Current Cohort Schedule

November 1, 2018

Session One: Adaptive Pastoral Leadership
January 7-9, 2019

Session Two: Community and Pastoral Well-being
March 25-27, 2019

  • Rev. Michael Mather & DeAmon Harges, Broadway United Methodist Church
  • Brad Beaubien, City Planner, Indianapolis
  • Clay Robbins, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board, Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • David Brooks, New York Times

Session Three: Demography and Immigration
May 13-15, 2019

  • Arthur E. Farnsley II, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, IUPUI
  • Lisa Koop, Notre Dame Law School; National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Afshan Z. Paarlberg, Saeed and Little LLP
  • Roberto Rueda, Baptist Student Ministry, University of Texas Rio Grande

Session Four: Indiana’s Changing Economy
August 26-28, 2019

  • Chalmer Thompson, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the IUPUI Counseling/Counselor Education Program
  • Mayor Todd Barton and Dale Petrie, City of Crawfordsville, IN
  • David Johnson, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
  • Melissa Spas, The Lake Institute of Faith and Giving, IUPUI
  • Jason Kloth, founding President & CEO of Ascend Indiana

National Study Tour
October 4-11, 2019

Session Five: Education in Indiana
November 11-13, 2019

  • David Shane, Former Indiana Senior Policy Advisor for Education and Employment
  • Teresa Lubbers, Indiana Higher Education Commissioner
  • Dan Peterson, Cook Group
  • Tina Peterson, Regional Opportunities Initiative
  • Marie Mackintosh, EmployIndy
  • Scott Bess, Purdue Polytechnic High School
  • Marueen Weber, Early Learning Indiana
  • P.J. McGrew, Governor’s Work Force Cabinet
  • Aleesia Johson, Superintendent Indianapolis Public Schools

Session Six: Hunger and Poverty
January 6-8, 2020

  • Nate Lichti, Central Indiana United Way
  • Dave Miner, Bread for the World & Interfaith Network
  • Jeffrey Johnson and Anthony Murdock, Eastern Star Church, Indianapolis

Session Seven: Administering Justice
March 23-25, 2020

Session Eight: Healthcare in Indiana
May 11-13, 2020

Session Nine: Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
August 24-26, 2020

International Study Tour
October 2-14, 2020

Session Ten: Your Leadership
December 7-9, 2020

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