Leading With Impact in Higher Education: Strategies for Current and Aspiring Leaders Brussels plaza

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When: Thursday, October 12| 14:00 - 17:00 | HALF DAY
Where: Studio 312 - SQUARE
Ticket Price: ILA members - $56 | non-members - $75
Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityThank you to Palm Beach Atlantic University for being a Silver Sponsor & sponsoring this event!


Institutions of higher education continue to experience significant challenges. Unfortunately, there remains a deficit in formal preparation for those assuming leadership roles in both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. Consequently, institutions continue to struggle in their efforts to navigate the turbulence that has become an everyday reality in higher education. The purpose of this workshop, then, is to provide a variety of proven strategies to help current and aspiring leaders have greater impact in these challenging times. The highly interactive workshop will be facilitated by an international group of scholar-practitioners. The workshop will begin with an exploration of the current challenges facing higher education, highlighting the need for changing how today's academic leaders are prepared. Presenters will identify core concepts and principles needed for developing effective and innovative leaders, and provide specific strategies and best practices for preparing academic leadership. Participants will leave the workshop with a set of tools and approaches that will help them (1) enhance their own leadership capacity, (2) more knowledgeably design and facilitate leadership development programming, and (3) better implement integrated approaches to organizational assessment, strategic planning, and change management.

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  Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for those who hold or aspire to hold leadership positions in higher education, as well as those responsible for the leadership training and development efforts in colleges and universities.

What Will Attendees Gain?

Attendees will:

  • Understand the wide array of contemporary challenges facing institutions of higher education and its leaders in both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.
  • Identify core concepts and principles associated with effective leadership in higher education.
  • Become familiar with various tools for strategic planning, organizational assessment, and leading change in higher education.

Track: Leadership Education

Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Jeffrey L. Buller Ralph A Gigliotti Karen A. Longman Susan R. Madsen
Jeffrey L. Buller
ATLAS Leadership Training
Ralph A. Gigliotti
Rutgers University
Karen A. Longman
Azusa Pacific University
Susan R. Madsen
Utah Valley University
H. Eric Schockman Lorraine Stefani Norman Wright Thomas J. Yannuzzi
H. Eric Schockman
Woodbury University
Lorraine Stefani
University of Auckland
Norman Wright
Utah Valley University
Thomas J. Yannuzzi
Kennesaw State University


Ralph A. Gigliotti is assistant director for leadership programs of the Center for Organizational Development & Leadership at Rutgers University, where he is also a part-time lecturer in Communication. Ralph's research and consulting interests explore the intersection of organizational communication, leadership, and crisis communication, particularly in the context of higher education. Ralph's research appears in numerous books and journals, including the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies and Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education. Ralph is also the co-author of A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools (Stylus Publishing, 2017).



Jeffrey L. Buller is currently the Director of Leadership and Professional Development at Florida Atlantic University and one of the senior partners in ATLAS: Academic Training, Leadership, & Assessment Services. He has authored fifteen books on academic leadership, as well as more than 300 articles, essays, and reviews. Buller has served in administrative positions ranging from department chair to vice president for academic affairs at four very different institutions and currently works actively as a consultant to the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia, where he is assisting with the creation of a kingdom-wide Academic Leadership Center.



Karen A. Longman who holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The University of Michigan, serves as Ph.D. program director and professor of doctoral higher education at Azusa Pacific University; the department currently serves 100+ PhD students. Longman co-edits an eight-volume book series on Women and Leadership being published in collaboration with the International Leadership Association; she also co-edits a peer-reviewed journal titled Christian Higher Education: An International Journal of Research, Theory, and Practice. For nearly 20 years, Longman has coordinated annual leadership development institutes to prepare future leaders for Christian higher education, reaching over 400 participants.



Susan R. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She has done in-depth qualitative and quantitative research on women and leadership in higher education for over a decade and has two related books: Women and Leadership in Higher Education (with co-editor Karen Longman) and On Becoming a Woman Leader: Learning from the Experience of University Presidents. Susan also speaks globally on these topics and facilitates professional development programs for women in university and college settings, including working with female presidents.



H. Eric Schockman is Chair of the Department of Leadership at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. He is Associate Professor and also serves as the Director of the Center for Leadership. Eric is co-editor of the forthcoming volume, Breaking the Zero-Sum Game: Transforming Societies through Inclusive Leadership (Emerald Press, 2017). His most recent research on leadership and global food banks will appear in the forthcoming Journal of Business, Peace and Sustainable Development. In his 'spare time' he founded and runs a global foundation for feeding women and children in developing world:



Lorraine Stefani is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her presentations at ILA conferences have included: Weaving the Lattice of Leadership for Women in Higher Education; A Ladder to Leadership - Capacity and Capability Building through Strategic Development Initiatives; Beyond the Abayah: A Leadership Case from Saudi Arabia. She has recently published a book entitled Inclusive Leadership in Higher Education: International Approaches and Perspectives. Lorraine has held a number of significant leadership positions at national and international levels. Her research interest is leadership paradigms for complex organisations in times of challenge and disruption.



Norman Wright currently serves as the Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from Wharton. Prior to joining Utah Valley University, he played leadership roles in universities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, and Hawaii. Dr. Wright is an active scholar with research in cross-cultural teamwork, entrepreneurship, and in managing higher education. He also serves as consultant and trainer, assisting organizations in the United States, Middle East, and Asia. In partnership with his wife, he finds a little time to manage his own entrepreneurial ventures in Hawaii.



Thomas J. Yannuzzi currently serves as Executive Director for the Center for Student Leadership at Kennesaw State University. He began his career at the Wharton School of Business in 1989. He has since developed professional programs for Penn State, Drexel, and Neumann Universities, the University of Delaware, and the International Executive Development Center in BLED, Slovenia. More recently, he served as Director of the international Personal Leadership Development Progam for the Rotterdam School of Management. In addition to his academic experience, Tom was a policy analyst and organizational strategist for F. Schumacher & Co., a privately held textile and home furnishings business.