Dan Heitger, Megan Gerhardt and Brian Ballou, co-directors of the Center for Business Leadership Dan Heitger, Megan Gerhardt and Brian Ballou, co-directors of the Center for Business Leadership

Co-Directors

Dan Heitger, Ph.D.

Dr. Heitger is the Deloitte Professor of Accountancy and specializes in corporate governance, enterprise risk management, performance measurement, and sustainability reporting and assurance.  He is the co-author on a leading textbook on managerial accounting that emphasizes improved business decision-making. He was named the sole academic as a "Yale University Millstein Center Rising Stars of Corporate Governance" its inaugural year. He leads professional workshops linking governance, strategy, risk, and performance measurement; instructs on financial accounting for KPMG professionals and co-authored several cases used in the Firm’s International Case Competition; and co-developed the EY undergraduate leadership program that evolved into the Emerging Leaders’ Summit. 

Megan Gerhardt, Ph.D.

Dr. Gerhardt is a professor of management and leadership, specializing in individual and team leadership development. She currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and her current research focuses on the leadership of multiple generations in the workplace. Dr. Gerhardt has authored 18 journal articles, appearing in several of the top management publications. In addition, Dr. Gerhardt is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach in the area of strengths based leadership, and leads professional development workshops in organizations on the topics of Strengthsfinder, managing multiple generations in the workforce, emotional intelligence, authentic leadership and women in leadership in the 21st century.  She is founder and owner of The Gerhardt Group, LLC, specializing in leadership development solutions. Dr. Gerhardt received her BA in psychology as well as her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. 

Brian Ballou, Ph.D.

Dr. Ballou is the EY Professor of Accountancy and specializes in linking corporate governance, executive leadership, enterprise risk management, and risk and sustainability reporting and assurance. Dr. Ballou leads professional workshops linking governance, strategy, risk, and performance; developed a case study workshop that he teaches to all KPMG interns, instructs on assurance and financial accounting for KPMG professionals, and co-authored several cases used in the Firm’s International Case Competitions; and co-developed the EY undergraduate leadership program that evolved into the Emerging Leaders’ Summit.