The first consultant-in-residence for the Williams College of Business was found in Xavier’s own backyard. Peter Block, an authority on civic engagement and community development, is a guest lecturer for the college and will work with University advisory boards.
“I accepted this opportunity because Xavier has a larger sense of purpose and values than simply attending to its own business,” Block says. “It cares about the communities it touches. My commitment is to create fresh thinking and projects that bring about a marriage of economic and social activism.” Block is a best-selling and award-winning author and consultant whose book, The Answer to How is Yes: Acting on What Matters, won a 2002 Independent Book Publisher award. His works present alternatives to traditional methods of managing organizations. His other widely known books include Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used and Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest. He is a Cincinnati resident and partner in Designed Learning, which offers workshops on the skills outlined in his books.
“Peter’s expertise is in community-building initiatives,” says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the business school. “He will help us extend our programs to the neighborhoods surrounding the Xavier campus through collaborating with the Community Building Institute at Xavier and Xavier’s Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.”