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The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute (JBSPLI) announces that its next JBS Distinguished Lecture will take place Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:00 PM, Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center (WNPAC). The address is 1310 N. FM 1788, Midland, TX 79707. The lecture is free and open to the public—there are no tickets.

The title of this lecture is Humor in Leadership: An Evening with Terry Crews. Action-movie hero, sitcom star, syndicated game show host, Old Spice pitchman, former NFL player, and best-selling author all describe the man that is Terry Crews. Over the past few years, Crews has been one of those actors you see almost everywhere – whether he’s the overworked dad on Everybody Hates Chris, a tough guy in the Expendables series, the loveable goofball in White Chicks, Will McAvoy’s bodyguard in The Newsroom, the pec-popping Old Spice pitchman, or randy congressman Herbert Love in Arrested Development. Crews currently stars on FOX’s Golden Globe award winning comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Sgt. Terry Jeffords.  Not one to limit himself, Crews also added author to his resume with the release of his first book, Manhood.

Dr. Robert Brescia, Executive Director of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, will moderate the panel. Mr. Pat Canty, Publisher of the Odessa American, will co-moderate.

The Shepperd Institute strongly encourages audience members to submit their questions during the lecture to the panelists on their phones, using our specially-designed text app.

Anyone wishing to meet the guest celebrities, have their photo taken and attend a VIP Reception with them must join the Shepperd Inner Circle. Details are at http://shepperdinstitute.com/donate/ For more information about this lecture event, please contact Ms. Katie Lopez, JBS Special Events Coordinator, at 432-552-2852 or at lopez_k@utpb.edu.

The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute is the state’s Center of Excellence for public leadership education, ethics, and public service. It prepares young Texans in these areas and conducts on-site leadership training at schools and organizations throughout Texas. The JBS Institute is co-located and part of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB). Information about the Shepperd Institute and the Texas Leadership Forum is available at www.shepperdinstitute.com.


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