NALP Leadership Academy Instructors


Risa Mish
teaches courses in team leadership and critical and strategic thinking, in addition to serving as Faculty Director of the Johnson Leadership Fellows program. At Johnson, she has been the winner of the Apple Teaching Award (2009), which enables graduating classes to honor a faculty member who exemplifies outstanding leadership and enduring educational influence; the Stephen Russell Family Teaching Award (2013), which is voted on by the five-year residential MBA reunion class, and indicates a lasting influence on their education; and the Globe Award for Teaching Excellence (2014), honoring a faculty member who demonstrates a command of subject matter and also possesses the creativity, dedication, and enthusiasm essential to meet the unique challenges of an EMBA education. Mish also runs a management consulting and training practice providing strategic advice and training to senior executives and human resources teams on a wide range of human capital issues, including effective team leadership; leading organizational culture change; critical thinking and problem solving; persuasion and influence; employee recruitment, motivation and retention; employee assessment, coaching, and performance management; resolving employee and team conflicts; and minimizing employment litigation risk.

Before returning to Cornell, Mish was a partner in the New York City law firm of Collazo Carling & Mish LLP, where she represented management clients on a wide range of labor and employment law matters, including defense of employment discrimination claims in federal and state courts and administrative agencies, and in labor arbitrations and negotiations under collective bargaining agreements. Prior to CC&M, Mish was a labor and employment law associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, where she represented Fortune 500 clients in the financial services, consumer products, and manufacturing industries. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and state and federal courts in New York and Massachusetts. Mish earned a BS with Distinction from Cornell University and a JD cum laude from Cornell Law School.

Mish is a member of the Board of Directors of SmithBucklin Corporation, the world’s largest trade association management company, headquartered in Chicago; TheraCare Corporation, headquartered in New York City; the United Way of Tompkins County; and serves as a Trustee of the Tompkins County Public Library.


Dr. Erica Dawson is a teacher, researcher, executive coach, and Director of Leadership Programs at the Cornell University College of Engineering. Previously she was Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at the Yale School of Management, where she taught her popular leadership and negotiation courses to executive and MBA students for 9 years. She has coached leaders in executive education programs at Yale, MIT, Wharton, Cornell, and UC-San Diego. Erica has a distinguished record of entrepreneurial leadership in education. In 2012 she helped to create the US-Israel Center for Innovation and Economic Sustainability at UC-San Diego, serving as its founding Executive Director through 2013. In 2010 she co-founded The Program on Organizational Ethics at MIT's Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values. In her current role she created and directs an exceptional new leadership development program for Cornell's engineering student community, integrating leadership and teamwork skills into a modern engineering education.

Erica's research focuses on motivated reasoning, or the ways in which people's decision-making may be biased by their desires for one conclusion or course of action over another. She has examined these processes in the contexts of health decision-making, reasoning about climate change, project planning, and executive decision-making. Her most recent work proposes a model of leadership built on the four pillars of knowledge, experience, insight, and courage. She currently is examining the ways in which leadership dynamics impact performance on high-stakes teams such as those operating in search and rescue organizations.

An expert in leadership, negotiation and conflict management, Erica consults worldwide for organizations ranging from large multinational consulting and pharmaceutical firms to small nonprofits. She is a skilled coach, working one-on-one to help individuals develop as visionary leaders and confidently use negotiation to build relationships and meet their interests; She has worked extensively with groups as diverse as German engineers, Tibetan monks, female scientists and American 6th graders. One day she hopes to design a leadership development experience that incorporates one of her passions: skydiving.

Dr. Dawson earned a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Cornell University in 2004. She studied as an executive coach and co-active leader through the Coaches Training Institute.


Drew Pascarella
is a Lecturer of Finance at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, where he currently leads the Investment Banking Immersion program. He has taught Core Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions (Executive MBA level), Investment Banking Essentials (undergraduate level), and Lectures in Finance. Drew was the 2014 recipient of the Class of 1992 Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. Drew spent 15 years working at bulge bracket investment banks, and advising clients on over $35bn of Merger and Acquisition transactions and led equity, convertible, and debt financing transactions totaling over $9bn in proceeds. Most recently, Drew was a Director in the Technology Investment Banking group at Citi. Notable transactions include the formation of Nokia Siemens Networks (largest JV in corporate history), Nokia’s $8.1bn acquisition of NAVTEQ (largest acquisition by a Finnish corporate) and associated €1.75bn debt IPO, Andrew Corporation’s $2.6bn sale to Commscope, Lucent’s $1.625bn convertible bond offering, and sale of multiple private businesses to Cisco. While at Citi, Drew was an active participant in the Investment Banking Associate Training Program, developing and delivering hard and soft skills courses. Prior to joining Citi, Drew was a Technology Project Manager at Goldman Sachs where he led the design, development, implementation, and support of global trading technology systems.

In addition to his duties at Johnson, Drew Pascarella is Managing Director and Head of East Coast Banking of Vista Point Advisors.

Drew holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BBA in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University. Drew was the class Co-President and a Fried Fellow at Cornell.


Michael Hostetler's
main research and teaching interests are in strategy, decision-making, leadership, high performance teams, innovation and change management. He has taught classes in the MBA program, Executive MBA program and the Cornell/Queen's MBA program. He is the author of four on-line courses in strategic thinking, scenario planning, leadership and team effectiveness, for eCornell, Cornell's distance learning subsidiary.

He is also involved in the development of custom executive programs at the Johnson School, and has designed programs for a variety of international companies including Siemens, Citigroup, the Oxford University Press, Areva, Sara Lee, Johnson & Johnson, Bausch and Lomb, GlaxoSmithKlein, Hyundai, United Technologies, the Asian Development Bank, LIG, Plansee, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Samsung, Victaulic, G4S, the Americana Group and the Schwan Food Co.

As an associate dean at Johnson 1992-2003, Hostetler oversaw all public and custom executive programs. In addition, he oversaw the launch of Johnson’s Executive MBA program and served on the committee that developed the Cornell/Queen's MBA Program.

Prior to joining Cornell University, Hostetler was assistant dean for executive education at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. His prior experiences also include positions with St. Mary's Medical Center, the University of Tennessee, and the governor of Kentucky. Hostetler is active in the development of global executive education through the University Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON) and the International Consortium for Executive Development Research (ICEDR). He is an emeritus trustee of UNICON.