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Kellen Winslow, Lakeland College vice president for athletics and wellness, Tuesday night announced the creation of a new leadership series sponsored by West Bend Mutual Insurance Co.
Winslow made the announcement at a dinner with approximately 40 regional business leaders at Pine Hills Country Club.
Pro Football Hall of Fame member James Lofton will be the series' first speaker in April. Lofton played 16 seasons in the NFL at wide receiver, including nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and played in three Super Bowls as a member of the Buffalo Bills. He joined Winslow in the Hall of Fame in 2003.
"Our speakers will share their personal insights on leadership, both from their own leadership experiences and from the leadership styles they have worked with and observed throughout their careers," Winslow said. "Sports analogies are commonplace in our society, and they're great way to teach lessons. CEOs often use sports analogies to motivate or communicate with their people.
"This series will provide local companies opportunities for employee professional development and valuable networking without the need to travel a great distance."
Winslow created a similar series during his time as athletic director at Central State University. The speakers for that series included NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Pro Football Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Anthony Munoz. "The speakers on the Lakeland series will be of similar quality," Winslow said.
In addition to Lofton, there will be a speaker in the summer and a third in the fall. Tables for the series are available for $5,000. Proceeds from the series will benefit Lakeland's athletic department.
"This will be a great opportunity to welcome old and new friends to our campus so they can learn more about what Lakeland has to offer," Winslow said. "From students who can serve as interns to graduates who are potential employees, Lakeland is a tremendous resource for many local companies. We want to make sure all local employers are aware of the assets available to them here."
Winslow joined Lakeland last August when he was hired to re-envision the role of athletics and wellness at the institution. He is best known as the NFL player who reinvented the tight end position as a member of the San Diego Chargers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
West Bend has been providing valuable insurance coverages and services to home and auto owners, as well as business owners, throughout the Midwest almost 120 years. West Bend is a relationship-based company with core values that emphasize excellence, integrity and responsibility. West Bend is proud to be based in Wisconsin and to support local and state communities. Since 2007, The West Bend Charitable Trust has provided more than $3.2 million to organizations within Wisconsin's borders.