National African-American Women's Leadership Institute: Class of 2018

Leadership is a significant differentiator and a critical success factor for today’s organizations. The executive leader of today must understand not only how to provide a quality service or product, but also how to build and lead an effective organization, think strategically, and collaborate internally and externally to drive change and achieve results in a complex environment. TCU Neeley Executive Education, in partnership with The National African American Women’s Leadership Institute presents a leadership educational experience unlike any other program.

This program delivers an innovative and experiential opportunity that develops executive leaders’ capabilities for leadership, creating highly effective teams & organizations, business insight, financial acumen, process improvement, strategic thinking, and leading change that allows practical applications and collaboration among all Fellows in an environment that fosters their individual growth.  Part of NAAWLI's success is its ability to support and appreciate diversity, not only in the delivery of content, but also in the breadth of the community it serves which provides a venue for African—American women to embark on a journey that transforms and enhances their lives both personally and professionally.

The sessions are held over a three week time frame–one week in March, June and September. Each of the sessions are held in Dallas, Texas:
March 18-21, 2018
June 17-20, 2018
September 16-19, 2018
Cost: $6,500* for attendees and $5,000 for non-profits

Program Design & Makeup

NAAWLI will select a cohort of Fellows from across various industries, as well as create a network of leaders who collaborate to achieve results, drive change and meaningfully contribute to their organization’s long-term success. TCU will provide a culturally diverse faculty to administer multiple days of custom designed curriculum.

Who Should Apply?

African American women who are in middle management positions in corporations, nonprofit organizations and entrepreneurs looking to hone their leadership skills. Participants are selected to create a diverse group of accomplished business professionals from a wide variety of industries, disciplines, and managerial backgrounds.

    Program Criteria:
  • Application submitted by mid-January annually
  • Corporate sponsor statement
  • Group Attendance

What You Will Learn

  • Adaptive leadership including real life leadership approaches and practical tools you can put into practice immediately.
  • Understanding design thinking and its role in business innovation.
  • Using human centric design principles to transform your customer experience.
  • Identifying and defining the customer experience for your organization.
  • Strategic thinking and strategic leadership that focuses on an approach that allows leaders to clearly frame organizational issues and the associated objectives, obstacles and stakeholders.
  • Techniques to use strategic marketing and personal branding.
  • Financial acumen such as key concepts and practical insights into how financial information is used for decision making.
  • Compromise and negotiations through a 5-step negotiations model aimed at effectively settling disagreements while strengthening long-term relationships.

How You Will Benefit

  • Broaden your understanding of the expectations for leaders, including the crucial role they play in supporting an ongoing cultural shift, demonstrating organizational values, & leading strategic initiatives within their professions.
  • Improve your ability to lead teams, engage & motivate people, challenge the status quo, and lead change in complex environments through insight and heightened self-awareness alongside expert faculty.
  • Enhance your understanding of the evolution and complexity in organizational budgets, as well as your business acumen around the strategic and financial elements of their organizations.
  • Choose from multiple opportunities to practice key skills & behaviors through project teams as well as on-the- job practice and application assignments.


  • Leadership (Adaptive Leadership & Leading in Complexity)
  • Executive Presence
  • Strategy (Strategy, Business Acumen, & Strategic Thinking)
  • Leading for Collaboration (Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Executive Team Effectiveness in Complex, Changing & Ambiguous Environments)
  • Negotiations
  • Strategic Branding
  • Motivating Others
  • Design Thinking
  • Leading Difficult Conversations for Better Outcomes
  • Financial Acumen (Financial Acumen/Using Financial Data in Business Decision-Making)
  • Additional topics could include: Data Analytics for Leaders, Making a Business Case, Critical Thinking, & Entrepreneurship
Session I – Discovery Leadership
Sunday, March 18, 2018  3:30 pm – 6:00 pm Welcome/Opening Reception
Monday, March 19, 2018  8:30 am – 12:30 pm Gender and Race in the Workplace
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Executive Presence
Tuesday, March 20, 2018  8:30 am – 12:30 pm  Community Service Project (CSP) Overview 
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Team Building with Taste
Wednesday, March 21, 2018  8:30 am – 12:30 pm Motivating Others
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Building and Motivating Successful Teams
Session II – Building Leadership Capacity
Monday, June 18, 2018  8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Leading Difficult Conversations for Better Outcomes 
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Collaboration, Compromise & Negotiations
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm After Hours Event 
Tuesday, June 19, 2018  8:30 am – 12:30 pm Networks & Influence
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Design Thinking for Process Improvement
Wednesday, June 20, 2018  9:00 am – 12:00 pm  Business Etiquette for Today 
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Group community Service Project
Session III – Integrate Learning & Commit to Action
Sunday, September 16, 2018 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm After Hours Event
Monday, September 17, 2018  8:30 am – 12:30 pm  Strategic Thinking and Strategic Leadership
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Strategic Branding
Tuesday, September 18, 2018  8:30 am – 12:00 pm  Financial Acumen for Executive Leaders 
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Leading Change in Organizations
Wednesday, September 19, 2018  9:00 am – 12:00 pm  CSP Presentation
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Recognition/Closing Reception

Faculty Leaders

Ashleight Rosette
Adaptive Leadership

Ashleigh Shelby Rosette, PhD is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations and a Center of Leadership and Ethics scholar at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She is also a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences and a member of the Duke Corporate Education Global Learning Resource Network.

Rosette studies diversity and negotiations in organizational settings. In her primary area of research, she explores social and contextual factors that influence diversity-related perceptions. The three streams of her diversity research include: (1) recognition and inference-based processes of leadership, (2) leader behavior and role congruence, and (3) perceptions of social inequity. In her secondary area of research, negotiations, she examines various strategies that individuals employ to improve the negotiation process and negotiated outcome. Her research has been published or is forthcoming in academic journals and books, such as Academy of Management Journal; Organization Science; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes;Journal of Applied Psychology; Psychological Science; Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology; Research on Managing Groups and Teams; Group Decision & Negotiation and the Duke Journal of Gender and Public Policy. She also serves on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal.

Rita Bailey
Leading Difficult Conversations for Better Outcomes

Rita Bailey, Founder/CEO of Up To Something and in the business of helping individuals and organizations unleash their untapped talent potential.  She has presented and consulted with global companies worldwide, challenging leaders to break through their stagnant quo thinking and behaviors to create people centric workplace environments that foster transformational change. Rita served in several leadership positions at Southwest Airlines, including CLO of their University for People where she directed personal and professional development for 36,000 Employees. At Up To Something, she provides strategic, innovative solutions and resources to help entrepreneurs and organizations create employee and customer experiences that set them apart from competitors

Olga Taylor, PhD
Executive Presence

Olga Taylor, a former Food Chemist and Production Superintendent, has worked as an organization development consultant for more than 20 years. In her previous career, she was responsible for productivity initiatives at 14 manufacturing plants including implementation of leadership development programs at Frito-Lay. Olga Taylor has a proven track-record in change management, executive coaching, leadership development, team effectiveness and global diversity/intercultural competence across industries (telecommunications, information technology, energy and manufacturing). In the public sector, she serves higher education institutions, municipalities and the State of Texas. Two signature programs, Global Intercultural Competence@Work and Effective Presentations, exemplify Olga’s approach to training-pragmatic, real-world application, enjoyable. Both products are customizable for direct application to real world situations and receive high marks as transformative from attendees. She is certified to facilitate 30+ courses for Leaders and Individual Contributors. Beyond leadership development, Olga holds two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission certifications: EEO Investigator and EEO Barrier Analysis. Moreover, she is also certified as a Creative Problem Solving Facilitator and in Intercultural Sensitivity Assessment. Well qualified to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research, Taylor holds graduate degrees in Intercultural Relations and Applied Sociology. Her PhD was earned at the University of Texas at Dallas in Public Policy and Political Economy. An Adjunct Instructor at Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business, Olga Taylor earned a Teaching Excellence Award and receives ongoing high marks as instructor.

Suzanne Carter, PhD
Strategic Thinking and Strategy

Professor Carter is the Executive Director of TCU’s Executive MBA program. Currently on faculty at TCU’s Neeley School of Business as Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Strategy within the Management, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Department, she also teaches and conducts research in the area of strategic leadership and corporate reputation. She received her MBA and PhD in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana. She has previously served on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as an assistant professor and as an assistant instructor at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Carter teaches strategy courses at the EMBA, MBA and undergraduate levels. She has consulted with several non-profit organizations regarding strategic direction and taught courses on strategy and innovative social enterprise strategies. She has also been faculty on global study abroad courses in China, South Africa and South America. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in such business publications as the Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Journal of Business Ethics and Corporate Reputation Review. She serves on the editorial board of Corporate Reputation Review.

Janice Cobb
Financial Acumen for Executives

Janice Cobb has been teaching at Texas Christian University since 1997. She teaches a broad range of classes related to financial accounting and managerial accounting to sophomores through MBA students. Prior to coming to TCU, Janice managed cost reimbursable contracts at Lockheed Corporation, served as compliance officer and controller for a fast growing hedge fund, worked as an auditor for a large public accounting firm, and served in the positions of corporate controller of a public company and chief financial officer of a privately held distribution company. She earned an undergraduate degree in management (1984) and graduate degree in business administration (1986), both from TCU, and is currently working on a doctorate of higher education leadership at TCU. Janice was awarded the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Outstanding Educator Award in 2007 and has received several teaching awards while at TCU.

Stacy Landreth Grau, PhD
Strategic Branding, Design Thinking for Process Improvement

Dr. Grau is a professor of marketing practice at TCU. She teaches marketing communication, digital marketing and customer insights as well as design thinking and creative problem solving. Her research areas include gender and source effects in communication and advertising, cause-related marketing and CSR initiatives and social media strategies. She also consults with several organizations with an emphasis on social enterprises and nonprofit organizations.

Rita Kosnik
Collaboration, Compromise & Negotiations

Rita Kosnik is a Professor of Management & Negotiations at Trinity University in San Antonio, and a Visiting Professor of Negotiations in the Neeley Executive MBA Program at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth. She holds a Ph.D. in Strategy and Organization Behavior from Northwestern University. She also is a mediator within the state of Texas.

Professor Kosnik has been training and consulting in the area of dispute resolution and negotiations for over twenty – five years. She has taught graduate and executive courses on negotiations at TCU, Trinity University, Notre Dame University, and Northwestern University. She also is a very active corporate trainer and consultant on negotiations and dispute resolution, contract negotiations, customer relations and procurement. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups and not-for-profit organizations. She has received numerous teaching awards, including seven “Professor of the Year” Awards at the Neeley Executive MBA program at TCU.

Jim Roach
Motivating and Engaging Others

Jim Roach is the Executive Director of TCU Neeley Executive Education at the Tandy Center. In collaboration with TCU's exceptional faculty and staff, he is responsible for overall strategic direction of the Tandy Center, developing innovative executive development programs and services, and building educational partnerships and relationships with businesses and alumni.

Jim has over 25 years’ experience in corporate human resources and learning and development helping organizations build leadership capabilities, enhance organizational effectiveness, and deliver improved business results. Prior to joining TCU, he led the human resources function for L-3 Link Simulation & Training. He also helped design and implement L-3's innovative Executive Leadership Development Program which blends executive education, coaching, assessment, networking and other learning tools in a unique and impactful program.

Tracy Rockett, PhD
Building and Motivating Successful Teams

Tracey Rockett is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Texas Christian University. She teaches Organizational Management, Power & Politics, Principles of Negotiations and Strategic Human Resource Management. She was awarded the Core Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2013. Currently she also serves as the Neeley Honors Faculty Associate Director and the TCU Koehler Center Distance Education Fellow. In her role as Neeley Honors Faculty Associate Director she is responsible for directing the Neeley Fellows (NF) mentoring program, implementing the FROG critical thinking model into NF courses, and chairing the NF Academic Leadership Committee. As a Koehler Fellow she is an ambassador for distance education at the university, engaging in various activities such as conducting workshops, writing articles on the subject for the Insights magazine, and serving on the learning management system committee.

She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in International Management Studies from UT Dallas. She has earned multiple awards for her outstanding teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as for teaching online. Her current research focuses on relationship building, familiarity in groups, and the effects of conflict on team processes and performance. She is frequently invited to present and conduct workshops for various businesses and community groups on topics such as power and influence, culture, communication, and gender in the workplace. Some recent organizations she has developed workshops and/or presentations for include Energy Future Holdings, BDO, and SER National.

Abbie Shipp, PhD
Networks and Influence in Organizations, Leading Change in Organizations

Dr. Shipp is an Associate Professor of Management at Texas Christian University. Her research focuses on the psychological experience of time at work including: how the trajectory of work experiences over time (e.g., person-environment fit, satisfaction, burnout) affects attitudes and behaviors, how individuals react to change, how time is spent on work tasks, and how individuals think about the past/present/future. Dr. Shipp has published widely in premier academic journals and she sits on the editorial board of several of these journals. In addition, she has co-edited a two-volume book entitled, Time and Work. She is a board member of the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior division as well as a board member for ZOE, a North Carolina based non-profit. At TCU, Dr. Shipp teaches classes on employee engagement and leadership and currently leads a critical thinking initiative for Neeley faculty and students. Prior to joining TCU, Dr. Shipp taught at Texas A&M University, the University of North Carolina, and Oklahoma State University, and she worked for The Boeing Company and TV Guide. Dr. Shipp also consulted with firms such as Ernst & Young, Marriott International, Halliburton, Texas Transportation Institute, and AT&T on issues such as employee engagement and retention, person-environment fit, employee relations, organizational change, and survey design.

Mary Uhl-Bien, PhD
Adaptive Leadership

Mary Uhl-Bien is the BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. Prior to that she was the Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership at the University of Nebraska. She has also been a Visiting Scholar in Australia, Sweden, Spain and Portugal. 

Professor Uhl-Bien’s research focuses on complexity leadership, relational leadership, and followership, and has appeared in premier management and leadership journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and The Leadership Quarterly. She has published over 50 articles and manuscripts, 5 books, and a textbook on Organizational Behavior (John Wiley & Sons). Her research has been funded with grants from organizations such as Booz Allen Hamilton, and she has conducted research in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Disney, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stryker, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her papers on complexity leadership theory and followership theory were recognized with Best Paper Awards. She is senior editor of the Leadership Horizons series for Information Age Publishing, and is currently on or has served on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and The Leadership Quarterly. Mary is a founder of the Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS) in the Academy of Management, and was elected to be Division Chair of the OB Division, the largest division in the Academy of Management.

The Partnership: NAAWLI & TCU

TCU Neeley Executive Education and the National African American Women’s Leadership Institute have partnered to develop and deliver an exceptional annual leadership program. Through this collaboration, these organizations seek to engage both supporters and sponsors of NAAWLI as well as the TCU community and alumni. The goal of the Leadership Institute is to hone and elevate the leadership skills of African American women as they shape the futures of corporations, nonprofit organizations, and entrepreneurial ventures by providing a core set of curriculum around thought leadership, financial acumen, strategic thinking and diversity.

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