Master of Organizational Leadership

DanĀ Ebener


MOL Co-Director


Main Campus
Ambrose Hall, AH300A
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


In a world desperate for new leaders and fresh models of leadership, Ebener says now is a good time to examine the myths and paradoxes of what Christians mean by "servant leadership."

A brief summary of Dan's leadership and service work is below. Download his CV for a complete listing (pdf)

Education and Training

DBA, MSW, MBA, St. Ambrose University

MEd., St. Mary's College, Winona, Minn.

BA, Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.
Social Work

St. Ambrose College, Seminary

Teaching Experience

Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL), SAU, full-time, 2006-present

Associate Professor in College of Business for Managerial Studies, teaching primarily in MOL at St. Ambrose University (SAU).

Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM), Croatia, 2009-present, adjunct Taught international courses in Leadership through ZSEM, Croatia. Taught weeklong course that includes 8-15 St. Ambrose students and 45-60 Croatian students each year since 2009. Also taught four weeklong courses for ZSEM and four 8-hour leadership seminars for Mate Publishing, in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, May 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Taught additional leadership seminars for ZSEM in 2012 and 2013.   

Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, June 2013 Taught 4-week international course in leadership through Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. Plan to teach it again in 2015.   

Master of Business Administration (MBA), SAU, part-time Taught not-for-profit management, business ethics and human resources management (2000 - 06). 


Boards, Councils and Community Leadership

Thomas Merton House (Café at Vine), President, 2014 - present; Board Member, 2001 - present.

Dreams InDeed International, National Board Member, 2014 - present.

Bridges of Faith, interfaith dialogue member and group leader, 2001 - present.

United Way of the Quad Cities, Board Member, 2000 - 2006.

Roundtable (Social Action Directors), National Board Member, 1998 - 2000.

Scott County Department of Human Services, Planning Committee member, 1998 - 2004.

St. Ambrose MSW Program, Advisory Board Member, 1997 - 2006.

Scott County Welfare Reform Coalition, Coordinator, 1996 - 2000.

Camp Shalom, Board President, 1999 - 01; Board Member, 1996 - 2005.

Quad Cities Contributors' Council, Member, 1993 - 2006.

World SHARE, National Board Member, 1992 - 2002.


Leadership Activities

Serve as President of board of directors, Café on Vine, soup kitchen in Davenport, IA (current).

Serve as Board Member for Dreams InDeed, national organization supporting refugees in Middle East (current).

Co-coordinate parish planning and strategic planning process, Diocese of Davenport, 2006-present

Provide leadership training for priests, deacons and lay people, Diocese of Davenport, 2006 - present.

Diocesan director, Stewardship and Planning, training parish leaders for stewardship and assisting parishes in planning activities, 2004 - present.

(See CV for complete listing)

Leadership Consultation

Facilitated process of creating Community Mental Health Initiative with all area mental health providers to develop a plan of action for addressing need for mental health services, 2013 - present.

Quad City Leadership Consulting (owner), 2005 - present. Provide consulting – especially for public and not-for-profit groups – on leadership, strategic planning, team building, fundraising, community organizing, and board development.

Led strategic planning process for over 100 organizations, including not-for-profits, 1990 - present.

Organized and led process of identifying and stating core values for about 45 organizations, 2004 - present.

Led strategic planning process for several for-profit businesses, including The Crawford Company, New Life Center, The Planning Center, and REM Iowa, 2005 - present.

Present leadership training for many organizations, 2006 - present.


Workshops and Community Presentations

Overall:  Presented keynote presentations, workshops and leadership trainings in 34 states and 12 countries over the past thirty-four years on topics as varied as servant leadership, not-for-profit management, stewardship, social justice and peacemaking, for many groups.

(See Dan's CV for a complete listing.)



Strategic Planning: An Interactive Process for Leaders (in press). Co-Authored with Frederick L. Smith. Paulist Press, July 2015.  

Blessings for Leaders: Leadership Wisdom from the Beatitudes (2012). Liturgical Press.  

Servant Leadership Models for Your Parish (2010). Paulist Press.              


Published series of three articles on Croatia and one article on Honduras, The Catholic Messenger, 2014.  

Published article in Catechetical Today about leadership, June 2013.   

Published article in Sojourners magazine on servant leadership, February 2011.  

Published article in PRIEST magazine about servant leadership and stewardship, February 2011.  

Published article in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Spring 2010.  

Published 8 articles on "Parish Life and Servant Leadership", The Catholic Messenger, Spring 2008.   

Published "Parish Life and Servant Leadership", CHURCH Magazine, National Pastoral Life Center, September 2008.  

Presented paper on servant leadership, Midwest Academy of Management, Chicago, IL, March 2005.  

Staff author, 14 statements of the Iowa bishops through the Iowa Catholic Conference, 1990 - 2006.  

Op-ed articles published regularly in several newspapers, 1980 - present.


Work Experience

St Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. Full-time, Tenured Associate Professor, August 2006 - present.

Diocese of Davenport. Quarter-time Director of Stewardship and Planning, August 2006 - present.

Diocese of Davenport. Director of Social Action and Catholic Charities. 1986-2006


Yves Congar Award for Leadership Development, National Conference on Pastoral Planning and Council Development, April 2015.

Named "Letter Writer of the Year", Quad-City Times, December 28, 2014.

Blessings for Leaders named as Best Seller by Publisher, December 2014; Any New Book Award, 2012.

Servant Leadership Models for your Parish, Catholic Press Award, 2011.

Social Justice Award, St. Ambrose University, 2004.

Spirit of Service Award, United Way of the Quad Cities, 2002.

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