#LEADCC21 Dates & Deadlines

February 5

Last Day to Register for Conference
Final Papers for Accepted Proposals Due
Sessions and Panel Preview- Final Agenda and Schedule Coming Soon!

SSLS will be hosting its 2nd Bi-annual Leading Change Conference: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Leadership Studies (#LEADCC21) this coming February! Kickoff events will begin on Wednesday evening February 17, and regular conference sessions will run February 18 and 19, 2021. Proposals are currently under review, registration is open, and the conference planning committee is working to finalize some amazing expert panels and presentations! Here are just a few sessions we have planned for #LEADCC21!


Tackling complex problems with leadership and systems thinking
William Donaldson

Christopher Newport, Director Biotechnology and Management Program,

author of Simple_Complexity

Sharon Welch Kessler NASA Systems Engineer (retired)
Claudia Fernandez
University of North Carolina, Associate Professor
Director of ACOG National Leadership Institute
Director, Leadership Core, Food Systems Leadership Institute
Seema Patel Global Knowledge Initiative, CEO
Terry Fernsler

JMU, Instructor & Advisor to Nonprofit Studies Minor,

Department of Social Work


Navigating crisis:  Future pathways for nonprofit financial leadership
Dennis Young

Georgia State University, Nonprofit Policy Forum,

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Case Western Reserve

Teresa Harrison

Drexel University, Professor of Economics &

Academic Director of the Gupta Center for Nonprofit Governance

Robert Fischer
Case Western Reserve University, Associate Professor,
Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development,
& Chair, Master of Nonprofit Organizations Program
Stuart Mendel National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise, Executive Director
Margaret Sloan JMU, Interim Director & Professor, School of Strategic Leadership Studies


Higher Education Leadership in the New Decade: Cliffs, Opportunities, and Recoveries
Corbin Campbell American University, Academic Dean
Will Simpkins Metropolitan State University, Vice President for Student Affairs
Jason Lane SUNY Albany, Professor and Dean, School of Education
Benjamin Selznick JMU, Assistant Professor, School of Strategic Leadership Studies


The Future of Organizational Leadership: Perspectives from Private Industry and Government Sectors

Maureen Metcalf Innovative Leadership Institute, CEO & Consultant
Stephanie Gorman Modern Work at Microsoft, Director of Customer Success, 
Paul Lester Naval Postgraduate School, Associate Professor
Adam Vanhove  JMU, Associate Professor, School of Strategic Leadership Studies


Ask the Expert Sessions:

Susan E. Murphy

Chair in Leadership Development & Co-director Centre for Strategic Leadership, University of Edinburgh Business School

Pamela Eddy  Book Talk and Q&A

Professor of Higher Education, William & Mary and author of "Leading for Tomorrow: A Primer for Succeeding in Higher Education Leadership"

In this session, Dr. Pamela Eddy will share findings and insights from her recent publication Leading for Tomorrow: A Primer for Succeeding in Higher Education Leadership. Attendees will be invited to fully engage and reflect on this work as they consider its applications for today’s complex leadership landscapes.

William Donaldson Book Talk and Q&A

The World Economic Forum has identified systems thinking as a critical skill for the future.  Peter Senge described it as the "discipline that integrates the disciplines." Yet many people, including many leadership scholars, have little or no knowledge of this important way of thinking. Dr. Donaldson will give a primer on Systems Thinking and answer questions during this session.




About #LEADCC21

LEADCC was developed as a regional interdisciplinary leadership conference as a means of giving scholars, especially emerging scholars and graduate students interested in the field of leadership an opportunity to present their research, without requiring national or international travel. As such, LEADCC aims to create an intimate (attendance capped at 150 participants) and developmental atmosphere, as well as provide faculty and student leadership scholars and practitioners across disciplines the opportunity to come together.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LEADCC will be held virtually (synchronously) in 2021. The virtual format this year provides a unique opportunity to expand our regional network of leadership scholars and practitioners, and we welcome those from around the world to submit research to and attend LEADCC21.

Please share this opportunity with graduate students and faculty colleagues!

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