Professor Ressler 101
A business leader and educator by day and a baseball fanatic by night, Professor Bill Ressler combines his experience with his creative approach to solving solutions to educate his students. Teaching Creative Strategy and Innovation (check out the blog post about this class here), Bill is an extremely valuable asset to the St. Kate’s MBA program. Here’s a snapshot of his background:
- Ph.D. in social psychology, and an undergraduate degree in chemistry
- Taught Integrated Marketing Communications at Ithaca College for eight years
- Taught psychology, marketing communications, and management at the following universities in Israel:
- Ben-Gurion University
- Hebrew University
- Netanya Adademic College
- Tel Aviv University
After moving to Minnesota, Bill knew something was missing. He wanted to continue teaching. He stumbled upon the St. Kate’s MBA program, and was intrigued by its specific concentration offerings. After speaking in a class – that took place in the Twins’ press room – he was hooked!
Above all else, Bill has one goal for the St. Kate’s MBA graduates: “I hope they walk away with an open mind coupled with critical thinking skills; sincere humility accompanied by deep confidence in themselves and their abilities; a lifelong commitment to learning motivated by an inner call to action in service of others; an enduring faith that a spark of the divine resides within all people alongside an unwavering commitment to reason. Those sound like many different attributes, but they actually all refer to a single, very important one.”
Who is he, really?
We asked Professor Ressler a series of questions to figure out who he is as a “real human being” outside of the classroom. Here’s what he had to say:
What is something – outside of education – that you are extremely passionate about?
Baseball. I’ve learned a great deal from interviewing hundreds of baseball players and staff. They’ve taught me priceless lessons about management, marketing, organizational communication, cultural identification, community service, servant leadership, ethics, psychology, and life in general. Plus, I can think of no better place to spend a spring day, a summer evening, or an autumn afternoon than at a ballpark.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the Twin Cities?
Honestly, teaching at St. Kate’s has been my favorite thing to do in the Twin Cities. Visiting CHS Field with my family to see the St. Paul Saints is a close second.
What’s your favorite quote?
“MiKol m’lamdai hiskalti.” This quote, originally from the Book of Psalms, has become a popular expression in modern Israel. It literally means “I have learned from all my teachers,” and it has come to mean that anyone can be our teacher when we open our minds and our hearts. It is a reminder that every person potentially has something to teach us; that each of us can learn something from any and every person, no matter how unexpected the source, and regardless of formal education, professional title, or social status.
The original quote appears in Psalm 99, and the modern interpretation can be understood by way of Pirkei Avot (The Ethics of the Fathers), in which Ben Zoma is quoted, “Who is wise? One who learns from every person, as is stated (Psalms 119:99): ‘From all my teachers I have grown wise.’”
The preceding context helps to explain my truly favorite quote. It applies in the classroom and in the family living room, in every workplace and on every ball field. Inspired by the spirit of Psalms 99:119, it appears in the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Ta’anit, Chapter 1:
“I have learned much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and most of all from my students.”
Who’s your favorite superhero?
Learn more about Bill on LinkedIn.