Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

Leadership Academy @ Saunders

Fostering Innovative Leadership for Bridging Business and Technology

Mission

Leadership Academy @ Saunders fosters innovative leadership for bridging business and technology by providing a multitude of co-curricular experiential opportunities for individuals to develop their personal and professional leadership skills in order to make a positive impact in the business environment and within the global community. A variety of leadership experiences are offered to meet the leadership development needs of high school students, RIT undergrad and graduate students, alumni and working professionals.

Leader Development Competency Model

At Saunders we believe that leader development starts with self - understanding your own strengths, weaknesses, goals, and values, & developing the critical professional skills needed to succeed in your career.  As leaders become more self-aware, they are then in a stronger position to lead others and lead teams. Leadership is an awesome responsibility and leaders have the ability to influence change and solve complex problems across diverse organizations but it requires a commitment to learning new skills and developing a leadership mindset. Work on the leadership skills now that will increase your value and differentiate you from the rest, launching you on the path for career success!

Leader Development Certificate Program Focus areas: 

Competency ModelLeading Self: Foundational Leadership for Career Success - Building skills and knowledge in self-awareness, integrity & professionalism; empathy, courage, & resilience; critical thinking, self-management & initiative; effective communication & networking, and personal goal achievement.

Leading Teams: Leading High Performance Teams - Influencing, motivating, and empowering others to positively impact organizational culture and achieve business goals by engaging in creative problem solving, building productive relationships, and developing trust and credibility.

Leading Globally: Leading Change in a Global Environment - Leading across cultures and diverse groups and organizations to influence change and solve complex problems.

Meet Our Team

RIT Saunders Faculty

Molly McGowan, Ph.D.

Director, The Leadership Academy @ Saunders
Lecturer, Saunders College of Business, RIT
 

Michael Palanski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Saunders College of Business, RIT
 

Phillippa Thiuri, Ph.D.

Lecturer
Saunders College of Business, RIT
 

Malarvizhi Hirudayaraj, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Saunders College of Business, RIT
 

Anthony Testa

Adjunct Professor, Director of the Saunders Start-Up Accelerator Program
Saunders College of Business, RIT

Advisory Board and Adjunct Instructors

Valarie Upson

Adjunct Professor
Saunders College of Business, RIT

Karen Magnuson

Editor & VP, News
Democrat & Chronicle
 

Robert Peter

Adjunct Professor
Saunders College of Business, RIT
 

Miranda Wilcox

Adjunct Professor
Saunders College of Business, RIT