Celebrating the Best in Research

The Center for Creative Leadership sponsors awards to stimulate outstanding field research and its creative application to the practice of leadership.

H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow

2020-2021 H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow

Bernardo FerdmanBernardo M. Ferdman, Ph.D. will serve as the Center for Creative Leadership’s (CCL®) H. Smith Richardson Jr. Visiting Fellow for 2020.

For more than three decades, Bernardo has dedicated his research, teaching, and practice to creating an inclusive world in which more of us can be fully ourselves and accomplish our goals in ways that are effective, productive, authentic, and just. As a practitioner, he has worked with diverse groups and organizations across sectors – including businesses, NGOs, government, nonprofit, and educational institutions in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia – to increase individual and collective effectiveness and inclusion.

The roles that Bernardo will play for CCL include:

  • Advising our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion core team on our internal EDI journey.
  • Serving as research advisor/thought partner (to generate one or more articles and help us develop a clear vision of our EDI research strategy for the next 3 years).
  • Providing input on client-facing approaches to EDI.

Bernardo is distinguished professor emeritus of organizational psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University, where he served as a core faculty member for almost 25 years. He now directs a new program on inclusive leadership for UCLA Anderson Executive Education, in addition to his full-time consulting and coaching practice.  Bernardo has written numerous articles and chapters, made 300+ presentations, and conducted research on various aspects of inclusion. His 2014 book, Diversity at Work: The Practice of Inclusion (co-edited with Barbara Deane), provides a research-based understanding of inclusion. He is currently completing an edited volume, focusing on inclusive leadership, that is scheduled for publication in 2020.

Bernardo is president of The Diversity Collegium, Fellow of the American Psychological Association (and five of its divisions) and the International Academy for Intercultural Research. He is past Chair of the Academy of Management’s Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee and its Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, as well as past president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology. Bernardo serves as an expert panelist for Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World. Among his various awards is the 2019 Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Consulting from the Society of Consulting Psychology. Bernardo—a native Spanish speaker who immigrated to the U.S. as a child—earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at Yale University and an A.B. degree at Princeton University.

Bernardo’s professional path has intersected numerous times with CCL. He presented at our 1992 Leadership Diversity Conference, participated in our 1994 conference on Work Team Dynamics and Productivity in the Context of Diversity, and presented professional development sessions for us in 2015 and 2018. In 2010 and 2011, he conducted two-day “train the trainers” workshops for us on leadership across differences and on facilitating difficult conversations on inclusive leadership. His chapter on “Teaching Inclusion by Example and Experience: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment” appears in the Facilitator’s Guide for Leading Across Differences (McFeeters, Hannum, & Booysen, eds.).


Previous H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellows

2016-17: Bob Johansen, Ph.D.
Distinguished Fellow – Institute for the Future

2014-15: Peter Ping Li, Ph.D.
Professor of Chinese Business Studies – Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

2012-13: Karen Stephenson, Ph.D.
President, NetForm International and Professor of Management – Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management

2011-12: Jessica Payne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Nancy O’Neill Collegiate Chair in Psychology, and Director of the Sleep Stress & Memory (SAM) Lab – University of Notre Dame

2010-11: Prasad Kaipa, Ph.D.
CEO – Kaipa Group, California

2009-10: Dharm P.S. Bhawuk, Ph.D.
Professor, Management and Culture and Community Psychology – Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii

2008-09: Douglas T. Hall, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – Boston University

2005-06: Andrew Kakabadse, Ph.D.
Professor, International Management Development – Cranfield University

2004-05: Ellie Weldon, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – IMD International

2003-04: Michael Fullan
Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – University of Ontario

2002-03: Shalom Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology – Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2001-02: Kathy Kram, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – Boston University School of Management

2000-01: Jay Conger, Ph.D.
Professor, Organizational Behavior – London Business School

Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award

The Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award recognizes outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in memory of Kenneth Clark, a distinguished scholar and former president of CCL. Beginning in 2010, the award will be co-sponsored with the International Leadership Association (ILA). The winner will receive a cash award and a trip to the ILA Annual Conference to present the paper in a colloquium. The 2020 conference will be held November 5-8 in San Francisco, California.


2020 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award Winner

CCL selected Sylvie Plante as the 2020 Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award winner for her paper “Using Social Capital in Public-Private Partnerships.”

Sylvie Plante is a social scientist and doctoral candidate in the Social Sciences Program, College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University (RDU), Victoria, British Columbia, where she researches innovation in partnership settings.  She also designs and facilitates experiential learning that supports collaborative innovation and change leadership as Associate Faculty with RRU, and with Telfer Executive Programs (University of Ottawa).  As President and Principal consultant of Sylvie Plante Enterprise Channeling Inc., she holds an M.A. in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate University, a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, and Certificate in Human Resources Management from McGill University.  In her consulting projects, Sylvie co-creates innovative solutions with clients across sectors to support organizational development, effectiveness and wellbeing. After completing the Doctor of Social Sciences program, Sylvie’s goal is to continue to facilitate innovation by connecting the experiences of academic, business and community partners, ideally in projects that strengthen work-integrated learning, digital literacy and inclusion across sectors.


Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award – Call for Papers

2021 Call for Papers

The International Leadership Association (ILA) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) are pleased to co-sponsor the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of the Center.

The winner of this year’s award will receive:

  • $1,000 cash prize.
  • Travel and Lodging (up to three nights) and Complimentary Registration to ILA’s 23rd annual conference, Geneva Switzerland set for 20-23 October 2021.
  • Complimentary 1-year ILA membership.
  • Recognition at the ILA conference and in various multi-media ILA publications.

Submissions may be either empirically or conceptually based. Multi-disciplinary approaches to research are welcomed. The paper should focus on some aspect of leadership or leadership development.  Submissions will be judged by the following criteria:

  1. The degree to which the paper addresses issues and trends that are significant to the study of leadership;
  2. The extent to which the paper shows consideration of the relevant theoretical and empirical literature;
  3. The extent to which the paper makes a conceptual or empirical contribution; and
  4. The implications of the research for application to leadership identification and development.

Please read submission requirements carefully.

Papers must be authored and submitted by graduate or undergraduate students only. All authors must currently be students or must have graduated within one-year prior to the submission deadline of Friday, 15 May 2021. CCL staff and papers submitted to other CCL awards are ineligible. All entrants must:

Upload three PDF formatted documents (other document formats will not be accepted)

  • The first PDF should only include the manuscript with the title of the paper on the first page. Do not include the author’s name or contact information.
  • The second 2-3 page PDF should only include the abstract with the title of the paper on the cover page.
  • The third PDF should be a letter on university letterhead from one faculty member certifying that a student wrote the paper. All three PDF documents should be attached to the submission form and sent together. Separate attachments will not be accepted.

Papers are limited to 30 double-spaced pages, excluding title page, abstract, figures, tables, and references. Papers above this limit that are not completely doubled spaced are not be eligible for the Award and will not be reviewed. Papers should be prepared according to current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Papers will be reviewed anonymously by a panel of researchers associated with CCL. In the absence of papers deemed deserving of the award, the award may be withheld. Entries (accompanied by faculty letters) must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT, on Friday, 15 May 2021. The winning paper will be presented at the 2021 ILA Conference, set for 20-23 October.

Submit entries at https://ccl.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3QRakArl9mNKOUe

Contact us at clarkaward@ccl.org if you have questions or need assistance.


Past Award Winners

2019 – Samantha A. Penney
2018 – Min-Kyu Joo
2017 – Aleka MacLellan
2016 – Kyoung Yong Kim
2015 – Deirdre P. Dixon
2014 – Emily Grijalva
2013 – Chenwei Liao
2012 – Taylor E. Sparks, Ph.D.
2011 – Brian C. Gunia
2010 – Dong Liu
2009 – Marisa Adelman
2008 – Hakan Ener
2007 – Robyn L. Brouer
2006 – Herman H. M. Tse
2005 – Franklin Kudo
2004 – Lisa A. Boyce
2003 – Marie Dasborough
2002 – Nathan J. Hiller
2001 – Tomas R. Giberson
2000 – Jeffrey C. Kohles

Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award

The Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award is named in honor of Walter F. Ulmer, Jr., retired president, for his contributions to CCL and the leadership field, to demonstrate CCL’s commitment to applied research, and to build connections with other professionals whose work and commitments are congruent with CCL’s. He or she receives $1,500 and a trip to the Center to attend the Research Awards Event.


2016 Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Applied Research Award Winner

John MathieuDr. John Mathieu was chosen as the 2016 Walter F. Ulmer, Jr. Award Recipient for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of leadership.

John Mathieu is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut, where he also holds the Friar Chair in Leadership and Teams. His primary areas of interest include models of team and multi-team effectiveness, leadership, training effectiveness, and cross-level models of organizational behavior. He has conducted work with several Fortune 500 companies, the armed services (i.e., Army, Navy, and Air Force), federal and state agencies (e.g., NRC, NASA, FAA, DOT), and numerous public and private organizations. Dr. Mathieu has over 100 publications, 200 presentations at national and international conferences, and has been a PI or Co-PI on over $11.1M in grants and contracts. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, American Psychological Association, and the Academy of Management. He serves on numerous editorial boards and has guest edited special volumes of top-level journals. He holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University.



Past Award Winners

2015 – Dr. Belle Rose Ragins
2014 – Dr. Soon Ang
2013 – William R. Torbert
2011-12 – Lynda Gratton
2010 – David V. Day
2009 – Dr. Nancy J. Adler
2008 – Dr. Anne S. Tsui
2007 – Dr. Jerry Hunt
2006 – Dr. Gary Yukl
2005 – Dr. Fred E. Fiedler
2004 – Dr. Edwin P. Hollander
2003 – Dr. Ann Howard
2002 – Dr. Bernard Bass

Leadership Quarterly Award

The Leadership Quarterly Best Paper Award, sponsored by the Center for Creative Leadership, is presented annually in recognition of the best published paper submitted during the previous year to The Leadership Quarterly. The annual award for best paper is presented jointly by CCL and The Leadership Quarterly. The award includes a citation, cash award and invitation to visit CCL.

2018 Leadership Quarterly Award Winner

Paulo ArvateCCL selected Paulo Roberto Arvate as the Leadership Quarterly Award winner for his article, “The queen bee: A myth? The effect of top-level female leadership on subordinate females”, published in The Leadership Quarterly as the best paper published in 2018.

Paulo Roberto Arvate is a graduate and undergraduate professor in São Paulo Business Administration and a member of the Center for Applied Microeconomics (Getúlio Vargas Foundation). Dr. Arvate holds a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has done short visits as a Visiting Professor at MSU and as a USA Visiting Researcher at Nova de Lisboa, with PT Honors and Awards Best technical book in Brazil (Premio Jabuti). In 2005, a several times finalist with their Ph.D. students of the best year paper from the Brazilian National Association of Business Schools George Stigler Prize (second place, from INSPER –Brazil) and 2018 Best paper from applied research from Getúlio Vargas Foundation, 2018.

Download the 2018 winning paper abstract.



2017 Leadership Quarterly Award Winner

Kristin CullenCCL selected Dr. Kristin Cullen-Lester as the Leadership Quarterly Award winner for her article, “Incorporating social networks into leadership development: A conceptual model and evaluation of research and practice“, published in The Leadership Quarterly as the best paper published in 2017.

Dr. Kristin Cullen-Lester is an Assistant Professor of Management and Leadership in the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Her research aims to improve leadership effectiveness by advancing the assessment and development of leaders and leadership systems. She is director of the ILEAD lab which focuses on relational aspects of leadership, including leaders’ social networks and the role of organizational networks in shared leadership, complex collaboration, and the implementation of strategic and large-scale change. Dr. Cullen-Lester’s current research is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to joining the University of Houston, Dr. Cullen-Lester was a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), where she led the center’s R&D efforts integrating networks into leadership development. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial/Organizational psychology from Auburn University and serves on the editorial boards of The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Business and Psychology.

Download the 2017 winning paper abstract.



Past Award Winners

2016 – Dr. George C Banks
2015 – Dr. Tiffany Keller Hansbrough
2014 – John Antonakis
2013 – Jan-Emmanuel De Neve
2012 – Dr. Pierre Balthazard
2011 – David Day & Hock-Peng Sin
2010 – John Antonakis
2009 – Dr. Dongil (Don) Jung
2008 – Dr. Ginamarie Scott Ligon
2007 – Dr. John J. Sosik
2006 – Dr. Joyce Bono

The European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology Best Paper Award

The EJWOP Best Paper Award is jointly sponsored by CCL and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, and recognizes high-quality scholarly work on leadership and organizational effectiveness. Annual EJWOP awards are announced every two years, coinciding with the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology International Conference held in May. The two authors receive a cash award and will present their papers at the EAWOP conference in Oslo, Norway.


2018 Award winner

Catherine HaslamCatherine Haslam, Ph.D. is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on the social and cognitive consequences of identity-changing life transitions (e.g., trauma, disease, aging, retirement, addiction) and interventions that can be used to manage these. One line of research focuses on identifying the group processes that are vital in protecting health and well-being in periods of vulnerability and life change. This has contributed to a body of work on the social cure that has been published in two volumes on which she is co- and lead-author — Social Cure: Identity, Health and Well-being (2012) and The New Psychology of Health: Unlocking the social cure (2018). Read the abstract.


2017 Award winner

Anna SteidleAnna Steidle, Ph.D. is professor of personnel management and leadership at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg, Germany. Her research focuses on topics such as physical working conditions, personal growth, and resource-oriented interventions at work, with a particular interest in understanding the role of energy resources for employee well-being and performance. Read the abstract.



Past award winners

2014 – Dr. Nadine Bienefeld
2013 – Dr. Remus Ilies
2012 – Dr. Aichia Chuang
2011 – Elizabeth Hobman
2010 – Barbara Künzle
2009 – Prof. Dr. Deanne N. Den Hartog
2008 – Dr. Jennifer L. Sparr
2007 – Dr. Jörg Felfe