Leadership Studies Student Research Symposium






About the Conference

The 3rd Annual Gonzaga University Leadership Studies Student Research Symposium will take place on the campus of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, on March 27th and 28th, 2015. The aim of this conference is to surface and explore emerging questions and/or completed research and service currently occupying leadership studies undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students at Gonzaga. The conference is intended to stimulate dialogue and critical reflection of the multiple perspectives of our students, our programs and the complexity of the field of leadership studies. The conference is also intended to highlight the leadership studies research methodologies currently alive in our programs.

Our conference organizers are committed to encouraging leadership scholars and practitioners from various programs and levels to participate in an all-inclusive dialogue about the state of the art in leadership studies at Gonzaga University.

The Symposium will start at 3pm on Friday, March 27th with activities running until 8pm that night. The following day, Saturday March 28th, will start at 8am and finish at 3:30pm. All activities except for the Friday night dinner will take place in the Jepson Center.

Friday, March 27th:

3:00 - 3:30: Registration begins;
3:30 – 4:30: Welcome & Keynote Speaker
4:30 – 4:45: Break
4:45 – 5:50: Presentation Session 1
5:50 – 6:00: Move to Herak Club Room (dinner)
6:00 – 7:45: Buffet Dinner/ Women and Leadership Panel/ Door prizes
Saturday, March 28th
8:00 – 8:25: Light breakfast served
8:30 – 10:00: Improvisation with Kevin Benson
10:00 – 10:15: Break
10:15 – 11:20: Presentation Session 2/ Posters

11:30 – 12:25: Lunch/Book Publishing Panel/ Book Signing with Shann Ferch

12:30 – 1:35: Presentation Session 3

1:35 – 2:00: Coffee Break
2:00 – 3:05: Presentation Session 4
3:10 – 3:30: Closing remarks/ Wine social/ Door prizes


Keynote Speaker: Lucinda Kay, Former TV News Anchor

Lucinda Kay has worked in the communications industry since 1994, as a TV and Radio News Anchor and Reporter, and behind the scenes as a communications coach and owner of her company, Let It Shine. Lucinda coaches a delightfully diverse group of people, from political candidates and CEO's, to entrepreneurs and families, to folks just getting started and people in transition. She coaches and speaks around the U.S., Canada, and Jamaica, and was named as one of the "Top 20 Under 40” in the Business Catalyst magazine. A self-titled “servant leader,”  Lucinda has a long history with Gonzaga University, subbing and speaking for undergraduate classes and mentoring dozens of interns who have gone on to positively impact the world.

Women, Leadership and Culture panel (Friday night dinner) features:

Dr. Kem Gambrell, Assistant Professor, Gonzaga University (Moderator)

Twa-le Abrahamson-Swan, Native American environmental activist and radio producer

Juanita Jasso, Director, Unity Multicultural Education Center, Gonzaga University

Lucinda Kay, Communication coach and former TV news anchor

Rosemary Muriungi, Former Deputy Head of HR, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Kenya


Saturday morning speaker: Kevin Benson

Kevin Benson is a speaker, professor, and performer who loves improvisational comedy and believes that it can literally change the  world. He has been teaching and performing in Spokane for more than 15  years and is passionate about changing the way organizations and individuals think about the way we work, communicate and interact with one another. Kevin has helped people at every level in organizations become engaging, quick-thinking leaders with his highly practical Improv strategies. He can be found online at www.boldmoveconsulting.com.


For general questions related to the Symposium, please contact Dr. JoAnn Danelo Barbour, Chair, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, at barbourj@gonzaga.edu.

For questions related to proposals, please contact one of the faculty below:

CLP students: Dr. Josh Armstrong – armstrongj@gonzaga.edu

COML students: Dr. Pavel Shlossberg - shlossbergp@gonzaga.edu

ORGL students: Dr. Lazi Topuzova - topuzova@gonzaga.edu

DPLS students: Dr. Kem Gambrell - gambrell@gonzaga.edu

Call for Proposals & Presentation Resources

The deadline to submit presentations and register for the symposium has now closed, sorry. For any questions, please email strawther@gonzaga.edu.