Dr. Bechtold is the Executive Director of Continuing Education and has served in this position since 2001. In this role, he oversees a wide array of credit and non-credit academic programs for all ages and interests, which includes Bridges to a Brighter Future, OLLI, Undergraduate Evening Studies, and the Center for Corporate and Professional Development. Prior to joining Furman, Dr. Bechtold was the Assistant Academic Dean for Business and Executive Director of the Management Center of Greenville Technical College where he served for ten years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1988 from Furman University. Brad also earned a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (1990) and the Doctor of Education (2004), with an emphasis in human resource development, from Clemson University. Dr. Bechtold has served in membership and board positions for the American Psyc hological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Greenville Society for Human Resource Management, the American Society for Training and Development, the United Way, and the University Center of Greenville.

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Cultivating Collective Wisdom through Mentoring

Experts cite mentoring as one of the key ingredients for career and leadership success. Yet many people have a hard time implementing the process of mentoring in their career paths. Without formal mentoring role models and programs, it can seem particularly challenging to find or become a mentor. And even formal mentoring programs can stall. Fortunately, the rules of mentoring have changed. And no formal mentoring program is needed to realize the benefits. The new lifelong dynamic model of mentoring not only capitalizes on the institutional knowledge of long-term leaders, but captures the wisdom of employees at all levels. This collective wisdom helps to nurture the career and personal growth of individuals as well as continuously sustain and grow the organization itself from within. This workshop will help participants explore the “new rules” of mentoring and how to put them into action.

Ideal Vision: Making a Real Difference

The difference between good organizations and great ones can be found in the understanding, development, and realization of vision. Vision has the capability to drive organizational focus and performance to a level of greatness. At Furman, we can provide your organization with a proven process to help define a real vision, values, and mission that will bring significant insight and value to your stakeholders: customers, board, management, and community.

Module 5: Sustainability—Implementation, Engagement and Course Summary

The final module will address the requirements or processes to successfully implement a sustainability program or process. This will cover management to employee engagement process and practices. A final summary of the course will be presented in this module. Formal graduation and reception will take place at Cherrydale Alumni House on the final Friday of the series.

Expert Speaker: Brad Bechtold, director of Continuing Education will facilitate a discussion and presentation on how to successfully introduce new concepts to your organization.

Brad is a graduate of Leadership Greenville (Class 29), the Richard W. Riley Institute's Diversity Leadership Academy (Class 4), and Liberal Arts Leadership (Class I). Dr. Bechtold was the recipient of the 2010 “Innovation in Education and Community Service Award” for his efforts to develop sustainability focused business education programs.

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