What if leaders from business, government/policy and the social sector had knowledge and expertise not just within their own fields, but across these other sectors as well?
How might these leaders better address not only their own organizational challenges, but also complex social problems that span across sectors, if they were familiar with the language and tools of each other's fields?
This thinking led to the University of Virginia's Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows (TSL) program, a cross-university effort designed to explore effective, responsible leadership and the importance of multi-disciplinary perspectives in decision-making. The fellowship brings together prominent global leaders with graduate students and faculty from UVA’s policy, business and law schools for a series of intimate and dynamic discussions. In each session, the fellows have the opportunity to view a situation or challenge from this leader's perspective, firsthand. Examples of notable leaders who have volunteered their time and energy to host round-table conversations with the students include:
- Melody Barnes, Co-Director, UVA Democracy Initiative; Professor of Practice, Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor, UVA Miller Center; Distinguished Fellow, UVA Law
- Michael Finnegan, President, Atlantic Media
- Margie Graves, Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer for the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
- Ted Mathas, Chairman and CEO, New York Life Insurance
- Gail McGovern, President and CEO, American Red Cross
- Wick Moorman, former President and CEO, Amtrak; former President and CEO, Norfolk Southern Railway
- DJ Nordquist, US Executive Director, World Bank Group
- Shamina Singh, President, MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth
- Caryl Stern, President and CEO, UNICEF USA
The Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows program is administered by the Institute for Business in Society and advised by faculty across all three schools.