CCL uses the best available research from around the world to inform our curriculum and develop pedagogical innovations. The Science Advisory Council (SAC) reviews and provides high-level advice on CCL research strategies and directions.

The members of our Science Advisory Council are world-class scientists who provide CCL with peer review and scientific counsel about the latest developments related to leadership.

2020–2021 Members:

Dr. Michele Gelfand

A Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Gelfand uses field, experimental, computational, and neuroscience methods to understand the evolution of culture–as well as its multilevel consequences for human groups. Her work has been cited over 20,000 times and has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Boston GlobeNational Public RadioVoice of AmericaFox NewsNBC NewsABC NewsThe EconomistDe Standard, among other outlets.

She has received over 13 million dollars in research funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the FBI.  Author of the best-selling book Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire the World (Scribner, 2018), she has received several awards, such as the 2017 Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association, the 2016 Diener Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Annaliese Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Dr. Charles Heckscher

A Distinguished Professor at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, and the Director of the university’s Center for the Study of Collaboration in Work and Society. His research focuses on organizational change and its consequences for employees and unions, on the possibilities for more collaborative and democratic forms of work, and on the challenge of rebuilding trust in societal institutions.

Heckscher’s books explore the future of the labor movement (The New Unionism), the changing approaches of corporate management (The Post-Bureaucratic Organization, The Firm as a Collaborative Community), the effects of downsizing and restructuring on employee loyalty (White-Collar Blues), the process of improving stakeholder relations (Agents of Change), and the decline and potential revival of societal trust (Trust in a Complex World). He is the winner of the 2016 George R. Terry Book Award, Academy of Management, for Trust in a Complex World: awarded for “the book judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the global advancement of management knowledge during the last two years.”

Dr. Marianne Schmid Mast

A Full Professor of Organizational Behavior at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne. Her research focuses on social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, power hierarchies, the formation of impressions of others, and the influence of physician communication on patient outcomes. She uses immersive virtual environment technology to investigate interpersonal behavior and communication as well as computer-based automatic sensing to analyze nonverbal behavior. An author and editor of several books, she currently is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior.


Dr. Marianne Schmid Mast is a former member of the board of the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research and was president of the Swiss Psychological Association. She is a “Fellow” of the Association of Social Psychology and Personality (SPSP) and a “Fellow” of the American Association of Psychology (APA), Division 8, in honor of her extraordinary, distinctive, and continuous contributions to the science of social and personality psychology. In 2018, she was named one of the 50 most influential psychologists in the world.