Association of
Leadership Educators

ALE 2016

July 10th-13th, 2016


2016 Keynote Speakers

The ALE 2016 conference planning committee proudly welcomes the following keynote speakers to Sacramento: 

Dr. Barry Posner

Barry Posner, Ph.D., is the Accolti Endowed Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, where he served for 12 years as Dean of the School (1997-2007). Dr. Posner has received the Association for Talent Development’s highest award for Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance, recognized as one of the Top 50 leadership coaches in America, ranked among the Most Influential HR thinkers in the world by HR magazine, and listed among the Top 75 Leadership and Management Experts in the world by Inc. magazine.

He is the co-author (with Jim Kouzes) of the award-winning and best-selling leadership book The Leadership Challenge. With over two million copies, the book has been described as a groundbreaking research study, combining keen insights with practical applications, and has been translated into 22 foreign languages.  FAST COMPANY ranked it among the top dozen books of the year, and it has been listed among The Top 100 Business Books of All Time,receiving both book-of-the-year honors by the American Council of Health Care Executives and the Critic's Choice Award from the nation’s book review editors.

Dr. Posner has also co-authored several other award-winning, inspiring and practical books on leadership: Learning Leadership (forthcoming), Turning Adversity Into Opportunity; Finding the Courage to Lead; Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces; Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It; The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the Matter Facts You Need to Know; Encouraging the Heart: A Leaders Guide to Recognizing and Rewarding Others; A Leader’s Legacy; Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand, Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia, and The Student Leadership Challenge. Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) has been called “the most reliable, up-to-date leadership instrument available today,” and the online version has been completed by over three million people.

Dr. Posner is an internationally renowned scholar who has published more than 100 research and practitioner-oriented articles, in such publications as the: Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations, Personnel Psychology, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. He is currently on the editorial advisory boards of the International Journal of Servant-Leadership and Leadership and Organizational Development Journal. Dr. Posner has served on a number of corporate Boards and for a number of public and community organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Global Women’s Leadership Network, and EMQ Families First.

Dr. Posner received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master's degree from The Ohio State University in public administration, and his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and administrative theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At Santa Clara he has received several outstanding teaching and leadership honors, including the President's Distinguished Faculty Award and the School’s Extraordinary Faculty Award.  Dr. Posner has been a visiting professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Sabanci University (Istanbul), and the University of Western Australia.

Described as a warm, engaging and pragmatic conference speaker and dynamic workshop facilitator, Dr. Posner has worked with such organizations as: Amazon, Apple, Applied Materials, Australian Institute of Management, Charles Schwab, Conference Board of Canada, Genetech, HP, IKEA, Kaiser Permanente Health Care, L.L. Bean, Levi Strauss, Merck, NetApp, Northrop Grumman, Petronas, Trader Joe's, and Westpac, and been involved with leadership development efforts at more than 50 college campuses. He has made presentations and conducted workshops across the U.S., and around the globe, from Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe to the Far East (China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia), Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. 

Dr. Lindsay Hastings

A three-time graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (B.S. Secondary Math Education, 2004; M.S. Leadership Education, 2007; Ph.D. Education Leadership in Higher Education, 2012), Dr. Lindsay Hastings serves as the Clifton Professor in Mentoring Research and is the Director of the Nebraska Human Resources Institute (NHRI). NHRI is a leadership development organization at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln that pairs outstanding college student leaders in one-to-one leadership mentoring relationships with outstanding K - 12 student leaders.

Dr. Hastings' research interests include generative leadership and social responsibility and examining what factors influence a leader's ability to promote and establish the well-being of future generations. Dr. Hastings' most recent research, for which she received the 2012 Dr. Ron Joekel Research Award, examined generativity in college student leaders as a result of engaging in a mentoring relationship.

Dr. Hastings currently resides in Seward, Nebraska with her husband, Matt, and two daughters, Lilly and Anna.

Councilman Steve Hansen

Councilmember Steve Hansen has served on the Sacramento City Council since 2012 and represents the Fourth Council District. Councilman Hansen represents residents in the River Oaks, Central City, Land Park, South Land Park, and Little Pocket neighborhoods.

Councilman Hansen is a leading voice for smart growth, multi-modal transportation,public safety, economic development and innovation. He chairs the Sacramento Transportation Agency and the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. He also serves as a board member for Sacramento Regional Transit, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, and the Local Government Commission.

During his time on the Council he has passed key initiatives, which include increasing protection for LGBT employees and residents and updating zoning codes to allow for urban agriculture. He worked tirelessly to reopen a local elementary school in the Central City. Other accomplishments include creating new and improving existing District 4 parks and working to revitalize public housing.

His life of public service began as an Executive Fellow working in the California State and Consumer Services Agency. He also has worked as an advocate for Equality California, a statewide advocacy group for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians, and for Genentech, Inc. He currently works for the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law as the Director of Capital Initiatives

Councilman Hansen is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law and has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Gonzaga University. In 2014, he earned a Certificate for Senior Executives in State and Local Government from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Brian Buford

Brian Buford is Assistant Provost for Diversity and Director of the LGBT Center
at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. With nearly 30 years of service to the university, Brian has dedicated his career to building a campus community where all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome, safe, and included. Key achievements under his leadership include: opening a staffed LGBT Center in 2007, the first of its kind in Kentucky; earning a five-star rating on the Campus Pride index; launching the Bayard Rustin themed housing community for LGBT students and allies, the first of its kind in the south; opening a satellite LGBT Center on the Health Sciences Center campus; partnering with community leaders on Feast on Equality, a signature fundraising event; and being hailed by LEO Weekly as "the most LGBT friendly public university in the south."

As Assistant Provost, Brian guides university departments in creating diversity plans and reviewing progress toward meeting diversity goals; develops and delivers diversity training; serves as chair of the Bias Incident Response Team; and advises the administration on campus climate issues and concerns. Brian also serves the university through his adjunct faculty position in the College of Education, Educational and Counseling Psychology Department, and as a trainer/consultant for the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning.

Honors and achievements include: Ally Award, Transwomen National, 2015; Proclamation, Louisville Metro Council, 2014; Humanitarian Award, Association of Black Students, University of Louisville, 2013; Louisville Connector, Leadership Louisville, 2010; Outstanding Service Award, University of Louisville, 1996; Brian counts among his most treasured accomplishments a thru-hike of the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail in 2007 and Spain's 500-mile Camino de Santiago in 2012.

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