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Kathleen Simmons, Ph.D., PMP
Walden University

Kathleen SimmonsKathleen Simmons is the program director for the B.S. in Business Administration program at Walden University. She teaches courses in business, management, information systems management, and project management. Prior to joining Walden in 2003, Dr. Simmons was an executive consultant with IBM, vice president of Explore Reasoning Systems, and systems integration manager at the Vanguard Group. Her area of research interest is information systems management, particularly with regard to technology-enabled student support services for students who study at a distance.

Gladys Ato, Psy.D.
The National Hispanic University

Gladys AtoDr. Gladys Ato is the provost of The National Hispanic University. In this role, she is helping to advance the university’s teaching and learning environment in support of its mission and vision. Previously, Dr. Ato served as Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Argosy University in San Francisco, Calif., and also held several clinical positions in a variety of schools, clinics, and hospitals. She is active in the Hispanic community, providing consultation, assessment, crisis intervention, and case management services.

Mary Farmer, MBA
Glion Institute of Higher Education
Mary FarmerMary Farmer is director of online programs for Glion Institute of Higher Education in Bulle, Switzerland, lead faculty HR for the Glion online MBA, and a faculty member in the graduate school. She has served as president of the European Professional Women’s Network in Amsterdam and the European Women’s Management Development network in the Netherlands, and she is a member of the European Institute for Managing Diversity in Barcelona. She is also executive director for the Global Talent & Inclusion Strategy Network for Executive Networks, serving as in-house thought leader for diversity and inclusion to the enterprise resource heads of Fortune 100 companies around the globe. Farmer regularly speaks at leadership events including the annual Women’s International Networking Conference. Her doctoral research in unconscious bias has helped drive the inclusion of women into leadership positions in multinational organizations.

Professor Elaine Harris, DBA, MBA
University of Roehampton
Elaine HarrisElaine Harris has been professor of accounting and management and director of the Business School at Roehampton since 2010, where she is playing a key role in the development of online master’s programs with Laureate. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and has taught a wide variety of accounting and business subjects. Dr. Harris started her career in accountancy practice at MHA MacIntyre Hudson chartered accountants in 1976, where she qualified as an accountant and reached a managerial position at an early age. Her personal research is in the field of strategic decision making and control, and she has developed a framework for project risk assessment based on action research. Her current focus is the use of intuition in managerial judgment in strategic investment decisions.

Helen O’Sullivan, Ph.D. 
University of Liverpool
Helen O'SullivanHelen O’Sullivan is a senior lecturer in medical education and director of the Centre for Excellence in Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching at the University of Liverpool. She is responsible for e-learning and online learning for the faculty and coordinates the postgraduate programs in the medical school. Her teaching and research interests are in medical professionalism and medical leadership, especially the role that emotional intelligence plays in becoming a good doctor.