My career truly has embodied a scholar-practitioner model. Having graduated from one of the top-ranked programs in Organizational Behavior, I studied with the leading scholars of Appreciative Inquiry, Emotional Intelligence, and Experiential Learning Theory. My work has been published in a variety of journals and books, appearing most recently in the Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship, and presented at national and international conferences, including the Annual Academy of Management Meetings.
I am currently serving as a guest editor for a forthcoming special issue on positive organizational ethics for the Journal of Business Ethics. My career, however, extends beyond the walls of academia and into practice as well. During my time at Case Western, I helped launch the Center for Business as Agent of World Benefit, which sought to highlight and foster the many ways that businesses can be a force for positive social change around the globe. I also remain very active in the Appreciative Inquiry community of practitioners, serving as a Co-Chair for past International Appreciative Inquiry Conferences held in Orlando, FL and Kathmandu, Nepal, and on the Advisory Board for the most recent conference in Ghent, Belgium.
I recently guest edited a special issue on advances in the AI Summit for the AI Practitioner Journal and am an editor for the forthcoming 5th volume in the research book series Advances in Appreciative Inquiry. With a passion for helping organizations leverage their potential through strength-based change, I have consulted with a wide variety of organizations including: ECHO, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the VTFEA, World Vision, Houston Independent School District, The California Teachers Association, Imagine Nepal, The United Nations, and the American Society of Association Executives.
I have had exciting adventures around the world, working with a variety of organizations to create positive change, but I can honestly say that I have never been more excited than I am right now to be a part of the Stiller School of Business here at Champlain College. Our innovative programs, caring faculty, and visionary mission to "change the world through business" are the perfect recipe for creating a powerful learning environment for our students. Champlain's motto -- "Let us Dare" -- embodies an appreciative inquiry spirit. It invites us to dare to ask new and bold questions that will carve a transformational path forward. And that is what we are doing.
Playing in the snow with my son and daughter, finding great new restaurants to visit with my husband, and daydreaming about all the amazing things my students are going to do with their careers to make the world a better place