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SMACNA Executive Leadership Development Program

Executive Leadership Development Program Faculty

About the Faculty

UNC Kenan-Flagler’s world-class professors partner to guide and coach program participants to think critically and creatively, work collaboratively, identify and enhance their personal strengths and sharpen their underdeveloped skills. This hands-on, intensive approach provides the kind of honest, critical, and individualized feedback that helps leaders achieve breakthrough performance.


Mabel Miguel (Mabel)
Clinical Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the Global Business Center

Mabel Miguel is professor of leadership and management and Director of the GBC and Global Education Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.  She leads global education programs and initiatives, and teaches core leadership and management skills to MBA, Executive MBA, MBA@UNC and global OneMBA® students.  She has developed and taught leadership skills courses for organizations in the United States, South America, Asia, and Europe. She has over 20 years of experience in Executive Development.

Previously she was an associate at the Management Simulation Projects Institute at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and a senior designer and trainer for Business Simulations, Inc., a New York consulting firm.  At NYU, she trained and co-designed a number of behavioral and computer simulations.

She received her Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill and her MBA and B.S. from NYU’s Stern School.

Matthew PearsallMatthew Pearsall (Matt)
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Matt Pearsall is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and an award-winning teacher. He currently teaches Negotiations and Leadership in the full time MBA program.

Professor Pearsall’s primary areas of research include leadership, team performance and adaptation, shared cognition and stress. His research examines leadership, team performance, and team adaptation, focusing on helping cross-functional teams successfully integrate the expertise of their members. Recently, he has also studied empowering leadership in teams and how to help leaders and teams cope with combat stress. The Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management ReviewJournal of Applied PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesJournal of Management, and Leadership Quarterly have published his work.

Professor Pearsall received his PhD in management from the University of Arizona, MBA from Boston University and his BS in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was an officer in the US Navy for four years and worked in corporate finance for six years.

JennJennifer Giordano (Jenn)
Affiliate Faculty, UNC Executive Development

Jennifer Giordano has over a decade of coaching and facilitation experience. She worked internally at Fortune 500 companies, and then launched her own coaching and training practice in 2009.

Giordano works with leaders at all level and industries helping them realize their full potential and assisting them to put a plan in place to reach their objectives. Her professional background, coupled with her double master’s degree in counseling and organizational psychology from Columbia University, and her undergraduate degree in human & organizational development from Vanderbilt University, has given her deep skills in the area of executive and team development.

Giordano loves working with individuals and groups at any stage in their career helping them to become clear on their own values, skills and goals, while aligning these with the needs of the people they lead.

John AustinJohn Austin (John)
Professor of Leadership Studies

John Austin works at the intersection of scholarship and practice as a professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University. Prior to that, Dr. Austin was a Principal at Decision Strategies International and a management professor at Penn State University and The University of Washington. He has taught executives at Georgetown University, Thunderbird School of International Management, Duke CE, and The Wharton School and he continues to teach executives at The University of North Carolina.  John has worked with numerous Global Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and business schools as an executive development resource and is a frequent conference speaker.

Dr. Austin has a B.A. in economics from The Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in management from Boston College. He is a thought leader in the areas of team leadership, organizational change implementation, and strategic decision-making. His research on knowledge-based decision making teams is widely cited in the academic literature, as is his work on the strategic actions of internal change agents.  Dr. Austin’s work on knowledge transfer in managerial teams has been used to develop executive teams around the world.

Dr. Austin is an experienced facilitator and an award-winning teacher who has worked with practicing executives on six continents.  John has developed leaders and led long-term projects in the areas of change management, scenario planning, team performance, strategic decision-making, and strategy execution. His experience with individuals at all levels of organizations enables him to translate broad strategies and concepts into actionable, engaging programs.