USC faculty members are constantly making substantial contributions to research and education in leadership, management, policy and related fields. Executive Master of Leadership faculty members are drawn from among USC Price’s distinguished full-time faculty, as well as selectively from faculty of other schools, such as the Marshall School of Business, Annenberg School for Communications, School of Dramatic Arts, Thornton School of Music, and the Keck School of Medicine, among others.
Adjunct Executive Master of Leadership faculty members are active and experienced practitioners in the greater professional community, contributing to a practical classroom environment that stimulates the rapid integration of theory and practice. In addition to the involvement of seasoned executives as guest lecturers in class sessions, the Executive Master of Leadership also features a stellar roster of periodic special speakers who enrich the learning experience.
Carol J. Geffner, Ph.D. is Professor of the Practice of Governance, Management, and Policy at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and Director of the Executive Master of Leadership Program. Dr. Geffner is well known for her thought leadership and advisory work with multi-sectoral organizations on improving human and organizational performance and the capacity for sustainable success.
Rosana Padilla is the Program Administrator for the Executive Master of Leadership program at the University of Southern California. Rosana received her B.A. in Psychology & Spanish and an M.A. in Educational Counseling from Loyola Marymount University (LMU), where she also worked in the Office of the Registrar as an Academic Records Coordinator.
Rob Adler is an internationally recognized expert in improvisational acting. He specializes in teaching actors how to get out of their head and bring spontaneity, presence and play to theatre, film & television scripts so well-prepared performances look improvised.
Lorraine Aguilar is passionate about empowering leaders with the skills to thrive in an interconnected world. She has trained and coached leaders of Merck, Special Olympics, the United Nations and other organizations.
Paul Danczyk is the Director of Executive Education in Sacramento for the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy and past-president of the American Society for Public Administration.
Rick Culley has more than 30 years experience as a corporate executive, university professor, and management consultant. In 1990, he established the Institute for Executive Development in Las Vegas, Nevada.
LaVonna B. Lewis is a Teaching Professor and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She joined the University of Southern California faculty in the Fall of 1996.
Dr. Prasad Kaipa works with Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, Sun, Raytheon, and also entrepreneurial companies including Aztec, Mastek, Olixir, and RowentaUSA as a CEO advisor and coach for senior executives.
Laree Kiely, President of The Kiely Group, also served for 15 years as
Martin Shinn is an experienced designer and course author who
Laura Whittcoff is the principal of the Intrinsic Group, serves as the Director of Capacity Development for the Research Data Alliance-US and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at USC. Dr. Wittcoff has over 20 years of experience leading consulting projects and coaching initiatives.
|Lorraine Aguilar||Listening for breakthroughs|
|Pauline Arneberg||Organization development; action research; group process consultation and training|
|William Bellows||Enterprise thinking; resource leadership; and relationship management|
|Tara Blanc||Motivation; public management; public service ethics; organizational behavior; civic engagement|
|Angela Blanchard||Organizational transformation|
|Ralph Bledsoe||Transformation approaches; client-consultant relationships; organizational behavior; leadership demands analysis|
|Catherine Burke||Leadership and management theory; organizational design and systems|
|Mary Campbell||Emotional intelligence; interpersonal effectiveness; organizational behavior; workplace performance|
|Kelly Campbell-Rawlings||Ethics in leadership; intersections between governance, citizens and civil society|
|Thomas Collins||Strategy formation, human enterprise management, and leadership development|
|Terry Cooper||Ethics of leadership and leading responsibly; citizen participation and engagement; administrative ethics|
|Richard Costigan||Policy development and legislative strategy; legislative and government relations|
|Rick Culley||Understanding and improving the effectiveness of leaders; strategic planning; executive coaching|
|Thomas Cummings||Creating empowered work environments; designing high-performing organizations; strategic change efforts|
|Janet Denhardt||Creativity and innovation|
|Richard Dixon||Implementation and politics of budgetary policy making; collaboration and negotiation|
|Eric Douglas||Decision-making and managing decisions; strategic planning; leadership development; change management|
|Jerry Estenson||Leadership of teams; structuring systems, tasks, and responsibilities; building organizational capacity|
|Halee Fischer-Wright||Strength-based leadership; values-based partnerships; entrepreneurial development|
|William Fujioka||Leading and implementing new governance structures; political management|
|Michael Genovese||New leadership approaches|
|Ronald Gilbert||Customer-focused leadership; career development and effectiveness; organizational performance; career development/work preference indicators and assessments|
|Britta Guerrero||Strategic planning; building an organizational mission and vision|
|Emory Hagan||Leadership principles for adversity; decision-making models; action development and execution|
|Billy Hamilton||Reforming public organizations; performance review; tax and fiscal policy; resource allocation|
|Daniel Haverty||Servant leadership; team training and development; program evaluation|
|Roderick Hickman||Leadership as a lifestyle; challenging the process; leading yourself and identifying key leadership foundations|
|Andrew Imada||Human-systems integration; organizational design and change; participatory strategies and macro-ergonomic approaches|
|Jake Jacobs||Strategic change paradigms; organization engagement initiatives; business sustainability|
|Prasad Kaipa||Organizational systems; creativity and innovation|
|Elizabeth Kersten||Conflict, power, and politics; addressing regional and state policy challenges; political management|
|Laree Kiely||Leading through influence; navigating uncertainty; facilitative leadership; organizational effectiveness solutions|
|John King||Core-value driven leadership; leadership conversations and identifying a noble cause; learning models|
|Mary Kirlin||Community and civic engagement; collective decision making|
|Kenneth Kizer||Facilitating sustainability infrastructure development; prioritizing and aligning outcomes with strategy and vision|
|Mark Kroeker||Leadership, language, and models for understanding; developing organizational structure, trust, and growth|
|David Landis||Negotiations; consensus building; leading conflict resolution; mediation, arbitration and collective bargaining fundamentals|
|Charles Lane||Moving an organization forward; leadership challenges in a changing times; social capital; organizational commitment|
|Art Leahy||Power and influence; negotiation; political management; scenario planning|
|David Levy||Leadership from a paradigmatic perspective; motivation, influence, and persuasion; organizational psychology and theory|
|David Logan||Emerging patterns of corporate leadership; organizational transformation; team building; leading change in the workplace|
|Marc Mertz||Action planning; performance management; creating and fostering teamwork|
|Brinton Milward||Building and managing effective social networks; designing communities of collaboration; network leadership|
|Mike Morrison||Leadership consulting: supporting frameworks; management life-cycles and systems theory|
|Steve Moya||Branding, marketing, and communication; governance tools for societal leadership|
|Afsaneh Nahavandi||Cross-cultural leadership; leadership development; organizational behavior|
|Chester Newland||Leadership accountability; facilitative organizational leadership and frameworks; constitutional standards and values|
|James Parco||Information structures and decision-making; perception, inquiry, and organizational power; reflective leadership|
|Michael Parkyn||Creating leaders through a mentoring culture; leadership core values, character and culture|
|Rita Paskowitz||Authentic communication; storytelling|
|Gregory Patton||Developing new leadership perspectives; the behavioral change process; understanding leadership styles; leveraging teams|
|Mark Perez||Culture change; innovation; aligning performance to motivation systems|
|Jane Pisano||Strategy and change; leading in political environments; creating organizational vision and partnerships|
|Christine Porath||Workplace incivility; environmental and contextual analysis; employment life cycle; organizational costs of culture|
|Connie Rice||Systems change; formulating strategic initiatives and fostering sustainable progress|
|Peter Robertson||Empowering self and others; collaborative culture, organizing and governance; organizational commitment|
|Miguel Santana||Adaptive leadership; managing conflict and differences; consensus building and community stewardship|
|Herb Schultz||Stakeholder roles and responsibilities; organizational communication channels; policy versus politics|
|Raymond Smith||Motivation and cultivating your people; capability-based assessment processes|
|Erroll Southers||Leadership in politics and adversity; charismatic leadership and influence processes; power of persuasion|
|Ronald Stupak||Strategic systems based on performance measures, quality improvement, and competitive advantage; leadership integration models|
|David Suarez||Designing, engineering, and managing culture; leading organizational change; power and influence dynamics|
|Melissa Succi-Lopez||Leading and managing high performing teams; characteristics of teams; shaping organizational goals and objectives|