An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Elevating the Status of Leadership Education and Development

Leadership Reckoning Bookcover

Presenters: Thomas Kolditz, Carla Ortega-Santori, Ryan Brown, Aaron Roof, and Gama Perucci (Moderator)

Date: 2 June 2021

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It’s not rocket science. It’s improvement science.

This webinar will provide insight into Carnegie’s Leadership for Public Purpose Classification, explore the implications for academic and administrative leaders in higher education, and consider how it is different, yet complimentary, to the ILA’s Guiding Principles. A pilot participant from the University of Colorado Boulder will provide an inside look into the Elective Classification application process and unveil how you can begin preparing now for submission. Additionally, participants will learn about the #LeadershipReckoning movement taking place in higher education and how to join the efforts to elevate the practice of leadership education and development in higher education.

A commitment to develop, educate, and train more and better leaders can no longer be the responsibility of one office or school. Instead, this new improvement process will examine the institutional indicators of a university or college that is committed to elevating leadership for all stakeholders. Will your institution be left behind or take off as a leader in the #LeadershipReckoning movement?

Speaker Information

Thomas Kolditz

Thomas Kolditz, Director, The Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University

Tom is the founding Director, Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University.  The Doerr Institute, Tom’s fifth successful leader development start-up, was named top university leader development program by the Association of Leadership Educators and the #4 Leader Development Program worldwide by the Global Gurus management research firm. Prior to founding the Institute, Tom designed the Leader Development Program at the Yale School of Management and chaired the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point for 12 years. Brigadier General Kolditz has more than 35 years in leadership positions on four continents, and received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army’s highest award for service.  He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and has published two books and more than 75 articles. In 2017, he received the prestigious Warren Bennis Award for Excellence in Leadership. In 2021, Global Gurus ranked Tom as #6 among start-up coaches and founders. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University, three master’s degrees, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Missouri.

Carla Ortega-Santori, Strategic Initiatives Manager, The Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University

Carla is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Leader Development at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders. Prior to this, she developed learning and development strategies at a leading healthcare company in Puerto Rico. Carla has worked as an Executive Recruiter and volunteered as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Carlos Albizu University and a B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University. Her doctoral dissertation studied the psychometric properties of the Passion for Work scale in a Puerto Rican population.

Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown, Managing Director for Measurement, The Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University

Ryan is the Managing Director for Measurement at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders. He regularly consults with organizations on ways to measure their impact on people, including non-profits, churches, and schools. Prior to coming to the Doerr Institute, Ryan was the L. J. Semrod Presidential Professor of Psychology at The University of Oklahoma, where he taught and conducted research as a social psychologist for over 16 years and helped establish the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing. He has published dozens of empirical studies on human thought and behavior, from the impact of stereotypes on human cognition, to the psychology of forgiveness, to the socio-cultural dynamics of honor. His most recent publication is Honor Bound: How a Cultural Ideal Has Shaped the American Psyche (Oxford University Press, 2016). Ryan graduated cum laude from Rice University (Will Rice College, 1993) with a B.A. in psychology and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Aaron Roof

Aaron Roof, Director of the Presidents Leadership Class, University of Colorado Boulder

Originally from Baltimore, MD, Aaron Roof graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1997 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and commissioned as an infantry officer. Aaron served in multiple leadership positions in both the infantry and special operations. He lived and served all over the world deploying multiple times to combat operations throughout the Middle East, Levant, Arabian Peninsula and North Africa. In 2014 he transitioned to the University of Colorado Boulder to lead the Army ROTC program. He retired from military service in 2017 with a masters in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. Aaron is currently the Director of the Presidents Leadership Class at CU.


Gama Perruci

Aside from his teaching, research, and administrative duties, Gama Perruci co-chairs with Sadhana Warty Hall the ILA Task Force to Develop General Principles for Leadership Programs. He is a session facilitator for the leadership programs at Dartmouth College’s Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and a consultant for The New York Times, focusing on the newspaper’s educational programming for leadership students. Additional consulting includes leadership education program evaluations, and the National Selection Committee (America’s Best Leaders Project, Top American Leaders Project) convened by Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. Gama served as the Chair of the ILA Board of Directors from 2011-2014. His publications include: The Study and Practice of Global Leadership(Emerald Group Publishing, Forthcoming); Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities Perspective with Robert McManus (Routledge, 2019); Global Leadership: A Transnational Perspective (Routledge, 2018); and Teaching Leadership: Bridging Theory and Practice with Sadhana Warty Hall (Edward Elgar, 2018).