Kimberly Yost, Ph.D.
Kimberly completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in Film, at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In 2009, she earned her Master in Organizational Leadership degree from Lourdes University and then her PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University in 2012. During her capstone research at Lourdes University, she discovered her passion for integrating popular culture and leadership through her research on Harry Potter as a character who transcends the label of hero and becomes a transformational leader for his community. She continued her interest in popular culture depictions of leadership at Antioch University with her dissertation on the reimagined television series Battlestar Galactica.
For over 20 years, Kimberly worked in for profit and non-profit organizations in the areas of human resources, communications, administration, and finance. She worked in industries as diverse as television news, communication and event management, workforce and economic development, auto manufacturing, residential property management, performing and visual arts management, and health insurance utilization review. For a number of years, Kimberly earned a living as an actor/director and theatre educator. In addition, she has written seven children’s plays that have been produced in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Toledo. All of these experiences amplify her ability to bring ‘real world’ and innovative concepts into the classroom for her students.
During her time at Lourdes, Kimberly has been a tutor in the Academic Support Center (2008-2012), Interim Director of the Center for Professional Studies (2011-2012), and Coordinator of the BUS100: Career Planning and Personal Finance courses for COBAL. She was also seen onstage with the Lourdes Drama Society.
Kimberly is a frequent presenter at international conferences on the subject of popular culture and leadership. Recent presentations have examined the visual texts of The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Firefly, Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate: Universe, Avatar, District 9, Elysium, and Chappie. Since 2012, she has published a book on leaders in science fiction television, several book chapters on science fiction narratives and leadership, and a chapter on arts-based leadership development. An edited volume on leadership, popular culture, and social change will be published in 2017, as well as two other monographs on crisis leadership and popular culture texts are in progress.
Areas of Expertise: Crisis Leadership, Change Leadership, Gendered Leadership, Organization Development
- Leadership, Popular Culture, and Social Change
This recently contracted volume through Edward Elgar Publishing is conceptualized as an exploration of the ways in which popular culture, broadly defined, intersects with leadership and demonstrates change on individual, collective, organizational, and societal levels. The volume will contribute to leadership studies through widening and imagining additional ways to think about and practice leadership. The volume is intended to be a celebration of how popular culture influences our personal and organizational leadership practices, as well as how popular culture itself engages in leadership. Co-edited with Dr. Kristin Bezio, Jepson School of Leadership at University of Richmond and expected to be published in summer of 2017.
- “Becoming Other: Self-Transformation and Social Change in the Films of Neill Blomkamp”
Chapter in Leadership, Popular Culture, and Social Change (Edward Elgar Publishing). The science fiction films of Neill Blomkamp, District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013), and Chappie (2015), explore the social, economic, and political tensions of exclusion. These films also consider the desires of the marginalized to be granted inclusion and the contradictory consequences of trying to achieve that goal through bodily self-transformation. While the films depict government-corporate entities as intractably opposed to social justice, the films’ protagonists emerge as leaders capable of enacting change by becoming Other and subverting the interests of the powerful. These films allow us to discuss the dynamic complexities of leadership toward social change, the porous nature of identity, and ways of supporting inclusionary practices and action in the present.
- “Mediating the Future: Women Political Leaders in Science Fiction Television”
Chapter in Gender, Media, and Organization: Challenging Mis(s)Representations of Women Leaders and Managers, a book series on women and leadership sponsored by the International Leadership Association. This chapter explores the agentic behaviors of female presidents and prime ministers as depicted in post-apocalyptic science fiction television. This mediated depiction of the future with women at the forefront of crisis leadership continues to speak to our fears and desires for a future founded in community. To be published by InfoAge in 2016.
- “Leaders in Science Fiction Narratives”
Invited to contribute a chapter for the Routledge Companion to Leadership dedicated to the exploration of how leadership is portrayed and culturally produced in science fiction narratives. The chapter discusses the ways in which science fiction narratives echo leadership practices by mediating the tension between our rational and spiritual natures to project a positive future. Crisis leadership, emergent leaders, and themes of social justice are explored. To be published in 2016 by Routledge.
- Leadership and the Zombie Apocalypse (manuscript in query process)
This monograph explores the issues of crisis leadership through an examination of the AMC television series The Walking Dead. The book examines the tensions of follower conferral of leadership and expectations, the dangers of a charismatic paradigm, the reluctance and desire to hold power, competing needs per Maslow’s hierarchical motivation theory, group dynamics under stress, and the persistence of hope in the face of despair. The restorative leadership actions of love, forgiveness, redemption, and inclusion are also considered.
- Leadership at the End of the World (manuscript in progress)
Building upon the success of Starship Captains, this book will explore crisis leadership in science fiction television series primarily set on Earth and the challenges leaders face during post-apocalyptic times as a means for reflection and understanding of current crises that confront real-world leaders.
- From Starship Captains to Galactic Rebels: Leaders in Science Fiction Television
Published by Rowman & Littlefield December 2013
This book explores crisis leadership and the ethical principles of love, forgiveness, and inclusion through the military, political, spiritual, and emergent leaders depicted in science fiction television series of the past 25 years.
- “Dollmaking as an Expression of Women’s Leadership”
Chapter in The Embodiment of Leadership published by Jossey-Bass May 2013
This chapter is the result of an arts-based research study reflectively exploring how women view their leadership practice and the challenges they experience through the creation of an art doll to express their vision of personal leadership attributes.
- A Search for Home: Navigating Change in Battlestar Galactica
Dissertation for partial fulfillment of PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University
This dissertation explores the various ways in which the multiple leaders portrayed in the science fiction television series Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009) navigate extreme conditions of continual change. In addition, the dissertation contains a discussion of the larger narrative themes of love, forgiveness, redemption, and embracing the Other as principles effective leaders must cultivate. Through an interpretation of this specific popular media text, a deeper emotional sensitivity to and understanding of leadership, positive and negative, during extreme crises is gained. Furthermore, the series serves as a vehicle through which viewers can reflect on and engage in their own self-awareness about issues surrounding leadership and reconsider personal paradigms based on the depiction presented in the narrative. The choice for using an interpretive hermeneutic method for this dissertation comes from the specific desire to understand the visual text of Battlestar Galactica in relation to leadership studies. The goal is neither to predict behaviors nor to examine an individual case against theory. My intent is to develop our further and deeper understanding of leadership in extremis, while questioning how the visual text may influence our perceptions of leadership theory and practice. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center.
- “Becoming Other: Exploring Exclusion/Inclusion in the Films of Neill Blomkamp”
Upcoming Symposium Presentation, International Leadership Association, November 2016
The science fiction films of Neill Blomkamp, District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013), and Chappie (2015), explore the social, economic, and political tensions of exclusion. These films also consider the desires of the marginalized to be granted inclusion and the consequences of trying to achieve that goal through customary means. While the films depict government-corporate entities as intractably opposed to social justice, the films’ protagonists emerge as leaders capable of enacting change by becoming Other and subverting the interests of the powerful. These films allow us to discuss the dynamic complexities of inclusive leadership, the porous nature of identity, and ways of supporting inclusionary practices and action in the present.
- “Galactic Journeys: The Quest for Home in Science Fiction Television”
Presented at the 2015 Film & History Conference, Madison, WI November 2015
This paper addresses the challenges of journeying through space in a quest to find home. In particular, the paper examines the role leader/follower constructs play in our understanding of ontological security and self-identity in relation to the emotional and spatial concept of home.
- “Leadership and the Zombie Apocalypse: Images of Leaders in The Walking Dead”
Symposium Presentation, International Leadership Association, October 2014
This case study explores images of leaders in the television series The Walking Dead to discuss emergent leadership and the challenges of leading in times of crisis. The study examines the tensions of follower conferral of leadership and expectations, the dangers of a charismatic paradigm, the reluctance and desire to hold power, competing needs per Maslow’s hierarchical motivation theory, and the persistence of hope in the face of despair. The restorative leadership actions of love, forgiveness, redemption, and inclusion are also considered.
- “Warriors, Women, and Woo-woo: Implications for Cultural (Mis)Understandings in Avatar”
Symposium Presentation, International Leadership Association, October 2012
This paper explores the troubling aspects of the highest grossing film of all time through the paradigm of social justice issues concerning gender, race, class, faith, ecological awareness, and physical ability.
- “Exploring Crisis Leadership in Science Fiction Narratives”
Poster Presentation, International Leadership Association, October 2012
Based upon my dissertation “A Search for Home: Navigating Change in Battlestar Galactica”, this poster presented the outcomes of my research for depictions of crisis leadership in popular culture and the ethical considerations of love, forgiveness, redemption, and inclusion for effective leadership practice.
- “Frakking with Toasters: Human/Cylon Love in Battlestar Galactica”
Panel Presentation, Film & History Conference November 2010
This paper explores the varied expressions of love in the television series Battlestar Galactica and particularly discovers the themes of redemption and inclusion as a means for greater understanding and reconciliation on personal and societal levels.
- “Harry Potter and the Development of the Post-heroic Leader”
Individual Presentation, Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory & Practice, October 2009
This paper explores the character of Harry Potter as one who transcends the label of a hero and becomes a transformational leader within his society.
Quality Matters Certification Training
- Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, Maryland Fall 2015
- Two-week intensive course to develop understanding of online teaching, with particular emphasis on facilitation of learning styles, alignment, and assessment in accordance with Quality Matters benchmarks
Discovery Leadership Profile Certified Facilitator
- Discovery Learning Inc. Fall 2015
- Trained and experienced facilitator for DLP 3600 Feedback assessment for senior and emerging organizational leaders
Quality Matters Certification Training
- Lourdes University Sylvania, Ohio Summer 2015
- Modules designed to certify Lourdes University online teaching faculty following philosophical, technical, and legal protocols for designing and implementing online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses in accordance with Quality Matters benchmarks
Powerful Online Teaching Certification
- Siena Heights University Adrian, Michigan Fall 2013
- Eight-week intensive course to develop teaching and technical skills within the online education environment
Member of the International Leadership Association
Member of the Association of Leadership Educators
LS610: Foundations of Leadership (Fall 2015)
This course introduces the definition of leadership, the history of leadership development in the United States, and various models and theories of leadership in used in this country and in the world. This course offers students the opportunity to identify personal leadership values and characteristics, as well as the leadership culture within their organization. This course will provide students with an introduction to leadership and a solid foundation for further leadership growth throughout the curriculum. This course also provides an introduction to graduate studies and the MOL program, providing an introduction to academic writing and research in addition to the other course content.
LS615: Research Methods (Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016) [hybrid and f2f]
Examines research methods including design and techniques, data collection, and the analysis of social research findings. Focuses on critical thinking skills important to producing and evaluating research data essential for informed leadership decisions. The purpose of the course is to gain knowledge and skills to successfully prepare a research proposal suitable for LS698.
LS616: Interpersonal Leadership (Fall 2015)
Introduces the student to various approaches to the development of interpersonal relationships within effective organizations. Draws connections between relationship building and leadership effectiveness. Explores relevant issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective that includes communication theory, psychology, sociology, and business. The course is designed to acquaint students with relevant literature to increase understanding of the importance of relationship building for organizational leadership and to provide classroom experiences designed to increase interpersonal skills.
BUS413: Organization Behavior and Development (Fall 2014, 2015, 2016; Spring 2015, 2016; Summer 2015, 2016) [online and f2f]
Examines managerial and leadership competencies with an emphasis on individual, interpersonal, organizational, and developmental processes through systems thinking. Integrates theory and research with management applications. The course provides students with a conceptual and empirical understanding of human behavior within organizations that can enhance their leadership and performance development skills.
BUS399: Enduring Questions, What Makes a Leader? (Summer 2015, 2016) [online]
This seminar course explores the nature of leadership by examining contemporary leadership theory and relating it to relevant examples found in works of literature, philosophy, and history. Themes that will be explored, among others, include character, communication, vision, motivation, success, and failure. Lessons will be extracted from select contemporary, historical, and fictional leadership figures. The course provides students with an opportunity to reflect on the nature of leadership through the cumulative experience of the human community
CMP211: Spreadsheet and Database Applications (Fall 2016)
Introduces MS Excel, MS Publisher, and MS Access and their use as spreadsheet and database management tools. Includes both basic and advanced hands-on applications.
CMP111: Communication and Search Applications (2010-2016) [hybrid and f2f]
Introduces MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and internet browsers and their use as communication and search tools. Includes both basic and advanced hands-on applications.