university leaders symposium

University Leadership in Turbulent Times – A European Perspective

  • Greek island of Lesvos
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  • 2-6 May, 2018

Vijaya Nath is the Director of Leadership Development at Leadership Foundation and leads a team who work on Leadership Development and related interventions and projects. The team’s aim is to enable leaders, managers and governors in higher education to manage and lead organisational and personal change and to enable the system’s capacity for identifying, nurturing and developing future leaders at a strategic level.

She brings over 26 years of experience in developing leaders in the private and not-for-profit sector. For the past 18 years she has worked with leaders in health and care, in the four countries of the United Kingdom and internationally. She has significant experience in the design and development of innovative leadership programmes and senior organisational development consultancy. 

As Director of Leadership Development at The King's Fund, London, Vijaya established a portfolio of interventions including networks, open programmes and thought leadership in medical leadership. She has led a number of international study tours that feature learning from health and non-health organisations that are leading-edge in quality innovation and leadership. 

Vijaya has published and written a number of papers on Leadership Development and has influenced thought leadership in the areas of Medical Engagement, Quality Improvement in Health, Equality & Diversity, and the importance of advancing Women in Leadership. She is a visiting professor at Milan's SDA Bocconi School of Management and is a facilitator and chair for Windsor Leadership. 

Vijaya was appointed as a Trustee of Windsor Leadership in 2017 and also serves as Chair on the Chairs and Facilitators Executive (CAFE).


Mary C. Gentile, PhD, is Creator/Director of Giving Voice to Values, Professor of Practice at University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Senior Advisor at Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and consultant on management education and leadership development. Among numerous other awards, Gentile was named as one of the “Top Minds 2017” by ComplianceWeek; one of the 2015 “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics” by Ethisphere; and one of the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust: 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners” by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World, January 2015. She was recently “short-listed” for the Thinkers 50 2017 award for “Ideas In Practice.” 

Giving Voice to Values, a pioneering business curriculum for values-driven leadership, has been featured in Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, McKinsey Quarterly, etc. and piloted in over 1,000 business schools and organizations globally. The award winning book is Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right, with translations in Chinese, Korean and forthcoming in Thai. Gentile has authored numerous books and articles and partnered with in 2014 to launch six online interactive social cohort-based modules around Giving Voice To Values.  A 4-week online course on Ethical Leadership through Giving Voice To Values is launching from Coursera/Darden in Fall 2017.

From 1985-95, Gentile was faculty member and manager of case research at Harvard Business School and one of the principal architects of HBS’s Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility curriculum. She co-authored Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School and was Content Expert for the award-winning interactive CD-ROM, Managing Across Differences (HBS Publishing). 

Gentile earned her Bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and her MA and PhD from State University of New York-Buffalo. 


Joan Poliner Shapiro is Professor Emeritus of Higher Education in the Department of Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies (POLS) at Temple University’s College of Education. Previously, she served as Associate Dean and Chair of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Temple’s College of Education, and as President of Temple University’s Faculty Senate. She also has been Co-Director of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, taught middle school and high school in the United States and United Kingdom, and supervised intern teachers. Currently, she is the Co-Director of an educational movement, called the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership), with Steven Jay Gross.

Dr. Shapiro holds a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Pennsylvania; in addition, she completed a postdoctoral year at the University of London’s Institute of Education. She is the recipient of the following honors: the Outstanding Teacher’s Award from Temple’s College of Education in 2004; the Willower Award of Excellence for her book on professional ethics in 2006; the Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008; the University Council of Educational Administration’s Master Professor Award in 2009; the Author of the Month, Routledge Publishers, July, 2010, July, 2013 and November, 2015; and Temple’s Great Teacher Award in 2011.

In the area of scholarship, she has co-authored the books: Reframing Diversity in Education with Trevor E. Sewell and Joseph P. DuCette (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001); Gender in Urban Education with Alice E. Ginsberg and Shirley P. Brown (Heinemann, 2004); Ethical Educational Leadership in Turbulent Times (2nd edition) with Steven Jay Gross (Routledge, 2013); Ethical Leadership and Decision Making in Education (4th edition) with Jacqueline A. Stefkovich (Routledge, 2016), and Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership:  Reclaiming School Reform with Steve Jay Gross (Routledge, 2016).  She has also written more than sixty journal articles and book chapters focusing on ethics, gender and accountability in education.


Steven Jay Gross is Professor of Educational Leadership at Temple University and Founding Director of the New DEEL (Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership) Community Network. His research interests include initiating and sustaining deep, democratic reform in schools, leadership mentoring, and Turbulence Theory. His books include: Democratic Ethical Educational Leadership:  Reclaiming School Reform (2016) (co-authored with Joan Poliner Shapiro). The Handbook on Ethical Educational Leadership (2014) (co-edited with Christopher Branson), Ethical Educational Leadership in Turbulent Times (with Joan Poliner Shapiro) (2013 2nd ed.), Leadership Mentoring: Maintaining School Improvement in Turbulent Times (2006), Staying Centered: Curriculum Leadership in a Turbulent Era (1998) and Promises Kept: Sustaining School and District Leadership in a Turbulent Era (2004). 

Gross served as Editor of ASCD’s Curriculum Handbook series and as a Senior Fellow at the Vermont Society for the Study of Education. Gross also served as Chief of Curriculum and Instruction for the State of Vermont, Associate Professor of Education at Trinity College of Vermont, and Curriculum and Staff Development Director for the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union in Vermont. 

Gross has been a Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar (Australian Catholic University). He received the Willower Award for Excellence (Consortium for the Study of Leadership and Ethics in Education), the University Council for Educational Administration’s Master Professor Award and was named an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. .  He is a graduate of Temple University (BA), the University of Wisconsin (MA), and the University of Pennsylvania (Ed.D.).