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Cosmic Leadership
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Length: 58 Minutes

“People move systems-Leadership moves people”. To master the art of leadership then is to work at becoming a master of how human energy systems and exchange work, and thus, how to shape, align, and focus them on change.  Our human systems appear to operate within a set of universal laws, the same universal laws that appear to govern energy exchange throughout the universe.  Our systems vacillate and transform from chaos to order, and order to chaos, leaving change in their wake. Why? This session will be a fun and engaging journey exploring several key universal laws and their application to human system dynamics and leadership. In the original television series "COSMOS" hosted by Carl Sagan, he noted that we, as human beings, "are made from the stuff of stars." Perhaps the “stuff” we are made of follows the same laws as the “stuff” out in deep space … come find out and take the next step to becoming a master of the universe.

Educational Objectives and/or Takeaways:

  • Attendees will receive an update of top findings from recent scientific research regarding effective leadership;
  • Attendees will explore the energy dynamics that drive human interactions and human systems, and how this can be helpful when leading change;
  • Attendees will explore the notion that human energy dynamics appear to function in accordance to the same universal laws that govern energy in the Universe; 

Dr. Kenneth M. Slaw, Executive Director, Society for Vascular Surgery

Dr. Slaw received his masters and doctoral degrees in educational psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Ken has over 28 years of executive leadership experience in the medical society arena, currently serving as the Executive Director, of the Society for Vascular Surgery, and prior to this on the Executive Staff of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In his various roles, Ken has developed and led the implementation of 200+ organizational visioning and strategic plans, including the widely published Vision of Pediatrics 2020 project. Ken has a strong passion for leadership development. He served on the Steering Committee of the AAP Pediatric Leadership Alliance as a principal curriculum architect, and lead faculty for Leadership programs reaching over 3,000 thousand physicians and allied health professionals with the message and skills to lead. Ken is a founder of the AAMSE Leadership Academy. Dr. Slaw has an impressive history of volunteer service and leadership in his profession as well as his community, serving as: 2009 President of the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE), Founder and past Chairman of the Membership Directors Consortium of the Council on Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), Past Chairman of the Board of the Make a Wish Foundation of Illinois, Past Chairman of the National Chapter Leadership Council of Make a Wish of America, President of FD NOW, a national foundation Ken created with his spouse, Ann, to find treatment and cure for their son’s illness, familial dysautonomia. Dr. Slaw is the recipient of 2013 University of Illinois Humanitarian Award  Dr. Slaw is the recipient of the 2015 University of Illinois-College of Education Distinguished Educator Award. 


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