Valerie L. Myers, Ph.D.

Elevating  leadership, relationships,

  and quality in your organization.       

Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

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. Valerie is also principal of her own consulting firm, which specializes in advanced leadership development education that helps executives refine their skills and solve complex problems. Drawing upon her academic and industry experience, Valerie creatively translates research into practical solutions that elevate performance.

Academic Experience 

Dr. Myers has taught graduate courses in management throughout her academic career, which she 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. The broad scope of healthcare organizations that she's worked with includes: health systems, 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 and thought leader with 20+ years of academic and corporate achievements. Valerie uses her vast expertise in leadership development, talent developmment and organizational change to cultivate emerging and established leaders through her work as a management professor at the University of Michigan and a consultant to leaders across industries and sectors (e.g., healthcare, finance, engineering, technology, manufacturing, arts, non-profit and academic organizations). Rigorous, results-oriented, and evidence-based, Valerie's insights about leadership development, healthcare management, diversity and inclusion and employee engagement are published in scholarly articles, books and reports Her mission is to cultivate leaders worth following and to elevate character, the culture and quality in organizations -- to better serve the common good.

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Organizational Climate & Diversity Management in Southeast MI Hospitals


Diversity Ideologies in Action: Energizing Renewal and Excellence in Healthcare


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, employee engagement, 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).

The Power of a Calling
Insights from Joseph's Journey

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 and faculty affiliate of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. However, Valerie's expertise is more than academic; she has industry and management experience. 

Business 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. 


Ph.D. (Dual)   




Organizational Psychology + Policy  

Organizational Psychology     

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.


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