February 29, 2012
Based on his experience of serving leaders and growing companies for 18 years both domestically and internationally, OBU alum Jeremie Kubicek, president and CEO of GiANT Impact and co-founder of GiANT, will present the 2012 Minter Lectureship in business, leadership and Christian ministry on Monday, March 12.
The 10 a.m. lecture will be in OBU’s Geiger Center, rooms 218-220. The community is invited to attend.
A native of Shawnee and a 1993 OBU graduate, Kubicek is the author of “Leadership Is Dead: How Influence is Reviving It,” named a bestseller by The Wall Street Journal and INC. Magazine. His passion for impacting leaders and influencing influencers has come from the experience of watching poor leaders conquer those they lead and stifle the growth of companies. Conversely, Kubicek has had the opportunity to serve with great leaders who provide freedom and opportunity for those they lead. Kubicek has built GiANT to become such a company.
An entrepreneur, Kubicek has built successful business ventures, including co-founding a consulting firm and economics school in Moscow, Russia; leading marketing initiatives for a half-billion dollar merchandising firm in Los Angeles, Calif.; participating in more than 10 acquisitions in three years in the general merchandise distribution market; and starting two Internet firms focused on niche specialties in the education and beauty supply industries, prior to forming GiANT.
Kubicek said each experience has taught him key leadership principles which became the foundation for his future endeavors –- principles including the value of liberating leadership, integrity above all else, and relationships before opportunity. These ideas, combined with a growing sense of business values, led Kubicek and his founding partner, Matthew Myers, to start GiANT in 2002.
“I have always believed that the most important role of a leader in business is to liberate their employees and those they reach to increase their capacity to influence positively,” Kubicek said. “When you help people grow, it is amazing what their organizations can do.”
Kubicek speaks, writes and leads GiANT Impact, which encourages and resources leaders through brands like Catalyst and Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as partnerships with Dr. Henry Cloud, Pat Lencioni and many other thought leaders.
In addition to GiANT Impact, GiANT Worldwide also includes GiANT Partners, a growth firm helping companies and leaders think strategically while developing their people to become strong leaders and growing their organizations; and GiANT Capital, which guides leaders through mergers and acquisitions. The GiANT companies are built on relationships.
“We cannot give what we don’t first possess,” says Kubicek. “We are leaders serving leaders.”
The Minter Lectureship in American Business Practice is intended to add a sound understanding of the business world to the educational experience of church ministry majors to broaden their ability to minister effectively. The Minter Lectureship is underwritten by 1940 OBU graduate Lloyd G. Minter of Bartlesville. The annual series began in 1991.
Minter built a successful 35-year career with Phillips Petroleum Co., rising to the position of senior vice president and general counsel before retiring in 1978. His desire to help OBU religious vocation students broaden their understanding of the business community led to establishing the innovative lecture series.
OBU annually has the largest numbers of religion majors among Southern Baptist four-year colleges and universities. The Minter Lectureship is designed to provide orientation and training for those students in the history and nature of the American economic system and to help the students understand and appreciate the business/professional community. In addition to equipping the students with business knowledge for the institutions they will lead, the Minter Lectureship promotes proper management of personal finances.
Minter, who earned a law degree at the University of Oklahoma, serves as counsel for Boone, Smith, Davis, and Hurst of Tulsa. He has served five terms as an OBU trustee and two terms as a trustee of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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