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Chris Stewart, operations coordinator at the Scripps College of Communication and author of the books, “Building Champions” and “Coaching Life,” will speak on “Being the best version of who you are.”

Chris Stewart, operations coordinator at the Scripps College of Communication and author of the books, “Building Champions” and “Coaching Life,” will speak on “Being the best version of who you are.”

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OHIO’s Classified Senate invites university community to hear from motivational speaker


Ohio University’s Classified Senate Professional Development and Relations Committee has invited the community to attend a motivational leadership event from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Baker University Center 231. The event is sponsored by Classified Senate but is open to the university community. 

Chris Stewart, operations coordinator at the Scripps College of Communication and author of the books, “Building Champions” and “Coaching Life,” will speak on “Being the best version of who you are.” 

Through his role at OHIO, Stewart has had the opportunity to engage with hundreds of people in the college on a professional basis and get to know so many on a personal level, developing lasting relationships with faculty, staff and students. He was also a baseball coach at Athens High School for 13 years before resigning in order to watch his son play baseball in college and daughter play softball in high school.

Stewart said during his presentation his goal will be to pass along a handful of behavior skills that he has learned and implemented in his own life and with his teams. The talk he will give focuses on both the individual and being a part of a team. 

“As a coach, if there is one thing I have learned over the years it is the necessity for me to always remain coachable and teachable,” Stewart explained. “It is one thing to recognize that we have something to learn each day, but it is even more important that we always have a desire and a passion to learn and grow and be intentional about developing the kinds of behaviors and skills that will allow us to be the best that we are capable of being. This is something I am very much committed to personally. Likewise, it is something I am committed to helping become reality in the lives of others.”

Marilyn Maher, co-chair of the professional development and relations committee, said the committee chose this event because the topic received the most votes on a survey sent to classified staff about what type of professional development session they would prefer. 

“Chris is an upbeat speaker who will provide us with the tools to become the best versions of ourselves,” said Adam Grimm, co-chair of the professional development and relations committee.