About the Award

Dimensions of Leadership:

  • Encourages and/or empowers others to achieve, creates enthusiasm, a feeling of investment and a desire to excel
  • Instills a sense of mission, teamwork and support
  • Energizes people to overcome barriers to change
  • Inspires a sense of urgency/immediacy
  • Positively influences others to build consensus in a group, department or organizational setting
  • Helps others develop by investing time and effort
  • Exhibits a spirit of cooperation and willingness to help others
  • Develops trust and credibility through open, respectful communications and demonstrating accountability
  • Serves as a role model to others through positive and productive client and colleague relationships

All ITS personnel below the Director level.

Nomination accepted from:
Especially ITS managers in support of the recognition of a staff member who exhibits leadership at any level, but any member of ITS may nominate a person who they believe exhibits leadership.

Selection process:
The selection process is coordinated by the ITS Operations Team. Once the submissions are collected and packaged, the Ops Team will submit the nomination packages to the ITS Senior Leadership Team who review the nominations and recommend a winner.


  • Formal recognition at the Semiannual All-Staff meeting
  • Name engraved on the ITS Leadership Impact plaque that will be displayed outside the CIO's office
  • $200 (Student wage winners receive an alternate prize)

Leadership Impact Award Nomination Form

  • Please provide comments (with examples) on how the nominee exhibits one or more of the following:

LIA Awardees

Leadership Impact Awards are presented at the biannual ITS All-Staff Meetings.

Previous Leadership Impact Awards

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Fall 2019: Mike Rothgeb

Mike Rothgeb, Active Directory Engineer

Mike routinely leads the implementation of technology updates, upgrades and new initiatives, and encourages others to participate and adopt new practices and procedures to support the new environment.

He has an immense depth and breadth of the subject matter as it applies to Mason supported systems. He has vast institutional knowledge of the functions that are vital to Mason and a strong sense of urgency. Other groups seek him out for his willingness to help and his subject matter expertise. Mike has always provided some type of background support for most university projects. Lead engineers and project managers seek his assistance. He is the go-to guy for anything AD, he takes his role very seriously, and is a valued asset to the university.

Mike does his behind the scenes magic, which enables many other people to benefit from the work he has done, and unfortunately might sometimes go unnoticed; it cannot be underscored enough how critical Mike is to the success of ITS.

Mike has encouraged me from the beginning to reach beyond my current responsibilities and skillset. Thanks to his encouragement, I have learned and taken on additional responsibilities that go beyond my original job description. This would not have been possible without his leadership and encouragement.

Spring 2019: Lauren Reese

Lauren Reese, Manager, Communications & Marketing

Lauren rocks! She is an absolute difference maker for all projects she partakes in. There is a special joy and energy she brings that make every project inherently that much better to work on together. That is no small task in trying to work with various ITS groups, across numerous priority projects, all while trying to maintain a consistent message and brand. Lauren never blinks and keeps making ITS a high achiever!

I admire her talent as a leader and as a communicator. Regardless of how involved she has been on an assignment, if you ask her a question or for advice, you're going to get a well-thought out response. She has creative ideas and even when you know she's overwhelmed with work, which is probably always, you'd never know because she always beams with enthusiasm and motivates everyone around her to stay positive and find ways to enjoy the work they're doing.

There have been a few times where I needed to express the urgency of an issue and she proudly replies with ‘ten-four’ to acknowledge the request. The best part about Lauren is that she’s always available to just listen to your idea and give you feedback.

Lauren embraces One ITS. She embraces we over me. She not only helps shape and brand our mission, but she also lives it every day. She is respectful, demonstrates integrity and fosters a wonderful sense of team and teamwork. Her astute ability to bring a voice for ITS that is unique, friendly and approachable to all patrons of George Mason is a large part of the success and buy-in we achieve every single day. Lauren has done a great job in maturing the ITS communication processes and instilling a larger understanding of the need and avenues for communication.