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Elizabeth A. Powell

Associate Professor
Kluge Endowed Chair, School of Nursing
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 297
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.A., MA, University of Virginia
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Biography

As an award-winning teacher and associate professor, Lili Powell leads MBA, EMBA and Executive Education classes in leadership, management and corporate communication at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.  In 2017, in recognition for her work in leadership presence and mindful leadership, Powell was awarded a joint appointment as the Kluge Endowed Chair at the University of Virginia's School of Nursing.    

Professor Powell has designed and taught courses ranging from the required First Year MBA course in Management Communication, the elective "Communicating through Leadership Presence," and the executive short course " Leading Mindfully."  Before joining the Darden faculty in 1994, Powell taught courses in public speaking, rhetoric, interpersonal communication, and leadership at Northwestern University.

Dr. Powell has written numerous business case studies and technical notes. She has presented at the Academy of Management, the Conference on Corporate Communication, the Association for Business Communication, the Management Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the Reputation Institute's Conference on Reputation, Image, Identity and Competitiveness. Recently, she accepted an invitation to join the Arthur W. Page Society, whose mission includes advancing the highest professional standards in enterprise leadership and advancing the way corporate communications is understood, practiced, and taught.  She has co-authored Women in Business: The Changing Face of Leadership(Greenwood, 2007). More recently, she has written for Mindful magazine. 

In 2006, Powell completed her first yoga teacher training, which informs her understanding of leading mindfully, meaning the intentional practice of training attention, cultivating goodwill, and exercising a positive influence in the world.  Through her joint appointment at the U.Va. School of Nursing, she collaborates with the Compassionate Care Initiative, which promotes healthy work environments and resilience for healthcare professionals to improve practitioner self-care, patient outcomes, organizational results, and system-wide change.  Powell also serves on the Council for the University of Virginia's Contemplative Sciences Center.  She has enjoyed serving in many interdisciplinary capacities at the University, including leadership roles in the Faculty Senate.  She donates her time by teaching weekly yoga classes for beginners at a community center dedicated to bringing yoga to all income levels in Charlottesville.

As a consultant, facilitator, instructor and coach, Professor Powell has assisted in industries ranging from banking to biotech.  She has worked with numerous national and international businesses, organizations, and universities, including: American Medical Association; Annenberg Foundation; Council for Public Relations Firms; Hilton Worldwide; IAE Business School (Argentina); IBMEC Sao Paul (Brazil); KPMG; Lagos (Nigeria) Public Schools; National Industries for the Blind; Providian Corporation; Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden); United Technologies; University of Virginia; US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and the World Bank.

Professor Powell's diplomas from the University of Virginia include undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Communication Studies, and a master's degree in Rhetoric and Communication Studies.  She earned the Ph.D. in Communication Studies, with a focus on leadership, rhetoric, reputation and performance, from Northwestern University. 

NURS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study in Nursing
GNUR 5030: Leading with Presence in Healthcare
Credits: 2
Part inter-professional discussion and part experiential lab, this course is for current and future healthcare leaders who want to be more effective, mindful, and compassionate. Examine emerging research on mindful leadership, compassion in organizations, and leadership presence. Learn and adapt practices aimed at leading self, team and organization. Gain greater personal resilience, healthier work environments, and higher-quality patient care.
GNUR 5559: New Course in Graduate Nursing
Credits: 1–3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in Graduate Nursing.
GBUS 7211: Management Communications Part II
Credits: 2
This course gives students the guidance and hands-on experience that will allow them to communicate effectively as managers and leaders. Students will examine communication strategies essential for success in business, identify their personal strengths and goals, and practice activities that build upon proven competencies and offer practice in new approaches.
GBUS 7215: Leadership Communication
Credits: 2
This course gives students the guidance and hands-on experience that will allow them to communicate effectively as managers and leaders. Students will examine communication strategies essential for success in business, identify their personal strengths and goals, and practice activities that build upon proven competencies and offer practice in new approaches.
GBUS 7604: Communicating through Leadership Presence
Credits: 2
The aim of this course is to help students have confidence in their unique perspectives and to develop leadership communication skills that fully, creatively, and effectively express their insights. Topics introduced in the required Management Communication course, communication strategy, credibility, storytelling, persuasion will be further examined, specifically in the context of oral communication. .
GBUS 8137: At Your Best - Resilience, Communication and Leadership
Credits: 2
This course focuses on the human need to recover and restore energy on an ongoing basis. After all, when you feel overwhelmed or depleted, it's hard to communicate and lead at your best. The course begins by taking inventory of your resilience, communication and leadership practices, then encourages you to build on your strengths as you sample new methods designed to build resilience of body, mood, mind and spirit.
GBUS 8999: Darden Independent Study
Credits: 2–3
A Darden Independent Study elective includes either case development or a research project to be conducted by an individual student under the direction of a faculty member. Students should secure the agreement of a resident faculty member to supervise their independent study and assign the final grade that is to be based to a significant degree on written evidence of the individual student's accomplishment.