Entrepreneurship and Leadership Learning in the Liberal Arts: A Conversation with Jessica Holmes, Associate Professor of Economics and Director of MiddCore at Middlebury College

February 25, 2013
Hosted by Kate Ebner

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Today, many debate the future of higher education and wonder how well a liberal arts education prepares young people for the future. At Middlebury College, Professor Jessica Holmes is demonstrating how a liberal arts education translates into skills and perspectives that develop future leaders. Each January, 40 students set aside their political theory, literature and language textbooks and dive into an intensive program called MiddCore, a highly interactive course that stretches students beyond their comfort zones to become budding entrepreneurs and leaders. The program taps into diverse mentors who are leaders in their fields to give students a taste of real world challenges and strategies that go beyond the typical classroom lesson. Join Associate Professor of Economics and Director of MiddCore Jessica Holmes and Host Kate Ebner to hear how this blend of practical experience, mentorship, leadership practice and academic work is changing perceptions of what the liberal arts offer.

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Kate Ebner

Kate Ebner

Top leadership coach Kate Ebner invites people to be visionary. Founder of The Nebo Company, a leadership consultancy based in Washington, D.C., Kate teaches leaders how to use vision as a powerful and practical tool for manifesting the important changes they want to see. Kate works with senior executives and teams at Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, social entrepreneurs and government agencies who are leading significant change, helping them to thrive in their careers and find greater fulfillment and satisfaction in life.

Kate specializes not only in how to create, live and lead from vision, but also how to make it real through effective implementation. She gained more than two decades of firsthand experience in envisioning, leading and implementing major change while serving as a dean at Middlebury College and as senior vice president of an international strategy consulting firm. Her own journey from executive to master coach is a story of vision and personal transformation. As faculty and co-director of Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching program, Kate authored of "Coaching for Leverage,” a chapter in On Becoming a Leadership Coach. Kate Ebner is frequently quoted in publications and speaks at conferences about leadership, vision, and empowerment.

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