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Fielding Graduate University President takes leadership role in gun violence initiative

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Feb 20, 2013

President Meyers to serve as liaison to the national movement on behalf of leaders from California independent colleges to increase the number of university presidents supporting gun control legislation nationwide.

IMG 9128 resized 600Late last year, Meyers became one of the first university presidents to sign an open letter, written on behalf of College Presidents for Gun Safety, addressed to the nation’s policy makers urging the timely passage of gun safety legislation.  Since its release, the letter and accompanying petition have been signed by more than 350 higher education leaders. 

While Meyers was in Washington, D.C. last week for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) National Conference, he attended a press conference with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and had the opportunity to speak to personally, as well as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the executive committee of the American Association of Universities, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and the United States Student Association.  Meyers was one of approximately 100 college and university presidents who attended the press conference as a show of force. 

In addition to attending the press conference, Meyers also spent time visiting with congressional representatives and participated in a collaborative meeting with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that is coordinated out of mayor Bloomberg’s office in New York. Meyers agreed to serve as a liaison to the national movement on behalf of leaders from California independent colleges. To this end, he plans to actively work to increase the number of university presidents supporting the gun control legislation nationwide to reach the goal of 1,000 signatories.

College Presidents for Gun Safety

Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Tags: violence, leadership

Fielding alumna Dorianne Cotter-Lockard accepted for presentation at the International Association of Management, Spirituality, and Religion Conference in Lourdes, France

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Feb 05, 2013

Dorianne Cotter Lockard, PhD resized 600"The Generative Team: How chamber music coaches use love and energy to enable student musicians to collaborate effectively," a paper by Fielding alumna Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, PhD (HOD, '12), was accepted for presentation at the International Association of Management, Spirituality, and Religion Conference in Lourdes, France, May 16-May 19, 2013.

The paper is based on the dissertation study by Cotter-Lockard of the chamber music coaching process and rehearsal techniques used by the Cavani String Quartet (CSQ) at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM).  CSQ designed a set of rehearsal techniques over a 20 year period to address team dynamics and ensemble performance within chamber music groups.  A rehearsal technique is a specific practice taught by the coaches in coaching sessions and used by students during their rehearsals.

The research design included semi-structured interviews of members of the CSQ and their chamber music students, video-recordings of coaching sessions and individual post-coaching session interviews of students and coaches.  The findings showed that creating an environment for learning and performance based on the concepts of loving, relating, and inspiring, is a key factor in the chamber music coaching process.  Furthermore, the findings point to several elements needed to create a generative team: (a) positivity, (b) caring communication, (c) empowerment, (d) commitment, (e) shifting perspective, (f) becoming the other, (g) leaving a legacy, and (h) expressing energy and love.  I discuss how these concepts align with the literature related to spirituality at work, and how they might be applied to non-musical organization settings.      

Cotter-Lockard served as an executive of a Fortune 100 company for eight years, where she was a key member of the “C-level” leadership team, making divisional decisions for a billion dollar subsidiary with 9,000 employees.  Under her leadership, her organization implemented a comprehensive core values, culture management and communication program that included rewards and recognition, hiring, and promotion practices based on demonstration of core values behaviors. 

Cotter-Lockard has taught as an adjunct faculty member at California Lutheran University and served on several academic governance committees at Fielding Graduate University.  She conducts research in the areas of team collaboration, leadership, coaching, music education, and spirituality in the workplace.  She is an active member of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and the Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences.  She serves as the board president of the Science of Mind Archives and Library Foundation and as a board member of the Hefferlin Foundation.     

Cotter-Lockard earned a PhD and an MA in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, and an MBA in Finance from New York University, Stern School of Business.  She earned her bachelor of music degree at the Eastman School of Music and is certified by Deep Change Inc. as a Spiritual Intelligence coach.

Tags: educational leadership, conference, research