Simone Morris is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Simone Morris is CEO of Simone Morris Enterprises LLC, a certified minority and women-owned business enterprise providing leadership solutions. She is an award-winning diversity and inclusion leader, consultant, and speaker committed to developing more women leaders and creating authentic, inclusive cultures in organizations. The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business recently dubbed her the 2020 Bronze WinnerforFemale Solo Entrepreneur of the Year.
Ms. Morris spent twenty-three years in Corporate America with retail, consumer products, financial, pharmaceutical, and information technology industries. She holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut and is a certified Coach and Project Management Professional. Her technology background has served her well, embedding strong project management acumen to educate and create transformational results for her clients.
Ms. Morris has written for Entrepreneur, Forbes, The Good Men Project, Medium, American Management Association Playbook, Thrive Global, Profiles in Diversity Journal, Glassdoor, Leadercast, SmartRecruiters, Social Hire, and Diversity Best Practices. She is also the author of 52 Tips for Owning Your Career: Practical Advice for Career Success, The Power of Owning Your Career: Winning Strategies, Tools, and Tips for Creating Your Desired Career, and Achievement Unlocked: Strategies to Set Goals and Manifest Them. She is a featured contributor for A Collective Breath, Own the Microphone, and Redesign Your 9 to 5.
Management and Leadership is designed to empower you with the skills you will need to make meaningful 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 have an impact by leading and managing. 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 will encounter a variety of practical and essential topics and tools, including mission, strategy, goals, structure, teams, diversity and inclusion, motivation, and negotiation.
Restricted to students in the Executive MPA Program.
This course is designed to create an “action learning” community in which students will integrate their professional experiences, and other graduate course work, with a final exploration of leadership concepts, theory and applied practice.
The course is designed to strengthen students’ abilities to lead, as a colleague who can support leadership behavior in peers, and as one who can promote leadership behavior in supervisors and subordinates. Specifically, as a result of their work in this course, students are expected to become:
• conversant with a broad survey of theoretical concepts and assumptions about leadership and leadership behavior;
• better navigators of the internal and external factors influencing successful leading;
• demonstrably more expert in using a variety of skills such as appreciative inquiry, positive deviance, narrative inquiry and action research, to frame and describe personal leadership challenges as a step towards increasing successful leading;
• deft in consulting with others, and receiving and providing constructive feedback; and,
• more insightful about personal leadership competencies, paradoxes and challenges. Growing out of this increased awareness, students will develop an action plan for continued development of personal leadership capabilities.
This course has been carefully designed to provide you with an opportunity to synthesize and apply leadership theory. This is an academic seminar with a significant component of experiential learning.