Richard St. John to speak at Leadership Symposium

Richard St. John, author of 8 to be Great, will speak at Union College on October 18.

Richard St. John, author of 8 to be Great and a TED (Technology Entertainment Design) conference speaker, will be coming to Union College for the annual Leadership Symposium on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Heartland Hall in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Students will also get the opportunity to hear him speak for the regular chapel service the same day at 10:30 a.m.

St. John’s book, 8 to be Great, features eight traits shared by successful people. St. John interviewed more than 500 successful and influential individuals including Martha Stewart, Russell Crowe, and the founders of Google to discover what made each successful. His research led to his discovery eight characteristics they all had in common.

The self-proclaimed “ordinary guy” has presented at many influential conferences, including the TED conference in California, the ideaCity conference in Canada, and the Thinking Digital conference in Britain. He has given keynote speeches to many audiences from corporate CEOs to college students.

The Leadership Symposium is part of Union’s leadership program, which recently expanded to offer a Leadership minor.

“The leadership program at Union helps students to develop their personal leadership potential for optimum effectiveness in life,” said Linda Becker, vice president for Student Services and administrative director for the program.

Students who enroll in the program take advantage of leadership classes, peer mentoring and weekly meetings focused on improving leadership skills.

“The minor also requires an internship,” said Dr. Becker. “We want to make sure all students have a chance to exercise their abilities and to connect and learn from other leaders before they graduate.”

The College View Seventh-day Adventist Church is located on the corner of 48th Street and Prescott on the campus of Union College. The talk is free and open to the public—no registration required.