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'Toast of SLU, featuring Ellen Harshman, Ph.D., J.D.'

Thursday, 26 January, 2017

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Toast of SLU, Saint Louis University's Toastmasters Club, will be hosting a guest speaker event featuring Ellen Harshman, Ph.D., J.D., dean emerita and director of Bicentennial Planning.

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in HR training room 128 located in the Marvin and Harlene Wool Center. Faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Harshman currently serves as the director of Bicentennial Planning. However, during her extensive career at SLU, she has served in several roles including dean of the John Cook School of Business, senior vice provost, interim CIO, interim vice president for academic affairs, assistant and associate dean in the business school, and several positions in student government. In addition to being the recipient of numerous teaching awards, she was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2004 as one of the area's "Most Influential Business Women."

During her presentation, Harshman will share her perspective of the importance of communication in her role, and her experience and background on both past and current speaking engagements. 

DC Cooper, president of the Toast of SLU Toastmasters Club, shared that the club has conducted several guest speaker events that have featured several University vice presidents and they have all been well received. The events have provided a unique opportunity for the attendees to learn about the importance of communication from leaders here at SLU.

"We are all looking forward to hearing Dr. Harshman’s presentation," Cooper said. “Her long and impressive career at SLU has spanned several decades, and she continues to make countless contributions.”

The Toast of SLU club is a chapter of Toastmasters International, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.

For more information or a list of upcoming meetings, visit the Toast of SLU website or contact Emily Seitz at