The professional world is changing faster than ever, and investing in continuing education and self-development is a critical requirement for success. The Morningside Franklin Leadership Foundation Professional Development Series connects you with experienced professionals whose insights and guidance can help you take the next step in your career.

An online video series with the impact of a live presentation, you're invited to watch The Franklin Leadership Foundation Professional Development Series live or later to learn how to navigate your professional growth and challenges. The speakers for the series, each with a breadth of experience, will share their stories and provide practical advice and guidance applicable to all levels of professionals.

Watch live on the date of the presentation with WebEx or watch the recordings on the Morningside College YouTube page following the presentation. You can also find recordings from the Summer 2020 Professional Development Series on YouTube. 

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Winter 2020 Series Schedule

  1. Navigating Salary Negotiations
    Presenters: Kelley Rodriguez, VP of Media for Love Advertising; Coreen Sweeney, Attorney at Nyemaster Goode, P.C.; and Fred Lange, Head of Talent, HR & Founder – HR Architect
    Wednesday, December 9
    12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. CST
    Watch Their Video Here
  2. Preparing for a Career Abroad
    Presenters: Patricia Dyar, Retired President of John Deere Financial Brazil; Steve Smith, Regional Director of LiuGong Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean; and Dr. Magan Lewis, Integrated Field Sciences Global Field Innovation Lead for Corteva Agriscience
    Wednesday, December 16
    12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. CST
    Watch Their Video Here


kelley rodriguez

Kelley Rodriguez is the Vice President of Media for Love Advertising. She has worked for top agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, GSD&M, and Richards/Carlberg before her current position. Her client experience ranges from Hewlett-Packard, MasterCard, Wal-Mart, CenterPoint Energy, Gallery Furniture, Mahindra & Mahindra, John Moore Services, and many more.

Kelley Rodriguez Bio

coreen sweeney

Coreen Sweeney is a shareholder and member of Nyemaster Goode, P.C.'s Litigation Department, handling both general litigation and workers' compensation matters. She has practiced in the areas of workers’ compensation and insurance defense litigation since 1991, and also assists parties acting as a mediator, primarily in workers' compensation matters.

Coreen Sweeney Bio

fred lange

Fred Lange has served as a strategic advisor, executive coach, and talent leader, with extensive experience in high growth and startup initiatives for pre-IPO to Fortune 500 companies. In the area of strategic advice and counseling, he has facilitated and designed long-term workforce planning programs for internet startups as well as large organizations, and he has assisted employers in making key business acquisitions and divestitures and facilitated smooth, cost-efficient workforce transitions.

Fred Lange Bio

patricia dyar

From a small, 120-acre dairy farm in northeast Iowa to executive roles including President of John Deere’s bank in Brazil, Patricia Dyar’s agricultural roots can be traced back to farming families in Germany, who immigrated to America in the mid-to late-1800s. Dyar’s John Deere career covers a thirty-year journey, as she retired from the company in December 2019, leaving an impressive leadership trek across many functional areas during her tenure at John Deere Financial. Her experience includes Collections, Agricultural Retail Credit, Construction & Forestry Market Development, Director of Agribusiness Sales, President of Banco John Deere, Vice President of Human Resources. She also led the Strategic Priorities for Win with Strategic Customers and supported the Wirtgen Integration, which represented the largest acquisition ($5 billion) in John Deere’s 180+ year history.

Patricia Dyar Bio

steve smith

With over 40 years of working in Latin America, Steve Smith is an experienced leader in a fast-growing and dynamic region. Smith has worked with several major agriculture tractor and equipment companies including Mahindra Americas and Case Agriculture. His equipment experience spans from leading existing and new “start-up” businesses in Mexico and Latin America, as he is currently leading the construction business for LiuGong a global equipment manufacturer.

Steve Smith Bio

magan lewis

Dr. Magan Lewis serves as the Integrated Field Sciences Global Field Innovation Lead for Corteva Agriscience. In her role, she oversees the development and implementation of new technology across the globe to enhance product development and agriculture research.

Dr. Magan Lewis Bio