About Us

The Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC) is a research and training institute located in the College of Business at San José State University. GLAC was established in 2009, GLAC is funded by the generosity of the Donald and Sally Lucas Foundation.

Global problems and the global reach of our public sector, private sector, and non-profit organizations have created a need for global leaders and citizens.  There is a documented scarcity of global leaders to meet future challenges.  In response, GLAC’s mission is to advance and disseminate global leadership knowledge and best practices. As a result, SJSU is known for global leadership, and we are one of the few universities world-wide that offers extensive cutting-edge global leadership courses and programs.

GLAC Staff
GLAC Advisory Board
Social Innovation Institute (SI2) and Global Leaders-In-Residence
GLAC Research Fellows
GLAC Scholars-in-Residence

GLAC Staff:

  • Dr. Joyce Osland Executive Director, Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership, School of Global Innovation and Leadership
  • Kyoung-Ah Nam, Assistant Professor, School of Management at San Jose State University
  • Linda Dunn-Jensen, Director, Social Innovation Initiative

GLAC Advisory Board

GLAC Research Fellows:

  • Dr. Jürgen Deller, Faculty, industrial and Organizational Psychology, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany

  • Pierre-Yves Sanséau, Professor, Human Resource Management, Grenoble Graduate School of Business, France

GLAC Scholar-in-Residence:

Social Innovation Institute (SI2) and Global Leaders-In-Residence:

Executive Director

joyce.bDr. Joyce Osland 
Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership, School of Global Innovation and Leadership

Joyce Osland is a specialist in international management with a focus on global leadership and its development. She holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Osland has won numerous research and teaching awards, including the top teaching honor in her field,—the Academy of Management International Management Division's Outstanding Educator Award. She was chosen for the Journal of Management Inquiry's Outstanding Scholar award for career achievement.  She has over 100 publications and her research interests--expert cognition in global leaders, global leadership development, cultural sensemaking, and repatriate knowledge transfer--focus on practical ways to improve global skills and organizations. Dr. Osland is a visiting professor in various Executive MBA and doctoral programs around the world.  She also trains and consults with multinationals, universities and global non-profits.  Her first career primarily involved working in the field of international development for fourteen years in seven different countries, mainly in Latin America and West Africa. 

Email: joyce.osland@sjsu.edu
Phone: (408) 924-3583


turner.bProfessor Marlene Turner, Professor Emeritus

Marlene E. Turner, Interim Dean of SJSU's Lucas college and Graduate School of Business. She is also a Professor in the School of Management. An award-winning teacher, researcher and administrator, she earned a Master's degree in dance from the Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Theory from Carnegie Mellon University. Editor of the book "Groups at Work," and a regular contributor to journals, Turner is frequently called upon to share her expertise by serving as department editor, special issue editor, and board member of premiere academic journals. Her research findings have been presented in briefings to the United States Congress, Department of National Intelligence, the California State Legislature, and various civil rights groups; featured in the popular business press; presented as the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture; and awarded a custom official Cooperstown Hall of Fame baseball bat from the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball History in honor of her work on Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball. 

E-mail: marlene.turner@sjsu.edu
Phone: (408) 924-3585


GLAC Research Fellow

jurgenDr. Jürgen Deller, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

Jürgen Deller is a professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. He chaired the department of business psychology from 2000 to 2002. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Strategic HR Management Research and Development (SMARD). In the academic year 2007/2008 he was the Lucas Global Visiting Scholar at San José State University's Lucas Graduate School of Business in San José, CA.

In his professional life Dr. Deller attempts to bridge the gap between academia and practice. He began his career with Commerzbank AG, a leading German bank. After studying economics and psychology at Judson University, Elgin, Ill., USA, and Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany, he joined the corporate headquarters of the Daimler-Benz group in Stuttgart as HR manager. He worked with DaimlerChrysler Services (debis) AG, Berlin, and, as senior HR manager, supervised the HR board member's office and headed Corporate Leadership Development IT Services. Dr. Deller received his doctor's degree from the University of the Armed Forces Hamburg in 1998.

His research focus is international human resources management, which includes expatriate success factors, repatriate knowledge transfer, human capital management, and demographic change and the workforce, specifically “grey-collar” workers in retirement. Dr. Deller co-lead the largest empirical research project on expatriates, International Generalizability Of Expatriate Success factors (iGOES), with more than 2,000 personal interviewees Worldwide. He has published more than 80 articles and book chapters in both German and English and presented over 150 conference papers.

GLAC Scholar-in-Residence

pierre.bPierre-Yves Sanséau, Human Resource Management, Grenoble Graduate School of Business, France

Pierre-Yves Sanséau is Professor for Human Resource Management, organizational behavior and management at Grenoble Graduate School of Business (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS accredited), France. For the academic year 2011-2012, he is Visiting Scholar at San José State University's Lucas Graduate School of Business in San José, California. He's previously been a faculty member of the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada.

Pierre-Yves Sanséau holds a Ph.D. and a HDR in business administration from the University of Lyon (France), a MBA (Montreal, Canada) and a M.Sc. in political sciences. His teaching interests are in the areas of HRM, Management of Competences, Cross cultural Management, Organizational Behaviour, Diversity Management, Career Development, Leadership, Work-life integration.

His research interests include management of technology, management of competences, working time, work-life integration, work-family balance, life-long learning. He has published in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Personnel Review, Carrierologie Canada, Qualitative Research, Revue Française de Gestion, Gestion 2000 among others and presented 40 research papers in international scientific conferences (Academy of Management Meetings, ASAC Canada, World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics USA, Industrial Relations in Europe Conference, AGRH, EDINEB, etc.). He has also published several books as author or co-author. Dr Sanséau is a member of the Chair in management of competencies at the University of Quebec in Montreal (Canada).

Global Leader-In-Residence

colette.bGlobal Leader-In-Residence
Colette Menzel - CFO of Antelope Valley Hospital

Colette Menzel, Ph.D, comes to GLAC with a diverse background in finance and operations and has worked in leadership roles in industries ranging from professional services to ecommerce to technology. She is currently the CFO of Antelope Valley Hospital. Prior to joining AVH, Dr. Menzel was the vice president of finance at Corra, a digital ecommerce.

Dr. Menzel earned both a Ph.D. and a Master of Science degree in organizational management and leadership from Capella University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and finance from Westmont College.


Social Innovation Institute (SI2) and Global Leaders-in-Residence 


Brad Maihack
Founder of Social Venture Café

Brad is a retired executive from Hewlett-Packard. His 40+  year career included over 18 different senior Financial and Business Operations assignments  across a wide range of the Company’s business segments and product innovation centers.Throughout  Brad’s career, he was a recognized financial & business leader who was often tapped to help lead significant business turnarounds and high profile new strategic growth initiatives.  He and his global teams were responsible for driving the development and implementation of business, financial, and performance management strategies and systems that supported achieving new levels of business and operational success.

Brad  has been  actively engaged in a wide range of public and nonprofit sector programs and organizations, including;  The San Jose Social Innovation Institute (Co-founder), San Jose State University’s Social Innovation Leadership Forum (Co-creator),  SJSU’s Global Leadership Advancement Center Social Innovation Initiative (Executive in Residence), SJSU College of Business-Dean’s Global Advisory (Board member), ZERO1:The Art and Technology Network (Past Interim Executive Director and current Board member), Art Escape Sonoma (Board member), and through June 2017, Strategic Planning Committee Chair and Board member for the Center for Employment Training/CET in San Jose. Brad is also the founder of the Social Venture Cafe’ , a Social Innovation advisory service venture , and RebelWerks, a  Street and Urban Art advisory service that serves Bay Area artists whose work engages and inspires communities through public art. 

Dave Wilde

Global Leader-In-Residence

Dave Wilde has worked for Hewlett-Packard, for over 25 years. Dave has held a wide variety of roles including R&D leadership, business management, marketing, and operations, mostly in HP's enterprise systems business. He most recently worked in H-P's vertical industry group, where among other responsibilities, he was the Operations Manager for the Health and Life Sciences organization.

Richard Okumotookumoto.b

Global Leader-In-Residence, SI2

Rich has more than thirty years of experience in multi-national Silicon Valley technology companies. He has held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and Division General Manager. Currently he is a principal with Miller/Okumoto, Inc., a management consulting company. His most recent assignment was a two year engagement in Shanghai, China as the contract CFO for a joint China and USA venture-funded technology company.

Rich teaches both MBA's and undergraduates in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. He serves on the Board of Directors for the San Jose State University Research Foundation and the Center for Education Training. Rich is a graduate of SJSU.

Richard Sessionsrichard.b

Global Leader-In-Residence, SI2

Richard was the founder and managing partner for Altis Solutions. He has thirty-five years of industrial and high-tech experience as a cube dweller, apps engineer, salesperson, marketer, mentor, $150M business unit general manager, leader of a $400M marketing organization, and international business consultant as well as has worked for several start-ups.

Richard is a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Engineering and is an international lecturer and executive education/graduate school instructor on global new product development, high-tech product portfolio management, and high-intensity strategic planning/execution. His teams have won several best-in-class international benchmarking awards for strategic planning/execution and new product development. He has been a subject matter expert for the American Productivity and Quality Center in Houston for new product development and balanced corporate performance management. 

Richard has been quoted in numerous articles and books on strategic processes and building the unstoppable financial powerhouse. He has collaborated on several management books including Beyond the Financials and an internal management publication for A.T. Kearney, Inc. targeted at C-level company leadership.

John Swanswan.b

Global Leader-In-Residence

John has worked for GE and Mitsui and Co. for over 20 years in various management positions focused on Business Development and forming Strategic Alliances developing multi-billion dollar markets. In the past 10 years, John has consulted many start-ups, for profits and nonprofits. Key theme is developing strategic alliances and public-private partnerships promoting an "Open-Source" approach for the commercialization of new ideas and growing markets. This business development approach is fusing social media, enterprise social network platforms, open-source commercialization and crowd-sourcing, to drive new commercialization opportunities for both the public and private sectors. 

John co-founded a public-private consortium with the U.S. Department of Commerce to expand international high technology businesses. This consortium was the international initiative of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley. 

John has held board seats on the 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), San Jose State University Foundation, NASA Ames Technology Commercialization Center, and the Cupertino National Bank and Trust Advisory Board.

John has a BS in Physics and a MS in Engineering from SJSU and a MBA from Santa Clara University.