2010 Leadership Luncheon

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Contact Krista at krista.welsh@CCUniversity.edu

CCU Annual Leadership Luncheon

Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

“Leadership development is always on our minds at CCU,” states David Faust, university president. “It’s our mission to equip students with the character, skill, insight, and vision they need to be effective servant leaders–and it’s exciting that we share these goals with so many like-minded business leaders in Cincinnati.”

CCU gladly provides its annual Leadership Luncheon free of charge as a way to encourage and inspire local business and community leaders.

2010 Leadership Luncheon Speakers

pat day

Pat Day, although well-known as a jockey, has become better known to friends of CCU as a Christian friend, dedicated husband, and father. He is a faithful member of Northeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY, where one of CCU’s trustees, Bob Cherry (BA ’73), is Senior Minister. Day gained fame on several of the world’s horse racing tracks during his illustrious 32-year career as one of the most successful jockeys in horse racing history. Many local fans may know that Day is the all-time leading rider at Kentucky’s Churchill Downs and Keeneland Race Course. With over 8,800 career wins, Day has also garnered numerous awards, including the prestigious Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (4 times), U.S. Champion Jockey by Wins, U.S. Champion Jockey by Earnings, George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Mike Venezia Memorial Award, and the Big Sport of Turfdom Award. In 1991, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. But perhaps most significant is the fact that Day, who retired from horse racing in 2005, has made a commitment to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ for the rest of his life. In his testimony, Day gives a dark account of personal destruction that could have ended in death but instead ended in a life of purpose because of his relationship with God.


Heidi B. Jark, JD, a Vice President at Fifth Third Bank, is responsible for The Foundation Office, overseeing the administration of corporate and family foundations throughout the Bancorp. She has been with Fifth Third since 1999 and served previously as its Planned Giving Manager.

Prior to joining Fifth Third Bank, Ms. Jark served as the Planned Giving Director for Valparaiso University, assisting donors in estate and charitable gift planning. Ms. Jark also practiced law in Valparaiso, Indiana with the firm of Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans concentrating her work in the areas of litigation and appellate brief writing.

Heidi Jark has a B.A. in Political Science from Valparaiso University and a J.D. from its School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana.

Ms. Jark is very active in the community having served in the past as President of the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council, the American Cancer Society Board of Directors for Hamilton County and the WAVE Foundation. In addition, Ms. Jark serves as Past President for the Valparaiso University Alumni Association and is on the University’s capital campaign cabinet. Ms. Jark most recently joined the Boards of the Greater Cincinnati YWCA serving as Treasurer, and Hamilton County SPCA. She also serves on the Board of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (formerly NPCG) where she served as the 2007 Conference Chair and is the Board Chair. Ms. Jark is also a board member of the Ohio Grantmakers Forum where she serves as President.

Ms. Jark grew up on a farm near Stratford, South Dakota, and lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Steve Kenat, a partner at GBBN Architects and daughter, Catarina.

You will not want to miss meeting these leaders and listening to them share their stories while you enjoy a catered meal. Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Leadership Luncheon on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, in the Worship & Ministry Center on CCU’s campus. Please register by emailing Krista at krista.welsh@CCUniversity.edu