Session Three


Karen L. Proudford, Ph.D.

Karen L. Proudford, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Management at the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management, Morgan State University, where she teaches courses in organizational behavior and is Chair of the Honors Program Committee. She is also affiliated with the Center for Gender in Organizations, at the Simmons School of Management, Boston, Massachusetts, with the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program at Bryn Mawr College and with the ASCENT Leadership Program at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. She received her B.S. degree in Accounting summa cum laude from Florida A&M University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to beginning her career in academia, she held positions at Honeywell, Inc. and IBM.

Dr. Proudford’s research and consulting interests focus on group and intergroup dynamics, diversity and conflict. She has published articles, presented papers and delivered lectures on these topics — and on the related issues of leadership, organizational growth and change, and motivation — at academic and professional conferences. Her work has appeared in Group and Organization Management, the Journal of Labor and Employment Law, the Journal of Career Development, The Diversity Factor, International Review of Women and Leadership, Addressing Cultural Issues in Organizations: Beyond the Corporate Context, Women & Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change, Diversity Resistance in Organizations, and the Handbook of Workplace Diversity.

She has been a member of the Academy of Management since 1995 and served on the Executive Board of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy. Dr. Proudford is a Fulbright Senior Specialist candidate and was named as one of The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland.

Nancie Zane, Ph.D.

Nancie Zane, PhD, is a social psychologist and a partner with Praxis Consulting Group (see for more information about Praxis and our partners). For over twenty years, Nancie has worked with not-for-profits and public sector organizations to build diverse leadership teams, strengthen staff relationships, develop effective communication strategies, and increase board capacity—all in the service of helping organizations achieve their goals. Nancie also works to help organizations re-align their organizational mission, culture, and structure through innovative visioning and strategic planning processes. In addition, Nancie heads the coaching practice within Praxis that serves mid-level managers and senior leaders. She has coached in the Wharton Advanced Management and the Executive Education Programs at Wharton and is certified in the Clarke Wilson and the EQI coaching tools.

Nancie is on the faculty of the Organization Dynamics Program at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches courses in Organizational Diagnosis and Group and Team Dynamics. In addition, Nancie has designed and delivered courses on non-profit leadership, women and leadership, and intergroup relations and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Haifa and the Golda Meir Center in Haifa, Israel. Her co-authored publication with Kenwyn Smith, Ph.D, Organizational Reflections: Parallel Processes at Work in a Dual Consultation won a Macgregor Award in 2001 from the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences. Her other publications focus on the creation of corporate commitment to organizational diversity as well as re-thinking student discipline in the context of school restructuring.

Nancie is currently serving on the national board of the Alliance for Non-profit Management and recently stepped down as president from the Philadelphia Center for Organizational Dynamics. She received a B.S. from Cornell University in criminal justice and community psychology and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in social psychology.