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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 meet a local leader. Each session is limited to the first 30 students to register! Registrations will open the month of the lunch. If you have any questions please call the Office of Student Engagement at 618-453-5714.


julian-watkinsJulian Watkins
Thursday, February 28, 2019
11:45 a.m. -1 p.m. | Old Main, Student Center
Catered by Quatro's
Online Registration - Closed

Julian Watkins is a keynote speaker, nonprofit executive, and self-proclaimed "recovering" attorney. Julian is a native of Cairo, Illinois and has degrees in business and a law degree from the University of Illinois. Julian spent several years as an attorney and high school basketball coach before finding purpose in the service of others as an executive with the American Red Cross. He recently spoke on the TEDx stage and continues to spread his message of hope and love by speaking to students, young adults, and corporations. 


cathy mcclanahanCathy McClanahan
Thursday, March 28, 2019
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Mississippi Room, Student Center
Catered by Hunan's
Online Registration - Closed

Cathy McClanahan is the Executive Director of The Women’s Center, Inc., a not-for-profit organization serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout southern Illinois.

Ms. McClanahan is a veteran in the anti-violence movement and has been working in the field for almost 28 years.  Beginning her career at The Women’s Center, Inc. in March of 1991.

In January 1998, she was Executive Director of the Columbia County Women’s. Resource Center in St. Helen’s, Oregon, a position she held until November 2002, when Ms. McClanahan returned to Southern Illinois.  While in St. Helen’s, Ms. McClanahan, gave successful oversight to the construction of a 28 bed shelter facility for victims fleeing domestic violence and/or sexual assault named “The Starting Place.”

In 2003, Ms. McClanahan returned to The Women’s Center, Inc. and served as the Assistant Director and was promoted to Executive Director in 2008.


elaine ramseyerElaine Ramseyer
Thursday, April 25, 2019
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Old Main, Student Center
Catered by Longbranch Café
Online Registration - Closed

Elaine Ramseyer was born in Los Angeles and moved to Southern Illinois when she was nine. She attended SIU Carbondale, graduating in 1981 with a Special Major in Religious Studies, Anthropology, Psychology and Mythology. After living in Munich, Zurich and New York City, she returned to Southern Illinois and for the last twenty years has lived on an organic farm in Union County. Professionally, Elaine worked in private banking in Zurich, waited tables in Beverly Hills while pursuing an acting career and sold residential real estate in Manhattan. She is currently the General Manager of the Longbranch Café and Bakery in Carbondale.  As a Sufi practitioner, her spiritual path has shaped her approach to business. Although she understands the importance of the bottom line, the Longbranch measures their success by: the number of healthy meals they serve, their commitment to local farms, businesses and art, and the fact that their staff has grown from eight to thirty-three. In the last few years, Elaine has focused on writing. She is currently writing a Longbranch cookbook and has also written a memoir and a book based on something that happened long ago in the farmhouse where she lives.