2014 Roundtables of Leadership Research & Practice
Distinguished Guest Speakers
The School of Business & Leadership is pleased to announce Larry C. Spears, president and CEO of The Larry C. Spears Center for Servant-Leadership, and Bob Coughlin, vice president for product integrity at Kids II, as our distinguished guest speakers at this year's Roundtables of Leadership Research & Practice.
Larry C. Spears
President & CEO
The Larry C. Spears Center for Servant-Leadership
A preeminent scholar in the field of servant leadership, Larry C. Spears is president and CEO of The Larry C. Spears Center for Servant-Leadership, Inc., and is also the servant-leadership scholar at Gonzaga University. Prior to launching the Spears Center in 2008, he served as president and CEO of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership from 1990 – 2007. Spears is a frequent speaker on servant leadership, having given 200 keynote addresses on four continents, a dozen countries and 40 states since 1990. He is editor, contributing author, and the creative force behind fourteen books on servant leadership—his most recent being, Fortuitous Encounters. Additionally, he has published hundreds of articles, essays, newsletters, and other servant-leadership publications. Spears has also been interviewed by various journals and news outlets throughout his career, including NBC's Dateline television broadcast.
Vice President for Product Integrity
Bob Coughlin has more than 30 years of product safety and product quality experience coupled with 20 years of product integrity leadership experience in the juvenile products industry. As vice president for product integrity at Kids II, a multinational toy/children's products manufacturer, he leads a diverse, multicultural staff of more than 60 engineers, technicians and auditors who are located in China, Hong Kong and the United States. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the New York Institute of Technology and began his career at Underwriters Laboratories, the worlds' premier testing laboratory and standards development organization. He later earned his Master of Arts in Management with a focus in Leadership from Regent University's School of Business & Leadership. Coughlin has served on the Board of Directors of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization which is an international coalition of industry, government and consumer groups dedicated to product safety development. He is also currently serving as the chairman of the American Society for Testing Materials committee for the Children's Chair Safety Standard.