From the Practice Room to the Board Room with Paul Jan Zdunek


Lifelong Learning LogoCourse Title: From the Practice Room to the Board Room: Developing & Deploying Your Non-Linear Destiny

Instructor: Paul Jan Zdunek, Peab' 91 (BM)

Brought to you by Odyssey

January 31, 2024 - March 06, 2024 (6 Sessions)  

Wednesday,  7 PM ET  

Virtual via Zoom 


Offered as part of the Spring 2024 Odyssey Alumni Academy - courses exclusively for alumni and taught by esteemed members of our alumni community and faculty. Alumni who register before January 22nd will receive a signed hard copy of Paul's award-winning book. Please include the preferred mailing address in the registration. 

Course Description: Based on his award-winning book on leadership development – Cowboys & Conductors: Conversations on Horseman-Humanship – child entrepreneur turned orchestra conductor turned chief executive, Paul Jan Zdunek, takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of how he successfully developed and deployed his non-linear life journey with tips and tools on how you can too!

Preview the course and hear from the instructor Peabody Conservatory alumnus Paul Jan Zdunek ’91 in conversation with CNN correspondent Stephanie Elam. Topics include effective leadership strategies, working in diverse teams, and his upcoming JHU Odyssey Alumni Academy course.


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ABOUT Paul Jan Zdunek

Paul Jan Zdunek serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Miller Kaplan, a Top-100 Accounting & Business Advisory Firm in the US, as well as Partner at Tipping Point Strategists, a consulting firm focused on transforming organizations through its foundational approach of Purpose, People, and Place. 

After a decade-long career as an orchestra conductor, Paul Jan Zdunek brings over 20 years of C-Suite experience providing business leadership and advisory services for both for profit companies and charitable organizations. He has been a business transformation advisor, change management leader, and interim executive for institutions requiring financial or organizational revitalization. Paul is often engaged by organizations needing transformational services to address financial decline, organizational inefficiencies, human capital challenges, and leadership conflicts.

He has served as a Mentor-in-Residence at Johns Hopkins University and continues as a Mentor to JHU students and alums within the OneHop program. Additionally, Paul is the award-winning co-author of a book on cultivating GREY LEADERSHIP® titled Cowboys & Conductors: Conversations on Horseman-Humanship, which serves as the foundation for his executive course within the Technical Management Program at UCLA and the Odyssey Lifelong Learning Course at Johns Hopkins University.

 Paul’s passion is connecting people to their aha-moments and leading them to those incredibly surprising and powerful places they never thought were possible.

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 Event Date
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
7:00pm EST

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
8:30pm EST

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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