Effective Leadership in Higher Education: A Conversation Series

Effective leadership in higher education webinar series

About the Webinar Series

Effective leadership in higher education leadership means equipping student learners with the skills they need to succeed, whether they’re undergrads, graduate students, doctoral candidates, adult learners, or executives looking to level-up their careers.

But integrating effective leadership in higher education goes beyond teaching technical skills. More and more, leadership development is becoming an important part of the higher education experience, and with good reason. Leadership development helps students and adult learners strengthen communication and collaboration skills, become more agile and resilient, and ultimately learn how to affect positive change in the world around them. Not only do they benefit, but building strong, effective leadership in higher education also helps you increase the value of the educational experience and in turn, your institution’s revenue streams.

In this series of informal virtual conversations, our higher education leadership experts talk with leaders at institutions across the country. They discuss the current challenges schools face from a leadership curriculum perspective and highlight ways higher education institutions are developing the leaders of tomorrow — whether they’re undergrads or graduate students. We cover:

  • Current challenges and potential solutions in student & adult learning leadership curricula
  • New concepts and leadership programming ideas being implemented right now
  • Interactive dialogue and a Q&A session with attendees

Past Webinars

Watch our series of engaging fireside chats to learn about building effective leadership in higher education through leadership programs. Hear from leaders at institutions large and small on how they’re tackling challenges and how our world-class research, skillful faculty, and renowned experts can support you and your institution.

Cal Maritime Academy

Duration: 45 minutes

Carlson School of Management

Duration: 45 minutes

Eckerd College

Duration: 45 minutes


Duration: 45 minutes

Learn more about growing effective leadership in higher education with the leadership tools offered through our Channel Partner Network.

About the Presenters

Todd DealTodd Deal
Senior Faculty and Director, Higher Education Practice, Societal Advancement
Center for Creative Leadership

Todd brings 30 years of experience in institutions of higher education to CCL and its Higher Ed Practice. Todd’s professional journey in higher education included rising through the faculty ranks to tenured Full Professor, during which time he also served a 5-year stint as Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs and 10 years as Executive Director for the Office of Leadership & Community Engagement in the Division of Student Affairs at Georgia Southern University. Todd has developed and taught undergraduate leadership courses and has designed and delivered experiential learning opportunities focused on understanding and developing collective leadership for students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
Tim ZiakasTim Ziakas
Director Higher Education Channel Partnerships – North America
Center for Creative Leadership

Tim leads CCL’s Higher Education & Learning Organization Partnerships for the Americas. For the past 15 years, Tim has spent his time developing leaders in both Secondary and Higher Education institutions. In his role at CCL, Tim advises Universities, Colleges, and Community Colleges on how to create short-form leadership development offerings for their learners. He has helped Executive Education and Continuing Education institutions stand-up research-backed leadership certificate courses and programming for alumni and local professionals.
Nora AndersonNora Anderson
Executive Director of Executive Education at the Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota

Nora is currently Executive Director of Executive Education at the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota) and is also serving as Co-Chair of the Dean’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee. Her professional experience spans across 3 continents and for over 15 years she has partnered with global organizations to align business strategies with leadership and talent development solutions. She speaks regularly at business events on the topics of leadership, DE&I, team performance, and trends in learning and development and she is a member of the Board of Directors of UNICON, the global consortium of university based Executive Education. Nora is passionate about creating a positive impact for organizations and individuals through transformational learning experiences.
Bob HansenBob Hansen
Chief Executive Officer
University Professional & Continuing Education Association

Dr. Robert J. Hansen was named Chief Executive Officer of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association in 2010. In the past decade, Hansen has launched the industry leading Summit for Online Leadership and Administration, the Council for Chief Online Learning Officers (C-COLO), and a respected quality framework, the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership. Hansen previously served as Associate Provost for University Outreach at the University of Southern Maine, a regional public university located in Portland, Maine. Prior to that position, he spent 6 years at Saint Xavier University of Chicago, first as Assistant to the President & Secretary of the Corporation and then as founding Executive Director of Orland Park Campus & Off-Campus Programs. Hansen also previously served as Assistant to the Governor for Education in the administration of former Illinois governor, Jim Edgar.
Kelly KirschnerKelly Kirschner
VP and Dean
Eckerd College Division of Executive and Continuing Education

Kelly Kirschner has been the Vice President and Dean of Executive and Continuing Education at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida since 2012. In support of the College’s core mission, the Division of Executive and Continuing Education fosters lifelong learning by providing innovative, nationally recognized, high-quality educational programs, products and services for diverse audiences. The division’s Leadership Development Institute has been a network associate of the Center for Creative Leadership since 1981 and delivers internationally-acclaimed executive development programs to thousands of local, national, and international clients. Prior to joining Eckerd, Kirschner was the director of the SW Florida immigrant-integration non-profit, UnidosNow. He currently is Board Chair of UnidosNow and serves on a number of boards of community organizations in southwest Florida.
David TaliaferroDavid Taliaferro
Commandant of Cadets
California State University Maritime Academy

David Taliaferro is the Commandant of Cadets at California State University Maritime Academy and offers his military, maritime, and higher education experience to inform the development of the Corps of Cadets. David and his team are partnered with the Center for Creative Leadership to inform the delivery and development of the Edwards Leadership Program – a comprehensive learning experience that focuses on providing cadets with a distinct leadership advantage while on campus and as they enter their respective professions. David is a reserve officer in the US Army and 4-time combat veteran in support of operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. David is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy and holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Dr. Julia WelchDr. Julia Welch
Senior Faculty Member and Executive Coach
Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute (LDI)

Dr. Julia Welch is a Senior Faculty Member and Executive Coach at the Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute (LDI). She teaches in the Leadership Development Program, Maximizing Your Leadership Potential, and a variety of custom programs created by LDI. As an executive coach, she works with clients from many organizations, including the American Heart Association, Colgate-Palmolive, Eli Lilly, AAA, Sykes, and the U.S. Air Force. In addition to her work at LDI and Harvard Business Publishing, Julia has also taught at the University of Houston, Suffolk University, and Eckerd College. Her classes covered such topics as leadership, organizational change, motivation, conflict, teamwork, diversity, and career development. She has served in consulting roles to the healthcare and high-tech industries and is a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education.

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