ILA Podcast

From Working On Plutarch to Working With Plutarch

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Dr. Mallory Monaco Caterine 


Dr. Mallory Monaco Caterine discusses her study of Plutarch’s biographies and how the 2016 U.S. Presidential election revealed how relevant they are to contemporary, ethical leadership. That insight led her to form her own company dedicated to comprehensive and inclusive leadership development through the study of the humanities.

Quotes From This Episode

“It was shocking to read the news and see so many of the things I’ve been studying in these texts coming to life in front of my very eyes. And I think this is when I really moved from working on Plutarch to working with Plutarch.”

“I’ve always tried to figure out this question of how do we learn from other people’s experiences? Or thinking about it as ‘how do you learn the easy way instead of the hard way.'”

About Dr. Mallory Monaco Caterine

A Senior Professor of Practice in Classical Studies at Tulane University, Dr. Mallory Monaco Caterine loves to help learners find connections between the past, the present, the self, and the human community. She believes that a humanities education is a highly effective mode of leadership training and infuses opportunities to practice leadership into all of her classes, including Greek and Latin language, Greek culture, Ancient Medicine, and the Classical Leadership Lab. She earned her Ph.D. in Classics at Princeton University, where she explored Plutarch’s Lives of Hellenistic statesmen and the lessons they held for his contemporaries in 2nd century CE Roman Greece. Her recent research focuses on the representations of tyrants and women’s leadership in Greek and Roman literature.

In addition to her work at Tulane, Mallory is also the co-founder and co-executive director of Kallion Leadership, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to comprehensive and inclusive leadership development through the study of the humanities both inside and outside higher education. Her work with Kallion has been supported by her position as the Greenberg Family Professor in Social Entrepreneurship and Cole Fellow at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking.

A Yankee by birth, she spends each day falling more in love with her adopted home of New Orleans, where she lives with her husband, son, and cat, Lil Easy.

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.