi emphasized how important it is to take care of your people and to treat them all with respect. She noted that she always made sure her employees kept tabs on their physical and mental health, especially when covering stories in war zones and other serious situations.

“As a leader, people need to know you are as good as your word and you will have their back,” she said. “And they will have your back too.”

Khosravi said that anyone can become a leader, but they have to be willing to work at it.

“People are not born leaders,” she stated. “We become leaders by how we handle ourselves in the valleys of life.”

The Cecil B. Wright III Lecture Series is an initiative of the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership, a major priority of Berry’s LifeReady Campaign.

While on campus, Khosravi sat for a brief interview focusing on integrity and other leadership-related issues. Click the video player above to view.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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