Center for Leadership Development
The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) supplements the academic curriculum by providing quality training, education, and experiential leadership development opportunities that enhance individual leadership acumen. 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. The accomplishment 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 2021 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, Sarah Neely was named the Truist (formerly SunTrust) Distinguished Leader of Merit, Crummer’s highest leadership recognition. Click here to learn more about Sarah and her 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 tracks and opportunities designed for MBA students who choose to engage in additional developmental experiences. These experiential tracks and 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.
Mentoring Leadership Track
Early Advantage MBA (EAMBA), Professional MBA (PMBA), and Executive MBA (EMBA) students in their first or second year of the program are eligible to be paired with a business professional for six months to discuss professional development opportunities and career information.
Nonprofit Board Leadership Track
In partnership with Crummer’s Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Early Advantage MBA (EAMBA), Professional MBA (PMBA), and Executive MBA (EMBA) students in their first or second year of the program are eligible to be paired with a nonprofit organization to serve as an active, full voting Board Member. Students have the opportunity to learn about and participate in organizational governance and operations with business executives.
Student Leadership Advisory Board Track
Student Leadership Advisory Board (SLAB) members have direct influence in shaping the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) programs for students while networking with business leaders. Membership is open to first and second year Early Advantage MBA (EAMBA) and Professional MBA (PMBA) students.
Certificate in Leadership Track
Certificate in Leadership is a co-curricular program hosted by the Center for Leadership Development (CLD) for selected second year Early Advantage MBA (EAMBA), Professional MBA (PMBA), and Executive MBA (EMBA) students. The focal point of this program is an experiential leadership exercise in which the student leads a project provided by a sponsoring organization/industry.
Leadership Coaching offers students the opportunity to enhance and develop their leadership potential! The one-on-one coaching takes place in a confidential setting with a professional who has worked, coached, and/or consulted in the work-world.
Truist Distinguished Leader of Merit
After completing one of the Leadership Tracks during their first year and pursuing the Certificate in Leadership during their second year, Professional MBA (PMBA) and Early Advantage MBA (EAMBA) students are eligible to compete in three rounds of the Truist Distinguished Leader of Merit competition, which recognizes students who best exemplify the qualities of ethical, responsible, and thoughtful leadership. One student is awarded the Distinguished Leader of Merit and two other students are awarded Leaders of Merit at the Annual Leadership Awards Dinner in the spring.
Students receive recognition at the Annual Leadership Awards Dinner in the spring and at their Commencement ceremony. Recognition will be for the Leadership Track(s) of their choice, which is achieved when students complete the criteria within the Leadership Track they pursue.
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, alumni, 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 at Orlando Magic; Jordan Lomas, Senior Vice-President, Application Development & Cyber Security at Darden; John Riley, President of Legacy Fund; Lamar Chesney, Former Executive VP & Chief Procurement Officer at SunTrust, 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.
Business Advisory Board
The business leaders who serve on this board are essential to the Center for Leadership Development because they provide support, insights, and feedback to the Center as well as engage with students as speakers and resources.
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.
For more information on the Center for Leadership Development, please email Sabrina Deshner to arrange a virtual appointment.
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.