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Cheryl Lentz

Senior Contributing Faculty
Cheryl Lentz

College of Management and Technology

School of Management

Degree ProgramDoctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Dr. Cheryl Lentz, known as The Academic Entrepreneur and Doc C to her students, is the multi award winning publisher of the internationally acclaimed series, The Refractive Thinker® -a collaboration of more than 150 contributing doctoral scholars from around the world. As President of The Lentz Leadership Institute, she is dedicated to publishing exceptional dissertation research. She is also an 18-time award winning author known globally for her writings as an authority on leadership, as well as critical and refractive thinking. As an accomplished university professor, speaker, editor, and consultant, she is a highly sought after expert who thousands to apply critical thinking skills to problem solve in record time.

Dr. Lentz is a Senior Contributing Faculty Member for Walden University that includes teaching classes for the DBA program, as well as being a doctoral mentor/chair and serving as a second committee member and URR, to include special committee assignments.

She was selected as Faculty of the Year for the DBA program in 2016.


Doctorate of Management (DM), University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies - Phoenix, AZ United States

MS, Troy University - Troy, AL United States

BA, University of Illinois-Urbana

Awards / Honors

Walden Woods Exemplar, Walden University, 2012

Faculty Excellence Award, , 2016

Alumni Community Service Award, University of Phoenix, 2012

2010 Axiom Book Awards: Bronze Medalist: The Refra, , 2010

2010 Next Generation Award Finalist: The Refractiv, , 2010

2011 Next Generation Award Finalist: The Refractiv, , 2011

2012 Next Generation Award Finalist: The Consumer, , 2012


Lentz, C. (2007). Strategic Decision-Making in Organizational Performance: A Quantitative Study in Employee Inclusiveness

Lentz, C. (2010). Journey Outside the Golden Palace: A Story of Transformation

Lentz, C. (2012). The Consumer Learner: Emerging Expectations of a Customer Service Mentality in Post-Secondary Education

Lentz, C. (2011). Effective Study Skills in 5 Simple Steps

Lentz, C. (2009). The Refractive Thinker: Vol I: Ch 10: Fail Faster, Succeed Sooner

Lentz, C. (2009). The Refractive Thinker: Vol II: Ch 3: The Modified Ask-the-Experts Delphi Method: The Conundrum of HR Experts on Management Participation

Lentz, C. (2011). The Refractive Thinker® Vol II (2nd):Ch 12: Epilogue: The Future of Innovative Thought.

Lentz, C., Blando, J., Robinson, T. (2010). The Refractive Thinker: Vol IV: CH 9 Globalization of Body Language

Lentz, C. (2010). The Refractive Thinker®:Vol V: The Concept-Where Do We Go From Here? : Epilogue: The Refractive Thinker®

Lentz, C. (2011). Ch 6: The Consumer Learner: Shifts in the Teacher/Student Relationship; Student as Customer;The Refractive Thinker®:Vol VI: Post-Secondary Education The Refractive Thinker®

Woodruff, T., Lentz, C. (2012). The Refractive Thinker: Vol VII: Ch 1: Social Responsibility of Doctoral Scholars The Refractive Thinker®:

Mathur, N., Lentz, C. (2014). The Refractive Thinker: Vol VIII: Ch 7 Effective Motivation and Communication Strategies for Faculty in Higher Education

Lentz, C. (2016). The Refractive Thinker®:Vol X: Ch 10: The Implications of Quad D on Leadership Success

Mathur, N., Lentz, C. (2017). The Refractive Thinker®:Vol XIII: Ch 10 The Effectiveness of Teaching Entrepreneurship Programs in Higher Education

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