ILA Podcast

Disruption by Design: Co-Creating Our Approach to Leadership Education

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Christie Navarro, Director of the Center for Leadership Learning at the University of California, Davis


Christie Navarro, from the University of California, Davis, joins Scott to discuss the 2021 NLS symposium and changes to leadership education spurred on by the pandemic and long-needed conversations around equity, racial justice, and social justice.

Quotes From This Episode

“The National Leadership Symposium is not a conference… it is a small cohort of leadership educators from all around the nation that come together for an intensive learning experience.”

“This is an area I’m very passionate about: bringing diverse voices to the table in our field. I think that there’s been a lack of opportunity for scholars from different backgrounds and different lived experiences, especially when it’s trying to advance our conversations around what leadership is.”

“With the pandemic and the long-needed conversation around equity, racial justice, and social justice…we can’t go back to what we were doing in 2019. And this is me just humbly trying to put that idea out there for our field. How are we going to adjust, shift, and change to ensure that we are representing, hearing, and inviting all communities to the table?”

About Christie Navarro

Christie Navarro serves as the Director of the Center for Leadership Learning (CLL) at the University of California, Davis. She has been a part of the UC Davis community for 16 years, with 15 of those years leading the CLL.

Prior to her tenure at UC Davis, Christie served as the California state representative for the college admission testing organization ACT, as a regional outreach coordinator for UC Merced Early Academic Outreach Program, and as a case manager for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Tulare County. Christie earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Arts in Higher Educational Leadership from California State University, Sacramento. As a leadership educator, Christie infuses identity development, inclusivity, and social justice, and change into her teachings and is passionate about supporting students on their leadership journey. Christie serves as a co-chair of the National Leadership Symposium (NLS).About the 2021 National Leadership Symposium

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.