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Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication Launches Podcast Series on Leadership
Series Hosted by Jill Geisler Answers Questions on Management in the Digital Age

CHICAGO, February 15, 2016—Today, Loyola University Chicago’s Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity Jill Geisler released a new podcast on iTunes U addressing the challenges that managers and leaders face in the workplace. The free podcast, Q&A: Leadership and Integrity in the Digital Age, targets the specific questions and solutions for leaders in five-minute episodes.

Geisler first began thinking about creating a new podcast series during discussions about accepting the Bill Plante Chair role with Loyola’s School of Communication Dean Don Heider.

“Because of the School of Communication’s focus on digital ethics, and my experience in teaching leadership, ethics, and communication, along with my podcast experience, launching a new series for Loyola seemed like a great fit,” said Geisler. “The series isn’t complete—it is just beginning and will continue. That’s the exciting part. The goal is to keep adding fresh material.”

With 20 episodes currently available, the series explores topics such as “Should Leaders Ever Lie?” and “Should I Check the Social Media Posts of Job Candidates?” Geisler plans to add at least 30 more to the podcast throughout the next few months.

The short lessons are intended for busy people, including students and professionals, to listen to on coffee breaks or between classes and meetings.

“The podcast format is perfect to be able to learn something, get practical help in leadership, in a short time,” said Dean Heider.

Geisler joined Loyola in 2015 and brought decades of hands-on leadership experience to the University. She began her broadcast journalism career as a TV reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. Geisler became a TV news director at the age of 27. At the time, few women held similar positions, and she had no formal management training. Geisler learned from her mistakes and led an award-winning team for 25 years before joining the faculty at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. She holds a master’s degree in leadership studies, writes columns for leaders, and is the producer and author of her first podcast series and book, Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know. Geisler continues to work with leaders in media organizations and helps to teach students who will become media leaders in the digital age.

To learn more about the University’s School of Communication initiatives, visit LUC.edu/soc. To listen to Q&A: Leadership and Integrity in the Digital Age, click here.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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