An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Drowning in Precarity? How the Unexpected Leadership Framework Can Help You Catch the Social Justice Wave

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With Drs. Theresa Southam, and Marie Sonnet (Eds), and Drs. Kathleen Curran, Myisha Driver-Woods, Dominique Eugene, and Randal Thompson.

Get an overview of the Framework for Unexpected Leadership, learn from two case studies, and engage in an activity in which participants learn to co-create the conditions for unimagined solutions to emerge.  

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In this webinar attendees will get an overview of the Framework for Unexpected Leadership (FUL), followed by a deep dive into two case studies where chapter authors from Driving Social Innovation: How Unexpected Leadership is Transforming Society will explain how FUL is applied in their own work. The authors will highlight a first-level, closest-to-those-affected form of leading as a response to marginalization, exclusion, and oppression. Where there are unexpected leaders, precarity can bring opportunity for greater social justice. The two case studies will be presented by the author teams of Drs. Randal Thomspon and Kathleen Curran, and Drs. Dominique Eugene and Myisha Driver-Woods.

In the last part of the webinar, participants can put their name in to be selected for an interactive exercise, “Troika Consulting.” We’ll apply the FUL to your work and solicit advice from the other participants as you get a chance to be both a client and a consultant. This webinar will help participants learn how to refine their skills in asking for help, listening, and consulting. We will co-create the conditions for unimagined solutions to emerge!

As a result of this webinar, participants will

  •  Recognize the various forms of precarity that surround their work, including both sudden and deliberate precarity, as well as the opposite of precarity—care
  • Empower unexpected leaders by using the Framework for Unexpected Leadership. 
  • Assess social justice in their work using Martha Nussbaum’s Capabilities Framework (2011)

FUL is from our book, Driving Social Innovation: How Unexpected Leadership is Transforming Society Learn more here.

Theresa Southam With Irises.

Dr. Theresa Southam is the Department Head of the Teaching and Learning Centre at Selkirk College and continues her research as an Institute for Social Innovation Fellow. She will publish a book on transforming trauma through learning in 2024 with Fielding University Press and is the co-editor, with Marie Sonnet and Patrice Rosenthal, of Driving Social Innovation: How Unexpected Leadership is Transforming Society. She wrote the blog, “Is Being an Ally Enough,” for Fielding in 2022, which links to her longer piece on decolonization in the Journal of Anthropology and Aging. Theresa is Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University where she chairs thesis committees and runs learning circles in the School of Leadership.

Marie Sonnet

Dr. Marie Sonnet, is Principal at Sonnet Editing and Consulting where she helps authors write to finish their academic writing projects. She is a Fellow at Fielding Graduate University’s Institute for Social Innovation. Her current research project explores how the doctoral student experience influences subsequent alumnae engagement.

Kathleen Curran

Dr. Kathleen A Curran is a global coach, facilitator, and boundary-spanning strategist. Founder of Intercultural Systems, with 25 years of professional experience in Asia, she specializes in catalyzing the intersection of intercultural competencies, leadership, and global strategy in support of individual, team, and organizational global leadership development with the concomitant inclusive mindset and practices. She is also a Fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate Universities, where she engages with the relationship between the sense of belonging and the freedom to experiment and the alignment of external global corporate and internal functional strategies, which comprise the fully global corporation. Her published works include From Uncertainty to Transformation: Emergent Generative Team Leadership from the Void (2022), co-authored with R.J. Thompson, Reimagining Leadership on the Commons: Shifting the Paradigm for a More Ethical, Equitable, and Just World (2021), with Randal Joy Thomson and Devin Singh. The Study and Practice of Global Leadership (2022), edited by Gama Perucci; Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability (2018), co-edited by Thompson and Storberg-Walker; and Advances in Global Leadership, Vol 12 (2021).

Myisha Driver-Woods

Dr. Myisha Driver-Woods earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University and is a licensed clinical psychologist and a California endorsed Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Practice Facilitator II (IFECHMS-RFP II). She successfully completed an APA accredited internship and two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in the Early Childhood Mental Health Program and is a graduate of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training program. Her academic foundation includes a B.S. in Psychology from Howard University and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from National University. Dr. Driver-Woods has 20 years of experience providing mental health services in a wide range of clinical settings throughout Los Angeles County and is committed to meeting the needs of culturally and ethnically diverse families. Dr. Driver-Woods is an experienced trainer and provides training to community and professional audiences on mental health topics related to culture, reflective practice, trauma, and social justice. Her research interests include the influence of fathers on social emotional development, the integration of trauma informed approaches into non-traditional mental health settings, and issues of diversity and equity in supervision. Dr. Diver-Woods is a proud native of Compton, California and uses her personal and professional experiences to educate others and advocate for social and racial justice. She is a former recipient of the Diane Kipnes Endowed Fund for Social Innovation Award and previously served as a co-chair on the CalAIHM Social Justice Committee. Currently, Dr. Driver-Woods works as a consultant for Harbor Regional Center and at CHLA with families in the NICU. Dr. Driver-Woods also serves as a board member for PSYCHES of COLOR Inc., a non-profit organization focused on supporting Black and Latinx youth.

Dominique Eugene

Dr. Dominique Eugene is a Haitian American, National Register Health Service Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, Certified Trauma Specialist, and an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist in California. She is a 2020-2021 recipient of the Harvard University, Boston University, Northwestern University, and University of New Mexico (HBNU) Consortium Fogarty Global Health Fellow as well as the Institute for Social Innovation Fellow at Fielding Graduate University. As an HBNU Fellow, she resided in Cape Town, South Africa (2021-2022) where she conducted research on women offenders of intimate partner violence at Stellenbosch University Department of Psychiatry. She is 2022 Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow Top Twenty Awardee (Stellenbosch). She is an APA Division 52 Global Citizen Psychologist Citation Awardee. She serves on the board of the California Mental Health Advocates for Children & Youth (CMHACY), and the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) and the International Council of Psychologists (ICP) Direct at large. She has co-edited book on mass trauma and emotional healing, written articles on cultural concerns, trauma, play therapy, a book chapter on psychology and social change, teaches graduate courses, and provides presentations at national and international conferences in the areas of play therapy, disaster and mental health, intimate partner violence, depression, and cultural disparities. Her career focuses on children, families, college, and community well-being. Dr. Eugene is currently residing in Abu Dhabi where she works with New York University as a Clinical Psychologist in the university’s health center.

Randal Thompson

Randal Joy Thompson, PhD is a scholar-practitioner with 40 years professional experience in international development, serving in countries around the world. A Fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University, her research focuses on the commons, gender, education, evaluation, and organization development. Her publications include Proleptic Leadership on the Commons: Ushering in a New Global Order (2020), Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability (co-edited with Julia Storberg-Walker, 2018) which won the Human Resource Development R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award, and Reimagining Leadership on the Commons: Shifting the Paradigm for a More Ethical, Equitable and Just World (co-edited with Devin Singh and Kathleen Curran, in press, 2021).


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