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James Autry to speak to UI faculty and staff about "creating community in the workplace"

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- James Autry, former senior vice president and president of Meredith Corporation's Magazine Group, will be on the campus of the University of Iowa Tuesday, March 3, to speak about "Creating Community in the Workplace."

The special event, which is open to faculty and staff, will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. Interested persons may send an e-mail request to, or call 335-2687 to request a registration form. Deadline to register is Feb. 20.

Autry's talk is sponsored by the UI Office of Finance and University Services, the Office of Staff Development and is the first in a series of dialogues about the UI's core values of learning, community, responsibility, integrity and quality.

"We want to begin a dialogue on the importance of our core values in accomplishing the university's missions of teaching, research and service," said Robert Foldesi, associate vice president and director of human resources. "We think that Mr. Autry's talk will help us gain a better understanding of how developing a sense of community on campus can help us accomplish our goals. We hope that faculty and staff will use Autry's guidelines as a starting place for strengthening their own supportive and high quality work environments."

Autry, the author of five books, is a poet and a consultant whose work has had a significant influence on leadership thinking. His book, Love and Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership, won the prestigious Johnson, Smith, and Knisely Award as the book that had the greatest effect on executive thinking in 1992. His most recent book, Confessions of an Accidental Businessman, was a finalist in the 1996 Global Business Books Awards. In 1996-97 Autry held the Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair in Leadership at Iowa State University. He also was instrumental in establishing service journalism chairs at the University of Missouri and the University of Mississippi.