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Orientation speaker aims to encourage success among incoming graduate students

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Pictured is Wil Davis, CEO of Noble Why and interim president Ball State Innovation Connector, during a speaking engagement.

Ball State University Graduate School’s fall orientation is all about encouraging new professional and personal relationships and creating connections among students and potential mentors. This year’s speaker embodies that mission, leaving a successful company to better help people build relationships and foster connections.

Wil Davis  president, Ball State Innovation Connector has extensive experience in corporate leadership as the cofounder of Ontario Systems, a software company specializing in healthcare and other systems management and one of Muncie’s great success stories. Last year, the company was named Indiana’s top place to work by the state Chamber of Commerce, a tribute to the culture a leader like Davis can create.

But what Davis really loves is to encourage and nurture people, facilitating the building of relationships and communities around passion and purpose.

“That’s what I feel rewarded by,” he said.

He’s able to do that as the founder and CEO of Noble Why where he serves as a business consultant to improve company cultures. He found his way to Ontario Systems and his current position after feeling disappointed and unfulfilled with the work he was doing in his first couple jobs. But, he admits that those jobs weren’t a waste of time, and he wouldn’t be where he is today without them.

He’s bringing his experiences and message as the keynote speaker for Fall Orientation 2016. He hopes to help students articulate their own “Noble Why” to help guide them in life’s decisions.  

“I hope students are challenged to think about their lives from an intentional perspective, connecting their passions and personal purpose with their vocational and avocational lives,” Davis said.  “As students begin their graduate careers, our goal is to prepare them for a life of success in things that matter!”

To learn more about Davis, his full biography is available online. He’s also the author of a book about company culture.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to register for orientation. Wil Davis will be speaking at 1 p.m. in Pruis Hall.


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