PhD, University of Nebraska; MHA, University of Minnesota; BS, The University of Texas

Research Interests

Leadership in rapid change; organizational change; mitigating adversity; culture; cultural change; decision-making


Dr. Gravett has a broad background in business and higher education management. She most recently served as the director of academic affairs for the University of Phoenix Western Washington Campus, and has taught at the University of Texas, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Nebraska, as well as ESCEM, a premier French University.

She has held leadership positions in several hospitals, health care organizations, and medical centers before serving as president and CEO of Cynergy Group, Inc. in the Seattle area. Her business career included directing marketing, corporate communications, business development, and strategic planning in several industries and corporations. Her postgraduate studies led to organizational leadership work with Peter Senge’s group at MIT.

She holds a PhD in community and human resources from the University of Nebraska, and earned her Master in Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Minnesota. Due to her early success in health care management and research for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), she was also named one of the first non-physician epidemiologists at the NIH, which allowed her to coordinate the implementation of infection-control programs for many U.S. cities.

Dr. Gravett teaches human resource management courses for Walden.