2012 Greenleaf Scholars Announced

The National Forum has been associated with the Greenleaf Scholars for all four years of its existence.  National Forum graduate students provide administrative assistance to this program which provides early career scholars with fellowships to support rigorous empirical research on servant-leadership.

The Greenleaf Center has selected two more individuals to support as they develop research around servant leadership.

Karoline Evans

Karoline Evans is a Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis where she is completing her degree in organizational behavior. She has particular interest in leadership and team innovation and is currently researching how organizations can use leader and culture development to affect the personal and professional lives of their employees. She also investigates the role of social networks in team and individual innovation. She completed a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before pursuing a doctoral degree, Karoline had a career in research and development at a large consulting firm where she specialized in technology strategy and innovation management. She will be conducting research with Markus Baer of Washington University in St. Louis and Christopher Long of Georgetown University on “The Effects of Employee Training in Servant Leadership on Follower Growth, Empowerment, and Performance.”


Chenwei Liao

Chenwei Liao was born and raised in China. After completing a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Renmin University of China in Beijing, he came to the United
States and obtained his master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is now pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational behavior and human resource management (OB/HRM) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Chenwei has conducted research on the effects of servant leadership, leader-member exchange, and employment relationships on employee and organizational outcomes. His research has been accepted for presentation at academic conferences such as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) annual conferences and the Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior conferences. Also, his coauthored research projects has received recognition and funding from organizations such as the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation and the Center for Human Resource Management (CHRM) at the University of Illinois. His research topic is “Towards an Understanding of Servant Leadership Climate.”



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