Liz Goldenberg

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

Dr. Liz Goldenberg is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Liz is also a Consultant to the United Nations (UN Women), facilitating development of the Ukraine National Advocacy and Communication Strategy on Gender Equality. She is an expert in the field of Social and Organizational Psychology. While completing her PhD on ‘the effects of emotion-regulation on achievement motivation and goal pursuit’ at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney Australia, Liz also taught several courses in Organizational Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology, and was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education, exploring whether mindfulness-based interventions can enhance imagination, creativity and innovation.

Prior to starting her Doctorate, Liz lived in the United Kingdom, working as a Research Associate in the Cambridge University Well-being Institute, and later as a Policy Advisor in the U.K. Ministry of Health. Throughout the course of her Doctoral candidature, Liz was invited as a Visiting Scholar at both New York University and Heidelberg University in Germany, the latter appointment funded by a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) scholarship. Throughout her career, Liz has also co-founded a number of social enterprises and in her spare time works as a freelance Executive Coach, providing personalized leadership training sessions to a wide range of clients in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

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As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Wagner's Capstone program provides students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.

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Management and Leadership is designed to empower you with the skills you will need to make change in the world; whether you care about bike lanes, criminal justice, prenatal care, community development, urban planning, social investment or something else.   Whatever your passion, you can only have an impact by leading and managing organizational processes.  Organizations are the way work gets coordinated and accomplished so knowing how they work -- and how to work within them – are perhaps the most powerful set of tools you can have.

In this course, you will enhance the technical, interpersonal, conceptual, and political skills needed to run effective and efficient organizations embedded in diverse communities, policy arenas, sectors, and industries.  In class, we will engage in a collective analysis of specific problems that leaders and managers face—first, diagnosing them and then, identifying solutions—to explore how organizations can meet and exceed their performance objectives.  As part of that process, you’ll encounter a variety of practical and essential topics and tools – from goals, structure, strategy and teams to diversity and inclusion, motivation, and negotiation.

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