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.

Impact Model

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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.

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Lauren Shook (Associate Director) began her career serving students in district roles before transitioning to educational nonprofits where she managed college access programs in rural Texas. She brings experience in project management, grant writing, strategic planning, coaching, and program evaluation. Lauren received her master’s in Education Policy & Leadership from Stanford University, where her research focused on system improvements for nontraditional college students. She also earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the Bush School of Public Service and holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.