Associate Teaching Professor
335 Bloch School
Areas of expertise: Leadership development, organizational influence and political agility, 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, MBA, and Executive MBA courses in leadership as well as executive education courses to a wide variety of organizations, including Sprint, H&R Block, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, The Federal Reserve, Garmin, Children's Mercy Hospital, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
As a full-time Bloch faculty member, Hudson 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 and in 2012 won the Bloch School's Elmer Pierson Outstanding Teaching Award.
Hudson's corporate experience includes nearly 25 years of marketing and general management at The Gillette Company and at Hallmark Cards, where she was a 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 before retiring.
Hudson received a BA in psychology from Duke University, summa cum laude, an MSW in social policy from Washington University and an MBA from Harvard University.
She currently serves on the executive committee of the UMKC Board of Trustees and as vice-chair of strategy and planning. She is also on the boards of Kansas City Public Television and MRIGlobal. From 2009-2011 she served as chair of the Board of Directors for The Central Exchange, an 800-member professional development organization. In 2008 she was named of one of Kansas City's Most Influential Women by KC Business Magazine.