Associate Teaching Professor
335 Bloch School
Areas of expertise: Organizational influence and political agility, leader self-awareness and development, networks and social capital, leading change, leader values
Doranne Hudson is an executive-in-residence and associate teaching professor at Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She teaches undergraduate, M.B.A., and Executive M.B.A. courses in leadership as well as non-degree executive education courses to a wide variety of organizations, including Sprint, H&R Block, Nelson-Atkins, Garmin and Fleishman-Hillard.
Her research and teaching interests include organizational influence and political agility, networks and social capital, leading change and leader values. As a full-time Bloch faculty member, she is also active in curriculum development, strategic planning and faculty selection. She directs the Edward A. Smith Leadership Intern Program. In 2010 and 2011 she was named Distinguished Professor of the Year by Bloch’s graduating students.
Hudson’s corporate experience includes 23 years of marketing and general management at The Gillette Company and at Hallmark Cards, where she was senior vice president. In addition to brand management and new product development, she had major line and P&L responsibilities; among these were leading Hallmark’s 5,000-store Gold Crown retail division ($1 billion in sales) and overseeing four of Hallmark’s subsidiary companies. Hudson was named a Hallmark corporate officer in 1995, and she served on the corporate executive council, the North America management team and the Hallmark U.K. board of directors.
Hudson received a B.A. in psychology from Duke University, summa cum laude, an M.S.W. in social policy from Washington University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
She currently serves as chair of the board of directors for the Central Exchange, on the executive committee of the UMKC Board of Trustees and on the boards of Kansas City Public Television and MRIGlobal.
In 2008, she was named of one of Kansas City’s Most Influential Women by KC Business Magazine.