Tova Sanders

Part Time Affiliate


A proven leadership development professional with focused experience in leadership education and development.  She is passionate about leadership education  and was actively involved in the establishment of the Leadership Domain at Northeastern University, a collaborative effort to develop strategic programs to engage learners in the leadership domain a variety of educational  levels, with multiple modalities in widely dispersed locations. She has also served as the former lead of the Organizational Leadership Studies Doctoral Concentration.

Dr Olson-Sanders is also actively involved in the International Leadership Association where she serves as the co-chair of the Doctoral Faculty and Administrators Learning Community.   Prior to her work at Northeastern, Dr. Olson-Sanders taught at The George Washington University in Washington DC where she also consulted with the Center for the Study of Learning and ran her own Leadership Coaching Firm:  Leading Opportunity, LLC. She received her masters in arts at the University of Maryland, College Park and her doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from the George Washington University.

Dr. Olson-Sanders lives in Michigan with her son and daughter and enjoys kayaking, running, the beach and even the winter snow!

Professional Experience

Northeastern University, Associate Teaching Professor, Doctorate of Education Program 2011-present

Northeastern University, Concentration Lead-Organizational Leadership Studies, Doctorate of Education Program   2013-2018 

The George Washington University, Part-time Faculty, Human and Organizational Learning Program    2004-2012

Principal and Founder, Leading Opportunity, LLC:  Coaching and Consulting Firm, 2005-2011

The Center for the Study of Learning, Doctoral Fellow, 2004-2006