This February, SSLS launched the Leading Change Inaugural Conference 2019: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Leadership Studies. Sponsored by a 4-VA collaboration grant, the conference was created to provide a collaborative and accessible professional development opportunity for graduate leadership scholars in Virginia. We are extremely excited to share that this event was an incredible success, having representation from over 24 colleges, universities and organizations, over 100 total attendees, and an international reach. Ms. Christy Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of The American Civil War Museum, delivered a keynote speech on leading change through difficult times. The conference featured five concurrent panels and sessions and presented best paper awards in three categories.

#LEADCC19 Best Paper Awards


Pictured left to right, Provost Coltman, Dr. Suparna Dutta, Ellen Osborne, Ibukun D. Alegbeleye, Dr. Eric K. Kaufman, and Dr. Karen Ford

Best Master's Paper

Ellen Osborne, University of Richmond

An Exploratory Evaluation of Volunteer Satisfaction at Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albermarle

Best Doctoral Paper

Dr. Suparna Dutta, Virginia Commonwealth University

Understanding Effects of Nonprofit Board Inclusion on Board Effectiveness

Best Overall Paper

Ibukun D. Alegbeleye & Dr. Eric K. Kaufman, Virginia Tech

Do Good Leaders Make Good Followers? Exploring the Relationship between Middle Managers' Transformational Leadership Behaviors and Effective Followership in Organizations

LEADCC19 Leading Change Inaugural Conference
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About LEADCC19

The Leading Change Inaugural Conference 2019: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Leadership Studies (LEADCC19) is a regional academic conference designed to showcase leadership research of graduate students and faculty. Proposals related to organizational leadership (for-profit, nonprofit, and higher education) with both practical and academic value are welcomed and encouraged. 

LEADCC19 will be held Thursday February 21 & Friday February 22, 2019 at Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center.

Registration for #LEADCC19 is now closed. 


Conference Agenda

#LEADCC19 will offer interactive workshops, paper sessions, and panels on leadership in higher education, organizational science, and the nonprofit sector. Download the agenda to learn more about #LEADCC19 sessions and topics.

Note: Agenda and conference schedule is subject to change. Agenda was last updated 2/15/2019.

Keynote Speaker

Christy Coleman
Chief Executive Officer
The American Civil War Museum

The School of Strategic Leadership Studies is delighted to announce Christy Coleman as the keynote speaker for the Leading Change: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Leadership Studies Conference. Christy Coleman has served as the Chief Executive Officer of The American Civil War Museum since 2013 and was recently recognized by Time Magazine as one of “31 People Who Are Changing the South.” Ms. Coleman will address leading during times of social change and discuss how academics and their research can better support organizational leaders.


LEADCC19 will be held at Hotel Madison Shenandoah Valley Conference Center

710 S Main St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
(540) 564-0200
Rate: $93.00/night (before taxes)
Attendee Code: LEADCC19

Reservation Deadline Extended!

To guarantee the special LEADCC19 conference rate, be sure to reserve your room by
5:00pm on Tuesday January 28th.

Parking Information for Hotel Madison

When guests enter the parking deck, they will receive a ticket that can be validated at the front desk.

Directions to Parking Deck From the front of Hotel Madison:

-Exit right out of the Hotel pickup lanes

-Turn right at the light onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

-Turn right into the parking deck off of Martin Luther King Jr. Way

 Note: If you reach the light at the intersection of Martin Luther King. Jr and Mason St, you’ve gone too far. Turn right onto Mason St, turn right at the next two lights until you are back on South Main St, and then turn right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.

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