UPA 2012 is just 3 months away, and we’re getting very excited here about what is looking like another great UPA conference. It’s that exciting time right now where we confirm and announce the invited speakers to compliment the extensive program of presentation, panels, workshops, tutorials and interactive sessions we’ve carefully reviewed and selected through our submissions process.
This year we were particularly strict with our submissions process to make sure all the sessions will be of the highest possible quality and to leave a number of slots open for us to cherry pick a selection of invited speakers to fit the conference theme and the hot topics we’ve heard you want to hear about at UPA.
One message we’ve heard from you is that you want more speakers from outside the UX community, to share their expertise and a different way of thinking about similar issues. This is particularly relevant to this year’s theme of Leadership, where we seek to explore ways in which we can move from participants in the design team to leading the process and delivering the outcome we believe is the right one.
Well, we’ve done exactly that with this year’s opening speaker and brought in someone who is a truly leading figure and authority in the field of Leadership studies:
Opening Speaker - Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology
Title of talk: Myths and Truths About Leadership and Developing Your Personal Leadership
This talk will begin with a discussion of common questions asked about leadership:
- Are leaders born or made?
- Is leadership different than management?
We will explore the research-based answers to these questions, and realize that we do indeed know what makes leaders effective. Using the very popular model of transformational leadership, we will uncover the secrets of highly successful leaders, and discuss the implications for our own roles as leaders (and exemplary followers) in our organizations. We will explore how to use this model to leverage our personal strengths as leaders, and how to develop our personal leadership and leadership potential.
About Professor Riggio
Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Riggio is the author or editor of over a dozen books, and 100 book chapters and research articles in the areas of leadership, assessment centers, organizational psychology and emotional and nonverbal communication. His books include The Art of Followership, The Practice of Leadership, Jossey-Bass, 2008, 2007), Transformational Leadership (2nd ed.), co-authored with Bernard M. Bass (Erlbaum, 2006), Leadership and the Liberal Arts (2009; co-edited with J. Thomas Wren and Michael Genovese), and Leadership Studies: The Dialogue of Disciplines (2012; co-edited with Michael Harvey).
He has served as an organizational consultant to dozens of businesses and nonprofit organizations in the areas of selection, organizational development, and leadership assessment and development.
Most recently, Professor Riggio guest edited a special issue of The Leadership Quarterly on “Longitudinal Studies of Leadership Development,” co-edited a special issue of Consulting Psychology Journal on “Character and Leadership,” and a forthcoming special issue of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations on Leadership. He is the leadership blogger for Psychology Today magazine, which can be accessed at: http://blogs.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership