By Pam DeFiglio
When Vincent Pettinelli was building PeopleServe Inc., a business he had founded to provide human services to people with disabilities, the elderly and other clients in need, he faced a conundrum. The enterprise, which eventually grew into a $350 million company, needed management talent. He promoted competent psychologists and other specialists into management roles, but most of them failed because they lacked management knowledge.
Pettinelli, who had started his career as a psychotherapist and had worked with people with disabilities before he got into management, was explaining this challenge to his financial advisor, Joe Kunze, a couple of years ago. Continue reading
When Malcolm Oliver boarded a plane for a study-abroad program in South Africa in 2002, he didn’t know he was embarking on a decades-long journey trying to help create a society with opportunities for all citizens.
Nor did he imagine he would someday champion wonky city planners, even more than glib politicians or inspiring social-reform leaders, as the people who create the real-life conditions in which social justice can blossom. Continue reading
Carlos Azcoitia, standing, poses with the students to whom he taught a two-day Educational Leadership seminar. It took place at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain.
Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D. recently traded his NLU classroom for one at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain.
Officials there invited him to teach a two-day seminar on educational leadership to students who aspire to be teacher leaders or principals. They are pursuing their master’s degrees in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on social and emotional intelligence, in partnership with the Botin Foundation. Continue reading
Two speakers with powerful stories will address NLU graduates at Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 12.
Mawi Asgedom, who survived war in Africa, a refugee camp and personal tragedy, persevered and graduated from Harvard University. He is an author and inspirational speaker, motivating students to leadership and success. He will speak at NLU’s National College of Education Commencement.
Enjoy this blog post from NLU’s McCormick Center for Early Leadership blog. In a recent Whole Leadership post on the McCormick blog, Teri Talan introduced administrative leadership by considering its definition and importance. This led Tarah Kadzielawski to wonder, how do you improve administrative leadership skills? She reflects on her experience as a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. She shares her journey, the advice she’d give her younger self, and her favorite resources for developing administrative leadership.
by Tarah Kadzielawski
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In last week’s Whole Leadership post, Teri Talan started us in a new direction, Administrative Leadership. My personal background is similar to many other program leaders in our field—I was a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. In my personal experience with administrative leadership, I felt I could handle pedagogical leadership and thought I had many leadership essentials; however, I knew I was in need of some support and resources to build up my administrative leadership skills. (In hindsight I’m sure I was in need of more resources for pedagogical leadership and leadership essentials as well, but that is a different blog post.)
To build up my administrative leadership skills, I turned to the resources at my disposal. There were director’s networks—I was involved in—related to different funding sources such as Head Start and state pre-K. However, these didn’t provide the administrative leadership skill development that I sought. Two professional learning opportunities that I participated in did help develop my administrative leadership skills: Continue reading
National Louis University President Nivine Megahed Ph.D., participated in a high-level talk Jan. 15 in Washington, D.C. with presidents of five leading universities from around the nation.
Though diverse, the universities have one thing in common. Each of their presidents is leading the school through a period of change, whether that be a rebalancing of academic offerings, a repositioning in the marketing place or a successful turnaround. Continue reading
Volkwagen exhibit at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. MBA professors and students at National Louis University said VW showed a failure of authentic leadership. Photo credit: Darren Brode / Shutterstock.com
The international Volkswagen scandal, which is generating daily headlines, was a failure on the part of the German automaker’s officials to practice integrity, transparency and similar values encapsulated in the concept of authentic leadership, according to a National Louis University MBA professor.
And far from just harming Germany, the scandal, nicknamed Dieselgate because the automaker installed devices on its diesel vehicles that would show emissions as lower than they actually were, is causing economic, social and environmental ills to people here in the Chicago area. Industry experts say the scandal may ultimately cost Volkswagen $40 billion.
Another MBA professor questioned whether regulators can keep up with the complex software algorithms which industries such as automakers and financial services are increasingly employing.
Gates Symposium attendees at National Louis University listen to keynote speaker Mitchell Stevens of Stanford University.
Top educators, policy analysts, EdTech designers, foundations and other thought leaders from around the nation gathered Oct. 1 at National Louis University (NLU) for the “Higher Education on the Growing Edge: Uncommon Thinking Around the Common Core and New Models for Student Success” Symposium, generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
As higher education grapples with a shift to digital learning, high costs, the need to prepare students for viable careers and bridging the high school-to-college divide, experts are challenged to uncover new solutions to enduring barriers that prevent access to and persistence through higher education for millions of American students. Continue reading
Dr. Nivlne Megahed, NLU President, from left, Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and Phil Komarny, CEO of Robots and Pencils speak during the Educelerate keynote.
How can personalization in learning technology aid students? How can developers help instructors become comfortable with personalization technology? And can personalization help higher education attract more students and see them through to their degrees?
National Louis University President Nivine Megahed moderated the keynote panel at the Educelerate conference Sept. 24, guiding a discussion featuring presenters Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and soon-to-be COO of the University of Phoenix, and Phil Komarny, CEO of app developer Robots and Pencils, which developed TEx, the University of Texas system learning app which debuted in early September 2015. Continue reading
Paula Jorde Bloom, left, and Sue Offutt pose at an NLU reception in honor of Bloom’s 30 years of service and retirement.
Paula Jorde Bloom founded NLU’s McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership in 1985, and led it for its entire existence until now. So what happens when a founder decides to retire? She follows her own advice, as outlined in her books and thought leadership, and brings in her successor for thorough training (four years’ worth) before she takes the reins.
In their own words, here are what both women had to say about that experience.