Center Presents Annual Ulmer Award

A paper on transformative learning received first place honors in the Center for Creative Leadership’s annual Walter F. Ulmer Jr. Applied Research Award. The award, established in honor of a former Center president, is given for outstanding field research and its creative application to the practice of leadership.

Dr. Sharon L. Lamm, president of Inside-Out Learning a West Chester, Pennsylvania firm specializing in adult and organizational learning received the award for her paper, “Connecting Action Reflection Learning™ and Transformative Learning – An Awakening of Human Qualities in Leadership.”

In her research, Dr. Lamm looked at whether and how leaders who participated in an Action Reflection Learning™ (ARL™ ) program experienced transformative learning and which, if any, leadership behaviors were most likely influenced through participation in the program.

Dr. Lamm holds a Doctorate in Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a masters of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and bachelor’s in Business Administration and Psychology from SUNY Geneseo.


The Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award is named in honor of Walter F. Ulmer, Jr., retired president, for his contributions to CCL and the leadership field, to demonstrate CCL’s commitment to applied research, and to build connections with other professionals whose work and commitments are congruent with CCL’s. An internal committee (Dave Altman and John Ryan) determines the winner. He or she receives $1,500 and a trip to the Center to attend the Research Awards Event.