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Leadership Over Lunch is a program hosted by the Office of Student Engagement that covers various topics in leadership and professional development. Students are invited to enjoy a free, catered lunch and engage in discussion about various aspects of leadership. Each session is limited to the first 30 students to sign-up! If you have any questions please call the Office of Student Engagement at 618-453-5714.

By attending a Leadership Over Lunch event, you will be able to:

  • Describe key attributes of an effective leader
  • Examine issues facing leaders today
  • Apply knowledge from Leadership Over Lunch to everyday practice in developing and maintaining leadership skills


kerry-burchillKerri Burchill
Thursday, September 27, 2018
12-1 p.m. | Old Main, Student Center
Catered by Quatro's
Online Registration

Dr. Kerri Burchill, PhD, has over a 20 year history of working with individuals, teams and organizations in leadership development and coaching.  Having worked in three different countries and serving a variety of roles, Kerri is skilled at assessing complex situations and in engaging others in developing solutions.  Currently serving as an independent management consultant and for Southern Illinois Healthcare, Kerri has proven is adept at pulling leaders out of the vortex of change so that they can identify their needs and examine what influences their organizations. 

Kerri’s leadership philosophy is based on her belief that systems and structures place drive organizational success.  The challenge is in teasing apart these systems and structures to identify high leverage opportunities.  Kerri’s goal is to “grow the positive” by helping organizations identify which structures are giving the organization the behaviors and outcomes it wants.  Kerri believes in pulling people in to solution-based thinking through humble inquiry.  She is a seasoned facilitator who is often invited to lead groups through delicate and sensitive challenges. 

Kerri advises on and provides training and coaching in the strategic and operational aspects of change management, lean daily management, strategic planning, organizational development and leadership development.


jerry-killJerry Kill
Thursday, October 25, 2018
12-1 p.m. | Old Main, Student Center
Catered by Panera Bread
Online Registration

Legendary football coach Jerry Kill, who led the Salukis to five consecutive NCAA playoff appearances from 2003-07, returned to Southern Illinois University in March, 2018 as a special assistant to the chancellor, and his role was expanded in April to include oversight of Athletics. Kill was head football coach at SIU from 2001 to 2007, leading the Salukis to three straight Gateway Football Conference Championships. While at SIU he received the prestigious Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award in 2004 and the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award in 2007. He left SIU to serve as head coach at Northern Illinois from 2008 to 2010, delivering three bowl eligible teams, and later became head coach at Minnesota, winning Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2014.


jerry-killDaniel Booth
Thursday, November 29, 2018
12-1 p.m. | Kaskaskia/Missouri Room, Student Center
Catered by Moe's Southwest Grill
Online Registration

Daniel Booth, a native of Peoria, Illinois, is in his first year as superintendent at Carbondale Elementary School District #95.  Prior to becoming the district leader at CES #95, Mr. Booth served as principal, assistant principal, dean of students, health/driver education teacher, and assistant boys’ basketball and track coach over 12 years at Carbondale Community High School.  In 2006, Mr. Booth earned his undergraduate degree in health education, in 2010 his master’s degree in educational administration, and in 2016 his Educational Specialist certification all from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  In January of 2018, Mr. Booth was named superintendent of Carbondale Elementary School District 95.  An active member and true advocate for the Carbondale community, Mr. Booth has served on the Board of Directors for the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Carbondale-Breakfast, the SIU Advisory Board for Teacher Education, and is an active member of the Illinois Principals Association, and the Illinois Association of School Administrators.  Mr. Booth is married to the love of his life, Ashley, and they have two children, a four-year-old son, Jaxon, and a two-year old daughter, Delaney.