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A Study of Alumni of the 'Leveraging Leadership for a Lifetime' Leadership Development Course

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Designing and Evaluating Engineering Leadership Programs

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Engineering Leadership Development

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23

DOI

10.18260/1-2--36613

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https://peer.asee.org/36613

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Ronald J. Bennett F.ABET University of St. Thomas

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Dr. Ronald J. Bennett, the Founding Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas, started teaching in the Engineering Graduate Program in 1987. He was active in buiding the engineering program, and in 1993 was named the Thwaits/3M Chair. During Bennett’s tenure at UST, he began several new degree programs, increased enrollments, introduced and developed the STEPs summer camp for girls and created the School of Engineering. Bennett holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering and PhD in metallurgy from the University of Minnesota; and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining the University of St. Thomas, Bennett held executive positions in industry for more than 20 years, working at BMC Industries, CPI (now Boston Scientific) and Teltech as well as in several entrepreneurial organizations. Bennett served as Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (MnCEME). His current focus is on webinars and workshops on leadership for engineers in industry and academia. Bennett has a variety of academic publications, and is co-author with Elaine Millam of the 2012 McGraw-Hill book “Leadership for Engineers: The Magic of Mindset.” He has been active in SME's Manufacturing Education & Research Community and its Accreditation Committee. Bennett has served as an ABET Engineering Accreditation commissioner and has been leader of SME’s Center for Education. Bennett is one of the founders of the Engineering Leadership Development Division and past Chair.

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Eugene Joseph Audette University of St. Thomas

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Currently, Professor and Associate Dean, Emeritus, School of Education, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota; and a licensed consulting psychologist in limited private practice with emphases in organizational and individual career development, and adult learning, training design, and evaluation. In addition to 33 years teaching at the graduate level and serving as associate dean of the School of Education at two different times, founded and managed the university's Career & Personal Counseling Center and related services, codesigned master's degrees in Human Resource Development, and
Learning Technology, and a doctorate in Organization Development. In addition, served as a career development consultant to several regional engineering firms, to American Express Corp, the State of Minnesota Department of Economic Security, the U.S. Department of Labor, and USAID.

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Elaine R. Millam WorkWise Coaching & Consulting

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Dr. Elaine R. Millam, is an executive coach and educator specializing in leadership development, organizational effectiveness and character-based practices for leaders and teams. Her work focuses on helping clients (businesses and individuals) achieve positive, long-term change in leadership behavior as well as plans for realizing their future vision. She earned her PhD in Organizational Leadership at the University of St. Thomas, has two Master’s degrees in Industrial Relations and Educational Psychology from the University of Minn. Beyond her degrees, she has certifications in multiple leadership assessment tools.

Elaine has over 20 years of experience as an executive in Human Resources and Organizational Development, working in a Fortune 50 organization. She is a published author on facilitation, performance management and change leadership. She has served in multiple organizations including The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, the University of St. Thomas and Argosy University where she taught leadership development, strategic change and team effectiveness. She co-authored with Dr. Ron Bennett the 2012 McGraw-Hill book, “Leadership for Engineers: The Magic of Mindset.”

She launched her own business Work-Wise Coaching & Consulting in 2000, serving individual leaders, teams and organization to increase their capacity to make significant contributions that are sustainable over the long-term future. She has worked in partnership with many other organizations and created two non-profit organizations, Graceful Passages, Inc. and Soul Source Foundation, both of which serve people working to improve their leadership capacities. Presently, she continues to be active in leadership work with many different organizations—both public and non-profit. Her work as a coach is focused on helping leaders realize their visions, whether personal or organizational. She believes in people and reaches out to many in various countries as well as organizations.

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Alanna K. Moravetz JD Alanna Consulting LLC

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Alanna K Moravetz JD
Alanna Consulting LLC
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amoravetz@comcast.net

Alanna Moravetz, JD, is a senior leadership consultant and executive coach who has worked in human and organizational development for over 35 years as an educator, consultant, and coach. She designs and delivers experiential leadership development programs based on cutting-edge work in leadership. She assists individuals, work teams and organizations to manage change and maximize effectiveness. In addition to her work with engineers, Alanna works with lawyers, judges, professional associations and court systems throughout the United States.

Alanna is a Certified Executive Coach from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara and brings a broad range of experience to her leadership development work. For nearly fourteen years she served as Director of Education and Organizational Development for the Minnesota Supreme Court. In addition, Alanna has served as the Director of Career and Professional Development at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in St. Paul.

Presently, Alanna owns her own consulting and coaching firm and has taught leadership courses at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Engineering and Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Previously, Alanna was affiliated with the Center for Character-based Leadership in Minneapolis where she worked with accounting firms across the United States.

Alanna received her B.A. magna cum laude in English and French from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN. Alanna is a Certified Facilitator for Immunity to Change Workshop (Harvard University) as well as a Certified Practitioner, EQ in Action Profile (Learning in Action Technologies, Inc.).

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Sheryl Niebuhr University of St. Thomas and Sheryl Niebuhr Consulting LLC

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Dr. Niebuhr is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Engineering, University of St. Thomas and a psychologist emeritus with over 30 years experience consulting and coaching leaders.

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Abstract

Over the past two decades there has been abundant discussion, research and subsequent publication about the need for leadership skill development both for newly minted and seasoned engineers. The calls have come from both engineering practice and academic communities, and the expectations have been codified by ABET for engineering academic preparatory programs. But there is a dearth of information about whether, and how, this education has been of value to the graduates and their organizations. This study documents the results of a survey of graduates of several post-graduate engineering degree programs offered at a Midwest university offering ABET- accredited programs regarding the development, deployment and personal outcomes of a leadership program for engineers, how the graduates have used this learning, and the perceived long-term career and personal value of that leadership education experience. This study that surveyed alumni from 13 years of the course’s history identifies long-term benefits of their learning and aspects of the curriculum they perceived as most valuable. The paper also describes how the leadership course has evolved in response to changing student demographics and a continuous improvement process. Initially, three one-credit courses (LLL series) were strategically spread throughout the degree cycle which evolved to a single three-credit course. The paper also discusses the pros and cons of this evolution that was shaped by the graduates’ comments in the survey. Alumni of the LLL series as well as the students in the three-credit course identified the most valued course components as the assessments, peer and instructor feedback, and structured small group discussions. These positive impressions of benefit and value appear to be stable and enduring, as evidenced in the findings discussed in this paper from the course alumni years later in their career. The longevity of learning and course impact are often an unknown in academia. The findings of this study suggest that leadership development can be meaningfully facilitated among engineering and technology graduate students through a graduate program course, setting the trajectory for subsequent growth and enduring benefit. The results also suggest which aspects of leadership development would be most important in programs for undergraduate engineering students.

Bennett, R. J., & Audette, E. J., & Millam, E. R., & Moravetz, A. K., & Niebuhr, S. (2021, July), A Study of Alumni of the 'Leveraging Leadership for a Lifetime' Leadership Development Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36613

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