Barbara Kreisman, Ph.D.

Associate Dean and Professor of Practice,
Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

Barbara is Sr. Advisor to the Dean and Professor of Practice within the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Her combined teams have end-to-end responsibility for student/faculty support, enrollments, advising, faculty allocation, curriculum design & delivery, student services and alumni relations.

Barbara initially joined DU in 2002 as a lecturer in the Daniels College of Business Department of Marketing. She has been an Associate Dean or Assistant Dean since 2007 serving on various management committees within the Collage such as: Assurance of Learning; Graduate Programs; Management Council; Dean’s Team; and the Academic Council. Barbara served as an original member of the Board of Directors for the Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) at the University of Denver, an organization dedicated to empowering Latino Fellows with the networks, skills and vision to become extraordinary leaders. Many of the EMBA faculty teach in the LLI.

Her background transcends more than 30 years in the field of Organizational Development and Strategic Planning and has worked for a variety of including high tech, manufacturing, health care and non profit. She began her career in the blue collar pulp and paper environment of Northern Wisconsin, and over the years transitioned to senior roles within Motorola’s Semiconductor Sector, Emerson Electric, (Fisher Controls International), and later Dell Computer Corp. which she joined as a start-up organization (PC’s Limited). While there, and reporting to Michael Dell as his Chief Human Resource Strategist, she helped to grow the company from 50 individuals to over 40,000 employees. During this same time sales increased from $500 million to $34 billion and Dell was highlighted twice during this timeframe by Fortune Magazine as the nation’s “Most Admired Company.”

Within each of the above companies, Barbara was involved with numerous corporate initiatives (leadership & competency development, strategic planning, global/and cross-cultural related issues, organizational resource planning, staffing, employee development and retention.

Her academic background consists of a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin where her dissertation topic was “Identifying the Drivers of Employee Dissatisfaction and Turnover focusing on Engineering and Information Technology Professionals”, using Dell as a case study. She has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas and conducted extensive graduate study in Career Counseling while pursuing an interdisciplinary Business Degree at Arizona State University. Her undergraduate work was in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Additionally Barbara completed an intensive Business Case Writing program at the Ivey School of Business in Western Ontario, Canada.

A member of the Denver Health Foundation Board of Directors (2014-2016), Barbara is also actively engaged with such non-profit organizations as the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, Canine Partners of Colorado, and is a trained Hospice volunteer. Barbara is a Trustee of the International Executive MBA Council and chairs this organization’s Professional Development Committee.