Speaker Date Topic
Susan Tybon, YWCA North Central Indiana Oct 21, 2019
Domestic Violence Awareness and Issues
Domestic Violence Awareness and Issues

Susan Tybon is currently the President and CEO of YWCA North Central Indiana, which includes the Safe Haven Shelter on State St, here in Elkhart.  She brings to this position over twenty-five years of experience working in nonprofit management. Susan started the second cancer wellness center in the United States and is the founding Executive Director of the Chicagoland Chapter of Autism Speaks. Her interest in women’s issues propelled her to work at the YWCA. Susan Tybon holds a Master’s degree in community health psychology and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Susan is a resident of Berrien Center, Michigan.

Apostle Michael A. Patton Oct 28, 2019 12:00 PM
Topic to be determined
Topic to be determined

Apostle Michael Patton, MNA

Michael is an Ordained/Affirmed Apostle who founded and currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Cathedral located in South Bend, IN. He is an Air Force Veteran who served his country for over 6 years. He is also the new President of the South Bend Branch of the NAACP. Michael also published and authored his first book titled: Reconnecting With Divine Grace, which is a book of 365 days of meditations. He received his undergraduate degree in Organizational Management from Bethel University and recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an Executive Master’s of Non-Profit Administration degree. Michael is married to an incredible wife Tina of twenty-three years who is the Co-Founder of Kingdom Life Christian Cathedral and the IT Director and Vice President of Indiana Trust and Investment Management Co. Together they have three children Devin, Tobias, and Jada.

Chancellor Dr. David Balkin Nov 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Ivy Tech: Updates from the campus to the community with new Chancellor Dr. David Balkin
Ivy Tech: Updates from the campus to the community with new Chancellor Dr. David Balkin

Article of introduction from the South Bend Tribune by Lincoln Wright, August 13, 2019

SOUTH BEND — After an extensive national search, Ivy Tech Community College found a new local chancellor in its backyard.

David Balkin, who most recently served as a regional development director at the University of Notre Dame, will take over as chancellor for the South Bend-Elkhart campuses on Sept. 3. He replaces Thomas Coley, who retired in May.

Balkin has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, management and executive leadership. He has three degrees from Notre Dame and spent much of his career as an executive at IBM.

In 2014, he was named managing director of Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology, a position he held for more than three years. He then became the university’s associate director of regional development for San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Balkin said he’s had an interest in education throughout his career. While at IBM, he developed a course and taught at the University of Vermont.

“I’ve always had a dream of returning to academia,” he said Tuesday after a news conference to introduce him as the new chancellor.

Balkin said he was interested in having a greater impact on the community and recognized the importance of Ivy Tech locally. He plans to leverage his experience to help Ivy Tech meet a statewide goal of having 60 percent of Indiana’s workforce receive degrees and specialty training, with 50,000 workers a year coming from Ivy Tech by 2025.

“The opportunity to build a workforce that is commensurate with the task at hand of matching the outstanding capabilities and business processes that are available is going to be exciting,” he said.

Locally, Balkin hopes to forge deeper relationship with area companies.

“We are focused on readying our students for the current and future workplace,” he said.

In a statement, Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said Balkin would help with the mission of developing apprenticeships and ensuring graduates have the right workforce skills and credentials.

“I am confident Dr. Balkin with effectively lead, align and accelerate these efforts on our campus and partner with industry, education and communities,” she said.


Angela Logan, PhD. Nov 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Diversity in Nonprofit Boards
Diversity in Nonprofit Boards

Angela Logan is an associate teaching professor of Management & Organization and the St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development (NPD). As academic director, she leads the team that manages both the Master of Nonprofit Administration degree program and the Nonprofit Certificate programs. Angela joined the College in the summer of 2013. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education and philanthropy, with a particular focus in the areas of education and diversity. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the University of Toledo, a Master of Business and Organizational Leadership from Defiance College, and is the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Ms. Logan recently created their BRITE Program to train and advocate for women to serve on nonprofit boards. 

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business is launching a new initiative aimed at increasing gender diversity on nonprofit boards. The BRITE Women Project (Board Readiness Initiative to Empower Women Project), sponsored by Mendoza’s Nonprofit Professional Development, seeks to equip women with the skills they need to provide transformational nonprofit board leadership that benefits their communities.

“Diversity of thought and perspective helps nonprofit boards and their associated organizations serve their communities better when all the voices are around the table,” said Angela Logan, the St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development. 

“Many women have extensive professional leadership experience that would be a great asset to a nonprofit board, yet they may be uncertain about how to leverage those skills to obtain a seat at the table,” said Joan McClendon, operations program director for Nonprofit Professional Development. “The objective of BRITE is to help women broaden their understanding about nonprofit boards and how they might participate.”

In addition to offering educational opportunities to women, the BRITE Women Project is working to launch a resource to connect nonprofits seeking female board members with women who are interested in serving. 

McClendon says the BRITE Women project is a natural outgrowth of Mendoza’s mission and NPD’s servant heart and business mind focus. “This is another way we are living out our mission to be a force for good, by improving how nonprofit boards operate. We are thankful for the support of Mendoza’s new dean, Martijn Cremers. He listened to our vision for our game-changing project, and his leadership caused the vision to be reality.”

To be announced Nov 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Shabbir Qutbuddi, Director, IT Sector Partnership Nov 25, 2019 12:00 PM
IT Sector Partnership | South Bend - Elkhart Region
IT Sector Partnership | South Bend - Elkhart Region

Shabbir Qutbuddin is the Director of IT Sector Partnership at Ivy Tech Community College for the South Bend - Elkhart Region. Shabbir pursued his Master's in Human Resource Management from Purdue University and Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from India. His areas of experience include HR, Analytics, Business Development, Consulting, Branding, Graphics, and Technology. Shabbir loves Adventure Sports, Traveling, and Film Making.

Shabbir's presentation is based on the IT Sector Partnership | South Bend - Elkhart. It is a non-profit partnership between the Tech Industry, Education Providers, Regional Chambers, EDCs, and Non-Profits that focuses on the workforce needs of the Information Technology Industry in the South Bend - Elkhart region. The goal is to identify and fulfill the need for IT talent in our region via building Career Pathways, providing Technical Skills Training, fostering Employer-Talent Connections, conducting Coding Events, and encouraging Community Engagement.

For complete details about IT Sector Partnership visit their website: https://www.itsectorpartnership.org/