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Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano

Newton Chair in Leadership • Senior Executive Director
Chancellor Phil DiStefano has spent his entire professional career as a leader within the CU Boulder community, serving as an educator, dean, provost and chancellor. A first-generation college graduate, DiStefano joined the campus in 1974 as an assistant professor in the School of Education. In addition to his role as chancellor, he serves as the Quigg and Virginia S. Newton Endowed Chair in Leadership, overseeing CU Boulder’s prestigious leadership programs...
Dr. Stefanie Johnson

Dr. Stefanie Johnson

Director, Center for Leadership • Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership and Information Analytics
Leeds School of Business
Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson is the Director of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Leadership and an Associate Professor in the Leeds School of Business. She brings evidence based leader development programming to students, executives, and universities across the country. Her teaching, service, and research all focus on the intersection of leadership and inclusion. She is a fellow in the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychologists (SIOP) and the American...
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Seth Webb

Director of Experiential Education
Seth Webb serves as the Director of Experiential Education in the Center for Leadership. He loves working with students and is passionate about experiential learning and developing leaders who can help organizations, communities and nature thrive. Prior to joining CU Boulder in the summer of 2022, Seth was the Director of Colorado State University’s Mountain Campus, a remote, high elevation (9,000 ft.) site for undergraduate natural resource, forestry, biology and...
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Kathryn Adams

Community Engagement and Leadership Development Coordinator
Kate works at the intersection of strategy and compassion. With a background in consulting, Kate has worked in a variety of contexts, spanning organization type—including nonprofit, start-up, enterprise, and government-funded—and industry—including education, apparel, and life sciences. Although their context differed, each experience affirmed: in leadership, as in life, relationships are at the center. Her reverence for the process of learning spurred her return to higher education, and her alma mater...
Jessi Follett

Jessi Follett

Program Manager
Jessi was born and raised in Colorado and earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from Colorado State University. Currently, she is pursuing a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership at CU Boulder. Throughout her career, Jessi has held various event planning positions, primarily in higher education institutions such as Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, and CU Boulder. Presently, she is the Program Manager for the Center for Leadership...
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Emily Savitz

Student Social Media Specialist
Emily is originally from Baltimore Maryland and is now a senior at CU Boulder studying Journalism. She has been helping grow and strategize CFL’s social media platforms. Emily’s minors in media along with her 2023 summer internship at Verve Magazine in Auckland, New Zealand have contributed to her passion for social media creation. Emily is looking forward to helping CFL connect with an even greater audience through social media engagement!