This week Northwood University hosted an impressive lineup of speakers where they gave great insight and real-life experiences in which they demonstrate their moral, internal compass. We cherish this opportunity to annually honor the values of freedom, respect, integrity, spirituality, honesty, achievement, empathy and responsibility. The speakers include Army veterans, a recognized CNN Hero, and one of the top business leaders in the automotive industry today.
We kicked off the week with Captain Cory Kastl and Captain Larkin O’Hern, veterans of the war in Afghanistan who served in the 101st Airborne Division in Ft. Campbell, KY. Both men were excellent representations of the Northwood Idea in action and reflected on the importance of having a set of values instilled within us.
Maria Rose Belding, who is considered a CNN Hero, spoke Wednesday night on her experiences working to provide excess food to starving Americans. She created a network called the Matching Excess And Need for Stability (MEANS) which connects thousands of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other nonprofit agencies with donors so they can obtain the surplus of food.
Sandy Schwartz was the last of our keynote speakers for the week and is the President of Cox Automotive, a leading Company in the Automotive Industry. He was recently inducted into the Outstanding Business Leaders class of 2019 and leads a team of people where he has adopted a family-first effort by instilling an honest and direct culture that makes Cox Automotive one of the best places to work.
We end our week with our 60th Anniversary of Founders Day. Join us in celebration during this diamond year, and share your favorite memories of Northwood with us on social media by tagging @NorthwoodU.
Through presentations, lunches, informal gatherings and one-on-one mentoring, each of these industry leaders have been at Northwood this week honoring our core values. I hope they have helped our students to reflect on their own personal experiences and to think more deeply about how Northwood’s values set them apart as future leaders.
Have a great weekend!