Barbara Kreisman

Barbara Kreisman, PhD

Senior Advisor to the Dean, Professor of the Practice

Office of Executive and Professional MBA Programs, Office of the Dean

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Biography at a Glance

Barbara Kreisman is Senior Advisor to Dr. Brent Chrite, Dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.  After more than a decade of leading the Working Professionals MBA programs, Barbara is now in a part-time capacity where she consults with the Dean on strategic issues, and serves as an Executive & Career Coach to current students and alums of the Executive MBA Program.  Kreisman is a Trustee of the International Executive MBA Council, a position to which she was elected in 2015, and is also Sr. Advisor and curriculum designer for the Latino Leadership Institute here at the University of Denver. Barbara initially joined DU in 2002 as a faculty member in the Daniels College of Business Marketing Department. She teaches the Human Capital Management course in the EMBA Program and is also a contributor to the College’s Executive Education programs and the Leadership and Society initiative at Daniels.

Her background transcends more than 30 years in the field of Leadership and Organizational Development within numerous industries including high tech, manufacturing, health care and non profit. She began her career in the blue collar pulp and paper environment of Northern Wisconsin, and over the years transitioned to senior strategic roles within Motorola’s Semiconductor Sector, Emerson Electric, (Fisher Controls International), and later Dell Corp. which she joined as a start-up organization (PC’s Limited) and helped to grow the company to over 40,000 employees. During this same time, sales increased from $500 million to $34 billion and the Company was highlighted twice by Fortune Magazine as the nation’s “Most Admired Organization.”

Within each of the above mentioned companies, Barbara was involved with numerous corporate initiatives (leadership & competency development, strategic planning, global/and cross cultural-related issues, organizational resource planning, staffing, employee development and retention).

Her academic background consists of a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin where her dissertation topic was “Identifying the Drivers of Employee Dissatisfaction and Turnover focusing on Engineering and Information Technology Professionals,” using Dell as a case study. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas and conducted extensive graduate work in Career Counseling while pursuing an interdisciplinary business degree at Arizona State University. Her undergraduate work was in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin.

Barbara has conducted additional research on the following subjects: Career transitions,  intergenerational differences at work; workforce diversity; the relationship of purpose and motivation in the work environment, neuro leadership, enhancing employee productivity & commitment, as well as executive/managerial derailment. She is a member of several Human Resources organizations, is certified in the Leadership Circle 360 instrument, Insights Discovery, Myers Briggs, and  the Birkman.

Barbara is actively engaged with such non-profit organizations as the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, Canine Partners of the Rockies, Wish for a Lifetime  and is a trained Hospice volunteer. She served a two year term as a Board Member for the  Denver Health Foundation.   Her hobbies include Golden Retrievers, Stand-Up Paddle boarding and time in the mountains.


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