ILA Podcast

Women in Leadership: Why It Matters and How to Develop It

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with Susan R. Madsen and Karen Longman

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Our two guests – both experts and advocates for women as leaders talk about the role women leaders play in organizations and how we develop girls and women to prepare them to take leadership roles. Why do we need more women leaders? How do they impact organizational success including financial performance, diversity of talent, and improved engagement and retention? They talk about: 1. the business case for why we need women in leadership roles, clarifying the benefits of women holding these roles. 2. specific tactics for girls and women to develop their leadership skills. 3. global female leadership role models 4. board roles impact women have

About the Guest

headshot of Susan R. Madsen

Susan R. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University and also founded Madsen Global Leadership. She is also a Visiting Fellow of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Zagreb (Croatia), a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Lancaster Leadership Centre in the U.K, and a Fellow of The Leadership Trust Foundation in Ross-on-Wye, England. Professor Madsen has been heavily involved for the last decade in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders. She has personally interviewed a host of women university presidents, U.S. governors, and international leaders, as well as studying many aspects of women and leadership more broadly. Susan has conducted related research in the U.S., the six Arab Gulf countries, China, and Eastern Europe. Overall, Susan has authored or edited five books and has published well over 100 articles, chapters, and reports.

Karen Longman

Karen A. Longman serves as a Professor and Ph.D. Program Director in the Department of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. This doctoral program serves approximately 100 students from across North America and around the world. Her Ph.D. is from The University of Michigan.
Karen previously spent 19 years as Vice President for Professional Development and Research at the Washington, DC-based Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. In that role, she designed an ongoing Executive Leadership Development Initiative that has involved 400+ participants (presidents, chief academic officers, and emerging leaders) since 1996.
Karen is a co-editor with Susan Madsen and Faith Ngunjiri of a book series focused on Women and Leadership. She was the lead editor on the first volume in the series, titled “Women and Leadership in Higher Education.” This eight-volume series was developed through a partnership between the International Leadership Association and Information Age Publishing.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf brings 30 years of experience and success in the fields of leadership, innovation, and technology. A regular contributor to, Metcalf has authored an award-winning book series on leadership and is the Founder & CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute. She is the host of an Innovating Leadership, a weekly international podcast that hit the airways in July 2015. As an ILA Fellow, Maureen partners with the International Leadership Associate on a series of global leadership podcasts within the show.