More than 130 people from a variety of professional backgrounds gathered at the Marian University Theatre to learn about bullying prevention and awareness on Wednesday, August 12.
The night—emceed by Andrea Morehead—included a keynote address from Chris “Lights Out” Lytle, retired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter and a panel discussion including Marian University professor and director of the Center for Organizational Ethics, Karen Spear and other community members.
A special moment came when Lesley Neff, director of educational services at Marian University, received the first-ever empowerment award from The Chris Lytle Foundation for her dedication to bullying prevention.
This “Work Shouldn’t Hurt” seminar was the result of a collaborative effort between The Chris Lytle Foundation and the students and faculty of Marian’s Adult Programs’ (MAP) current Meeting and Event Planning concentration. Classes within this concentration, as well as 31 other courses in MAP, are partnered with local businesses or non-profits to provide creative solutions for actual business challenges. MAP students have worked with organizations like Indy Parks, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Indy Eleven, and Broad Ripple Village Association.
“The workplace bullying event brought education to a whole new level. In my opinion, the integration of education and community outreach was phenomenal,” said Rita McCluskey, a MAP student in the class. “Marian University’s partnership with the Chris Lytle Foundation to host this program benefited students, attendees, and panel members. Everyone was moved by the experience.”
This event is just one example of the many organizations partnering with Marian University to grow and improve their businesses. This list of projects and partnerships continues to grow.