16th Annual McPhee Lecture and Workshop, Featuring Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH

Vic Strecher’s TEDMED talk on connecting leadership, purpose and health

When Vic Strecher lost his 19-year-old daughter, Julia, to a rare heart disease that had plagued her since infancy, his world ended.

Only it didn’t.  Vic’s wife, Jeri, and older daughter, Rachael, were still very much alive, as was his demanding career as a professor in the public health field.

What did end was his worldview: one based upon long-held assumptions and beliefs about life, death, disease, health, risk, and behavior change — subjects on which he had been writing and speaking for years — but whose very validity he now questioned.

The experience of being “broken open” set Vic upon a life-transforming journey that led through ancient and modern philosophy, literature, psychology, evolutionary biology, genetics, neuroscience and even Egyptology.

On this journey that led him to a new purpose: to help others live the fullest life. Now the author, entrepreneur, professor and director for innovation and social entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan School does just that. Come to the 16th Annual McPhee Lecture and Workshop and learn how defining your purpose can create more resilience, health and vitality in your own life.


Life On Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything
What is a life worth living? Socrates said that an unexamined life isn’t worth living. Aristotle went further to say that a purposeless life isn’t even worth examining. Vic Strecher explores ways of creating greater life purpose and the daily energy and willpower to live for what matters most. Ancient philosophy meets the most modern science and technology as Dr. Strecher creates a new vision for health and well-being across the lifespan.

Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological
Seminary, 100 E 27th St, Austin, TX 78705
Register for Lecture Only


Giving Yourself S.P.A.C.E. for More Energy and Willpower
Aristotle suggested that excellence isn’t an act, but a habit. Excellence in our modern era requires engagement with personal, family, work, and community purposes. And it isn’t easy. Full engagement in life requires vitality (energy) and self-control (willpower). Increasingly, these two concepts are viewed by researchers as muscles that can be strengthened, trained, depleted, and fueled.

In this workshop, participants will learn and practice specific strategies for improving their S.P.A.C.E. – sleep, presence, activity, creativity, and eating – five positive behaviors shown to improve energy and willpower. The workshop will include a combination of lecture, discussion, and interactive exercises and cover many of the concepts from his recent book Life On Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything (HarperOne).

Time: 8:30am-3pm
Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological
Seminary, 100 E 27th St, Austin, TX 78705
Cost: For Lecture & Workshop $300
($250 for Seton, Ascension & Providence Associates)
Register for Workshop Only
PARKING FOR LECTURE & WORKSHOP: Paid parking across the street at the UT 27th Street Garage, limited street parking may be available.