Barbara Skelly ’87

Barbara Skelly ’87 (Seattle, MA) published Treasure Houses, Stories of Precious Gems and Diamonds in the Rough (2018), detailing her life as an artist, art therapist, and licensed mental health counselor. One of her paintings was awarded a grant by the Ryan Lich Sang Bipolar Foundation and exhibited in Insights II, An Art Exhibition of Creativity, and the Bipolar Brain at the Zollar/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago in 2018. It will be included in the foundation’s permanent collection.

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Ruta Shah-Gordon ’16

Ruta Shah-Gordon ’16 (GSLC, PhD)  was awarded a reciprocal exchange grant from the United States Department of State and the International Research and Exchanges Board to work with Mandela Fellow Charlene Chekenya to collaborate on strengthening responses to sexual harassment in higher and tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe. Read more about Shah-Gordon and her dissertation Intercultural Competence Development through Civic Engagement here.

Mitch Kusy

Mitch Kusy, PhD, Professor of Organization Learning and Development in the PhD in Leadership and Change program, recently facilitated three webinars with Renee Thompson of The Healthy Workforce Institute. The first webinar with over 800 registrants was entitled Helping Healthcare Professionals Understand How to Address Abusive Behaviors from Patients and Families. The second webinar was entitled How to Engage Physicians in Culture Change Initiatives—identifying the most immediate and practical strategies for successful culture change. The third webinar, What Is a Speak-Up Culture and Why Is It So Important? provided top evidence-based tips for engagement and application to professionals in organizations.

Techa Smalls Brown, LauraLynn Jansen, and Ileya Grosman

PhD in Leadership and Change students Techa Smalls Brown, LauraLynn Jansen, and Ileya Grosman are 2023 recipients of Fetzer Scholarship Awards. In partnership with The Academy of Management and the Fetzer Institute, a private foundation created by John E. Fetzer in 1962 with a vision of a transformed world powered by love in which all people can flourish, the awards recognize research and scholarly work that involves management, spirituality, and religion. 

LauraLynn Jansen

PhD in Leadership and Change Student, Integrative Sustainability Coach, Consultant, Speaker, and Trainer LauraLynn Jansen has been awarded the Academy of Management’s 2023 Promising Dissertation Award. The award supports doctoral candidates working in the domain of Management, Spirituality, and Religion (MSR) to develop quality dissertations that can integrate management with spirituality and/or religion, and also reflect novel and/or significant evidence-based theoretical and/or applied contributions to the field. LauraLynn’s dissertation research focuses on elements of humanizing relational interaction, investigating humanizing moments and the intersection of thoughts, actions, and ways of generating meaningful humanizing experiences between individuals.

Naomi Nightingale ’14

Naomi Nightingale ’14 (GSLC, PhD) established the Oakwood Preservation Coalition (OPC), a nonprofit corporation created to develop, uphold and support social, educational, economic, and environmental justice in the historic Black coastal community of Oakwood in Venice, California, and to build a coalition of organizations to support the mission of Oakwood Preservation Coalition. The organization’s first project is to build a Community Honors Walk to memorialize individuals who have made outstanding social justice, cultural or historical contributions to the Venice community. Nightingale works alongside fellow PhD in Leadership and Change learning community member Jay Jolliffe, who serves as Vice President of

Laura Santana ’09

Laura Santana ’09 (GSLC, PhD) has embarked upon a multi-year Organization Development partnership with Menorca Inmobiliario Housing provider in Latin America. Headquartered in Peru and achieving B-Corp Status, they disrupt the market by designing and building sustainable dwellings which advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, sustain environment, increase education, and provide clean water as they serve those invisible to current banking and housing industry practices. In her role, Laura collaborates with the entire C-Suite and is Executive Coach for the President and Chief Legal Advisor. She also continues as faculty and coach with Tsinghua University’s

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