Each school year the CIL Executive Leadership Fellows Program invites up to four highly accomplished leaders from the public, private, or nonprofit sectors to enhance the academic environment of the Center by sharing their professional expertise through writing projects, original research, student consultation, faculty engagement, and teaching related to cross sector leadership.
Participation in the CIL Executive Leadership Fellows Program is flexible and can be tailored to fit the needs, availability, and interests of individual Fellows. In general, however, Fellows are asked to contribute an average of 10-16 hours per month throughout the academic year to:
• Engage in writing or research related to an integrative leadership issue of the Fellow’s choosing
• Serve in an ad hoc advisory capacity to CIL student leadership groups
• Present, lead, or participate in Leadership Forum discussions with University students, faculty, and staff
• Co-teach one or two graduate course sessions related to integrative leadership
Steve is the Executive Director of Washburn Center for Children. He has long been a leader in shaping children’s mental health policy in Minnesota and across the country. He received a Leadership Award in 2006 for sustained leadership in children’s mental health and recently received the 2012 Transformational Leadership Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
Wendy is a leadership and innovation educator who works at the crossroads between different sectors, cultures and geographies. She is the Founder and Director of the Creative Leadership Studio, bringing creative approaches to changemakers who want to be more innovative and effective in complex environments.
Vanessa is a former General Counsel of Optum. She was previously Vice President and Senior Counsel for Medtronic's Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management and Neuromodulation businesses, as well as Senior Legal Counsel for Medtronic Europe, Middle East and Africa. She was previously an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and practiced U.S. and international law in the Legal Adviser's Office at the U.S. Department of State and on the Faculty of Laws at the University of Sheffield in England and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for Judge Stephen Trott .