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Ferrum College to Host Forum on Critical Thought, Leadership & Innovation


Ferrum College to Host Forum on Critical Thinking, Innovation & Leadership.

April 7 event in Roanoke will feature experts on the economy, world political issues and marketing and renewable energy.

headshotFerrum, Va. (February 16, 2011) –
Ferrum College president Jennifer Braaten announced today that the College will host a Forum on Critical Thinking, Innovation & Leadership at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center early this spring.   The Forum will feature three nationally known keynote speakers, Lawrence Eagleburger, former United States Secretary of State; Jeffrey Lacker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Ronald Smith, a founding partner in Verdant Power Inc., a renewable energy company commercializing kinetic hydropower systems that deliver hydro electricity without dams or impoundments, in the United States for global application.

headshotBraaten noted that “colleges and universities are tasked with providing the information, research and critical thought that will help the next generation tackle the world’s important issues.” She said the speakers will draw upon their unique experiences to outline their vision for the future in the areas of technology, geographic and cultural change, public policy, and environmental and economic trends.

Kimberly Blair, Ferrum’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, expressed enthusiasm about the Forum.  “We at Ferrum wanted to provide an opportunity for area business leaders and business students to hear what some of the nation’s best minds believe will be the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.  We are confident that this inaugural event will accomplish that goal.”

headshotThe April 7 event will begin with registration and a buffet breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by individual speeches from the keynoters, and an opportunity for questions at the conclusion of each speech.  A panel discussion with the speakers and business leaders from the Ferrum College Executive in Residence program will follow.  The Forum will conclude with a VIP luncheon beginning at 11:15 a.m.  

For details about how you and/or representatives from your company or organization can register for the Forum on Critical Thinking, Innovation and Leadership, please contact the Ferrum College Office of Institutional Advancement at 540.365.4211. 

Additional information is available at: http://goo.gl/tPiDw

About Ferrum College: Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor's degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges.