September 15, 2015 at 12:45pm

MU Leads

Corey BlakeMillikin University's Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, with support from Millikin's Department of Sociology and Organizational Leadership, has launched a new leadership event series called MU Leads.

The leadership event series will challenge participants to explore their unique leadership style, harness their potential, and perform leadership in every facet of life. Supporting lifelong learners in shaping the future of leadership, MU Leads will feature presenters who will share their life experiences.

Millikin alumnus Corey Blake '96 will kick off the MU Leads series on Tuesday, Sept. 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Lower Richards Treat University Center on Millikin's campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Titled "Leading with Love," Blake's dynamic presentation will focus on vulnerable leadership and how to make people feel comfortable so they hear your ideas.

Blake first entered the world of theatre as a storyteller 25 years ago. He was a successful commercial and television actor turned director and producer in the early 2000s. Since then, Blake has focused his life on assembling teams of people to solve significant world challenges through storytelling. He has championed and supported initiatives that have addressed gang violence, education, cancer, parenting, domestic abuse, happiness at work and a major initiative supporting families with children with disabilities.

Currently, Blake is president and founder of Round Table Companies (RTC). In its ninth year, RTC supports people who want to change the world by helping them write their signature book and build the necessary infrastructure to impact lives. RTC's work has been featured across major news publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Their work has also been featured on Fox News, CNN and NPR.

Earlier in his career, Blake appeared as a co-star or guest-star on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The Shield," "Fastlane," and "Diagnosis Murder." He has co-authored numerous books, including the "From the Barrio" series, which has been read by more than 50,000 students, won numerous awards, and launched the civil career of humanitarian Robert Renteria. Blake is the former president of the From the Barrio Foundation and current president of the Love Cancer Foundation that he founded with Scott Miller.

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For more details on the MU Leads event series, contact Millikin's Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at 217.424.6335 or visit