I am an Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior and hold the Dean Henry J. Engler, Jr. Distinguished Professorship at Loyola University New Orleans, a Board Member of the Southern Management Association (SMA), and Regional Co-Director for the New Orleans Chapter of Scholars Strategy Network (SSN). A long-standing member of the Academy of Management (AoM) and SMA, I am also affiliated with both the national society and local New Orleans chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup).
Since completing my Ph.D. in Management at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business in 2010, my research has grown to center on informal forms of leadership (mentoring, coaching, role modeling, implicit theories, and leading from various positions within one’s social network). This research has been published in highly regarded academic journals, including the Journal of Management, The Leadership Quarterly, and Communication Research, to name a few, and presented to global audiences at international, national, and regional conferences and through invited presentations. I have established an international teaching and speaking repertoire, having taught, conducted workshops, and presented invited talks on four continents.
My professional work culminates in my capacity to make a difference to the management community and its stakeholders. Toward this end, my professional work extends to concierge consultation services through my company, Leading Consultation International, LLC, and by organizing a community dedicated to connecting management professionals to businesses and to each other, serving to bridge the research-practice divide, the Qualified Management Network (QMnet).
At Loyola, I teach graduate (MBA) and undergraduate courses and engage in cross-disciplinary collaboration to affect curriculum and course content across the university. All of my courses have experiential as well as research-intensive components, and several of my courses have a community-oriented and/or service-learning component. I have designed several new courses and curricula across academic levels. My internal service at Loyola includes membership on the university’s Human Subjects (IRB) Committee, Chair of the MBA Curriculum & Assessment Committee, member of the Study Abroad Committee, and my previous positions as advisor to the University’s Provost, the College of Business’s Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, the Director of the Loyola University Women’s Resource Center, and Faculty Advisor to the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. In addition to my broader external service positions mentioned earlier, I have taken on several other leadership roles within the academy, including directing and co-directing the Pre-Doctoral Student Consortium for the Southern Management Association and leading a number of committees and initiatives.
As for my personal interests, they are pretty much as varied as my taste in music. One major activity that has had and continues to have a profound impact on my life is my extensive travel experiences. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to study, live, work, and play in a number of countries around the globe, the most comprehensive of which was the three years I spent in Thailand during my formative years, two of which included a full-time academic position at Assumption University. I continue to spend my summers in Southeast Asia as often as practical. In addition, I have traveled considerably throughout a number of Southeast Asian, East Asian, South Asian, European, Middle Eastern, Australian, and North American cities. Since originally graduating with my bachelor’s degree in 2000, work and my graduate studies have led me to call a number of different cities my home, and I have enjoyed each of these locations in their own right. Generally, my favorite adventures are those that come about serendipitously. Other than travel, some of my favorite activities include reading, hiking, bicycling, pottery, gardening, and cooking.
Some of my ideologies may be summed up through this brief collection of some of my favorite quotes.
I’ve selected some of my favorite photos from over the years, and included them on my “Select Photos” page.