Welcome to RGA's ChangeMaker Podcast series. This series of short recordings features some of the brightest executives working in American business today talking about the changes they are working to bring to their industries. These are the leaders that will define the economic future of our country.

American industrialists were among the first to bring consistent innovation to business operations. In fact, the stories about our country's coming of age in the early years of the 20th Century are overflowing with innovative ideas that simply could not be contained.

After we transitioned into an information-based service society, it seemed that innovation became harder to define and therefore more difficult to harness. The fact that innovation, by definition, involves change makes it even more difficult to embrace for a workforce that no longer succeeds or fails on the quality of their work.

And yet, there are those that still believe in the pursuit of innovation and quality, treating them like requisites for success. Since that is also our philosophy at RGA Public Relations, we wanted to offer a platform for these executives to share their thoughts about change and innovation. While some of these executives are our friends and clients, many are not.

If you are passionate about positive change and creating innovation in your industry, we invite you to be a guest on our show. Contact us for more information.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Jeff Schurman, founder of Leading Causes, LLC

Jeff Schurman is the founder of Leading Causes, LLC, a leadership and business development advisory firm that helps small- and medium-sized enterprises and non-profits cultivate, adopt, execute and sustain innovation initiatives, great ideas, and strategic plans. Jeff also serves as the outside administrator for nonprofits, and is a part-time lecturer in business administration at several universities. Jeff is the former executive director of the Title Appraisal Vendor Management Association (TAVMA), the trade association of the real estate settlement services industry. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of operating a non-profit organization, including website, newsletter, blog content, meetings and trade shows, including the National Settlement Services Forum and annual golf outing.

An accomplished interviewer and speaker-panel moderator, Jeff has interviewed many of the top executives in the title insurance and real estate settlement services industry. He has been a frequent panel moderator at the National Settlement Services Summit (NS3), and has presented at the RESPRO conference, ATIM conference, and TAVMA Conference & Exposition. He has also been a frequent panelist and moderator on broadcast radio, internet radio, and Webinars.

In addition, Jeff has interviewed hundreds of executives, production, and sales personnel for time and motion studies completed by Leading Causes, LLC, and predecessor, Schurman Research Company LLC. Jeff lectures on a wide range of topics relating to entrepreneurship, business development, managing supplier/client relationships, and fusing new-age information technology and old-school leadership and management into goods and services that customers will buy.

Jeff also serves as the President of the Board of Directors (2011- 2012) and Executive Committee member of the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute; he previously served as Treasurer (2009-2010) and Board member (2007-present). He is a member of the World Future Society, and the American Society of Association Executives, where he holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.

Jeff has led numerous projects including national conferences and expositions, golf outings, information technology time and motion studies, back office infrastructure design and execution, organizational development, training events, webinars, and many other business growth and change initiatives.

Jeff is an Adjunct Lecturer at Duquesne University, where he teaches the MBA course, Leading Change in Organizations. He formerly served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught the undergraduate course, Ethics and the Business Environment.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from La Roche College and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University.

In this ChangeMaker Podcast, Jeff talks about the role White Papers can play in promoting a company's offerings.

Related Links:

Jeff's Website
Jeff's Latest White Paper

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