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Towson hosts expert Daniel Pink in education forum on leadership

How are students effectively motivated? What are the principles of teachers who become leaders? And how can arts integration benefit both education and business strategy? 

Bestselling author Daniel Pink will answer these questions and more in his lecture, “Leadership and the New Principles of Influence,” scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m. in the West Village Commons as part of the Towson University Signature Forum Series.

Dr. Nancy Grasmick, a presidential scholar at Towson University and regional and national education pioneer, coordinates the series, which explores thought-provoking issues related to public education in the 21st century.

Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink comes to TU Oct. 15. Photo by Rebecca Emily Drobis.

“Daniel Pink is a renowned author and lecturer,” says Grasmick. “He is a person who can articulate the qualities of leadership that really make a difference in whatever profession you’re pursuing.”

An expert in the fields of business and education, Pink will use social science to demonstrate the ways that today’s leaders are persuading, influencing and motivating others, and show concrete ways to utilize underused techniques like perspective-taking, problem-finding and arts integration. He will also discuss “STEAM,” a concept he coined to represent the influence of the arts in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

Daniel Pink is the author of several groundbreaking books, including the New York Times bestseller, A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future, the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, and his latest, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. His TED talk on the science of motivation is one of the 20 most watched of all time, and Harvard Business Review and Thinkers50 named him one of the Top 30 Business Thinkers in the World in 2011.

Created to spark a discourse between school leaders and national experts on topics timely and relevant to the education field, the Signature Forum Series provides access to up-to-date research and the chance for faculty, school staff and community members to collaborate on solutions to challenges in education.

The first installment featured acclaimed neuroscience experts Benjamin Carson and Martha Denckla in a discussion about the anatomy of the brain and its impact on how students learn. In March, former Baltimore Police Commissioner Fred Bealefeld took on the topic of gun laws and school violence.

A Q&A session and book signing with Pink will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.


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