Samantha Kennelly is the program coordinator of the Clifton Strengths Institute and a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business. In this role, she creates strengths-based programs at the university to empower students, staff and faculty to lead successful, self-directed lives with the knowledge of their talents and how to apply them.
At the institute, she helped create and develop a groundbreaking approach to student development and student success. Her main responsibility is training, managing and developing 80 student strengths coaches to coach 800 first-year business students to maximize their college experience through discovering and developing their strengths and prepare them to have a strong start towards building “Great Jobs and Great Lives.”
Kennelly earned her master of arts in educational administration-student affairs at Nebraska and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Laura McLeod is an assistant professor of practice in marketing and teaches in the Center for Sales Excellence. After receiving her MBA from Duke University, McLeod spent more than 20 years in sales and marketing roles. She worked for The Coca-Cola Company in brand management and was also a member of their key account team for the McDonald’s Corporation. McLeod also worked in marketing and sales for several local companies and advertising agencies in Lincoln. Most recently, she was a marketing strategist with Whole Foods Market and managed their entry into the local market.
Jody Koenig Kellas (Ph.D., University of Washington) is professor of communication at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She studies how people communicate to make sense of identity, difficulty, health, and relationships. She is founder of Narrative Nebraska, dedicated to understanding the ways in which communicated sense-making, narratives, storytelling content, process, and functions can be translated to enhance individuals' and families' well-being. She has published over 40 articles and chapters and received national awards for her scholarship.