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Tony Andenoro, Ph.D.
Executive Director | Institute for Ethical Leadership
Dr. Andenoro brings more than two decades of experience in leadership education and development to the role of Executive Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership. He has held academic and student affairs positions at various universities including Iowa State University, the University of Florida, Gonzaga University, Fort Hays State University, Texas A&M University, John Carroll University, Prairie View A&M University, and Coastal Carolina University. He earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of Toledo, a M.S. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Development from Texas A&M University.
His research initiatives include the development of moral decision-making in leadership learners, the role of cognitive diversity and active learning strategies in the development of engagement, positive sentiment, and neuroplasticity within leadership learning environments, and the use of behavioral economics principles to shift attitudes and change behaviors in under-resourced communities for the purposes of addressing complex problems and creating sustainability. He has published 20 refereed journal articles, presented 70 refereed and invited conference papers, secured and managed more than $10.3 million in gift and grant funding to advance his programmatic, teaching, and research initiatives.
He is also actively engaged in the field of Leadership Education and Development through several professional associations including the International Leadership Association, Association for Leadership Educators, the Academy of Management, The Inter-Association Leadership Education Collaborative, and American Association of Creativity and is the Project Lead for the National Leadership Education Research Agenda. Additionally, he has worked to enhance organizational dynamics, efficiency, and performance as a leadership consultant working with corporate, government, non-profit, and higher education organizations such as the United States Army, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Nationwide Insurance, The Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and is an invited TED Speaker.
Don Slesnick, J.D., M.P.A.
Director of Community & Partner Relations | Institute for Ethical Leadership
Mr. Slesnick provides the foundation for amazing community connections and corporate partnerships as he joins the Institute for Ethical Leadership. As the former Mayor of Coral Gables, FL, he is a staple of the South Florida community and culture continuing to be active across all sectors practicing law and serving as the managing partner for the law firm of Slesnick & Casey. He has also held management positions with the Dade County Public Schools and the Dade County Police Department.
He earned a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, a M.P.A. from Florida International University, and a J.D. from the University of Florida. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985, and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Relations and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. He is the Secretary of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers and a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. For over twenty-five years he has held the Martindale-Hubbell rating of “AV Preeminent”, was included in the “The Best Lawyers In America”, has been designated as a Florida “Super Lawyer”, and was named as one of South Florida’s “Top Lawyers”. Active for many years in his profession, Don has been Chairman of the Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section, Co-Chairman of the American Bar Association (ABA) State and Local Government Bargaining and Employment Law Committee. He is presently serving as a member of the AHA’s House of Delegates, and holds an ABA Presidential appointment to the Commission on Civic Education in the Nation’s Schools. He is the Chair-Elect of the American Bar Foundation Fellows.
Mr. Slesnick is a Vietnam veteran and a former U.S. Army advisor to NATO forces in Germany. He retired from the Army at the rank of Lt. Colonel, and now serves the Chief of the Army Reserve as one of his “Ambassadors”. He has been active in numerous civic and business organizations including the Orange Bowl Committee, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (Founding Chairman of the award-winning program for Ethics in Business & Government) and served two terms as Chairman of the Coral Gables Community Foundation. He was Founding Chairman of “Team Miami” which led the efforts to relocate U.S. Southern Command to Miami and to save Homestead Air Reserve Base after its destruction by Hurricane Andrew.
Included among his awards he has received the Bill Colson Community Leadership Award from Leadership Miami, the Distinguished Service Award – American Bar Association, the Miami Dade County Medal of Merit for Leadership, in 2007 was included in the Sun Post’s list of the “50 Most Influential Persons in South Florida”, was chosen in 2004 by South Florida CEO magazine as one of the “Top 101 Global Leaders of South Florida”, was the first Floridian awarded the Friend of Foreign Service Medal by the Republic of China (Taiwan) and was recently named “Citizen of the Year” by the Kiwanis Clubs of South Florida.