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Call for Abstracts

March 28-30, 2016
Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
Krannert School of Management
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

 Submission Deadline: November 15, 2015

The purpose of the “Leadership Excellence and Gender” Symposium is to bring attention to research and evidence-based practice on the creation and sustainment of work, organizational and occupational environments to support gender equality, career success and leader excellence in organizations.  It has been well documented that women remain underrepresented in leadership positions in many employment settings and in many key occupations and disciplines (e.g., Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, to name a few). Further, organizational, employment and human resource strategies to promote gender equality, career success and life well-being are evolving and often have a research to practice gap.

The symposium will be held at Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana. This is the Inaugural Leader Excellence Research Symposium organized by the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence  and the Krannert School of Management with other partners.

Our goal is to help build, create and support a community of scholars across disciplines such as organizational behavior and theory, human resource management, psychology, sociology, economics, industrial relations, science, engineering, technology, strategy, education, political science, women’s studies, public health and communications, who share common interests and seek a forum for interdisciplinary exchange.

"It has been well documented that women remain underrepresented in leadership positions in many employment settings and in many key occupations and disciplines"

Submissions from all fields and disciplines are welcome who would like to advance knowledge on the issue of gender and leadership excellence from an organizational perspective. We are especially interested in research that focuses on new developments related to organizational change and studies that have not yet been published or accepted for publication. Doctoral students and junior faculty are especially encouraged to apply. But, we welcome and value submissions from faculty at all career stages.  The best papers will be invited to be submitted for review for a special issue of Human Resource Management (

The conference is designed to advance knowledge through a combination of plenary sessions by innovative thought leaders, small group discussions for work-in-progress or specialized topics, and translation sessions on research to practice for action research. A pre-symposium panel and reception open to the broader Purdue community, general public and media is also planned.

Confirmed invited speakers to date include Dr. Belle Rose Ragins, Professor University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Lubin School of Business and Editor of Academy of Management Review, Dr. Denise Lewin Loyd,  Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Kelly Mack, Vice President and Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope at AAC&U, and Dr. Kimberly Eddleston, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northeastern University.

Special thanks to Advance Faculty Center for Success.

Call for Papers: Leadership Excellence and Gender Symposium

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