Leaders encourage passion, purpose

Jan 30, 2014

Barbara MurphyThree leaders – ‘Berg education professor Dr. Karen Jones, community activist Sister Paulette Schroeder and Washington, D.C., attorney and advocate Barbara Murphy Stough – hoped to ignite in students a passion for success as they spoke about their experiences in the first-ever BergTalks, an event modeled after the popular YouTube series TED Talks in January.

The Academic Enhancement Committee organized the event to encourage students to consider how leaders emerge and find a purpose through their passion and commitment.

Jones spoke about the PACE program that partners ‘Berg students as tutors with children on court-ordered probation from juvenile court. The program, she said, is the epitome of exemplary leadership because it models good citizenship and success, inspires its participants, challenges the process, enables others to act and encourages the heart.

Sister Paulette, who spent two years in Palestine, worked with Christian peacemakers to address long-standing issues of violence and human rights abuses in the area. “These are complex problems, but peace is possible if justice prevails,” she said.

Murphy Stough works with female indigent women, many who are victims of domestic violence, to help them regain control of their lives. “I reach out to individuals, empower them to become outstanding citizens and help them move forward with their lives.”

Jones encouraged students to find their passion through many different experiences and allow themselves to fail. “If you have enough experiences in your life, you will find something to be passionate about. It’s impossible to NOT do it because you have passion in your soul,” she said.