Leslie Hennessy Ph.D.

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Leslie Hennessy, Ph.D.

Leslie Hennessy Ph.D.

Lecturer in Psychology

(719) 213-5133 lzh364@psu.edu


  1. Ph.D. Leadership Studies, University of San Diego
  2. M.A., Global Studies, University of Denver
M.B.A., Business, University of San Diego
B.A., English Literature, University of Colorado


Dr. Leslie Hennessy is a student at the University of San Diego School of Law where is she is focusing on business law. She also teaches courses in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of San Diego. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled Decision Making and Creativity: A Qualitative Study of MacArthur Fellows. Creativity continues to be a research and teaching interest.

Before entering academia, Dr. Hennessy held diverse management positions in operations and marketing. For 25 years she was a senior marketing executive on the leadership team of an international manufacturing company. She also served as a cleared advisor for the U.S. Department of Commerce and advised with the Industry Trade Advisory Committee 2 (Capital Goods and Autos) that works with U.S. negotiators on Free Trade Agreements.


Hennessy, L.A., (2020). Nonprofit Creativity: Essential for a Healthy Sector. In Runco, M., Pritzker, S. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Creativity, 3rd edition, vol. 2. Elsevier, Academic Press, pp. 255-262.

Hennessy, L., (2017). Activating Creativity: Insights and Wisdom of MacArthur Fellows, Sherwood.

Hennessy, L., Trull, C., Ahearne, M., & Schumann, M.J. (2016). Fieldstone Leadership Network’s Clare Rose Foundation Sabbatical Program: Year 1 Evaluation Report - 2015. San Diego, CA: Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research, University of San Diego.

Hennessy, L., (2015). High-level Creativity for Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations: Inspiration or Perspiration. Journal of Genius and Eminence.

Hennessy, L., Decision Making and Creativity: A Qualitative Study of MacArthur Fellows. (Ph.D.), University of San Diego (2014) http://digital.sandiego.edu/dissertations/101