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:

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 (2014) and Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership (6th ed., 2017), both with Terry Deal, as well as Reframing Academic Leadership (2011) and Engagement: Transforming Difficult Relationships at Work (2016), both with Joan Gallos. His B.A. in history and Ph.D. in organizational behavior are from Yale University.

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).

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.

Ann M. Hackett, Ph.D.
Executive Coach
Ph.D., Kansas State University

Ann M. Hackett, Ph.D., is the Executive Coach for the Bloch Executive MBA program. She brings over 20 years of corporate leadership experience in communications, financial, product, retail and hospitality industries, serving in both consulting and in-house roles. Having spent most of her career in organizational development and talent management, Ann has served in leadership roles with Accenture, H&R Block, and DineEquity. She has led corporate and consulting practices that include leadership assessment and coaching, talent strategy and program development, succession planning, culture and engagement, and learning strategy. Ann also works with businesses to achieve success through individual, team, and organizational solutions as president of HumanRoot LLC. Ann holds a Ph.D. and master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University.

Jeanie Latz, J.D.
Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management
J.D., University of Missouri - Columbia

Jeanie Sell Latz brings Public Company C-Suite Executive experience to her Bloch Executive MBA faculty role. She blends her expertise, perspective, and strengths into a focus on building stronger organizations and leaders with competitive advantage. She served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Great Plains Energy, an energy holding company (NYSE:GXP) where she held responsibilities across functional lines including legal, human resources, internal auditing, and procurement. She currently consults in the area of corporate governance, advising both Boards of Directors and management teams. She is a Governance Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors, and lends her expertise to a number of organizations in the community. She received a BS in Business Education from Missouri State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

Leigh Salzsieder, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Leigh Salzsieder, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of accountancy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management. His research and consulting interests include judgment and decision making in accounting, preparing and using fair value measurements, valuation, capital investment, and earnings management. His research can be found in journals ranging from the Journal of Accounting and Economics to The CPA Journal. Salzsieder teaches various courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.

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.

Gregory Macfarlane
Partner, SoftDragon LLC

Gregory Macfarlane is a partner with SoftDragon LLC, a Private Equity fund focused on small and medium enterprises.

Prior to this he was the H&R Block's Senior Vice President for Retail Products and Operations. He joined the company in June 2012. His responsibilities included all operational aspects of the U.S. Retail business, including setting strategy and execution plans for the nearly half-billion-dollar product portfolio, development and management of over 6,000 retail locations, labor planning for H&R Block's nearly 100,000 employees and all competitor acquisitions and all centralized operations functions.

Prior to this position, Macfarlane served for four years as H&R Block's Chief Financial and Strategy Officer. During this period, he lead the company's transformation back to a company focused on its core tax business. This included a focus on key revenue drivers, material changes to the company's cost structure, the divestiture of H&R Block Bank, and subsequent multibillion-dollar capital restructure.

Prior to joining H&R Block, Macfarlane was Executive Vice President and CFO for Ceridian Corporation. He also spent more than 14 years in senior leadership roles at General Electric Company, including Senior Vice President and CFO for WMC Mortgage, Senior Vice President and CFO at GE Partnership Marketing Group, and Vice President and CFO of GE Fleet Services in Japan. While at GE, Macfarlane was a member of the company's financial management program and its Corporate Audit staff.

Macfarlane earned his undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and his Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Mike Allison
Adjunct Professor
M.P.A., Brigham Young University

Mike Allison is an Adjunct Professor and Bloch Executive Education instructor within the Bloch School at UMKC. He is also the Vice President of Training and Development at AMC Theatres, where he directly partners with senior leadership to drive comprehensive strategies that enable the organization to build, support, and retain the talent needed to realize business outcomes. Prior to joining AMC in early 2017, Mike spent nearly 20 years at Cerner Corporation. For most of that period, Mike held executive responsibilities within both the client and associate learning organizations. His learning teams, many of which were internationally based, provided practical and effective end-to-end learning solutions to Cerner clients and associates around the world. Before joining Cerner, Mike was involved in city management for three years, working primarily as a management analyst for the city of Kansas City, Mo. He earned a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University.

James Kindley
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.

Phil Needles
Adjunct Professor
M.B.A,, University of Pennsylvania

Phil Needles is an instructor for Bloch Executive Education. He serves as Vice President of Student Services at Montgomery County Community College outside of Philadelphia. Previously, he was Strategic Advisor to the President and Dean of Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives for the College. Before this, he served as inaugural Dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington. Prior to this he was the Assistant Dean for Strategy and Planning at the Bloch School and also Programs Manager for UMKC's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Phil's initial 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 school's Excellence in Teaching Award and Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Professionally, Phil has 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; and Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Phil 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.

Dr. Marty Martin is an instructor for Bloch Executive Education. He currently leads teams of designers, developers and statisticians in a digital health venture in Chicago. In addition, he also manages a team of academics responsible for the growth in market share and profitability of a portfolio of degree programs. Marty brings his education and experience as a licensed clinical psychologist and former Senior Executive for Institutional Diversity, AVP of HR & HRIS, and Director of Diversity in the design and delivery of this highly interactive, challenging course. In his studies and work, Marty partners with collaborators from Scotland to the Philippines on the design, delivery and evaluation of global training programs and global eHealth initiatives.

Dr. Martin holds four masters degrees and a doctorate in the fields of psychology, clinical psychology, behavioral sleep medicine, and personal financial planning.

Shelley Jaderborg is a senior supply chain executive with experience in small and medium-sized companies – both publicly and privately held. Her passion is making things better – that could be improving a process, installing and starting up a new technology, or creating a new organization. She has worked at Proctor & Gamble, Hallmark Cards, and Milbank Manufacturing. During her career, she has held roles of increasing responsibility in supply chain management. These include serving as Director, Season Greetings Demand Planning & Inventory Management, at Hallmark and Senior Vice President, Operations, at Milbank. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University and an Executive MBA from the Bloch School of Management at UMKC.

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