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Joe Cari has been appointed Chair of the ILS Board
Joseph Cari serves as Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Mr. Cari is well-known not only as a philanthropist, but for his extensive career in the business world, expertise in public service, involvement in politics and U.S. Presidential campaigns, and his dedication to education. He earned a B.A. (cum laude) and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, he completed a fellowship at the J.F.K. School of Government at Harvard University.
Aside from his position on the advisory board of the Institute for Leadership Studies, Mr. Cari currently serves as Chairman and CEO of International Capital and Trade Global, a merchant bank with offices worldwide. He also serves as chairman of Castellini Partners, a family investment firm. Mr. Cari was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, where he remains on the advisory board today. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and his work on foreign policy issues has been featured in several major U.S. and international publications.
Janie Steckenrider has been appointed Associate Director of the Institute
Janie Steckenrider is Associate Professor of Political Science at LMU and focuses on the areas of gender politics and political gerontology. Her book Women as Political Leaders with Michael Genovese is forthcoming in March 2013. She is the co-author of New Directions in Old Age Policies (Suny Press) where she highlighted aging as a female phenomenon. Her work has been published in Journal of Women and Politics, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Southwest Journal of Aging and Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Steckenrider received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and has an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
The Institute for Leadership Studies teaches our students about leadership as we prepare them for responsible leadership. We transform students' lives, and challenge them to convert potential into achievement. At a critical juncture, we set students in the right direction by giving them opportunities to achieve personal as well as academic excellence, to become more effective and caring leaders, to more creatively devote themselves to service and civic engagement, to develop character and critical thinking skills, and to become more fully engaged global citizens. We help our students lead examined and full lives in their service to others.
Education about leadership takes place essentially in the classroom where we provide an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural examination of the theories and concepts of leadership and followership. Education for leadership involves hands-on experimental learning, which gives students the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in a real-world setting through internships, mentoring relationships, and other services. We attempt to give students the tools that will empower them to serve their communities with skill and compassion.