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Speakers announced for DWU's Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change

Peter Greer and Gary Oppenheimer, leaders in their fields and spend their lives trying to better those of others, will both speak at Dakota Wesleyan University's spring leadership conference.

Peter Greer and Gary Oppenheimer, leaders in their fields and spend their lives trying to better those of others, will both speak at Dakota Wesleyan University's spring leadership conference.

The Conference for Leadership, Innovation and Social Change is set for April 16 in the Sherman Center at Dakota Wesleyan University. The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public, though registration is encouraged; register at www.dwu.edu/leadershipconference . Box lunches are also available for purchase through registration.

The keynote speaker, Peter Greer, will give his talk at 11 a.m.

Greer, CEO of Hope International, joined the organization in 2004. He came from the field of microfinance, where he put his strengths to work for such organizations as URWEGO Community Banking in Rwanda, Self-Help Development Foundation in Zimbabwe, and as a microfinance adviser in Cambodia. Greer is also the keynote for the Mitchell Area Youth Night the day before, along with his son, Keith.

Gary Oppenheimer will open the day at 9:30 a.m.

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Oppenheimer is the executive director and founder of AmpleHarvest.org. As director of a community garden in 2009, he learned about the wasted food in many plots and created a program called "Ample Harvest" to get the excess food to local food pantries. Oppenheimer is also the keynote speaker the day before for the McGovern Hunger Summit.

Schedule for the day

9 to 9:30 a.m.: registration

9:30-10:15 a.m.: Gary Oppenheimer, founder of AmpleHarvest.org, sponsored by the McGovern Center

10:15-11 a.m.: Dialogue for Action

11 a.m. to noon: Peter Greer, CEO of Hope International, sponsored as the 2015 Stark Lecture series

Noon to 12:30 p.m.: Dialogue for Action

12:30 to 1 p.m.: Lunch (boxed lunches are available for pre-order)

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1 to 2:30 p.m.: Kelley Center Innovatalks

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