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Engage Mentoring Breakfast

Engage Mentoring Network

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (EDT)

Engage Mentoring Breakfast

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Type End Quantity
RSVP May 7, 2018 Free  
Noelle Guckien Table May 8, 2018 Free  
Alison Martin-Books May 8, 2018 Free  
Angela Tamer Table May 8, 2018 Free  
Jody Hamilton Table May 8, 2018 Free  
Lori Sparger - Purdue University May 8, 2018 Free  
Julie Griffith - Purdue University May 8, 2018 Free  
David Huhnke - Old National Bank May 8, 2018 Free  
Clive Whiteside - Evonik May 8, 2018 Free  
Lisa Decker - Franciscan Health May 8, 2018 Free  
Bob Falk - Purdue Federal Credit Union May 8, 2018 Free  
Eric Matteson - GE Aviation May 8, 2018 Free  
Dick Giromini - Wabash National Corporation May 8, 2018 Free  
Tom Easterday - Subaru May 8, 2018 Free  
Eric Fowler - Star City Broadcasting May 8, 2018 Free  
Diane Lohmeyer - SDI May 8, 2018 Free  

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You are invited to the Engage Executive Breakfast! This exciting event will be showcasing the Engage Mentoring Network program, as well as giving you the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals in your area. RSVP today to insure your spot!


Event Chair Person

Angela Tamer, headshot

Angela Tamer


Event Speaker

Lori Sparger Headshot

Lori Sparger
Chief Operating Officer
College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University

A proven non-profit, arts, and higher education leader, Lori Sparger is Chief Operating Officer for the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University. A member of the Dean’s leadership team, she collaborates on setting strategic direction and implementing policies and initiatives to advance the mission of the College. She also serves as the College’s chief innovation officer, working with the Dean on new initiatives and program development.

As Chief Operating Officer, she leads the College’s administrative functions, including marketing and communication, recruitment and career advancement, academic and career advising, including diversity programs and employee relations. She also instructs SCLA 300: LA Influentials, a class featuring prominent Purdue Liberal Arts alumni to assist students in planning their career paths.

Previously, she was Director of Advancement for Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts with her team consistently surpassing annual goals and raising the bar for private support of the College during her six years in the role.

Lori orchestrated an alumni volunteer-led effort that developed the College’s new tagline, Think Broadly. Lead Boldly. Elements of the strategic messaging project are now being incorporated into the College’s narrative which envisions the Liberal Arts in the 21st century as a force for good in the world.

All of her years at Purdue have been spent in the College because of her personal passion for the timeless, relevant, and essential importance of the Liberal Arts in higher education and broadly for the benefit of society. She previously served as the College’s Director of Development and as Director of Marketing and Donor Relations for Purdue Theatre. Before that, she was Director of Publications at Wabash College and a journalist for a suburban Indianapolis newspaper chain.

Lori received her bachelor’s degree in English from Purdue. She serves on the West Lafayette Public Art Selection Group and the Florence H. Lonsford Fund for art acquisitions at Purdue. One of her great pleasures is helping people recognize their gifts and step into themselves. As a writer, she is committed to telling stories that matter. She resides in West Lafayette with her husband, Gary, and two children.


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Alison Martin-Books
Chief Mentoring Officer
Diverse Talent Strategies

Alison Martin-Books is the Founder and Chief Mentoring Officer of Diverse Talent Strategies, a consulting practice who helps companies attract, retain, and develop their talent through strategic mentoring initiatives and also works with universities, associations, and nonprofits to create scalable community-based mentoring programs.

With impressive background work and roughly 20 years in nonprofit, beginning with four years working in higher education and on to Executive Director at two different health-related nonprofit organizations, Alison Martin-Books’s passion for developing talent led her to start Diverse Talent Strategies in 2011.

She also founded the Pass the Torch for Women Foundation in 2013.  The Foundation was developed to provide mentoring for women in need and their vision is a world of equal opportunities for women in professional environments.

She is married with three children and volunteers for Girls Inc, and the Business Leadership Network, an organization dedicated to helping employ people with disabilities.  She was nominated for Indianapolis Best and Brightest in 2013 and was recognized with the Indiana Commission for Women’s Torchbearer award in 2014.  She is the author of the book, “Learning to Lead Through Mentoring”, published first in 2013 and re-released in 2016, which outlines the 8 lessons one must consider before pursuing a mentoring relationship.

For more information on Diverse Talent Strategies:


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Nikki Lewallen
Chief Executive Officer

Nikki Lewallen is an accomplished business development professional, speaker and philanthropist. As CEO of Rainmakers, Nikki supports the Indiana business community by providing a platform for authentic business growth. A natural connector of people, Nikki's expertise in business development enables her to find and nurture strategic relationships that result in meaningful business outcomes. Under her leadership, Rainmakers is one of the premiere business networking organizations in Indianapolis.

As reflected in her leadership style, Nikki is an avid proponent of robust company culture. She believes that for people to succeed in business and life, it is necessary for them to love what they do. It is this passion for employee engagement that led Nikki to join Emplify in 2017, a company devoted to helping millions of people find meaning in their work. 

Nikki holds a variety of board positions around Indianapolis including the Indianapolis Rotary and Purposeful Living INC. She believes that the work we do on earth to produce abundance fuels the causes nearest and dearest to our hearts. Nikki graduated from IU with both her undergrad and graduate degrees. She resides in Indianapolis with her husband, Elias and her skateboarding English Bulldog, Tonka Jane.



Parking Information:

Parking is available in the Grant Street Parking Garage (120 N. Grant Street) across from the Purdue Memorial Union. 

Have questions about Engage Mentoring Breakfast? Contact Engage Mentoring Network

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West Faculty Lounge (2nd Floor)
101 Grant Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (EDT)

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