MIT has a long history of turning leadership upside down, starting with the founder of social psychology Kurt Lewin and continuing with a series of foundational leadership scholars. This was formalized in the founding of the MIT Leadership Center by Deborah Ancona in 2005. We’re continuing their mission to share MIT’s brand of leadership with students who will become tomorrow’s problem solvers, tomorrow’s leaders.

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Our Vision 

A global MIT community who engages and enables others to confront and solve the world’s pressing problems. 

Our Mission 

The MIT Leadership Center helps students build the self-knowledge and collaborative capability necessary to make positive organizational and societal change.  

Our Team 

We are a small but mighty team dedicated to helping MIT students develop as dynamic leaders equipped to collaborate with others to solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Our team

Nelson P. Repenning

Nelson P. Repenning

Management Science

School of Management Distinguished Professor of System Dynamics and Organization Studies

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Tracy Purinton

Tracy Purinton

Senior Director and Lecturer, MIT Leadership Center

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Abby Berenson

Abby Berenson

Senior Associate Director, MIT Leadership Center

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Jennifer Paige Montana

Assistant Director, Leadership Center

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Nicki Roth

Nicki Roth

Executive Coaching Lead, MIT Leadership Center

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Allison Pepi

Allison Pepi

Program Coordinator, MIT Leadership Center

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Mario Marzano

Senior Administrative Assistant

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David Zarowin

David Zarowin

Director, Global Initiatives, Asia, OER; Senior Advisor, MIT Leadership Center

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Deborah Ancona

Deborah Ancona

Founder, Seley Distinguished Professor of Management

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James Rhee

James Rhee

Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Executive in Residence and Strategic Advisor, MIT Leadership Center

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MIT Leadership Center's Legacy of Leadership Scholars

MIT Leadership Center Community

Bridget Scott Akinc

Bridget Scott Akinc

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

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Deborah L. Ancona

Deborah L. Ancona

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Seley Distinguished Professor of Management

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Pat Bentley

Pat Bentley

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Lecturer, MIT Leadership Center

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Louis Daniel Bergholz

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Lecturer, Work and Organization Studies

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Kara Blackburn

Kara Blackburn

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

Senior Lecturer, Managerial Communication

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Emilio J. Castilla

Emilio J. Castilla

Behavioral and Policy Sciences

NTU Professor of Management

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Contact Us

  • E52-255, 50 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA 02142
  • mitleadership@mit.edu
  • Tel: (617) 253-6222