Gill Robinson Hickman, professor emerita in the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies, will be honored with the International Leadership Association’s (ILA) Leadership Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s global conference in November.

Instrumental in developing the Jepson School’s curriculum, Hickman has taught classes on leading change, theories and models of leadership, leadership in organizations and leadership in a diverse society. Her classes often included a community-based learning component.

“I am truly humbled by the ILA Leadership Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award,” Hickman said. “The Jepson School intuitively appealed to the kind of leadership I witnessed as a young person in the civil rights movement, and it is one of the reasons I feel so strongly about the power of collective or shared leadership to make a difference in organizations and society.”

Hickman’s research has spanned a variety of areas including organizational leadership, socially active businesses, invisible leadership and leadership during personal crisis. She has worked on projects for regional governments in South Africa at the University of the Western Cape and taught at the Salzburg Seminar in Austria. She received the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator Award in 2004.

“Gill has been a tireless advocate for the Jepson School, its students and its faculty,” said Sandra J. Peart, dean of the Jepson School. “Her teaching and her scholarship reinforce our conviction that we not only teach about leadership but also prepare students for leadership.” 

Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are inducted annually based on significant and diverse contributions to the field of leadership. This year’s ceremony will take place in Atlanta. 

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Dean, E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies
Ethics and Economics
Leadership Ethics
History of Economic Thought
History of Political Economy
Experimental Economics
Professor Emerita
Organizational Leadership
Leading Change
Invisible Leadership
Leadership during Personal Crisis