Looking for inspiration and practical suggestions for leading in this unprecedented time?

Engage with leaders from across the university in the LeaderConnection 30-minute Zoom webinars. This five-week series provides insights, examples and resources to help you lead with agility and grace through uncertainty and unplanned change.

Join the conversation to hear how each leader is navigating this time. Listen live, ask questions and strengthen your leadership practice.

Please see speaker bios below along with resources and practices suggested from each session. The series is open to all Ohio State faculty and staff. Recordings available after the session.

“None of us are born knowing what is true; we either have to discover what’s true for ourselves or believe and follow others. The key is to know which path will yield better results.” – Ray Dalio

Mike Anderson is the Associate Vice President of Enterprise Applications, and the Director of the Enterprise Project. Mike leads people from the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and also business analysts, staff assigned from other units, and consultants from all corners of the organization to ensure the success of the massive transition to Workday. Mike’s work relies heavily on communication, coordination on a large scale, and resiliency in the face of change – planned and sometimes unplanned.

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Daily practices from Mike Anderson

  • Makes his bed every morning.
  • Writes down 3 things in a gratitude journal each morning.


Dr. Ritter is Ohio State’s new Executive Dean and Vice Provost for the College of Arts and Sciences, having started in July 2019. Dr. Ritter is a leading expert in the history of women’s constitutional rights and contemporary issues of democracy and citizenship in America. Dr. Ritter joined Ohio State from Cornell University where she served as the dean of arts and sciences from 2013 to 2018, before returning to faculty. Dr. Ritter brings a breadth and depth of experience and a steady presence to leading the largest arts and sciences community in the country.

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Daily practices from Gretchen Ritter

  • Time in Nature
  • Intentional thinking about how, in this time of renewal, we are giving ourselves opportunities to regenerate


Dr. Jones is the Dean and Director of Ohio State’s Mansfield Campus. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature from UCLA, and a strong background in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. At Ohio State since 2004, Dr. Jones is leading with grace and excitement as he embraces the many opportunities that leading a regional campus offers, including managing shared services with North Central State College. Prior to being selected as the Dean and Director in 2018, Dr. Jones was the Associate Dean for the Mansfield campus.

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Daily “downtime” practices from Norman Jones

  • Spending time with family
  • Dog therapy
  • Playing the piano


Dr. Shivers comes to our series as the newly appointed Vice President for Student Life.  She has student affairs experience from several public research universities, along with teaching educational policy and leadership studies.  Dr. Shivers has the unique opportunity to positively impact more than 6,500 employees (including students, exempt and civil service staff, as well as graduate assistants) in more than 40 departments, each having different needs from a leadership perspective.

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Daily Practices from Melissa Shivers

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Helen Patton is the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Ohio State. Her work in the cyber-security and risk space has been nationally recognized, and her drive for innovation and collaboration fuels the cutting-edge products and processes that come out of the Enterprise Security areas. Helen champions professional development and supportive leadership practices as fundamental elements of culture in a fast-paced, ever-changing security operations and privacy world.

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Daily Practices from Helen Patton

  • Personal – an increased focus on my health – more walks with my dog & eating better
  • Team – tracking our work and focusing on what seems easier and what feels harder as we work outside our office environment, so that when we return to our new normal, our team can amplify what seems easier and reduce factors that make our work harder