Let your LIGHT shine

I'm Dr. Leilani Carver, an expert in leadership and empowerment.

Dr. Leilani Carver-Madalon is a Communication Strategist, Leadership Expert and Professor who seeks to empower others through pragmatic communication strategies and effective leadership tactics. Leilani is the Director of Undergraduate Communication and Graduate Strategic Communication & Leadership programs at Maryville University. She is an Associate (tenured) Professor of Strategic Communication and Leadership.

Dr. Carver-Madalon has served as an expert in popular press publications for Forbes, The Hill, Huffington Post, Parentology, FoxNews and on KSDK TV 5 News in Saint Louis.


In 2021, Leilani was awarded the Missouri Athletic Club's Woman of Distinction Award and in 2017 was awarded Maryville’s Woman of Distinction Award. In 2018 she was a recipient of the Maryville Faculty Academic Spotlight Award for empowering women at Maryville through her work with the Women’s Leadership Mentorship Committee.


Before earning her Ph.D., Professor Carver worked for eight years in prestigious communication roles in varying industries, such as Banking, Consulting and Mobile Technologies. Additionally, Dr. Carver-Madalon has lived and worked abroad in both Taiwan and China and has taught university courses in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Switzerland, England, Australia, France and Italy. Leilani has also earned an international certification through the Hofstede Institute in Finland in Organisational Culture.


Before Covid, Dr. Carver-Madalon created and led a study abroad program with graduate students in London and Paris where they conducted interviews with women executives. Additionally, she auditioned among 500 applicants and after a long process was selected as one of six to deliver a TEDx Gateway Arch talk in December 2019 titled: Scripts that Ignite your Power. Based on her research findings and her own experiences, Dr. Carver is now conducting interviews on leadership and