I am Professor and Director of MSUE’s Children and Youth Institute, leading collective visioning, resource building and partnership building to enhance programming in early childhood through late adolescence across all 83 counties in Michigan. From 2013-2019, as Chair of MSU’s Human Development and Family Studies department, coinciding with MSU’s initiative to improve federal awards and with MSU’s capital campaign, I led our department in a significant increase in federal grant dollars (648%) and philanthropy (997%), along with a sharpening of our graduate and undergraduate programs. Based on these experiences, I serve as an informal advisor in the Office of the Provost to administrators leading their units through change. Our forthcoming book, “Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff and Slipper” (Cognella Publishers), convenes the perspectives of 23 women academic leaders from diverse backgrounds leading their departments, colleges and universities through innovation and advancement. To support women students in their leadership pathways, I co-administer with MSU alumni and Dr. Amanda Talbot the Women’s Leadership Institute. I am associate editor at the Journal of Women's Health and write a violence prevention blog for the Huffington Post.