Leadership Education Member Interest Group (LEMIG)

Who are we?
A community for educators, professors, and teachers working in and/or interested in curricular or co-curricular programs in K-12 and higher education institutions. We gather and offer opportunities to share curricula, pedagogies, programs, and research to advance the how, what, and why of leadership studies.

What are our current priorities?
  • Expand member participation in MIG initiatives, activities, and governance
  • Advance the field of leadership education to and from all corners of the globe
  • Provide resources for leadership educators
  • Advance followership studies
  • Support the Leadership Education Academy
How can ILA members be involved?
Please consider volunteering for council posts at any time during the year so we can include more members to help us do what we do. We need you for Communication, Membership, Conference, Resources, Research and Practice, and Nominations and Awards. Please see the descriptions for these posts and nominate yourself to lead one or participate in one. Contact Tom Yannuzzi or Tara Edberg if you would like to participate or get more information.

2018 Community Leaders

Heather Henderson
Tara Widner-Edberg

Lecturer of Leadership Studies, Leadership Studies Program, Iowa State Univ.
Heather Henderson

Directory/Faculty, Education City University of Seattle
Thomas Yannuzzi
Immed. Past-Chair

Executive Director, Center for Student Leadership, Kennesaw State Univ.
Deborah N. Smith
Membership & Conference Chair

Asst. Department Chair, Leadership Studies Program Director & Professor of Higher Ed., Kennesaw State Univ.
Amy Forbes
Communication Council Chair
Assoc. Dir. of the Centennial Center for
Leadership, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Ryan Newton
Resources Council Chair
Assoc. Director of the Office of Orientation, Univ. of South

Recent Events and Activities
2016: 2015:

How to Affiliate With This Community
ILA members who affiliate with a MIG receive occasional emails of interest from their MIG leaders including volunteer openings, updates on MIG initiatives, and opportunities to provide feedback. To affiliate/join: log in to this profile update form, scroll down and "Edit Your ILA Member Community Settings." Make sure to click Save in order to save your changes.

Contact ILA's membership team at membership@ila-net.org with any general questions about ILA's member communities.


Tara Widner-Edberg Dr. Tara L. Widner-Edberg joined the Leadership Studies faculty at Iowa State in the fall of 2016 after completing her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. She currently teaches LD ST 322, "Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society," and LD ST 370x, Special Topics in Leadership: Global Leadership. She also coordinates the Vermeer International Leadership Scholars, an academic cohort based program which involved studying global leadership and traveling to the Netherlands. Her research interests include global leadership, higher education, cultural competency, study abroad, undergraduate leadership education and effective teaching methods. Her doctoral dissertation, Curricular Instruction of Global Leadership at Colleges and Universities in The United States, examined how undergraduate leadership programs were teaching global leadership, which methods had proved effective through assessment, and created a model for teaching global leadership. Dr. Edberg has several publications in the works, and has presented on various topics at national and international conferences including Case in Point Teaching, Coupling Leadership Education with Social Entrepreneurship, Effective Capstone Experiences for Leadership Education, and Teaching Global Leadership Through Study Abroad. Additionally, she is a Certified Leadership Coach, qualified administrator for both Strengths Quest and the Intercultural Development Inventory, has helped facilitate the Leadership Can Be Taught Symposium, and has been involved with the International Leadership Association for over 10 years. ×

Q&A With Chair-Elect of Leadership Education,
Heather Henderson

Q: What are you looking forward to as Chair of Leadership Education?
I am looking forward to working with individuals from around the world, not only to expand and grow the Leadership Education MIG, but to engage in deep and reflective discussion related to leadership and education.

Q: What new goals do you have for the year as chair?
I think we, as a MIG, must continue to work on making the group stronger and becoming more engaged in conversation and research. My goals are to (a) to fully engage and to encourage others to have more purposeful and reflective conversations related to leadership in education, (b) to grow the MIG numbers, and (c) to grow the membership.

Q: Why is the Leadership Education MIG important?
For me, both leadership and education are important. We need to understand others, know ourselves, and provide growth and guidance through education. Education, though the lenses of K-12 and advanced education, as well as through learning more about societal norms, are keys to understanding leadership. This MIG allows for these educational environments to be further examined and explored.

Q: What are the biggest challenges facing leadership right now?
Diversity in Leadership continues to be an issue to be grappled with – gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. are all areas we need to understand, to research, to shift, to teach, and to learn. For example, from my recent research, I found that while 80% of our K-12 teachers are female, only 20 % of the superintendents (CEO's) are female. Disproportionality and inequity persist.

Q: What's the best leadership oriented book you read for the first time last year?
Wow – this is a big question –I will give you a short list of authors. (Kouzes & Posner, Sinek, Lencioni, Northouse, Christensen, Fullan, Zenger & Folkman, Godin, Leithwood) ×


Heather Henderson is the Director of the Master of Education programs in Alberta. She has recently obtained her Ed.D. in Leadership from City University of Seattle. Prior to working with City University, Henderson served in a variety of educational leadership positions from teacher, vice-principal, principal, superintendent of curriculum and instruction, interim director of education/assistant director, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent throughout the three provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. She has also worked with not for profit as a Senior Program Manager in the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth – an organization that supports young immigrants and their families as they travel their journey to Canadian life.

All of these experiences and her education have given Henderson the opportunity to understand leadership in the 21st Century and how we need to adapt to a new paradigm. ×


Tom Yannuzzi has dedicated over twenty-five years to higher learning and process improvement. He currently serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Student Leadership at Kennesaw University, Atlanta, GA. Prior to this appointment, he served a dual role as Director of the Personal Leadership Development Program for Rotterdam School of Management's (RSM) international MBA program, and as Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences for Penn State University Brandywine.

As an educator and administrator, Yannuzzi began full-time teaching and curriculum development at the Wharton School of Business in 1989, where he directed the communication component of the Executive MBA Leadership program. He also developed and facilitated a variety of other programs for full-time undergraduate and graduate business students, as well as for Wharton's Aresty Institute of Executive Education and the undergraduate "Connects Program," a service-learning initiative that connected business students with non-profit organizations in the region. His programs, grounded in grounded practical theory, often received some of the highest evaluations among MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education offerings.

In 1990, Yannuzzi was invited to develop a Leadership Communication program for the Rotterdam School of Management's (RSM) International MBA program. As part of his responsibilities at RSM, he also developed and facilitated four themed research trips to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to his work with RSM, Yannuzzi also developed and managed programs for Penn State University, Drexel University, Neumann University, the University of Delaware, and the International Executive Development Center in BLED, Slovenia. He has also served on a variety of executive committees, including RSM's Academic Curriculum Board, as well as Penn State Brandywine's and Neumann University's strategic planning committees.

While being a passionate educator with a commitment to social equity, Yannuzzi is also a successful policy analyst and organizational strategist. In 1998, he left Wharton to accept a position as Director of Sales Support and Professional Development for F. Schumacher & Co., a privately held, international textile and home furnishings business. His expertise has also been commissioned by a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations including Ortho-McNeil-Jennson, Booz Allen Hamilton, Texas A&M University, Genesis Health Systems, Meryll-Lynch, First USA Bank, Rodel Industries, Delaware River and Bay Authority and The State of Delaware.

Yannuzzi received his B.A. in Communication Theory from California State University, Fullerton; his M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication from Temple University; and his Ph.D. in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania. ×


Mindy McNutt In 2000, Mindy was the inaugural faculty member in Organizational Leadership (OL) at the Wright State University Lake Campus. After a 3-year hiatus into administration, beginning in the fall of 2010, she re-joined the faculty in the bachelor's in OL and the master's in Leadership Development at the Wright State University main campus in Dayton.

Mindy's interests are in both the process of leadership education and women in leadership. Over the past year and a half, the entire leadership team was in a unique position to re-invent the OL curriculum when the Ohio Board of Regents required all public colleges and universities that were on quarters to convert to semesters. This allowed the program faculty the opportunity to completely re-examine the undergraduate curriculum. Utilizing a variety of methods, including using the "Guiding Questions" document and a newly developed construct to inform conversations, the curriculum was reinvented into something both contemporary and current. Mindy is happy to share the process with those who are interested. ×


Natalie Coers joined the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Florida in Fall 2010 after receiving her Master of Agricultural Leadership degree from the University of Georgia and B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Natalie's work at UF involves two programs: the CALS Leadership Institute and CALS Teaching Resource Center. Her interests include student leadership development through international service experiences, program development, and teaching/learning practices. Natalie has been a member of the ILA since 2007 and is excited to be serving in the capacity of Team Lead for the Resources Team of the Leadership Education MIG! ×

Leadership Education MIG Leadership Teams

Conference Creative Team
The Conference Creative Team is responsible for creating innovative and exciting programming for the Leadership Education community at the ILA Annual Global Conferences. Initiatives include the Annual Student Case Competition, the Great Ideas Teach and Share Forum, and the Dissertation Workshop.

Member Engagement Team
The Member Engagement Team works to create, coordinate, and implement experiences throughout the year that serve and involve Leadership Education MIG members fostering active engagement and connection in between conferences.

Resources Team
The Resources Team is responsible for providing effective resources and tools for leadership educators who are members of ILA. The group has worked in the past to create web resources related to class curricula, and has compiled a current list of other organizations that leadership educators might benefit from. Future goals include increasing the degree of web-based interactivity among MIG members and helping to augment online resources. ×