Visiting Scholars

Leith Sharp, 2016-2017 Beideman Visiting Scholar

Leith Sharp is the Director of Executive Education for Sustainability with Harvard University's Center for Health and Global Environment. Sharp has spent more than 20 years making sustainability a core focus in the business of higher education, after establishing one of the world's first campus sustainability programs in 1995 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. Sharp has also served as founding executive director for the Illinois Green Economy Network, founding chair of the Sustainability Futures Leadership Academy, and sustainability consultant for more than 100 universities and organizations. Read her full bio.


CYNTHIA FIGUEROACynthia Figueroa, 2015-2016 Beideman Visiting Scholar

Cynthia Figueroa began her tenure as president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos in January 2011, where she worked until August 2016. Figueroa has since joined Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration as commissioner for the Department of Human Services (DHS), where she served as deputy commissioner before coming on to Congreso. For six years prior to joining DHS, Figueroa served as the executive director of Women Against Abuse, the largest domestic violence agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Figueroa has a bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Read her full bio.


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Dr. Sean Hannah, 2014-15 Beideman Visiting Scholar

Sean T. Hannah is currently the Tylee Wilson chair of business ethics and professor of management at Wake Forest University. He is an experienced practicing senior leader and a scholar whose theoretical and empirical work is published in the top journals in the management field. Recently retired from the U.S. Army, Dr. Hannah focuses on the study of character-based leader development, exemplary leadership and its positive effects, behavioral ethics, and the building of high-performing teams.Read his bio.


susan komivesDr. Susan Komives, 2013-14 Beideman Visiting Scholar

Susan R. Komives is professor emerita in the student affairs program at the University of Maryland where she taught until 2012. She is a former past president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and a former president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). 

She served as vice president of two colleges and is the author of a dozen books or monographs including Student Services, Exploring Leadership, Leadership for A Better World, and the Handbook for Student Leadership DevelopmentRead her bio.


Mary Gentile imageDr. Mary Gentile, 2012-13 inaugural Beideman Visiting Scholar

Mary Gentile is recognized internationally for her approach to values-based leadership, having taught the first required module on ethical decision-making at the Harvard Business School, where she was a member of the faculty for 10 years. She is currently director of Giving Voice to Values, a curriculum that is now being used in well over 140 institutions on six continents (including MIT, INSEAD, Columbia, and the Harvard Business School). Mary's research and approach to ethical decision-making has been featured in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, CFO Magazine and the Harvard Business Review. She developed the Giving Voice to Values approach in collaboration with The Aspen Institute and the Yale School of Management. The program is now housed and supported by Babson College, where Mary serves as a senior research scholar. In 2010, Yale University Press published her book Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right.