Mia Pennels, a dual MBA/MA student in Positive Organizational Psychology and Evaluation, served on the LeAD strategic planning committee and as an assessor and facilitator of the LeAD assessment center. Mia’s professional background is in group facilitation and program development and implementation. Moving forward, she aspires to promote leader effectiveness by incorporating positive psychological principles into the creation of strategic, corporate learning and development programs. She is particularly interested in the roles of character strengths and of gratitude and appreciation in leadership development. Mia is also an avid and savvy international traveler. Her adventures span seven continents and 36 countries in pursuit of humanitarian, educational, and personal growth opportunities.