AGSM faculty offer leadership advice to undergrads

by Andrew Hickey,

A series of interactive events helps students get ahead in their career preparation.

You don’t have to be a business major to know good leadership skills impact your career. And now, thanks to Atkinson Graduate School of Management, you don’t have to be an MBA student to benefit from a series of expert-led sessions about leadership.

In its 2016 “Global Human Capital Trends” report, consulting giant Deloitte found that nearly 90 percent of corporate leaders see leadership skills and development as “very important” in hiring.

Against that backdrop, faculty members from Willamette University MBA are launching a series of interactive discussions designed for College of Liberal Arts students interested in diving into complex and thought-provoking leadership topics.

The series offers undergrads the chance to connect with expert MBA faculty to explore ideas and trends that will help students develop leadership skills for their impending professional lives.

“The Willamette University MBA Leadership Series Spring 2017” comprises four sessions over four months, all starting at 7 p.m. in the Hatfield Room in the Hatfield Library.

Tim Johnson

First up on Jan. 24 is Tim Johnson, associate professor of public management and public policy, with an interactive discussion on “Do Good Leaders ‘Nudge’?: Assessing the Ethics of Behavioral Nudges.” A dynamic speaker and renowned expert in public management and policy, Johnson was recently named the third Grace and Elmer Goudy Professor of Public Management and Policy Analysis, as well as director of the Willamette University’s Center for Governance and Public Policy (a post he will assume in June 2017).

The other speakers are:

Ashley Nixon, associate professor of human resources and organization behavior, who will discuss “Resilience and Resonance in Leadership,” Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Kawika Pierson, assistant professor of accounting and quantitative methods, who will present “Thinking in Systems: How Leaders Avoid Poor Decisions,” Tuesday, March 21.

Jameson Watts, assistant professor of marketing, on “Getting Paid for Being Cool and Showing Off: Opinion Leadership,” Wednesday, April 19.

This leadership series is supported by the Willamette University BA/MBA program – a dual degree format that allows undergrads to earn their BA and MBA in just five years.

Preceding the Leadership Series, Willamette University MBA will host a BA/MBA Info Session from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of the Putnam University Center. You’ll be able to network with current MBA and BA/MBA students and learn more about the program from those who know it best.

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AGSM leadership lecture series
Ashley Nixon

Ashley Nixon

Kawika Pierson

Kawika Pierson

Jameson Watts

Jameson Watts

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