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Servant leaders work towards the common good, whether they influence businesses, non-profits, schools, government agencies, or other institutions. Join Sam and Rick for thought-provoking conversations with inspiring servant leaders as they discuss character, the common good, and the importance of virtue in the practice of leadership.

Servant Leadership Today Sam Scinta and Rick Kyte

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Servant leaders work towards the common good, whether they influence businesses, non-profits, schools, government agencies, or other institutions. Join Sam and Rick for thought-provoking conversations with inspiring servant leaders as they discuss character, the common good, and the importance of virtue in the practice of leadership.

    Sara Eskrich – Final-Five Voting & Restoring Faith in Democracy

    Sara Eskrich – Final-Five Voting & Restoring Faith in Democracy

    In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Sara Eskrich, Executive Director of Democracy Found, to discuss final-five voting and the cross-partisan movement to shift our elections to using final-five voting.
    Sara explains what final-five voting is, how it is different from the current elections process, and how states like Alaska and Maine are already using it. Then Sara, Sam, and Rick consider how final-five voting changes and challenges the current election process, creates accountability and incentives for elected officials, and has support across party lines. The conversation closes with a look at challenges to final-five voting and what comes next for the movement.

    More information on final-five voting and Democracy Found visit: https://democracyfound.org/

    Sara Eskrich is the Executive Director of Democracy Found, a Wisconsin-based nonpartisan initiative committed to revitalizing democracy. By implementing a system of Final-Five Voting, a system wherein the top five candidates are selected from the primary ballot and instant runoff voting is used in the general election, we will ensure politicians are held accountable for delivering results.
    Sara previously served on the Madison Common Council and currently serves as a Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Commissioner. She is a member of the Madison Downtown Rotary and the Hoan Group. Her career includes roles in the public and private sectors, including at Deloitte Consulting, the UW Population Health Institute, Kids Forward, the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, and City Council President Michael P. Ross’ Campaign and Office at the City of Boston.
    Sara is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the Robert M. La Follette School and Masters of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

    Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

    Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

    Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from "A Ballad of the West"

    • 56 min
    Wisconsin Women in Conservation

    Wisconsin Women in Conservation

    In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by members of Wisconsin Women in Conservation: Dr. Esther Shekinah is a Research Agronomist at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Jennifer Nelson works with Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services (MOSES); and Val Dantoin is a Conservation Coach for Wisconsin Women in Conservation. These inspiring women join us today to share their work, describing the challenges and successes the organization has faced thus far and its focus on community, the greater good, and sustainable farming. Finally, they share their hope for the future of sustainability and involvement by women of all ages as part of the solution for the challenges we face.

    Dr. Esther Shekinah is a Research Agronomist at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute with more than 20 years of sustainable agriculture research experience in both India and the US. In addition to leading the Wisconsin Women in Conservation team, she is researching cover crops and industrial hemp with the goal of developing production practices that encourage diversity in organic cropping systems.

    Jennifer Nelson works with Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services (MOSES), facilitating farmer education and farmland access. With her partner, she co-owns Humble Pie Farm in Plum City, Wis., growing Certified Organic bedding plants, produce and flowers. Jennifer has managed and been on the board of multiple farmers’ markets in the Midwest.

    Val Dantoin is a Conservation Coach for Wisconsin Women in Conservation. Val’s Full Circle Community Farm is located outside of Green Bay. They focus on grazing, permaculture, riparian buffers, wetlands, organic, pollinator habitat. Valerie is a farmer-teacher who models her 240 acre farm after the workings of natural eco-systems. She has B.S. in bacteriology, a Masters Degree in Agronomy and an all but dissertated Ph.D. in land resources. Valerie developed and teaches 20 courses in the Sustainable Food & Ag Systems program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

    Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

    Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

    Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from "A Ballad of the West"

    • 52 min
    Jervie Windom – commUNITY

    Jervie Windom – commUNITY

    In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Jervie Windom, Pastor of Resonate Church in Galveston County, Texas. Jervie shares his experiences in ministering to individuals and the community. He emphasizes the importance of investing in relationships to build community even when we disagree, facing challenges as opportunities for transformation, and a persistence informed by hope.

    Born in Brooklyn, Jervie Lamont Windom honorably served 24 years in the United States Army. Jervie is an alumnus of Southern Wesleyan University, Villanova University, & Viterbo University with over 19 years of ministry experience. Jervie is married to the lovely Nilda Windom, a native of Neptune, New Jersey. Nilda is a United States Army veteran as well with 16 years of honorable service.
    After the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, the Windoms returned home to Galveston County, Texas to assist with long term recovery efforts for the people of Greater Houston to provide healing, help, and hope. They formed a partnership between their local church in La Plata, MD, theSent Church in Plano, TX and The Mountain Plains District of the Wesleyan Church. From this partnership, RESONATE Church emerged.
    RESONATE Church is currently partnering with local and national organizations to rebuild homes, provide jobs, and revitalize communities

    Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

    Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

    Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from "A Ballad of the West"

    • 58 min
    Lt. Col. Erik Archer – The Military in America: Identity, Duty, & Stewardship

    Lt. Col. Erik Archer – The Military in America: Identity, Duty, & Stewardship

    In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Lieutenant Colonel Erik Archer to discuss the role of the military in American society. Lt. Col. Archer shares his thoughts on identity beyond the military uniform, duty to community and country as a citizen and neighbor, and attributes and competencies of leadership, including stewardship.

    Lieutenant Colonel Erik Archer spent 20 years in the Army as a Military Police officer. He deployed twice to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. He led platoon and company level formations while serving as the operations officer and executive officer for the most decorated MP battalion in the Army, the 716th MP Battalion.
    His experience has been diverse; he served as a platoon leader and company commander but also as the Chief of Police for Fort Carson and the officer in charge of a forensics lab in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.
    Before becoming the director of the Military Science Department at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Viterbo University and Winona State University, he served on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in the National Military Command Center where he briefed senior military and civilian leaders and also developed national level operational plans.
    Col. Archer uses his role as a tribal elder in the Army to teach the next generation of Army leaders. He is married to his college sweetheart and together they have three vibrant kiddos. He will retire this coming fall and will start life - phase 2.

    Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

    Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

    Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from "A Ballad of the West"

    • 51 min
    Kathleen Culver – Journalism: Ethics, Influence, & the Future

    Kathleen Culver – Journalism: Ethics, Influence, & the Future

    In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Kathleen Culver, associate professor in the UW-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. Kathleen shares her perspectives on the role of journalism in society, first examining the ethical challenges for journalists, particularly for young journalists. From there, the discussion broadens to include how to use media responsibly to be informed and engaged citizens, social media’s influence on journalism, and the future of journalism (hint: there is reason for optimism).


    Kathleen Culver is the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics, an associate professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication and director of the Center for Journalism Ethics.
    Long interested in the implications of digital media on journalism and public communication, Culver focuses on the ethical dimensions of social tools, technological advances and networked information. She also serves as visiting faculty for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and was the founding editor of PBS MediaShift’s education section.
    The Center for Journalism Ethics has been an important vehicle for her work, engaging hundreds of people through annual conferences, public panels, training sessions and other appearances, and has recently focused on topics including ethics and immigration reporting, the impact of #MeToo on media, and how journalism can address partisanship and other social divisions.
    Culver is widely recognized for her curricular innovations, including the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s gateway course, Mass Media Practices. This bootcamp course trains over 100 students each semester in the concepts and skills necessary to approach disrupted media industries with adaptability, critical thinking and integrity. She regularly trains other communications educators through her work with Poynter and the Center for Journalism Ethics.

    Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

    Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

    Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from "A Ballad of the West"

    • 56 min
    Roy Austin Jr. – Facebook: Civil Rights and Social Good in Tech

    Roy Austin Jr. – Facebook: Civil Rights and Social Good in Tech

    In today’s episode, Rick and Sam are joined by Roy Austin Jr., Vice President of Civil Rights and Deputy General Counsel for Facebook. Roy discusses this unique role and describes the purpose, goals, successes, and challenges he and his team face as they establish this new endeavor. The conversation touches on the importance of a proactive and deliberative approach to shaping corporate culture, balancing free speech and civil rights in the online world, social media’s impacts on social trust in institutions, and Roy’s vision of hope in the goodness of humanity and people who want to do the right thing.

    Closing out the conversation, Sam and Rick thoughtfully discuss their perspectives of these topics through the lens of leadership and values.

    Roy L. Austin, Jr. is Facebook’s VP of Civil Rights and Deputy General Counsel, a role that is the first of its kind in the tech industry and one that is incredibly important for Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, Roy was a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP where he primarily practiced criminal defense, civil, and civil rights litigation. He also has experience as: an Honors Trial Attorney with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division where he investigated and prosecuted hate crime and police brutality cases around the country; Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG), Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice where he supervised the Criminal Section, and the Special Litigation Section’s law enforcement (police departments, corrections and juvenile justice) portfolio; and as the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity where he co-authored a report on Big Data and Civil Rights, worked with the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, helped develop the Police Data Initiative, worked on the expansion of reentry assistance, and was a member of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.

    Sam Scinta is President and Founder of IM Education, a non-profit, and Lecturer in Political Science at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.

    Rick Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

    Music compliments of Bobby Bridger- “Rendezvous” from "A Ballad of the West"

    Additional Reading:
    What are Sam and Rick Reading or Watching?
    Rick: “Nowhere to Run” by C.J. Box (cjbox.net/nowhere-to-run)
    Sam: “The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yōko Ogawa (goodreads.com/book/show/3181564-the-housekeeper-and-the-professor)

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