Jean previously served as an Assistant Director, National Institute of Education, and special advisor to the Domestic Policy Staff, in the White House. With the late Professor Harold J. Leavitt, of Stanford Graduate School of Business, she co-founded and currently directs the Connective Leadership Institute, in Pasadena, Calif. Jean has published eight books, three monographs, and 200+ articles on leadership, crisis management, public policy, organizational behavior, and gender issues. Her book, The Connective Edge: Leading in an Interdependent World, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. All of her books, from Gender Roles and Power, to The Allure of Toxic Leaders, received national awards. In 2010, Jean received the International Leadership Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for “contributions to the development of the field of leadership.” After receiving an A.B. and A.M. from Wellesley, plus a Ph.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, she completed post-doctoral work at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford. She has been a “Fellow in Residence,” Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.