Program Director, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
Ph.D., design and evaluation of educational programs, Stanford University, California; M.A.T., English, Brown University, Rhode Island; B.A., English, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
MAOL courses taught:
Research Proposal: Leadership Action Project/Leadership Thesis, and research workshops
Three children (ages 23, 20 and 16) and husband Peter C. Hawthorne, vice president of Strategy and Business Development, Cargill, Inc.
"I taught both undergraduate and graduate students first as an adjunct and then as a ranked professor at Stanford University and later at St. Catherine University while raising my family. I wrote a book, presented at academic conferences and devoted significant time to community leadership in education, the arts, social services, my church and the Minneapolis schools."
"My family moved to Singapore in 1998 for my husband's job. I did not have a green card for paid employment, but I found incredibly challenging professional work as the volunteer education director of Pertapis, a Muslim children's home. I developed a reading program, trained teachers, wrote grants, and established a library and computer center with community support. I received an award for my work from the Islamic Theological Society."
Motivation to join St. Kate's:
"As the first leadership program of its kind in the country, the MAOL is a jewel. I saw tremendous potential for it to grow and make a difference, and I relished the opportunity to guide the program toward achieving its potential."
Personal leadership style:
"My leadership grows from personal and professional experience which complements my academic study to connect theory with practice in a grounded approach."
On creating leaders:
"Some believe you can't teach leadership. You're either a born leader or you're not. The MAOL program, founded on the research-based practices of exemplary leadership identified by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, embraces the idea that each of us is a leader. Our leadership is tied to our personal and professional integrity and values. Hence the importance of ethical leadership."
Collaborative strategic planning with the faculty has led to new global initiatives, the creation of an MAOL Alumnae Network, strongercorporate and community partnerships, the launch of summer courses and a new national partnership program with the Peace Corps.
Conducts the annual Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership with Associate Professor of Economics Joann Bangs; they examine the percentage of women on the boards and in the executive suites of Minnesota's 100 largest public companies.
Why the Census is important:
"The data feed into a national study that highlights the limited role women are playing in corporate leadership. Studies indicate that diversifying a corporate leadership team provides a competitive advantage. Despite an increasing number of highly qualified women in the pipeline, women’s progress beyond middle management has stalled."