Jeff DeGraff, author, consultant and entrepreneur, will be the featured speaker at Concordia University’s inaugural Community Thought Leaders Series on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. on the Ann Arbor campus.

eGraff is the author of several books, including, “Creativity at Work, Leading Innovation” and “Innovation You: Four Steps to Becoming New and Improved.”  He has been featured in top news publications, including USA Today and Business Week. His expertise has been sought by top brands like American Airlines, Coca-Cola and General Electric, and he is the founder of The Innovatrium, an Ann Arbor-based consultant group.

The Community Thought Leaders Series recognizes some of the innovators in each of the communities that a Concordia University Center is present. The event will feature 13 different speakers in 13 communities throughout Michigan, Wisconsin and Missouri on the same night. The series is free and open to the public.

Following the presentations, guests are invited to learn more about the many educational opportunities available at the Center in their community. Accelerated learning centers offer graduate and undergraduate programs in business, criminal justice, health care, education and liberal arts. Classes generally meet one night a week, and much of the coursework can be completed online.

— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to

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