Benedictine Leadership: Faculty & Advisory Councils

jim_ludema-2James D. Ludema, Ph.D.

CVDL Co-founder and Director; Professor, Global Leadership and Core Faculty, (630) 829-6229

Dr. James D. Ludema is the Co-founder and Director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership and a Professor of Global Leadership at Benedictine University. He is Past Chair of the Academy of Management’s Organization Development and Change Division and is the author of two books and dozens of articles on leadership, strategy and organizational change. His book The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner’s Guide for Leading Large-Scale Change is widely considered a classic in the field.

Dr. Ludema has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America and has served as a consultant to a variety of organizations including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, BP, McDonald’s, John Deere, USG, U.S. Cellular, the US Navy, World Vision, and many local and international NGOs. Dr. Ludema received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Calvin College.

Research interests: Global leadership; values-driven leadership at the individual, organizational, and societal levels; appreciative inquiry and positive organizational scholarship; the link between culture and profit in small and mid-size businesses.

marie_divirglio_md-2Marie E. Di Virgilio, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Organizational Change & Corporate Social Responsibility, (630) 829-2178

Dr. Marie E. Di Virgilio joined the Center in 2008 as Administrative Director. She brings over 30 years of business experience, much of it with Allstate Insurance Company, holding key leadership positions in sales, human resources, accounting, corporate education, and information technology. She earned a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University in 2005.

Dr. Di Virgilio is a core faculty member specializing in Organizational Change and Corporate Social Responsibility at the Center and has held faculty appointments with Dominican University, the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, the International School of Management and the U.S. State Department Middle East Partnership Initiative. She teaches internationally in Poland, the Czech Republic, and France. Consulting and speaking on a variety of topics including change management, teams, and leadership, Di Virgilio uses her scholar-practitioner skills to help organizations improve their effectiveness.

Dr. Di Virgilio is the Prospect Heights (IL) Dollars for Scholars board president. The mission of the organization is to provide local students with financial aid and support to pursue higher levels of academic achievement.

Research interests: Developing values-driven leaders; employee engagement; change leadership; work group transformation; social enterprise and responsibility.

Sandra Gill, Ph.D.

CVDL Co-founder; Dean, College of Business

Dr. Sandra L. Gill is Dean of the College of Business at Benedictine University. Dr. Gill joined Benedictine in 2001 as Department Chair and Associate Professor of Business, MBA Programs; she has served as Dean for more than a decade. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Fellow of the American Association of Healthcare Consultants. She is a Certified Clinical Sociologist with the Sociological Practice Association and was 2009 Chair of the Lisle Chamber of Commerce.

For 40 years, Dr. Gill has worked in education and health care as a licensed teacher, program director, consultant and academic faculty member. From 1980-2000, she completed over 1,500 health care external consulting engagements throughout the United States and other countries. For five years, she served on the strategic planning council of the Fielding Graduate University, where she completed her M.A. (1995) and Ph.D (1998) in human and organizational systems. She completed her B.A. (1966) and M.A. (1974) with honors, at Michigan State University. She has published over 40 applied articles related to health care leadership and governance.

jim_gustafson_md-2James “Gus” Gustafson, Ph.D.

Leadership Scholar-In-Residence; Associate Professor, Leadership Development and Core Faculty, Executive Doctoral & Executive Master’s Program, (515) 577-0198

Dr. Gustafson was a founding Advisory Council member of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership, helped to co-create the Ph.D./D.B.A. Program, and formally joined the Center as the Leadership Scholar-in-Residence in 2009. Prior to joining Benedictine, Gus was responsible for Strategic Leadership Research & Development and Organizational Transformation at U.S. Cellular, where he received many awards for his pioneering work in leadership development and organizational change. Gus also served for five years as Executive Minister & Chief Transformation Officer at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa (the largest and fastest growing Lutheran church in the world).

Gus has over 30 years of successful organization development, sales, marketing, operations, leadership development, channel management and executive leadership experience in public, private and non-profit organizations. He consults and speaks globally on a variety of topics and has been an invited Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Keynote Speaker and/or Leadership Consultant on six continents. Gus currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Leadership Studies and the International Journal of Servant-Leadership, is  Chair of the Business Leadership Division of the International Leadership Association, former Editor-in-Chief of the Organization Development Journal, and was the 2010, 2011 & 2012 recipient of the prestigious Global Strategic Leader Award given by the World HRD Congress.

Research interests: Servant leadership; leadership authenticity; legacy-driven leadership; culture transformation; high-performing teams; human flourishing.

 vdl_amberAmber Johnson

Chief Communications Officer; Senior Research Associate, (312) 316-0680

Amber Johnson is the Center’s Chief Communications Officer, and a Senior Research Associate. She also oversees executive student recruitment for the Center. Amber brings 15 years of experience in communications, marketing, and non-profit fundraising and administration.

Before coming to the Center, Amber spent seven years in various leadership positions with World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization. Prior to her work with World Vision, Amber spent two years in Tonga as a Peace Corps volunteer and served as the University Editor at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. She served as adjunct faculty in marketing and public speaking at Taylor and at Ball State University. Amber holds a M.A. in communication studies, with an emphasis in rhetorical theory, from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree, also in communication studies, from Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

Amber is a student in Cohort 4 of the doctoral program. 

manning_michaelMichael R. Manning, Ph.D.

Director of Research; Professor of Leadership, Strategy & Change, and Core Faculty, (630) 829-6051

Dr. Michael R. Manning joined the Center’s faculty in 2013 as Professor of Leadership, Strategy & Change. Dr. Manning earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University and has held faculty appointments at New Mexico State University, Case Western Reserve University, Fielding Graduate University, and SUNY-Binghamton. He currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and is active in the Academy of Management, where he is a former Chair of the Organization Development and Change Division.

Dr. Manning has dedicated his professional career to educating and developing executives, designing effective organizations, and creating applied action research processes and intervention techniques. He teaches and consults throughout the U.S. and internationally in Mexico, Europe and the Baltic States, the Middle East, and the Far East.

Research interests: Multiple topics related to the management of change (whole systems change using large group interventions, the role of affect and emotion in change, identifying change moments); leading and collective action; occupational stress and well-being.

Founders Council

The Center for Values-Driven Leadership is made possible in part by the generous support of its Founders Council. The Council is comprised of individuals, corporations, and foundations that advance the mission of the Center by contributing a minimum of $25,000 per year for three years.

Magnetrol International, Inc.

Eight decades ago, Magnetrol’s founders developed a more reliable instrument for liquid level control than was prevalent with the technology of the day. By combining a buoyancy device with the operating principle of magnetic-coupling, the first “Magnetrol” was born.

Innovation is still a prized resource at Magnetrol and is sustained by programs that recognize and reward initiative and creativity. Magnetrol nourishes responsible innovation through superior engineering, by manufacturing to the highest standards of excellence and by truly listening to its customers.

Now a global company, Magnetrol has come a long way since it produced its first electro-mechanical level switch in 1932. However, the company’s commitment to its customers, employees and the community as a whole hasn’t changed. Continuous improvement of products, processes and service remains the company’s prime objective.

Tellabs Foundation

Tellabs is a telecommunications infrastructure builder and a partner with communications service providers around the world.

The mission of the Tellabs Foundation is to advance specific, strategic endeavors in communities where Tellabs employees live and work. They aim to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations by supporting sustainable initiatives, primarily in education, health and the environment.

Vaya Group

The Vaya Group has more than 25 years of experience in helping Fortune 1000 companies meet their talent management needs. Led by Dr. Paul H. Eccher, Dave Ross and Nino Lamberti, Vaya Group uses their insight, knowledge, experience and proprietary assessment, quantitative and intervention tools, and strategies to successfully help companies identify their talent and cultivate excellence.

Using their The Vaya Talent Optimization Framework™ Audit, Vaya Group is able to provide a multi-dimensional, holistic approach to talent cultivation taking into account the past, present and future; industry and competitive and market conditions; business strategy and direction; the organization’s goals and philosophy; and the leadership’s strengths and weaknesses.

The company’s rigorous assessment of coaching and collaboration with thousands of executives and employees at world-class organizations has produced insights and research recognized throughout the industry. They have helped highly successful organizations like Hewlett Packard, General Electric, Campbell Soup, Amgen and sanofi-aventis harness their talent and improve their profitability.

Edward Hospital

Located in Naperville, IL, Edward Hospital & Health Services is a full-service, regional healthcare provider offering access to complex medical specialties and innovative programming.

Designed for “people who don’t like hospitals,” Edward Hospital’s goal is to make the patient experience as stress free as possible. The hospital is known for its continuous innovations to provide maximum comfort, such as space for family to spend the night, peaceful healing gardens and an ER designed especially around and for kids.

The organization’s commitment extends beyond its patients to its employees and the community at large. Edward is one of the leading providers of charity care in the region, helping families who need financial assistance.

 Michael L. Flynn

Chief Financial Officer,The Financial Group

Michael Flynn is the founder and chief financial officer of The Financial Group. He was also a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Small Business Development Center of the Business and Professional Institute at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

His passion for children and families in distress prompted Flynn to found SDG (Soli Deo Gloria) Adoption and Child Advocacy Center, a nonprofit foundation that serves families with special needs and terminally ill children. In addition to representing families who desire to adopt children locally and abroad, he also serves as a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem.

Additionally, Flynn sits on the Board of Directors for the Red Thread, a charitable organization that facilitates medical and surgical procedures in the United States for foreign-born orphans.

  • Mona Amodeo, Ph.D.

    Founder and President

  • Philip Anderson, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Leadership
    Cardinal Stritch University

  • Tracey Cantarutti, Ph.D.

    President, TLC Leadership Options; Vice President, Midwest Region
    The Leader’s Edge

  • Keith Cox, Ph.D.

    Director, Transformational Change Management

  • Paul Eccher, Ph.D.

    Principal & Co-Founder
    Vaya Group

  • Michael Flynn, Ph.D. J.D.

    The Financial Group

  • Sandra Gill, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean for Strategy, College of Business
    Benedictine University

  • Thomas Griffin, Ph.D.

    Director, Organizational Change Management
    Sears Holdings Corporation

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    Kevin Lynch, Ph.D.

    Former Chief Financial Officer
    Pritzker Realty

  • Mona Amodeo, Ph.D.

    Founder and President

  • Mona Amodeo, Ph.D.

    Founder and President

  • Mike Mantel, Ph.D.

    President & CEO
    Living Water International

  • Kurt Olson, Ph.D.

    VP of Talent Management & Leadership Development
    Rush University Medical Center

  • Walt Reilly, M.S.

    Corporate Chief Human Resources Officer
    Elkay (retired)

  • Daniel Saint, Ph.D.

    Former Partner (Retired)

  • Linda Sharkey, Ph.D.

    Marshall Goldsmith
    Distinguished Fellow