Becoming a Scholarly Leader in the Women and Leadership Research Community

Becoming a Scholarly Leader in the Women and Leadership Research Community

Welcome to the new Women in Leadership blog.  I’ve had such a wonderful experience becoming an emerging scholarly leader and joining the women and leadership community of scholars I decided to share my experiences.  Perhaps I’m not the only one who has wanted to join a community of scholars and wondered how to get started.  Perhaps I’m not the only one who has been hesitant to take the first step. 

I hope sharing my experiences and the experiences of some of the other scholarly leaders in the women and leadership community will help others take their own first steps!  I was very lucky.  One day while sharing my dreams and bemoaning my fate, I had a colleague convince me to take a first step, observing that the worst that could happen would be my email could be ignored or I’d get a “sorry we aren’t interested in you” return email – and I’d have wasted a whole half hour reaching out!  Sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it!  Why did it seem so hard before I tried?   He (note it was a he!) suggested I reach out to a conference chair, share my vita, and say I wanted to be involved.  That seemed rather silly and impractical to me – but I sent the email and received an almost immediate response offering a variety of ways to get involved.  I picked one, and “joined” the women and leadership community of scholars – or at least took a first major step on the path to join.  I’d been fortunate enough to stumble upon the Women and Leadership Affinity Group of the International Leadership Association ( as it was planning its first biennial conference at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA. 

So, who am I and what will I share in my new BLOG? 

I’m a prior IBM senior middle manager with a background in strategy, IT, finance, and software development.  I have a BS from Simmons College (in Finance), a MS from Columbia University’s Master Degree Program for Executives (courtesy of IBM), a DBA from Boston University with a focus on strategy, and am a doctoral faculty member and senior research fellow at the University of Phoenix.  I’m a practitioner at heart and do tons of practical volunteer work, yet I’ve long dreamed of being a thought leader and writing articles and books that change the world.  I have the credentials, but moving into the scholarly leadership world at this point in life seemed impossible (I am “mature”).   But it is happening and happening quite quickly; I’m on the path to becoming a scholarly leader in the area that has captured my attention – the world of women and leadership.

I’ll share some of the wonderful experiences I’ve had since that first email early in 2013 and experiences yet to come as I become a scholarly leader in the women and leadership community!  I’ll tell of reaching out and being bold, I’ll tell of starting new research teams and working on research teams, I’ll tell of submitting to peer-reviewed conferences and being accepted or rejected and what can be learned from each, I’ll tell of becoming a reviewer, I’ll share experiences submitting chapters for scholarly books and articles to peer-reviewed journals, I’ll share my experiences editing a research-based book, I’ll share my adventures attending conferences and introducing doctoral students to presenting and conferences, I’ll share what it was like to co-chair a research stream for a conference, and be the program chair for a women and leadership research conference.  It is hard for me to believe, but I’ve done all these things (most of them for the first time) in the past three years!    I’ll also introduce you to some of the wonderful women I meet (and the occasional men;-)) who are movers and shakers in the women and leadership research community and to some of the research centers around the world focused on developing women and leadership research and scholars and some of the exciting events available for all of us to attend.  And I’ll share other adventures I can’t even begin to imagine yet!  Perhaps I’ll even share some reminiscences from long ago when I was a pioneer woman leader in the practitioner world.  I hope you’ll join me for the journey!


If you have comments or questions I’d love to hear from you!


Linda Gutsch's picture Linda Gutsch | July 1, 2016 7:08 am MST

Thanks for sharing some highlights of your journey, Lynne.   Your vision is inspiring and your background is intimidating!  (in a good way!)   I have a passion for the possibilities that exist for female leadership.   I believe that strong leadership comes from a cultivated deep well inside of each of us, and it takes an inspiring leader to help us tap into our passions and explore our potential for leading.   Your guidance in this research hub, plus the hours of reading, reviewing, researching and reaching out to us is a huge plus in helping women like me take the first steps to getting actively involved.  Thank You!

 Many of us have untapped dreams of making a difference in this world and in being able to reach out and help others.  My background is in education, as an elementary teacher and school administrator.  I love working with people and trying to help them discover their talents, skills and hidden gems of genius! From the little “ah-ha” moments of watching a young student grasp a new understanding in a science class, or pick up a book and get so engrossed that they choose reading over recess is exciting to me!   It’s the little successes in our lives that can help guide us to opening doors to the larger world of leadership and empowering ourselves and others.

 As a novice in scholarly research, I am excited to join you for this journey!   I will make a commitment to prioritizing my time and “life schedule” to accommodate my own learning, and to join in the rich dialogues on women and leadership to share with others. 

Lynne Devnew's picture Lynne Devnew | July 1, 2016 2:01 pm MST

Hi Linda, 

Your post made me think of a chapter we just received v2 back for what we hope will be final updates  (the biggest thing we need to add is something I've always insisted my students include and yet didn't include somehow, a roadmap through the chapter).  I've been working with a great team of women on a literature based paper on Women's Leadership Aspirations. I was fascinated to realize we all have an implicit undertanding of how leaders behave that we form from watching others, and we decide whether that is a way we'd like to behave and whether we have the self-efficacy to behave that way as we develop our aspirations.  This helped me understand the  importance of leader role models - as you have been in your classrooms and as I'm trying to be in this researcher group.

I'm glad you are committed to do the prioritizing to move forward in scholarly research.  One of the things I've been learning these past few years is the importance of moving from merely dreaming to just doing - and being prepared for some rejections!  I'll looking forward to working on this "doing" with you!


Esmie Daniel's picture Esmie Daniel | July 17, 2017 11:08 am MST

I concer with Linda.  I too am a research novice.  However, I am captured my your willingness to be a beacon for women to wants to take their place as leaders, making a difference.  I truly believe a forum such as yours will be helpful.  For those like myself in the process of completing my DM in Organizational Leadership, having ideas for practical pathways is extremely important.

I look forward to following your blog as you move forward and thank you!

Lynne Devnew's picture Lynne Devnew | July 17, 2017 12:37 pm MST

Welcome!  I hope you've enjoyed exploring the entire Women and Leadership Research Group site.  You note you are a novice researcher so I expect you might might the suggested areas of research and lists of foundational articles particularly helpful.

Please let us know when you have questions - there are many reading our posts who should be able to help!




Lynne Devnew's picture Lynne Devnew | July 26, 2017 8:28 am MST

Hi Sue,


I know you are taking some strong step in your journey to be a thought leader.  Please post a link to your BLOG so others can see what you are doing and perhaps share their thoughts.

You might want to start a thread for the discussion.




Paula Miller's picture Paula Miller | August 29, 2017 3:40 pm MST

Dear Dr. Devnew,

I am interested in your Special Interest Group about Women and Leadership Research Community.

It is great that you published a book chapter. That accomplishment along with your award are very deserving

and impressive for all of us. I hope you will continue to share with us your views about leadership and how we

can make a difference.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Paula Miller

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