Rowe, Wendy

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Dr. Wendy Rowe is a professor and scholar practitioner at Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada. She teaches in the School of Leadership and is Program Head for the MA Global Leadership program. She is committed to promoting leadership development and enhanced management effectiveness across global systems. She serves as a teacher, mentor, and researcher to promote change that builds strategic partnerships, enhances communication and trust, breaks down institutional barriers, creates a healthier work environment and promotes community social development and economic sustainability. Her areas of research are in areas of social change, system reframing, action research methodology, evaluation planning and methodology, and strategic partnership engagement, as well as personal and organizational resiliency, thriving and leadership. Dr. Rowe has worked extensively across Canada and United States, in addition to various international locations including India, China, New Zealand, Australia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Kenya, supporting leadership and efficacy of programs in the not for profit sector. In her professional practice, Dr. Rowe has conducted over 150 evaluations of human service, justice system and educational programs, generating many grey literature NGO and government reports. Additionally, she has published in a variety of academic and practitioner sources. Dr. Rowe has a BA and MA Degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, a MBA from Western Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational and Human Systems from Fielding Graduate University.

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    Canadian global leadership students engaged in strategic partnerships in Ecuador
    (Emerald Publishing Limited, 2018) Rowe, Wendy; Krause, Wanda; Hayes, Gary; Corak, Lisa; Wilcox, Robert; Vargas, Robert; Varela, Fabricio; Cordova, Fabricio; Boparai, Shina; Azam, Gesow
    Recognizing the need to build global-minded citizens, higher education institutions are increasingly trying to find ways to leverage their international programs to develop students’ intercultural competence. The MA in global leadership at Royal Roads University, Canada, created an international partnership in Ecuador that serves to go beyond the traditional student study abroad or service learning focus and instead focuses on developing competencies of global mindedness and strategic relationships. In this chapter, we present an analysis of how an international student group engaged in building dynamic partnerships within a Global South country to create change for sustainable development initiatives of mutual concern. Through a case example, we describe how these partnerships evolved and adapted in ways that enhanced the learning needs of the students while simultaneously supporting the development of new educational opportunities for Ecuadorians. To illustrate, this chapter delineates the activities that members of the program undertook to connect and develop a mutuality of relationship across diverse stakeholders in Ecuador. The authors analyze this network-building process from the perspective of cultural context, building trust and influence, and responding to social development needs of host communities.