Invited Speakers

Tuesday - June 5, 2012

Opening Speaker - Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology

Myths and Truths About Leadership and Developing Your Personal Leadership

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This talk will begin with a discussion of common questions asked about leadership, such as Are leaders born or made?and 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 Ron 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.), coauthored 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:

Thursday - June 7, 2012

Closing Speaker- Dennis Wixon, Ph.D.

Got Leadership? Principles and examples of authentic UX leadership.

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Applying the lessons of leadership can be challenging. There is no simple formula and there are many potential pitfalls. For UX practitioners, the challenge of leadership is complicated by factors such as institutional culture, situational complexities, and organizational position. To provide a framework to address these challenges I’ll discuss someof principles of the heroic leadership and contrast heroic leadership with inauthentic, self-centered leadership. I’ll also illustrate these principles by examples from leaders I have worked with. My goal will be to provide you with both a framework for thinking about leadership and some practical guidance that you can apply to the choices you face in your work and career.

About Dennis Wixon

Dennis began his career in user research in 1981. He was a usability practitioner and manager at Digital Equipment Corporation, where we developed methods such as Usability Engineering, Contextual Inquiry, and data logging. For the past 14 years he has managed research teams at Microsoft, which have covered a wide spectrum of products (from games to touch systems) and where they developed methods such RITE (Rapid Iterative Testing and Evaluation) and TRUE (Tracking Real-time User Experience).

Dennis has been an active member of the HCI community for many years, serving as in a number of roles including SIGCHI Conference Co-chair. He has jointly authored over 50 articles, book chapters and talks on HCI. He has also coauthored two books Field Methods Casebook for Software Design (with Judy Ramey) and Brave NUI World (with Daniel Wigdor) (see link below).

Currently, Dennis is adjunct full professor at University of Washington in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering Design. He has a PhD. in experimental social psychology from Clark University.


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