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Leadership Cowley County, Southwestern College Team Up For June 11 Workshop


Leadership Cowley County and Southwestern College are teaming up to provide a workshop for the public to hone their leadership skills.

The workshop, scheduled for Saturday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m. through noon, will be led by Dr. Ross Peterson-Veatch of Southwestern using the “Immunity to Change” method.

“Leadership is a muscle that needs to be exercised,” the news release states. “To grow and change as leaders means continuing to challenge ourselves with new ideas and greater understanding of ourselves and those we encounter.”

Dr. Peterson-Veatch

The workshop will be at Wroten Hall on the Southwestern College campus in Winfield. A nominal $10 registration fee covers the workshop, materials and a continental breakfast.

Peterson-Veatch is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, and Professor of Folklore at Southwestern.

In 2021, Peterson-Veatch was selected by the American Conference of Academic Deans as the winner of their annual Excellence in Academic Leadership Award. Before coming to Southwestern in 2017, he served in various administrative roles at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana.

Peterson-Veatch began his administrative career in 2001 at Indiana University Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business as Instructional Consultant focused on improvement of classroom teaching practice. He was also a faculty member at IUB in the Liberal Arts and Management Program, and has held faculty appointments at Earlham College, Goucher College, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

“We are excited to offer this in-person workshop to help area community members continue on their leadership path,” Leadership Cowley County Chair Cody O’Brien said. “The Immunity to Change method was developed by Harvard University Professors Dr. Robert Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey to help individuals overcome the obstacles their beliefs –- along with the collective mind-sets in our organizations – combine to create as barriers to real change.

“We are fortunate Dr. Peterson-Veatch is trained in this method and willing to lead the training.”

All interested community members are welcome to attend. Register at or call 620-221-7224.