Valparaiso University’s Institute for Leadership and Service announces its fall 2017 Pathways to Purpose speaker series, featuring speakers and topics focused on professional development.

The speaker series welcomes field experts and service-based leaders who respond to the deepest challenges of our time and help to expand student imagination about pursuing purposeful work. All events will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Helge Center.

Speakers include:

Robert Egger: “Feeding the Soul: The Interaction of Food, Policy and Potential,” Sept. 6. As founder and president of L.A. Kitchen, Robert Egger and his company work to recover locally sourced, cosmetically imperfect fruits and vegetables to fuel a culinary arts job training program for women and men coming out of foster care and older women and men returning from incarceration.

Beverly Schultz ’65: “Recoding Expectations: A Woman’s Pioneering Journey in High Tech,” Sept. 27. Beverly Schultz ’65 is the author of “Skip the Typing Test — I’ll Manage the Software: One Woman’s Pioneering Journey in High Tech,” in which she explores her unique success as a female engineer in a male-dominated field. Schultz received the President’s Award from Mitsubishi Electric, and her team created one of the first 3D chips that won seven awards at COMDEX.

Kam Buckner: “Athletics and Justice: Translating Leadership from the Field to Your Community,” Oct. 18. Kam Buckner, executive director of World Sport Chicago and former manager of government and neighborhood relations for the Chicago Cubs, works to further his organization’s mission of supporting resiliency and strengthening community by increasing access to youth sport.

Beth Kreppin: “When Headlines Are Your Baseline: Serving in Crisis Scenarios,” Nov. 1. As a special agent with the FBI, Beth Kreppin has collaborated with Chicago Division’s Joint Task Force on Gangs and the Chicago Division Crisis Negotiation Team and was named the Chicago Division’s Crisis Management Coordinator in 2016.

Rozella Haydée White: “The Road to Empowerment: Finding Purpose Outside of Institutions,” Nov. 6. In addition to her role as owner of RHW Consulting, Rozella Haydée White serves as the Houston City Director for Mission Year and is a consultant with LEAD, an organization focused on empowering Christian leaders, transforming faith communities and influencing the world.

All events are free and open to the public. Visit for more information about the Institute for Leadership and Service.