Alumnus publishes leadership book

Alumnus publishes leadership book

Reinvention is something that executive coach Chuck Bolton ’80 knows about firsthand, and it is the topic of his latest book. In 2000, Bolton transitioned from a 20-year career as a senior executive at one of the world’s largest medical device companies to found The Bolton Group, LLC, an executive assessment and development firm. The shift required faith and confidence, but looking back, Bolton said it was a key development in his professional life that has led to countless opportunities. “The Reinvented Leader,” Bolton’s new publication, focuses on helping executives transform how they lead in order to stay relevant and to create maximum value. The book will be available starting Feb. 25 as a digital download on Amazon. “Most executives are ‘repeaters,’ believing what made them successful in the past will continue to do so,” Bolton said. “They’ve quit learning, and they miss opportunities and under perform. Eventually, they become marginalized and then extinct. Reinventors thrive on change and possess growth-centered mindsets.” Saint Mary’s was impactful in Bolton’s growth and development. In fact, Bolton attributes much of his successes in life, including the release of this book, to his undergraduate experiences. At Saint Mary’s, Bolton received close personal attention, mentoring from faculty and coaches, as well as hands-on internship experiences. “One of the things that I talk about in the book is coming up with a personal ‘most generous list,’” Bolton said. “Who were the people in your life who were most valuable in your development? For me, three of them were at Saint Mary’s. One of them was Brother Frank Walsh, FSC ’45, chair of the political science... read more
An exciting time for Cardinal athletics

An exciting time for Cardinal athletics

Saint Mary’s qualifies three teams for MIAC playoffs When a Saint Mary’s sports team qualifies for postseason play, the entire Saint Mary’s community rallies around that group and the atmosphere on campus turns electric. Imagine that excitement times three and you’ll get a feel for what the Saint Mary’s campus is like this week. Can’t make it to the games? Stream it online! The Cardinal women’s basketball team, women’s hockey team, and men’s hockey team have all qualified for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoffs and all will host a home contest this week. “I am so thrilled to have three winter sports teams in the playoffs,” Saint Mary’s Director of  Athletics Nikki Fennern said. “The MIAC is such a competitive league and a limited number of teams qualify for the tournaments. To have three in the same season is outstanding—and having all three at home is tremendous.” The women’s basketball team will kick off the playoff action with a home game against Gustavus Adolphus on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. The women’s hockey team will be in the spotlight Thursday as they play host to Bethel at 7 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s Ice Arena. Then on Saturday, it will be the men’s hockey team’s turn as the Cardinals will host Concordia at 7 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Ice Arena. “It creates such a great buzz on campus with the playoff atmosphere,” Fennern said. “We have seen how great the playoff atmosphere is on campus in past years with women’s basketball and this fall with volleyball. It really showcases the great community that we have here... read more
Cardinals’ Brown is making a name for herself

Cardinals’ Brown is making a name for herself

When Octavia Brown stepped on the Winona Campus as a freshman in the fall of 2011, the First Generation Initiative was in its second year at Saint Mary’s and the Cardinal women’s basketball team was coming off a losing season. Fast-forward almost four years and Brown has seen—and helped—both of those programs flourish tremendously. Since 2010, more than 40 First Generation Scholars, including Brown, have been able to attend college by receiving support from FGI scholarships. The First Generation Initiative was created to break down barriers to higher education by providing high potential students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds not only financial support, but also comprehensive academic support. When asked to speak at a fundraising breakfast for the FGI program, Brown said, “If it was not for this scholarship, I would not be standing before you today as a strong African American young woman with goals and ambition. This scholarship gives me and other underrepresented students who are financially struggling a chance at making a name for ourselves.” And Brown has definitely made a name for herself on campus. In addition to working with the FGI program and the Countdown to College program, Brown is also a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Council and serves as a Cardinal Ambassador. She has been a member of the women’s basketball team for four years and is a team captain this season. Last year, Brown helped the Cardinals to their first regular-season MIAC championship since 1986 and a berth in the NCAA Division III regional tournament. Brown was recruited to Saint Mary’s by Coach Mandy Pearson, who first saw the St. Joseph... read more
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