The FIU Center for Leadership is pleased to make available to FIU Students several opportunities to access leadership thought and practice from a wide range of world-class speakers, academic fora and online resources. ALL activities and resources listed on this page are free and open to students. For questions about additional resources, please contact The Center for Leadership at:  or 305-348-LEAD.

The Leadership Lectures

The Leadership Lecture series features world-class, accomplished and influential leaders with expertise ranging from business and philanthropy to public service and academic research. The lectures in each year’s series usually begins with the first of four lectures in the fall. Our goal with this series is to allow our community to have access to the expertise, advice and best practices of some the world’s foremost leadership minds, and as such, the lectures are free and open to the public. The Leadership Lectures are presented with the generous support of Mercantil Commercebank.

In an effort to optimize participation for our lectures, we often overbook knowing that cancellations will effect attendance. As such, we strongly urge you to register online to reserve your place, but also that you arrive early to claim your seat. While we are unlikely to turn anyone away, we are limited to the capacity of the lecture rooms and event spaces. Many thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

george-feldenkreisGeorge Feldenkreis – November 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
(Honors Credits 4)

George Feldenkreis is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Perry Ellis International, a Doral-based apparel firm he founded and built into a multinational corporation with annual global retail sales approaching $2 billion. Born in Cuba to Eastern European immigrants, George earned a law degree from the University of Havana before fleeing to Miami in February 1961 with only $700 and a passable grasp of English. In 1967 he formed Supreme International, a company that imported children’s school uniforms and men’s sportswear from Japan. stores.

Deborah-AnconaDeborah Ancona – February 16, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
(Honors Credits 3)

Deborah Ancona’s pioneering research into how successful teams operate has highlighted the critical importance of managing outside, as well as inside, the team’s boundary. She is the author of several books including X-Teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed (Harvard Business School Press). She is the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, a professor of Organization Studies, and the Director of the MIT Leadership Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Rizal-BragagniniRizal Bragagnini – March 3, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
(Honors Credits 3)

Rizal Bragagnini has over 25 years of professional experience leading a wide range of businesses in different sectors and countries. He worked 14 years for Procter & Gamble Latin America in areas like: Finance, Marketing, Innovation and General Management.

Special Events


Faculty Series Lecture: Timothy Huebner

At 11:00 am
Graham Center Ballrooms
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Rosabeth Moss Kanter Creating a Culture of Confidence

At 8:00 am
Mercantil Commercebank
220 Alhambra Circle, 5th Floor
Coral Gables, FL 33134

The Leadership Lectures: Adam Goldstein

At 2:00 pm
Graham Center Ballrooms
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Current Research

Miami: The Global City of the Future
A summary of the Miami Case as well as the four Miami Leadership Summits that gathered Miami’s top leaders to discuss the biggest opportunities and challenges in Miami’s future.

Download: Miami: The Global City of the Future
Author: Mayra Beers and Candace Atamanik

leadership_in_a_global_communityMiami: Leadership in a Global Community
“Miami: Leadership in a Global Community” provides a snapshot of Miami as it entered the second decade of the Millennium.

Download: Miami: Leadership in a Global Community
Researchers: Ken Lipartito, Modesto Maidique, Mayra Beers and Candace Atamanik-Dunphy

Florida’s Entrepreneurial Women Leaders 2011; Making a Difference in their Communities layout_currentrsearch_womenleader_2011
The Florida’s Entrepreneurial Women Leaders 2011 survey was developed and conducted by the Center for Leadership and the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center at Florida International University’s College of Business with support of the Kauffman Foundation. Responses from this state-wide survey offer valuable insights into women-led businesses, including the career choices, attitudes, and trajectories of distinguished Florida women entrepreneurs.

Download: Florida’s Entrepreneurial Women Leaders 2011
Researchers: Joyce Elam, Asia Eaton, Mayra Beers, Anya Edun, and Darya Yeroshova

Florida’s Woman-Led Businesses 2006-2010 studylayout_research_current_research
The Center for Leadership at Florida International University, in partnership with The Commonwealth Institute, annually conducts the Florida’s Woman-Led Businesses 2006-2010 study. The objective of this project is to gain an understanding on how women business leaders view (1) the demands and satisfaction of their work, (2) their future goals, (3) the impact of their choices on their personal lives, (4) strategies that they used to advance their careers, and (5) their leadership styles. You may download copies of the report:

Download: Florida Woman-Led Businesses, 2010
Researchers: Dr. Joyce Elam, Mayra Beers, Garth Headley, Maria Ilcheva, Veronica Averhart, Nathan Hiller

Download: Florida Woman-Led Businesses, 2009
Researchers: Dr. Joyce Elam, Mayra Beers, Garth Headley, Maria Illcheva, Veronica Averhart

Download: Florida Woman-Led Businesses, 2008
Researchers: Dr. Joyce Elam, Mayra Beers, Garth Headley, Maria Illcheva, Veronica Averhart

Download: Florida Woman-Led Businesses, 2007
Researchers: Dr. Joyce Elam, Mayra Beers, Maria Illcheva

Download: Florida Woman-Led Businesses, 2006
Researchers: Dr. Joyce Elam, Mayra Beers, Maria Illcheva, Amanda Bullough

Six Competencies of CEOs
In interviews with 25 CEO’s, six competencies initially stood out as key to their performance: self-awareness, moral compass, listening, judgment, visionating and tenacity.

Download: Download link for Six Competencies of CEOs
Researchers: Modesto Maidique, Candace Atamanik-Dunphy and Ruthann Perez

Are You a Level-Six Leader?
This paper proposes that the defining characteristic of leaders is reflected in the question “Whom do you serve”? The author discusses six levels of leaders that serve different constituents.

Link to Article: Are You a Level-Six Leader?
Researcher: Dr. Modesto A. Maidique?
Publication: 2011, Harvard Business School: Working Knowledge

Positive Leadership
Provides an integrated overview of the fields of Leadership and Positive Psychology. Discusses how happiness and leadership are intertwined factors that make a more positive and energetic leader.

Download: Positive Leadership
Researchers: Modesto Maidique

Intuition Isn’t Just About Trusting Your Gut
Using CEO interviews and related research, the article examines the successful and consistent deployment of intuition as a formative characteristic of leadership.

Link to Article: Intuition Isn’t Just about Trusting your Gut
Researcher: Dr. Modesto A. Maidique
Publication: April 2011, HBR Blog

When No News Is Bad News: The Case Of The Bubbled Executive
Development of a teaching tool intended to raise executives’ awareness that through their behavior towards primarily their followers, they shape the norms that regulate how, when, and how much feedback they will receive.

Download:?Bubble Case Summary
Researcher: Dr. Juan Sanchez

Leadership Competency Builder
This research breaks new ground in understanding the diverse array of leadership competencies that may be needed in different leadership situations. After an extensive review of empirical leadership research, a comprehensive list of leadership competencies was developed, resulting in the production of the Leadership Competency Builder assessment tool.

Download: Leadership Competency Builder
Researcher: Dr. Nathan Hiller.

The Colloquium - Stay Connected for 2015 dates and presentors

The Leadership Research Colloquium provides a forum for FIU faculty to present developing, extant and cutting edge new research as they affect leadership in organizations and in our communities. The colloquium also features the work of the recipient of the Center’s prestigious Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Past Colloquia
2013 In Search of the Perfect Leader