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Goodwin Great Talks

The Goodwin College of Professional Studies is hosting a webinar series titled, “Goodwin Great Talks.” All students are invited to join their peers, Goodwin College leadership and University campus partners to engage and network with those in the workforce. Special speakers from a multitude of backgrounds will offer a diversity of topics, such as non-profit leadership and future planning. We are excited to have you tune in and boost your transferable skills!

For questions and more information, please contact TinaMarie Coolidge, EdD, at 215.895.6933 or

Michael Edmondson: Navigating Chaos: The Ten Principles of Non-Profit Leadership Post-Covid

Michael Edmondson
Michael Edmondson

Date & Time: August 8, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Today’s post-COVID global marketplace is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) and presents new challenges to non-profit leaders. The pandemic’s disruption and residue created an unstable and imbalanced culture across organizations of all sizes and in each industry that exposed numerous negative workplace characteristics many either knew, or never stopped to consider. Examples included low wages, long and unnecessary commutes, bad management and unfulfilling work. These characteristics were symbolic of organizational cultures outdated, toxic and imbalance created by incompetence, inertia and ineptitude. This webinar is suitable for anyone interested in the non-profit sector.

Webinar Key Takeaways

- Learn the role of self-awareness in leadership
- Understand the latest post-COVID challenges for non-profits
- Understand the significance of organizational culture
- Assess your own relationship with chaos



Past Talks

Dan Freeman MS, EdD: Leading Organizations for the Next Generation of Employees

Dan Freeman MS, EdD
Dan Freeman MS, EdD

This webinar focused on how to approach interviewing, hiring, coaching and retaining and promoting the next generation of employees. Managers and leaders often do not understand the new breed of talent that is coming to work for them. To sum up this new breed of talent in one phrase, it is the “humanizing the workforce.”

Webinar Key Takeaways

- Understand what an inclusive environment looks like at your company
- Understand why this new talent needs to be interviewed and hired differently than those hired even 8 years ago
- Learn how correctly coaching these new employees will lead to higher retention rates, leading to cost savings
- Learn how to reward, celebrate and potentially not promote your new employees

Watch the Talk


Jennifer Kebea, EdD: Lessons Learned by a New Nonprofit President

Jennifer Kebea
Jennifer Kebea, EdD

Jennifer Kebea, EdD, was named president of Campus Philly in July 2021. In the midst of the pandemic, she took the helm of a small nonprofit that had been through significant programmatic and financial transition. Join Kebea as she looks back on her first 18 months as president of Campus Philly and the lessons she learned along the way.

Webinar Key Takeaways

- Get insight on what it’s like to transition to a top leadership role within a small nonprofit
- Answers and honest feedback on the realities of nonprofit leadership
- Ability to consider your own pathways to nonprofit leadership


Craig Loundas, PhD: Emotional Intelligence in Leadership: What's Needed During Unstable Times

Craig Loundas
Craig Loundas, PhD

Date & Time: July 11, 2023 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual via Zoom

This webinar focused on the power of emotional intelligence in leadership, and challenged leaders to tap into next-level intelligence to practice better self-management and handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.

Webinar Key Takeaways

- Learn the important role emotions play throughout your work interactions and performance
- Find specific ways to leverage emotional intelligence skills to improve leadership effectiveness
- Get strategies and tools you can use right away to regulate your emotional response to triggers
- Understand the importance of practicing empathy by imagining yourself in someone else's shoes