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Feb. 24 seminar on ‘unlocking human potential’ part of Booker T. Washington Leadership Institute series

February 14, 2020

Contact: Michael Tullier, APR, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

Booker T. Washington Leadership Institute - Andrew Fleming photoOn Monday, Feb. 24, Tuskegee University will host the third seminar in series of year-round employee-development events comprising its newly established Booker T. Washington Leadership Institute. The seminar will feature Andrew Fleming, co-founder and CEO of The Developmental Edge — an organizational development firm that accelerates employee, team and company growth.

During his session, entitled “Unlocking Human Potential,” Fleming will share insights on how to turn organizations, teams and groups into “incubators of human potential.” Two identical sessions in the Tompkins Hall Ballroom are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The sessions are open to members of the campus and surrounding community. A luncheon for registered participants is scheduled between the two from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants wishing to attend the limited-seating seminars can register online at by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20.

For more than 30 years — in both corporate and consulting roles with organizations such as Procter & Gamble, The Hay Group, Aetna, Frazier & Deeter, Synovus Financial Corporation, TSYS Payment Solutions, and others — Fleming has generated both people and business results. Through The Developmental Edge, he draws on his cross-industry expertise to help clients develop the mindsets and processes necessary to ensure that everyone witnesses, supports and, at times, provokes the best in their fellow employees.

Fleming has guided two clients to the top of Fortune’s coveted “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. He has co-authored An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, in which he champions workplaces where adult development is expressly intended, and authored two other books on work-life choices: Getting Ahead Without Losing Heart and Backing Down the Ladder.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and studied theology at Emory’s Candler School of Theology — where dedicated five years to its Center for Ethics as director of programming for Ethics & Servant Leadership.

About the Booker T. Washington Leadership Institute

The university launched the Booker T. Washington Leadership Institute during the fall 2019 semester to inspire even greater leadership potential on campus and further instill a culture excellence, inclusion, scholarship and service-learning. Initially, programming will be tailored for faculty and staff and geared toward exploring the impact of student learning and success. This will include focusing on innovative curricula and instruction, and integrating student learning and success into community improvement efforts. Eventually the institute’s activities will expand to include students.

Sessions are co-hosted by the Office of the Provost and Title III and is part of the 2019-20 Faculty Development Series. Future workshops — all themed around leveraging education and leadership — will include topics ranging from student learning to cultural change. Each will be facilitated by university faculty and staff who will share their subject-matter expertise.

The institute’s leadership team includes Dr. Carla Jackson Bell of the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, who also serves currently as interim provost; Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Dr. Maria Calhoun of the Department of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Shaik Jeelani, vice president for research and dean of Graduate School; and Dr. Thierno Thiam of the Department of History and Political Science.

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