Josie Ahlquist


Through speaking, coaching, teaching, and consulting, Josie Ahlquist guides educational leaders, organizations, and students to practice purposeful digital leadership.

Her practical, evidence-based frameworks empower clients to build and implement a digital engagement strategy that fits their life, their audience, and their purpose. Ahlquist’s work is grounded in her grant-funded and award-winning research that has allowed her to train thousands around the globe as a speaker; provide consulting services to institutions and companies; and coach professionals in branding, voice, and positioning.

Ahlquist has authored pieces for the Handbook of Student Affairs Administration, The Journal of Leadership Studies, NASPA Leadership Exchange and Contested Issues in Troubled Times: Student Affairs Dialogues on Equity, Civility, and Safety. She also served as a co-editor and author of the New Directions in Student Services volume, Engaging the Digital Generation, and the New Directions in Student Leadership volume, Going Digital in Student Leadership.

Ahlquist is a three-time LinkedIn Top Voice in Education, has been recognized by Ed Tech Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs” for five years. Her podcast, Josie & The Podcast, has been featured by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. She is a past recipient of the Dr. Susan R. Komives Research Award and the Student Affairs Technology Research, Assessment, and Evaluation Innovation Award.

Ahlquist received her EdD in higher education leadership from California Lutheran University, an MEd in counseling from Northern Arizona University, and a BA in sociology and human development and family studies from South Dakota State University. Prior to her independent path, Ahlquist spent nearly 15 years on college campuses in areas of student leadership, student activities, residence life, and student affairs communications and marketing. She currently serves as a research associate and instructor at Florida State University Leadership Learning Research Center, where her curriculum builds digital literacy and leadership skills for undergraduates to doctoral students. Ahlquist lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Lloyd Ahlquist and their three rescue fur babies.

She is also the host of the podcast, Dr. Josie and the Podcast: Connecting Tech and Leadership in Higher Ed.

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Author's Books

Digital Leadership in Higher Education

Purposeful Social Media in a Connected World


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