Welcome to the Siegel Institute’s website! I encourage you to peruse this site for information about our programs and current projects. Take a moment to view information about our Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Ethics and our numerous academic partnership programs.

Our annual Phenomenal Women’s Conference is held in March each year.  We continue to offer a series of five to six workshops leading up to the Phenomenal Women's Conference. These pre-Conference workshops allow participants to explore topics of interest in a relaxed workshop-style setting.   

Each semester we focus on a different aspect of Leadership and/or Ethics. Our Siegel Institute Ethics Research Scholars (SIERS) program encourages a group of interdisciplinary faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students to focus on a particular ethics-related topic each year.  These topics will include clothing, food, body image, transportation, etc.  This group studies the topic for a year and then focuses on presenting the material at conferences and publishing their findings.

I hope you enjoy discovering the various research opportunities, academic courses, programs, and projects offered by the Siegel Institute.  We hope you will choose to attend some of our events. If you have any questions or would like more information about the Siegel Institute, please feel free to contact us at 470-578-2000.

-Dr. Linda M. Johnston, Executive Director

Students and Scrappy


After more than 20 years of facilitating leadership and organizational strategy for private and public institutions, I felt the need to explore ethics and leadership at a deeper level. The leaders I work with face competing goals, scarce resources, and difficult choices that require them to be skilled in ethical decision-making. It only takes a glance at the news headlines to see the need for highly ethical leaders. Fortunately, a colleague recommended the Siegel Institute, a treasure at my own university.

The Siegel Institute’s Exclusive Certificate Program’s combination of on-line and hybrid courses allowed me to pursue studies without interruption to my duties as a university administrator. The experienced professionals and professors teaching the classes made the content current, relevant, and applicable in every class. The directed study option allowed me to research topics directly applicable to my current and future professional interests.

The curricula provided the additional skills and knowledge I sought, and allowed me to apply the learning to my own training, consulting and coaching practices for the immediate benefit of my clients. It has also instilled in me an interest to continue learning more about how ethics intersect with effective leadership. I recommend this program to aspiring and experienced leaders in any professional arena.

Kevin D. Gecowets – Director

The Center for University Learning

Kennesaw State University

Graduate Research Assistant 

Amelia Queen

Amelia Queen is 22 years old and is from Milledgeville, Ga. She moved to Kennesaw in 2013 to attend Kennesaw State University.

Amelia received her Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations, as well as a minor in Asian Studies. She is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Ethics.

In the future, Amelia plans to attend law school to pursue a career in International Law. She has a passion for learning about people from different cultures and the languages they speak, and learning how to better communicate with others by understanding these differences. In her free time, Amelia enjoys being active outdoors by going to the park, hiking Kennesaw Mountain, and finding new places to explore.