Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Executive Leadership

First Supervisor

Mary Collins


Since the events of September 11, 2001, interfaith leaders have gained attention by resolving religiously based conflicts. By developing initial qualitative narratives, the study began to satisfy the literature gap and examine, for further understanding, women interfaith organizational leaders’ experiences. The study’s design employed semi-structured interviews to stimulate authenticity-related accounts from seven women who are interfaith organizational leaders from the Rochester, NY and Finger Lakes region. Using authentic leadership theory and a purposive sample, the study examined women interfaith organizational leaders’ characteristics and acceptance as authentic leaders. The participants’ narratives yielded seven themes focused on women interfaith organizational leaders’ authenticity experiences. The study’s research also provided new knowledge and insights about a population that has been academically and socially underserved.

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