PALS Dinner and Keynote: Laysha Ward

Apr 4, 2019 at 11:00am

In creating the Patricia Adams Lecture Series, John and Pat Adams sought to provide extraordinary opportunities for all Heidelberg students, graduate and undergraduate, as well as faculty and staff, and the broader Tiffin community. The first lecture in the series was held in September 2010 and coincided with the grand opening of Adams Hall at Heidelberg University, home to the new School of Business. The lecture series is named to honor Pat Adams’ long-standing loyalty to and passion for Heidelberg University, her tireless philanthropic spirit, her values of education and leadership and her desire to leave a legacy at the university that has meant so much to both her and John throughout their lives.

Keynote Speaker

Laysha Ward is executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for Target and a member of the company’s executive leadership team. She leads Target’s enterprise-wide approach to engage and deepen relationships with external stakeholders to drive positive business, social and environmental impact.

Ms. Ward serves on The Aspen Institute’s Latinos and Society Advisory Board and the Stanford Center for Longevity Advisory Council. She is a member of The Links, an international women's service organization, and a member and former foundation board chair of the Executive Leadership Council. Ms. Ward was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and continued through the Obama Administration, where she served as board chair. She also sits on the for-profit board of directors for Denny’s Corporation.

Ms. Ward received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master’s degree in social services administration with an emphasis in management and public policy from the University of Chicago.


  • 11 a.m. – Noon – Session 1: Presentation and Q&A, Gundlach Theatre
  • 2-3 p.m. – Session 2: Presentation and Q&A, Gundlach Theatre
  • 6:30 p.m. – Dinner & Keynote Address, Seiberling Gymnasium


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Heidelberg students can register on BergSync.


Contact the Alumni Engagement Office, 419-448-2486.

Students are required to bring their student ID to all events. 

Learn more about the Patricia Adams Lecture Series.

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