Women's Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis: An Interactive Virtual Discussion


Thursday, September 10, 2020 
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join Kayla Sergent, Ph.D. as she discusses the findings of her recent publication on Women’s Leadership in a Crisis. 

The coronavirus disease that emerged in 2019 has shed a light on the need for effective leadership in a crisis. Dr. Sergent's exciting new research has found that women tend to be preferred over men as leaders during uncertain times. 

She is joined for this engaging discussion by a panel of successful female leaders across higher education, politics, the nonprofit sector and industry. Each will share their insights on what it takes to be an effective leader during a crisis.

There will be time for interaction with the panel, as they answer your questions. 

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP today.


    We hope you’ll join us for this online discussion with our great panelists: 

    Victoria Palmisano

    Victoria Palmisano

    Dr. Palmisano is Associate Dean of Business, Communication, and Innovation at Edgewood College. She is an active member of the Student Research Board, Co-Founder and Co-Coordinator of the Edgewood College Perfect Pitch competition. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Art History, Masters in Arts Administration, MBA in General Business, and PhD in Educational Administration. She is currently working towards a Masters of Legal Studies. She has worked with the Urban League of Greater New Orleans & Young Audiences of Louisiana.

    Kelda Roys

    Kelda Roys

    Roys recently won the primary race for Wisconsin's 26th District State Senator. She is founder and CEO of OpenHomes, and she is an attorney. In 2018, she ran for Governor of Wisconsin. She has been an active community leader for two decades, volunteering on boards and committees on civil rights, clean water, legal services for the poor, and the arts. Roys served as vice-chair of the Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform, helping deliver healthcare access to 80,000 Wisconsinites. She passed laws on a range of issues, including health care, economic justice, election & campaign finance reform, and more. She has a Bachelor's degree from NYU & Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

    Renee Moe

    Renee Moe

    Renee is President and CEO of United Way of Dane County, an organization recognized by Charity Navigator as being in the top 3% of U.S. nonprofits. A military kid who grew up on 3 continents, Renee has a JBA in Journalism & Mandarin Chinese, and an MBA from UW-Madison. She has received many awards, including the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, Wisconsin Women of Color Network Power of Unity Award, and UW Business School 8 Under 40.

    Michele Kaiser

    Michele Kaiser

    Michele is the Assembly General Supervisor at John Deere Engine Works. In this position, she leads a team of supervisors and production employees to deliver engines while maintaining excellence in safety, quality, delivery, and productivity. Michele joined Deere in 2011 as Sr. Engineer, after starting her career in engineering at Cummins. Michele is an active member of the SAE Commercial Vehicle Executive council. She holds a BS and Masters degree in Engineering, and an MBA from UW-Madison. She has co-authored three technical papers and holds one international patent.


    Kayla Sergent is an Assistant Professor of Business, Communication, and Innovation at Edgewood College. Her recent publication, "Women’s leadership is associated with fewer deaths during the COVID-19 crisis: Quantitative and qualitative analyses of United States governors,” published in Journal of Applied Psychology, was featured by WebMD News Briefs, Wisconsin Public Radio, PsyPost News, University of Wisconsin-Madison National News, Wisconsin School of Business, UW-Madison Research Newsletter, and the Fisher College of Business Lead Read Today. Forthcoming blogs by Dr. Sergent on Women’s Leadership will be released by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and I/O At Work.



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