Inaugural Dianne Kipnes Fund for Social Innovation awarded to alum studying voice of women leaders

Dr. Carrie Arnold

Dr. Carrie Arnold, who earned her PhD from Fielding Graduate University in 2017, was selected to be the first recipient of the Dianne Kipnes Fund for Social Innovation based on her proposed project “The Silenced Female Leader: Coaching Women to Find Purposeful Voice.”

The purpose of Carrie’s research is to “understand how women in leadership who feel silenced manage and move to purposeful voice and voice efficacy.” It does not come as a surprise that there were many interesting proposals and the competition for this award among Fielding alumni was tough.

The review committee consisted of Dianne Kipnes, PhD, a Fielding alum and 1998 School of Psychology graduate; Marilyn Friemuth, PhD, program director of Fielding’s Clinical Psychology program; and Charles McClintock, PhD, Dean Emeritus and director of Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation.

The #metoo movement and other issues arising as part of social justice movements have created opportunities for women’s voices to be heard. In her proposal, Carrie wrote:

Anticipated outcomes of this extended study include a deeper understanding of the phenomenon women experience when they feel silenced, a greater sense of strategies they use (or do not use) to recover their voice, and tactical approaches that are translated to men and women in leadership… Organizations are ready to engage in the right levels of dialogue, and this extended research is designed to bring the proper evidence, credibility, and plans for action to those ready for a change.

The Dianne Kipnes Fund for Social Innovation was established in 2016 with an exceptional gift from Dianne Kipnes. The Fund supports projects from alumni of Fielding’s School of Psychology and School of Leadership Studies that demonstrate innovation and collaboration for improving the lives of individuals, organizations, or communities.

Congratulations to Dr. Arnold on this accomplishment! We will be sharing her research findings with the Fielding community at Summer Session 2019.