Advancing Research in

Women and Leadership Academic Colloquium

From Intent to Action

Live & Online

Dates: 3-5 June 2021

Times: 10:30 – 14:30 EDT

Cost: $99 price shown in USD

The Colloquium Program Committee will notify accepted participants on or before 31 March 2021 with their placement on a team.


Keynote Speakers

Candace Brunette-Debassige

Candace Brunette-Debassige

Candace Brunette-Debassigne, a Mushkego Cree woman originally from Fort Albany First Nation (Treaty 9 territory), Candace, is Special Advisor to the Provost and responsible for the Indigenous Initiatives Portfolio at Western University. This project draws on an Indigenous urban planning philosophical approach that aims to work with Indigenous peoples from the early stages of development to completion; begins space planning with Indigenous values and traditions; and works to address unequal power relations in dominant public spaces. Candace is currently a doctoral candidate at Western University.

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Susan Madsen

Susan R. Madsen, EdD

Dr. Susan Madsen is the Inaugural Karen Haight-Huntsman Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. She is also the Founding Director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project, which focuses on strengthening the impact of Utah girls and women through increasing college completion rates and helping girls and women find their voices and become leaders. Susan thrives on being a change agent in her own state of Utah, regularly publishes articles based on her research in the popular press, and is a sought-after speaker in local, national, and international settings.

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Faith Ngunjiri

Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, EdD

Faith Ngunjiri is on sabbatical for the 2020-2021 academic year; she is the Director of the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work, and Associate Professor of Ethics and Leadership at the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota). She has research interests in women and leadership, particularly at the intersections of identities and geo-locations; spirituality in the workplace; and, culturally appropriate qualitative methods. Her work has been published in various journals including Advances in Developing Human Resources, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Gender in Management, Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion; International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education among others. She is author of Women’s Spiritual Leadership in Africa (SUNY, 2010) and co-author of Collaborative Autoethnography with H. Chang and K. Hernandez (Left Coast Press, 2013). She has several co-edited books including Women as Global Leaders (IAP 2014), Women and Leadership around the World (IAP 2015), and Religious Diversity in the Workplace (Cambridge, 2018).

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Joyce Osland, PhD

Dr. Joyce Osland is an internationally known specialist in international management with a focus on global leadership, Latin America, and organization development. She retired in 2020 from her role as the Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership and Executive Director and founder of the Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC) at San Jose State University. She is a senior partner at the Kozai Group and senior editor of Advances in Global Leadership.  Joyce’s research interests and publications focus on practical ways to improve global skills and organizations.

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Event Program

3-5 June 2021
10:30 am – 14:30 pm EDT

  • Ideally teams to have at least two pre-colloquium meetings
  • One meeting on high performing teams (reading materials to be provided)
  • Second meeting on team question/focus
    • What is already known/not known about your general area?
    • Who are the leading researchers on the topic?
    • What are some practice issues related to the topic?
    • What general question does your team want to address?
  • Reading lists include research approaches/methods

10:30 – 11:00 – Welcome and introductions – Colloquium Co-Leads

11:00 – 11:45 – Keynote #1 and Discussion – Susan Madsen

  • Importance of bringing research and practice together
  • Focus on Susan’s work in civic engagement and dialog

11:45 – 11:50 – Break

11:50 – 12:15 – Training: Review of Intent to Action Research Approaches – Colloquium Planning Team

  • Research for Intent to Action projects – embedding practice before, during, or after a research study
  • Review of previously distributed research reading list

12:15 – 12:30 – Break

12:30 – 14:15 – Team Working Session #1 – Determine your initial research approach

14:15 – 14:30 – Closing – Colloquium Planning Team

10:30 – 10:45 – Opening – Colloquium Co-Leads

10:45 – 11:30 – Keynote #2 and Discussion – Candace Brunette-Debassige

  • Integration of Indigenous ways of knowing and mainstream leadership research

11:30 – 13:30 – Team Working Session #2 (including a 15-minute break at group convenience) – Further discussion of your research approach

13:30 – 14:15 – Keynote # 3 and Discussion – Joyce Osland

  • Personal intent to action research

14:15 – 14:30 – Closing – Colloquium Planning Team

10:30 – 10:40 – Opening – Colloquium Co-Leads

10:40 – 12:10 – Team Working Session #3

  • Plan next steps
  • Prepare 10-minute presentation for the larger group
  • Include 15-minute break

12:10 – 13:30 – Working Team Presentations

13:30 – 13:35 – Break

13:35 – 14:20 – Keynote #4 and Discussion – Faith Ngunjiri

  • Personal intent to action research

14:20 – 14:30 – Closing – Colloquium Planning Team


This academic colloquium builds on previous colloquia and is designed to continue to advance research in women and leadership scholarship. Intended for scholars and scholar-practitioners, the colloquium will lay the groundwork for new teams of researchers to come together in a spirit of collective inquiry to advance the scholarship in the field of women and leadership. We seek participants who are committed to creating new knowledge/s in the field and implementing new leadership research initiatives.

Participation will be limited to 56 individuals who are committed to working within a team of seven to develop an ongoing research and publishing agenda. The expectation is that participants will be in one of four categories:

  1. Established scholars in the women and leadership area
  2. Early-mid range scholars who wish to move their research forward
  3. New scholars whose plan is to initiate a sustained research agenda
  4. Doctoral students whose research aligns with the research areas

Selection process:

The selection process includes both targeted invitations of senior scholars as well as an open call for self-nominations. The self-nomination process is as follows:

Self-Nomination Process:

If you are interested in participating, please submit your self-nomination by Sunday, March 14, 2021 as a WORD document or PDF to Please include the following:

  1. Personal information: name, position, institution, and contact information
  2. Statement of interest: describe why you wish to participate in this Colloquium, and how it aligns with your research goals (250-400 words)
  3. Working team preference: please list your two top choices of research areas (see below)
  4. Curriculum vitae

Women and Leadership Research Areas:

Based on the results of a late fall 2020 survey of the International Leadership Association (ILA) Women and Leadership Member Community, these are the research areas of common interest:

  1. Collaborative Leadership
  2. Impact on outcomes, problem-solving, results
  3. Structural Inequities
  4. Power & Politics
  5. Organizational Governance
  6. Young Women & Girls
  7. Critical Feminism
  8. Intersectionality
  9. Globally Mobile Female Leaders
  10. Spirituality and Worldview


The Colloquium Program Committee will notify accepted participants on or before 31 March 2021 with their placement on a team. Teams will be formed based on the participants’ stated Women and Leadership research areas of interest and diversity of levels of experience. (Limited bursaries are available to doctoral students with low income. Please indicate on your application if you need a bursary to attend this Colloquium.)

Colloquium Design and Process

The preparatory work in newly formed teams begins six weeks prior to the Colloquium (mid April 2021), guided by materials produced by the Colloquium Program Committee. The colloquium itself will be a working colloquium. Each day there will be a seminar speaker, after which participants will work in their teams guided by exercises developed to advance the team’s research together. It is expected that the research teams will continue their work together after the colloquium ends with the Colloquium Program Committee providing some structured opportunities to present and publish.


The goal of this Colloquium is to provide a learning environment that serves as a catalyst for teams to set a new research agenda. It will be up to each team to decide on their specific research agenda. However, we anticipate that research outputs arising from this Colloquium could include book chapters, journal articles, and conference presentations. There are potential opportunities such as an edited book and/or a special issue of a journal to provide an avenue for research emerging from the Colloquium. Therefore, it is the expectation that all participants will be committed to continue to work collaboratively to conduct research and engage in scholarly publications and use the new knowledge/s emerging to move the research agenda on women and leadership forward From Intent to Action.


Marlene Janzen Le Ber

Marlene Janzen Le Ber, PhD
Associate Professor, Leadership Studies, Chair, School of Leadership & Social Change
Brescia University College

Marlene Janzen Le Ber is an Associate Professor and Chair, School of Leadership & Social Change at Canada’s only women’s university, Brescia University College @Western University in London, Ontario. She holds the 2020 Brescia Excellence in Research Professorship. One of her recent publications is an edited volume “More Women on Boards: An International Perspective.” A multiple research grant holder in complex processes of leadership, her current research spans core topics in leadership, i.e. leader character, leader aspirations, and leader identity development in women to policy and social change. Prior to her doctoral studies, Marlene was a health care executive within academic health sciences centers, known as a strategic leader who spearheaded numerous health system innovations. Marlene earned a PhD (Strategy) from Ivey Business School, MScN (Admin) and BScN from Western University.

Rita Gardiner

Rita Gardiner, PhD
Assistant Professor, Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies, Faculty of Education
Western University

Dr. Rita A. Gardiner is an Assistant Professor in Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies, in the Faculty of Education at Western University. Her publications include Gender, Authenticity and Leadership: Thinking with Arendt, and articles in Business Ethics QuarterlyLeadershipOrganization, and Gender, Work and Organization. Currently, she is working on a Social Science and Humanities funded project that examines the implementation of gender-based violence policies in Ontario universities, as well as a monograph, with Dr. Katy Fulfer, on feminist approaches to Hannah Arendt, home, and belonging.

Program Committee

Ann Berghout Austin, PhD
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Care About Childcare, Executive Director
Utah State University

Adrienne Castellon, EdD
Associate Dean
Trinity Western University

Lynne Devnew, PhD
Distinguished Research Fellow and Associate Faculty
College of Doctoral Studies
University of Phoenix

Chrys Egan, PhD
Associate Dean, Fulton School of Liberal Arts
Professor, Communication
Salisbury University

Carol Clyde Gallagher
Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership
Cottey College Advisory

Liza Howe-Walsh, DBA
Reader in International HRM
Faculty of Business and Law 
University of Portsmouth

Susan Kirk, PhD
Deputy Subject Group Head, Leadership, Work and Organisation
Senior Lecturer International Human Resource Management
Newcastle University Business School

Randall Joy Thompson, PhD
Institute for Social Innovation Fellow
Fielding Graduate University