SAGE Business Cases Women & Leadership Series

SAGE is pleased to launch Women & Leadership, a new teaching case series within SAGE Business Cases. This innovative and timely series is edited by: 

  • Sherylle J. Tan, Ph.D., Director of Internships and KLI Research, Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College
  • Lisa DeFrank-Cole, Ed.D., Associate Professor and Director of Leadership Studies, West Virginia University

Women & Leadership Editors Photo

 Sherylle and Lisa in 2017 at the International Leadership
Association Annual 
Conference in Brussels, Belgium.

The idea for the series began with a meeting at the 2016 Annual Conference of the International Leadership Association in Atlanta, Georgia between SAGE editorial and Sherylle and Lisa. Discussions continued during the Women and Leadership Networking Luncheon and the idea to address the need for this essential content began to take shape. “It is important to have business cases that depict the realities that women leaders face,” says Dr. Tan, “as all students, both male and female, learn about and develop their leadership, they must be able to understand and see women in those leadership roles.” Further, “The cases and experiences of women in leadership do not often coincide with those of men. To fully understand leadership, we need to examine all points of view and look at it from a broad lens that considers gender.” 

In discussing this new series, Dr. DeFrank-Cole said: “There is a dearth of business cases written by women or about women. I am happy that SAGE is working to change this situation. With women representing around 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs, we need to encourage students to become leaders. Reading business cases that include women as leaders will enable students to imagine themselves in these types of positions in the future.”

SAGE has received great interest since the original call for submissions and our editorial team continues to receive submissions and, alongside Sherylle and Lisa,  is working with authors to develop additional cases for this global series. Titles from our initial collection: 

Women in Pursuit of the Sports Coaching Profession: Challenges and Solutions, Dana Voelker, West Virginia University
Women and Leadership: Using the Delphi Technique to Effect Organizational Change, Daniel L. Roberts, University of Phoenix
Margaret Thatcher: Gender and the Iron Lady, Jill L. Robinson, University of Redlands
Challenges of Leading a Small Development Organization in Odisha, India, That Seeks to Empower Women Through Enterprise Activities, Gretchen Alther, East-West Center - Professional Development Program
Workplace Violence: More Women in Authority Does Not [Always] Equal Good [Feminist] Leadership, Miriam Sessa, Auckland Institute of Technology
Sydney Brian-Peters: A Case Study in Gender and Leadership Issues, Greg Chidi Obi, Ohio University
Recruiting Women to Work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Challenges in Leadership and Cultural Intelligence, Jacquelyn D. Elliott, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
Evolution of a Nonprofit Board of Directors, Michele D. Kegley, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash
Female Leadership: The Case of Ursula Burns, Alfred Akakpo, Coventry University
Women and Leadership at Bettendorf College: Organizations' Responsibility for Addressing Gender Differences, Leslie L. Trainer, Claremont Graduate University
Women and Leadership: Opportunities for Women Managing E-Businesses, Alfred Akapo, Coventry University 

This series is a perfect coming together of SAGE’s market-leading strength in leadership scholarship and our commitment to exploring timely and relevant social issues. These cases will provide students and faculty with up-to-the-minute impactful cases that truly work to prepare tomorrow’s leaders. 

Editor Bios:

Sherylle J. Tan, Ph.D., Director of Internships and KLI Research, Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College. 

Sherylle J. Tan, Ph.D. is the Director of Internships and KLI Research at the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. Dr. Tan has over 15 years of experience in program evaluation and her current research focuses on undergraduate leadership education. At KLI, Dr. Tan oversees the KLI Internship program, longitudinal research on undergraduate leadership education, and program evaluations of all KLI leadership and social innovation programs. Much of Dr. Tan’s research focuses on applying developmental theory and methods to understanding the issues of leadership development, women and leadership, work and family, and child development. Most recently, Dr. Tan co-edited with Ron Riggio, Leader Interpersonal and Influence Skills: The Soft Skills of Leadership (2014). Dr. Tan is the Past-Chair of the Executive Leadership Team for the International Leadership Association Women and Leadership Affininity Group. 

Dr. Lisa DeFrank-Cole is Associate Professor and Director of  Leadership Studies at West Virginia University (WVU). 

Dr. DeFrank-Cole previously worked as the Executive Director of the West Virginia statewide PROMISE Scholarship program; served as Assistant for Policy and Research under West Virginia Governor Bob Wise; worked at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2012 Dr. DeFrank-Cole was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant to teach Principles of Leadership to female students at the Royal University for Women in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She served as the 2015 chair of the Women and Leadership Affinity Group in the International Leadership Association and her research interests include the topics of women and leadership. In April 2017, she was awarded the Mary Catherine Buswell prize at WVU for outstanding service to women. She holds a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. 

Call for Papers

Partner with SAGE to develop your WOMEN & LEADERSHIP teaching case. For further details on submissions,

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SAGE Publishing continues to grow its global case collection, SAGE Business Cases, across the business and management discipline while also focusing in on key areas we care deeply about. This women & leadership collection within SAGE Business Cases will highlight the rich and interdisciplinary topic of women and leadership.

SAGE is pleased to offer case authors:

  • Double-blind peer review of your case and teaching notes
  • A thorough editorial process, working to develop your ideas and prepare cases for successful publication
  • Freedom to include your students in the case research and writing process
  • Copyright in your name and final PDF for ease of use in your classroom
  • Payment when your case is published
  • An international audience for your work

Have you written a case that you currently use in your classroom? Do you have an idea or a rough draft of a case? Bring it to SAGE and we’ll work with you to develop your idea and ready it for the global classroom.


  • We look for cases between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
  • Please include discussion questions and teaching notes.
  • Guidelines and templates may be found here
  • Manuscripts are accepted through our ScholarOne portal
  • Authors receive decisions within 6-8 weeks of submission.

For questions and sample cases, contact: Rachel Taliaferro, Editor,

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