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Alumni Spotlight – Kenneth Smith, MS, MA, LPC

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Kenneth Smith

Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our Union Institute & University (UI&U) graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment.

Featured this month: Kenneth Smith

Education: UI&U graduate of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

Profession: Ken is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. He is in practice at the Spirit of Peace Clinical Counseling in Columbus, Ohio. Ken is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Ohio Counseling Association.

In addition to his UI&U M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, he also holds a Master of Science focused on behavioral and experimental psychology, a B.S. Agr. in Animal Science and a B.A. in History from The Ohio State University. His prior work experience includes review and assessment for over 350 businesses in 45 states and three Canadian provinces. Ken’s prior M.S. work focused primarily on pain and stress. His M.A. work focuses on treating shame and guilt in psychological and personality issues.

He was recently published in the September 2017 issue of Counseling Today on Understanding Adult Autism.

Q. What has your degree meant to you personally and professionally?

A. My degree has allowed me to pursue a career that I am finding rewarding. Additionally, the work done at Union allows me to excel in the counseling field by allowing the work I did there to inform my practice and find a counseling home at Spirit of Peace Clinical Counseling in Columbus Ohio.

Q. What quality do you admire most about your alma mater?

A. There are two qualities I admire most about Union. The first is the flexibility of the courses, which allowed me to work while getting my degree. Second, the program at Union really does respect thought, religious, and intellectual diversity, a feature that based on my observations is greatly lacking in many other academic counseling programs.

Q. If you could give advice to a Union student, what would it be?

A. Make sure your research follows a common theme in all your classes, so to make a robust capstone paper!

Q. What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?

A. Being published in the September 2017 issue of Counseling Today on Understanding Adult Autism (or as I wanted to title it Understanding Personality Features of Autism, Asperger’s, and Nerds (PFANNs)).

Q. What is your passion away from work?

A. My first passion is understanding, learning about, and living the Catholic faith. Other interests include cooking, gardening, theater, travel, philosophy, animal behavior, and slaughterhouses/food production.

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Union Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Union Institute & University is recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15, 2017 by highlighting the university’s commitment to diversity.

“Diversity of thought and academic pursuits are the cornerstones of Union’s mission. Each individual is valued for who he or she is as a person,” said Dr. Nelson Soto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Union Institute & University.

Union serves a 26% Hispanic adult learner population. It is the only university in Ohio designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division web page. A  HIS is defined as a university where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment.

In addition, Union is active in Hispanic Chamber of Commerce associations across the nation.

“Union is a beacon of light for adults to further their education,” said Dr. Soto. “Very few places of higher education offer the scholar-practitioner model of academics and real world application. Our curriculum interweaves social connectedness to identify solutions to difficult questions. Union’s faculty is the underpinning of social justice,” said Dr. Soto.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, Union will highlight the students, staff and faculty of Hispanic heritage with features, social media posts, and more. In addition, Hispanic Heritage Month posters have been placed at all five academic centers in celebration of the month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. (Source National Heritage Month)

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Alumni Spotlight – Dr. Stevanne Auerbach

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Dr. Stevanne Auerbach

Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our UI&U graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment.

Featured this month: Dr. Stevanne Auerbach

Education: UI&U Ph.D. graduate (1973)

Profession: Dr. Auerbach, also known as Dr. Toy, is an expert on children’s play, educational toys, games, and related products. She is the author of 16 books for parents, professionals, and children. The 4th edition of Dr. Toy’s Smart Play/Smart Toys has been published in 12 countries and soon in Japan.

Q. What has your degree meant to you personally and professionally?

A. Union changed my life. I was working as a program specialist in education for the federal government, and was the first woman to receive a long-term training fellowship that launched my doctoral studies. Life was never the same.

The learning trajectory of Union was revolutionary at the time and has proven itself to be a viable one for many self-directed learners like me who thrive and evolve in an independent program, and who are personally more creative in an open-ended structure.

When I look back not only at the work I did, but at everything else I am very satisfied that it was the best decision I ever made. I graduated with a BA from Queens College, completed an MA at George Washington University, and enrolled for classes at the University of Maryland, but the experiences were vastly different at Union.

Since graduation, I have been widely published in books and many hundreds of articles, established unique expertise, and have provided a variety of beneficial services that have contributed to many in my chosen fields.

Q. What quality do you admire most about your alma mater?

A. To sum it up, Union means to me: Unlimited potential, Notable experiences, Independent learning, Open-ended learning, and Networking.

Q. If you could give advice to a Union student, what would it be?

A. Be open to and respect others, as we learn and grow from our interactions with those we encounter; each person has value, history, and experiences to share. We gain knowledge from the combination of books, research, experiences, relationships of family, friends, strangers, and from our peers of all ages and backgrounds, as well as our successes and failures. I gained a great deal from maintaining a journal during the entire program, and while it was challenging to maintain, years later I drew from it to prepare chapter eight – California Dreaming, about Union in my novel/personal memoire, The Contest.

Q. What would you say have been your greatest accomplishments?

A. Hard to pinpoint so allow me to briefly clarify the turning points: While working for the federal government I am proud that I approved the first federal funding grant for the Children’s Television Workshop, “Sesame Street,” when I worked for then, Commissioner of Education, Dr. James E. Allan.

I also worked to establish the first childcare center for children of federal employees, in the Office of Education (now DOE) which served as the model for the entire federal government. After I worked to plan and develop a national $2.5 million R&D Program in childcare for the Office of Economic Opportunity, Office of the President. I facilitated plans for the Day Care Forum for the 1970 White House Conference on Children where child care rose to top priority. I testified on “the need for childcare” to a congressional committee for the first comprehensive child care legislation approved by bi-partisan vote, but sadly later the bill was vetoed by then President Nixon.

In 1986, I founded and directed the San Francisco International Toy Museum, the world’s first interactive toy museum. More than 50,000 children visited and played in this unique hands-on museum between1986 and 1990, when the Loma Prieta earthquake forced it to shut its doors. New toys for children to play with, as well as learning with the historical collectibles, were a mainstay of this unique museum.

Since 1990 I created Dr. Toy™ Best Product Award Program evaluating children’s play and educational toys and related products. Based on my training and experience I select outstanding educationally oriented, skill building, and eco-friendly products from both large and small companies around the world for recognition. Millions of parents, teachers, and toy buyers use Dr. Toy’s guidance in making their toy, play and learning selections.

Now as I wish to create a legacy I have been working to recreate the International Toy Museum. If anyone has an interest in toys, play and learning please contact me.

Q. What is your passion away from work?

A. I am passionate about butterflies and have been since childhood. My Butterfly Collection: On the Wings of the Butterfly has recently been published and has been described as a personal journey about butterflies, the need to protect them,  the resources they depend on to survive plus a selection of art and writing that reflects their beauty. We are working to create a documentary about the collection.

About Dr. Stevanne Auerbach

Dr. Auerbach, Dr. Toy, is a leading professional on children’s play and educational toys and related products. She is the creator of Dr. Toy’s Best Products Award Programs.

She is the author of 16 books for parents, professionals, and children including Dr. Toy’s Smart Play Smart Toys, Toys for a Lifetime, The Toy Chest, The Whole Child and Choosing Child Care. She has written hundreds of articles about play and toys for national and regional magazines, newspapers, and websites such as Family Circle, Huffington Post, Sears Toy Shop, Pearson Family Education, Club Mom, Playthings Magazine, King Features Syndicate, and others.

Her latest book is The Butterfly Collection: On the Wings of the Butterfly, a personal journey about butterflies, the need to protect them, and resources they depend on to survive. She is dedicated to the protection of butterflies, flowers and Milkweed they depend on, as well as expanding awareness of the art of the butterfly around the world. She has the largest collection of butterfly artifacts. Stevanne espouses “The health of the planet rests on the wings of the butterfly.” (Source Amazon.com)

Read more about Dr. Auerbach and her remarkable accomplishments in this profile by The Authors Guild.

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Union Institute & University Highlights National Recovery Month

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September is National Recovery Month. Union Institute & University, together with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), highlights National Recovery Month during September to increase awareness of and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the journey towards effectively coping and recovering.

This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!” highlights the value of peer support by educating, mentoring and helping others.

“This observance promotes the belief that mental health is essential to overall health, prevention works, and treatment is effective to learn coping strategies and recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders,” said Dr. Rosalyn Y. Brown Beatty, the newly appointed Program Director for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

Union offers a master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling that prepares graduates for certification or licensure as a professional counselor or clinical mental health counselor.

“A licensed professional counselor who specializes in clinical mental health counseling is competent to provide a wide variety of services to individuals, couples, groups, and families, including diagnostic assessment and treatment planning and intervention. These professionals often find themselves working in community mental health agencies or in private practice and maintain a focus on client wellness and prevention to promote optimum mental and emotional health,” said Dr. Brown Beatty.

A certificate in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling program is designed to train and prepare professionals for a career in counseling individuals with substances use and abuse problems.

“A career from Union Institute & University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program or Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling is an often rewarding profession that makes measurable improvement in the quality of the lives of clients, families and communities” said Dr. Brown Beatty. “An alcohol and drug abuse counselor specializes in providing counseling and support to individuals and families experiencing problems with substance use or dependence. This may include individual, family or group counseling about the causes and effects of addiction support for families dealing with addiction, and/or referrals to treatment.”

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Union Leaders – Vanessa Enoch

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Dr. Vanessa Enoch

This month Dr. Vanessa Enoch is featured. Vanessa is the Founder and CEO of Cultural Impact, LLC, a Business Management consulting firm, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a 2017 UI&U graduate of the Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Policy and Social Change, with a specialization in Martin Luther King, Jr. studies.

She has been heavily engaged in social justice and human rights advocacy in the Greater Cincinnati community for over 20 years, leading local efforts to drive change in the criminal justice system and on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and issues facing children within the juvenile justice system.

Below are Dr. Enoch’s insights on leadership.

Q. How do you define leadership?

A. I believe that a leader is someone who provides positive influence and helps others acquire the tools that they need to be successful.

Q. Share an example of how you’ve put leadership in action.

A. I am a leader to my two beautiful daughters. I am also a leader in my faith community, as the first female Deacon in my over 125-year old church.  My passion for education and for disadvantaged children drives my leadership in my community, advocating for social justice causes such as ending mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. As the board member for several non-profit organizations, I have been actively engaged in promoting positive race relations and in community organizing to encourage civic engagement.

Q. What leader do you admire most and why?

A. The three leaders I admire most are former U.S. President Barack Obama, former South African President Nelson Mandela, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I admire these three men because of the grace they exhibited in the midst of upheaval, resistance, and turmoil. I also admire the charismatic way each of them handled the difficulties that they faced. Although each of these men is heralded as world leaders and heroes today, they faced tremendous public scrutiny and were reviled by many as they struggled to change oppressive systems.

Q. What is your favorite inspiring leadership quote?

A. My favorite leadership quote is derived from words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

Q. When did you first feel that you were a leader? What was the experience?

A. I first believed that I was a leader when I became the first of my grandparents’ children and grandchildren to attend and graduate from college. The experience carried and still carries an immeasurable amount of pressure, because I understand that people are relying on me to make good decisions and live a model life. Sometimes leadership requires making unpopular decisions and standing even when there is no one standing with you.

About Dr. Vanessa Enoch

Vanessa Enoch is the Founder and CEO of Cultural Impact, LLC, a Business Management consulting firm, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She completed her Ph.D. at Union Institute & University in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Policy and Social Change, with a specialization in Martin Luther King, Jr. studies. She also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management Information Systems from Xavier University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University. She has over 16 years teaching experience at the college level. She has been heavily engaged in Social Justice and Human Rights advocacy in the Greater Cincinnati community for over 20 years, leading local efforts to drive change in the criminal justice system and on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and issues facing children within the juvenile justice system.

Dr. Enoch has held leadership roles on boards such as the Juvenile Justice Taskforce, the local chapter of the National Black MBA Association, the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, and was one of the youngest to ever hold a board position on The Greater Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce.  She has received many awards including academic scholarships for her Ph.D. studies, 2011 Educator of the Year, one of 15 Women in Business to Watch 2006, The Cincinnati Business Couriers 2004 Forty Under 40 award, C-Change Leadership Class 2006, and awarded 2004 Chapter of the Year during her Leadership as President of the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Black MBA Association.

She has two daughters, Mikela (23) and Christian (16).

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Alumni Spotlight – Dr. Luis Hines

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Luis Hines

Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our UI&U graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment.

Featured this month: Dr. Luis Hines, Ph.D.

Education: UI&U Ph.D. graduate (1997)

Profession: Dr. Hines is a holistic therapist who believes life is for the living. He has over 25 years of professional experience in mental health and coaching. He is CEO of Luis Hines and Associates, a firm dedicated to providing clients with health care professionals that utilize innovative tools to increase the quality of care and strive to prevent the vicious cycle of painful relapses by offering wrap-around services while maintaining the patient in the community.

Q. What has your degree meant to you personally and professionally?

Earning my Ph.D. in 1997 was a dream come true. I am proud of my many accomplishments but especially my doctorate. Professionally it comes with respect, admiration and allows me to serve my community and my clients in south Florida. In addition, my Ph.D. prepared me to become a licensed psychotherapist in Florida and Georgia. I have been in private practice for seventeen years (Dr. Luis Hines & Associates) with associates ranging from licensed psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and master’s level interns.

Q. What quality do you admire most about your alma mater?

Union challenges learners to explore knowledge and go above the walls of traditional learning. The thing that impressed me the most is the ideology of knowledge to search beyond the institution. Union taught me that the whole world is the classroom and teacher. I am very proud to wear my Union shirt and often wear it to the gym and people often ask me about Union. My clients always want to know where I received my Ph.D. and I proudly say Union.

Q. If you could give advice to a Union student, what would it be?

Embrace the ideology that the world is the classroom and teacher. Embark on discovering new knowledge and ways to help your chosen profession.

Q. What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?

I was recognized and inducted into the South Carolina State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 for tennis and I earned the No. 1 ranking in men’s (40 and over) tennis in Florida. In 2016, I made my television debut as a relationship therapist on the reality show, Jim and Chrissy Vow or Never.

Q. What is your passion away from work?

Playing, teaching and officiating tennis.

About Dr. Luis Hines

Dr. Hines is a holistic therapist who believes life is for the living. He has over 25 years of professional experience in mental health and coaching. He is CEO of Luis Hines and Associates, a firm dedicated to providing clients with health care professionals that utilize innovative tools to increase the quality of care and strive to prevent the vicious cycle of painful relapses by offering wrap-around services while maintaining the patient in the community.

Dr. Hines counseling methodology is a common sense approach of cognitive-behavioral and reality therapies. He works to improve the lives of clients challenged with depression, lack of motivation, and hopelessness. Dr. Hines also works with tennis players, children and adults, to improve their performance. In 2016, he made his television debut as a relationship therapist on the reality show, Jim and Chrissy Vow or Never.

He believes coaching or therapy is the best investment for life and that the returns are enormous and invaluable.

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California Commencement Ceremony: A Day of Celebration and Dreams Fulfilled

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Union Institute & University California Commencement Ceremony was a day of jubilance as over 140 adults received their diplomas and joined Union’s legacy to engage, enlighten, and empower in a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.

President Roger H. Sublett addressed the statewide Californian graduates at the Crest Theater in downtown Sacramento. He congratulated the adult learners on fulfilling the dream of obtaining an undergraduate or graduate degree. He reminded them that many are the first in their families to graduate from college, fulfilling the dreams held over generations by your parents and grandparents.

Before Dr. Sublett began the keynote, he was honored by the Chair of Union’s Board of Trustees, Mr. Roger Allbee, for his dedicated 16 years of service to Union and well wishes for his retirement in June 2018.

Dr. Sublett’s keynote revolved around three themes: Confidence, Creativity, and Leadership.

He urged the new graduates to have confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in their career and personal life and to commit to the basic principles of Do No Harm, Make Things Better, Respect Others, Be Fair, and Be Loving.

He reminded the new alums that the human mind is amazing. He pressed them to be creative and use the power of their mind to use their creative genius to improve the world in which they serve.

Dr. Sublett urged each of the commencers to embrace themselves as leaders and to provide ethical leadership – leadership that restores faith and trust in the possibilities and the human condition.

Highlights included:

  • The honor of the sixth Mark Dunakin Memorial Award for Extraordinary Achievement recipient was given to Sergeant Orrlando Mayes of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for his thoughtful approach and his desire to go above and beyond in everything he does.
  • The posthumous degree of James Patrick McCarthy was accepted by his mother, Mary Kay Watson. Deputy McCarthy tragically lost his life in April in an accident at the age of 40. He earned his degree in December of 2016. Mrs. Watson was grateful that her son was recognized. She noted that her son loved serving the community and he would have been very proud to receive his diploma.
  • Recognition of 21 veterans who were members of the 2017 graduation class
  • The Grand Marshal was Glenn Cadwell, the Northern California Coordinator Supervisor.

Union’s next commencement ceremony will be the National Commencement on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati. For questions regarding the National Commencement, please call 513-487-1217.

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Alumni Spotlight – Gillian Foreman

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Gillian Foreman

Welcome to the “Alumni Spotlight” monthly series. Learn how our UI&U graduates are living the UI&U mission of engagement, enlightenment, and empowerment.

Featured this month: Gillian Foreman MA, IBCLC, CLC, ProDoula LD

Education: UI&U 2015 graduate UI&U Master of Arts in Health and Wellness with a specialization in Lactation Studies, BS School of Architecture Interior Design University of Texas at Arlington.

Profession: Gillian supports families preparing for birth and breastfeeding through classes and education on Childbirth Education, Birth Doula Services, Breastfeeding Support and Education, and Postpartum Group Support, at Modern Breastfeeding + Education. Her many credentials include Childbirth Educator, Certified Labor Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Babywearing Educator, trained Postpartum Doula, Hypnobirthing-trained Doula, Neonatal Resuscitation Certified as well as BLS CPR certified, and of course an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Q. What has your degree meant to you personally and professionally?

A. My Master’s degree has meant a heightened level of professionalism when approaching providers unfamiliar to my field. Further, it has helped not only clients, but my own family gain a full understanding what I do, not to mention a personal “next level” feeling of knowledge. I also believe my degree has opened doors for me that would not have existed otherwise, as it was also an exercise in assimilating research and becoming a better writer!

I also want people reading this to know that investing financially and time wise in the Master’s program at Union wasn’t an easy decision, and it was one that took me two years to research, debate about, and finally start. I was almost done with Pathway 3 when I switched to Pathway 2 because I simply wanted more; more research, more guidance, more understanding of my lactation career. If I could give anyone reading this advice I would say this: start. Just start, contact me or Union if you have questions, but submit your application already! You won’t regret it, especially with some of the incredible changes coming!

Q. What quality do you admire most about your alma mater?

A. I love that Union answers to the needs of adult learners. Not only by being an online program, with multiple paths, but also the thesis decision, writing, and defense process.

Q. If you could give advice to a Union student, what would it be?

A. Invest time in yourself. Seriously, this is the type of program with professors who understand you have jobs, families, and will give you an understanding ear, even a little leeway at times when you need it. However, do not abuse that kindness! Invest time in your program, because it is also true that you directly get out of it what you put into it.

Q. What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?

A. My greatest accomplishment to date has been due to difficulty, namely moving across the country in the midst of my master’s program, which then meant starting my business again from scratch in a new area, a new demographic of families that had different needs. I found that I learned much more about serving families in the process. I got to experience two cities worth of hospital standards and home care standards, which strengthened me as a provider.

Q. What is your passion away from work?

A. Away from work I’m highly protective of my family time, and I do love our beautiful fixer upper home. We enjoy hiking and biking around the Cincinnati area, working on home projects, and exploring this city that still feels new to me.

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Union Institute & University Florida Academic Center Celebrates Graduates

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The Union Institute & University Florida Academic Center commencement celebrated the over 50 graduates who join the alumni ranks on Sunday, July 23 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina.

President Roger H. Sublett welcomed each graduate and congratulated them on becoming part of the UI&U mission to pursue professional goals and lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.

Mr. Terry Terhark, accomplished entrepreneur and recognized leader in the talent acquisition field, addressed the audience. Like many Union graduates he earned his degree later in life.

Mr. Terhark urged new graduates to persevere. “First, don’t give up, as learning and education will always benefit you. I completely understand how daunting work, raising a family and getting a degree simultaneously can be. I have started companies in my 20s, my 40s and now in my 50s, and I have seen peoples’ careers take off later in their career. Everything you do is incremental in the value that you provide to a company or to yourself when/if you start a business.”

Congratulations to our new UI&U graduates!

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Union Leaders – Sid Taylor

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Sid Taylor

Union Institute & University’s historical commitment to ethical and creative leadership and the insights gained over the past 50 years as a leader in adult learning is the inspiration for the monthly series, Union Leaders.

This month Sid Taylor is featured.

Sid is a 2015 UI&U graduate with a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL). He is a passionate advocate for youth and families. For the past 20 years Sid has worked in a variety of leadership roles to provide opportunity for those in need.

Below are Sid’s insights on leadership.

Q. How do you define leadership?

A. Leadership is the skill of inspiring others to see a vision and become so motivated that they actively seek ways to turn the vision into a reality.

Q. Share an example of how you’ve put leadership in action.

A. In many of my experiences as a leader I have found the most success by showing people how to look through a broader scope. Instead of simply seeing what is in a given situation, my approach is to show what can and should be. People often don’t realize how close the solution is to them until they look through this type of lens.

Q. What leader do you admire most and why?

A. There are so many aspects and styles of leadership that it is very difficult to select any one person. I would have to say that anyone that uses the servant leadership approach such as Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, etc., would be high on my list.

Q. What is your favorite inspiring leadership quote?

A. There are so many powerful quotes to choose from but one that comes to mind is from Les Brown. “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.”

Q. When did you first feel that you were a leader? What was the experience?

A. I first felt that I was a leader when I realized that the ideas I shared with others became less focused on myself and more focused on how they would lead to positive change for others.

About Sid Taylor

For the past 20 years, Sid Taylor has worked with youth and families in need throughout the greater Cincinnati area. Sid spent the last seven years in various roles at Lighthouse Youth Services, the last three of which he served as Director of the Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center. For 12 years prior to that, Sid led a team of staff at the local group home organization, Youth Inc. focusing on the 10-17 year old at-risk adjudicated population.

Sid is now Chief Operating Officer at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Cincinnati overseeing their mission to help academically capable and motivated children-in-need meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Sid who is happily married with two children graduated with a BA in psychology from Ashford University before earning his MS in Organizational Leadership from Union Institute & University.

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