What is leadership education and what can we build in students now that will serve them well when facing the unknown challenges of the future? What does leadership look like in a digital environment? What is socially just leadership education and why is it important? How do we increase capacity and affordability to provide leadership opportunities for ALL students? How can we effectively measure the success of leadership programs?

Learn the answers to these questions and more as host Tony Doody interviews Kathy Guthrie (Florida State University) and Robyn Ginese (Rutgers University). Please contribute to the conversation by emailing questions before the show to tony@higheredlive.com or by tweeting live during the show using the #higheredlive hashtag. We’ll do our best to infuse questions from viewers (with attribution) into the live conversation.


Episode Host

Tony Doody

Tony Doody

Tony Doody has over 25 years of practical experience and oversight in senior leadership positions within the Higher Education industry in the areas of Facilities Management, New Student Orientation, Recreation, Parent and Family Programs, Leadership and Training, Marketing and Communications, Adult Learning, and Major Events and Programs. He currently serves as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Delaware. Over the last six years, Tony has presented at over thirty universities and national conferences on topics of innovation, digital leadership, technology, and unconventional leadership. He received the Diamond Honoree Award from the ACPA Foundation, the highest honor of the American College Personnel Association, recognizing transformative contributions to the field (2017) and earned NASPA's 2017 Technology Emerging Practice Award. In addition, Tony has worked over 20 years as a consultant in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, risk-taking, innovation, social media, conflict resolution, and team cohesiveness. Past clients include J&J, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Vistakon, Navigant, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, United Way, Merrill Lynch, Tumi International, and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.


Robyn Ginese

Robyn Ginese is the director for leadership and experiential learning through the Division of Student Affairs at Rutgers University – NB where she has worked to advance the vision, strategy, and management of a new office tasked with designing diverse leadership development opportunities for the 40,000+ student population spread over five campuses. She is a dynamic leader with expertise in instructional design, organizational change, and student and staff development. With twelve years of progressive experience in higher education and student affairs, Ginese has experience in multiple functional areas including design and oversight of institutional leadership models, large-scale programming, club and organization management, student government association advisement, Greek Life, recruitment and training, service-learning initiatives, and experience in residence life, multicultural education, and career development. She cultivates leadership through experiential learning and creates structure and procedure to advance newly designed initiatives with a strategic focus on blending ingenuity with implementation. Ginese has experience working within a range of institutional types, serving national associations, and developing a broad range of student populations. She graduated with a Master’s of Education from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor’s from Brandeis University with a double major in Political Science and History and a Concentration in Legal Studies.


Kathy Guthrie

Dr. Kathy Guthrie has been in higher education for 20 years, 8 years as a student affairs practitioner and 12 years as a faculty member. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Higher Education, Coordinator of the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies, and Director of the Leadership Learning Research Center at Florida State University. She researches, practices, and teaches in higher education and creating leadership learning opportunities, where she has a strong purpose in awakening students’ passion to make a positive change. Kathy has recent publications including co-authoring The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning and co-editing Changing the Narrative: Socially Just Leadership Education, both published this year. Kathy also serves as the Associate Editor of the New Directions in Student Leadership series. Every day Kathy works for a better world for her 5-year-old daughter, Kinley, who inspires her to be the best version of herself. You can connect with her @kathylguthrie