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Lili Powell, MA, PhD

Professor, Communication and Leadership Presence

Lili Powell, MA, PhD

Professor, Communication and Leadership Presence


Lili Powell is a professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where she teaches MBA, EMBA, and executive education classes in leadership, management, and corporate communication. Dr. Powell has designed and taught courses ranging from the required first year MBA course in management communication to elective courses and executive classes on communicating across cultural boundaries, managing communication as a critical resource, and communicating through leadership presence. Prior to Darden, Dr. Powell taught courses in public speaking, rhetoric, interpersonal communication, and leadership at Northwestern University.

Dr. Powell has authored business case studies and technical notes, has presented her work at numerous conferences, and is coauthor of Women in Business: The Changing Face of Leadership. She is currently writing a new book, Present: Leadership as Wise Practice.

As a consultant, facilitator, instructor, and coach, Dr. Powell has assisted a variety of organizations and universities and serves on the advisory board for the UVA Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures. She is currently codirector of the MBA/MEd dual degree, designed to promote innovation in education reform.

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