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Leading Public Policy Change Through Women and Leadership Research

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When: Wednesday, 24 October | 13:00 - 16:00 | HALF DAY
Where: Palm Beach County Convention Center - 2C
Ticket Price: ILA members - $50 | non-members - $67
Thank you to The Jepson School of Leadership Studies for being a Bronze Sponsor & sponsoring this event!


This preconference workshop will address the clear gap between scholars and scholarly practitioners who do gender and leadership research and the creation of public policies that represent the interests of women across the globe. Studies are clear that the influence of women in the public sphere enhances peace outcomes, as well improving economic, environmental, and social conditions (Chowdhury, Wilson, Lowe Morna, & Makaya Magarangom, 2013; Paffenholz, 2016). The workshop is designed specifically for scholars and scholarly practitioners from any country who focus their work on women and leadership or related equality issues. The workshop experience will train and then catalyze individuals to move theory and research into both domestic and foreign policy. These goals will be met by stimulating interest in and knowledge about public policy, connecting participants from different organizations and disciplines, and mobilizing new and established scholars and practitioners to effect public policy change. The organizers seek participants who are serious about increasing their knowledge and skills regarding public policy, discovering how they can move current research and theory into the policy realm, planning how they can make this happen, and then influencing others to do the same.

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  Who Should Attend?

Women and leadership scholars and scholarly practitioners who are interested in learning how to use research to make changes in women and leadership public policy.

What Will Attendees Gain?

The anticipated outcomes are:

  • The ability to demonstrate connections between research and public policy
  • The creation of an individual policy action plan to impact public policy

Track: Public Leadership

Workshop Leaders & Presenters

Susan R. Madsen Julia B. Storberg-Walker Barbara C. Crosby Wendy Fox Kirk
Susan R. Madsen
Utah Valley University
Julia Storberg-Walker
The George Washington University
Barbara C. Crosby
University of Minnesota
Wendy Fox-Kirk
Weber State University


Susan R. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. Madsen is considered a top global thought leader on the topic of women and leadership, has authored or edited six books, and has published hundreds of articles, chapters, and reports. She is a sought-after globally recognized speaker in local, national, and international settings. Susan is the founder of numerous successful networks, including the International Leadership Association's (ILA) Women and Leadership Affinity Group. She is the lead co-editor of the Women and Leadership Book Series.



Julia Storberg-Walker is an Associate Professor in the Executive Leadership Program at George Washington University (GW). She is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Council of GW's Global Women's Institute and an Associate at the Taos Institute. Julia has received multiple research awards from organizations including the International Leadership Association and the Academy of Human Resource Development. She has published and presented globally on theoretical and conceptual development for applied disciplines, and incorporates a variety of critically informed inquiry strategies in her research. She is currently focused on exploring contemplative leadership research for peace and social change.



Barbara C. Crosby, emerita faculty at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, has taught and written extensively about leadership and public policy, cross-sector collaboration, women in leadership, and strategic planning. A fellow of the UK's Leadership Trust, she was a 2016 visiting fellow with the Australia New Zealand School of Government. She is author of Teaching Leadership: An Integrative Approach and co-author with John M. Bryson of Leadership for the Common Good: Tackling Public Problems in a Shared-Power World. She holds a top teaching award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).



Wendy Fox-Kirk is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Goddard School of Business & Economics. Her research interests include gender, power, leadership and identity aiming to address issues of disadvantage with a particular focus on women's careers and the gendered organization. She has a BSc in Human Psychology, an MSc in Work Psychology & Business from Aston University, and a PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK). She publishes in the Journal of Strategic Management Studies and Advances in Developing Human Resources, and is a consulting editor for the Journal of Education for Business.



Sandra Marić, grew up and studied in Zagreb, Croatia. Before joining to the Coalition for Work with Psychodrama and Peace as Deputy Head of Mission for Southeast Europe in 2006, she worked extensively with children and young people in eastern Croatia. Sandra holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Zagreb. Her role with the Coalition includes therapy, research, writing, and a wide variety of other Coalition tasks.