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When: Friday, April 22, 2016
1 PM - 2 PM ET
Where: United States

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Friday, April 22, 2016, 1 PM– 2 PM ET

Learning to Lead and Leading to Learn  

Guests: Glenda Eoyang and Stewart Mennin


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Continuous learning is essential for leaders in today’s turbulent world, and learning helps identify patterns that emerge in all types of leadership. These guests have deep experience and insights in both these entwined processes. 

Glenda Eyoang, PhD, is founding Executive Director of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute, a network of professionals working at the intersection of complexity and social sciences. A master teacher and facilitator, Dr. Eoyang supports change for individuals, organizations, and communities around the world.  Her experiences as guide, leader, entrepreneur, author, and public speaker provide a wealth of resources. Dr. Eoyang has trained and certified more than 400 member Associates who form a world-wide, scale-free network of scholar practitioners.   She consults and trains others to improve performance in leadership and management, planning, product development, organization and personal development, customer service, and conflict transformation. The accessibility of her work can be found through her public webinar series, making HSD principles and practices accessible around the world.  

Her published works include numerous scholarly and practical articles in academic and practitioner journals, books, chapters, presentations, blogs, and reflective essays. Her books include: Adaptive Action - rooted in the study of chaos and complexity, it introduces a simple, common sense process that will guide you and your organization into reflective action. Coping with Chaos: Seven Simple Tools - an accessible and useful treatment of patterns of complexity for first line managers and supervisors Facilitating Organization Change: Lessons from Complexity Science - a ground-breaking book with Dr. Ed Olson that is currently being used as a text book in organizational development programs across the U.S. Voices from the Field: An Introduction to Human Systems Dynamics,  an edited collection of practitioner stories that demonstrates the transformative power of systems dynamics

Stewart Mennin, PhD is Principal of Mennin Consulting & Associates, Inc.; Consulting Associate, Human Systems Dynamics Institute; Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Professor Emeritus of Cell Biology and Physiology and former Assistant Dean for Educational Development and Research at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. 


He began his professional work studying reproductive neuroendocrinology and teaching human anatomy. He later focused on education and became co-director of New Mexico’s community-oriented, problem-based Primary Care Curriculum, an innovative parallel curriculum track at the School of Medicine (1979-1994); He was director of the office of Program Evaluation, Education and Research and the Office of Teacher and Educational Development for the School of Medicine.


In 2004, Miriam Friedman Ben David and Stewart wrote the Essential Skills in Medical Education Course (ESME) for the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), which he continues to teach.  Glenda Eoyang, Founding Director of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute and he, in collaboration with AMEE, will be teaching, “Essential Skills for Adaptive Leadership for the Health Professions: Practice and Theory in a Time of Uncertainty” this September.


Professor Mennin has published widely, served as an invited consultant and teacher at more than 80 medical schools and health institutions worldwide. He is a member of the advisory board of Medical Science Educator, the Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators.  He has been on the editorial boards of Medical Education, Medical Teacher, Advances in Health Science Education and the Clinical Anatomist.  He was consultant to the Ministries of Health in Brazil and in the Republic of Kazakhstan.  He was external advisor to the Plexus Institute’s education grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and external evaluator, consultant, and teacher at the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, FAIMER (US, India, South Africa, Brazil)He was co-director of the Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) with the School of Health Education (SHE) at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and at the Escola Superior de Ciencas da Saude in Brasilia, Brazil (2010-2013).

He is an advisor and teacher for the Post-Graduate Masters degree program in Health Professions Education at the Uniformed Services University for the Health and teaches leadership for the post-graduate International Masters’ Degree programs for the University of Illinois, Chicago, Department of Medical Education.He served as a member of the AMEE Research Committee; The ESME Advisory Committee, he is an advisor to the Young Medical Educators Group, AMEE; creator of Dialogues in Medical Education (DIME.

Professor Mennin’s current interests are the application of principles and concepts of Human Systems Dynamics to learning, change and sustainable organizational development of a relevant and fit health professions workforce.“I believe that schools are best understood as self-organizing living systems in which learning emerges from the exchange of differences; and where the quality and nature of our relationships are fundamental to learning as health.”


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