Center for Leadership Development
The Center for Leadership Development provides quality training and experiential programming in leadership development for MBA students. It promotes leadership development as a process of self-awareness, personal growth, and relationship and skill-building.
Crummer Ranked #1 in Leadership Development Four Years in a Row
Crummer has been ranked #1 master’s program in the U.S. for leadership and organizational development for the past 4 years. This is due largely to the work of the Center for Leadership Development. The recognition is part of HR.com’s prestigious Leadership Excellence Awards, which honors the world’s top leadership programs. The Center has also earned the Graduate Admissions Council Management TeamMBA Award for its commitment to promoting and supporting community engagement of students through student-and school-led programs, services, institutional culture, and community outreach.
Congratulations 2020 Leadership Students
Congratulations to all of our leadership students who have earned leadership awards, certificates, and recognition! We are so proud of you.
During the virtual banquet, Matthew Díaz was named the first Professional MBA student to win Crummer’s highest leadership recognition, the Truist (formerly SunTrust) Distinguished Leader of Merit. Click here to learn more about Matthew and his leadership journey.
Thank you, Truist who has made many of our student leadership programs possible. And, thank you to all of our leadership coaches and mentors.
MBA Leadership Programs
The Center for Leadership Development offers several unique competitive programs designed for Early Advantage and Professional MBA students who choose to engage in additional developmental experiences. These experiential opportunities expose students to practical situations in which they add value to an organization while applying the technical and leadership skills learned in the MBA program.
Truist Distinguished Leader of Merit
The Truist Distinguished Leader of Merit recognizes the Early Advantage MBA or Professional MBA student who best exemplifies the qualities of ethical, responsible, and thoughtful leadership, and who has applied these at Crummer and in the community. Two finalists and the Truist Distinguished Leaders of Merit receive an award at the Center for Leadership Development’s Annual Leadership Awards Banquet. This program is supported through the generosity of the Truist Foundation.
Certificate in Leadership
In Year 2 of the Leadership Recognition Awards program, students may choose to fulfill the requirements to receive a Certificate in Leadership. The cornerstone of the Certificate in Leadership Program is an experiential leadership project that requires students to work with and through others over whom they have no responsibility or authority, and to work with a mentor from the sponsoring for-profit or not for profit organization, for which this project is a value added. The final requirement of the project is a presentation to a Review Panel, which includes the mentor/supervisor, Leadership Center staff, and Crummer faculty.
Leadership Recognition Awards Program
Early Advantage & Professional MBA students who choose to actively pursue their leadership development and be recognized as Leadership students may participate the Leadership Recognition Awards Program in both their first- and second-year. This program includes a broad array of leadership development programs and activities including but not limited to a leadership development plan, community service, leadership coaching, and leadership event participation.
MBA NonProfit Board Program
Early Advantage MBA students admitted into the Fall term may apply to serve on a nonprofit board as a full voting member, participating in guiding the operations of the agency. Students accepted for the program are placed on a nonprofit board whose mission which aligns with their community engagement and experience. Students participate in a training session which highlights the responsibilities of a board member, attend board meetings and serve on committees. They are expected to attend their classes and meet all academic requirements while in this program.
This program is in partnership with Crummer’s Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership (EBI).
Student Leadership Advisory Board
Students serving on this board are ambassadors for the Center and provide feedback for enhanced leadership development program offerings.
Practical application of leadership insights is essential to reinforce learning. Through Center for Leadership Development event programs, students engage in a variety of diverse experiences such as presentations by distinguished industry leaders, opportunities to present and facilitate leadership activities, and leadership action experiences.
Crummer Speaks: Every Leader Has a Story
This Crummer signature speaker series is an opportunity for board members, alumni and leaders in the community to share their personal story ad leadership journey with all Crummer students faculty and staff. Leadership lessons learned from these speakers provide personal connections to the speakers and enhance the leadership acumen of all students, faculty, and staff.
Past speakers include Grant Cornwell, President, Rollins College; John Rivers, Chef & CEO of 4Rivers Restaurant Group; Campbell Brown, President and Managing Director of Brown-Forman’s founding brand Old Forester; Audra Hollifield, Chief People Officer, Orlando Magic; Jordan Lomas, Senior Vice-President, Application Development & Cyber security at Darden, Inc.;Lamar Chesney, Former Executive VP & Chief Procurement Officer at SunTrust, and Dan Cockerell, Retired VP of Magic Kingdom.
Leadership Lunch & Learn
Students are able to learn directly from business leaders about their leadership experiences and lessons learned through an informal presentation and Q&A.
Bagels with the Board
Speakers from the Leadership Business Advisory Board or other Crummer board members discuss their leadership journeys with a small group of students over coffee and bagels.
The Center for Leadership Development provides all students the opportunity to have one-on-one coaching with an external executive leadership coach.
Connecting Students to Business Leaders
Crummer Mentor Program
The Crummer Mentor Program provides Crummer students with the opportunity to engage in a meaningful way with successful business leaders in industries and functional areas of high interest. Creating effective dialog and interaction between the mentors and mentees, accelerates the professional development of each student and cultivates the Crummer network.
The program is offered as a Student Success initiative and is a collaborative effort between the Center for Leadership Development, Crummer Alumni Relations, and the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship.
Guiding Your Leadership Journey
Meet the Team
Sabrina Deshner, Assistant Director
Sabrina Deshner is the Assistant Director of the Center for Leadership Development at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. She is responsible for managing and implementing the leadership programs for the Center. Sabrina has more than 15 years’ experience in curriculum development and training. She was previously the communications and employee engagement manager at Seminole State College of Florida. She also held positions in student life at Seminole State and worked in various roles for the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida
Sabrina holds a Master’s in Human Resources from Rollins College and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Misty Loughry, Faculty Advisor
Dr. Misty Loughry joins Crummer with over 20 years teaching experience. Her most recent experience in teaching was at Georgia Southern University where she taught management. She was previously a member of the management faculty at Clemson University where she taught strategy. She also taught strategy and organizational behavior at the University of Florida. Prior to beginning her academic career, Dr. Loughry worked in banking, where she held positions including credit analyst, branch manager, and assistant vice president of small business lending.
Dr. Loughry’s research centers around control in organizations and teamwork, and her findings have been published in multiple journals. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for Academy of Management Learning & Education, and she has been a co-principal investigator on three National Science Foundation (NSF) grants totaling $4.3 million.
She is a co-developer of the CATME SMARTER Teamwork system of web-based tools to support teamwork in higher education classes. The CATME Peer Evaluation and Team-Maker tools won the Premier Award for Excellence in 2009.
She holds a Ph.D from the University of Florida with concentrations in strategy and organizational behavior. She also received her MBA from Loyola College in Maryland.