New Game-Changers Speaker Series Launches at AU


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University (AU) has launched its new Game-Changers Speaker Series, showcasing a variety of speakers within the greater AU community who are strong pillars of innovation in their career fields.

The purpose of this series is to foster a sense of curiosity, spark continuing education, and inspire those who encounter it to find new and creative ways to be innovative in their careers and communities. Offering classes, programs, degrees, and certificates that propel individuals forward, AU seeks to recognize and share the stories of its game-changers who have had remarkable life experiences and made pivotal discoveries and achievements. Speakers discuss a broad range of topics, such as taking risks, how to stay motivated, how they launched their careers, niche topics in their field, and stepping into new challenges. 

Anderson University’s focus is on developing a culture of innovation throughout our community,” shared Dr. Joel Shrock, AU’s provost. “By highlighting the stories of our alumni, faculty, and staff who are innovative leaders in their fields, we are emphasizing the importance of new ways of thinking and cutting-edge solutions for our students.”

The university has three upcoming talks scheduled within the Game-Changers Speaker Series, by the following alumni: Kristian Andersen BA ’96, partner at High Alpha; Jim Ostrognai BA ’99, vice president of software engineering at Salesforce; and Laura Stull BA ’06, professor of psychology at AU. More talks are planned for the series, and are currently set to be released in 2022. 

“The twenty-first century is demanding solutions we have yet to dream,” said Shrock, who emphasized AU’s goal to continue to teach and encourage innovation as an important life skill for its students, preparing them for personal and professional success in a modern and ever-changing marketplace. This free online series is available to anyone looking for fresh inspiration, who desires new and innovative ways to solve problems, and wants to contribute to how we move forward as a society.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.