Advancing Relational Leadership Research and Practice: RCLA Event
NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action will host a book celebration and discussion on "Advancing Relational Leadership Research and Practice" on Monday, February 25, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm.
The event will be a conversation with Mary Uhl-Bien, PhD, Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership Management, University of Nebraska, and Sonia M. Ospina, PhD, Faculty Director of the Research Center for Leadership in Action, NYU Wagner.
The complex webs of relationships and interconnectivity in today’s work environment open up new worlds of possibility for organizational performance and leadership. At the same time, making decisions and taking action are more challenging and outcomes are less predictable.
For organizations to capitalize on these relationships and networks to achieve their missions requires challenging outdated leadership models that focus solely on individual leaders and assume top-down, linear causality, often ignoring context. Advancing theories of leadership that are more relevant to practice requires understanding how people connect and the implications of relational dynamics for leadership research and development. This, in turn, requires a dialogue among scholars and practitioners about the very meaning of relational leadership.
The new book, Advancing Relational Leadership Research: A Conversation across Perspectives, edited by Mary Uhl-Bien and Sonia M. Ospina, documents the beginning of such a conversation among renowned leadership scholars. Incorporating a wide range of disciplines and perspectives (e.g., organizational behavior, communications, sociology, public policy, critical theory, feminist theory, relational theory), the authors address the theoretical, research and practical questions of attempting to develop a relational view of leadership.
At the book celebration, the editors will discuss what they have learned from working with the scholars and participants can continue a lively conversation about the questions, obstacles and the key next steps to advance work on relational leadership. The ultimate goal is to integrate multiple perspectives in developing actionable knowledge on relational leadership that can help address the challenges in today’s work environment.
The event will be held in the Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue at NYU Wagner.
Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion - Jonathan Morduch
Jonathan Morduch, professor of public policy and economics at NYU Wagner, has co-edited a new collection about the world’s vast “unbanked” population. The book, Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion, examines how to realize the goal of extending banking and other financial services to the estimated 2.5 billion people, just over half the adult population globally, who lack them. It. is published by The MIT Press and can be ordered here.
Morduch, a contributor to the volume, is the executive director and co-founder of the Financial Access Initiative, an inter-university research center housed at the Wagner school. The full gamut of essays explore such topics as the complexity of surveying people about their use of financial services; evidence of the impact of financial services on income; and the occasional negative effects of financial services on poor households, including disincentives to work and over-indebtedness. Along with Murdoch, the book's co-editors include Robert Cull and Asli Demirglic-Kunt.
About the Editors:
Robert Cull is a Lead Economist in the Finance and Delivery Private Sector Development Team of the World Bank’s Development Research Group. Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is Director of Development Policy in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency and Chief Economist of the Financial and Private Sector Development Network (FPD).
Asli Demirguc-Kunt is Senior Research Manager, Finance and Private Sector, in the World Bank's Development Economics Research Group. She is the coeditor of Financial Structures and Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Comparison of Banks, Markets, and Development (MIT Press, 2001).
Jonathan J. Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is the coauthor of The Economics of Microfinance (MIT Press) and Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day.
Clinton Global Initiative University Features Students' "UPleaft" Project
NYU Wagner’s Maria Claudia Sarta Herrera, Jessica Troiano and Elizabeth Kelly made a commitment under the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) to create an all-natural beverage company. Their project - UPleaft - will generate income for farmers in Colombia and give consumers a healthier alternative to traditional high-sugar soft drinks. The project will establish partnerships with urban and rural small-holder farmers to create a sustainable income source. The students also hope to mobilize members of the community to train farmers in eco-friendly farming, harvesting and processing techniques, as well as provide them with access to financial services.
Upleaft was one of 16 commitments featured at the Clinton Global Initiative University held at Washington University in St. Louis on April 6. Upwards of 1,000 students representing more than 300 universities and 75 countries were in attendance.
The meeting examined critical topics, such as combating prescription drug abuse among young people, what it takes to launch a business as a young entrepreneur, and how to empower the next generation of girls and women around the world. Students gained further insight into today's pressing global challenges and acquired the skills needed to make progress on their own Commitments to Action.
Before the event was concluded, TV comedian Stephen Colbert “interviewed” former President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and some of the student presenters, including Wagner's own UPleaft creators.
Conference Explores Philanthropy's Potential Impact on Public Policy
Gara LaMarche, a senior fellow at NYU Wagner, was the recent co-sponsor of a highly successful conference at New York University on philanthropy and the new, post-2012 election landscape of policymaking and politics.
Foundation executives, individual donors, and civic leaders came together to examine what philanthropy’s evolving relationship with public policy and government means in the context of the rapidly changing political scene. Participants engaged on such issues as K-12 education, health care reform, and poverty. Among the questions examined were:
- How is America’s polarized political culture changing philanthropy?
- How has the political culture shaped the types of projects we fund, demands on grantees and partnerships with government?
- How successful or challenging have philanthropy’s investments been in the realm of policy change and with government? At the start of this new political cycle, what should we do now (or not do) given the ongoing polarization?
The Feb. 12 event was titled “Money and Power in Post-Election America: Where is Philanthropy?” It was co-hosted by NYU, Duke, and Philanthropy New York.
EMPA Student at NYU Wagner Wins Bammy Award
Kindly take a bow, Takiema Bunche Smith! A student in NYU Wagner’s EMPA program for global policy leaders, she is the winner of a Bammy Award for outstanding achievement in the field of education.
Ms. Smith is among 25 educators and education professionals who received a Bammy Award statuette presented in Los Angeles on Sept. 27 by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Among the presenters and honorees were Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic; former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, president, Alliance for Excellent Education; Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics; and the executive directors of several of the leading national education associations.
The Bammy Awards is a cross-discipline honor that identifies and acknowledges the extraordinary work being done across the entire education field every day. The awards were created to help reverse the negative national narrative that dominates the education field, and in recognition of the collaborative nature of education. The awards are organized by the BAM Radio Network.
Ms. Smith is enrolled in NYU Wagner’s Executive program for Global Public Policy and Management (Global EMPA), a one year, full-time program for experienced leaders that the school runs jointly with University College London.
She is the Vice President of Education and Outreach at Brooklyn Kindergarten Society (BKS), overseeing educational programming and outreach initiatives at five preschools located in low-income neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY. In a variety of venues, she fosters individual and organizational understandings of the connections between high-quality preschool educational experiences and larger education and social policy issues, particularly related to poverty and equity.
She is also involved in various advocacy efforts related to early childhood care and education funding and policy. She has held various jobs throughout her career in education, including classroom teacher, teacher educator, content director for Sesame Street, and director of curriculum and instruction.
Faculty Director Explains NYU Wagner's New Saturday-only Executive MPA in City & State Magazine
NYU Wagner's Executive MPA faculty director, Professor Gordon J. Campbell, explains in City & State magazine why the new Saturday-only schedule is a highly attractive option for busy, mid-career professionals looking to enhance their career and make a difference. Read his article, "Making an Impact."
Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Reflects on Wagner's Global EMPA Program [Video]
Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, in a video interview conducted at University College London, reflects on the importance of NYU Wagner's and UCL's newly-launched Global Executive MPA joint degree program. Straw also discusses the strengths and limitations of global governance and the UN system, and the relationship between policy-making and implementation at the global level.
Former British Prime Minister Discusses Globalization in Special Lecture
The NYU Office of the President welcomed NYU Wagner, Stern, and CAS students to a special lecture with The Right Honourable Gordon Brown MP, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, on September 22 at the Kaufman Management Center at NYU Stern. Mr. Brown led a discussion on developments in globalization.
During his talk, Mr. Brown addressed issues relating to globalization, with a focus on fledgling political movements arrayed against it. He started with the growing tide of secessionist sentiments that have manifested themselves in such countries as Scotland, Belgium, Spain, and Italy. Mr. Brown, who is a native of Scotland, took questions regarding Scotland’s recent vote not to secede from the U.K., and stated that such reactionary responses as xenophobia and protectionism are counterproductive to the pursuit of the global solutions.
Mr. Brown then emphasized the importance of global cooperation; especially in an era when individual governments are not able to tackle today’s global concerns alone. As an example, he pointed to the UN Climate Change Conference of 2009. He argued that this was the kind of multi-lateral summit needed to address global problems, even though several issues emerged, such as reporting and enforcement challenges, that eventually ensured the conference’s unsuccessful outcome.
He also discussed the global economic recession of 2008, noting that many European countries initially believed the financial crisis would only affect the United States. However, as countries throughout Europe began having similar economic collapses, the realization of an inter-connected economy quickly emerged. This led to another global and multi-lateral approach as the G20 was created to address these economic issues. Unfortunately, Mr. Brown pointed out, global cooperation faded later that year and these types of economic calamities were soon labeled as a Greek crisis or an Ireland crisis.
The former prime minister closed by stating that without serious global leadership and multi-lateral cooperation, perennial crises such as child trafficking, global poverty, and global epidemics will continue to endanger our future. He emphasized that it is imperative that we reform our global institutions, inform public opinion on the positives of globalization, and encourage political leaders to focus on important issues through a global, not a national lens. Only then, he said, will we begin to see true positive change for global challenges.
Author: Jayson W. Browder (Global Executive MPA, 2015), is an Air Force and Iraq Veteran and U.S. Fulbright Scholar (Turkey)