Training Leaders in Education and Healthcare

The Institute for Leadership Impact is a collaborative institute based in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development at Southern Methodist University. The Institute was founded in 2016, with the mission of increasing access to practical leadership development opportunities that are specifically designed for leaders who seek to create social impact in education, public health, social services, and related systems. 

The Institute focuses on helping individuals, teams, and organizations maximize their leadership abilities through a variety of in-person, online, and hybrid learning formats.

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Impact is measurable and meaningful change. The Institute helps leaders develop impactful solutions in the communities and institutions they serve.

An evidence-based strategy is essential for success. The Institute helps leaders develop customized solutions for their organizations that leverage unique strengths and circumstances.

Execution turns great ideas into reality. To help leaders successfully implement their strategies, the Institute uses personalized strengths assessments and behavioral techniques derived from the latest cognitive research.

Without motivation, even the strongest leaders can struggle to succeed. The Institute puts a special focus on helping leaders connect their work to a deeper sense of personal meaning, helping them discover new ways to motivate and engage themselves, their teams, and their communities.


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Dr. Eric G. Bing (Director) is a professor of global health in the Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development and in the Department of Anthropology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Bing is the founding director of the Institute for Leadership Impact and the Center for Global Health Impact, both of which focus on helping individuals and organizations create social impact.

He was the senior fellow and founding director of global health at the George W. Bush Institute. As director of global health at the Bush Institute, Dr. Bing initiated worldwide health initiatives, including serving as co-leader of the institute's Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership, an $85 million public-private program designed to combat cervical and breast cancer in Africa and Latin America.

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Dr. Bing was an endowed professor of global health for nearly 20 years at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. He has developed and managed global health programs in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. For his efforts, he was awarded the Alfred Haynes International Health Leadership Award, named a Paul G. Rogers International Health Research Ambassador from Research!America, and was selected Professor of the Year at Charles Drew University.

Dr. Bing has published more than 90 articles and abstracts. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, a Master's of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology from UCLA, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His book, Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions in Global Health and Poverty, was released in May 2013.

Learn more about Dr. Bing in this Simmons Faculty Spotlight video.  Email Dr. Bing at

Custom Solutions for your Organization

Your goals and challenges are unique. That’s why we don’t offer a one-size-fits-all approach. We work with you to determine the best way to support you and your organization’s work. Our programs include an array of didactic, experiential, individual, and team-based leadership experiences, all tailored to help you create the impact you desire.

To learn more, contact the Institute for Leadership Impact at or 214-768-4539.