DESIGNEDtoLEAD is a day-long conference that will bring national experts in leadership, from a variety of fields, to Kalamazoo to speak to and interact with a diverse group of students—fulfilling an important need for an intensive professional development opportunity in leadership for our students.

Photo of BenjaminBill Benjamin Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Health and Human Potential

Engaging and dynamic...you'd never know he used to be a computer science and math geek! Benjamin is one of the original partners at the Institute for Health and Human Potential and passionately contributes to the development of the organization's future through his speaking, engaging leader-to-leader conferences and advocacy to get the message out to the rest of the world. He is a seasoned and sought-after speaker in the field of leadership. Prior to joining IHHP, Benjamin was vice president of a computer software firm, leading the sales, consulting and marketing divisions. Under his leadership, the company grew from $2 million in sales and a no. 10 ranking in its industry to more then $75 million in sales and the no. 1 ranking. Benjamin is also a highly acclaimed and award-winning professional speaker. His passion and enthusiasm for emotional intelligence and its impact on leadership development, combined with his talent as a motivational keynote speaker, leave audiences inspired and wanting more. He has delivered leadership programs to diverse groups that include the U.S. Army, NASA and Intel, among others.

Testimonials for Bill Benjamin’s presentations:

"This was an insightful and practical session. I liked the way you had us practice the strategies rather than just telling us about them. That way, I'll actually remember it! – Intel Corporation "You really kept everyone's attention with your great stories and analogies. Your passion for what you do is refreshing. Thank you for making the conference a truly inspiring event." – Coca-Cola