Dr. Myers has taught graduate courses in management throughout her academic career, which began in the University of Michigan's Department of Health Management & Policy (School of Public Health) and Ross School of Business. As an Assistant Professor, Myers led multi-site research projects funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, The Center for Healthcare Transformation and Research and the Walter McNerny Foundation, and in cooperation with the Greater Detroit Area Health Council . Myers is a thought leader that has published peer-reviewed scholarly insights in the Journal of Healthcare Management, Journal of Health Administration Education, Organizational Dynamics, the Journal of Adult Development, and various scholarly book chapters. Dr. Myers has presented her work at prestigious professional conferences in the U.S. and internationally and taught in various continuing medical education, healthcare executive and executive education programs.
Valerie's primary research focuses on the intersection of healthcare management and diversity. Her work with a broad scope of healthcare organizations includes: health systems, healthcare executives, hospitals, physician groups, community health clinics, health departments, safety net organizations, insurers, institutes, and other allied health organizations. Myers led a research team that conducted a study of Organizational Climate and Diversity Management in 27 Southeast Michigan Hospitals, funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation of Michigan. The mixed method study included executive interviews, online surveys, focus groups and participant observation research in independent hospitals and health systems.
Perplexing findings from the hospital study compelled Dr. Myers to search broadly for management solutions, which led her to the field of cognitive neuroscience. She combined neuroscience, management theory and liberal arts to create Strategic Curiosity® -- a streamlined solution for multiple leadership challenges. Strategic Curiosity® is a customizable change management program that increases mental agility, insight, critical thinking, interpersonal skills, and learning that are essential for high reliability organizations. Even though Strategic Curiosity® emerged from her healthcare research, Dr. Myers cultivates these skills in senior leaders (e.g., CEOs, CMOs, Boards of Directors, Deans, and other executives.) in various industries.
Valerie L. Myers, Ph.D. is an Organizational Psychologist, consultant, and thought leader with 25 years of academic and corporate achievements. She translates complex research into practical solutions that help leaders create value through exceptional performance. Valerie's mission is to cultivate leaders worth following and to elevate work culture, relationships, and quality to better serve humanity.
Valerie is the principal of her consulting firm, where she serve as a trusted advisor to experienced and emerging leaders across industries (e.g., healthcare, finance, engineering, technology, manufacturing, arts, non-profit and academic organizations). She uses her expertise in leadership development and behavioral change to advise clients about: diversity & inclusion, healthcare management, employee engagement/calling. Clients benefit from Valerie's scholarship on these topics and methods that are grounded in research.
Dr. Valerie L. Myers earned her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and upon completion, joined the University of Michigan's management faculty (2003). She currently teaches in the Ross School of Business's MBA and Executive Education programs and Executive Education at Dartmouth College.
And yes -- she climbed to the top of the Drakensberg mountains.
Research & Expertise in Brief
Rigorous, results-oriented, and evidence-based, Valerie's scholarly insights about leadership, healthcare management, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement are published in academic articles, books and reports.
Leadership: 21st century leaders need more than typical business frameworks. Myers created Strategic Curiosity® to help leaders "transcend typical" with evidence-based methods that refine an array of professional competencies (e.g., ehtical decision making, problem solving, relationship, and change management skills). The goal: Equip agile, wise, and caring leaders to fulfill their calling to leadership.
Diversity & Inclusive Leadership: Myers goes beyond trendy training to tackle this complex subject with a systems approach that integrates psychology, sociology, economics, history, humanities and proven methods of behavioral change. Leaders gain insights to transform themselves and skills to transform the systems. Myers' methods are derived from her research of inclusive leadership, organizational climate, management practices, and serving diverse constituents.
Calling & Engagement: Through her research, Myers discovered that a calling is focused on results -- not just your passion. The pursuit of one's calling is the ultimate form of engagement that energizes personal thriving and work performance. Myers' research shows how the original idea of calling benefits individuals, organizations, and serves society.
Healthcare Management: Much of Dr. Myers research of leadership, DE&I and calling has been conducted in healthcare settings, where the consequences can be a matter of life and death. These insights are transferable to other industries.
Organizational Climate & Diversity Management in Southeast MI Hospitals
Diversity Ideologies in Action: Energizing Renewal and Excellence in Healthcare
Inspiring Inclusion: What is the evidence for faith-based leader development?
Generative Change in Health Care Organizations: Co-Creating Health To Reduce Health Disparities
Examining the Structure and Sustainability of Health Care Safety Net Services
Myers' other line of scholarly inquiry examines calling, the ultimate form of intrinsic motivation and engagement. Fully living one's calling has positive implications for one's psychological well-being, work quality and organizational performance. Intrigued and animated by the idea of calling since her corporate career, Myers has conducted research, developed assessments, created and facilitated seminars, spoken to religious and non-religious audiences, and presented her scholarly work on calling to national and international audiences. Myers published scholarly insights in her groundbreaking book, Conversations About Calling: Advancing Management Perspectives, (Routledge Press), which contributes to the field of Positive Organizational Scholarship. In it, she presents a comprehensive, interdisciplinary analysis of this historic construct. Esteemed management scholars endorsed her book, including David Miller (Princeton), Robert Quinn (University of Michigan), Andre Delbecq (Santa Clara), Scott Taylor (University of Birmingham, England) and Mike Pratt (Boston College).
A dynamic and engaging professor, Myers' teaching portfolio includes executive and graduate courses in: Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Healthcare Management, Strategic Planning, and Diversity & Inclusive Leadership. She is a member of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and faculty affiliate of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. However, Valerie's expertise is more than academic; she has industry and management experience.
Valerie's consulting practice is informed by her work in Management, Marketing, and Product Development for a global automotive supplier. In addition to successfully leading a department turn-around ($650m revenue), she collaborated with executives of Fortune 500 companies to develop strategically progressive and profitable niche market products. These early experiences provided invaluable insights about systems thinking, (in)effective leadership, collaborating across professional boundaries (e.g., engineering, design, marketing and manufacturing), and creatively solving real business challenges. During this career phase, Valerie applied problem-solving skills that are now popularly referred to as "design thinking," which she acquired while studying Industrial Design at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. Design thinking organically informs Valerie's approach to management education, research, and consulting and she helps leaders apply these principles through Strategic Curiosity®.
Executive Coaching & Consulting
Valerie discreetly coaches executives to help them identify and overcome obstacles to effective leadership. She uses research and original tools to help leaders develop and refine their skills and performance. Valerie also works with leaders and leadership teams to solve complex organizational challenges, improve teamwork, and recalibrate strategy. In sum, Valerie passionately integrates her vast experience and expertise to help leaders create more value through human performance.
Organizational Psychology + Social Policy
Policy & Program Planning
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
One does not climb to attain enlightenment.
Rather, one climbs because
they are enlightened.
Zen Master Futomaki
Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa