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New Directions in Leadership Research Conference

New Directions in Leadership Research Conference 

Dates: November 11-12, 2022

Location: UVA Darden Sands Family Grounds, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22209

The NDLR Conference convenes leading and emerging scholars doing work that is relevant to the study of leadership and ethics, including individuals whose research may be considered outside the traditional foci of the field. The conference is designed to create an intimate and highly interactive atmosphere that allows participants to optimally benefit from this diversity of perspectives in ways that we believe will generate advances in scholarship on leadership and ethics. 

Registration is now closed. 

Information about hotel room blocks can be found under Lodging.

  • Itinerary

    Friday, November 11
    8:30am: Registration
    9:00 - 10:00am: Research Briefs (Roundtable Conversation Teasers) 
    10:00 - 11:00am: Breakout Sessions
    11:00 - 11:15am: Break
    11:15am - 12:15pm: Guest Expert Dan Rubenstein - Leadership: If Animals Could Talk This is What They Would Say (for more info, see the Guest Speakers tab)
    12:15 - 1:30pm: Lunch 
    1:30 - 2:30pm: Research Briefs (Roundtable Conversation Teasers)
    2:30 - 3:30pm: Breakout Sessions
    3:30 - 3:45pm : Break
    3:45 - 4:45pm: Guest Expert Mark Beall - Frontier AI Research and Implications for Leadership and Strategy (for more info, see the Guest Speakers tab)
    4:45 - 6:30pm: Rooftop Happy Hour

    Saturday, November 12
    7:45 - 8:15am: Light Breakfast
    8:15 - 9:45am: Guest Expert Barbara Van DahlenOur World is Experiencing an Unprecedented Mental Health Crisis Affecting Every Business and Every Sector. Does Your Research and Teaching Sufficiently Acknowledge and Address This? (for more info, see the Guest Speakers tab)
    9:45 - 10:00am: Break
    10:00 - 11:30am: Defining and making an impact as a leadership scholar
    11:30am - 12:00pm: Wrap up

  • Lodging & Travel

    Book Le Méridien Arlington for 129 USD per night

    Start Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
    End Date: Sunday, November 13, 2022
    Last Day to Book: Thursday, October 13, 2022


    Book Hyatt Centric Arlington for 159 USD per night

    Start Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
    End Date: Sunday, November 13, 2022
    Last Day to Book: Monday, October 10, 2022


    Book Residence Inn Arlington Rosslyn for 139 USD per night

    Start Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
    End Date: Monday, November 14, 2022
    Last Day to Book: Monday, October 17, 2022


    Traveling to Rosslyn

    There are several options for traveling to Rosslyn, including by air, Amtrak, Metro, bus, taxi or ride service such as Uber and Lyft. Bikeshare programs are also available in the D.C. area, including Limebike, Motobike and Jump.

    Rosslyn is easily accessible by car. Please note that, at certain times, traffic is heavy. Be aware of HOV lane rules and highway tolls in the area.

    Parking is available at 1100 Wilson Boulevard, where the Darden office is located, for $8 an hour or $16 a day.

    Airport Information

    Reagan National Airport is the closest airport. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Dulles International Airport also offer easy access.

    Amtrak Train Information

    Amtrak trains to the closest stations, Alexandria (ALX) or Union Station (WAS), can be booked via the Amtrak website

    Alexandria Station (ALX) - Also known as "King Street Alexandria" 
    110 Callahan Drive 
    Alexandria, Virginia 22301-2752

    Washington, D.C. Union Station (WAS) - Also known as "Washington, Union Station" 
    50 Massachusetts Avenue NE 
    Washington, D.C. 20002-4214

    Taxis are available at each Amtrak station, and ride request services like Uber or Lyft are available in the Washington, D.C., area.

    To travel by Amtrak train to or from Charlottesville:

    Charlottesville Station (CVS) 
    810 West Main St 
    Charlottesville, Virginia 22903


    1. Train #20 (The Crescent): Scheduled to depart Charlottesville at 7:09 a.m. (9:32 a.m. arrival in Alexandria, 9:53 a.m. in Washington). 

    2. Train #175 (Northeast Regional): Scheduled to depart Charlottesville at 8:52 a.m. (11:05 a.m. arrival in Alexandria, 11:20 a.m. in Washington). 


    1. Train #171 (Northeast Regional): Scheduled to depart Washington Union Station at 4:50 p.m. (5:11 p.m. departure from Alexandria). Arrival in Charlottesville at 7:23 p.m.
    2. Train #19 (The Crescent): Scheduled to depart Washington Union Station at 6:30 p.m. (6:47 p.m. departure from Alexandria). Arrival in Charlottesville at 8:47 p.m.

    Metro Information

    To travel by Metro to the Darden Grounds in Rosslyn, take the Orange, Silver or Blue lines to the Rosslyn Metro Station (1850 N. Moore Street Arlington, Virginia 22209).

    Following are instructions for taking the Metro from ALX and WAS to UVA Darden DC Metro:

    Metro from Alexandria Amtrak Station (ALX) to Rosslyn:

    • Walk off Amtrak platform to “King Street, Old Town” Metro Station, approximately 0.25 miles
    • Take the Blue Line train to Largo Town Center (trains run every 12 minutes or less)
    • Travel to Rosslyn station (just after Arlington Cemetery Station) 
    • Once on the Metro, the trip should take less than 25 minutes

    Metro from Union Station Amtrak Station (WAS) to Rosslyn: 

    • From Amtrak platform, follow signs to Metro station
    • Take Red Line toward Shady Grove (trains run every 12 minutes or less)
    • Transfer at the Metro Center to the Blue, Orange or Silver lines (three stops, next stop after Gallery Place Station); the lines run every 12 minutes or less
    • Take four stops to Rosslyn station (just after Farragut North Station)
    • Once on the Metro, the trip should take less than 30 minutes 

    Bus Information

    Greyhound provides daily bus service to D.C. from most locations, including Charlottesville.

    There are two buses a day from Charlottesville to D.C. and from D.C. to Charlottesville, making stops in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Springfield, Virginia, and ending at D.C.’s Union Station (after D.C., the bus continues on to Baltimore). The Charlottesville bus station is located on West Main Street across from the Residence Inn.

    Bus travel typically takes approximately 3.5 hours, city to city, but timing will vary depending upon traffic, driver, etc.

    Trip options are as follows:

    Charlottesville to D.C. - 8:45 a.m./4:50 p.m.

    D.C. to Charlottesville - 9:40 a.m./5:05 p.m.

    Upon arrival at Union Station, take the Metro to Rosslyn or travel via taxi or ride service such as Uber and Lyft.

    Taxi Information

    To access a taxi near Darden’s Rosslyn office, use the taxi stand at the Waterview/Deloitte building, or flag a patrolling taxi in front of 1100 Wilson Boulevard on evenings from 4–6 p.m.

  • Conference Participants
    Gabe Adams University of Virginia
    Moran Anisman-Razin University of Limerick
    Giselle Antoine Washington University in St. Louis
    Noah Askin INSEAD
    Bruce Avolio University of Washington
    Peter Belmi University of Virginia
    Ethan Bernstein Harvard Business School
    Jim Berry UCL School of Management
    Hayley Blunden American University
    Christina Bradley University of Michigan
    Henrik Bresman INSEAD
    Mark Clark American University
    Matt Cronin George Mason University
    Michael Daniels University of British Columbia
    Tobias Dennerlein IESE Business School
    Leander De Schutter Rotterdam School of Management
    Jim Detert University of Virginia
    Laurel Detert University of Michigan
    Kurt Dirks Washington University in St. Louis
    Lisa Dragoni Wake Forest University
    Kaeleen Drummey University of Washington
    Lily Ellis University of Virginia
    Erin Frey University of Southern California
    Alex Gerbasi University of Exeter Business School
    Steffen Giessner Rotterdam School of Management
    Lindy Greer University of Michigan
    Janaki Gooty University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Emily Grijalva University at Buffalo
    Cristiano Guarana Indiana University
    Morela Hernandez University of Michigan
    Nathan Hiller Florida International University
    David Hofmann University of North Carolina
    Ilke Inceoglu University of Exeter
    Stefanie Johnson Rice University
    Hemant Kakkar Duke University
    Ronit Kark Bar-Ilan University
    Joon Kim University of Cambridge
    Nadav Klein INSEAD
    Katherine Klein University of Pennsylvania
    Kevin Kniffin Cornell University
    Timothy Kundro University of Notre Dame
    Dave Lebel University of Pittsburgh
    Julia Lee University of Michigan
    Hannes Leroy Rotterdam School of Management
    Jeffrey Lovelace University of Virginia
    Dave Mayer University of Michigan
    Elizabeth McClean Cornell University
    Jochen Menges University of Zurich and University of Cambridge
    Celia Moore Imperial College London
    Chris Myers Johns Hopkins University
    Samir Nurmohamed University of Pennsylvania
    Mandy O'Neill George Mason University
    Bobby Parmar University of Virginia
    Gianpierro Petriglieri INSEAD
    Nate Pettit New York University
    Melanie Prengler University of Virginia
    Sim Sitkin Duke University
    Gretchen Spreitzer University of Michigan
    Elizabeth Trinh University of Michigan
    John Sumanth Wake Forest University
    Daan van Knippenberg Rotterdam School of Management
    Niels Van Quaquebeke Kuhne Logistics University
    Ned Wellman Arizona State University
    Todd Woodruff United States Military Academy West Point
    Jeremy Yip Georgetown University
    Ayana Younge University of Virginia
    Ting Zhang Harvard Business School
    Jingtao Zhu Rotterdam School of Management


  • Practical Information

    Contact person

    Amy Fitzgerald
    Conference Coordinator

    General Information

    UVA Darden Sands Family Grounds is located in the Rosslyn district of Arlington, Virginia:

    UVA Darden Sands Family Grounds
    1100 Wilson Boulevard
    Floors 30-31
    Arlington, Virginia 22209

  • Guest Speakers Session Info

    Mark Beall

    Title and Abstract: Frontier AI Research and Implications for Leadership and Strategy

    Mark will introduce attendees to the world of frontier AI research and offer a point of view on its implications for leadership and strategy. We will level set on a common working understanding of AI and its development and why a breakthrough in May 2020 ushered in a new era of AI with profound implications for organizations and the future of work. 

    Bio: Mark Beall is a globally recognized digital strategy and policy leader. He is a cofounder and CEO of Gladstone AI. In a world where AI strategy and business strategy are becoming synonymous, Gladstone provides customers with near-real time tracking of advanced AI capabilities and operationally relevant training for non technical terms. 

    Previously, Mark was a civil servant whose assignments took him from eastern Afghanistan to the Pentagon, where he served seven U.S. Defense Secretaries and one Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on a wide range of national security issues. During his last assignment in government, Mark helped found and scale DoD's Joint AI Center and led its strategy and policy directorate. 


    Daniel I. Rubenstein

    Title and Abstract: Leadership: If Animals Could Talk This is What They Would Say

    Most animal species live solitary lives apart from when they get together to mate. But for those who are social, their societies vary in size, composition, connectivity, duration and much, much more. The unique features of a society in which a species finds itself is built upon social relationships that emerge as individuals try to solve particular ecological problems that nature throws at them. And given that actions likely benefiting an individual might also weaken the many bonds that make social living beneficial in the first place, social animals are continuously challenged when maintaining group cohesion and coordinating collective action. My presentation will let animals reveal the many ways that leadership emerges in their societies to meet these challenges. 

    Bio: Dan Rubenstein is a behavioral ecologist who studies how environmental variation and individual differences shape social behavior, social structure, sex roles, and the dynamics of populations. He has special interests in all species of wild horses, zebras, and assess, and has done field work on them throughout the world identifying rules governing decision-making, the emergence of complex behavioral patterns and how these understandings influence their management and conservation. In Kenya he also works with pastoral communities to develop and assess impacts of various grazing strategies on rangeland quality, wildlife use and livelihoods. He has also developed a scout program for gathering data on Grevy's zebras and created curricular modules for local schools to raise awareness about the plight of this endangered species. He engages people as 'Citizen Scientists' and has recently extended his work to measuring the effects of environmental change, including issues pertaining to the global commons and changes wrought by management and by global warming, on behavior. 

    Rubenstein is the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology at Princeton University. He is former Chair of Princeton University's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and has served as Director of Princeton's Programs in African Studies and Program in Environmental Studies. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1972 and his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1977 before receiving NSF-NATIO and King's College Junior Research Fellowships for post-doctoral studies at Cambridge University. As the Eastman Professor, he spent a year in Oxford as a Fellow of Balliol College. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received Princeton University's President's Award for Distinguished Teaching and he has recently completed his term as president of the Animal Behavior Society and now serves on the AAAS and Ecological Society Councils as well as on the board of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Honor Research Society. He has also recently received the Animal Behavior Society's Exemplar award and the Sigma Xi Honor Society's McGovern Science & Society Award. 


    Barbara Van Dahlen

    Title and Abstract: Our World is Experiencing an Unprecedented Mental Health Crisis Affecting Every Business and Every Sector. Does Your Research and Teaching Sufficiently Acknowledge and Address This?

    The global mental health crisis is not new, but has been exacerbated by the last three years of COVID, widespread social unrest and global economic challenges. We are seeing an unprecedented rise in all manner of mental health concerns - including anxiety, depression, suicide, and substance abuse. Leaders - and their families - are not immune from being directly affected, nor are they excused from responding to a public health crisis that may be out of their area of expertise or comfort. 

    As educators, mentors, and influencers, what can you do to address the emotional pain and suffering that affects those you teach and train, and in turn, those who they lead? As a person of influence in our society, where can you lend your expertise and your power to make a difference for this generation of current and emerging leaders and for those who will follow?

    Bio: Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen is the Co-Chair, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WeBe Life Inc. A licensed clinical psychologist, she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991. Dr. Van Dahlen is the host of the WeBe Channel series Ask Dr. B on YouTube and the mental health consultant for the ABC television drama, A Million Little Things. She currently serves as the Chief Psychology Officer and MindX Sciences and is a Senior Advisor to DSS. 

    Dr. Van Dahlen is the former Executive Director of The President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS), a U.S. Cabinet Level Task Force, created by Presidential Executive Order in 2019, to build the first all-of-government and whole-of-nation effort focused on suicide prevention with our Veterans leading the way. As a key element of the PREVENTS effort, Dr. Van Dahlen developed the first national public health campaign focused on suicide prevention. 

    Dr. Van Dahlen is also the Founder of Give an Hour ( a national nonprofit organization that provides free mental health care tot hose in need including service members, veterans and their families. Dr. Van Dahlen also founded the Campaign to Change Direction in 2015, a global initiative focused on changing the culture of mental health. Change Direction is a public health approach that encourages everyone to learn the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering that indicates someone may be struggling emotionally and may need help.

    Named to TIME magazine's 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world and a 2020 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine, Dr. Van Dahlen is an expert on the psychological impact of war and a thought leader in mobilizing constituencies to create large system change in the mental health sector. She is widely recognized for her work in changing the culture associated with mental health in order to remove barriers and increase access to care. Dr. Van Dahlen has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and TIME, and has been interviewed by many of the most well-known media outlets.