"Planning in Reverse"

An approach to organizational leadership

Img: Planning in ReverseImproving strategic planning for non-profit and for-profit organizations is the focus of the Planning in Reverse lecture. It hopes to enhance communication between all stakeholders and build trust among administrators and employees. For the small business entrepreneur, this lecture, based on the book by the same name, will outline a process that could replace traditional strategic planning. The approach provides an opportunity to take advantage of short-term information to increase long-term viability.

Authors Scott D. Ballantyne, Mary Ellen Wells, and Beth Berret are all award-winning, published professors in the business department at Alvernia University.

Dr. Ballantyne has held a host of positions at Alvernia, including chair of the business department. He received the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching from Alvernia, and the Teaching Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs.

Dr. Berret has served on countless committees over the last 21 years at Alvernia, including a number of strategic planning teams. She is currently the coordinator of the Master in Business Administration program and a member of the faculty executive team.

Dr. Wells currently serves as chair of the business department, where she teaches undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level classes. Her courses focus on specialized areas of the law including business, school, employment, and environmental law. In 2009, Wells completed a yearlong fellowship to become an EPFP Fellow through The Education Policy and Leadership Center in Harrisburg.

This event is part of the 2012 Literary Festival.

Start Date: 10/16/2012 3:30 pm
End Date: 10/16/2012 5:30 pm
Location: Bernardine Lecture Hall
Price: Free
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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