"Seasoned" Chairs Workshop on Leadership

Friday, March 17
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

“Jeffrey Yergler recently conducted a yearlong leadership workshop for young and upcoming leaders at our university last year and received excellent reviews – Jeffrey brings very practical and strong take-away examples that will be timely and useful to you in your role as chair.”

Academic Leaders and the Work of Leadership

One of the biggest challenges with the work of managing is that those who move into management positions become responsible for leading and influencing people. In many cases, these women and men, though skilled and gifted in their areas of expertise, do not have the training, experience, specialized knowledge, or tools required to effectively lead and engage others. This workshop will explore the critical role of the leader and the importance of effective leadership as an expression of good management practice.  There will be three components to the workshop:

  1. Each participant will receive a personalized DiSC Leadership report that explores the participant’s unique behavioral approach and the linkage between behavioral style and leadership style.  ​
  2. The workshop will also address two issues that significantly impact the work of academic leaders: addressing conflict and providing motivation. Using two case studies, participants will briefly explore how their DiSC style can provide insights into and tools for addressing both situations.
  3. Finally, from a macro perspective we will discuss how an academic leader’s overall approach to leadership has profound implications for the larger academic system in which the academic leader operates. 


  Steven Hietpas
Professor and Head
South Dakota State University

Steven M. Hietpas received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University in 1984, and also his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, in 1991 and 1994.  From 1984 to 1989 he worked for the Space Energy Group at Space Systems Division of General Dynamics in San Diego.  There he worked in research and development of power processing/power electronics for the Shuttle Centaur program and the International Space Station program. He has been on the faculty at South Dakota State University since 1994.  Currently, he is in the Head for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, serves as the Coordinator for the Center for Power Systems Studies, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of South Dakota.  His research interests include power systems, power electronics, motor drives, and control systems.


  Jeffrey Yergler

Assistant Professor & Department Chair, Undergraduate Management
Golden Gate University
San Francisco, CA                                                                                                  


Dr. Jeffrey Yergler spent 22 years working in senior leadership positions in large non-profit/sectarian organizations before moving to full-time academic instruction in 2007, at Olympic College. At Olympic, Jeff served as lead faculty for organizational leadership and resource management. In 2011, he joined GGU and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, also serving as the chair of the Undergraduate Management department.

Jeff is Principal for Integer Leadership Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in leadership training and development, executive coaching, and management training solutions. He is actively engaged in publishing book reviews and qualitative research identifying the management practices that drive employee engagement.  



   Conference Sponsors    
 Conference Partner
 Signature Partners
 National Instruments
 Platinum Partners

 Texas Instruments
 Diamond Partners


 Gold Partners
 Saturday Evening Sponsor
 ECExpo Sponsor

 Spotlight Program Sponsor
 National Instruments
 Hospitality and Session Sponsors
National Instruments 
 Texas Instruments
 Merchandise Sponsors
 CST of America