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Leadership Educators









2018 Keynote Speakers

Peter G. Northouse, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. Leadership: Theory and Practice is the best selling academic textbook on leadership in the world and has been translated into 13 languages.

In addition to publications in professional journals, he is also the author of Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice (now in its fourth edition) and co-author of Leadership Case Studies in Education (now in its second edition) and Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals (now in its third edition). His scholarly and curricular interests include models of leadership, leadership assessment, ethical leadership, and leadership and group dynamics. For more than 30 years, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership, interpersonal communication, and organizational communication on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, he is a consultant and lecturer on trends in leadership research, leadership development, and leadership education. He holds a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Denver, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in communication education from Michigan State University.


Lee Bolman, PhD is an author, scholar, consultant and speaker who is Professor of Leadership and holds the Marion Bloch/Missouri Chair in Leadership at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

His most recent books include Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership  (6th ed., 2017) and How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing (2014), both with Terry Deal, and two books with Joan Gallos Engagement: Transforming Difficult Relationships at Work (2016), and, Reframing Academic Leadership (2011).  His books have been translated into more than ten languages.  His publications also include cases, chapters, and articles in scholarly and professional journals. 

Lee holds a B.A. in History and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Yale University. Prior to coming to UMKC, he taught for four years at Carnegie-Mellon University and more than twenty years at Harvard.  His administrative roles at UMKC have included Interim Dean of the Bloch School of Management, and chair of the department of Organizations, Leadership and Marketing.  At Harvard he served as director and principal investigator for the National Center for Educational Leadership and for the Harvard School Leadership Academy, with a total of $3 million in external funding.  He was also  educational chair for two Harvard executive programs -- the Institute for Educational Management and the Management Development program. 


Additional Speakers

Dr. Ali Malekzadeh is the sixth president of Roosevelt University, is an expert in strategic management, an accomplished fundraiser and a visionary academic leader who has served in higher education for more than 20 years. He champions the University’s mission of social justice and is a frequent op-ed contributor to many Chicago news outlets. He is passionate about women’s and LGBTQ rights, immigration, affirmative action, and access to higher education. One of his signature accomplishments is the creation of the American Dream Reconsidered Conference, an annual three-day event free to the public that addresses law, politics, and the pursuit of the American Dream.

Since 2015, Dr. Malekzadeh has raised over $37 million for student scholarships and grants. A strong advocate for faculty research and innovation, he established a Professional Mentoring Program for students, and created a Chicago-area council for diversity and inclusion. Under his leadership, Roosevelt has expanded services for veterans and students with disabilities, and has focused on new programs for multicultural students.

He earned a doctorate in business administration with an emphasis on strategic management from the University of Utah and holds a bachelor’s in management and a MBA from the University of Denver. He and his wife, Dr. Afsaneh Nahavandi, professor of leadership at the University of San Diego, have co-authored two books and he has written dozens of business-related articles and book chapters.


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