Who wouldn’t want to learn how to become a more effective leader in both their life and work? For the last 5 days, I was given the privilege of attending the Center for Creative Leaderships’ Leadership Development Workshop. With 25 hand-picked powerful career professionals from all over the world, we were psychoanalyzed by ourselves, our peers, our leadership life coaches, and spent the most powerful days together. I can truly say my life is forever changed in the 27 new friendships I’ve made over my week at CCL by the people I met and the stories I heard. I hope to see each of the people again someday.
Among the participants, I had the privilege of getting to know Donna Chrobot-Mason, professor the University of Cincinnati and author of Boundary Spanning Leadership. The insights Donna offered throughout our week together will stay with me for a lifetime. Her kindness, gentle demeanor and spunky laugh make me want to share her work with all of you.
Here we are down in front in the group photo:
At the end of the week, Donna was sweet enough to sign my copy of her book. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into this labor of love, to continue my development as a leader both in the workplace and as a woman balancing all the facets of life. Stay tuned for my review of her latest book!
From the CCL website, here is some background on Donna:
“Donna Chrobot-Mason has been teaching, consulting, writing, and researching issues around leadership and diversity for fifteen years. She is committed to helping both scholars and practitioners better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist in leading a diverse workforce.
Donna is an associate professor in psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She has taught courses in organizational psychology, diversity, leadership, and research methods to undergraduate and master’s level students. Recently, Donna became the Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati. As center director, she spanned boundaries to create and lead a cross-disciplinary research team that examines leadership from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives.
As a researcher, Donna has presented at nearly 50 conferences, coauthored five book chapters, and published 12 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Human Relations, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Group and Organization Management. She is co-author of the book, Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations (McGraw-Hill Professional). Donna also serves on three editorial review boards for leading management journals.
Donna began her career as a practitioner in human resources at the Xerox Corporation. She also consulted with numerous organizations to evaluate diversity climate and develop training programs. Her skill as a diversity scholar and passion for applied research landed her an invitation to join the Leadership Across Differences project at CCL, eventually leading to the partnership that created this book.
Donna has a Ph.D. in applied psychology from the University of Georgia. She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, son, daughter, and two cats. When not working, Donna enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and water-skiing at the lake.”