ILA Podcast

Using Inventories and Assessments to Enhance Leadership Development

Leadership Educator Podcast

with Marcy Levy Shankman and Ralph A. Gigliotti

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Are you curious about the history and purpose of using instruments and assessments in leadership development courses and training? In this episode, Drs. Marcy Levy Shankman and Ralph A. Gigliotti share ideas on incorporating best practices from a special issue of New Directions for Student Leadership into teaching courses or planning training activities. They use a cross-sector lens to expand the application of the instruments and assessments to various industries. 

About Dr. Marcy Levy Shankman

After five years as the Leadership Coach and Strategist for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Marcy is now serving as the inaugural Chief Organizational Learning Officer. In this brand new role, Marcy continues to hold primary responsibility for providing leadership development support to the CEO, the District’s executive leadership team (“the Chiefs”), and 65-person Senior Leadership Team (SLT). Additionally, Marcy has been charged with designing and implementing a system-wide learning agenda for all employees of the District. Marcy lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Brett and loves being a mom for their two college-aged children, Rebecca and Joshua.

About Dr. Ralph A. Gigliotti

Ralph is Assistant Vice President for Strategic Programs in the Office of University Strategy and Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership at Rutgers University, where he provides executive leadership for a portfolio of signature academic leadership programs, consultation services, and research initiatives. He engages directly with academic and administrative leaders in strengthening the Center’s role as a hub for leadership development research and initiatives. He also serves as a part-time faculty member in the Department of Communication, PhD Program in Higher Education, and Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

About the Hosts

Lauren Bullock

Lauren Bullock is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Temple University, where she teaches leadership development and public relations courses. Before transitioning to full-time faculty, Lauren led the university’s leadership development co-curricular programs for six years. Before joining Temple in 2008, Lauren worked in athletic administration at Florida State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Lauren is writing her dissertation in leadership and change management at Antioch University. Her research interests include faculty-student interaction, generational theory in higher education, purpose and meaningful work, and groups and team dynamics. She works with Dan to set project goals, research and write episode scripts and descriptions, contact guests, craft social media content and strategy.

Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins, Ph.D., co-host of the Leadership Educator Podcast is Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies at the University of Southern Maine (USM) where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and organizational theory, research methods, and leadership education. Before joining the faculty at USM, Dan was an academic advisor and co-director of the leadership studies minor at the University of South Florida while also teaching Political Science courses at Hillsborough Community College. Before working in higher education, Dan worked for John Hancock Mutual Funds, in hospitality at various restaurants and sports arenas, for the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, and as a staff member and volunteer in gubernatorial and school board election campaigns. Dan is a co-author of The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning and has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on leadership education. Dan mixes and produces the podcast, works with Lauren to curate guests, and researches and prepares content for episodes. 

About the Leadership Educator Podcast

Teaching leadership is hard. Join professors Dan Jenkins and Lauren Bullock, leadership educators with 25+ yrs experience in curricular and co-curricular leadership programs in higher education, as they capture in dialogue questions from their peers and share knowledge and expertise on facilitating leadership learning. Passionate about leadership education? Want to expand your resource toolbox with practical strategies for teaching, learning, and program design? This is the podcast for you! 

The ILA is proud to partner with members Dan Jenkins and Lauren Bullock on a series of episodes each year.  Visit to listen to all of Dan and Lauren’s podcasts.