Intentional Leadership

Moving Women Forward

Center for Executive Leadership – Intentional Leadership

Intentional Leadership is a series of highly interactive and practical workshops designed for Rutherford Cable. It focuses on the actions you can take to gain better control of your work life and influence others. We share some of the latest research on the power of positive leadership, habits, workplace engagement, and working with others. Each session challenges participants to examine what is working, what needs to change, and Raffo and Clark facilitate structured activities to make that change achievable.

4 session beginning January 22nd held at the Miller Executive Education Center at MTSU

Classes held January 22nd,  29th, February 5th and 12th

Times: 5-7 pm
Cost: Early registration special of $125. After December 24th, cost is $150.

Exclusive to RUTHERFORD Cable Members

Scholarships are available on a limited basis to qualified applicants.

Scholarship applications are available online. Deadline is December 15th


Curriculum Highlights

Much of what we do is because of habits that we have formed over time. In this session, we explore the power of the habit. Using the habit loop, we will examine the habits in our lives that are getting in the way of the life we seek and in leading others. We also explore the power of being more intentional and commit to action using an accountability plan.

Most of us want to be engaged (committed, invested, challenged) in our work but nearly 70% report not being engaged. In this session, we focus on what we can do individually to remain engaged and how as a leader to ensure that those you work with are engaged.

An effective leader has strong relationships with others. In this session, we cover the topics of seeking feedback for leadership growth, exploring the currencies you have to exchange in the workplace for influence, how to work better with difficult people, and improving your mentoring circle.

New research is uncovering the benefits of a positive mindset on work outcomes and leadership. In this session, we explore the principles mindfulness and how they apply to leading others, learn how to inspire well-being in organizations, and meet challenges that leave us feeling overwhelmed, drained, or unfocused


Course Instructor

Deana Raffo, Ed.D., is a Professor of Management in the Jones College of Business at MTSU. She is the Director of the Institute of Leadership Excellence and serves as the Coordinator of the Leadership Studies Minor. She has been the primary curriculum developer and professor for many of MTSU’s undergraduate leadership courses and is graduate faculty teaching Leading Organizations in the MBA program. She has enjoyed a more than 25-year-long career at MTSU with rich professional experiences involving student services, student leadership development, and leadership education. Her research focuses on the personal development aspects of leadership as well as the introspective qualities in leadership. 

Dr. Deana Raffo

Professor of Management
MTSU Jones College of Business

Leigh Anne Clark, Ph.D., J.D., is an Associate Professor of Management in the Jones College of Business at MTSU. She combines her Psychology, Law, and Management education in her work with Organizations focusing on the people side of management. She is Coordinator of the Department of Management’s Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation Initiative and a graduate faculty member teaching Organization Behavior, Leading Organizations, and Non-Profit Leadership courses. Her research focuses on the ethics of technology, privacy, leadership and organizational behavior, and business ethics in general. Dr. Clark obtained her law degree from Emory University in 1992, and worked for private, government, and nonprofit organizations in Georgia before obtaining her Doctor of Business Administration with a focus in Organization Studies from Southern Illinois University in 2007. 



Dr. Leigh Anne Clark

Associate Professor of Management

MTSU Jones College of Business