Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Speaker, author, university president, and international leadership expert Larraine Matusak has had a profound impact on people’s lives around the world. She founded the College of Alternative Programs at the University of Evansville and, as one of the original board members of the Council for Adult Experiential Learning, promoted innovative concepts and trained thousands. Perhaps her biggest achievements were in the work she did at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where she led international grant-making efforts and helped fund a generation of leadership programs worldwide. As Matusak is fond of saying, “Create the future! Leadership is everyone’s responsibility.” Her book, Finding Your Voice: Learning to Lead… Anywhere You Want to Make a Difference does just that, focusing on growing leadership in every individual. Her belief in individual acts of leadership led to the establishment of the Matusak Courageous Leadership Award, given by the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. The award recognizes individuals who have courageously and authentically spoke up when silence meant colluding with the problem. Roger Sublett, a former colleague at Kellogg and ILA board member, sums up her contributions well, “Wherever Dr. Matusak has served as a leader in higher education or philanthropy she has transformed organizations and people.”
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The Tobias Leadership Center focuses on research and programs related to the study of leadership across all sectors – including corporate, public service, education, religion, medicine, and non-profit organizations. Its focus on multiple sectors and on both the practice and theory of leadership distinguishes its agenda among leadership programs nationwide. Through ongoing research in a variety of sectors, it generates knowledge about leadership and disseminates this knowledge through a variety of programs.