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'The Art of Leadership and Being Led' to feature Jack North

March 16, 2009

State Farm Companies will present "The Art of Leadership and Being Led" on March 24 at Indiana State University, part of the Gongaware Center Leadership Series.

Jack North, former senior executive vice president at State Farm, will be the featured speaker for the event. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede III, on the ISU campus. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by North's presentation at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

"Part of The Gongaware Center's mission is leadership development, so providing this event -- the first in our Gongaware Center Leadership Series -- is crucial to what we do," said Dr. Terrie Troxel, executive director of The Gongaware Center. "We thank State Farm for its generous support and for enabling us to provide this opportunity to the community."

North had a long career with State Farm and was one of five members of the office of the chairman. His successful career led him to start his own business to help companies develop the kind of leadership environment he fostered on the job for over 25 years.

His presentation will focus on key trends and topics, such as empowering front-line leaders, enabling followers to fully collaborate, leading as well as managing, applying top-notch leadership at the front line and setting an example of leadership.

North has spent nearly 40 years in the people business as an executive, teacher and coach. He earned his bachelor's degree in education Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his master's from Slippery Rock University.

Seating for the event is limited and reservations are being accepted on a first-come basis. Please register online. For more information, call 812-237-4373 or e-mail us at

About the Gongaware Center: The Gongaware Center was created in 1998 to support the Indiana State University College of Business' nationally recognized Insurance and Risk Management Program. In 2007, the Center expanded its mission beyond its original focus in insurance and risk management to also encompass financial services.

The Center was established with a $5 million gift from Donald and Patricia Gongaware for the purpose of developing future leaders in insurance and the financial services industry. Since its inception, part of the Gongaware Center's mission has included recruiting top high school students as Gongaware Scholars and helping them build the technical, operational and leadership skills necessary to succeed in the industry and in the communities in which they live.