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

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 an Associate (tenured) Professor of Strategic Communication and Leadership at Maryville University. She has served as an expert on sites such as Forbes.com, The Hill.com, Parentology.com, FoxNews.com and on KSDK TV 5 News in Saint Louis. Leilani was awarded Maryville’s Women of Distinction Award in 2017 and in 2018 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.


This past summer 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 delivered a TEDx Gateway Arch talk last December titled: Scripts that Ignite your Power. Based on her research findings and her own experiences, Dr. Carver is now writing a book on leadership and empowerment.