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A Holistic Approach to Professional and Personal Development with Dr. Drew Flamm

In today’s episode of Executive Decisions, host Sarah Delahanty sits down with Dr. Drew Flamm, President of Grace College & Seminary, to explore the formative experiences that shaped his leadership path and the value of embracing a spectrum of opportunities. Dr. Flamm shares personal stories of early financial discipline, the impact of mentorship on his career, and the significance of lifelong learning in both personal and professional realms. Through anecdotes and advice, the conversation delves into the integration of personal interests with family life, highlighting the holistic approach Dr. Flamm takes to leadership and the importance of each day’s potential.

About our guest, Dr. Drew Flamm:

Dr. Drew Flamm is the distinguished seventh president of Grace College & Seminary. Dr. Flamm is a seasoned professional in the sphere of higher education, with over sixteen years of experience across multiple institutions. He is an alumnus of Cedarville University, holding a B.A. in Comprehensive Communications, and has further honed his leadership and communication skills with an M.A. from Gonzaga University. His academic journey culminated in earning a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University. Since joining Grace in 2013, Dr. Flamm has made a significant impact through his direction of the Aspire Campaign, a historic fundraising initiative for the college that successfully garnered $39.8 million, enabling the construction and renovation of five facilities, and substantially growing the endowment. His role expanded to supervising marketing, enrollment, and the prestigious Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams. Known for his strategic planning prowess, Dr. Flamm has been instrumental in steering the college through several strategic cycles with remarkable proficiency. Join us as we delve into the insights and experiences of Dr. Flamm’s illustrious career in educational leadership.

Summary and highlights from the show:

Introduction of Dr. Drew Flamm: Sarah introduces Dr. Flamm, the seventh president of Grace College & Seminary, highlighting his extensive background in higher education and leadership roles.

The Aspire Campaign: Dr. Flamm’s notable achievement includes directing the Aspire Campaign, raising $39.8 million, contributing significantly to the institution’s growth and endowment.

Value of Hard Work: Dr. Flamm shares personal anecdotes from his first job as a paperboy, emphasizing the early lessons he learned about financial responsibility and hard work.

Advice for Aspiring Leaders: He advises students and young professionals to embrace a breadth of experiences and not fear failure, emphasizing the importance of trying new things.

Importance of Lifelong Learning: The conversation underscores the importance of continual learning and personal development, both personally and professionally.

Navigating Risks and Opportunities: Dr. Flamm discusses pivotal moments in his career, addressing how he assessed risks and seized opportunities that led to growth and advancement.

Holistic Approach to Personal Growth: He stresses the need for maintaining balance in life by taking care of one’s physical, mental, and emotional health alongside professional responsibilities.

Personal Interests and Family Time: Dr. Flamm talks about his love for mountain biking, music, and spending quality time with his family, including how they integrate with campus life at Grace College.

Connect with Dr. Drew Flamm:

Website: www.grace.edu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drewflamm/

About SYM Financial and the Executive Decisions Podcast:

Executive Decisions is a podcast designed for current and aspiring business leaders, offering an in-depth look at the evolving nature of executive roles. Hosted by SYM Financial Advisors Principal and Senior Financial Advisor Sarah Delahanty, the show delves into the personal and professional journeys of its guests, exploring the challenges they’ve overcome and the learning experiences that have shaped their paths to success. The podcast provides insights into how executives manage the increasing complexity of both their professional and personal lives. Featuring a range of guests from diverse industries, each episode aims to enlighten listeners on the continuous state of learning and adaptation necessary for effective leadership. Whether discussing career progression, leadership strategies, or personal growth, Executive Decisions is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the multifaceted world of executive leadership.

Connect with Sarah:

LinkedIn: Sarah Delahanty

Web: Sarah Delahanty – SYM Financial Advisors –

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