Associate Director for the Centennial Center for Leadership (CCL) Amy Forbes was recently appointed to the executive council of the International Leadership Association (ILA), the largest international and interdisciplinary membership organization devoted solely to the study and development of leadership. Forbes will serve on the eight-member executive council for the Leadership Education Member Interest Group (MIG).
“It’s been a goal of mine to represent HWS in the leadership education field,” says Forbes. “We are unique compared to others because of the liberal arts nexus we operate within. As a professional development opportunity, I expect to gain a lot from international colleagues who are committed to advancing the study of leadership and leadership development.”
The Leadership Education MIG – the largest interest group in the ILA – is a community for educators, professors and teachers leading curricular programs at primary, secondary and higher education institutions. The members create opportunities to share curricula, pedagogies, programs and research about teaching and learning.
A member of the ILA for the past four years, CCL and its staff members have been active in the association. CCL’s staff members have attended conferences each year, presenting on topics such as social justice, authentic leadership, entrepreneurial leadership, global leadership and CCL’s leadership model.
“I’m excited to broaden the reach of our center, particularly if it will serve as a connection to the quality work that the staff does at the Centennial Center for Leadership,” Forbes says. “I’m fortunate to have the teaching, research and program development opportunities that I have had at HWS.”
Forbes joined HWS in 2011. As associate director, she teaches courses, advises students, develops content and builds programming. She holds a doctorate in education with a focus in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont. Currently, she teaches Foundations of Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Entrepreneurial Studies minor and coordinates entrepreneurial leadership programming, like The Pitch and the HWS IdeaLab, at the CCL.
She has presented on numerous topics including authentic leadership, ethical decision-making, group dynamics, organizational change, educational leadership and innovation. Her areas of interest are leadership studies, leadership development, college student leadership, higher education, organizational development, and change theory.