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Leadership Over Lunch

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.

Share your ideas with us!

We'd love to hear what speakers you'd like to see or topics you'd like covered in the future. Submit your ideas by filling out the short questionairre below.



ana mignonneAna Migone, MD
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
11:45 a.m. -1 p.m. | Mississippi Room, Student Center
Catered by Quatro's
Online Registration - Closed

Ana Ojeda Migone was born February 22, 1955 in Lima, Peru and has lived in Carbondale, Illinois since 1987.  She came to the United States in 1981, 2 weeks after she got married. Ana currently practices medicine at The Center for Medical Arts in the Primary Care Department.

Coming to Carbondale was an amazing change for her: from a big city to a small college town! In Carbondale, Ana completed her postgraduate medical training after being given the opportunity to start her residency training at SIUC’s-FPC. Soon after arriving in Carbondale, Ana started working at “Su Casa” a head start program in Cobden, and later at Shawnee Health Services and Development.  

Ana’s specialty, Family Practice, is one that allows her to interact with people of all ages and backgrounds: from newborns to 104 year olds; factory workers, farmers, students and professors.  

Since her arrival to Southern Illinois, she has been involved with the Southern Illinois Catholic Hispanic Ministry. She is also a member of the SIIRP (Southern Illinois Immigration Rights Project) a grassroots group of wonderful people that work with issues concerning the rights of our immigrant population. 


Francis murphyFrancis Murphy
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Old Main Room, Student Center
Catered by Quatro's
Online Registration - Closed

Francis Murphy has been the General Manager for 25 years of two successful natural food cooperatives.  He has helped form or develop several cooperatives including Neighborhood Co-op Grocery in Carbondale where he has been General Manager since 1998.  Francis led the co-op in 2005-2006 through a $1.5 million relocation project including writing a business plan, developing a financing strategy and resources, negotiating the lease, developing financial projections, engaging store design services, procuring equipment, and supervising and monitoring construction.  Francis has three degrees from SIUC including an MBA.  He also served on the Board of Directors of WDBX – Community Radio for Southern Illinois for 13 years.


Diana SusanDiana Sussman
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Old Main Room, Student Center
Catered by Quatro's
Online Registration - Register Here

Diana Brawley Sussman became the Director of the Carbondale Public Library in 2010. Her library received the American Library Association’s Excellence in Library Programming Award in 2013 for their role in the community-wide 11 Days for Compassion, a Nonviolent Carbondale initiative. Since 2011 she has been an active leader in Nonviolent Carbondale, a coalition that organizes and supports activities that foster nonviolent and compassionate interactions in the community. The coalition became the model for a nationwide Nonviolent Cities Project launched by author John Dear. There are now fifty Nonviolent Cities projects in the U.S. and Canada. Diana serves on several local coalitions and assisted with opening the Carbondale Warming Center for homeless residents. In her collaboration with 3Rs (Reading Reduces Recidivism) she works with prison librarians to stock Illinois prison libraries with free used books. Since 2015 her library has partnered with the SIU School of Social Work to place MSW Social Work Interns in the library, making Carbondale both an early adopter, and one of the smaller libraries in the nation to provide social work service. In 2017 Diana was named the Librarian of the Year in Illinois. She believes that libraries serve a vital role as community leaders, cooperators, and problem solvers.