Associate Teaching Professor, Management
217B Bloch Heritage Hall
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 The Bloch School at UMKC. She teaches undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA courses in Leadership and has taught executive education classes to a wide variety of businesses and organizations, including St. Luke's System, Garmin, H&R Block, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sprint, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, and The Federal Reserve Bank. As a full-time Bloch faculty member, Hudson has played leadership roles in developing the Bloch Strategic Plan and degree program curricula as well as in talent selection. She directs the Edward A. Smith Leadership Intern Program. Her research and teaching interests include leading change, organizational power and influence, networks and social capital, and leader values.
In 2012 she won the Bloch School's Elmer Pierson Outstanding Teaching Award and in 2010, 2011, and 2015 she was named Distinguished Professor of the Year by Bloch's graduating students. In 2016 she received the Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence, UMKC's highest honor for teaching faculty.
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 5000-store Gold Crown retail division ($1B 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 summa cum laude from Duke University, an MSW in social policy from Washington University, and an MBA from Harvard University. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of Strategy and Planning and as Secretary on the UMKC Board of Trustees and on the board of MRI Global. She has also served on multiple civic boards including Kansas City Public Television, The Women's Foundation, Girl Scouts, and The Central Exchange (where she was Board Chair from 2009-2011). In 2016 Hudson was awarded the Henry W. Bloch Trustee Excellence Award for her contributions and service to UMKC and Trustees.
She has been married for a very long time to Randall Hudson, a cardiac anesthesiologist, and they have two adult daughters. Her favorite activities outside the classroom are hiking, skiing, travelling, and music.