Valerie earned her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and upon completion, joined the University of Michigan's management faculty in 2003, where she currently lectures in the Ross School of Business's MBA and Executive Education programs. Valerie is also principal of her own consulting firm, where she integrates academic and industry experience to solve management problems..
Dr. Myers began her academic career 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, with her colleagues, has published management insights in scholarly articles such as 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.
Her primary scholarship focused 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, insurers, institutes, and other allied health organizations. Myers led a research team that conducted a study of Organizational Climate and Diversity Management in Southeast Michigan Hospitals, which entailed executive interviews, online surveys, focus groups and participant observation research.
Perplexing findings from the hospital study compelled Dr. Myers to search broadly for management solutions, which led her to the field of cognitive neuroscience. As a result, she combined neuroscience and management theory to create Strategic Curiosity® -- a streamlined solution for multiple leadership challenges. Strategic Curiosity® is a customizable cognitive behavioral change program that increases mental agility, insight, critical thinking, interpersonal skills, and organizational learning. Even though Strategic Curiosity® emerged from her healthcare research, Dr. Myers found that these skills are essential for professional in all industries.
Valerie L. Myers, Ph.D. is an accomplished Organizational Psychologist with over 20 years of academic and corporate achievements. Creative, rigorous, and results-oriented, Valerie’s vast expertise includes work with for-profit and non-profit leaders across industries (e.g., healthcare, finance, engineering, technology, manufacturing, arts, non-profit and academic organizations). Her consulting practice specializes in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, strategy, organizational learning and transformation, and employee engagement. Valerie, has cultivated thousands of emerging and established leaders through her work as a consultant and management professor at the University of Michigan. She passionately works to help people elevate character, climate, competence, and leadership in organizations with the goal of serving the common good.
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 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 by presenting a comprehensive, interdisciplinary analyses of this historic construct. Her book was endorsed by esteemed management scholars including Robert Quinn (University of Michigan), Andre Delbecq (Santa Clara), David Miller (Princeton), Scott Taylor (University of Birmingham, England) and Mike Pratt (Boston College).
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.
Valerie's work in Management, Marketing, and Product Development for a global automotive supplier informs her consulting practice. In addition to successfully leading a department turn-around ($650m revenue), she collaborated with executives of Fortune 500 companies (domestic and international automotive manufacturers) to develop strategically progressive and profitable niche market products. These early experiences were invaluable for gaining a systems perspective of organizations, effective leadership, learning to work effectively 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."
Valerie acquired design thinking skills while studying Industrial Design at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, and designing transformational products for automotive and furniture industries. Design thinking organically informs Valerie's approach to management education, research, and consulting. She helps leaders apply these principles through Strategic Curiosity®.
Executive Coaching & Consulting
Valerie discretely coaches executives to identify impediments to effective leadership, and helps them develop and refine their skills to overcome them. She also works with leaders and leadership teams to solve complex organizational challenges and recalibrate strategy. In sum, Valerie passionately integrates her experiences and expertise to help leaders create more value through human performance.
Ph.D. (Dual) Organizational Psychology + Policy & Program Planning University of Michigan
M.A. Organizational Psychology University of Michigan
M.S.W. Policy & Program Planning University of Michigan
Bachelor's Psychology University of Michigan