The Leader's Journey: Key Tips for Leadership Success

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: July 30, 2019
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  • Leading Change - Planting People, Growing Justice
  • Leadership Qualities
  • Your Leadership DNA
  • Coaching
  • Tangible Outcomes
  • Narrative/Authentic Leadership
  • Reflection
  • Conclusion/Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes
Recorded: July 30, 2019


Leadership is a journey often mistaken for a destination. On this journey, one learns many lessons: how to lead effectively, build new bridges, and establish a vision for the future. This is the foundation of leadership growth. Lawyers are the gatekeepers of justice--they effect social change, exercise influence around a shared vision, and lead change. In order to address the social justice challenges of our time, lawyers must be equipped to exercise leadership as an indispensable tool. This course will assist you in the development of your core leadership competencies while establishing the key disposition of “new social justice lawyering.” The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct states, “As a public citizen, a lawyer should seek improvement of the law, access to the legal system, the administration of justice and the quality of service rendered by the legal profession.”

Faculty member Dr. Artika Tyner will draw upon her scholarly research and professional experience to offer practical guidance that will help you embrace your unique leadership qualities; foster your leadership development; and make a difference in the world. A lawyer herself, Dr. Tyner will share highlights from her first book, The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice and her latest book, The Leader’s Journey (2nd Edition). The books cover topics that are essential for the 21st century lawyer to strive, lead change, and make an impact in a global world. In addition, Honorable Bukola Oriola will provide strategies for crafting your leadership narrative. A renowned journalist who later become a victim of human trafficking, Hon. Oriola has mastered the skills of leading and has succeeded in becoming an international author and storyteller, national advocate and consultant, and entrepreneur. Finally, Dr. Vanjelis Ngwa will challenge you to cultivate your limitless power and coach your way to success. He started out by seeking to understand the complex dynamics of an ever-changing global world and the role ‘power’ plays in one’s leadership journey. As a lawyer, how do you properly comprehend and leverage the concept of power to achieve personal and organizational goals? In answering this question, you will learn how to lead effectively and strategically.

This program was recorded on July 30th, 2019.

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American Bar Association


Monica Habia

Program Manager, Center on Race, Leadership & Social Justice
University of St. Thomas School of Law

Monica Habia is a global citizen, educator, community advocate, and emerging scholar. Habia is a public policy and leadership graduate from the University of St. Thomas master’s program. A 2016 graduate-fellow of the Luann Dummer Center for Women, her research explored the role of African women leaders. Currently, she serves as the program manager for the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Monica was a 2015 MILEAD Fellow, a fellowship that recognizes outstanding emerging women leaders across Africa. The fellowship launched her service learning projects in deprived communities in Ghana. She focused on improving literacy rates, access to education, and the leadership development of young women.

Prior to her studies in the United States, Monica Yaa Habia was born and raised in Ghana, where she earned her BA from the University of Ghana in Political Science. Upon completion of her degree, she served as a teaching assistant at the Department of Political Science and program coordinator at the Ghana YMCA.

As a champion for educational success, she recently co-authored a children’s book – “Amazing Africa: A to Z” to help bridge the knowledge gap about Africa. She is an active volunteer in K-12 settings and community organizations (African Immigration Services, Ujamaa Place, Books for Africa). She aspires to become a human rights attorney.

Dr. Vanjelis Ngwa

Collisa Group

Dr. Van Ngwa is a speaker, coach, consultant, and author. He obtained his education from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, beginning with a bachelors in business management. Seeking to understand the complex dynamics of an ever-changing global world, he went on to obtain a masters in leadership. His constant thirst for knowledge culminated in the pursuit of a doctorate with a concentration on understanding the concept of power.

Dr. Van also counts among his credentials an International Coach Federation (ICF) approved certificate in executive coaching. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships including most recently the Nido Quebein scholarship from the National Speaker’s Association (NSA). Dr. Van possesses an unrelenting curiosity for understanding which he believes is at the root of all success. He has a knack for grasping complex issues and breaking them down into simple understandable terms.

Dr. Van’s expertise is on the topic of power. Through his company Collisa Group, he works with a team of experts to help individuals, leaders, and organizations properly comprehend and leverage the concept of power in order to achieve their personal and organizational goals. He has equally served as an adjunct lecturer in leadership at the University of St. Thomas where he instructed masters and doctoral students on various aspects of leadership. Dr. Van has taken the stage on various platforms within the United States as well as globally; most recently in Dubai. He has worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies such as Target and Medtronic (nationally and internationally) and brings a wealth of experience providing speaking, coaching, and consulting services on various aspects of power and leadership to individuals in corporate, nonprofit, religious, education, sports, and entertainment worlds.

Bukola Oriola

The Entian Story

Bukola Oriola is a speaker, author, mentor, advocate, entrepreneur, and member, U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. Appointed by President Barack Obama in December 2015, Oriola is also an award winning journalist and a survivor of labor trafficking. She has dedicated her life to helping others by sharing her story, and offering practical solutions to service providers, clinics, community members, and law enforcement on how to help victims of human trafficking. Oriola is a consultant for Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVCTTAC).

Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Director - Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice
University of St. Thomas

Dr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought after speaker, and advocate for justice. At the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Dr. Tyner serves as the founding director of the Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice. She is committed to training students to serve as social engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom.

Tyner received her B.A. from Hamline University (Major: English; Certificate: Conflict Studies). Due to her passion for advocating for social justice and educational policy reform, she decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas. She began her journey with law school since she recognized that the law is a language of power and therefore she sought to become well versed in the law.

Subsequently, Tyner earned a Master of Public Policy and Leadership in order to gain tools for effecting social change through policy reform efforts. Later, inspired by the legacy of W.E.B. Dubois, she obtained a Doctorate in Leadership. Her doctoral studies provided her with key tools for serving in her community and promoting social justice. Dr. Tyner is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. She provides leadership development and career coaching for young professionals. She has also developed leadership educational materials for K-12 students, college/graduate students, faith communities and nonprofits.

Additionally, Dr. Tyner teaches leadership coursework on ethics, critical reflection, and organizational development. Her research focuses on diversity/inclusion, community development, and civil rights. She has presented her research and conducted leadership training programs both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Tyner leads by example by organizing policy campaigns, fostering restorative justice practices, developing social entrepreneurship initiatives, and promoting assets-based community development. She serves as a global citizen by supporting education, entrepreneurship, and women’s leadership initiatives in Africa.

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