What’s Inspiring Her Now: With Villanova’s Narda Quigley

Narda QuigleyBeing a well-informed person is an important part of my job as an educator and, more broadly, as a participant in our democracy—but this can be really difficult as a woman and a minority in 2019.

I try to balance out some of the toxicity that I encounter with things that inspire me—sports, books, music, art, and progressive ideas.

These divergent sources help me remember to be positive, curious, and approach my life with joy:

  • The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and the fight for equal pay
  • The WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association)
  • Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg
  • The Hidden Brain podcast on NPR, hosted by Shankar Vedantam
  • The Life of Langston Hughes, a two-volume biography by Arnold Rampersad—Highly recommend to anyone interested in the poet, history of the 20thcentury, and race relations in the U.S. and abroad. It’s really fascinating and readable. I just started Volume 2.
  • The Seattle-based independent record label Sub Pop. It’s a great talent incubator. I love the band Tacocat’s new release, called “This Mess is a Place.”

Narda Quigley is Professor of Management at the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University. Her research interests include work groups and teams; multilevel issues; motivation; emergent and cross-cultural leadership; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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