The Kathy A. Krendl Distinguished Lecture Series connects prominent thought leaders with our campus and our community.

Kathy A. Krendl Distinguished Lecture Series

Honoring the legacy of Otterbein’s twentieth President, the Kathy A. Krendl Distinguished Lecture Series will host compelling and thought-provoking scholars, dignitaries, business visionaries, and others who impact the areas of innovation, leadership and collaboration. The series will welcome diverse outlooks that prompt dialogue, advance opportunity and inclusion, spark innovation and foster the pace-setting initiatives that distinguish Otterbein’s past, present, and future.

2019 Krendl Lecture Series Speaker: Anita Perez Ferguson Ph.D.

“Preparing for an Uncertain Future: Two Reliable Roads”

The Kathy A. Krendl Distinguished Lecture Series at Otterbein University is proud to present Anita Perez Ferguson, former president of the National Women’s Political Caucus, for a lecture to share her insights into the impact e-commerce is having on face-to-face service jobs and how international labor markets, material sourcing and trade agreements are impacting reliable job forecasting in the United States.

When: 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19

Where: The Point at Otterbein
60 Collegeview Road, Westerville

About our speaker:

Anita Perez Ferguson, Ph.D., is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and commentator for WAMC, Northeast public radio in New York on issues of democratic diversity as well as domestic and international public policy. Dr. Perez Ferguson formerly served in Washington, D.C., as the President of the National Women’s Political Caucus and the White House Liaison to the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has provided leadership, political skills and training to women in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. In 1990 and 1992, she was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives from California. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine. Dr. Perez Ferguson holds a B.A. in communications from Westmont College (CA), a M.A. in management from the University of Redlands (CA) and a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University (CA). The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C.

About Kathy A. Krendl, Ph.D. H'18

After nine landmark years at Otterbein University, President Kathy A. Krendl, Ph.D. H’18 retired in June 2018. President Krendl was a strong and humble servant leader and a fierce champion of the transformative opportunities of an Otterbein education. Kathy’s legacy reflects the ideals for which we stand as a community-opportunity, innovation, service and inclusiveness.

In honoring her legacy, the Otterbein Board of Trustees considered the hallmarks of her tenure-pace setting innovation, increased partnerships and programs, a commitment to women’s leadership and growth resulting in the most diverse and academically prepared classes in recent Otterbein history. Specifically, her tenure included strategic enrollment gains, the largest campaign in Otterbein’s history, the educational model of the 21st century realized at The Point, a tuition freeze for five of her nine years, new partnerships that positioned Otterbein as a national leader and a personal unwavering commitment to access and affordability for all. Because learning and opportunity are key to an initiative that would honor her impact, the decision was made to establish the Kathy A. Krendl Distinguished Lecture Series.

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