Powerful Teaching from the Best in the Business
Bloch Executive MBA students learn from world-renowned faculty with impressive records of business, research, and teaching excellence.
Bloch School faculty bring richly diverse and impressive backgrounds and come from top schools across the country. They are also award-winning scholars, authors, and educators with international reputations. Bloch faculty love what they do, and it shows. They are highly-accessible and engaged, offering Bloch Executive MBA students a stimulating and collaborative learning environment.
A sample of EMBA program faculty include:
Dr. Gary Baker
Senior Fellow, Bloch School Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Gary Baker, Ph.D, was the director of community building initiatives, senior fellow and adjunct professor of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. The Midwest Center is an education and outreach center of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He holds an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. with emphasis in nonprofit entrepreneurship and urban education. His dissertation was a study of the competitive advantages for urban core businesses. Baker holds a master of public administration and a Nonprofit Fund Raising Professional Certificate from the Bloch School. He received his B.A. in psychology with a double major in business from Baker University. Baker is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the state and local level from the John F. Kennedy School of Government located at Harvard University. He has been involved in numerous professional and civic leadership roles during his career.
Lee Bolman, Ph.D.
Professor of Leadership
Ph.D, Yale University
Lee Bolman, Ph.D., is professor in the Bloch Executive MBA Program who holds the Marion Bloch Missouri Chair in Leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Bolman’s teaching and writing over the last three decades has explored the intersection of organizations and leadership. Dr. Bolman favors the space and freedom to develop an argument that writing books offers as opposed to writing articles, and his primary interest is in writing for managers and students of management, trying to distill the products of management scholarship into clear, succinct and practical lessons for leadership. Bolman has written numerous books on leadership and organizations, including How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing (expected August, 2014) and Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership (5th ed., 2013), both with Terry Deal, and Reframing Academic Leadership (2011), with Joan Gallos. His B.A. in history and Ph.D. in organizational behavior are from Yale University.
Associate Professor of Finance and Real Estate
M.B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Charles ("Chuck") C. Connely is an Associate Teaching Professor of finance and real estate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management. He is also managing director of EPR Financial Services, a subsidiary of EPR Properties (formerly Entertainment Properties Trust). Connely served as managing director of KPMG LLP’s Corporate Finance Group and vice president of corporate finance with George K. Baum & Company. Connely served as General Manager of Butler Real Estate, a BlueScope Steel Company. Connely serves on the Board of Directors of Epiq Systems, Inc., a public integrated technology solutions company for the legal profession, and on the Board of Directors for the Rehabilitation Institute of KC Foundation, which provides medical rehabilitation, employment placement and disability services. Connely has an MBA and B.B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University.
Dr. David Donnelly
Dean | Professor of Accountancy
Ph.D., University of Illinois
David Donnelly, Ph.D., , is Dean and a professor of accounting at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (Ph.D.) and Kansas State University (B.S. and M.B.A). Donnelly is a past member of the board of directors of the Accounting Programs Leadership Group (APLG) and a current member of the board of directors of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA). He also serves on several other committees of the American Accounting Association, the APLG and the FSA. Donnelly’s research interests include behavioral judgment and decision-making as it relates to organizational performance, job satisfaction and stress. Most recently his research has examined how behavioral factors lead to dysfunctional audit behaviors and turnover. Donnelly has received numerous research grants and teaching awards and has made numerous professional and educational presentations. He has publications in leading accounting, business and educational journals, including Behavioral Research in Accounting, Advances in Management Accounting, Journal of Forensic Accounting, Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, CPA Journal, The Woman CPA, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Accounting Education and others.
Executive in Residence and Visiting Instructor
M.B.A., Harvard University
Doranne Hudson is an Executive-in- Residence and Associate Teaching Professor at The Bloch School. She teaches Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Bloch’s degree programs as well as executive education programs with such companies as Sprint, H&R Block, Garmin, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, and The Federal Reserve Bank. Her research and teaching interests include organizational influence, networks and social capital, leading change, and leader values. 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 25 years of marketing and general management with Gillette Company and Hallmark Cards, where she was senior vice-president and a corporate officer. In addition to brand management and product development, she had major line and P&L responsibilities for the retail division and four of Hallmark’s subsidiary companies. Hudson earned a BA in psychology from Duke University, summa cum laude, an MSW in social policy from Washington University, and an MBA from Harvard University.
Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management
MBA, University of Missouri, Columbia
William Kay is an instructor for Bloch Executive Education and owner of W. Kay & Associates, which is dedicated to helping organizations and individuals enhance their competitiveness, productivity, and technological performance. Kay specializes in assisting businesses in improving performance in the areas of strategic planning, finance and accounting, project management, marketing, sales and sales management, and team building following the accelerated learning model for adult learning. Kay’s professional experience includes over 30 years experience as CEO, CFO, and owner of a major company. Kay holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, Tucson and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
MBA, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Margaret Keating began her 31 year career with Hallmark in 1979 as a process controller. She held various positions of increasing responsibility in operations, including process scheduling manager, manager of Graphic Arts technical package processing, operations program strategist, Graphic Arts human resources director, and director of Graphic Arts. In April 1994, she was promoted to Hallmark vice-president - graphic arts and named a corporate officer. Margaret was given additional responsibilities as director of product quality execution in March 1995, and was named Hallmark vice president - North American production in 1997. In 2000, she assumed the role of Operations vice president - global shared services, and was promoted to Group Vice-President, Operations in 2003. In this role, Margaret oversaw all U.S. and Canadian manufacturing, distribution, and graphic arts functions, including Litho-Krome Co., Hallmark's lithographic printing subsidiary in Columbus, Georgia. She was also responsible for global procurement, with offices in Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Shanghai, and global supply chain activities that span the Hallmark family of companies. Margaret retired from Hallmark in 2010.Margaret received a B.S. in business/economics from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and an MBA in operations management from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
MBA, Harvard Business School
Mr. Kindley has over 35 years of consumer product experience. Currently, Mr. Kindley is a senior lecturer at the Cox Graduate School of Business at Southern Methodist University where he has taught in the marketing department since 1996. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Kindley served as President of American Designer Pottery, a manufacturer of polyurethane garden containers, from 1990 to 1995 as Vice President of Marketing for Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co., from 1988 to 1990 as Vice President of Marketing for Bissell, Inc. and from 1985 to 1988 as Group Product Manager for Newell Rubbermaid Inc. He is also engaged by several companies as a new product consultant and holds over ten patents. Mr. Kindley has served as a member of the board of directors of Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. Mr. Kindley has a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in product design from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Dr. Sandra Kruse-Smith
Ph.D., Capella University
Sandra Kruse-Smith, Ph.D., is the Executive Coach for the Bloch School Executive MB A program. In that capacity she helps current and emerging leaders improve their professional presence, define their brand, sharpen their communication skills, and apply leadership theory to real-time workplace challenges. Dr. Kruse-Smith began her career as one of the first female managers at the Honeywell Kansas City plant, then left to start her own consulting company that has provided communications assessment, consulting and coaching services for more than 25 years. Dr. Kruse-Smith holds a B.A. in English and Education from UMKC, an M.A. in Communications from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University.
Jeanie Latz, J.D.
Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management
J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Jeanie Latz is a senior executive with substantial experience in publicly-held and not-for-profit organizations serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Great Plains Energy, an energy holding company (NYSE;GXP) responsible for internal affairs including corporate governance, SEC compliance, human resources, internal auditing and procurement. She also served as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors and committees of the Board. Latz is currently a member of the Faculty of the Executive MBA program at the University of Missouri-Bloch School ofManagement teaching strategy, and also a managing partner of Midcap Advisors consulting with middle-market companies. Latz is actively engaged in the community serving on the boards of several foundations and organizations. Latz received a BS in Business Education from Missouri State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri.
President, McClarie Group
Los Angeles, CA
Charmaine McClarie has been helping corporate leaders and executives communicate the big picture about themselves and their organizations for more than 20 years. By profession, Charmaine is an executive coach, but in practice she is a mentor, leader, and confidante who believes in every client she works with, allowing their natural and learned leadership talent to come out. As a result, she helps thousands of executives lead highly successful organizational and career transformations in a variety of Fortune 500 companies, including: YUM Brands, The GAP Inc., Hewlett-Packard, Tate and Lyle, Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson and Tyson Foods.
A popular professional speaker and leadership expert, Charmaine is a member of the Executive Education faculty at Smith College and also lectures at the University of Missouri, Bloch School of Business. The New York Times, London Financial Times, Forbes and People magazine have all turned to Charmaine McClarie for her opinion on leadership and communication. Charmaine McClarie is the creator of the Executive Success Principles® program and President of the Los Angeles-based consulting firm, McClarie Group. Ninety-five percent of her clients are promoted within one year of her initial engagement, making Charmaine the "go to" consultant and executive coach for organizations that want to develop and retain their future high impact leaders.
M.B.A,, University of Pennsylvania
Phil Needles is currently serving as Dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington. Previously, he served as Assistant Dean for Strategy and Planning at UMKC’s Bloch School of Management and also as Programs Manager for UMKC’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Mr. Needles’ prior appointment was at the University of Miami School of Business Administration where he was Assistant to the Dean for Planning and Assessment. He also oversaw the school’s Entrepreneurship Program and was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. Mr. Needles has professionally served as Content Consultant for a Walt Disney Internet Group International broadband entertainment and educational product in Europe, Japan, Latin America, and Australia; Director of Programming for Disney TeleVentures, a Walt Disney Company interactive television and broadband content joint venture; and Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Mr. Needles received his MBA with majors in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurial Management, and Operations Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his BBA summa cum laude from the University of Miami with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Finance.
Mark Parry, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing
Ewing M. Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership
Dr. Mark Parry is the Ewing M. Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Professor of Marketing at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a senior leader in the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UMKC’s Bloch School. Parry teaches graduate and executive education courses. He received an M.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1988.
Parry conducts research and teaches courses on innovation, new product launch strategies, marketing strategy and entrepreneurship. As a professor of business administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, Parry has designed a number of executive programs and executive program modules dealing with marketing strategy, brand strategy, pricing and the launching of new products. His teaching/consulting assignments have included work for AAA South, Allied Signal, Carrier Corporation, Coca-Cola, Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, Graphics Controls, GTech, IBM, Ingersoll-Rand, Lexis Law Publishing, The Mars Corporation, Milliken & Company, Ortho Biotech and the Swedish Institute of Management.
Parry is the author of more than 30 articles in Management Science, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Market Letters, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and others. He is also the author of three books: Cases in Marketing Strategy (with Yoshinobu Sato), Strategic Marketing Management: A Means-End Approach and Mathematical Models of Distribution Channels (with Charles A. Ingene).
Robert Strom, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Robert Strom directs the Kauffman Foundation’s commissioned research, working with the nation’s top scholars to advance knowledge in entrepreneurship. Strom has also served on the collegiate and youth entrepreneurship teams during his tenure at the Foundation. Previously, he was a visiting professor at the Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and vice president of the National Council on Economic Education. In that capacity, he worked with a national network of state councils and university-based centers for economic education to deliver economic education programs to the nation’s elementary and secondary schools. Strom has also been assistant vice president for public affairs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, president of the Missouri Council on Economic Education, a professor of economics at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and a member of the economics department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Cincinnati. He has published several books, authored numerous articles, and spoken extensively to academic and professional audiences on topics of entrepreneurship and economics.
Senior Vice President - Human Resources and Administration
Tom Wright is the founder and Managing Member of Tom Wright Consulting, LLC, and provides Human Resources consulting and Executive Coaching to a variety of organizations. Tom brings over twenty-five years of diverse Human Resources experience in corporate, operations, and retail environments, to his role as coach and consultant to senior business executives. Tom has served as an Executive Coach in the CEO Coaching and More Program through the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers, an affiliation with the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
Tom is viewed as a strategic Senior Human Resources Executive, business partner, and team leader with extensive experience in organizational development, change management, leadership development, human capital planning, executive coaching, diversity, and HR strategy development. He also has a strong background in organization change strategies including mergers, acquisitions, business integrations, divestitures and reorganizations.
Prior to his consulting activities, Tom was the Senior Vice President - Human Resources and a Corporate Officer at Hallmark Cards, Inc., where he directed all global human resources and personnel services, which included performance management and rewards, employee relations, talent acquisition and development, organizational development, training and development, leadership development, and corporate diversity. Tom has successfully designed and implemented executive and leadership development strategies that fostered organizational alignment, employee engagement and retention, and improved company performance.