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Feb. 21, 2012

Senior Fellow at Center for Creative Leadership to lecture at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—David Magellan Horth, a senior fellow and senior designer at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., will lecture on “Creative Leadership: Navigating Complex Challenges” at Birmingham-Southern College on Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. in the Norton Campus Center Theatre.David Horth

The lecture, which is part of the college’s 2011-12 Leadership Matters series, is free and open to the public.

Horth joined the Center for Creative Leadership in 1990 and currently serves as a program designer, facilitator, and author. The CCL is a top-ranked non-profit organization that develops better leaders through leadership education and research.

He is co-author of a chapter in the prestigious “The Change Handbook” and co-author of “The Leader’s Edge: Six Creative Competencies for Navigating Complex Challenges,” which received an award from the Banff Centre for the Arts for its contribution to the connection between arts and business leadership. “The Leader’s Edge” was based on research surrounding the program “Leading Creatively,” designed by Horth and which used the arts and art making as a forum for developing creative leaders.

Horth’s background experience also includes 21 years in the computer industry. He began as a research and development engineer and emerged as a strategist specializing in creativity and innovation. During this time, he managed both hardware and software development teams, oversaw major technology programs, and served as marketing manager and trainer of quality improvement and innovation.

Horth’s lecture is part of Birmingham-Southern’s 2011-12 Leadership Matters in the 21st Century: Practicing Leaders on Leadership lecture series. Andrew Card, who served as White House Chief of Staff under George W. Bush from 2001-06, and Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of Human Rights First, presented the first two lectures. Others scheduled to participate in the series include Colin Coyne, winner of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s Prize2theFuture competition and lecturer on social enterprise, on March 6, and Fred Smith, chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, on April 12.

The lectures are sponsored by the college’s Hess Center for Leadership and Service, in cooperation with the Bunting Center for Engaged Study and Community Action and the entire Birmingham-Southern College community.

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