September 28th 12:15 p.m. Featured Speaker

Bob Hoffman, Public Relations Manager at Wharton Center

Bob Hoffman is living his dream! He is a public relations specialist and broadcaster who profiles and connects people making a difference. Bob is a motivational speaker, media specialist, community leader, and consistent goal achiever. He is actively engaged on numerous boards and organizations that have a similar purpose, to make the world a better place.

Bob will share with us the details of 2021-2022 Wharton Center season and discuss the impact COVID has had on the live theater industry across the country as well as in our own backyard.

Join Us Tuesday September 14th at 12:15 p.m.

Emotional Intelligence William Frank Diedrich
What is Emotional Intelligence and how does it help us to live more fulfilling lives?Does it involve more than just being aware of our emotions? (Yes, awareness is just the beginning.)How do we develop our emotional intelligence?Hear the answers to these questions and more. There will also be time for Q and A.

William Frank Diedrich is a speaker, coach, and the author of eight books. Over the past thirty years he has served a variety of organizations in education, manufacturing, finance, not-for-profit, retail, sales, public utility, spiritual communities, and government. Bill lives in East Lansing with his wife, Peggy

Join Us August 31st 12:15 p.m. Dave Dow – A Better Tomorrow

In his retirement, he has served as a foodservice distribution consultant in addition to being an adjunct professor at Michigan State University in the School of Hospitality Business.  Dave currently is on the boards of three companies located in Edmonton, Alberta, Salt Lake City, Utah and Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Dave Dow retired from Gordon Food Service Canada in 2014 where he served as the Senior Vice President for National Accounts.  Upon gradation from Central Michigan University in 1971, Dave was employed with the H.J. Heinz Company as a district sales representative.  After two years with Heinz, he began his career at GFS in 1974 as a distributor sales representative.  He then held the positions of District Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager, General Sales Manager, Director of Sales, Marketing, National Chains and Procurement, Executive Vice President of GFS Corporate and then President of the Great Lakes Division.

Dave also has served on a number of mission trips to Honduras and Uganda.

Dave has been a career long advocate of the concept of Servant Leadership having lectured on the subject through the U.S., Canada, Honduras and Uganda.  He recently wrote his first book on Servant Leadership titled “Better Tomorrow”.